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Holly Jackson Recommends Her Top YA Thrillers

As the author of the phenomenally successful A Good Girl's Guide to Murder series, Holly Jackson knows a thing or two about what makes a page-turning young adult thriller. To celebrate the publication of her latest nail-biting novel Five Survive - which sees a group of teens on a road trip caught in the crosshairs of a sniper - Holly picks her favourite examples of the much-loved genre.

Jeremy Lee on Autumn's Culinary Jewels

In his sumptuous and passionately curated book Cooking, beloved chef Jeremy Lee serves up an incredible collection of recipes ranging from quick desserts such as plum compote with ricotta and hazelnuts to classics like chicken with asparagus, potatoes and wild garlic aioli, along with a rich selection of jams, condiments and inspirational tips. In this exclusive piece, Lee reflects on why autumn is a specifically inspiring season when it comes to food.

The Waterstones Podcast - In Real Life

Celebrating the return of events and the chance to meet your heroes.

The Best Games & Puzzles We've Played in 2022

Whether it's whacking your nearest and dearest with an inflatable club, testing your memory skills with Bluey or piecing together hidden clues from the world of Agatha Christie, we've got all the best games and puzzles to make your Christmas go with a bang. Take a look at our top picks for a fun, family festive season.

R.F. Kuang on Babel and the Legacy of Victorian Literature

Compelling, imaginative and blazingly intelligent, R.F. Kuang's Babel is a breathtaking grimdark dystopia set in an alternate nineteenth-century Oxford in thrall to the eponymous Royal Institute of Translation. Tackling themes of authoritarianism, colonialism and the power of language, Kuang's masterpiece has been shortlisted for the 2022 Waterstones Book of the Year and, in this exclusive piece, the author discusses how the great Victorian novels proved an immense source of inspiration to the writing of Babel.    

Bolu Babalola's Favourite Reads of 2022

This year, the author of the former Waterstones Book of the Year-shortlisted Love in Colour delivered a new, irresistibly romantic, campus-set comedy of errors Honey & Spice that brims with razor-sharp humour and features a truly memorable cast of characters. We are delighted to have Bolu share her favourite reads from 2022 with our readers. 

Winter Fiction from Across Borders

Winter Fiction from Across Borders

Posted on 15th Nov, 2022 by Anna Orhanen

From the icy fjords of Norway to the snow-capped mountains of Japan, and from dark Finnish winter mornings to the rimy forests of Siberia, this selection of stunning seasonal reads has been hand-picked for those who want to immerse themselves in the very best literary evocations of winter. 

The Best Dark Academia Books

The Best Dark Academia Books

Posted on 27th Oct, 2022 by Mark Skinner

Abounding in sinister secrets - sometimes magical, sometimes not - locked in the libraries and halls of mysterious educational institutions, dark academia has become a phenomenally successful literary genre. With its roots in the gothic fiction of Oscar Wilde and Mary Shelley, the modern incarnation of dark academia was kickstarted by Donna Tartt's seminal The Secret History - a magnum opus of intrigue and murder set within a presigious American university - and has gone from strength to strength in the capable hands of authors such as Naomi Novik, Leigh Bardugo and R.F. Kuang. In this blog we celebrate some the finest examples of the genre, from established classics to lesser known titles.  

Maggie O'Farrell's Favourite Reads of 2022

Maggie O'Farrell's Favourite Reads of 2022

Posted on 26th Oct, 2022 by Anna Orhanen

This year, the author of former Waterstones Book of the Year Hamnet treated readers to a spellbinding new novel The Marriage Portrait  a tale of responsibility, resilience and survival in Renaissance Italy. We are delighted to have Maggie share her favourite books from 2022 on the blog.

A Q&A With Pandora Sykes on What Writers Read

A perfect gift for all bibliophiles and supporting the worthy cause of the National Literacy Trust, What Writers Read – our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for November – is a beautifully produced compendium of reading recommendations from critically acclaimed and bestselling authors. In this exclusive Q&A, the book's curator Pandora Sykes discusses the origins of the project and why it was so important to give something back. 

Serena Patel and Robin Stevens Recommend Their Top 5 Children's Mystery Novels

Brimming with tales of festive skulduggery and yuletide mystery, The Very Merry Murder Club boasts an incredible array of bestselling children's authors all contributing fiendish short stories with a Christmassy spin. In this exclusive blog, co-editors Serena Patel and Robin Stevens reveal their top picks for all junior detectives. 

Amy McCulloch on the Real-Life Inspiration Behind Breathless

A compelling thriller rich in mounting (pun slightly intended) suspense and ominous atmosphere, Amy McCulloch's adult debut Breathless centres on a mountaineering expedition that quickly turns deadly. In this exclusive piece, Amy discusses her own incredible mountain climbing experience and how it inspired her to craft the novel.