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Ellie Game on Designing the Cover Art for Girl in the Walls

In a slight change of direction for the Waterstones Blog, we delve into the fascinating art behind cover design with the brilliant designer Ellie Game. In this piece, Ellie provides an illustrated account of the process behind the cover image for A.J. Gnuse's stunning novel Girl in the Walls, and how appearances can often be deceptive. 

Maggie O'Farrell on the Significance of Names in Hamnet

Crowned Waterstones Book of the Year in 2020 and now, in its paperback incarnation, our Fiction Book of the Month for April, Maggie O'Farrell's transformative tale of love, loss, family and fame is a towering achievement of the modern novel. In this exclusive piece, Maggie discusses the complications inherent in featuring such a famous character as well as the importance of reclaiming the identity of her female protagonist.   

Jonas Jonasson on the Joy of Waterstones

As many of our shops reopen their doors on Monday 12 April, we share a piece from Jonas Jonasson, bestselling author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and the brand new novel Sweet Sweet Revenge Ltd., all about the magic of bookshops (and Waterstones in particular, of course) and how they can connect you to a place and its people.  

Radiya Hafiza on the Importance of Revitalising Fairy Tales

In Rumaysa, Radiya Hafiza retells the stories of Rapunzel, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty with a new emphasis on inclusivity and representation that brings traditional fairy tales to vivid, exhilarating life. In this exclusive piece, Radiya explains how important it is that damaging messages and stereotypes are not perpetuated in literature for girls and young women.    

Craig Taylor on an Essential New York Read

As the author of the seminal Londoners, Craig Taylor is an expert in letting ordinary people tell their stories. As his new book New Yorkers is published, Craig selects Joseph Mitchell's Up in the Old Hotel  - a collection of pieces from Mitchell's time at the New Yorker - as a perfect example of New York writing. 

This Is The Book: The Last House on Needless Street

A genre-defying journey into the dark that has everyone talking.


This Is The Book: The Lamplighters

This Is The Book: The Lamplighters

Posted on 22nd Mar, 2021 by Mark Skinner

Three lighthouse keepers go missing in a pitch-perfect mystery.


This Is The Book: We Are All Birds of Uganda

The inside story of the inaugural co-winner of the Merky Books New Writer's Prize.


B.P. Walter on His Favourite Domestic Thrillers

A master of the disturbing psychological thriller, B.P. Walter's latest literary rollercoaster ride is The Dinner Guest, in which a wealthy West London family's meal ends in grisly murder. In this exclusive piece, Walter highlights his favourite crime novels set in the family home, from classic whodunit to contemporary chiller. 

The Waterstones Round Up: April's Best Children's Books

As the Easter Bunny nimbly distributes their chocolate wares to eager children around the country, take a peek at the bookish treats for young readers arriving this April. Beloved series like Skulduggery Pleasant and Dragon Realm return, whilst exciting children's debuts from Ashley and Jordan Banjo and Zadie Smith jostle for position with Akala's electrifying historical fantasy The Dark Lady and Radiya Hafiza's enchanting twist on traditional fairytales, Rumaysa

Maxine Mei-Fung Chung's Top 5 Crime Books by Authors of Colour

Maxine Mei-Fung Chung's Top 5 Crime Books by Authors of Colour

Posted on 4th Mar, 2021 by Anna Orhanen

In her electrifying debut The Eighth Girl, Maxine Mei-Fung Chung creates unforgettable protagonist Alexa Wu, whose life is constantly pushed, pulled and torn apart by her multiple personalities. Through Alexa, who must embark on a dangerous quest in London's seedy underworld to save her best friend, Chung's gripping narrative explores the darkest recesses of the human mind and society alike. 

In this exclusive piece, the author discusses diversity in crime, mystery and thriller fiction and shares her five favourite crime novels by authors of colour.

The Waterstones Round Up: April's Best Books

As we settle into spring, it's time to welcome another beguiling batch of fresh publishing from across all genres. The great Haruki Murakami returns with a scintillating collection of stories, whilst Mel Giedroyc delivers her delightfully witty debut novel and Saima Mir's The Khan stakes its claim as one of the touchstone crime thrillers of the year. Meanwhile, non-fiction is bursting with goodies, from Tim Marshall's wonderfully accessible blend of geography and geopolitics to Anita Sethi's powerful account of the healing power of nature and the Reverend Richard Coles's deeply moving memoir of grief and loss.