The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Books

The Muddy Book Club: March’s best reads

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!

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It’s World Book Day!

2 Mar 2017

It’s World Book Day, an event you may well be cursing if you have primary school-age children who’ve had to dress up as the bloody BFG and your costume-making skills are on a par with mine – ie, utterly crap.

Anywaaaaay, we don’t like to dwell on the negatives here at Muddy so instead let’s celebrate all things literary with some reading list inspiration in the form of our the Muddy Book Club (without the wine, sadly – although there’s nothing to stop you pouring yourself a glass while you peruse this.

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How to (finally) write your best-seller

23 Feb 2017

Do you harbour literary ambitions? It seems almost everyone I speak to dreams of being a published author – one friend has put ‘write book’ on her list of new year’s resolutions every year for the last decade, while another has had a file on her computer called ‘Book’ (word count: 0) for as long as she can remember. Making that leap from pipe dream to picking out your dress for your launch party is a tricky business, to put it mildly.

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Holy craparoo! We’re in the UK Blog Awards Finals!

19 Feb 2017


It’s been such a crazy year so far that I somehow forgot to tell you some really amazing news from *cough* last month. Oops!

So it’s a massive and heartfelt thank you for those of you who suggested Muddy Stilettos as the UK’s Best Arts & Culture Blog before Christmas, because guess what? We’ve only gone and made the Finals, one of only eight companies in the whole of the UK.

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NEW! Muddy book club: February’s best reads

19 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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Where you going, Clover?

1 Feb 2017

When horse-mad Clover Stroud was just 16, her mother suffered a deadly riding accident, an event that detonated family life as Clover knew it. The Times and Telegraph journalist recounts her extraordinary story in The Wild Other, the most moving memoir you’ll read this year. (Warning: do not read it in public while wearing non-waterproof mascara – it’s a proper weepie). She’s lived all over the world, but is now firmly rooted back in her home county of Oxfordshire, in the tiny village of Baulking, near Uffington, so we’ve tapped her up for her excellent local recommendations.

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Is this the new ‘Girl on the Train’?

23 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 Children’s Books for Xmas

21 Dec 2016

Last minute panic for tree presents? Desperate to get your kids off their mobiles and ipads?  Luisa from the award-winning The Book House in Thame has chosen her Top 10 reads for children from 0-11 years. and they’re all corkers.


Little Christmas Tree, Jessica Courtney-Tickle

I adore this exquisite and over-sized board book. It has flaps that can be lifted to reveal the different flora and fauna which live in the wood around the little Christmas tree.

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Top 10 non-fiction books for Xmas

16 Dec 2016

Still in need of Christmas present inspiration? Janet at Gerrard’s Cross Bookshop has helpfully recommended 10 excellent new non-fiction titles for the bookworm in your life. What’s more, the shop is offering Muddy readers 15% off any of the books below until Christmas Eve. Just show them this feature on Muddy (or tell them you’ve seen it) or order by phone or email for collections up until 23 Dec.

Keeping On Keeping On, Alan Bennett £25

Did someone say national treasure?

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£110 books to giveaway today; plus a new winner

15 Dec 2016

New day, new prize! Today on my Christmas bumper giveaway it’s the turn of the bookworms for some pleasure. I have two sets of beautiful hardback books from high-end publishers Prestel worth a collective £110.

I’ve worked with Prestel for a couple of years because I find their books are just so beautiful and thought-provoking. Great Pubs of London, The Monet Cookbook and It’s A London Thing will be one bundle giveaway (£67)  and Oskar, Great Works: Encounters with Art and Before I Wake Up will be a second literary lot (£42.50).

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