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How We Made: Cloud Atlas

How We Made: Cloud Atlas

Posted on 11th May, 2021 by Mark Skinner

Inside the Russian doll structure of a Booker-shortlisted masterclass.

Cari Thomas on Her Favourite Fictional Magical Londons

A bewitching story of forbidden magic and friendship set in a brilliantly drawn magical London, Cari Thomas's Threadneedle is one of the most exciting fantasy debuts of the year. In this exclusive piece, Cari recounts her favourite literary depictions of the capital, from subterranean wonder to Dickensian delight.  

Elizabeth Macneal on the Real-Life World of the Victorian Circus

Elizabeth Macneal follows up former Waterstones Book of the Month The Doll Factory with Circus of Wonders, another irresistible dive into Victorian Gothic. In this exclusive piece, heavily illustrated with images from Elizabeth's researches, she describes the colourful, exploitative and thoroughly dangerous real-life world of the Victorian Circus.    

How We Made: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Don't Panic! It's the 42nd anniversary of Douglas Adam's comic classic.

The Best Books for Mental Health & Well-Being

The Best Books for Mental Health & Well-Being

Posted on 6th May, 2021 by Anna Orhanen

From unforgettable fiction and inspiring memoirs to practical guides and insights into the latest science, we have gathered together a selection of empowering books to help and encourage everyone to start conversations about mental health. Whether through increasing our understanding of different conditions or sharing practical tips on how to protect our mental well-being, these are books that offer a wealth of wisdom and hope.

Philippe Sands on Unexpected Connections to the Past

Philippe Sands's The Ratline, a riveting study of SS Brigadefuhrer Otto von Wachter, was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed history books of 2020 and its publication brought plenty of unexpected correspondence the author's way. In this exclusive piece to celebrate its paperback release, Sands recounts the fascinating letters he received in the wake of The Ratline and outlines the artefacts which will be adorning the window of Waterstones Gower Street for the next month.   

Tim Tilley on Capturing the Magic of Nature

Both written and illustrated by Tim Tilley, Harklights is an enchanting story of freedom, pluck and the wonder of nature, featuring many unforgettable images and characters. In this exclusive piece, Tim recounts the journey from the original idea for the tale to its publication and describes his love of the natural world and the kind of feelings and atmosphere that he wanted to evoke with Harklights.  

How We Made: Wolf Hall

How We Made: Wolf Hall

Posted on 26th Apr, 2021 by Mark Skinner

Hilary Mantel and editor Nicholas Pearson on the story behind Wolf Hall.  

Anita Sethi on Walking the Backbone of Britain

An inspiring melding of memoir and nature writing, Anita Sethi's I Belong Here recounts the author's perambulations across the Pennines in the wake of a horrific racial assault. In this exclusive piece, Anita explains the powerful meaning behind the three words of her book's title and how the restorative nature of the Northern countryside can play a crucial role in concepts of identity and belonging.  

Rahul Raina on the Concept of 'Masala'

With its heady mix of celebrity stardom, fraud, blackmail and abduction, Rahul Raina's riotous satire of modern Indian society How to Kidnap the Rich is packed full of what the author terms 'masala.' For a thorough - and very entertaining - description of exactly what that means, read Raina's piece below.  

Max Hastings on Operation Pedestal

By 1942, the Allied position in World War II was looking desperate and Churchill was determined to ensure a military success - as much to boost morale as for strategic gain. In this exclusive piece, master military historian Max Hastings outlines the brutal battle for Malta - an operation that the Allies simply had to win, at any cost.  

Stuart Turton on His Top Terrible Journeys in Fiction

With his bestselling debut The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton demonstrated his proficiency in spinning a tale laden with unexpected twists and turns. His second novel, The Devil and the Dark Water, ups the ante even further on labyrinthine storytelling and page-turning unpredictability. Centred on a 17th-century voyage from hell (possibly quite literally), the novel features fugitive detectives, stalking demons and a twice-dead leper to name but a few of the weird an wonderful creations, and in this exclusive piece, Stuart reveals his favourite books with similarly disastrous journeys.