What defines a hero? What do heroes mean to us? And why are antiheroes just as alluring? Only Lucy Hounsom
has the answer... Read more
The last quiz of the month! Where did January go? That question was rhetorical and not part of the quiz.
Read the first chapter of Robert Lautner
's western adventure, The Road to Reckoning
Book jacket designer Nico Taylor
describes the evolution of the striking die-cut jacket for Robert Lautner
's gritty western adventure The Road to Reckoning
by Kevin Maher
is our second Book Club book of the week...
Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted Hughes
by Andrew Wilson
is one of our Book Club books of the week...
Read the opening of the Costa Book of the Year, Nathan Filer
's The Shock of the Fall
... Read more
Katharine Grant explains the seeds of her début novel Sedition - which the Guardian said "demands comparison with Sarah Waters' untouchably brilliant novels" -
has beaten bookies' favourite Kate Atkinson
and other established names to win the Costa Book of the Year for 2013...
Historical fiction author Matthew Reilly
marks the publication of his new book The Tournament by
sharing his favourite medieval thrillers, characters, and a movie... Read more
In an exclusive Waterstones event at the end of 2013, Donna Tartt
spoke to Kirsty Wark
and a sell-out audience about her latest novel, The Goldfinch
Oh, Justin. We just want you to calm down a little. Stop it with the parties, the speeding, the drink, the drugs. Why not take a bit of time out? Sit down next to one of the many open fires in your no doubt gigantic house and relax. You can live out your angry teenage years through books and in the comfort of your own home! It’s certainly one sure fire way to make sure that the police leave you alone. Sounds good? Brilliant. We’ve got a few suggestions for you, Justin.
Can you go 10 for 10 in this week's quiz?
Why should America have the monopoly on legal thrillers? Nick Stone
's new novel shows that London can prove the perfect location for drama in and out of the court room... Read more
Five Star Billionaire
by Tash Aw
is our Book Club book of the week...
In this extract from his frank and powerful new book Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
, former US Secretary of Defence from 2006-11 Robert M. Gates
reflects on whether he would have recommended the invasion of Iraq in 2002-3...
In this extract from his new history of anxiety, Scott Stossel
attempts to pin down what exactly we mean by the word itself... Read more
Bestselling crime writer Stuart MacBride
may have taken a risk ditching his best known characters for his latest book A Song for the Dying
, but, as he explains, it was a chance to explore an even darker story...
explains how fiction, such as her new WWI novel The Lie
, can help us to comprehend the tragedies of the past...
Blanche, Blanche and Brontë... Time travelling can be confusing.
explains how the past, letters and place come together in her latest novel The Moon Field
With the BBC's new version of Alexander Dumas
' The Three Musketeers
hitting our screens this weekend, we thought we'd pull together our own dream Musketeers cast list...
What if that
sound you hear in your house at night was a really
big cat... Fiona McFarlane
tells us about her début novel The Night Guest
. Read more
, via Eugenides
, James Smythe
tells us about the echoes of uncommon inspirations in his latest science fiction novel... Read more