An investigation into his own family’s past opens up a sweeping narrative of Ireland’s place in the construction of Empire.
Colin Grant’s account of his brother’s epilepsy opens a door to a history of persecution and myth.
Already a cult phenomenon in its native Holland, age is but a number in this unexpected, anonymised memoir.
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.
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