Introducing Oliver and Patch

Claire Freedman, author of the bestselling Underpants series, talks about the inspiration behind her stunning new picture book, Oliver and Patch, the important role weather plays in her story and how there is more to her than being the Pants Queen. Read more

Death in Paradise

A new series of Death in Paradise starts tonight on BBC One at 9pm. Creator and scriptwriter Robert Thorogood shares the inspiration for his TV series and tells us more about his debut novel, A Meditation on Murder. Read more
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Why does one write a novel?

Why write a novel? There are many varied reasons. Neel Mukherjee, author of Man Booker shortlisted novel The Lives of Others, explores why a writer writes and the role of empathy in the success of the novel. Read more

Deliciously Ella: The Year Ahead

Ella Woodward, AKA Deliciously Ella, welcomes the new year and looks forward to the challenges of 2015. Plus, a chance to pre-order a limited edition signed copy of her upcoming cook book, Deliciously Ella. Read more

Read Broadchurch

The Bafta award-winning drama series Broadchurch, set in a Dorset seaside resort, returns tonight at 9pm on ITV for a brand-new second series. Read the opening chapter of the novelisation by Chris Chibnall and Erin L. Kelly here. Read more

Book Club: The door to the Hive

We kick-off the New Year with a buzzing debut for our first Book Club book of the week, The Bees. Author Laline Paull shares a touching story of inspiration that set her Orwellian novel in motion. Read more

Book Club: Read The Bees

The Bees by Laline Paull is our first Book Club book of the week this year, following the anthropomorphic tale of a worker-bee's struggle for survival in the brutal world of the Hive. Read the opening chapter and tell us what you think in the comments below, or on Twitter using #WBookClub. Read more

#WeekendReads: The Year of the Rat

Our Weekend Read is Clare Furniss's moving debut novel The Year of the Rat. Read the opening chapter here and tell us what you think in the comments below, or on twitter using #WeekendReads. Read more

Non-fiction Book of the Month: Happiness by Design

We all want a little happiness in our lives and quite often it feels like everything seems to be working out for everyone else but you. Our Non-fiction Book of the Month, Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan, shows us how to actively re-design our immediate environment and incorporate the most recent research findings into our everyday lives. Read the first chapter here. Read more

Jessie Burton: My Year

As we bid a fond farewell to another year, Jessie Burton, author of our stunning Waterstones Book of the Year The Miniaturist, reflects on her life-changing year, the success of failing and the power of reading.   Read more

Around the table at Christmas

What do U2 and turkey have in common? Mina Holland, author of The Edible Atlas: Around the World in Thirty-Nine Cuisines, contemplates the traditional Christmas dinner and how, no matter where we are in the world or which cuisine adorns our table, we all share in one very important Christmas tradition. Read more

Read The Boy in the Dress: Part One

Ahead of tomorrow's BBC adaptation of David Walliams' hilarious children's novel, The Boy in the Dress, we bring you the first of two chapters from novel. The Boy In The Dress airs on Boxing Day at 6:55pm on BBC One. Read more

A Christmas Carroll

It's Christmas Eve - the time for spooky stories! We set children's author Emma Carroll the challenge of writing a festive ghost story in just 250 words, to get us into the Christmas "spirit". Ahem. Have a read below, then enjoy an extract from her first novel, Frost Hollow Hall. Feeling up to the challenge yourself? Submit your 250 word Christmas story in the comments section below. Read more

On Angel Wings

This Christmas Eve, BBC One will be bringing to life Michael Morpurgo's magical nativity story, On Angel Wings in a very special adaptation at 4:15pm. Michael Gambon, Juliet Stevenson, Dominic Cooper and Colin McFarlane are among the star-studded voice cast. Ahead of the programme, we have a special preview of Quentin Blake's stunning illustrations from Morpurgo's original story. Read more

Weekend Reads: Midnights by Rainbow Rowell

Our weekend read takes a festive turn in Midnights - a short story by Rainbow Rowell, from a collection My True Love Gave To Me. You can tell us what you think in the comments below or on Twitter using #WeekendReads.  

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James Rice: Writer, Bookseller

With just 28 days to go before the publication of his first novel, Alice and the Fly, our resident debut author James Rice shares his journey from Waterstones Bookseller to published author. We're so proud!   Read more