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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 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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