In conversation: Takashi Hiraide

Our Gower Street Bookshop Manager, Alison Belshaw, caught up with Japanese author Takashi Hiraide to discuss his work, his intriguing fragmentary writing style and what we lost in the English translation of The Guest Cat. Read more

The Hobbit: judging a book from its cover?

As we get ready for the final instalment in The Hobbit movie trilogy, we’ve decided to look at the evolution of The Hobbit covers, from the original facsimile edition to newly illustrated editions and film adaptations. Laura Di Giuseppe, J.R.R. Tolkien Brand Manager at HarperCollins Publishers has picked her favourite The Hobbit cover. Which one is yours? Read more

Ask Richard Adams: The Answers

We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers for questions to ask Richard Adams, in celebration of the new illustrated editions of Watership Down and Shardik. Here are his answers to some of our favourites... 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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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

Watership Down: a gallery

Ahead of a special event with Watership Down author Richard Adams, Sammy Ingram explores the novel's variety of cover designs with a gallery through the years. Which one is your favourite? Read more
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The young Pratchett

Kirsten Armstrong - Terry Pratchett's children's books editor - explains how his new collection of stories for children provides an insight to the development of his extraordinary imagination. Read more
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Authors’ Books of the Year 2014

We asked some of our favourite writers - including Karen Joy Fowler, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Susan Hill and Helen Macdonald - to tell us what books they've most loved reading this year. Read more

Illustrating Harry Potter

Jonny Duddle reveals how he created Bloomsbury's stunning new Harry Potter cover art, plus a chance to win a Harry Potter paperback boxed set and signed Jonny Duddle prints. Read more