Books

Nick Hornby webchat

“I’m in a real run of female protagonists – their problems are inherently more dramatic”

Our June Book of the Month author Nick Hornby joined us to chat about Funny Girl, his forthcoming film adaptations and British comedy in the swinging 60s.

Funny Girl follows a Blackpool beauty queen who departs for London to join the burgeoning TV comedy scene – and lands a plum role in a brand new sitcom.

This sunny new novel is exactly like the popular culture it so expertly describes: uplifting, enjoyable and light-hearted. 

 


July Book of the Month: Fallout by Sadie Jones

Set in 1970s London, Fallout follows aspiring playwright Luke and beautiful but vulnerable actress Nina as they navigate painful relationships and volatile careers. Read and discuss the book on the thread in time for our July webchat with Sadie.

Featured debut: The Versions Of Us by Laura Barnett

We’re delighted to have Laura Barnett as our featured debut author for June, with her remarkable first novel The Versions Of Us. Tell us what you think of the book & check out Laura’s top ten writing tips for budding authors.



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.

Children's Summer Reads

Children's Summer Reads

The summer hols are fast approaching, and with them comes hours of quality reading time. Luckily for you, we’ve drawn up a list of this year’s best summer reads for kids – check ’em out.



Book giveaways: Julian Clary & Princess Mirror-Belle

We’ve got 100 children’s books to give away this week: Julian Clary’s The Bolds is a giggle-filled tale of a family of hyenas living in Teddington, while Princess Mirror-Belle & the Dragon Pox is brilliant for early readers. 

"Helen Walsh's depression very much coincided with something I felt at the time."

Marian Keyes

Last week Marian Keyes joined us for a webchat, to much excitement from Mumsnetters. Read what she had to say on the inspiration for her characters, her advice to budding novelists and the beauty of a chocolate Kimberly.



Competition: Share your tips on reading with toddlers to win £300 worth of books

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A strong case of the fidgets can often bring a cosy reading session to a (literally) screeching halt – share your top tips for reading with toddlers for the chance to win an amazing £300 worth of books.

"Every writer has had a book praised by one reader, and damned by another"

Ian McEwan joined us for a fascinating webchat this week – check out what he had to say on writing in a female voice, conjuring up characters and his greatest childhood literary inspiration.



5 reasons Judy Blume is a Mumsnet heroine

Last Monday was #Blumesday, when Mumsnetters profess their enduring love for the great Judy Blume. Read the 5 reasons Judy is a Mumsnet heroine.

Hadley Freeman: 6 reasons why 80s heroines rule

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Writer Hadley Freeman explains why 80s movie heroines wipe the floor with their modern counterparts. Hadley also joined us for a webchat this week – check out what she had to say.



Calling all aspiring authors!

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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. 

Local Independent bookshops

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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!

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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.