Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases? Make space on your Kindle or bedside table pronto for her February literary picks, and if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear them – you can write in the comment box at the bottom of the post.Read more
School is back, the days are getting shorter and there is a whiff of smoke in the air as log-burning stoves are fired up for the cooler autumn months. It’s also the month for literature. The London Literature Festival is on from 5-16 Oct and Guildford Book Festival is from 9-16 Oct. Muddy Surrey writer, Zoe Dudgeon gives us her bookish picks for autumn…
Whether or not you’re going back to school (or university) this autumn, everyone’s routines are suddenly re-aligned with the start of a new academic year.Read more
Children’s novels written by celebrities are nothing new. Darcey Bussell and ballet, Madonna’s morality tales, David Walliams’ bonkers stories about gangsta grannies and billionaire boys, even Paul McCartney has written for kids. And now it’s Clare Balding.
Clare’s new novel, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop, was released last week, and for horse-mad children, it’s a wonderful story. My nine-year-old mudette, is nuts about horses. So this weekend was spent curled up with this book.Read more
This is mindfulness, Vogue style. Never mind those fiddly geometrical colouring books, now grown-ups can go back to their coloured-pencil collections with fashion still firmly in mind.Read more
Andy Rumbold is the Cobham-based author of The Last Fiesta, his debut novel, published towards the end of last year. It’s set in Spain in the summer of 1995 and follows the hedonistic journey of four old school friends through the Basque countryside. Like any good book, there are twists and turns – dark truths emerge, dreadful revelations are exposed, and the trip changes their lives forever. Andy’s been shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize.Read more
As a prolific reader, I’m always on the lookout for good books that my children will enjoy reading. It can be a bit of a struggle sometimes though, and our bookshelves are lined with books, some of which have become family favourites (the entire Harry Potter series comes to mind, as does anything with Roald Dahl’s name on it the cover), while others have barely a crease in the spine.
It’s International Children’s Book Day on Saturday – and also the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish author of such favourite fairy tales as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling – so what a good excuse for me to hit up the lovely Emily Adsett-Raggett from The Haslemere Bookshop for her tips on the top 10 books for children.Read more
So we’re continuing with The Haslemere Bookshop’s selection of the best books for kids. In part 2, Emily Adsett-Raggett has given us her choice of the top 10 picture books. Part 1 gave us the top 10 chapter books. My mudlets are now a little old for these books, but I’ll certainly be buying a couple to share with my nieces and nephews.
And now it’s over to Emily…
What the Ladybird Heard Julia Donaldson (author) and Lydia Monks (illustrator)
A storytime favourite.Read more
I’m a bit of a book nut – it’s gotta be said. Apparently one of my first words as a small child was readabookdad. Although as an adult when my nose is in a good one, I do tend to block out the world around me and immerse myself completely in the fiction. That’s not always a good thing, I realise that. Lately though, I seem to have such little time for reading, so when I do pick up a book I want to be sure it’s a goodie.Read more