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
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Read The Ice Dragon

Today, George R. R. Martin's enchanting tale - The Ice Dragon - hits the shelves. Lavishly illustrated by artist Luis Royo, The Ice Dragon tells the captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon. Read the opening chapter here. 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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Designing Oksa Pollock

With the Oksa Pollock series a European sensation, designer Tom Sanderson reveals how he went about creating a look for the UK covers which captured the excitement of the stories. Read more
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Book Clinic: Books to make your toes curl

Want to get in the mood for Halloween? Are the ghosts and ghouls queuing up outside your front door? This is the perfect time of year to keep your younger readers entertained with some witchy goings on or send a chill down an older child’s spine with a creepy tale or two… Read more
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Rewriting Ourselves

Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series, talks about how he wrote, and rewrote, his new novel Afterworlds, and explains how the process of rewriting is important not only in writing and fiction, but in our everyday lives.  Read more
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In conversation: Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey found tremendous success with his alien invasion novel The Fifth Wave, but - as he reveals in this interview to mark the publication of the second book in the series, The Infinite Sea, he came to write YA by accident. Read more
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The music of Where She Went

Have you read Gayle Forman's If I Stay? Seen the movie? Have you read the sequel, Where She Went? If the answer to all of the above is "YES!" then you're going to love Gayle's exclusive playlist of the music behind the book. Read more
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James Dashner’s 5 Maze Runner Inspirations

Coming to cinemas in the UK this October, James Dashner's dystopian epic- and our Children's Book of the Month - The Maze Runner owes its inspiration to some classic films, books, TV shows and... - well, we'll let him explain. Read more
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The Big Book Season: 28th August

Thursday 28th August. A day like any other. Or is it? Today is the first of a flurry of big book publishing days. Read on for our round-up of the best new books hitting the shelves today. Read more