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    Updated on 28 Apr 2020. Posted on 28 Apr 2020

    If Your Mumma Is A Reader, She'll Love These 13 Aussie Novels For Mother's Day

    My mother under the mountain of books I've bought her, "Oh thanks, honey".

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    1. For the mother who likes to keep on top of the latest literary awards: The Yield by Tara June Winch.

    2. For the mother who loves some true blue Aussie tales: The Cedar Tree by Nicole Alexander.

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    This is the first work of fiction that's captured my attention in a long time, which is why I'm sure mums all over are going to love this.

    The story is set in the 1860s and focuses on Brandon, Sean and Maggie O'Riain, who have fled Ireland and are now immigrants in Australia. But it also jumps forward to the1940s and tells the story of Stella who married into the family via Joe — one of Sean's sons — and who, after his death, is trying to figure out the secrets and the feud that has torn into the family over the decades.

    While this book is fiction, it honestly felt real to me. Plus, the sections about Stella — who is isolated on Kirooma Station whenever her husband goes to work the land — are heartbreaking and highly relevant given the current social-distancing and lockdowns we're all experiencing.

    If you have a mum who loves a solid read, likes the Australian landscape and a bit of history, then this book will transport her away from her current worries without feeling frivolous or unrealistic.

    Buy the paperback edition for $16 or the Kindle edition for $12.99 on Amazon Australia.

    3. For the mother who likes some easy-to-read, yet profound fiction: The Octopus And I by Erin Hortle.

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    The Octopus and I is immediately captivating and if your mum is someone who really likes to ~delve~ into a book — this one will be perfect for her next adventure.

    This book doesn't just open up the life of the main character Lucy, but brings you to perspectives you never would have thought of before, like the octopus from the opening pages.

    It's a book about body, sense of self and how life can change it in an instant. Definitely a book that your mum will reread over and over again.

    Buy the paperback edition for $23.91 and the Kindle edition for $17.06 from Amazon Australia.

    4. For the mother who wants to be more socially and culturally aware: Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss.

    5. For the mother who knows there's nothing better than a good beach read: The Banksia Bay Beach Shack by Sandie Docker.

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    If you've got a mum who loves to sit out in the sun on a Sunday with a wine in one hand and a book in the other, then this is the perfect one to buy her for Mother's Day.

    In The Banksia Bay Beach Shack, Laura ventures to the tiny coastal town after discovering that her recently-deceased grandmother used to visit every summer when she was a girl, until suddenly, the whole family stopped going. What follows next is a mystery-esque storyline involving deception, family secrets and a beach hunk called Heath.

    If your mum wants something she can read so that she can forget about the outside world for a bit, then I highly recommend this one.

    Buy the paperback edition for $36.02 or the Kindle edition for $12.99 on Amazon Australia.

    6. For the mother who is still catching up on last year's to-read list: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.

    7. For the mother who wants nothing more to be wrapped up in a read: The Weekend by Charlotte Wood.

    8. For the mother who is LOVING the Aussie crime genre: Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern.

    9. Or, Riptides by Kirsten Alexander, if they want to really get into the crime genre.

    10. For the mother, who loves to escape through travel: If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon.

    11. For the mother who likes to learn: Radio Girl by David Dufty.

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    Every so often, a book or movie biography gets released and after consuming it, you're left thinking, "How the hell did I not know about this person before!?". If your mum is someone who thrives on content like this, then Radio Girl is perfect for her.

    This non-fiction biography details the life of Violet McKenzie, a woman who was instrumental in getting women into the armed forces. She was an electrical engineer, a pioneer of radio and a successful business woman — all during the 1930s and '40s. Talk about inspirational!

    Buy the paperback edition for $29.99 from Allen and Unwin or the Kindle edition for $17.19 from Amazon Australia.

    12. For the mother who is a fan of classic novels: A Treacherous Country by K. M. Kruimink.

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    A Treacherous Country was the recipient of The Australian/ Vogel's Literary Award 2020, announced in mid-April this year. The award is for an outstanding, unpublished manuscript from a writer under the age of 35. It also comes with an impressive $20,000 prize, so it's extremely coveted.

    This year's book is set during the1800s in Tasmania and surrounds Gabriel Fox's search for a woman, Maryanne Maginn, who is somewhere in Van Diemen's Land. The writing is like the same as reading a classic novel, except this one was published in 2020!

    If your mum is a fan of the classics, then get her this one and let her see what all the fuss is about!

    Buy the paperback edition for $26.35 or the Kindle edition for $14.24 from Amazon Australia.

    13. And finally, for the mother who can't get enough of romance: The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke.

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    Sometimes all that you need in life is a good ole' love story. If your mum is romantically inclined, then The Lost Love Song could be the perfect novel for her.

    The book is set around a song, one that travels the world from love story to love story while the reader wonders if it will ever find its way back to Melbourne and to the man that it was written for. It's a story about how music can have a huge impact on our lives in ways that you might never expect.

    Buy the paperback edition for $16 and the Kindle edition for $12.99 from Amazon Australia.