Read The Children Act and join author Ian McEwan for a webchat


May Book of the Month: Ian McEwan's The Children Act is a deeply involving read about a female high court judge whose crumbling personal life begins to bleed into her work. Ian McEwan is one of our most eminent writers and we're delighted that he will be joining us for a webchat to discuss this and his other novels on Monday 1 June, 9-10pm.

Book giveaway: The Woman Who Stole My Life

The Woman Who Stole My Life

From bestselling author Marian Keyes comes this new laugh out loud novel about a very ordinary mum from Dublin, who's about to become the most influential women in the world… Apply for a free copy and join the discussion now.

"It's about having fire in your belly and going for it"


Michelle Mone co owner of of Ultimo Brands International and author of My Flight to the Top joined us for a Q&A, where she answered questions and shared her tips on building a successful business.

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.

Imaginary Friend? Tell us about it to win

Moone Boy

Ever had an imaginary friend? To celebrate the release of Moone Boy: The Blunder Years, we're giving away exclusive Moone Boy goodies to the MNer with our favourite make-believe companion.

"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.

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.

Book giveaway: All Aboard the Dinosaur Express

All Aboard the Dinosaur Express

With doors like pterodactyl wings and seats as comfy as allosaurus paws, the Dinosaur Express is a train like no other. We’re giving away 50 copies of this delightful picture book, perfect for dino- mad toddlers.  

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. 

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: 19-May-2015 at 2:52 PM