A really lovely author of very funny, sweet, intermittently tragic and extremely enjoyable novels about Irish women and their lives has passed away at the age of 72.
If you've never read her work, I strongly recommend starting with Light a Penny Candle, The Copper Beech, Circle of Friends* and Firefly Summer. Which is mostly saying, read all of them, and also buy them for your mother. These books are catnip for mothers.
*Yes, that one. The book is way better.