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Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle on the Joys of Co-writing

Blessed with the storytelling skills of two bestselling Young Adult authors, Twin Crowns is a glorious fantasy centred on a pair of royal siblings separated at birth and their battle for the throne. In this exclusive piece, Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle talk about the pleasures and pitfalls of co-writing, enduring friendships and being prospective sisters-in-law.  

Kiran Millwood Hargrave on the True Story Behind The Dance Tree

Winner of both the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year for The Girl of Ink and Stars and Julia and the Shark respectively, the multi-talented Kiran Millwood Hargrave is also an accomplished adult novelist. Following 2020's acclaimed The Mercies, The Dance Tree is a tour de force of historical recreation based on an astonishing true event that took place in sixteenth-century Strasbourg. In this exclusive piece, Kiran discusses the historical background to her latest bestseller.  

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.

Ben West on Loneliness and the Importance of Mental Health Education

In This Book Could Save Your Life, mental health activist and campaigner Ben West draws from his personal journey after his brother's suicide to offer honest and meaningful advice on looking after your mental health. In this exclusive piece the author reflects on the current loneliness epidemic, the urgent need for more mental health education, and the importance of us all looking out for one another - as family members, colleagues and friends.

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. 

Deesha Philyaw's Love Letter to the Short Story

In her immersive, beautifully crafted short story collection The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Deesha Philyaw shares moving, funny and rebellious tales of a group of Black women as they navigate life filled with expectations, passions, secrets, and longing. In this exclusive piece, the author declares her love for her chosen form, reflecting on what makes short fiction so special.

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.