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This Is The Book: We Are Not Like Them

A friendship is tested by the fallout from a police shooting. 

Beginnings and Endings: A Review of John le Carré's Silverview from David Farr

Playwright, screenwriter and author of the children's fantasy novel The Book of Stolen Dreams, David Farr was the man responsible for adapting John le Carré's bestselling The Night Manager for the small screen, as well as being a friend of the iconic master of espionage. As le Carré's final, posthumous novel Silverview is published, we get David's verdict on a compelling tale of intrigue, duplicity and bookselling.     

The Haunting Season's Authors Recommend Their Top Ghost Stories

As the weather takes a decidedly autumnal turn, we are thinking about the season ahead, about Halloween and dark nights snuggling up with a ghost story or two. We asked the bestselling authors of The Haunting Season about their favourite ghost stories and those that have inspired their own interpretations of the genre.  

This Is The Book: The Dust Never Settles

Ghosts of the past haunt a Peruvian home in a magical debut.

James Han Mattson on His Favourite Dark and Disturbing Reads

A breathtaking mash-up of horror, thriller and dark satire, James Han Mattson's disquieting Reprieve is one of our favourite spine-tinglers of the year. In this exclusive piece, the author recommends five books that span various different genres yet all have one thing in common: a profound ability to create a sense of lingering unease. 

John Barnes on Sport, Racism and How to Really Make a Difference

One of the most cultured footballers to ever put on an England shirt, John Barnes is also a highly articulate and thoughtful commentator on a broad range of issues. His new book The Uncomfortable Truth About Racism is a bold and unflinching account of systemic racism in British society and, in this exclusive piece, Barnes discusses the interrelationship of sport and racism (and anti-racism) and makes a compelling case for what needs to change.        

Melissa Cummings-Quarry on the Transformative Power of Books

Books have always been a major part of Melissa Cummings-Quarry's life and led to her co-founding The Black Girls' Book Club to actively promote the work of Black Women Writers. Now, alongside Natalie A. Carter and contributions from Mel B, Diane Abbott and Candice Carty-Williams, she has written Grown: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up, which contains invaluable life lessons for young adult readers. In this exclusive piece, Melissa talks about the importance of representation in literature - both for children and adults - and discusses how her own parents ensured that literature left her feeling empowered. 

Graeme Macrae Burnet on Psychotherapy and the Inspiration for Case Study

With his Booker Prize-shortlisted His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet announced himself as an enthralling literary talent to watch. Now, with his fourth novel Case Study, he places the complexities and contradictions of psychotherapy under the microscope in a dazzling study of the nature of sanity, identity and truth. In this exclusive piece, Burnet discusses the inspiration for the novel's themes and how a teenage obsession blossomed into a forensic analysis of psychotherapy itself.

Laura Henry-Allain on Educating Children About Anti-Racism

An award-winning international writer, speaker and consultant - not to mention the creator of the hugely popular CBeebies show JoJo and Gran Gran - Laura Henry-Allain has teamed up with illustrator Onyinye Iwu to create My Skin, Your Skin. Accessibly presented and highly engaging, the book is the perfect way to open discussions with young children on the topic of racism and how to respond if they have either been a victim of a racist incident or witnessed racist abuse being directed at others. In this piece, Laura explains why educating children about these issues is so vital.     

A Poem From Ocean Vuong's Forthcoming New Collection

Since the publication of his full-length debut collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds in 2016, Ocean Vuong has been acclaimed as one of contemporary poetry’s most shining talents. Arriving in the United States from Vietnam at the age of two, his work channels the complexities of the refugee experience as well as the legacy of military conflict between the country of his birth and the one he has made his home. His 2019 novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous expanded upon these themes with its framing device of a letter from a young Vietnamese man to his illiterate mother and his luminous new collection Time is a Mother, published in April 2022, reflects on the nature of grief in the aftermath of his own mother’s passing. We are delighted to present a poem from this forthcoming collection, entitled Reasons for Staying. 

This Is The Book: Empress and Aniya

Young adult readers get South London’s answer to Freaky Friday.

Pádraig Kenny on His Favourite Monsters in Children's Fiction

As demonstrated by his previous Waterstones Children's Book of the Month Tin, Pádraig Kenny is highly proficient at combining enthralling adventure with multilayered characters and thoughtful subject matter. Fresh out in paperback and our Children's Book of the Month for October, The Monsters of Rookhaven, is a similarly nuanced tackling themes of prejudice and togetherness. In this exclusive piece, Kenny picks his top creepy creatures from children's literature over the decades.