"Every writer has the experience of having a book praised by one reader, damned to hell by another"

In yesterday's webchat, author Ian McEwan exclusively announced the movie adaption of his novel Sweet Tooth - and sent MNers rushing off to buy The Gauntlet by Ronald Welsh, which he names as his greatest childhood inspiration.

Charles Kennedy dies

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In the news: the family of Charles Kennedy, the former Liberal Democrat party leader, have announced "with great sadness, and an enormous sense of shock" the sudden death of the much-respected former MP.

15 game-changing beauty products

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Style and beauty: Mumsnetters present their ultimate beauty shopping list - 15 products they feel genuinely make a difference and, crucially, are worth the wonga.

Vote Gransnet and help get older people online

Gransnet: We're proud to announce our sister site for grandparents has been shortlisted for a Tech4Good award - and needs your help to win. Watch the video, and if you like it, vote! They grow up so fast <sniff>...

Find your dream job NOW (it's never too late!)

Our mission is to make life easier for parents, so we've launched Mumsnet Jobs - careers that work for you and your family, all in one place. With vacancies from Ipsos Mori, HSBC and more, what are you waiting for?

Win a Kari-me wrap and baby clothes

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Review of the Month: Write any nursery review this month and you'll be automatically entered into our draw to win a Kari-me wrap, baby hat and leggings. Perfect if you want to give slings a go, or fancy treating a friend.

"How I communicate with my non-verbal child"

Guest post: When her son was 10 days old, Abstract Lucas was told he would never walk or talk. She describes how much progress they've made together, and how important it is for 'outsiders' to speak to her boy, too. 

"What happens to ambition when we have children?"

Guest post: Following the launch of our Jobs boardHead in Book debunks some 'working mum' stereotypes, and asks whether women really trade fulfilment for flexibility when they become mothers. 

The princess who was written out of history

Book Club: We've 50 free copies of Anita Anand's remarkable new biography Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary - find out how you can nab one, and how Anand uncovered Sophia's astonishing story.

Free books up for grabs - for you and the kids

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

For young sleuths this week we've giving away 20 copies of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow. And for your own literary enjoyment we've got 20 copies of The Girls by Lisa Jewell as well as 50 copies of The Turning Point by Freya North.

Baby names: Moon Unit or plain Jane?

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Naming baby: Stumped for monickers? Fending off in-law suggestions to name your child after Great Aunt Hildegard? You need our patented Baby Name Finder...

Pregnancy calendar: week-by-week from conception to birth


Week by week: From bundle of cells to bundle of joy, find out how your body and your baby are changing, in our calendar.

Getting pregnant: advice and tips


Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards.

Weaning babies: how to do it

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Your questions answered: Worried about when and how to move your baby on to solid food? We've distilled MN wisdom on the messy business of moving your baby on from a milk-only diet.

The Big Toddle


Join in the Barnardo’s Big Toddle! Organise a short sponsored walk for your Toddlers and invite friends and family to raise money for the UKs most vulnerable under 5s.

Flamingo - a Family Friendly company

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Flamingo has a progressive, nurturing company culture, with a raft of initiatives to promote sharing and wellbeing: flexible working; weekly yoga; Wednesday breakfasts… That's why they received a gold Mumsnet Family Friendly Award.