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April book of the month: Americanah


Americanah is the third novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Orange Prize winner Half of a Yellow Sun. Chimamanda tackles the enormous subject of race with such vitality and intelligence that you speed through the pages enchanted in this epic love story. Post a Q for our author webchat Tues 29 April 9-10pm.

Non-Fiction book of the month: Maggie & Me

Maggie & Me

Our non-fiction choice for April is the deeply moving and tragi-comic Maggie & Me by Damian Barr. Maggie (Thatcher) is a shadow presence in Barr's growing-up. Not a hate figure, nor an idol, but a catalyst to getting up and out of a difficult childhood: "Be strong, Maggie told us all. Get educated. Get away. That's what she said. I listened." 

The best books set in Paris


"When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise," wrote Henry Miller. With spring in the air we've rounded up the best books set in Paris. Read and be transported to the glittering City of Light. 

Book giveaway

Life Stinks

We're giving away 50 copies of Life Stinks!, the hilarious first book in the brand new Knightmare Series from Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Peter Bently. Following the misadventures of trainee knight Cedric Thatchbottom, the comical characters, battles, puns and poo are guaranteed to keep your DC's laughing. 

Pretty Witty Cakes competition

Pretty Witty Cakes Sugarcraft characters

Competition: To mark the publication of Suzi Witt's wonderful book Pretty Witty Cakes Book of Sugarcraft Characters, we're inviting you to share pictures of your sugarcraft creations to win an annual membership to Pretty Witty Cakes worth £99. Also try making Suzi's adorable zebra and alien characters. 

Paula Daly's debut author tips

Just What Kind Of Mother Are You

Mumsnet Introduces... this month's author Paula Daly, whose debut thriller Just What Kind of Mother Are You? is currently gripping Mumsnetters nationwide. Read Paula's advice to budding novelists in her debut author tips.

Independent bookshops, round your way

Open sign in bookshop window

Mumsnet Local: Support your local independent bookshop. Our Local editors have rounded up the best of the bunch where you are.

Books I'd give my 10-year-old-self

girl reading book

To celebrate the 10th birthday of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, we asked Mumsnetters what book they'd give to their 10-year-old self. The responses were many and varied; we've rounded up 20 of the most popular.

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.

Favourite children's books

Judy Blume

Childhood favourites: Emma Donoghue thrived on the Narnia series, Betsy Tobin loved Judy Blume and Kate Atkinson is a Just William fan. Discover which books inspired your favourite authors.





Last updated: 17-Apr-2014 at 10:53 AM