Books For New Mums That Have Absolutely Nothing To Do With Babies

The perfect naptime escapism.

The only books most new mums get the chance to read are either made of thick cardboard or full of advice on nap-times and nappy rash. After having a baby, the formerly simple act of reading for pleasure suddenly seems like a self-indulgent luxury, like taking a bath or going for a walk on your own.

As a result, the mind-numbing act of scrolling through social-media too often takes the place of tucking into a gripping read.

But not all books require lengthy spells of concentration. There are plenty out there that can be read in short naptime-length bursts – and we’re not just talking about the ‘toilet’ books and ‘stocking fillers’ they stack by the counter in bookshops.

From inspirational autobiographies and intelligent, common-sense self-help guides to short stories from some of Britain’s best aspiring writers and the modern woman’s feminist manifesto – these (strictly non-parenting) books will give you a well-earned break from motherhood, albeit for just a few minutes a day.

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