Books

  • Muddy book club: May

    Want to get lost in a good book? Here’s our pick of the new releases for the merry month of May

  • Muddy book club: April

    Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help, so clear space on your Kindle or bookshelves pronto

  • Muddy Book Club: March

    Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to getting even taller…. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – literary musings in the comment box below please!

  • New! Muddy book club: February

    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.

  • Muddy autumn reads

    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 […]

  • Muddy books: ‘The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop’, by Clare Balding

    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. […]

    • Wouldn’t you though?

      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.

    • Andy Rumbold: My Favourite Places

      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 […]

      • Top 10 chapter books for children

        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 […]

      • Top 10 picture books for children

        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 […]

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