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What to Read Next After The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Packed full of Hollywood glamour and forbidden love Taylor Jenkins Reid's spectacular The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has become a bestselling phenomenon, with rapturous word-of-mouth reviews from booksellers and on social media platforms. If you have just finished the book and are feeling somewhat bereft, help is at hand thanks to our handy guide to what to read next.

Pillow Tok: TikTok's Favourite Romantic Comedies

When it comes to discovering the hottest new romantic comedies, the BookTok community on social networking service TikTok has been a game-changer. Bringing authors like Ali Hazelwood, Emily Henry and Casey McQuiston to international attention, these novels packed with fake dating, enemies-to-lovers storylines and killer one-liners are a real breath of fresh air. Explore our selection of the finest and funniest below. 

A Q&A with Colleen Hoover for Verity

Equally comfortable writing in a number of different genres, Colleen Hoover is one of the most popular authors on the planet with books like It Ends With Us and Ugly Love becoming phenomenal bestsellers. As her latest smash hit Verity lands this month, enjoy a revealing Q&A with Colleen all about her writing process and restless creativity.    

Susan Stokes-Chapman on Her Top Novels Set in Georgian England

A stand-out debut for 2022, Susan Stokes-Chapman's breathtaking historical novel Pandora combines Greek myth with an evocative backdrop of Georgian England to terrific, page-turning effect. In this exclusive piece, Susan selects her favourite novels set in the Georgian period in helpful chronological order.   

Janice Hallett on Her Favourite Code-Cracking Books

Few volumes make the kind of impact on both our booksellers and the book-buying public as Janice Hallett's immaculately constructed debut crime novel The Appeal. Shortlisted for 2021's Waterstones Book of the Year and our biggest selling Thriller of the Month ever, the audacious and original whodunit was the breakout publishing success story of last year. Now Janice Hallett returns with a fresh fiendish mystery that our booksellers can't stop raving about. A complex, unputdownable story of secret ciphers and missing teachers, The Twyford Code looks set to repeat the phenomenal success of The Appeal - and possibly even surpass it. In this exclusive piece, Janice takes a look at code-cracking in both fiction and non-fiction.     

An Exclusive Short Story from Nita Prose

Nita Prose's gripping crime debut The Maid looks set to be one of THE must-read whodunits of 2022 and, in this exclusive short story, the author sets a delicious puzzle for readers to try and solve.   

Sarah Pearse on Sanatoria in Fiction

Fresh out in paperback, Sarah Pearse's chilling thriller The Sanatorium sees dark deeds perpetrated in an Alpine hotel with a sinister past. In this exclusive piece, Pearse highlights other sanatoria in fiction as well as providing fascinating commentary on the disturbing practices that used to occur in real sanatoria in the past.  

Sue Lynn Tan on the Inspiration Behind Daughter of the Moon Goddess

An enthralling twist on a seminal Chinese folktale, Sue Lynn Tan's Daughter of the Moon Goddess is already being feted as one of the standout fantasy titles of 2022. In this piece, Sue discusses the story of Chang'e, the Chinese moon goddess, and what it was that drew her to retelling this ancient tale. 

The Books You Need to Read in 2022

The Books You Need to Read in 2022

Posted on 23rd Dec, 2021 by Mark Skinner

2021 may have been an incredible year for publishing but the next twelve months look set to be even more spectacular. From the long-awaited new masterpiece from Hanya Yanagihara to eagerly anticipated crime follow-ups from Janice Hallett and Richard Osman, and from riveting non-fiction from Alice Roberts and the Secret Barrister to enthralling children's books by Marcus Rashford and Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner Elle McNicoll, discover our top picks from the three major categories and then explore the individual blogs for even more must-read titles.     

Jennifer Saint on the Greek Myth Retellings She'd Love To Read

With its bold and fearless reimagining of the Cretan princess at the heart of the Minotaur myth, Jennifer Saint's Waterstones Book of the Year-shortlisted Ariadne was one of the breakout fiction success stories of 2021. To celebrate the novel's arrival in paperback - and its place as our January Fiction Book of the Month - Jennifer highlights the women's stories from Greek myth that she would love to see retold.   

The Waterstones Round Up: January's Best Books

Now that the turkey leftovers have been comprehensively polished off and the tinsel taken down for another year, it's time to look ahead to a month of truly exciting new publishing with new titles from Hanya Yanagihara and Janice Hallett as well as thrilling debuts from the likes of Nita Prose and Nat Ogle and immersive non-fiction by Thomas Harding and Emma Gannon.

Andrew O'Hagan on the Music That Inspired Mayflies

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'.