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JQ Wingate Nominee: Hanns and Rudolf by Thomas Harding

As we countdown to the winner of the JQ Wingate Prize, here's an extract from Hans and Rudolf by Thomas Harding.

Fourteen fantastic first lines

They say the first line is one of the most important parts of a book. Get it right and the readers’ eyes are all yours, get it wrong and they’ll start looking around, distracted by the feet of strangers or two birds fighting over a sandwich.

World Book Day 2015 Gallery

Happy World Book Day! Up and down the country our booksellers and customers have been dressing up as their literary characters. Here's a gallery of our favourites so far.

Waterstones and HarperCollins present the Killer Crime Festival.

Celebrate the best in crime fiction with the Killer Crime Festival, a two-day festival of both online and in-store events.

World Book Day 2015

It's World Book Day tomorrow, as if we ever needed an excuse to dress up as our favourite book characters..

Translating Lemaitre

What's in a translation? Frank Wynne on translating Pierre Lemaitre's Camille Verhoeven Trilogy.

Charles Cumming on Development Hell

Charles Cumming on what happens when your book is optioned as a film. And the waiting that follows...

Book Club: Look Who's Back

Our Waterstones Book Club choice this week is Timur Vermes' satirical novel Look Who's Back which sees a rather confused Adolf Hitler return to modern day Germany. Find out what our bookseller thinks and read the first chapter.

Non-fiction Book of the Month: The Establishment

Our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for March is The Establishment by Owen Jones. Read the first chapter. Read an extract from the opening pages here.