The Hive giveaway

The HiveMumsnet Introduces... is our feature introducing debut authors to the Mumsnet book-reading community. This month we're delighted to present Gill Hornby and her debut novel The Hive, which we feel is so Mumsnet-esque it could have been written on our very own discussion boards: PTAs, playground bickering and competitive parenting are the themes in this hilarious book.

As well as giving away copies of the book to review, Gill will be offering her tips for budding authors and answering questions about the book when she takes over @Mumsnetbookclub Twitter on Wednesday 25 June at 9pm. Here's a bit more about the book:

Welcome to St Ambrose Primary School. A world of friendships, fights and feuding. And that's just the mothers.

Meet Beatrice - undisputed queen bee.

Heather - desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate just to belong.

Georgie - desperate for a fag.

And Rachel - watching it all with one eyebrow raised, but soon to discover that the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one. 

This book giveaway is sponsored by
Little Brown



'An acute, funny and sometimes scary comedy of manners ... the literary debut of the year.' The Times

'Clever and witty ... through the minutiae of school-gate politics, Hornby skewers human nature with the sharpness of a parliamentary sketch writer. Anyone who has ever found themselves picked last for games or not invited for lunch will shudder with recognition ... subtle and insightful.' Sunday Times

'Genuinely charming.' Guardian

'Uproariously funny ... There's jealousy, despair, hope, fury, smugness and disappointment all crammed exhilaratingly together ... [and] a beautifully constrained love interest.' Angela Huth, Spectator

'The jokes are funny, the sad bits are sad and the tone strikes just the right mix of satire and affection. The result is a rich slice of literary entertainment.' Daily Mail

'With a wicked eye and a giant heart, Gill Hornby weaves a lively and hilarious tale that's pure fun. If you loved Bridget Jones's Diary ... The Hive is the book for you' Maria Semple, Author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?


Gill HornbyAbout the author

Gill Hornby is a writer and journalist. She lives with her husband, Robert Harris, and their four children in Kintbury, Berkshire. The Hive is her first novel.

Gill will be joining us to discuss the book on Wednesday 25 June at 9pm when she takes over @mumsnetbookclub. Everyone who joins Gill using the #TheHive will be entered into a draw to win £100 worth of books courtesy of LittleBrown publishers.

Follow Gill on Twitter @GillHornby.

Image credits: ©Gavin Smith, CameraPress London



Watch Gill Hornby talk about her debut novel, The Hive: 



If you receive a free copy of The Hive, we do expect you to post a review or leave a comment on the discussion thread.

This giveaway closes 10am, Thursday 8 May, so apply now. 





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