This week our Booksellers reveal which books were their personal favourites in 2014...
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
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?
We asked our booksellers to highlight the books that are most requested by our customers. Read more
Claire Freedman, bestselling author of the Underpants series discusses her new book, Monsters Love Underpants, and her excitement at seeing Aliens Love Underpants at the theatre. Read more
has announced the ten titles on the shortlist for it's exciting new prize in the world of children's and Young Adult fiction, the YA Book Prize 2015.
A children's book with no pictures may sound like a strange concept but let B. J. Novak
explain all... Read more
Booksellers look back on their favourite authors from the past year.
, author and illustrator of the critically-acclaimed Iremonger
series discusses his inspirations (landscapes, the Victorians and yes, rubbish) and shows us his remarkable sketchbook. Read more
We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers for questions to ask Richard Adams
, in celebration of the new illustrated editions of Watership Down
. Here are his answers to some of our favourites...
Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter reveal what was 'too rude' to make it into their book series The Dinosaur That Pooped...
It's time to meet your favourite bear from Darkest Peru and to celebrate the release of Paddington
in cinemas, we've a very special reading of the book by the film's cast. Plus we pick out some of our favourite Paddington
books and toys. Read more
With her first children's book The Squickerwonkers
out now, Matthew O'Donoghue
spoke to Evangeline Lilly
about writing, working with an illustrator and dark children's books.
The winners of this year's Specsavers National Book Awards shortlists have been announced! Here's who took home the honours...
Booksellers pick out some of the books they think have been overlooked this year. These are some hidden gems...
No, not books selected
by the children of Booksellers - we mean OUR Booksellers' favourite Children's books of 2014.
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.
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.
, 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.
We're thrilled to announce our shortlist for this year's Waterstones Book of the Year.
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?
- 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
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.
The shortlists for this year's Specsavers National Book Awards shortlists were announced today - and we're here to guide you through them.
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