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  • November books

    5 best new books to read in November

    There's only so much TV a gal can watch during lockdown, so give your gogglebox eyes a break and dive into one these new reads, as recommended by The Book House, Thame.

  • October books

    Read these! Best new books for October

    After a new read for your bedside table? Local haunt Daunt Books Summertown shares the best new titles to sink your teeth into this month.

  • Pexels bookshop

    Bookmark this! Best indie bookshops in Bucks and Oxon

    Forget online shopping - there's nothing like getting lost in a great bookshop (is it just me who loves the smell?). To celebrate Bookshop Day this month, here are some of our fave local indies to support.

  • Your ultimate autumn culture planner 2020

    Culture vultures, grab your diaries. Here's your Muddy-curated cheat sheet to the season's best art, theatre, TV, books and film in the UK.

  • September books

    Books you need to read this September

    It’s back-to-school time and even if we're not of school age, there’s a lot to be said for embracing a reading list. Luckily, our friends at Gerrards Cross Bookshop have supplied us with seven must-reads for the month ahead.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The best ‘holiday’ reads for lockdown

    Okay, 'holiday' might be stretching it - but these books are certainly providing us with welcome escapism during lockdown! Here are the latest releases the Muddy editors are reading in the back garden with a cocktail.

  • 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.

  • Press mute! 10 mood-boosting books

    While it feels like we are all starring in a very bad disaster movie right now, turn the volume down on the gloom and read feel-good books only.

  • Read THESE new releases this month

    Have you powered through your bookcase already? Time for a new influx of instant classics, courtesy of local bookshop,The Book House in Thame.

  • Read THESE this month

    Reasons to be cheerful: spring has sprung and a brilliant new batch of March books has arrived. Gather around, and let Muddy's pro-bookworm Kerry Potter tell you a story.

  • 5 things I’ve learned about motherhood

    Acclaimed author (and Muddy favourite) Clover Stroud is in the midst of raising her 5 children. Miraculously she's found time to write a book about it all. Here's a taster.

  • Muddy’s 10 best books of 2019

    So many rip-roaring reads, so little time. But Muddy's books editor Kerry Potter has made it easy for you - here's her definitive list of the year's best books. Get stuck in!

  • The top 10 books of the summer

    Don't pack your suitcase or load up your Kindle until you've read this! Muddy's books editor Kerry has picked the 10 best books to get stuck into on holiday.

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