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


Webchat: Award-winning author Jessie Burton joined us to answer your questions about her debut novel, and our Book of the Month, The Miniaturist. During the webchat she talked about 17th Century merchant life, the dolls house at the Rijksmuseum that inspired the novel and how she penned a staggering 17 drafts before settling on the final manuscript.

Join the webchat with Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro

Book of the month: We're delighted that Kazuo Ishiguro OBE is author of our March book of the month, The Buried Giant and will be joining us for a webchat to chat about all his books, including Booker award winning Remains of the Day, on Thursday 9 April, 9-10pm. Apply now for a free copy of The Buried Giant.

Book giveaway: Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

We've got 50 copies of Behind Closed Doors to give away this week. When 14-year-old Sophie disappears one night, it looks at first as though she ran away. But as the police investigation unfolds, a wealth of secrets start coming to light. 

The Book of You: "brutal and unbearably tense"


Our first featured debut author this year is Claire Kendal and her chilling first novel The Book of You. This terrifying psychological thriller about obsession and power will have you reading late into the night. Read the book and join the Book Club discussion.

Fan of Don Tillman?


We're delighted that Graeme Simsion will be online between 9 and 10pm on March 11 to answer your questions about The Rosie Project and its sequel, The Rosie Effect. Furthermore Penguin have kindly offered up 50 copies of each book for grabs. Apply now for free copies.

Understanding the teenage brain


Why are teens messy, impulsive and angry? Leading Neuroscientist Dr Frances Jensen's latest book The Teenage Brain unveils some of the mysteries behind the adolescent mind. Post a question to Dr Jensen who will be joining us for a webchat in March.

"I wanted to know how he did it: blacksmith's son to earl"

wolf hall
If you're already hooked on BBC's much-anticipated adaptation of Wolf Hall, read our webchat with Hilary Mantel - taking in everything from Tudor politics to Cromwell's rehabilitation. 

"I think it's important to leave something to be discovered"


Author Emma Healey answered your questions about her Costa Award winning novel, Elizabeth is Missing. She talked about her own experience of dementia, finding inspiration from her grandmothers - and also gave us a glimpse of her next novel.

Must-read books for 2015


Resolved to read more in 2015? Mumsnet Book Club is the perfect place to pick up recommendations, discuss great fiction with like-minded readers, and put your questions direct to authors each month. Have a sneak peak at our Book Club line-up - and browse some of the other books we're eager to thumb through this year.

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.

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. 

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! 

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 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: 27-Feb-2015 at 3:04 PM