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Recommend me a "chick lit but better" book please.

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CeliaFate Mon 26-May-14 11:28:49

I love Mavis Cheek novels - funny, feminist, intelligent but easy reading. I'm looking for something in a similar vein. I've read JoJo Moyes, Isabell Wolff and found them ok but lacking something.
Any recommendations please?

Dysfunctional Mon 26-May-14 11:30:09

Nots on a Scandal is great. Not really Chick lit but easy reading, funny, female main characters

Dysfunctional Mon 26-May-14 11:30:21

Notes on a Scandal sorry

RiojaHaze Mon 26-May-14 11:32:10

Jill Mansell is really easy chick lit.

While not totally fitting into that genre, I just finished The Book Thief which was brilliant.

thegreylady Mon 26-May-14 11:35:45

For readable chick lit I like Carole Matthews, Trisha Astley and Susan Sallis.

QueenFuri Mon 26-May-14 11:38:41

I've just finished Every Woman for Herself by Trisha Ashley. I enjoyed it a lot was very funny, I love all her books though very readable. Katie Fforde's books are an easy read too.

Selendra Mon 26-May-14 11:39:23

Liane Moriarty, Dorothy Koomson

yummymumtobe Mon 26-May-14 11:41:13

Adele Parks and Jane Fallon are a bit better than the fluffy stuff.

CaulkheadUpNorth Mon 26-May-14 11:41:27

Marian Keyes? Maybe try The Rosie project too.

Trillions Mon 26-May-14 11:43:17

Jane Austen? Seriously!

BertieBotts Mon 26-May-14 11:44:36

Oh yes The Rosie Project is funny.

YouAreCompletelyRight Mon 26-May-14 11:45:07
Batmansunderpants Mon 26-May-14 11:46:15

Melanie La'brooy. I found myself laughing with her books.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 26-May-14 11:47:06

I really like Lucy Cavendish's trilogy - starts with Samantha Smythes Modrrn Family Journal. Sounds utterly twee but is really great.

Armi Mon 26-May-14 11:48:00

Focusing on the 'but better' bit.....'The Robber Bride' by Margaret Atwood is such a satisfying read. I love all her books.

CuntWagon Mon 26-May-14 11:49:26

Anna Maxted, haven't noticed anything new by her for a while but she was always good for chick lit with a more serious twist bit like Marian Keys.

LeBearPolar Mon 26-May-14 11:50:56

Most of the writers mentioned here are very standard chick lit - Jill Mansell, Carole Matthews, etc certainly don't deliver anything more.

How about Anita Shreve? And have you read Joanne Harris's Chocolat trilogy?

LeBearPolar Mon 26-May-14 11:52:50

I also like Emily Barr who writes about women, and there's usually a love story in there, but the novels are primarily mysteries of some kind.

The Truth about Lorin Jones - Alison Lurie.
Life and Loves of a She Devil - Fay Wheldon.
Brittle Joys - Sara Maitland.
Miss Pettigrew lives for a day - Winifred Watson.
Anything by Jane Austen.

LatinForTelly Mon 26-May-14 11:57:42

Kate Atkinson and Alice Munro. A step up from chick lit but very easy to read.

EduardoBarcelona Mon 26-May-14 11:57:51

alys always is a good thriller

agree notes on a scandal is great too

PolterGoose Mon 26-May-14 12:01:27

What about women private investigators type thing:

Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone series
Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series
Laura Lippmann's Tess Monaghan series

Or Marge Piercy?

CaulkheadUpNorth Mon 26-May-14 12:02:51

Of course! Read Anna Maxted. Favourite author for a while. How about Elizabeth Jane Howard too?

exexpat Mon 26-May-14 12:08:26

I quite like Elizabeth Berg - American, easy to read but a big more grown-up and substantial than pure chick-lit.

RNW Mon 26-May-14 12:10:05

Clare Chambers is excellent. Her book 'In a good light' is one I have read many times. Also love Curtis Sittenfeld, Kate Atkinson and enjoy Alison Sherlock and Kate Morton for easy reading.

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