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


Bookclub: 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, recently joined us for a webchat to discuss his work.

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.

Competition: Win a 100 Wonderland Wicker Hamper


Share your favourite Alice In Wonderland characters to win a fabulous £100 Wonderland Wicker Hamper! Tell us who your favourite is and soon you could be grinning like a Cheshire Cat...

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 books set in Paris


Henry Miller said "When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise". To celebrate the beginning of the new season we’ve put together a list of our favourite books for both adults and children set in the City of Light. 

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.

Book giveaway: You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus

You Can't Take an Elephant on a Bus

This week we're giving away 50 copies of You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus, the hilarious new rhyming book by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman - guaranteed to result in peals of giggles.

Book giveaway: Julius Zebra

Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans

Madagascar meets Gladiator in Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! – an action-packed illustrated chapter book series, set in Roman times. Enter now for a chance to win one of 25 copies.

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.


Last updated: 15-Apr-2015 at 1:05 PM