Mother’s Day Book Guide

The Garden Party by Sarah Challis

Published by Hachette Australia RRP : $32.99

Alice Dunlop knows the best things in life are free. But the approach of her 40th wedding anniversary and 60th birthday surely warrants a proper celebration. With visions of a glorious family gathering, Alice has big plans for the big day. Her husband David isn’t so enthused. He seems to have lost his lust for life since retiring from his job. Each of Alice and David’s four grown-up children has their own problems to contend with and things aren’t going as smoothly as any of them had hoped. As Alice focuses on preparations for the party, her family begins to unravel around her. It’s only a matter of time before Alice’s special day is at risk of disaster…

The Last Chance Cafe by Liz Byrski

Published by Pan Macmillan RRP $32.99

Margot detests shopping malls. Any distraction is welcome, and the woman, who has chained herself to the escalator, shouting about the perils of consumerism, is certainly that. She recognises Dot immediately – from their campaigning days, and further back still, to when Margot married Laurence.

With aching empathy, Liz Byrski assembles a fallible cast of characters who are asking the questions we ask ourselves. What does it mean to grow older? Are we brave enough to free ourselves from the pressure to stay young? And is there ever a stage in life when we can just be ourselves?

Does Mum need a laugh?

Wine Makes Mummy Clever by Andy Riley

Published by Hachette Australia RRP $14.99

From the bestselling author of BUNNY SUICIDES comes a new, perfect gift for Mum.
60 brilliant all new cartoons with witty one – liners from Andy Riley celebrating
the special one. Affectionate, witty and endearing – just like Mum, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving – just like Mum.

With Friends Like These by Wendy Harmer

Published by Allen & Unwin RRP $32.99

A hilarious new novel about friendship, love, betrayal and money – a modern, witty and wise comedy of manners set among the wealthy elite where a glittering harbour view is the ultimate prize. Greed, fraud, betrayal and resurrection – what more can you want?

Everyone loves a celebrity tell all – these two will suit Mum perfectly!

I’m Over All That: and other Confessions by Shirley MacLaine

Published by Simon & Schuster RRP $24.99

With her trademark one-of-a-kind voice, MacLaine spells out exactly
what she’s “over” in life and some of the things she isn’t. She’s at
times witty and irreverent, whimsical and philosophical in her original
musings on everything from the mundane (rude) young people, to
the world-view (leaders she’ll never get over), to the metaphysical
(the real significance of 2012 and how we can learn to live without
fear). This is Shirley at her best, and by the end of I’M OVER ALL
THAT, readers will feel as if they’ve had an unforgettable dinner with
one of the Hollywood’s true legends.

True You by Janet Jackson

Published by Simon & Schuster RRP $29.99 HB

Infused with stories from fans and friends, Janet offers a candid look into the causes and circumstances behind some of her well-documented weight issues. Far more than a celebrity fitness manifesto, this book is an honest account of the most tumultuous times of her life – from being taunted as a young girl to her internal battles with her beauty and femininity and her desire to fit in.

It has taken Janet most of her adult life to come to terms with who she is. True You illuminates the path Janet took in learning how to love herself and finally break free of the attitudes that brought her down.

Cooking inspiration for Mum!

French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook

Published by Simon & Schuster RRP $29.99

In her first ever cookbook, Mireille Guiliano provides her millions of readers with the recipes that are the cornerstone of her philosophy-mouthwatering, simply prepared dishes that that favour fresh, seasonal ingredients and yield high satisfaction. Organised around Mireille’s three favourite pastimes-breakfast, lunch, and dinner-these recipe emphasise pure flavour, balanced ingredients and easy cooking methods.

Eating pleasurably is just as important as eating healthfully, and Mirille devotes chapters to dessert and chocolate (essential components of any Frenchwoman’s diet) and incorporates advice on entertaining, menu planning, and wine selection.

What does your mum love to read?