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Treat your mum to some contemporary fiction this Mother's Day with a pick from our selection of modern books. Our fiction books make a great Mother's Day gift for avid readers.

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Modern Reads for Mums

Treat your mum to some contemporary fiction this Mother's Day with a pick from our selection of modern books. Our fiction books make a great Mother's Day gift for avid readers.

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    The High Mountains of Portugal (Hardback)

    Yann Martel

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    In his eagerly awaited new novel, Yann Martel - the author of bestselling Booker Prize winner Life of Pi - takes readers on a quest for a lost relic. It's a journey that begins in Africa in the 1600s and culminates in contemporary North America, via a trip to Portugal at the turn of the last century.

    Funny, tragic and sublime, this novel takes in the topics of faith, responsibility and finding the courage to face death. It is a book full of layers, surprises and exploration. Everything from love to suffering and faith to evolution is touched upon.

    A remarkable novel from a bestselling author that examines the spiritual and philosophical concerns that make people human. A must-read for any fans of contemporary fiction.
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    Kristin Hannah Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Kristin Hannah

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    This collection contains three stand-alone novels from Kristin Hannah, an author who writes beautiful page-turners packed with emotion. We'd recommend them for fans of Jodi Picoult, Jane Green and Diane Chamberlain.

    Night Road follows Lexi and Mia, two wildly different friends who have been inseparable since school. However, one moment on one night changes their relationship forever - hearts are broken, loyalties are challenged and hopes are dashed...

    Fly Away asks how do you hold yourself together when everything around you is falling apart; and The Nightingale is about two sisters, one of whom must be brave while the other should be afraid...

    Format: paperback
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    Cassandra Parkin Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Cassandra Parkin

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    All based in Cornwall, these contemporary novels by Cassandra Parkin are full of family secrets, divided loyalties and secret love affairs. They can count the likes of A Song for Issy Bradley author Carys Bray and poet Jen Campbell among their fans.

    The Beach Hut is set during the autumn as Ava and Finn achieve their childhood dream of building an illegal beach hut. Meanwhile, local publican Donald is determined to get rid of them...

    The Summer We All Ran Away finds a drunken teenager being rescued by an oddly assorted group of inhabitants in an abandoned yet beautiful house; and Lily's House finds Jen and her daughter reluctantly confronting the secrets of their past and present while clearing out Jen's mother's house.

    Format: paperback
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    The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton (Hardback)

    Anstey Harris

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    Anstey Harris' The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is a feel-good novel that will delight fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things.

    It follows Grace as she recovers from huge heartbreak in the most uplifting way. Grace had been with David for eight years and was blissfully happy running a violin shop. However, Grace had secrets and one act flips her life completely...

    While at her lowest ebb, Grace meets a straight-talking teenager and vivacious old man who make her realise she is not alone in the world and things can only get better...
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    Matt Haig Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Matt Haig

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    This collection brings together three of How to Stop Time and The Humans author Matt Haig's earlier novels. Matt is also a successful non-fiction and children's author and these witty contemporary stand-alone reads are full of important and timely messages.

    Matt's debut novel The Last Family in England finds a pet dog having to break the Labrador Pact in order to save a family from implosion; The Dead Fathers Club finds 11-year-old Philip Noble's recently deceased dad coming to visit him as a ghost and warning that he was actually killed by Uncle Alan; and The Possession of Mr Cave has the owner of an antiques shop's son being killed in gruesome circumstances. This affects how much he wants to protect his golden girl daughter...

    For fans of authors like Ian McEwan, Carys Bray, Rachel Joyce
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    Diane Chamberlain Collection - 3 Books (Collection)

    Diane Chamberlain

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    Three stand-alone novels from Diane Chamberlain, a talented author whose work interweaves various important themes. They will appeal to readers who enjoy the likes of Jodi Picoult, Dorothy Koomson and Adele Parks.

    Pretending to Dance focuses on Molly Arnette, a woman who is very good at keeping secrets. She's trying to adopt a baby with her husband but is very worried that her past may come back to haunt her and ruin both her chances of adoption and marriage. While growing up in North Carolina, Molly ran away from home following a horrific event that left her unable to trust anyone...

    Fire and Rain takes place in Valle Rosa, a small town in Southern California that is under destruction from deadly wildfires. When a handsome stranger calling himself Jeff Cabrio strolls into town claiming he'll be able to make it rain, he turns more than a few heads. Struggling journalist Carmen Perez thinks he might be the catalyst to revitalising her career, former Major League baseball pitcher Chris Garrett has the chance to come to terms with his career's demise and sculptress Mia Tanner unearths old wounds and new loves. All three of their lives soon become entwined and they all have to face up to the ghosts of their past.

    Secret Lives follows the disillusioned actress Eden Riley as she returns to her mother's childhood home in rural Virginia. She is full of questions about her mother, who died when she was very young and on her quest for answers, she forms a bond with Ben Alexander, an archaeologist and friend of her uncle. However, Ben has a number of demons and carries a secret that might threaten the new couple's happiness.

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    Man Booker Prize 2018 Shortlist - 6 Books (Collection)

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    Book People is very excited to bring you all six novels on this year's Man Booker Prize 2018 shortlist in hardback - including the winner, Milkman by Anna Burns. This is a story of how gossip, hearsay and silence can bring about life-changing consequences...

    The rest of this year's shortlist is as eclectic and thought-provoking as ever. Daisy Johnson's Everything Under is a daring story of family, identity, fate, language and love; Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room is a powerful account of life in an American women's prison; and Richard Powers' The Overstory is a fable about humanity's treatment of the natural world.

    Esi Edugyan's Washington Black is an extraordinary adventure about a runaway slave; and Robin Robertson's The Long Take follows a soldier who tries to find himself through a series of poems as he travels through post-war America.

    Format: hardback
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    Those Were the Days (Hardback)

    Sir Terry Wogan, OBE

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    For the first time in his successful career, broadcasting legend and national treasure Terry Wogan turned his attention to writing fiction in Those Were the Days.

    Tom is king of the Cattle Market branch and meets so many interesting people on a day-to-day basis - and they all have stories to tell. In this book, Tom looks back at the places he's been, the people he has met and the laughter and tears that accompanied his journey from humble blank clerk to branch manager...

    Containing several short stories full of laughter, love and loss, this heart-warming book will make a perfect gift for any fan of the much-missed Terry, beloved presenter of Eurovision and Children in Need.
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    An Unsuitable Match (Hardback)

    Joanna Trollope

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    Joanna Trollope's An Unsuitable Match is a wonderfully optimistic novel that expertly tackles a range of important subjects including love, family and second chances.

    Rose Woodrowe and Tyler Masson are head-over-heels in love, but after previous marriages their five grown-up children are not entirely happy about this... Her daughter Rose still remembers the pain of her parents divorce, while the twins Emmy and Nat don't trust Tyler. Tyler's children are equally unsure: Seth is too busy running his bakery in San Francisco to get to know Rose and Mallory is wrestling with some childhood issues.

    Rose and Tyler have to make a decision. Who should they listen to and who should they try to please and will they ever be truly happy if they spend all their time trying to please others?
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    The House of New Beginnings (Hardback)

    Lucy Diamond

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    Lucy Diamond is the bestselling author of both The Secrets of Happiness and Summer at Shell Cottage and in her latest heart-warming novel, The House of New Beginnings, she tackles the subjects of love, loss and starting over.

    Number 11, Dukes Square may look like the other grand houses on the Brighton seafront and it most certainly has a place in the city's history, but it's also a building that plays host to a whole series of new beginnings - journalist Georgie followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but wants to carve out her own career. She loves the vibrant nature of the city, but is she going to get into trouble?

    Charlotte wants a new start after suffering a heartbreaking loss and wants to keep her head down, but her stylish elderly neighbour Margot is determined for this not to happen; and Rosa is looking to build her career as a sous chef. It's a gruelling and thankless career, but then she comes up against a stroppy teenager who inspires her to change her life choices.

    As the three tenants find each other, they embark on this exciting new chapter in their lives together. It's a moving and uplifting read.
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    Nine Perfect Strangers (Paperback)

    Liane Moriarty

    From the author behind the award-winning TV series Big Little Lies, this captivating book is a funny yet poignant novel that will be enjoyed by readers of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn.

    Nine perfect strangers, each hiding an imperfect life. A luxury retreat cut off from the outside world. Ten days that promise to change your life. But some promises - like some lives - are perfect lies...
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    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Paperback)

    Gail Honeyman

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    Gail Honeyman's debut novel Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a worthy winner of the Costa First Novel. Praised by Jojo Moyes, it follows Eleanor as she seems content to live a simple life. She wears the same work clothes, eats the same things and buys the same bottles of vodka for the weekend.

    However, one random act of kindness is about to change her life forever... Eleanor soon learns that she will need to build up her courage if she's to successfully live in this new world.

    Covering themes including loneliness and kindness, this is a page-turning read that has won praise from the likes of Jojo Moyes.
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    Still Me (Paperback)

    Jojo Moyes

    Shortlisted for a National Book Award, Still Me is the third Lou Clark novel following the number one international bestsellers Me Before You and After You from Jojo Moyes.

    Lou Clark knows too many things. She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend Sam in London. She knows her employer is a good man and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him.

    What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt.
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    Conversations with Friends (Paperback)

    Sally Rooney

    Sally Rooney's highly acclaimed and award-winning debut novel Conversations with Friends is one you'll quickly delve into and be fully absorbed in from the very first page.

    Frances has a cool head and is very observant despite being just 21 years old. An aspiring writer who attends university in Dublin, she performs spoken word with her best friend (and former girlfriend) Bobbi in her spare time. The duo are interviewed by reporter Melissa and when they meet her husband, Nick, they find themselves in a world full of beautiful houses, amazing dinner parties and incredible holidays...

    But then Frances and Nick get closer, and Frances - who is always so proud of her wit and resistance to emotions - has to confront her vulnerabilities for the very first time...
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