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2021's Best Poetry Books

From fresh collections by much-loved poets to sumptuous children's anthologies of verse, here is our pick of the year's best poetry for National Poetry Day.

A Poem From Ocean Vuong's Forthcoming New Collection

Enjoy a sneak peek of Reasons for Staying, a stunning poem from Ocean Vuong's new collection Time is a Mother.

Stephanie Garber on Her Favourite Fairytale Retellings

Stephanie Garber, author of Once Upon a Broken Heart, shares her favourite modern retellings of classic fairytales and folklore.

Melissa Cummings-Quarry on the Transformative Power of Books

Melissa Cummings-Quarry, author of Grown: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up, discusses a childhood in thrall to empowering literature.

James Han Mattson on His Favourite Dark and Disturbing Reads

James Han Mattson, author of the chilling Reprieve, selects his top stories that leave him with a sense of lingering unease.

The Waterstones Round Up: October's Best Books

From John le Carré to Mary Berry, here's our pick of the essential publishing this October.

The Waterstones Round Up: October's Best Children's Books

From Jeff Kinney to Candice Carty-Williams, say hello to some momentous publishing this month.

Pádraig Kenny on His Favourite Monsters in Children's Fiction

Pádraig Kenny, author of The Monsters of Rookhaven, our Children's Book of the Month for October, spotlights some of his favourite monsters from kids' literature.

Abigail Dean on Her Favourite Books on Survival

Abigail Dean, the author of Girl A, our Thriller of the Month for October, shares her top five books that explore survival.