Posted on 6th Dec, 2021 by Mark Skinner
Our Scottish Book of the Year, Andrew O'Hagan's Mayflies, tells a bittersweet and transformative tale of two friends from Ayrshire who embark on an unforgettable end-of-school trip in Manchester, and of an unexpected tragedy that strikes three decades later, putting their life-long friendship to the test. In this exclusive piece, O'Hagan talks about the musical inspiration behind Mayflies and reflects on why music and fiction can be seen as the 'power-couple of modern culture'.
Posted on 24th Nov, 2021 by Mark Skinner
A breathtaking union of timeless prose and immersive artwork, Julia and the Shark is the very worthy recipient of our Children's Gift of the Year 2021. In this exclusive piece, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston look back on the creation of this unique project and how they turned a devastating event into a storytelling masterpiece.
Posted on 22nd Nov, 2021 by Mark Skinner
Spanning six decades and 154 iconic songs, Paul McCartney's magisterial - and utterly beautiful - The Lyrics has been crowned Waterstones Book of the Year 2021. In this extract from the book, McCartney discusses the genesis of one of his most famous and well-loved songs - Eleanor Rigby - as well as the beginnings of The Beatles themselves.
Posted on 29th Nov, 2021 by Anna Orhanen
As a perfect festive treat for our readers, the author of bestselling former Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles and the new, eminently gift-worthy A Cheesemonger's Compendium of British & Irish Cheese shares five tremendous reads, from classic fiction to reflections on liberalism, paired with the most fitting cheeses. Who Gouda ask for more?
Whether it's filling your bingo card with a bevy of Bonds, assailing friends and family with squishy avocados or piecing together a jigsaw of LEGO minifigures, 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.
Posted on 10th Nov, 2021 by Anna Orhanen
Our November Fiction Book of the Month, the Desmond Elliot Prize-winning debut novel from poet A.K. Blakemore explores the seventeenth-century English witch hunts in visceral, insidious and gripping prose. In this Q&A, the author discusses the inspiration behind The Manningtree Witches and its characters.
Whether it's smoking out spies with John le Carré, navigating the madness of modern society with Raven Leilani or riding into battle with Richard Sharpe (by way of Bernard Cornwell), there have been plenty of superb stories to hold us spellbound in 2021. Draw up a brand new to-be-read pile courtesy of our selection of the year's finest novels and short story collections.
Posted on 1st Nov, 2021 by Anna Orhanen
In our November Thriller of the Month Snow, John Banville puts a wintry, psychologically acute spin on the classic whodunnit, exploring the religious tensions in 1950s Ireland through the story of a parish priest's murder in the sleepy, snowed-in village of Ballyglass. In this exclusive piece, the author shares his favourite novels by one of his literary heroes, Georges Simenon.
Whether it's skewering the rich and powerful with Private Eye, channelling your inner Regency bigwig with Duchess Wibberfluffle or deftly maintaining your authority with a bit of help from Jackie Weaver, hold onto your sides as we present the very best of the year's hilarious humour titles, ideal for stocking fillers and treats for the tree.
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