Our August Books of the Month, for your reading pleasure
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
Adrian Tchaikovsky Conquers an Outstanding Field to Bag the 30th Arthur C. Clarke Award

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Reviewed in the Papers

Mapping the Past by Charles Drazin

An investigation into his own family’s past opens up a sweeping narrative of Ireland’s place in the construction of Empire.

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A Smell of Burning by Colin Grant

Colin Grant’s account of his brother’s epilepsy opens a door to a history of persecution and myth.

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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

Already a cult phenomenon in its native Holland, age is but a number in this unexpected, anonymised memoir.

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On the Waterstones Blog

The Harry Potter Wizardry Continues

The Harry Potter Wizardry Continues

It was definitely one of those nights where both booksellers and our fabulous customers alike were filled with identical excitement and anticipation.

The Outrun Bags The Wainwright Prize 2016

The Outrun Bags The Wainwright Prize 2016

It’s our pleasure this afternoon to confirm that Amy Liptrot’s masterful debut The Outrun has clinched this year’s Wainwright Prize. From an almost impossibly strong field, Liptrot’s sometimes breathtakingly candid account of breakdown and salvation has emerged as the victor for this increasingly influential literary award. Last year’s winner, Meadowland by John Lewis-Stempel, stormed to the top of our charts and has established the standard for fine rural writing.

Spies I’ve Known

Spies I’ve Known

Our Thriller of The Month for August is Nicholas Searle’s assured debut The Good Liar. Searle grew up in Cornwall and studied languages at the Universities of Bath and Göttingen before becoming a civil servant for many years.  He has recently been named one of The Observer’s New Faces of Fiction 2016. Spanning nearly a century, his debut centres on expert con-man Roy who embroils naïve, wealthy widow Betty in an intricate ploy. In an exclusive article for Waterstones, Searle has selected his favourite fictional spies, as well as writing a comprehensive introduction to the espionage genre