Book of the Month: H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald


April Book of the Month is a hybrid of memoir, nature writing and biography. Author Helen MacDonald fell in love with hawks as a young girl and following the sudden death of her father, she decided to train a goshawk, famous for its tricky nature. This is a remarkable book about death, love, memory, landscape and human frailty. Read the book and join Helen for a webchat on Wednesday 30 April, 9-10pm.

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.

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. 

Top tips from debut authors

If I fall if I die

Our featured debut author Michael Christie shares his tips for budding authors.  If you're waiting to unleash your own story, read the top tips from other debut authors who have been featured on Mumsnet.

Paperback or e-reader? Join the debate to win 100 of books


Are e-readers the future? Or does paper beat tablet every time? Let us know which reading medium you prefer and why, and you'll be entered into a draw to win a £100 bundle of books OR e-books.

Zoe Williams: Why We Deserve Better Politics


Guardian columnist and author Zoe Williams joined us for a webchat to discuss her latest book, Get It Together. She also shared her thoughts on Nigel Farage, Russell Brand and the Labour Party's pink buses. 

Best new books for older children

Teen reading

In need of some new reading material for the DC this Easter? Take a look at our favourite new books for 9-12 year-olds and teens. Visit our Children's Book Club for more comps and giveaways.

E-book giveaway: More Than Enough by Liza Hoeksma

More Than Enough

Struggling to cope with an unexpected pregnancy, Katie turns to a friend for support. But what line does a friendship have to cross to jeopardise a family's future?

Audio book giveaway: Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

Blood on Snow

For audio book lovers this week we're giving away 50 copies of Blood on Snow, the tense new Jo Nesbo novel which tells the story of a hitman hired to kill the women he's fallen for. 

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. 

Catch up on our webchat with Jon Ronson


The peerless Jon Ronson joined us for a webchat where he talked about his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, detailing his experiences of - and involvement in - various Twitterstorms.  

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.

"Amsterdam was a perfect city to explore a secretive world"


Jessie Burton joined us to answer your questions about her debut novel, The Miniaturist. During the webchat she talked about 17th Century merchant life, the dolls house that inspired the novel and the 17 drafts she penned before settling on the final manuscript.

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. 

Join book club

Book club giveaway

If Goodnight Moon was the last book you finished and your brain is starting to atrophy, it's high time you joined Mumsnet book club. Brain-stimulating banter guaranteed. And free copies of our chosen books up for grabs, too.

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: 23-Apr-2015 at 10:39 AM