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


Webchat: Author Ian McEwan joined us for an interesting and revealing webchat last night - he not only announced that Sweet Tooth is to be adapted for the big screen, but also sent book clubbers rushing off to buy The Gauntlet by Ronald Welsh, the book he names as his greatest childhood inspiration.

Check out what Ian had to say on writing in a female voice, conjuring up characters and more. 

Hadley Freeman: 6 reasons why 80s heroines rule


Writer Hadley Freeman explains why 80s movie heroines wipe the floor with their modern counterparts. Hadley also joined us for a webchat this week - check out what she had to say.

Book giveaway: The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

For young sleuths this week we're giving away 20 copies of The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow - a sumptuous mystery adventure story set in an Edwardian department store.

Book Giveaway: The Girls by Lisa Jewell

The Girls

Trusted friends become suspects when a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a communal garden. Lisa Jewell's new novel is out on 2 July - but you can get your hands on a copy before everybody else here.

Book Giveaway: The Turning Point

The Turning Point

Against all advice, a Canadian born musician and British children's writer attempt to make a relationship work across oceans and time zones. All seems well until fate deals a tragic card. Apply for a free copy of Freya North's new novel.

Introducing Carys Bray


We're delighted to have Carys Bray as our featured debut author this month with her remarkable first novel, A Song For Issy Bradley. Carys has also shared her writing tips for budding authors which we've added to our index of tips from debut authors.

Share memories of your home town to win great prizes


Do you live in the town you grew up in? If not, do you still go back and visit? Join the discussion  and you'll be entered into a competition to win signed books and a fantastic collection of Penguin goodies.

"We all want to run away sometimes. Remembering that, no-one feels like a stranger"


H Is For Hawk author Helen Macdonald dropped in recently for a webchat to discuss love, loss, the natural world and, of course, her beautiful goshawk Mabel.

Children's Book Club

Spring Books

Is there anything more satisfying than watching children develop a love of reading? Whether yours are already book worms or in need of a little encouragement, visit our Children's Book Club for recommendations, giveaways and loads more.

Calling all aspiring authors!

Video: To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Stormbreaker - the first novel from the hugely popular Alex Rider series - we caught up with author Anthony Horowitz and found out his top five tips for putting pen to paper. 

Check out our webchat with Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro

"Do I want to be a writer? Do I want to write? It sometimes takes people a long time to understand the difference." Kazuo Ishiguro, author of our March Book Of The Month: The Buried Giant and the Booker Award-winning Remains Of The Day, joined us for a webchat.

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.

10 ways to get your kids to enjoy the outdoors

Girl outdoors

To celebrate the release of 100 Family Adventures we asked Mumsnetters to share their top tips for getting children to explore the great outdoors. Here's a selection of our favourites. 

Your stories published!

The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories

The Mumsnet Book of Animal Stories - ten 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.

Mumsnet cookbook: Top Bananas!

top bananas

Top Bananas! is Mumsnet's first cook book and it's loaded with 120 tried-and-tested recipes (by Mumsnetters), there's breakfasts, Sunday lunches, cooking with kids and heaps more. Interested? 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. 

Browse our book library

Shelved books

Reading list: Stumped on your next book choice? Be inspired by our archive of Mumsnet book club choices. There's a wealth of wonderful novels.

Last updated: 02-Jun-2015 at 9:17 AM