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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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Authors take the #IceBucketChallenge

It's the charitable craze that's taken the internet by ice-cold storm--er, wave. Amanda Stevenson clues us in on some of the book world's finest who, among the A-list celebrities, politicians, and your Facebook feed frenzied friends, have taken the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS... Read more
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In conversation: Erika Johansen

Though the first part of her Tearling trilogy is only just hitting bookshops in the UK, Erika Johansen's story is already in development to be a Hollywood film starring Emma Watson. She tells us a little about this unique futuristic fantasy and her reading inspiration. Read more
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So, you want to be a writer?

Are you sure? Writing involves a lot of staring at screens, making stupid gesticulations as you try to find the right word, self-loathing, drinking to forget, rejection after rejection and very little money. Still here? Okay, Rowan Whiteside from our Norwich bookshop with her pick of the best creative writing books. Read more
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Ultimate Writer: The rise to glory

The final battle is drawing ever closer now, and as our two survivors Neil Gaiman and Stephen King make their way towards each other though the literary universe to meet in a cosmic and terrifying clash of words, we take a look at just how they got here. Read more
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Out of strange places…

From Cronenberg to Christie, via Eugenides and King, James Smythe tells us about the echoes of uncommon inspirations in his latest science fiction novel... Read more
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Twauthors – The best authors on Twitter

It’s no surprise that authors have taken to Twitter, an almost entirely text-based medium. With Stephen King joining Twitter the other day and taking all the attention, we thought it only fair to take a moment to highlight some of our favourite authors who have been tweeting long before King decided it was time to further enrage Jonathan Franzen. And, it should go without saying, #ff. Read more
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King on Carrie

With a new film adaptation out today, Stephen King describes the inspiration behind Carrie, the book which changed his life and set him on the road to becoming the bestselling author he is today... Read more
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A further fourteen fantastic first lines

Jonathan O'Brien recently ran a short post about some of his favourite first lines on the Waterstones Oxford Street tumblr (you can see that list here)- and he definitely didn’t get too excited and phone his mother when it hit the front page of Reddit (She had no idea what Reddit was and just seemed confused, but pleased, at his happiness). Fourteen didn’t seem enough in the original piece so, to maintain the satisfyingly alliterative titles (and to appease the Redditors who got angry about the books we missed off), here’s fourteen more fantastic first lines. Read more
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Trust Your (dog’s) Eyes

One of Stephen King's favourite authors, Linwood Barclay tells us about how his latest thriller, Trust Your Eyes, was born of some very unusual inspiration... Read more