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As we countdown to the winner of the JQ Wingate Prize, here's an extract from Hans and Rudolf by Thomas Harding.
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.
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.
Celebrate the best in crime fiction with the Killer Crime Festival, a two-day festival of both online and in-store events.
It's World Book Day tomorrow, as if we ever needed an excuse to dress up as our favourite book characters..
What's in a translation? Frank Wynne on translating Pierre Lemaitre's Camille Verhoeven Trilogy.
Charles Cumming on what happens when your book is optioned as a film. And the waiting that follows...
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.