Book Blog

A UK Exclusive Q&A with Zadie Smith and Nick Laird on Weirdo

Zadie Smith and Nick Laird discuss their first ever picture book collaboration, the wildly wonderful Weirdo.

Jonathan Drori on the Stories Behind a Selection of British Plants

The author of Around the World in 80 Plants highlights a selection of plants that can be enjoyed without having to visit a botanical garden.

Maggie O'Farrell on the Significance of Names in Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell, author of Hamnet, our Fiction Book of the Month for April, on why names - and namelessness - matter in this novel.

Ellie Game on Designing the Cover Art for Girl in the Walls

In this fascinating piece, designer Ellie Game recounts how she created the striking cover image for A.J. Gnuse's masterful gothic thriller.

Jonas Jonasson on the Joy of Waterstones

The author of Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd. explains how an experience in Waterstones made him fall in love with London.

B.P. Walter on His Favourite Domestic Thrillers

B.P. Walter, author of The Dinner Guest, our Thriller of the Month for April, selects five great crime novels based inside the family home.

Radiya Hafiza on the Importance of Revitalising Fairy Tales

Radiya Hafiza, author of Rumaysa, our Children's Book of the Month for April, explains why she found it vital to offer alternative narratives to traditional tales.

Craig Brown on the Enduring Appeal of The Beatles

Craig Brown, author of One, Two, Three, Four, our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for April, gets to grips with why the Fab Four continue to bewitch and beguile the globe.

The Waterstones Round Up: April's Best Books

With Spring well and truly sprung, it's time to stretch out in the sun with some of the great books published this April.