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Characters in Place

Robin Hobb gives us a glimpse of the inspirations behind her writings, and how the characters and places can do more than fill the stories... Read more

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Read Shadow and Bone (Part 1)

In anticipation of Leigh Bardugo visiting the UK in August, we're sharing extracts from the first book in the Grisha trilogy, Shadow and Bone - a fantasy-adventure about a teenager who finds out there's more to her than she'd ever imagined... Read more

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Building a World

What does it take to build a world? Rebecca Levene found that there's much more to it than castles and place names. Read more


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Recipe: Picado de file

Thiago Castanho and Luciana Bianchi share a recipe for a Brazilian workman's lunch. Having read it, we're off to become Brazilian workmen. Read more

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Teen summer reads

We asked Jenny McLachlan, author of new novel Flirty Dancing and (now former) teacher of teens, what her students were planning on reading this summer. Read more

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Read Resistance

Meet the UNIT - the United Nations Interception Team. A team of superheroes. But they're being hunted. Enjoy this extract from Samit Basu's latest novel Resistance. Read more

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Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

Chief curator of the Royal Academy of Arts Petra Giloy-Hirtz shares a gallery of highlights from the new exhibition of actor and director Dennis Hopper's unique photographs, which opens this Saturday. Plus - there's a chance for Waterstones Cardholders to save money on tickets to see the collection in person. Read more


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Read Flanagan’s Run

With the first events in the Commonwealth Games underway today,  here's an extract from a sporting classic - Flanagan’s Run by Scottish athlete, Tom McNab. They're under starter's orders... Read more

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Read Sapiens

One book we're very excited about that's coming this autumn is Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind. Here's an extract and a beautiful video to get a flavour of it. Read more

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Holy bulging bookshelves! It’s a Batman reading list!

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! Batman, Batman, Batman! Everyone’s favourite brooding superhero turns 75 this week, and to celebrate Martin Wright from our Leeds bookshop has put together a Batman reading list. KAPOW! Read more