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A Q&A with Antony Beevor on Russia

A Q&A with Antony Beevor on Russia

Posted on 10th May, 2022 by Mark Skinner

From Stalingrad to D-Day, Antony Beevor has forged a reputation as a military historian par excellence with his meticulously researched and utterly immersive literary volumes. His latest masterwork, Russia, is a breathtaking account of revolution, civil war and the formation of the Soviet Union. In this Q&A, Beevor discusses the importance of this particular era of twentieth-century history and what such turbulent events can tell us about the Russia of today. 

An Extract from Good Pop Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker

As frontman of Britpop legends Pulp, Jarvis Cocker became one of the most iconic pop stars of the 90s, whilst his subsequent musical and broadcasting projects have ensured his lasting legacy as a beloved British cultural figure. In Good Pop Bad Pop, Cocker takes a literal inventory of the items that inhabit his loft and reflects on what they say about his life and career. In this extract, an old school exercise book reveals Cocker's youthful obsession with punk and fashion.     

Abi Morgan on Personal Trauma and the Creative Process

Written with a natural storyteller's keen eye for detail and character, Abi Morgan's blistering This is Not a Pity Memoir recounts how the author's world was turned upside down following her husband's collapse with a brain seizure. In this exclusive piece, Abi discusses the genesis of the book and how the act of writing enabled her to make sense of such a horrific event.

The Waterstones Podcast - Talking

The Waterstones Podcast - Talking

Posted on 9th May, 2022 by Mark Skinner

Why conversation and talking about the hard things is so important.

Andrew Scull on Loneliness, Isolation and Mental Health

Brilliantly probing and wry but always compassionate, Desperate Remedies chronicles the troubled history of modern psychiatric practices from Victorian asylums to the opioid crisis of today's America. In this deeply researched book, Andrew Scull sheds light on the faulty science, false promises, ruthless ambition and shocking neglect of patients' needs that characterise the two-century-long race to crack the enigma of mental illness. In this exclusive piece, the author reflects on the links between loneliness, isolation and the societal attitudes to mental illness. 

The Waterstones Podcast - Consequences

Connections, premonitions, influence and consequence.

Matthew Green and Ian Mortimer Discuss the Process of Writing History

From Dunwich to Capel Celyn, Matthew Green's Shadowlands is an immersive study of the vanished places of Britain that deftly combines popular history with travel writing. In the bestselling Time Traveller's Guide series Ian Mortimer's approach to history is that it is not just something to be studied; it is something to be lived, whether that is the life of a peasant or a lord. In this exclusive piece, Matthew Green and Ian Mortimer discuss the process of writing history and lessons for our time. 

Julia Boyd on the Horrors of War, Then and Now

An intimate portrait of the Germany's descent into totalitarianism, A Village in the Third Reich examines the horrors of fascism through the prism of one remote village high up in the Bavarian Alps. In this exclusive piece, Julia Boyd reflects on the similarities between the tragedies that befell ordinary people during the Second World War and the scenes of human suffering in Ukraine today. 

Russell Foster on Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Mental Health

Russell Foster on Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Mental Health

Posted on 5th May, 2022 by Anna Orhanen

In his illuminating new book Life Time, Professor Russell Foster leads the reader into the fascinating field of circadian rhythms - an essential part of our biology that often gets neglected in the modern world - and shows how our 24-hour biological clock guides everything in our daily lives from digestion to immunity and from energy levels to emotions. In this exclusive piece, the author discusses the links between sleep, circadian rhythms and mental health.

How Bittersweet Are You?: Take Susan Cain's Revealing Test

In her bestselling classic Quiet, Susan Cain presented a persuasive argument for the undervalued potential of introverts the world over. Now her latest book, Bittersweet, examines the enigmatic magic of an emotion that lies halfway between beauty and pain. Take Susan's test below to discover just how bittersweet you are.

An Extract from The Premonitions Bureau by Sam Knight

An Extract from The Premonitions Bureau by Sam Knight

Posted on 3rd May, 2022 by Anna Orhanen

An astonishing story of the uncanny that simply has to be read to be believed, Sam Knight's The Premonitions Bureau is one of the year's standout non-fiction titles. Recounting the true story of a maverick 1960s psychiatrist and his band of eccentric 'percipients' who could foretell a range of disasters, the book unspools a narrative of impossible coincidence and unnerving consequence. Read the short extract below to become obsessed by a uniquely strange and addictively readable tale... 

All By Myself: Top Reads on Loneliness and Solitude

All By Myself: Top Reads on Loneliness and Solitude

Posted on 5th May, 2022 by Anna Orhanen

Being alone can mean many things. Sometimes it's a source of loneliness, sometimes a welcome respite from the world. Time spent alone can also mean time spent reading, enjoying what Marcel Proust called 'that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude'. With this in mind, we have put together a selection of stunning books that explore being alone from different angles, ranging from captivating fiction filled with unforgettable characters to brilliant non-fiction that reflects on our relationship with time, our surroundings and other people.