April Alternative Book Club

April Alternative Book Club

As promised lovely Mamans please find herewith the April book recommendations from you lovely lot. Thanks to all those who got involved and if you have a book you would like to recommend for May please get in touch cheltenhammaman@gmail.com.

So our beautiful beauty writer Elizabeth Spry (and now proud Mum to the delectable Barnaby) recommends ‘I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, describing it as ‘unputdownable’. Sound like this one is a New York based crime thriller which is right up my street! Thanks for the tip Elizabeth!

The gorgeous Frankie Chapman (who has recently set up the very fun sounding Melody Mamas) tells me that the I Heart Series is perfect for those of you, like Frankie, who are suckers for a chick flick (the book version of anyway!) The series is written by Lindsay Kelk and it looks like I Heart New York is the place to start. With Hollywood and London featuring as some of the follow up novels if you get hooked on this one for a bit of time to switching off from the perils of motherhood you needn’t worry that you’ll run out of material anytime soon. Thanks Frankie!

Beth Campagne, owner of The Little Dot Company (who will have a stand with their amazing wares at Maman Goes Pop! ) recommends A Thousand Splendid Suns by by the Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. (I too have read this and can attest to it’s brilliance!)

Beth says ‘The book focuses on the relationship of two Afghan women generationally divided but with stark parallels in their life-experiences and oppressive treatment made me fully appreciate that we really know very little about people of the world.’

Jude Freeman kindly recommended the follow up novel to one of my favourites that I mentioned in my last Book Club blog. The Breakdown by B A Paris is a bestseller. B A Paris does psychological thrillers so very well and you are likely to race through these thrillers in just a few days. This one is next on my reading list I think!

Linda Gillatt recommended a bit of good old Jilly Cooper and I’m now three quarters of the way through her latest ‘Jump‘ and can testify that for those of you who enjoyed Jilly’s earlier tales of Rupert Campbell Black, Roberto Ranaldini and co you won’t be disappointed. All set in a fictional Cotswold village Jilly tells fairly complicated tales brilliantly and you don’t have to wear jodhpurs to get sucked right into it.

Finally – if you are one of the three people on the planet yet to read The Unmumsy Mum Diary by the wonderful Sarah Turner then it’s time to get with the programme. A brilliant, honest account of the life of a new MumBoss it’s a great read and will make you feel so much better about your attempts at being a responsible parent. I’m sitting alongside Sarah at the launch of The Parent Pause in Rugby tonight and am looking forward to telling you all that she is just as genuine in person as she comes across in her writing! (She must be!) Sarah… I know you’ve topped best seller lists all over the world but surely being featured in the CheltenhamMaman alternative book club is as good as it gets?


Big thanks to all of you who sent in a suggestion. I couldn’t even begin to squeeze them all in but will revisit your suggestions for future months. Keep them coming in!

Happy Reading Maman Bookworms.  Also if you missed last month’s recommendations take a look here.



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