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World Book Day: What We’re Reading Now

There has been much cursing of World Book Day/Book Week on my social media from friends rolling eyes at having to dress their children as a book character. Not from me. I was thrilled. (Mind you, I was not – this year – dressing a boy, and most of the complaints seemed to be about small boys only wanting to be superheroes.) Books to me are as essential as oxygen. They are pillars of civilisation (note that only really bad characters – fictional or otherwise – burn books). Here’s what we – and our minis – are reading right now……

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Five Books to Read Now

I’ve not been reading as much as I would like (i.e. a LOT) since the advent of my little boy’s arrival and the ensuing lack of free (any time) and theft of sleep (actually, he’s been remarkably good – don’t shoot me – but we have now hit teething). The other evening I went to bed early, determined that I will conquer Wolf Hall (I love Hilary Mantel and think the woman is a god, but this title has thus far eluded me. No longer – had tiredness not insisted, I would have kept reading til the small hours). But when I finish with Hilary, here’s what’s on my reading list. (I’m not straying too far into the year as I have no desire to wish the time away and I also find it rather irritating to be told about a book I simply ‘must’ read, only to find that it’s not published for nine months. (Of course, we’ve already previewed three of this year’s hottest books.)…

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Christmas Competition day 5: Win next year’s hottest books

  THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED As a special treat, we have not one, but two Christmas competitions for you today! As well as a pair of stunning La Paire shoes (see the post below) we have something to keep you busy over the festive period. Books are – to all right-thinking people – mandatory at Christmas time. (I re-read A Christmas Carol (and weep) every year and have just ordered Jeeves and the Yuletide Spirit as I’m totally in the festive swing of things.) We know you love books – so we’re super-excited about this prize. We have five sets of three of next year’s hottest books up for grabs (yep, as in 2015; as in you’re getting a sneak preview of not-yet-published-novels). That’s your festive reading sorted.…

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Early Christmas present shopping – 20% off The Hounds of Falsterbo

Last year, we told you all about the beautifully illustrated children’s book The Hounds of Falsterbo, which was recently given a Highly Commended Award in the Junor Design Awards. Author and illustrator Jules Nilsson (who wrote this fascinating piece on parenting in Sweden for us) has recently launched new paperback (£5.99) and board book (£4.99) versions of The Hounds of Falsterbo, as well as a cd of songs and audio book (£3.99) inspired by the story. As a special early Christmas present, we have an exciting discount for you……

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Discovering New York one book at a time…

Natasha and I are rather excited about this post. We both love New York and we both love books (Natasha, in particular, is something of a literary fiend) and so when the lovely Ellen Schmidt of Baby Meets City agreed to give us a round-up of her favourite children’s books set in the Big Apple, we were over the moon. Ellen, who lives in New York with her husband and two daughters, Millie and Vivian, not only writes about everything New York-related on her blog, but also reviews children’s literature, so when it comes to discovering NY through the pages of a book, she really is the woman to know. From classic reads to a stunningly illustrated tome, here’s her pick of fabulous books that will beguile your children even if they’ve never set foot in Manhattan.…

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Sadie Frost on…Motherhood and Being Positive

Motherhood isn’t easy. Although, sometimes when you look at pictures of celebrities in magazines and read inane quotes from women banging on about their perfect pregnancies and amazing lives, you can sometimes think you’re the only person who finds it hard. Which is why it’s incredibly refreshing to hear mother of four Sadie Frost’s honest take on it. Extracted from the wonderful new book Nourish, written by Sadie, her sister Holly and her friend Amber (whose brilliant cookbook Love, Bake, Nourish we featured last year), Sadie talks all about pregnancy (and suffering from hyperemesis), motherhood and her struggles with postnatal depression. I particularly love what she says about dealing with negative thoughts and staying positive. Sadie Frost – she’s one inspiring woman……

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Weekend Wishlist: Boyfriend Jeans, a Home Essential and Two Hot New Reads

As d-day (or should that be b-day?) creeps ever-closer (we have a little more than two weeks to go – unless this mini makes an unscheduled early debut…) my thoughts turn to: nursery decor (packages are arriving daily and I promise to share a little guided tour when everything’s in situ) and how to rock maternity leave style. (Alongside the whole small matter of having a baby and thus two small people in our lives. Exciting/scary.)…

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Something for the weekend: what to read and wear this summer

Why, yes, I look exactly like this when reading, thanks for asking… Actually, at the moment, you’re more likely to catch me in my maternity jeans or leggings (so. madly. comfortable.) and a striped top (Uniqlo, J Crew, Gap). It’s my de facto at home uniform – the leggings are what my three-year-old and I call “my cosies” (I get changed pretty much the minute I get through the door – after topping up on kisses with that little girl.) And we’re holidaying in Cornwall this year so barring any freak heatwaves in June, am unlikely to be seen supine and tanned in a bikini. But, as you know, any spare time I have (not a lot, I must admit) you’ll find me reading. The summer season is not great for television (and we don’t watch an awful lot anyway) and I just prefer the company of a book. Books are my friends. (I have actual real human friends, too, btw.) So I take my holiday reading list very seriously indeed. Here’s what I’ll be reading (and wearing) in Cornwall this June.…

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What your home needs now

I have something of an enduring love affair with interiors books – particularly bright, beautiful, big coffee table books. They just make me happy: providing escapism (how will I decorate that house by the sea?) and an endless source of inspiration. This, this and this are my reigning favourites, but there are three new books jostling for space on the table.…