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Colm Tóibín on Writing His Long-Awaited Sequel To Brooklyn

Colm Tóibín on Writing His Long-Awaited Sequel To Brooklyn

Posted on 16th May, 2024 by Anna Orhanen

In 2009, Colm Tóibín's novel Brooklyn captured the hearts of countless readers with its story of Eilis Lacey – a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York City – and the same year the book was crowned as the winner of the Costa Novel Award. Now, in Long Island, Tóibín continues her story, and in this exclusive piece the author meditates on the role of a plot in fiction and the experience of writing his new novel. 

The Waterstones Podcast - Kaliane Bradley

A time travel romance about bureaucracy, Empire and cigarettes.

Kaliane Bradley on The Ministry of Time and Commander Graham Gore

One of the year's most eagerly anticipated fiction debuts has now landed, with the publication of Kaliane Bradley's stunning The Ministry of Time. In this exclusive piece, Kaliane describes the genesis of the novel and how a certain real-life Arctic explorer became one of her central characters.  

Maria Rejt Remembers C.J. Sansom

Maria Rejt Remembers C.J. Sansom

Posted on 9th May, 2024 by Mark Skinner

The sad passing of C.J. Sansom robbed the world not just of more exquisitely crafted fiction but also of a compassionate and kind-hearted man. In this short piece, Sansom's editor Maria Rejt reflects on her relationship with the creator of the bestselling Shardlake novels.  

Sam Copeland on Heroes in Children's Fiction

A side-splitting body swap comedy full of heroic deeds, Sam Copeland's Alex vs. Axel: The Impossible Quests is our Children's Book of the Month for May. In this exclusive piece, Sam discusses the proud history of heroes in children's fiction and which ones have really stuck with him throughout his writing career. 

Abir Mukherjee's Top Thrillers About Terrorism

In his latest thriller Hunted, the author of the bestselling Wyndham and Bannerjee historical crime series spins the pulsating story of two sets of parents trying to track down their children who are accused of terrorist atrocities. In this exclusive piece, Abir Mukherjee selects his favourite thrillers that deal in the theme of terrorism. 

Samuel Burr on the Real-Life People Who Inspired The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers


In his joyful and moving debut novel, The Fellowship of the PuzzlemakersSamuel Burr spins an absorbing tale of friendship, mystery and the families we make for ourselves, as orphaned Clayton – brought up by a commune of extraordinarily sharp minds, Britain's best puzzlemakers – arrives at a crossroads in his life. In this exclusive piece, Burr discusses the inspiration behind his brilliant book which celebrates kinship that can form across generational divides.

Olivia Laing on the Inspiration Behind The Garden Against Time

Combining memoir and cultural history in alluring prose, The Garden Against Time is the new book from the acclaimed author of The Lonely City, Funny Weather and Everybody. As well as a perceptive meditation on humankind's relationship with gardens across history, Olivia Laing's beautiful book chronicles the project of restoring her own, attached to the Suffolk house she moved into during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this piece, the author reflects on the experiences that gave birth to The Garden Against Time.

The Waterstones Podcast - Sarah Perry

From the epic to the mundane and why there’s no such thing as a boring life.

Laura Dockrill on Why She Wrote Grey

A sensitive and beautifully reassuring examination of how to handle overwhelming emotions, Grey – the heartwarming new picture book from Laura Dockrill and Lauren Child – recounts the story of a child who feels like all their colours have disappeared. In this exclusive piece, Laura Dockrill talks about the experience she had as a new mother that led her to write this story and the importance of finding ways to talk to children about mental health. 

Max Hastings on His Favourite Historians of War

There are few more highly esteemed military historians currently writing than Max Hastings, whose riveting Operation Biting is published this May. But which writers on war does he rate the most highly? In this exclusive piece, Hastings picks his personal favourites.  

The Waterstones Podcast - Salman Rushdie

Answering violence with art, hate with love.

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