Fay Weldon webchat She's the best-selling author behind The Life and Loves of a She Devil and Puffball - and the pilot episode of Upstairs Downstairs (who knew?!). Fay Weldon joins us for a webchat on 27 November. Add your questions for her here - and find out how to win a free book.
Christmas shopping Overwhelmed by the latest gadgets 'recommended' by retailers? (what does a Furby even do?) Don't fret, we've put together a list of traditional toys you might actually like to give the little people in your life. And if you're looking for stocking fillers, we have those too.
Christmas plays and pantos Look no further than local venues for your theatrical fix this winter, as community theatres and city stages across the country deliver the best of their seasonal productions. From Dickensian atmospherics to raucous pantomime shenanigans, our guide to the best Christmas shows, plays and pantos should get you off to a flying start - particularly if you end up seeing Peter Pan...
Dickens Abridged tickets And keeping with theatrics, from the co-creator of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) comes Dickens Abridged - a fast-paced musical comedy. We're giving away two family tickets to see performances between 27 - 30 November at The Arts Theatre in London. And there's a few last-minute special local offers up for grabs too.
Val McDermid Award-winning crime writer, Val McDermid, has kept us on the edge of our seats with her novels for over 20 years and promises to continue the trend with her new book, Cross and Burn. Here, she answers gransnetters questions on daunting projects, warped imaginations and why female crime writers really aren't more bloodthirsty than their male counterparts...
Book Club Answers from Khaled Hosseini coming (very) soon - but in the meantime we've got 200 copies of our new book club choice - When You Walked Back into My Life - to give away. Author Hilary Boyd (she of Thursdays in the Park) was dubbed by the press as the creator of "grans lit". So plenty to talk about when she comes in to GHNQ in December.
Win a £50 hamper or £100 M&S vouchers Last chance for you to talk favourite leftovers and be in with a chance to win a £50 hamper from Hellmann's. Chicken and grated cheese under the grill, cold sausages with mustard and mayo...<drool> And if you tell Warner Leisure Hotels what you like to treat yourselves to on holiday, you could win yourself a £100 voucher from M&S. That'll go towards some great Christmas shopping.
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From the forums
Unwanted guests have been making an appearance in gransnetters’ homes. Mrsmopp reported mice "bold as brass" making themselves at home on her hearth. No amount of pest control seems to have worked. "Think I’ll put up a sign saying ‘Mice Forbidden’.” That’ll scare ‘em. If it works, perhaps she can do one for spiders as well? And dust... That’s forbidden too.
It’s been noted that, as every year, Kylie, One Direction et al are posing seductively (?) on their personal calendars. But we can do one better, as suggested by Aka, “I’ve got a great idea for fundraising…a Gransnet calendar." Buns at the ready...
Not stopping there, Aka was keen to draw up the order of appearance. "I’ll be January. Any other takers?”
Seems, there’s a bit of exhibitionism lurking in even the most sensible of posters. “As long as we don’t have to show our front bottoms, I’ll be September,” volunteered Riverwalk.
Ana joined in, “I’ll be May. With lots of foliage.”
“Perhaps we could team up with the Hunky Fireman’s Calendar?” came the eminently reasonable suggestion from Aka. Now there’s an idea…
Annodomini too was happy to get in on the act. “I’d be available to pose on a Harley Davidson. In leathers. If I could get them to fit.” Ah, well, think the idea is to lose the clothes, so that's no problem. Only a few more months to fill, gransnetters. Pick your month - 2014 is shaping up to be a very interesting year indeed.