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Top tips to write a novel from author of The Doctor’s daughter

Vanessa Matthews was determined to make her dream of writing a novel come true, she had to put an action plan in place and she shares with BritMums her top tips to write a novel. Like many people, I harboured a dream of writing a novel. However, my life as a busy wife and working […]

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V is for Vegan: Guest post by MsMarmiteLover

Kerstin Rodgers, aka MsMarmiteLover, has been very busy the past couple of years. She is winner of best online food writer, Fortnum & Mason Awards 2014 and guild of Food Writers Food Blog of the Year Winner 2013. Known for her successful Supper Clubs fame, she has been adding more strings to her bows. She […]

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Review: The Crumbs Family Cookbook

When Crumbs, one of our favourite blogging and YouTube’ing duos recently published a cookbook, we couldn’t help but celebrate. We also asked another of our favourite bloggers, Lucy Parissi from Super Golden Bakes, to review it. Here’s her take on a potential new addition to your family cookbook shelf. When the Crumbs Family Cookbook landed […]

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Coping with two under two

Celia Anderson has been there and got the t shirt, now she shares some of her best tips from her book that is out now, Two under Two. I just typed ‘two under two’ into Google and the first suggestion appended ‘when does it get easier?’ on the end. I want to hug every person […]

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Move over Valentine’s Day … it’s International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day began in 2012. The aim? To get books into the hands of as many children as possible. To share the love of books on 14th February, (known to some as Valentine’s Day I believe.) Why? Reading is my absolute passion. Reading can change so much. Access to books opens doors, opens […]

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How BritMums Live inspired one mum to write and publish her first novel!

Have you written that book yet? Have you started it? Another successful story of getting published, Ericka Walker shared her journey with BritMums, read and be inspired. After winning the 2013 BiB award for best family blogger, I met Amanda  Preston from LBA in an Agent session and told her about Confessions of a Mother […]

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My book for sale at BritMums Live: One blogger’s journey to being published

How many of us dream of seeing their book for sale at BritMums Live? How many have had an appointment with the publishers and gone on to dream. Ellie Stoneley shares her passage from blogger to author and her exciting new chapter as her book Milky Moments is being prepared for sale in time for […]

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Confessions of a mother inferior

Ericka Waller, aka Mum in the South, has appeared as a speaker at BritMums Live, run a long-standing popular blog, made us laugh and nod knowingly, and now has written a book. Find out about her below — she needs your help! Ericka writes: So winning a Bib award for best family blogger gave me […]

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Henley Literary Festival: Book Club Friday

What do Amanda Jennings, Cesca Major & Abbie Ross all have in common? They are awesome authors that ran a book club session at the Henley Literary Festival, sponsored by BritMums. Amanda Jennings, whose two novels Sworn Secret and Judas Scar are firm BritMums favourites, was joined by Abbie Ross (author of Dinners, a very funny memoir […]

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Review: The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas

Our book club editor Jacqueline Steward reviews The Three Lives of Dylan Thomas, the new book from Hilly Janes, who is a seasoned journalist and friend of BritMums. The book, about the poet Dylan Thomas, is timed to coincide with and celebrate the centenary of his birth this year. Reading The Three Lives of Dylan […]

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On boarding school and turning a blind eye to abuse

Amanda Jennings is a contemporary fiction writer who lives near Henley-on-Thames with her husband and three daughters. Vogue.co.uk called her first book Sworn Secret “an intense, relentless story that grips from the start”. It was published last year, and is soon to be released in Italy and Taiwan, and as an ebook in the US by Witness (HarperCollins). Her second […]

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Book Club: Discussing ‘Above All Things’

Our latest book is Above All Things, by Tanis Rideout. Book Club hostess Jacqueline Steward, who blogs at Best and Beyond, starts us off on the discussion below. Read what she thought about the book and join in. Taking part in the BritMums Book Club with Penguin is a great way to score a free […]

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The girl who came home

The one in which I get a publishing deal

Sometimes the road to being published isn’t as straightforward as initially thought but where there’s a will there’s a way, Hazel Gaynor shares her journey with BritMums 2009 feels like such a long time ago. Five years, to be precise. But that’s where it all started, with some spaghetti letters and three little words: Hot […]

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Ruby Wax tours the UK; Sane New World

After her No. 1 bestselling book published in 2013 Sane New World: Taming the Mind Ruby Wax is now going to tour the UK with her one-woman show RUBY WAX: SANE NEW WORLD – THE TOUR. Here at BritMums we love Ruby. She was a keynote at BritMums Live in 2012. Ruby is a comedian, writer and mental […]

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Why the work-from-home mum is a myth

Hannah Beckerman is a storyteller — she always has been, as she mentions in her fascinating bio and after years of wanting to write a novel she finally did. The Dead Wife’s Handbook has recently been published. But she knows firsthand that writing a book while being a mum is not as simple as it […]

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10 soulfully empowering things I have learned since having a baby

Did someone mention a baby being born recently? I’m sure I heard a whisper or two about a certain George? Alice Grist is on the BritMums blog today with an excellent article for us and promoting her book Dear Poppyseed telling her soulful journey into motherhood. Before you have a baby everyone has a story […]

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Q: “Is it hard to be a woman doing stand-up?” by Viv Groskop

A: If every woman who has ever done stand-up had £1 for every time she was asked this question, there would be a fantastically massive commune of entertaining women living in luxury accommodation in St Lucia. I only know as much about comedy as someone who has been doing it on the amateur circuit for […]

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Book club: Discussing “Ancient Light”

Our latest book is Ancient Light by John Banville. Book Club hostess Jacqueline Steward starts us off on the discussion below. Read what she thought about the book and join in.  Taking part in the BritMums Book Club with Penguin is a great way to score a free copy of new books, read along with a […]

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