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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Best fiction for Christmas

Want a thoughtful, lasting present for friends and family? Browse our pick of fabulous and fascinating fiction titles: there's something to whet every literary appetite.


Could you write a novel?


Think you've got a novel in you, but despair of ever being published? The winner of ourfantastic competitionwill be represented by renowned literary agencyJanklow and Nesbit - so don't put it off, get writing now!

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.

November Book Club choice: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


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.' Read and join the author Q&A.

"One Day came from a paragraph in Tess of the d'Urbervilles"


Book club webchat:Bestselling author David Nicholls joined us to talk about his new novel, Us. See what he had to say on the difficulties of appreciating Great Art, being a parent and his 'Douglas tendencies'

Book giveaway: Nowhere to Go

Nowhere to Go

We've got 50 copies of Nowhere to Go to giveaway this week, where bestselling author and foster carer Casey Watson shares the shocking true story of Tyler, an abused eleven-year-old who, after stabbing his step-mother, had nowhere else to go.

Book giveaway: Things We Couldn't Explain

Things We Couldn't Explain

Two lovesick teenagers are caught in a religious maelstrom, where science, faith and doubt clash as never before. Things We Couldn’t Explain the beautifully written, brilliantly witty coming-of-age story and we’ve got 50 copies to giveaway this week.

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.

"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: 19-Nov-2014 at 11:49 AM