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How to win the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize…

This year we celebrate 10 years of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Looking back at all the fabulous books that have walked away with a shiny trophy and – let’s not be shy here – a lovely fat cheque, we got to wondering just what goes into writing a book worthy of the prize. To that end we asked our nine winning authors, from 2005’s Stuart Hill to 2013’s Annabel Pitcher, a series of questions cunningly devised to reveal the hidden truths about writing brilliant books for children. We put the results into the computer, added lots of bright paint and hey presto! The world’s first literary prize Infographic! We hope you enjoy it!  Read more

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Anwar Gets Everything by Tahmima Anam

Every day leading up to the announcement of this year's Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award winner, we're bringing you a taste of each nominated story - starting with Tahmima Anam's Anwar Gets Everything... Read more
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Abstract monsters

Josh Malerman attempts to pinpoint the elusive inspiration behind his Hitchcockian psychological horror story, Bird Box... Read more

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Read Look Who’s Back

A runaway bestseller already in Germany, where it has sold over a million copies since its publication in 2012, Timur Vermes' satirical novel Look Who's Back (translated by Jamie Bulloch) sees a rather confused Adolf Hitler return to modern day Germany... Read more
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Romance is history

After this week’s glittering Romantic Novelist Association Awards ceremony, Richard Lee looks at the modern take on historical romance... Read more
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Films you didn’t know were based on books

It’s no secret that Hollywood constantly takes ideas from the book industry (as our Oxford Street store pointed out during the Oscars) but there are plenty of adaptations that are nowhere near as high-profile as their award-nominated brethren. Did you know that Shrek and Who Framed Roger Rabbit were originally books? And about Alfred Hitchcock’s predilection for putting words to the screen? If you didn’t, and anyone who said they did is lying, here are some film adaptations that began started off as the finer medium in life. Read more