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  • Ready, set cook! 9 new cookbooks for Autumn

    Want to switch up your meal plan for the new season? Or just a sucker for tempting pictures of food? If any of the above apply, we have you covered

  • High brow vs low brow: Muddy’s holiday reads

    Need a new page-turner? From high brow tomes that'll impress your book club to bingable guilty pleasures, here's what we're *really* reading this summer.

  • 8 cool new coffee table books

    Can't be bothered to read a novel right now? No problem, have a languid browse through the best new coffee table books instead, with a little help from Abingdon's Mostly Books.

  • Best new books for June 2021

    It's time to get that summer reading list together so we've roped in our friends at The Marlow Bookshop to give us the lowdown on the brand new titles coming out this month.

  • May’s top releases for Children’s Book Week

    It's Children's Book Week! Need some new reading material for your little bookbugs? These seven new releases should have them captivated (and quiet).

  • Stratford Lit Fest 2021: the line-up

    There are so many fantastic headliners at Stratford Literary Festival’s brilliant Spring Festival (May 8-16), I don’t know where to begin…

  • Best new books out this April

    What better way to embrace a new season that with a new slew of books? Our friends at The Book House, Thame, have offered up their favourites of the month.

  • Books for bright sparks – a top school librarian’s picks

    Magdalen College School in Oxford is one of the top academic successes in the UK. Where better to tap up for smart suggestions on the best books to captivate kids?

  • Home schooling help: Stratford Lit Fest & the RSC

    Stratford Literary Festival and the RSC have created FREE online home schooling content with top UK authors and actors including Michael Rosen.

  • Cookbooks 2020

    The best cookbooks to buy now

    Sick of making the same seven dinners, week in, week out? Or just a sucker for tempting pictures of food? If any of the above apply, we’ve got you covered.

  • Best new children’s books for 2020

    Looking for stocking fillers? Or perhaps just a gift that keeps giving once Christmas is long gone? Look no further - here are the best books for every age, from tiddlers to pre-teens.

  • Best coffee table books for Christmas

    Ahh, the coffee table book - the perfect blend of form and function. Here are some of the best releases of the year to add to your Christmas list...

  • 10 best books for teenagers

    Trying to inspire your teenagers to put down the devices and pick up a boo? The booksellers at The Cobham Bookshop have these suggestions.

  • Aubrey Beardsley

    Culture queen! My August highlights

    A whole month of lolling in the sun (hopefully) requires a whole host of entertainment. Here are the culture picks I'll be soaking up this August, from must-see art to new albums

  • Culture vulture: my July hitlist

    Missing the theatre and live venues? OMG, me too. Until normal service resumes for the arts world (your guess is as good as mine), here's my personal culture planner for July - podcasts, books, music and theatre. I'll budge up on the sofa, come and join me.

  • Holiday books to read in lockdown

    Need a new lockdown read?

    It's Independent Bookshop Week so support your local purveyor of fine literature by popping in and buying one of these super summer reads. All come recommended by the Muddy crew.

  • Festival

    Culture vulture: my June hitlist

    Less time propping up bars means more time enjoying the creative arts right?! Here's what I'm loving this month.

  • Kids driving you nuts? The best parenting books

    And we all thought parenting was hard BEFORE lockdown. Jeez! We've got five brilliant new books that promise to help.

  • Gardening books

    10 of the best gardening books

    Fancy getting all green fingered in the garden but don't really know where to start? Here's a helping hand with 10 terrific tomes to add to your reading list.

  • The Surrey Cook Book

    A new cookbook celebrating some of the best foodie venues in Surrey has just launched - and Muddy Stilettos has a sneak preview of some of the recipes. Read on chef!

  • The best children’s books of the year

    From toddlers to teens, we've got the 16 best kids' reads of the year, as picked by our favourite local book shop.

  • The 10 dreamiest coffee table books

    Clear space on your coffee table! Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter has 10 sexy, shiny visual feasts for your delectation.

  • Q&A with Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson

    The Sussex resident, starring in a show for half term, talks books, performing, fave local attractions and buying a post office

  • Need a juicy new read?

    Muddy's bookworm Kerry Potter has glorious celeb gossip, literary big-hitters and a must-read on relationships this month. Read all about her October picks - and then win the lot!

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    Muddy Book Club LIVE!

    Tickets for our Muddy Book Club Live at Henley Literary Festival next month are selling like hotcakes. Be there or be square!

  • Real-life Reads

    Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter is all about real-life stories this month. Well, the truth is often stranger than fiction, after all.

  • Is this the new Girl On The Train?

    ‘Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life‘ so begins The Girl Before, a psychological thriller by J.P. Delaney, out this month and already destined for the silver screen in a film directed by Ron Howard. I was given an advance copy by Nash at the lovely Much Ado Books which has a shelf […]

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    The 20 books we can’t wait to read (part 2)

    So we’re picking up where we left off with Hungerford Bookshop owner Emma Milne-White’s 20 ‘can’t wait to read’ books of the year. This is Part 2 of her list with her final choices from 11 to 20. In case you missed it, Part 1 was published last week. So, kick back and enjoy (I’m afraid I can’t transport you […]

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