It’s that time of year again, when you’re wracking your brains for ideas to make your mum feel special this Mothering Sunday. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
We know every mum is different: quirky, caring, and often slightly mad, but brilliant in her own way. Scroll down for the best book-shaped surprises Pushkin has to offer for something to wow each and every mum.
For mums who love an armchair adventure
Teffi’s Memories is the perfect gift if your mum loves to travel the seven seas from the comfort of the sofa. The writer and satirist Teffi was a literary sensation in Russia until war and revolution forced her to leave her country for ever. Memories is her blackly funny and heartbreaking account of her final, frantic journey into exile across Russia-travelling by cart, freight train and rickety steamer-and the ‘ordinary and unheroic’ people she encounters.
For mums who want the next big thing
If your mum always likes to be ahead of the curve, get her Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by the brilliant Dorthe Nors. A household name in Denmark, Dorthe has just been longlisted for this year’s International Man Booker Prize. Mirror, Shoulder Signal is the story of Sonja, over forty, and trying to move in the right direction. She’s learning to drive. A poignant, sharp-witted tale of one woman’s journey in search of herself when there’s no one to ask for directions.
For mums who love history
If your mum likes to journey back in time within the pages of her latest read, introduce her to Iris Origo this Mother’s Day. Start with War in Val D’Orcia, Origo’s bestselling diaries of living through WWII in Tuscany. At great personal risk, the Origos gave food and shelter to refugees and took in evacuees; as the front drew closer they faced the knowledge that the lives of thirty-two small children depended on them. Origo writes of human acts of heroism and compassion, and the devastation that war can bring.
For mums who love a thrill
Is your mum a compulsive crime fiction reader? She’ll love María Angélica Bosco, Argentina’s answer to Agatha Christie. One of Argentina’s greatest detective stories, Death Going Down is a postwar tale of survival and extortion, obsession and lies, shot through with some of history’s darkest hours. An engrossing read sure to keep her rapt until the final page is turned.
For mums who love a quirky read
If your mum is always on the lookout for something different, our brilliant new Japanese Novellas series should be right up her street. Choose from Record of a Night too Brief from the author of the bestselling Strange Weather in Tokyo, or the Akutagawa Prize winning Spring Garden, both with gorgeous cover designs from the brilliant Nathan Burton.
Head to our shop and browse our Mother’s Day reads now (plus get free delivery when you spend over £10!)