Do you harbour literary ambitions? It seems almost everyone I speak to dreams of being a published author – one friend has put ‘write book’ on her list of new year’s resolutions every year for the last decade, while another has had a file on her computer called ‘Book’ (word count: 0) for as long as she can remember. Making that leap from pipe dream to picking out your dress for your launch party is a tricky business, to put it mildly.Read more
I love a good book, don’t you? Often Christmas and my summer hols are the only time I get to read, and my sister often comes up trumps on the stocking fillers with a decent read.
If you’re looking for a bit of guidance and inspiration, here is the second of the Muddy book guides to help you decide the best tomes for Christmas. As usual we’ve deployed an expert, this time Rachel at The Woodstock Bookshop.Read more
As the nights draw in and the fires come on, there’s nothing quite like getting lost in a good book. Affordable, educational and fun, books (the physical kind) also make great Christmas presents, too, creating memories that will last long after the wrapping paper has been torn off and thrown into the recycling. Trawling around independent book shops is also a treat, with great examples in Norwich, Holt, Swaffham and Wymondham to name but a few hotspots.Read more
Rarely do I meet a woman who has done so much with her life, but then Michelle Jermy is no ordinary woman. Academic, lecturer, fitness instructor and presenter, Michelle can now add ‘award-winning author’ to her long list of talents with the launch of her brilliantly frank (and frankly brilliant) – new book Pilates for Better Sex.Read more
Well yes, as well as being the muddy motto, and the mantra of most of the reprobate parents I consider my besties, Katie Kirby’s Hurrah for Gin is a parenting blog worth its weight in, well gin. I shy away from mummy blogs generally: I’m far from capable Louise with her 52 clean and neat, neat and clean children, but Katie has written a parent handbook that can drink others under the table.Read more
It’s 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born and ijustloveit.co.uk has launched a box set containing one-of-a-kind memorabilia. With just 250 for sale, fans should – erm, hop to it!Read more
Continuing our celebration of International Children’s Book Day on Saturday, here are the top 10 chapter books for children, courtesy of Muddy Stilettos Surrey.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone JK Rowling
No list of children’s books is complete without Harry Potter. Being among the original Harry Potter generation, I may be a little biased but I’ve seen so many non-readers converted by this wonderful series (including my husband!) J.K.Read more
It’s International Children’s Book Day on Saturday and our lovely Amber from Muddy Stilettos Surrey asked a local independent bookstore to name its top 10 picture books – here are the results:
What the Ladybird Heard Julia Donaldson (author) and Lydia Monks (illustrator)
A storytime favourite. Super villains Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the prize cow and only the ladybird can save the day!Read more