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The Waterstones Podcast - Zeinab Badawi

An epic narrative from cradle of humanity to vibrant future.

Reading Rushdie: A Guide to Salman Rushdie's Best Books

Acclaimed by both critics and public alike, Salman Rushdie has carved out a reputation as one of the greatest novelists of the past fifty years. As Knife, his eagerly-anticipated account of the shocking attempt on his life in August 2022, hits bookshelves we take a look back at some of the author's most inspired and influential works.  

An Exclusive Q&A with Patric Gagne

An Exclusive Q&A with Patric Gagne

Posted on 12th Apr, 2024 by Mark Skinner

A truly fascinating window into a much misunderstood condition, Patric Gagne's incisive and unflinching memoir describes what living life as a sociopath entails and how those who possess the condition can integrate into modern society. We are delighted to present this exclusive Q&A between Patric and her editor Melissa Flashman on the Waterstones blog.

The Waterstones Podcast - Marian Keyes

Family, community and forgiveness from a beloved author.

 Zeinab Badawi on the African Hero Taharqo the Kushite King

Zeinab Badawi on the African Hero Taharqo the Kushite King

Posted on 12th Apr, 2024 by Anna Orhanen

In her ground-breaking new book, An African History of AfricaZeinab Badawi maps the past of this vast continent from the birth places of humanity through the struggles of conquest and colonisation to the elation of independence. In this exclusive piece, she talks about her fascination with the ruler of the ancient kingdom of Kush in what is now South Sudan and her personal connection to the region.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize Blog: Chloe Savage

As we continue to celebrate the winners of this year's Waterstones Children's Book Prize, we are delighted to share a piece from Chloe Savage whose picture book The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish was chosen as the winner of the Best Illustrated Book category. In this exclusive piece, Chloe talks about the book that made her a writer and illustrator.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize Blog: Pari Thomson

As we continue to celebrate the winners of this year's Waterstones Children's Book Prize, we are delighted to share a piece from Pari Thomson whose debut novel Greenwild: The World Behind the Door was chosen as the overall winner. In this exclusive piece, Pari talks about the joy of reading and the book that made her a writer.

Emily Henry's Top 5 Favourite Romance Novels

With novels such as Beach Read, Book Lovers and Happy Place, Emily Henry has rocketed to forefront of romantic comedy writing. Now, she returns with Funny Story, another wonderfully escapist page-turner about two wronged partners determined to take revenge on their exes. In this exclusive piece, Emily selects her favourite romance novels.  

The Waterstones Podcast - Chimene Suleyman

A group of women betrayed by a single man and the society that allowed it to happen.

The Waterstones Podcast - Stuart Turton

Utopia meets dystopia in a crime thriller from the end of the world.


Liz Nugent on Creating Strange Sally Diamond

A dark yet unputdownably entertaining tale of crime and the long shadows of the past, Liz Nugent’s Strange Sally Diamond is centred on its titular protagonist who is just a little bit different from the rest. In this exclusive piece, the author talks about how the story of Sally came to her, and about her deep-seated interest in the question of nature or nurture – how do we turn out the way we do?

The Waterstones Podcast - Dr Charan Ranganath

How we make memories and how they shape us.

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