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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 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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Why we broke up with Amazon: Barefoot Books

Multi award-winning children’s independent publisher Barefoot Books has terminated its relationship with Amazon in the UK and US in order to focus on extending its offer via its flagship Studios, website and rapidly growing Ambassador network of home-based social sellers. The year Barefoot Books pulled out of the chains in the US, its sales increased by […]

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Book review: I Don’t Know Why by Annice Thomas

BritMums were asked to review a copy of I don’t know why: Stories to help adopted children understand why they do the things they do by Annice Thomas and who better to ask than our very own in-house Adoption and Fostering Round-up editor Maryam Lane? Being an adoptive mother to three siblings, she has a […]

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Why picture books matter: 7 reasons to read with your child

Tessa Strickland, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Barefoot Books has a great deal of knowledge and insight from a professional perspective but also as a mum of three. Here she shares with us her top tips for reading with children and gives us seven reasons why we should 7 reasons to read with your child 1. […]

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Life After Death – BiB Fresh Voice contender

Helen writes at All at sea Scotland and is another of our BiB Fresh Voice contenders. Since starting her blog she has focused more on her poetry, here she shares a beautiful poem Life after Death, a subject that we all think about every now and then You were a writer I believe, books and […]

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Book club: Discussing “Honour”

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 group of fellow bloggers and discuss what you loved (or hated) about them in the comfort of your own home. Our inaugural book is Honour by Elif Safak. Book Club […]

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Lean in? We’re too busy leaning on…

Sheryl Sandberg has ruffled feathers and sparked conversations with her new book Lean In. Blogger and author of Mums Like Us Laura Kemp debates which way women really lean. BritMums have been given 5 copies to give away to our readers, the first five comments left below are winners! Lean In. That’s the concept created […]

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Making crafting with kids easy

What puts you off crafting at home with the children? We speak to expert crafter Maggy Woodley and she shares her top tips. Tune in to BritMums on Google + on Monday when we are holding a Hangout with Maggy as we talk Easter crafts and more with her, come join us. Crafts is my […]

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Book Review: Careers advice for ambitious women

Dr. Heather McGregor is well known in the UK as the writer of the Financial Times’ weekly column, Mrs. Moneypenny; she is also a small-business owner, TV show host, wife and mother of three. Toni Hargis has read her book and gives us the rundown on why we should be reading it too. Although this […]

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A child like me; an online story for children

Rebecca English has always been passionate about writing since she was a child, her blog Here Come the Girls is very popular and covers her busy family life but then Rebecca had a fabulous idea to keep children amused and to keep her creative ideas flowing; she started writing an online story A Child Like […]

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Children’s Christmas Books

  As a family we love to read and we read to our children every night.  On the 1st December I always get the Christmas themed books out.  I find that its a great way for our children to learn about Christmas, we have nativity style books so they can learn the meaning behind Christmas […]

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