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.
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, the Muddy Guide’s a celebration of strong women, kick ass characters and having a good time. As Katherine Hepburn once said: ‘If you obey ALL the rules, you miss all the fun’. And we’re all about having fun…enjoy
Ladybird Book Exhibition, Reading University, Sat 11 Mar – Sun 2 Jul
The Ladybird book is a symbol of our childhood.
Having survived (or suffered in my case) World Book Day, 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. 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.
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.
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?
Half term is looming large, so in the interest of keeping our sanity, here’s my bumper Muddy guide to the coolest activities, day trips and top notch theatre to keep your kids entertained and save you from tearing your hair out. We can do this without the need of group therapy… but wine is essential! It’s always essential. For those of you without kids and don’t give a damn about half term, I have curated an ‘adult only’ guide (not that kind of adult only, keep it clean) just for you.
Brace yourselves folks, it’s half term week. Keeping the kids entertained is one thing, but keep the adults sane is far more important. Check out the cool stuff to do this week – oh and stock up on wine.
NT Live: Saint Joan, Corn Exchange Newbury, Thurs Feb 16
I’m a big fan of the cinematic live screenings of London’s best shows – and this one is no exception.
‘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 full of such things for members of its friends’ club.
Awards season has kicked off and like a spinning disco ball this week’s Muddy Guide has a liberal sprinkling of glitz and glamour. It’s a good time to get out of your PJs, the red carpet has been rolled out – a weekend of wonder (and a massive wine) awaits.
La La Land, general release in UK cinemas, Thurs 12 Jan
Yes, this is a gratuitous shot of Ryan Gosling.
I think it was Neil Gaiman who said, ‘Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than to buy them the whole world!’ I couldn’t agree more, I love giving and receiving books (added Christmas bonus: they’re dead easy to wrap). So, I’ve turned to the experts and asked Emma Milne-White and her team from The Hungerford Bookshop to pick their favourite books to give for Christmas, starting with 5 beautiful books that look stunning and make gorgeous presents.