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Books might just be the most underrated kind of present – they promise entertainment, enlightenment, and will always remind us of the loved one who gave them to us. This Mother’s Day, here are 10 books we’ll be gifting (and hoping to receive ourselves).

‘Dear Mum’ edited by Samuel Johnson
If you could tell your mum anything, what would it be? From Samuel Johnson comes an honest, moving, emotionally memorable collection of letters to their mothers from some of Australia’s most notable notables – Patti Newton, Guy Pearce, Amanda Keller, Rebecca Gibney, Peter Helliar, Jacqui Lambie, Turia Pitt, Shannon Noll and many more. A whole-hearted, warm and emotional assembly of letters celebrating motherhood. The perfect gift for the mum in your life.
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‘This Has Been Absolutely Lovely’ by Jessica Dettmann
Molly’s a millennial home organiser about to have her first baby. Her mum, Annie, will help with the childcare – everyone else’s parents do. But Annie’s dreams of music stardom have been on hold for thirty-five years, paused by childbirth then buried under her responsibilities. As Molly and her siblings gather in the family home one summer, shocking revelations come to light. Everyone is forced to confront the question of what it means to be a family.
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‘Mama Rising’ by Amy Taylor-Kabbaz
Journalist Amy Taylor-Kabbaz set out to uncover all that she could about the latest research on matrescence – the transition a woman undergoes when she becomes a mother. Read her interviews with experts, case studies and Amy’s own tried-and-tested advice on how to reconnect with the woman you are underneath all that washing, cleaning and caring.
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‘My Daughter’s Wedding’ by Gretel Killeen
Equal parts hilarious and profound, award-winning author, artist and host Gretel Killeen explores the confounding complexity, wild terrain, mountains, valleys, and quicksand found in three generations of mother-daughter love. When her daughter Hope calls out of the blue, the first time in four years, Nora finds herself with a wedding to plan and relationships to repair. Will she be able to prove her worth as a mother and regain her daughter’s love?
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‘You Are Enough’ by Cassie Mendoza-Jones
Why have we become so worried about what other people think of us? What is our infatuation with comparison, and how can it impact us on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels? Cassie shares practical tools for getting out of the comparison trap, so that you can learn to accept yourself as you are and revel in the sense of peace and ease that this brings.
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‘How To Do The Work’ by Dr Nicole LePera
Dr Nicole LePera is a clinical psychologist who became frustrated with the one-hour-of-therapy-a-week ‘how does that make you feel’ model. Her own breakdown forced her to question the traditional therapy model and to develop tools for her own healing from childhood trauma. Through @the.holistic.psychologist, she amassed over 900,000 followers in less than a year. Now, Dr LePera is ready to share her much-requested protocol with the world.
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‘Simple, Soulful, Sacred’ by Megan Dalla-Camina
A guidebook for the modern woman who seeks clarity and guidance on how to live the life of her dreams, on her own terms – the mothers, teachers, healers, light workers, dreamers, creators, and leaders. If you are ready to find your voice, speak your truth and own your power, all whilst living life with less hustle and more flow, this is the book for you.
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‘Worth: An Inspiring True Story’ by Bharti Dhir
This powerful memoir of overcoming abandonment, discrimination and adversity will inspire you to find strength from within, nurture your self-worth and shape your own destiny. In this sometimes heart-wrenching memoir, an uplifting message shines through: Bharti reminds us that we’re all worthy, no matter who we are or what we’ve experienced, and that we can lead a full, joyous life, no matter what it throws at us.
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‘The Mirror and the Palette’ by Jennifer Higgie
Her story weaves in and out of time and place – she’s Frida Kahlo, Suzanne Valadon and Artemisia Gentileschi. She’s haunting museums in her paint-stained dress, railing against her corsets, her husband and her brothers, dreaming in her bedroom, working day and night in her studio. Despite the immense hurdles that have been placed in her way, she sits at her easel, picks up a mirror and paints a self-portrait because, as a subject, she is always available.
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‘Second First Impressions’ by Sally Thorne
From the bestselling Australian author of The Hating Game comes the clever, funny and unforgettable story of Teddy, a muscular, tattooed man hired as an assistant to two mischievous elderly women, under the watchful eye of a beautiful young retirement home manager, Ruthie. Will Teddy survive the old women’s antics and remind Ruthie there’s more to life than work?
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