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Updated May 7, 2023
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The kitchen god's wife
Tan, Amy
"Remarkable...mesmerizing...compelling.... An entire world unfolds in Tolstoyan tide of event and detail....Give yourself over to the world Ms. Tan creates for you." --The New York Times Book Review Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than...
Why mummy swears : the struggles of an exasperated mum
Sims, Gill
The hilarious second novel, and Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller, from author of the smash hit Why Mummy Drinks. Monday, 25 July The first day of the holidays. I suppose it could've been worse. I brightly announced that perhaps it might be a lovely idea to go to a stately home and...
Home truths
Lewis, Susan
How far would you go to keep your family safe? The gripping new page-turner from the Sunday Times bestselling author of One Minute Later Angie Watts used to have everything. A new home. A beloved husband. Three adored children.   But Angie's happy...
Motherhood : a manifesto
Glaser, Eliane
'Brilliant' Jenni Murray 'Liberating, intoxicating' Zoe Williams 'Why, after decades of social progress, is motherhood still so much harder than it needs to be?' Before they become mothers, women are repeatedly reminded that their...
The perfect nanny
Clarke, Karen
'WOW! I absolutely loved this book and stayed up way too late to finish it!' NetGalley Reviewer, 5 Stars You trust her with your home, your husband, your baby... but she is about to destroy it all. Sophy Pemberton is struggling to cope with the pressures of...
Tinker, tailor, schoolmum, spy
Brann, Faye
'I just loved this book... put on a smile on my face' Libby Page, The Lido 'Naturally funny... page turning, smart and sassy' Helen Lederer, comedian, author and founder of the CWIP Prize 'Fresh and different... and skilfully written' Yomi...
Bird box
Malerman, Josh
Now a Netflix Film starring Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, and Rosa Salazar The inspiration for the Netflix Film Bird Box Barcelona Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a...
All the ever afters : the untold story of Cinderella's stepmother
Teller, Danielle
In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella's "evil" stepmother. We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed...
That kind of mother : a novel
Alam, Rumaan
NAMED A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2018 BY: Buzzfeed * The Boston Globe *  The Millions * InStyle * Southern Living * Vogue * Popsugar * Kirkus * The Washington Post * Library Journal * Real Simple * NPR "With his unerring eye for nuance and unsparing sense...
Come home
Scottoline, Lisa.
Lisa Scottoline has delivered taut thrillers with a powerful emotional wallop in her New York Times bestsellers Save Me, Think Twice, and Look Again. Now, with her new novel, Come Home, she ratchets up the suspense with the riveting story of a mother who...
Pearse, Lesley
Sussex, 2003 When a beautiful blonde girl is found half-drowned on a beach, she has no memory of who she is or what horrors have left her there. But an article about her in a Brighton newspaper rings alarm bells for beautician, Dale, who shows the police photographs of Lotte Wainright....
The mother-hood : Australian women share what they wish they'd known about life with a newborn
Rizvi, Jamila
'Welcome to The Motherhood, my dear.' After her son was born, Jamila Rizvi felt isolated, exhausted and confused. While desperately in love with her new baby, the world she'd known had disappeared overnight and so had her sense of self. Jamila's salvation came...
Letters on motherhood
Fletcher, Giovanna
From the author of the no. 1 bestseller Happy Mum, Happy Baby, and the chart-topping podcast of the same name, comes a beautiful collection of heartfelt letters written to her three young sons, her husband and the family and friends who have inspired and supported her to become the mother she...
The Joys of Motherhood
Emecheta, Buchi.
'A scorching portrayal of a woman's life . . . the female, feminist counterpart to Things Fall Apart' Bernardine Evaristo 'God, when will you create a woman who will be fulfilled in herself, a full human being, not anybody's appendage? ... when will I be free?'
The good mother
Moriarty, Sinéad
'A heart-warming and a heart-breaking story, beautifully written and sensitive ... compelling' Woman's Way 'A fascinating exploration of difficult subjects ... Moriarty writes with compelling authority' Irish Times 'There is warmth and heart aplenty...
Wild : a journey from lost to found
Strayed, Cheryl
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the...
Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel
Semple, Maria.
A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this "whip-smart and divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett (New York Times). Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's...
Donoghue, Emma
Jack is five and, like any little boy, excited at the prospect of presents and cake. But although Jack is a normal child in many ways - loving, funny, and bright - his upbringing is far from ordinary: Jack's entire life has been spent in a single room that measures just 12 feet by 12 feet; as far as...
Weeks, Cath
For fans of Liane Moriarty and the award-winning TV series Big Little Lies, this is an emotional, gripping and suspenseful family drama of secrets, betrayal and intrigue... Would you let your daughter go? Steffie has always been proud of the decisions...
The motherhood complex : the story of our changing selves
Hogenboom, Melissa
'THE MOTHERHOOD COMPLEX does for mothers in particular what INVISIBLE WOMEN did for women as a whole: exposes the myriad ways in which the system is stacked against us, while celebrating the strengths and successes we achieve in spite of it all' Leah Hazard 'A welcome,...
Big little lies
Moriarty, Liane
The good daughter
Burt, Alexandra
From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden...   What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?   Dahlia Waller's childhood memories...
The one plus one : a novel
Moyes, Jojo
One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars and the forthcoming Someone Else's Shoes   Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a...
Her daughter's mother
Petrova, Daniela
Lana Stone has never considered herself a stalker--until the night she impulsively follows a familiar face through the streets of New York's Upper West Side. Her target? The "anonymous" egg donor she'd selected through an agency, the one who's making motherhood possible for her. Hungry to learn more...
Nobody will tell you this but me : a true (as told to me) story
Kalb, Bess
NATIONAL BESTSELLER ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: VOGUE * FORBES * BOOKPAGE * NEW YORK POST * WIRED "I have not been as profoundly moved by a book in years." --Jodi Picoult Even after she left home for Hollywood, Emmy...
Lowry, Lois.
The thrilling and long-awaited conclusion to the Newbery Medal-winning Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry. They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn't exist. That she had become a Vessel at age...
The witch's heart
Gornichec, Genevieve
Angrboda's story begins where most witch's tales end: with a burning. A punishment from Odin for refusing to give him knowledge of the future, the fire leaves Angrboda injured and powerless, and she flees into a remote forest. There she is found by a man Loki, and her initial distrust grows into a...
The sins of the mother
Steel, Danielle
"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER Every woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful businesswoman missed out on much of her children's lives while she built her legendary home-furnishings empire. In Danielle Steel's character-rich new...
Dune Road : a novel
Green, Jane
The instant New York Times bestseller from one of the most beloved voices in women's fiction An ever-growing legion of fans greets the publication of each new tale from the inimitable Jane Green. Her latest gem, Dune Road, is set in tony Highfield, Connecticut,...
Work, mama, life : from motherhood burnout to abundant health, joy and wellbeing
Young, Ali
Embrace the joys of motherhood without losing yourself Motherhood is an amazing journey. It's a time of chaos and calm, joy and frustration, overwhelming stress and incredible fun. But as mamas strive to juggle the health of their children, their home and work lives, and their...
The other side of the world
Bishop, Stephanie
Cambridge, 1963. Charlotte is struggling. With motherhood, with the changes marriage and parenthood bring, with losing the time and the energy to paint. Her husband, Henry, wants things to be as they were and can't face the thought of another English winter. A brochure slipped through the letterbox...
The lost daughter
Broady, Sylvia
Hull, 1930. A terrified woman runs through the dark, rain-lashed streets pursued by a man, desperate to reach the sanctuary of the local police station. Alice Goddard runs with one thing in mind: her daughter. In her panic she is hit by a car and rushed to hospital. When she wakes, she has no memory...
A mother's choice
Wood, Valerie
For ten years, Delia has had to fend for herself and her son Jack, and as a young unmarried mother, life has never been easy. Every new coat and pair of shoes was bought with what little money she could scrape together as a singer on the stage. But when the theatre work dries up, Delia faces a...
All the lives we never lived
Roy, Anuradha
"A writer of great subtlety and intelligence . . . a beautifully written and compelling story of how families fall apart and what remains of the aftermath" Kamila Shamsie, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 "The book everyone is talking about for the summer"...
Mummin' it : tips, hacks & advice on the wins & woes of modern motherhood
Shearsmith, Harriet
Mummin' It is like a chat with a friend over coffee - a celebration of imperfect motherhood from award-winning parenting blogger Harriet Shearsmith (@tobyandroo). Packed with parenting hacks, it's a refreshing handbook for making a busy life easier every day.
My name is Lucy Barton
Strout, Elizabeth
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys. Soon to be a...
Rowell, Rainbow.
What advice would you give the younger you...and would you listen? As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless. TV writer Georgie McCool can't actually visit the past; all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up. Is she going crazy or is this a chance...
A mother's love
Montefiore, Santa
A magical story of motherly love and the bonds of love between us from the number one bestselling author of Songs of Love and War... Celeste is mourning the tragic death of her young son, Jack, from leukaemia. So when she learns that her nephew is coming to...
My real children
Walton, Jo
It's 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. "Confused today," read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know-what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don't seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four...
Dilly's lass
Goodwin, Rosie
Years ago Dilly made the devastating decision to give her baby daughter to wealthy local family, the Farthings. She is still living with the consequences of her choice when the daughter she gave away all those years ago turns up on Dilly's doorstep, with a baby girl in tow, begging for help....
With teeth
Arnett, Kristen
'With Teeth is a wonderfully sticky novel about motherhood, partnership, sex and love. Kristen Arnett lets her characters have the run of the place, and it's delicious fun to watch them do, say, and think things they'll regret' Emma Straub, author of All Adults HereIf she's...
Simpson, Mona
A masterful and engrossing novel about a single mother's collapse and the fate of her family after she enters a California state hospital in the 1970s.When Diane Aziz drives her oldest son, Walter, from LA to college, it will be her last parental act before falling into a deep depression. A...
The lost daughter
Paul, Gill
'Bold and powerful, filled with emotion, tension and vivid characters in a setting that is rich in historical detail' Kate Furnivall A Russian princess. An extraordinary sacrifice. A captivating secret... From the author of The Secret...
The Garden of Lost and Found
Evans, Harriet
River sing me home
Shearer, Eleanor
A mother can never be free until she finds her children... The Good Morning America Book Club Pick February 2023 is a soaring novel inspired by true events.'A strong and beautiful novel that stares into the face of brutality and the heart of love' Jeanette Winterson<...
The mother of all jobs : how to have children and a career and stay sane(ish)
Armstrong, Christine
It's time for a different conversation about working and parenting. As our working days get ever longer and our phones keep so many of us glued to work, the needs of our children and the world of school and childcare has not changed at all. School summer holidays are still longer than our annual...
Harris, Joanne
When you can find me an acre of land, Every sage grows merry in time, Between the ocean and the sand Then will you be united again. (Inspired by The Child Ballads 2 & 19) So begins a beautiful and tragic quest as a heartbroken mother sets out to save her lost...
The tea girl of Hummingbird Lane : a novel
See, Lisa
A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual...
The sunshine sisters
Green, Jane
The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.   Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful,...
I thought I knew you
Hancock, Penny
Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. They tell each other everything - trading revelations and confessions, and sharing both the big moments and the small details of their lives: Holly is the only person who knows about Jules' affair; Jules was there for Holly when her husband...
The wedding dress
Steel, Danielle
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * In Danielle Steel's epic new novel, the lives of four generations of women in one family span fortune and loss, motherhood, tragedy and victories.   From the glamorous San Francisco social scene of the 1920s, through war and the...
I've been meaning to tell to you
Chariandy, David John
"Stunning. A precise puncturing of the post-racial bubble." --Nafkote Tamirat For readers of Between the World and Me and We Should All Be Feminists, an intimate and profound meditation on the politics of race today, from prizewinning novelist David Chariandy....
The things we left unsaid
Kennedy, Emma
A LIFETIME OF SECRETS. A SUMMER OF NEW BEGINNINGS. _____________________ "So tender and thoughtful. I loved it" MARIAN KEYES "A gorgeous, rich treat" JANE FALLON "Warm, intriguing, brimming with tenderness... A joyous book" RUTH JONES
The school for good mothers
Chan, Jessamine
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AN OBAMA'S 2022 SUMMER READING PICK 'A taut and propulsive take on the cult of motherhood and the notion of what makes a good mother. Destined to be feminist classic - it kept me up at night' PANDORA SYKES...
The making of Mrs Petrakis
Karras, Mary
'An evocative mix of history, food and storytelling.' EVENING STANDARD BEST FICTION 2021'a heart-warming, heart-breaking story of love, life, family and, of course, baking.' RUTH HOGANCyprus in the run up to the civil war of the 1970s... the threat of it hangs in the...
The color of water : a black man's tribute to his white mother
McBride, James
From the bestselling author of Deacon King Kong and the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird: The modern classic that spent more than two years on The New York Times bestseller list and that calls one of the best memoirs of a generation. 
Heti, Sheila
From the author of How Should a Person Be? ("one of the most talked-about books of the year"--Time Magazine) and the New York Times Bestseller Women in Clothes comes a daring novel about whether to have children. In Motherhood, Sheila Heti...
Fight night
Toews, Miriam
"Move over, Scout Finch! There's a new contender for feistiest girl in fiction, and her name is Swiv." -USA Today, "Best Books of the Year" "Toews is a master of dialogue." -New York Times Book Review, Editors' Choice "A revelation."...
It's your birth... right? : a guide for professional women to calmly transition to motherhood
Pasion, Cherie
Identity crisis, isolation, and extreme stress are often characteristics of new mothers. It doesn't have to be this way. Cherie Pasion proactively tackles these issues in It's Your Birth...Right and gives professional women a roadmap to emotionally prepare for a calm transition from their...
Dangerous ideas about mothers
Nelson, Camilla
This book won't give advice on birth, breastfeeding, or bonding It's about motherhood as a cultural construct.Often, opinions are funneled into and amplified on social media, where conversations turn ugly and advice is commercialized. This book confronts issues from divorce and over-burdened...
Dear Mum
Johnson, Samuel
In this wonderful collection of letters from celebrities to their mothers, Australian sporting stars, musicians, models, cooks and famous authors reveal what they would like to say to their mothers before it's too late, or would have said if only they'd had the chance. From Anna Meares to Mike Munro...
Bad art mother
Preston, Edwina
Good mothers are expected to be selfless. Artists are seen as selfish. So what does this mean for a mother with artistic ambitions? Enter: frustrated poet Veda Gray, who is offered a Faustian bargain when a wealthy childless couple, the Parishes, invite her to exchange her young son...
Wife on the run
Higgins, Fiona
When two technology-related disasters hit within days of each other, Paula knows her comfortable suburban life has been irrevocably blown apart. One involves the public shaming of her teenage daughter, the other is a shocking discovery about her husband. With her world unraveling around her,...
The safest place in London
Joel, Maggie
Two frightened children, two very different mothers, and one night of terrifying Blitz bombing during World War Two. And when the bombs stop falling, which families' lives will be changed forever?
Life after birth : a guide to prepare, support and nourish you through motherhood
Prescott, Jessica
Life After Birth is your essential guide to the wide and diverse spectrum of motherhood.    In this companion, Jessica Prescott and Vaughne Geary share their evidence-based approach to the lost but ever important art of...
The sisters' song
Allan, Louise
Set in rural Tasmania from the 1920s to the 1990s, The Sisters' Song traces the lives of two very different sisters. One for whom giving and loving are her most natural qualities and the other who cannot forgive and forget.
Wearing paper dresses
Brinsden, Anne
'This is a wonderful novel, both uplifting and heartbreaking.' Good Reading Magazine (5 star review)SHORTLISTED FOR THE INDIE BOOK AWARD FOR DEBUT FICTION 2020You can talk about living in the Mallee. And you can talk about a Mallee tree. And you can talk about the Mallee itself: a land and a place...
Zen Mamas
Palmer, Teresa
Being Zen(ish) is what we call it - and it's the ish that we endorse! Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen are two mums from opposite sides of the world who are doing their best to raise happy, empathetic children while working, travelling and maintaining their sanity....
Doyle, Briohny
What could drive a mother to do the unthinkable? Before- Emma Cormac married into a perfect life but now she's barely coping. Inside a brand new, palatial home, her three young children need more than she can give. Clem, a wilful four year old, is intent on mimicking...
The dressmaker's secret
Ham, Rosalie
It is 1953 and Melbourne society is looking forward to coronation season, the grand balls and celebrations for the young queen-to-be. Tilly Dunnage is, however, working for a pittance in a second-rate Collins Street salon. Her talents go unappreciated, and the madame is a bully and a cheat, but...
Grace under pressure : add 3 x children stir in 10,000 x demands bring to boil
Haschka, Tori
'Ignore everything you think you're meant to be doing, and bunker down with this.' Better Reading Big Little Lies meets Marian Keyes with a dash of Donna Hay; a deliciously hilarious, honest and heartfelt portrayal of modern-day motherhood and...
The mummyfesto
Green, Linda
'Funny and touching' Sunday Express 'A feel-good, thought-provoking gem' Star 'Both tear-jerking and hilarious, it got my vote' Take a Break SOMETIMES, THE CRAZIEST IDEAS TURN OUT TO BE THE BEST ONES. When Sam,...
A mother's story
Prowse, Amanda
I deserve all this because I did the worst thing a woman can do. The very worst. Jessica's wedding was like a fairytale. Her dress strewn with crystals. Her dad made a tearful speech. Her husband Matthew declared himself the luckiest man alive. But when their beautiful baby girl is born, Jessica is...
The summer of impossible things
Coleman, Rowan
If you could change the past, would you? ****Get ready to believe in Impossible Things with the brand new book from international bestseller, Rowan Coleman. **** How far would you go to save the person you love? Luna is about to do everything...
Killing it
Mackay, Asia
Move over, James Bond - meet Lex Tyler - an assassin just back from maternity leave. As dextrous with a breast pump as she is with a gun, here is one badass heroine you won't forget.
Lefteri, Christy
The powerful new novel from the bestselling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo.
Call me mummy
Baker, Tina.
An emotionally charged psychological thriller that takes the abducted-child plotline to a whole new level. The must-read thriller for 2021.
Hold my girl
Carr, Charlene
Two women. Two eggs. One switch. It'll take a custody battle like no other to decide who really deserves to be the baby's mother - a battle that will push both women to the brink.
The mother
Logan, T. M.
The unmissable new thriller from the million-copy Sunday Times bestselling author, and master of the up-all-night thriller.
Is mother dead : a novel
Hjorth, Vigdis
(M)otherhood : on the choices of being a woman
Agarwal, Pragya
Part memoir and reflective analysis, Pragya Agarwal examines motherhood and fertility and how it shapes all our lives.
The house of hidden mothers
Syal, Meera
'Dazzling. Intense and gritty at times, sparkling and hilarious at others. I found it absorbing, witty, joyous and moving...and that's all I really want from a book!' - JO BRAND 'Warm and witty' Sunday Times 'The gifted Syal does it again'...
The Last Days of Joy
Tiernan, Anne.
WHEN HER SECRET SURFACES, CAN HER FAMILY SURVIVE IT? The tender, immersive and beautifully observed international bestseller, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Marian Keyes and Carley Fortune. 'Oh. My. God. The opening of this story was phenomenal. I...
Cold enough for snow
Au, Jessica
Hand me down world
Jones, Lloyd
A woman washes ashore in Sicily. She has come from north Africa to find her son, taken from her when he was just days old by his father and stolen away to Berlin. With nothing but her maid's uniform and a knife stashed in a plastic bag, she relies on strangers - some generous, some exploiting - to...
The Glad Shout PAPERBACK
Robinson, Alice
The dictionary of lost words
Williams, Pip
Mothers and daughters
Ladd, Kylie
Four mothers. Four teenage daughters...An isolated tropical paradise with no internet or mobile phone reception...What could possibly go wrong?..There's tension, bitchiness, bullying, sex, drunken confessions, bad behaviour and breakdowns - and wait till you see what the teenagers get up to.....How...
Mother of pearl
Savage, Angela
A luminous and courageousstory about the hopes and dreams we all have for our lives and relationships,and the often fraught and unexpected ways they may be realised. Angela Savage draws us masterfully into the lives of Anna, an aidworker trying to settle back into life in Australia...
Avalanche : a love story
Leigh, Julia
At the age of 38 acclaimed novelist Julia Leigh made her first visit to the IVF clinic, full of hope. So started a long and costly undertaking of nightly injections, blood tests, surgeries and rituals. Writing in the immediate aftermath of her decision to stop treatment, Leigh lays bare...
The kissing hand
Penn, Audrey
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming...
The house of Eve : a novel
Johnson, Sadeqa
"Amazing...I was completely surprised by the ending of this beautifully told and written book." --Reese Witherspoon "A triumph of historical fiction" (The Washington Post), an instant New York Times bestseller, and a Reese's Book Club pick, set in 1950s...
The push
Audrain, Ashley
A Good Morning America Book Club Pick | A New York Times bestseller! "Utterly addictive." --Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train "Hooks you from the very first page and will have you racing to get to the end."--Good Morning America...
Smart mothering : what science says about caring for your baby and yourself
Flynn, Natalie
'This is the one book every new parent actually needs.' Nigel Latta

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