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Five must-read books to give mum on Mother’s Day 2020 

Give her some much needed me-time with these new novels
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With Mother’s Day around the corner and quarantine restrictions still in place, what better way to help her alleviate the boredom of social distancing than to gift her a good book.

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To help you get started, here are some of New Idea‘s top picks to consider reading this month to help take the monotony out of isolation.

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The Switch by Beth O’Leary

After a mishap at work, Leena Cotton escapes the city to regroup at her grandmother’s house.

The almost 80-year-old Eileen is newly single and looking for love but the pickings are slim in her rural village so the pair decide to swap lives.

This funny, comforting and gorgeous read is by the author of The Flatshare.

Confessions of a Forty-Something
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Confessions of a Forty-Something by Alexandra Potter

When her business and relationship both end, Nell is forced to leave Los Angeles and return
to London to start over.

But while she feels like a failure compared to her Insta-perfect friends, who are now married with kids, a new friendship with 80-something widow Cricket pushes Nell to re-evaluate life.

A novel full of charm and hope from a bestselling author.

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In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Manhattan lawyer Dannie’s life looks to be perfect: her career is on track and she’s engaged to the perfect man.

Then one day she wakes up and realises she’s in the company of another man and it’s five years in the future.

Was it a just a dream or something else? This clever and imaginative novel will both break and warm your heart.

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The Long Shadow by Anne Buist

Psychologist Isabel moves to a rural town and in between looking after her own toddler, starts running a mother and baby therapy group.

Then she receives an anonymous note from one of the mums, warning that a killer is about to strike. Suspenseful Aussie noir at its best.

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The Drop Off by Fiona Harris & mike Mcleish

Megan, Lizzy and Sam are school gate mates if it weren’t for their children, they wouldn’t have much in common.

But when life throws a curve ball, the unlikely trio are forced to band together for the good of their community.

From the husband and wife TV comedy team, this is spot-on – full of funny, relatable moments.

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