The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Northamptonshire Edition

Category: Books

The Muddy Book Club: March

20 Mar 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her March picks. That precarious tower of tomes on your bedside table is about to getting even taller…. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – literary musings in the comment box below please!

 

How Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids by Jancee Dunn

Now there’s a book title after my own heart.

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The Muddy Book Club – the team pick their faves!

6 Mar 2017

Well it seems you enjoyed the first round of the Muddy Book Club, so here’s some reading list inspiration in our second Muddy Book Club post (without the wine, sadly – although there’s nothing to stop you pouring yourself a glass while you peruse this. We won’t tell anyone it’s 10am). We’re an extremely *cough* cerebral bunch, as you know, so read on for our current literary obsessions. We’d love to hear what you’re reading today – share the literary love in the comment box below.

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New Muddy Book Club: February’s best reads!

21 Feb 2017

Need a new book to get stuck into? Muddy, as ever, is here to help. Taking being a bookworm to a whole new level is Muddy’s Kerry Potter. She gets 300 – yes, THREE HUNDRED shiny new tomes delivered to her house every month as she’s also books editor at a glossy mag (won’t somebody think of her postman and his lumbago?). So who better to do a monthly round-up of her favourite new releases?

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Is this the new ‘Girl on the Train’?

24 Jan 2017

Looking for the new hot read? The Girl Before is being touted as the new Girl on the Train and clever Muddy Sussex editor Debbie already had her mitts on it, devoured it and written the review before I even had time to put my Beano down. Check out her post below, it’s well worth the read.

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life‘ so begins The Girl Before, a psychological thriller by J.P.

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Top 10 Xmas books for kids 8-12!

14 Dec 2016

Need some help with the best tomes for Christmas? Here’s our Top 10 fiction picks for kids 8-12.

Star Wars Galactic Atlas

This is the must have Christmas present for Star Wars fans of all ages. We just love how big it is… no really, it’s huge! Every page is gloriously illustrated and the atlas has hand-drawn maps from all over the galaxy, plus a timeline and historical figures pages.

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Muddy visits 15 Collingwood…and declares it ‘fabulous’

13 Dec 2016

I’d heard of 15 Collingwood in Abington because they were a finalist in the Muddy Stilettos Awards and did extremely well against the eventual winner (the much bigger outfit that is Bells Interiors). But how did this bijoux, retro store become so established on the Northamptonshire interiors landscape? Well Muddy thinks it has the answer; and it’s very much to do with the flamboyantly named, Rocco Cat (huge name envy right now)! The super stylish 15 Collingwood was set up in by Rocco and his brother Franco Catalano (see, do you see where they got the cat, prrrrr) in 2013.

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Read me: Top 10 fiction books for christmas

14 Nov 2016

 

Exposure by Helen Dunmore (Windmill Books, Penguin Random House)

London, Winter 1960-1961: it’s the height of the Cold War and Lily Callington will do anything to protect her family after her husband is falsely imprisoned for treason. A deadly cat-and-mouse game ensues with the sinister scene-stealing Julian Clowde. Novelist, children’s writer and poet, Dunmore doesn’t disappoint after her haunting novel, The Lie.

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Why it’s totally ok, and good for you to be *lazy*

5 Oct 2016

Laurence Shorter is an author, leadership coach and stand-up comedian and his latest book, The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life (Orion Books, £14.99) is a charming and lighthearted look at a serious problem. We are all on the hamster wheel and it seems to be getting faster, so how do we stop? Is it really possible to achieve more by doing less, and be happier for it? Muddy Berks had a chat with him and he gave us these fabarooni tips.

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Love books? Here’s 4 Muddy Autumn reads…

2 Oct 2016

School is back, the days are getting shorter and there is a whiff of smoke in the air as log-burning stoves are fired up for the cooler autumn months. It’s also the month for literature. The London Literature Festival is on from 5-16 Oct, so Muddy contributor, Zoe Dudgeon gives us her bookish picks for autumn…

Whether or not you’re going back to school (or university) this autumn, everyone’s routines are suddenly re-aligned with the start of a new academic year.

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What’s on – Thurs 4 & beyond

4 Aug 2016

So far this summer holiday I have survived a few play-dates (although I am under instruction never to call them that for 11-year-old girls), a week in a yurt in rainy Tenby, plus a mammoth clothes washing session that nearly resulted in Mr Muddy’s breakdown (he overseas laundry in our household – I know, I don’t know how lucky I am! Anyhoo, with the help of my lovely intern number one, Daisy Ward, we’ve managed to put together a few more exciting things for your diary.

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