Top 10 world records

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In our final Guinness World Records gallery, we're taking a look at some of the downright oddest records in this year's book. Read more

Read The Once and Future King

With the role of the monarchy under scrutiny once more, now's the time to look back on a great (fictional) monarch. Reissued in a beautiful new edition and recently adapted for Radio 4, The Once and Future King by T.H. White follows King Arthur and includes The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood , The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn. Read more


A chance encounter

Katherine Webb tells us how the discovery of a single photograph led her to the desperate plight of Puglian peasants, and ultimately the inspiration for her new novel. Read more
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In conversation: John Waters

Our own, our very own, Kerry Meech caught up with the Pope of Trash, John Waters, to discuss hitchhiking, his love of books and his duet with Connie Francis…sort of. Read more

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Costa Book Awards Shortlists announced

The shortlists for the 2014 Costa Book Awards have been announced, including Man-Booker Prize shortlisted novels and the Samuel Johnson Prize winner. It's going to be a tough one for the judges this year. Here's the category shortlists. Read more

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Historical hair

We're just over midway through "Movember", so here's Lucinda Hawksley with a little historical inspiration drawn from the National Portrait Gallery's archives to get you through the last few itchy faced days, or perhaps convince you to make your burgeoning whiskers a permanent feature. Read more
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Words of Wisdom for Every Day – R.J. Palacio

This week it is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK and Random House has joined up with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to launch an anti-bullying campaign in schools called Choose Kind. R.J. Palacio writes of how 365 Days of Wonder was inspired by the very first precept in her novel Wonder - encouraging children to Choose Kind.  Read more


Read The Dark Wild

Piers Torday, author of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted novel The Last Wild, has won The Guardian Children's Prize for Fiction 2014 with his new book, The Dark Wild. Read the prologue here. Read more

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Look to the stars…

Look up at the night’s sky: above us is a jet-black canvas pricked with white dots, and a carnival of animals, mythical creatures, gods and goddesses in its shining constellations. In Stories in the Stars, Susanna Hislop – writer and stargazer – and Hannah Waldron – international artist – leap between centuries, cultures and traditions to present a whole universe of stories in all their blazing glory. Read more

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Berlin Stories

Joseph Kanon, author of our Fiction Book of the Month Leaving Berlin, explains how his novel came about through pulling at the loose thread of another story.

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Cathy – a Gallery

First published in 1986 in a limited run and long out of print Kate Bush's brother John Carder Bush has reissued Cathy, a remarkably intimate insight of photography and prose into the life of a young Kate Bush. Read more

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In conversation: David Mitchell

Ahead of his events this evening at Waterstones Piccadilly and in Manchester this Thursday, Dan Lewis spoke to David Mitchell about long novels, being in command of a universe of characters, and how technology both helps and hinders us. Read more