The Urban Guide to the Countryside
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Category: Books

Muddy Book Club: April’s Best Books

11 Apr 2017

Seeking literary inspiration? Muddy’s professional bookworm Kerry Potter is here to help with her April picks, so clear space on your Kindle or bookshelves pronto. And if you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to hear from you – what are you reading right now? What’s been abandoned on your bedside table for months? Bookish musings in the comment box below please!

 

Ice Cream For Breakfast by Laura Jane Williams

Being a grown-up is a bit boring sometimes I find – responsibilities, bills, remembering to put out the bins, blah blah blah.

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The Muddy Guide’s flirty dozen

29 Mar 2017

Now that I’ve had a few days to acclimatise, I am loving the lighter evenings. Spring has sprung, I’m raring to go. So let’s hop to it and bounce into the weekend. Boiiiing… Boiiiing…

The Thing That Came From Over There, New Greenham Arts Newbury, Fri 31 March

Inspired by the Horror movies of the 1950s, The Thing That Came From Over There is a fast-paced rollicking ride, mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths.

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Muddy Book Club: March reads

21 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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12 kick ass things to do this week

8 Mar 2017

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.

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Muddy Book Club – the team faves

2 Mar 2017

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.

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Whoop! We’re in the UK Blog Award Finals

24 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: Februarys Best Reads

23 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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Your essential half-term Muddy (survival) Guide

9 Feb 2017

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.

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7 cool things to do this week (without kids)

9 Feb 2017

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.

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Is this the new Girl On The Train?

14 Jan 2017

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. 

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