Today marks the 2000th anniversary of the death of Augustus
- so we thought we'd take a look at the best books to read to understand the young man who rose to create the Empire.
On the 2000th anniversary of his death, Adrian Goldsworthy
introduces his new biography Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor
and ponders why, unlike figures like Julius Caesar
and Mark Antony
, the first Imperator of Rome remains absent from wider public knowledge despite his great and lasting importance. Read more
, features editor of InStyle
magazine, explains how she came to opt for a high-heel-less life and walk on the flat, en brogue or otherwise.
Time for another quiz, this time featuring vampires and selfies. If a vampire can't look in a mirror, can it take a selfie? We digress...
, author of Flying Shoes,
discusses the novel art of bookselling. What do you do as a writer when you are surrounded by so many books? Read more
Do you think the moon landings were faked? Is climate change a hoax? Is the government hiding information about contact with aliens? Try one of Ben Ambridge
tests to see if you're a conspiracy theorist - and what that might say about your personality.
Scarecrows, superheroes and Scrabble. Also a few things that don't start with S in this week's quiz.
and Mr Greenwood
- confectioners extraordinaire - share the secrets of the trade in two exquisite sweetie recipes.
and Evan Goldberg
share a foreword to Blake J. Harris
' history of the battle that made modern gaming. Sort of.
shares an Eastern take on a classic Eton Mess from her book Persiana.
On the 100th anniversary of Britain's entry into World War I, Richard Lee
, founder of the Historical Novel Society
, looks at fictional accounts of the Great War that are read today.
A deliciously light summer salad from Diana Henry
Three simple but delicious recipes from the Hummus Bros.
, Christian Mouysset
and Ronen Givon
, which will have your taste buds dancing this summer.
- author of our Non-fiction Book of the Month, H is for Hawk
- considers the bewitching power of birds.
Read an extract from our Non-fiction Book of the Month, H is for Hawk
Books being turned into movies, lost texts now found, and anniversaries dominate this week -- try to keep up.
explains how she discovered the incredible story of Plateau Vivarais-Lignon - the village that defied the Nazis in Vichy France.
and Luciana Bianchi
share a recipe for a Brazilian workman's lunch. Having read it, we're off to become Brazilian workmen.
Chief curator of the Royal Academy of Arts Petra Giloy-Hirtz
shares a gallery of highlights from the new exhibition of actor and director Dennis Hopper
's unique photographs, which opens this Saturday. Plus - there's a chance for Waterstones Cardholders to save money on tickets to see the collection in person.
Celebrities and Americans seem to dominate this week in books...we apologize in advance.
One book we're very excited about that's coming this autumn is Yuval Noah Harari
's Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind
. Here's an extract and a beautiful video to get a flavour of it. Read more
Deep: A Sea Odyssey
is this week's Radio 4 Book of the Week - read the opening chapter here.
At a time when it has never been easier to self-publish, what is the value of a publisher? Are they redundant in this brave new world? Sam Jordison
explains how conventional publishers, and particularly independents with distinct characters like his own Galley Beggar Press, are perhaps needed now more than ever.
Not in any way associating great writers with a fondness for alcohol - the novelist James Salter
shares the secret to the perfect martini.