Welcome to the book-y corner of Mumsnet, a space packed with compelling guest author webchats, regular book giveaways and stimulating chats about brilliant books.

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Suitably scary reads

reading under covers

We asked for your favourite stories which are sure to send shivers down our spine this Halloween. From bewitching books great to read with children, to the terrifying tales you turn to for a fright, here are some of the top recommendations. 


Come and chat to author David Nicholls


Bookclub:  We're delighted that bestselling author of One Day, David Nicholls will be joining us on Thursday November 6 at 9pm for a discussion about his latest book novel, Us. Put the date in your diary or post a question for David in advance.

Book giveaway: The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

We've got 25 copies of The Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories to giveaway this week. The book features 10 beautifully illustrated stories written by Mumsnetters and Gransnetters, chosen by former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen. 

Free books! Apply for copy of November Book Club choice


Bookclubbers alert: November book of the month is Hannah Kent's haunting and gripping debut, Burial Rites. Described by one mumsnetter as: 'very atmospheric - unputdownable in my opinion.' We have 50 copies up for grabs.

Book giveaway: A Most Desirable Marriage

A Most Desirable Marriage

We've also got 50 copies of A Most Desirable Marriage to giveaway this week. Lawrence and Jo have enjoyed a strong marriage, the envy of their friends. But something’s wrong. Just how wrong, Jo is about to discover... 

Your stories published!

The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories

The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories - 10 stories chosen from 600 entries by a panel chaired by former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne - is out NOW. We've 25 free copies up for grabs - find out more.

Top tips from debut authors


'Everyone has a book in them,' as the saying goes. If you're waiting to unleash your own story, we've tapped into the wisdom of some of the debut novelists whose creations have been featured on Mumsnet, and asked them to come up with their top 10 tips for budding authors


Pride and Prejudice

Top rated: There's nothing worse than a dull book, (well, apart from classic books repackaged à la Twilight). Pick a good 'un every time by checking what other Mumsnetters have enjoyed.

Webchat with best-selling author Jojo Moyes


Bookclub: Jojo Moyes joined us to answer questions September bookclub choice The One Plus One as well as her other novels. During the webchat she answered questions about the joys and perils of social media, book covers and the film version of Me Before You.

"I would obviously beat Mary in a Bake Off."

Paul Hollywood

Webchat: Fresh from the final of the Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood joined us at MNHQ for a chat over some homemade cake. He gave out plenty of top baking tips, let us in on what really went down inside the GBBO tent, and shared fave recipes from his new book British Baking

Local Independent bookshops

the winding stair

Mumsnet Local editors have rounded up the best of the independent bookshops. Check out the list to find great book stores in your area.

Mumsnet cookbook: Top Bananas!

top bananas

We're giving away 30 copies of Mumsnet's first cookbook, Top Bananas! Loaded with 120 tried-and-tested recipes (by Mumsnetters), there's breakfasts, Sunday lunches, cooking with kids and heaps more. Plus watch the video for our three-minute sponge cake! 

Mumsnet guides

Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

Did you know that in addition to the vast repository of wisdom that is Mumsnet Talk, you can also get some of the best bits in book form? Find out more about our Mumsnet guides, including the Book of Bedtime Stories written by Mumsnetters. 



Last updated: 24-Oct-2014 at 11:10 PM