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Unlocking Ness

Patrick Ness is the multi-award-winning author of The Knife of Letting GoThe Rest of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls, which has been adapted for the screen and will be released later this year. To many, his is the gold-standard of Young Adult fiction, beloved by a legion of fans. We asked his editor, Denise Johnstone-Burt at Walker books, and bookseller (and self-confessed Ness-devotee) Sarah Whitbread to explain what is it that marks Patrick Ness's work out for such unique affection

Cover to Cover

Great book jacket design is often based on the unique harmony of design and illustration, a delicate balance that has the potential to make or break a title in a sometimes rich marketplace. Stormdancer creator Jay Kristoff’s epic new fantasy Nevernight provided HarperCollins designer Cherie Chapman with the opportunity to create one of the most striking covers we've seen this year and the chance to collaborate with master-illustrator Kerby Rosanes. Writing exclusively for Waterstones,  Cherie takes us from concept through to print

The Ones We Love The Most

Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection, You Are Not A Stranger Here, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the PEN/Winship Award. His new novel Imagine Me Gone explores a family's love, as well as the depression that resonates through the generations. Theo Tait writing for The Sunday Times described the novel as ‘intimate and panoramic’. He continued,‘there is an exhilaration in reading something so perceptive and well executed’. Waterstones Online’s Sally Campbell caught up with the author to discuss his writing routine, the term 'mental illness' and his exceptionally well-received new book.

Out of the Blue

Enjoying enormous success at the outset of has career - bagging three Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Daggers, a total only ever matched by Ruth Rendell - Lionel Davidson's writing ultimately fell into almost total obscurity by the late seventies. Sudden interest however in Kolymsky Heights last year has sparked a long-overdue Davidson revival. To celebrate the re-release of Davidson's debut, The Night of Wenceslas, author William Ryan has written an introduction to the ‘stylish, ingenious [book]’ (The New York Times)

That Was No Raccoon

Alexandra Oliva grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Her debut novel The Last One is a taut, high-concept, dystopian thriller that tests a resourceful female protagonist to her limits. Karen Joy Fowler, The Man Booker-shortlisted author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, described it simply as, ‘haunting, moving, and remarkable’. Here, Oliva tells the true story of a mysterious sighting while on a fourteen-day wilderness survival course in the wilds of Utah.

An Unlikely Feminist Icon

Kiersten White is a New York Times bestselling author of Young Adult fiction. Taking a departure from her previous books’ paranormal setting, And I Darken is set during The Ottoman Empire. It is a story of vengeance with a fierce female protagonist modeled on Vlad the Impaler. In the following article, White shares her (rather unlikely) feminist icon.

Slave To Time

Jon Walter’s writing for children navigates dark and complex issues while remaining well-paced and accessible. His debut Close To The Wind illuminates the refugee experience from the point of view of a young boy and has drawn comparisons to John Boyne's The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas. His newest work, My Names’s Not Friday, is a Young Adult novel that explores the twinned themes of slavery and religion on a Mississippi plantation during the American Civil War. In the words of The Guardian it is ‘a tale of twists and turns, revelations and reversals, [that] will keep you utterly gripped.’

Le Grand Tour

We're witnessing an explosion in the quality of writing dedicated to the art and sport of cycling. With the Tour de France now at full, unrelenting throttle, Matt Gardiner sat down with four such top writers and captured their thoughts on all things Le Tour

Somewhere Ordinary

Sarah Moss is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and has previously penned four novels: Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children, as well as two works of non-fiction. Night Waking is a blackly comic account of early motherhood and her new novel The Tidal Zone is a companion piece that focuses on parenting teenagers. Full of narrative surprises, The Tidal Zone has been described as ‘a remarkable, passionate, funny and beautifully furious book, full of love, history, justice and tenderness.’ (A. L. Kennedy)