Summer reads

While you’re rushing around stuffing suncream and flip flops into suitcases, the last thing on your mind is which books to take on holiday with you. But don’t worry – we have your back.

Simply 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.


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.

Book Giveaway: 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. Apply for a free copy of the book and check out Debbie’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 giveaway: The Sound of Whales

The Sound of Whales

This week we’re giving away 50 copies of The Sound of Whales by Kerr Thomson, winner of The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction competition.

"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.

Book giveaway: Royal Wedding


Love Meg Cabot? We’re giving away 15 copies of the first ever book in the Princess Diaries series aimed at adults. In this instalment Mia and her long term boyfriend decide to get married, but it’s not long before their plans go awry.

"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


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!

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

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.