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Summer Books: The Reading List

772404d9f37b1b45f9d6fe0c611de996 Summer and books. Two of my favourite things. Throw in a deckchair/picnic rug/beach towel and I'm in heaven. Holidays and books are the perfect marriage. I have considerably less time to indulge than I used to (aha, so this is why people go on holiday with their parents/where there's a kids' club), but I still squeeze books into my day whenever I have the chance. Here's what I suggest (very politely) you might like to add to your reading list this summer.…

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The Truth About Parenting in LA by Breaking Dead author, Corrie Jackson

Corrie Jackson is one totally brilliant woman. A former journalist, she’s worked at Harpers Bazaar, Grazia and GLAMOUR – where we met and jobshared before she moved to Los Angeles, California with her husband, James, and little boy, Arthur, for a two-year stint of sunshine. And she wrote a book, Breaking Dead, which is published as an e-b00k NOW and is entirely gripping (so much so that you’ll totally ignore your own children to race through it). Oh, and she landed a book deal when her baby girl was eight weeks old. As you do. She talks babies, book deals and LA-la land……

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Comfort Reads

My brain feels quite literally boggled right now. Work, the building project (I paid more attention to the subject of taps this weekend that I ever believed possible), children, the other flotsam and jetsam of life. Two things keep me sane: my family and books. …

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Weekend Reading

Happy weekend. Rumour has it the cold is going to start biting, which makes it the perfect time to curl up with one of these reads……

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The Books I Want to Pass On To My Daughter

My darling little girl, It makes me so happy that you love books already. You know Paper Dolls so well that you ‘read’ (recited) it one of the little girls in your class the other day. You’ve already met some of my childhood favourites – Meg and Mog, Alfie, My Naughty Little Sister, Lucy and Tom – and I cannot wait for you to meet the others as you grow. This is a very partial list. It is also incomplete – I could write it several times over. I don’t expect you to fall in love with them all, but I hope some of them will speak to you. As a reader. As a girl. As a woman. That they will take you somewhere else (oh, the places you will go…), inspire you, make you think, hope, dream, wish. Because books do that. With all of my love, your mama xx…

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Summer Reading List

I’ve had a brilliant literary run recently. I’ve read such great books that I want to exhort perfect strangers to pick up a copy. (I actually did this on the way to work last week, when a surreptitious tear escaped me as I finished a book. I caught the eye of the girl next to me (yep, we were standing. Feminist as I am, I sometimes hanker after old fashioned chivalry) and she gave me the, ‘you okay?’ head tilt. In return, I told her to get her hands on The Versions of Us, tears notwithstanding). If you are headed to a sunlounger/the beach/your garden any time soon, these are the books I’ve loved and urge you to take with you….…

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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……