Join me each month as I highlight my favourite NoMo—not mothers—books. Stories I’ve found where women are celebrated without being defined by their parental status.
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Confessions of a Forty-Something Fuck Up
I’ve been holding on to this one for almost a year, and I’m so pleased to finally be sharing it with you! Confessions tells the story of Nell, a forty-something who finds her life turned upside down when her business (and relationship) goes bust and she has to move back to London from Los Angeles.
Hilarious, wise and important for our community, I loved this book and hope you will too.
NB: Because I read this book such a long time ago (before I had the website up and running!), I haven’t written a full review – but you can check out my Goodreads post here.
Cathy’s Christmas Kitchen by Tilly Tennant
It’s that time of year again when everything is covered in a sprinkle of glitter and this book is no exception. It’s a sweet, easy Christmas read that I hope will bring a little joy to the dark evenings.
Cathy lives alone after losing her mum to a long, difficult illness. As her primary carer for the last decade of her life, Cathy is left at a loss both emotionally and practically. While her job at a flower stall brings her lots of happiness, she finds herself looking for more and meets some wonderful characters along the way. She befriends a similarly childless woman at a local coffee morning and so begins a weekly cookery club that will enrich Cathy’s life in all the ways one would expect from a light-hearted contemporary love story.
Read my full review here (with trigger warnings) on the blog, along with a very special Q&A with the author!
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Matt Haig’s magical fourth book for adults is a rare and timely treat – brutally honest and excruciatingly sad, while also being one of the most uplifting books I’ve read this year. Quite the achievement!
Nora wants to die. Her life hasn’t gone the way she had hoped it would and she’s quite frankly had enough. An attempt to end her life results in an exploration of ‘The Midnight Library’; a place where every life she could have dreamed for herself can become a reality. All she must do is open a book.
Read my full review here (with trigger warnings) on the blog.
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
I found this book after it was recommended to me on Facebook while I was searching for childless heroines. Keiko is thirty-six, childless, single and has worked full-time in a convenience store since she was eighteen years old.
The story follows Keiko as she considers her life choices and the expectations she feels she should meet from those around her.
A short book, but a sweet one which gives a voice to a member of society who can so easily be overlooked. The humour is often dark and dry but sincere; the voice of Keiko is utterly believable and fresh.
Click here to read my full review (with trigger warnings) on the blog.
So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know – Retta
You may recognise Retta from NBC’s Parks and Recreation or Netflix’s Good Girls. But before she was a TV star she was a stand-up comedian with a taste for expensive coffee and designer handbags. This outrageously funny autobiography gives us mere mortals a glimpse into what those LA parties are really like, and how Retta reacted when she met the real Michael Fassbender.
Fans of hot beverages, Hamilton and hockey will roar along with Retta in this wonderful debut. If ‘just reading’ such a fabulous story isn’t quite enough for you, the audiobook version is read by the author so you can close your eyes and imagine you’re sipping champagne in the bright lights of Hollywood too…