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Posted by Emma Pagano on 8th Mar 2020

Four top picks for Mother’s Day

The Mirror and the Light [9780007480999]   The Dutch House [9781526614964]   Grown Ups [9780718179748]   The Guest List [9780008297169]

It’s Mother’s Day soon – why not show her how special she is with a book by one of her favourite authors? We’ve got thousands of titles to choose from, but if you’re in need of inspiration, here are four of our current bestsellers – all available for delivery in 2-6 working days.

Hilary Mantel’s  The Mirror and the Light is the most anticipated novel since the final Harry Potter. Fans have been waiting eight years for this last book in the Wolf Hall trilogy, and if your mum’s among them, this is one gift that will make her day. Concluding the story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise and fall, it opens with Henry VIII’s chief minister riding high. He has brought down Anne Boleyn, paving the way for the King’s happy marriage to Jane Seymour, and a grateful Henry garlands him with honours. But when Jane dies, rebellions rise up in the North and enemies abroad threaten England, Cromwell’s position becomes increasingly precarious. We know what happens next – but spoilers or not, this is still a riveting, unmissable tale.  The Mirror and the Light is available on our website for £14.50, saving you a massive £10.50 on the RRP.

Like The Mirror and the Light, Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House has made the longlist for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Hailed by the Sunday Times as Patchett’s ‘finest novel yet’, it’s a stunning family saga told over five decades. At its heart are two siblings, Danny and Maeve, abandoned by their mother but devoted to each other. Their life at the Dutch House – a luxurious mansion named for the previous owners, the VanHoebeeks – is comfortable and happy: until their father brings home Andrea. Her arrival will lead to their banishment from their childhood home, and shape the course of their lives. Spanning several timelines, and told from Danny’s point of view, this poignant novel about love, loss, and the bond between brother and sister is an absorbing, warm-hearted modern fairytale. You can find it on our  site for just £11.28, a saving of £7.71 on the publisher’s price.

There’s more family drama in Marian Keyes’  Grown Ups, which centres round the Caseys: brothers Johnny, Ed and Liam, their wives Jessie, Cara and Nell, and their children and stepchildren. They’re a contented, close-knit clan, always meeting up for big family get-togethers. But secrets lurk beneath the surface – and they all start to come out at Johnny’s birthday party when Cara, concussed and careless, reveals truths that could tear this happy family apart. This is Marian Keyes’ 14 th novel, and her best so far – epic, ambitious in its scope (she tackles issues ranging from bulimia to the Syrian refugee crisis) and full of warmth, wit and empathy. It’s available on  our site for £13, saving you £7 on the list price.

Finally, a wedding turns deadly in Lucy Foley’s  The Guest List. Her debut crime novel,  The Hunting Party, was a No. 1 bestseller and The Guest List looks set to replicate that success. It’s another locked-room mystery, this time set on a remote Irish island, where a group of guests gather to celebrate the marriage of TV star Will and his glamorous bride Jules. But as the festivities get underway, jealousies and resentments come to the fore and tensions build. A storm rages outside the marquee, and as the lights go out, a scream is heard. Someone has been found dead – but who? Flashing back to the day before, we hear from five members of the wedding party – Jules, bridesmaid Olivia, best man Johnno, wedding planner Aoife and ‘plus one’ Hannah. As each tells their story, secrets and lies are revealed, grudges laid bare and motives for murder become clear… If your mum loves a thrilling murder mystery, this twisty, suspenseful whodunnit is sure to please. You can order it from  our site for £8.89, saving you £4.10.