Books

Webchat with Jonathan Freedland – Thursday 6 August, 1-2pm

Guardian journalist and author Jonathan Freedland is joining us for a webchat on Thursday 6 August at 1pm.

Jonathan's new thriller, The 3rd Woman, is his first published under his own name – he has previously written a series of critically-acclaimed thrillers under his pen name, Sam Bourne. Join us on Thursday or post a question to Jonathan now.

 


"I've had my knees botoxed (wear and tear in the 90s)"

Julian Clary

Webchat: Julian Clary joined us to talk about The Bolds, his first book for children. Catch up on what he had to say on everything from Rupert the Bear to how he survived Celebrity Big Brother.

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.



Book Giveaway: The Woman In The Picture

The Woman In The Picture

London, 1926. Evie Gifford, one of the first female lawyers in Britain, is squaring up to the greatest challenge of her law career when she receives with a wholly unexpected marriage proposal. The Women in the Picture is the sequel to bestseller The Crimson Rooms – apply now for a free copy.

August Book Of The Month: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

The Paying Guests

Our Book Club choice for August, 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.



Competition: what funny things has your tot got mixed up about?

The Mouse Who Reached The Sky

Mustard tastes “spiky”, radiators are “radi-heaters” – this week we're asking you what funny things your DC has got mixed up about, for a chance to win a gorgeous Little Mouse hamper.

Recommended reads for the Summer Reading Challenge

Summer Reading Challenge

We're very proud to support this year's Summer Reading Challenge, encouraging children aged 5-12 to read six or more library books during the holidays. Check out our recommended Challenge reads and more.



Featured debut: The Bones Of You by Debbie Howells

We're delighted to have Debbie Howells as our new featured debut author, with her remarkable first novel The Bones Of You. Read more about the book and check out Debbie's top ten writing tips for budding authors.

Meet the author: Susan Lewis

Our brand new Meet the Author feature brings you fabulous works by lesser-known writers – and we are proud to introduce Susan Lewis alongside her latest title, Too Close To Home.



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.