Books

Our September Book Club choice is The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters' latest novel is a triumph – a pulse-racing historical thriller with a sweeping romance at its centre. Enjoy it with a poolside margarita and join our webchat with Sarah on the 29th September.

 


"Work hard, keep it balanced, listen to Hemingway"

Our latest featured debut book comes from Australian author Brooke Davis. Lost & Found is a beautiful story of loss and discovery, inspired by Brooke's own struggle to cope after her mother's death. Tell us what you thought, and read Brooke's top ten writing tips

September Book Of The Month: Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Purity

We're delighted to announce our September Book of the Month author: America's most acclaimed contemporary novelist, Jonathan Franzen.
His latest book Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity and murder.



Webchat with Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen

Julian Clary

Webchat: We're pleased to announce that Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen will be joining us for a webchat on Wednesday 2 Sept at 12pm

Book Giveaway: Without A Trace

Lesley Pearse

Without a Trace is the heart-wrenching new novel by bestselling author Lesley Pearse. Discuss the book and read the exclusive Q&A with Lesley here.



Books for starting school

Starting school: exciting for some, terrifying for others. We've rounded up a list of trusty books to prepare children, (and parents) for their first term.

The best children's book festivals in 2015

The Woman In The Picture

Summer's coming to an end but there's still plenty of brilliant children's book festivals to visit in 2015.
Check out where your nearest festival is, and read suggestions by Mumsnetters for where to visit next time.



10 annoying book tropes

Annoying book tropes

Scatty heroines? Twee titles? Lack of basic research into the female anatomy?
Mumsnetters share the 10 things that get their literary goat.

Get 50% off our Mumsnet Rated Macmillan Book Of The Month

Mumsnet Rated Macmillan

Ben Mantle's The Best Birthday Present Ever has been awarded the Mumsnet Rated Macmillan Book of the Month. Download a special voucher to get a 50% discount off the book in WH Smith, and check out more titles that have been rated this month by a Mumsnet Panel.



Recommended summer reads - paperbacks and ebooks

Take your pick from 12 feather-light paperbacks that you can squeeze in next to your swimming gear, or one of 12 brand new books to download on your e-reader. Blume, Franzen, Mitchell and Waters all feature – as well as some exciting up-and-comers.

Top writing tips from debut authors

Summer hols are coming, with ample time not only for reading, but for writing too. Keen to get scribbling but unsure of where to start? Check out our page full of writing tips from all our featured debut authors.



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.

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.