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Coco Mellors on Her Top Unconventional Love Stories

A breathtaking novel of art, love and how the spontaenous spark of attraction can rapidly transform into something much more complex, Coco Mellors' Cleopatra and Frankenstein makes for sizzling reading in the month of Valentine's Day. In this exclusive piece, Coco picks her favourite love stories with protagonists and relationships that are somewhat out of the ordinary.

Paula Lichtarowicz on the Inspiration for The Snow Hare

An enthralling tale of survival against all odds, The Snow Hare – the new novel from the author of The First Book of Calamity Leek – tells the story of a young Polish woman exiled from her village to a labour camp in Siberia. In this exclusive piece, Paula Lichtarowicz discusses the real-life events that inspired her novel and the importance of writing about the tenacity of hope in the darkest of times.

Jane Harper on Her Favourite Australian Mysteries

Since the global success of her debut thriller The Dry, Jane Harper has been one of the writers most associated with the genre known as Outback Noir - a term denoting sinister deeds in small-town Australia. Now the detective protagonist of The Dry Aaron Falk returns in Exiles, another perfectly plotted mystery novel which brings the exotic wilderness of Southern Australia to vivid life. In this exclusive piece, Jane recommends her top thrillers and mysteries that evoke the diverse essence of Australian life and society.   

The Waterstones Podcast - Tom Rob Smith

Adapt to survive in the new novel from the internationally bestselling author. 

Leonora Nattrass on Her Favourite Novels Set on Ships

The second book to feature ex-clerk and accidental detective Laurence Jago, Leonora Nattrass' compelling Blue Water blends fascinating history with a meticulously crafted and page-turning mystery set aboard an atmospheric mail ship bound for Philadelphia. In this exclusive piece, Leonora highlights five other great novels that make the most out of their ship-based setting.     

The Waterstones Round Up: February's Best Books

With a luminous new novel from Salman Rushdie, immersive fantasy from Samantha Shannon, breathtaking biography from Blake Morrison and powerful political argument from Bernie Sanders, there is a huge amount to recommend in February's crop of publishing. Discover the books you really should be reading courtesy of the Waterstones Blog.  

Tom Crewe on the Inspiration Behind The New Life

Set in a world on the brink of social and sexual change and exploring questions of personal freedom and the nature of love, Tom Crewe's compelling debut The New Life reimagines the friendship between John Addington Symonds and Havelock Ellis – the two men who published the first medical textbook on homosexuality. In this exclusive piece, the author discusses the inspiration behind the novel, the realities of living as non-heterosexual person in Victorian England, and how the optimism that flourished in gay culture around the 1890s was brought to an abrupt end.

An Extract from Jojo Moyes' Someone Else's Shoes

One of the most eagerly-awaited books of the first few months of 2023, Someone Else's Shoes is the latest wise, witty and warm-hearted novel from the bestselling author of Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind and The Giver of Stars. The page-turning story of two women forced to literally walk in each other's shoes after a mix-up at the gym, read the first chapter on the Waterstones Blog ahead of Someone Else's Shoes' publication in February. 

The Waterstones Podcast - Bret Easton Ellis

Metafiction, teenage angst and serial killers.

Gill Hornby on Her Favourite Jane Austen Novel

As the writer of the acclaimed bestseller Miss Austen, Gill Hornby immersed readers in the world of the great nineteenth-century novelist Jane Austen and her mysterious sister Cassandra. Now, in Godmersham Park, the author once more travels back to Regency England to tell the story of Jane's friendship with a young governess. In this exclusive piece, Hornby undergoes the near-impossible task of picking her favourite Jane Austen... for this week at least.  

B.P. Walter Recommends His Top Winter Mysteries

Waterstones favourite B.P. Walter goes from strength to strength with his latest crime thriller The Locked Attic, a sinister tale of death, family and a mysterious object hidden in a neighbour's loft. To fit the rather bracing time of year, Walter recommends his favourite page-turners for the winter season. 

Enemies, Lovers & Second Chances: TikTok's Favourite Romances

Steamy, sassy and wonderfully escapist, the boom in modern romance novels - largely powered by TikTok and other social media platforms - shows no sign of slowing down. Whether you're after a sexy romcom or a smouldering story of desire, the likes of Ali Hazelwood, Christina Lauren and Anna Huang are here to provide satisfaction. Check out our selection of the past year's biggest hits and get hot under the collar for some of 2023's forthcoming titles.