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Father Christmas is On His Way: Our Top 10 Festive Children's Reads

As we start the countdown to Christmas, we've selected our favourite festive reads for children. From Raymond Briggs' The Snowman - which this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary in a gorgeous new edition - to Snowball fun and meetings with a certain jolly man in red, it's a Santa-sack of reading, full of the magic of the season.

Eat Your Greens: Our Top 10 Vegetarian and Vegan Books for Christmas

From Vegan takes on classic eating in BOSH! to the veggie one-dish wonders of The Green Roasting Tin, we select our favourite vegetarian and vegan cookery books.

The Great Escape: Our Top 10 Wilderness Reads for Christmas

Is the grind of the 9-to-5 getting you down? Do you daydream about peace and quiet and discovering your wilder side? If you're looking to get away from it all, then check out these inspiring reads for freeing body and mind. The wild is calling, it’s time to get lost.

The Waterstones Children's Autumn Reading Round-Up

From the exploits of a super-chomping Unicorn to magical libraries, daring circus acts, deadly assassins and tales for the fireside: welcome to our favourite children’s books this autumn.

Robin Crawford's Reading for the Peatlands

Robin Crawford's Into the Peatlands is both a sensitive portrait of the unique landscape of the Outer Hebrides and a fascinating investigation into the way physical space becomes interwoven with history, culture and storytelling. Here, the author explores some of the narratives embedded in his book's creation and in the peatland environment it explores.

An Extract from George R.R. Martin's Fire and Blood

We present a sneak peek inside the pages of George R.R. Martin's latest Game of Thrones fantasy history, Fire and Blood.

The Best Books to Look Out for in October 2018

From the haunting presence of Melmoth to mouth-watering Nordic baking and maps of imaginary lands, we introduce October's reading highlights.

Exclusive Questions from Tim Peake's Astronaut Selection Test Book

Have you got what it takes to take the next giant leap for mankind? Test your rocketman potential against real European Space Agency questions from Tim Peake's The Astronaut Selection Test Book.

A Book & A Bite: Exclusive Recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi's SIMPLE

Since 2008 and his landmark Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi has fused visual design, good writing and a profound understanding of food into a series of unrivalled cookbooks. This continues with Ottolenghi SIMPLE, his brilliant new collection of dishes that can be made in less than 30 minutes. In the first from a set of three recipes we have to share, we present a very fresh way with tomatoes.

Neil Oliver Introduces The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places

Since his 2002 television debut on the BBC’s Two Men in a Trench, Neil Oliver has become the face of archaeological research in Britain. For him, our island is a precious chalice of history, from the emergence of civilisation to our contemporary structures of war and peace. The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is his brilliant and intensely personal eulogy to that history.

Laura Purcell Picks Her Favourite Gothic Fiction

Lauded by no less than The Woman in Black’s Susan Hill (‘…terrific. Perfect setting, great build-up, chilling’), Laura Purcell’s The Silent Companions was an instant, creepy winner. All eyes were on where she would take us next, and her brilliantly-conceived gothic tale The Corset will guarantee your lights staying switched on, well after bedtime. For Waterstones, Laura Purcell picks five books that have inspired her to be a master of the gothic craft.

The Interview: Sarah Moss on Ghost Wall

Over the course of six novels, Sarah Moss has gradually sculpted out a literary landscape entirely her own. From the state-of-the-nation immediacy of The Tidal Zone to the historical sweep of her breakthrough early fiction, Moss is a writer of extraordinary range and relevance. In her second interview for Waterstones, the author considers the themes behind her new novel, Ghost Wall.