Calling budding authors

The writing book: a practical guide for fiction writersA new debut novel competition has been launched by Janklow & Nesbit UK  in association with Mumsnet and Gransnet.
Users of Mumsnet and Gransnet are invited to submit the first 8,000 words of a novel, along with a 500-word outline of the remaining chapters by January 30th 2015. A shortlist will be selected, with the winner announced in March 2015.
As part of the competition, a one-day Get Published event will be held in London on Saturday 29th November, where writers will get a chance to meet Janklow & Nesbit agents, as well as editors and authors. There will be panel discussions and an opportunity to pitch directly to industry insiders.
Janklow & Nesbit UK said: “Mumsnet is a huge online community, generating over 60 million page views and over 13 million visits per month. We know from the success of their book club how engaged their members are and it feels like the perfect place to discover new talent.”
Justine Roberts, Mumsnet c.e.o. and founder said: “Mumsnet and Gransnets’ forums are teeming with great writing and shared stories. Joining forces with Janklow & Nesbit will give one talented user a substantial helping hand towards realising the dream prize of getting published and enabling their writing to reach a whole new audience.”

Bake! The Hairy Bikers’ Diet and Top Bananas

Paul Hollywood's British bakingIf you’re missing The Great British Bake Off,  Paul Hollywood’s British baking might do the trick – he takes a personal tour around the regions of Britain and discovers the  history of their finest baked delights. 9780297869054_Hairy Dieters_TPB_Final

He shows you the secrets behind the recipes and how to create them in your own kitchen and, in his inimitable style, he applies his signature twist …40 recipes to try.

Once you’ve done that, you might need The Hairy Dieters new book – How to Love Food and Lose Weight They lost almost 6 stone between them and you can lose weight too… . Low calorie recipes  – they Top bananas!: the best ever family recipes from Mumsnetsay real food for real people, not skinny minnies! 

Ideas for family meals, hearty lunches and dinners, a few knock-out bakes and snacking options. Bake your cake, eat it, and lose the pounds.
Top Bananas: The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet by Claire McDonald and Jill Mead contains 120 hassle free recipes for family meals and looks good to us.