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Cal Flyn on the Role of Writers in the Fight Against Environmental Crisis

From Chernobyl to the battlefields of Verdun, Islands of Abandonment – our Non-fiction Book of the Month for January – leads the reader on an eye-opening journey through places left uninhabitable by mostly man-made disasters, whilst also exploring the ways nature is taking back control and filling the spaces humankind has deserted. In this exclusive piece, author Cal Flyn discusses the role of writers in tackling the environmental crisis and the importance of balancing the fear and hopelessness that often surround the discussion about climate change with messages of hope that will help us to keep faith in our fight against it.

Ed Winters on Why He Became Vegan

Ed Winters on Why He Became Vegan

Posted on 23rd Dec, 2021 by Anna Orhanen

A passionate manifesto against animal cruelty, This Is Vegan Propaganda is the first book from popular vegan educator and animal rights activist Ed Winters - also known as Earthling Ed. In this exclusive piece, Winters talks about the experiences that functioned as a catalyst for him to embrace a vegan lifestyle.

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.     

The Non-Fiction You Need to Read in 2022

Across memoir and history, cookery and lifestyle, popular science, nature and more, there is so much great non-fiction to look forward to in 2022. Immerse yourself in our fantastic selection of the year's highlights courtesy of our definitive blog.

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.

Paul McCartney Shares the Story Behind Eleanor Rigby

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.   

The Waterstones Podcast: Bonus Episode

A walk along historic Jermyn St with Stephen Fry, owner of ties.

The Best Books of 2021: Humour

The Best Books of 2021: Humour

Posted on 16th Nov, 2021 by Mark Skinner

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. 

Adam Rutherford & Hannah Fry's Favourite Reads

We are delighted to have award-winning geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford and mathematics guru Dr Hannah Fry - the authors of Rutherford and Fry's Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything and hosts of the much-loved BBC4 popular science show - reveal their top five books of 2021 with our readers.

The Best Books of 2021: Entertainment

Whether it's owning the catwalk with Bimini Bon Boulash, laughing along with Daisy May Cooper or living the rock 'n roll lifestyle with Dave Grohl, let your favourite screen stars, comedians and musicians entertain you with the most enjoyable memoirs and entertainment books of 2021. Discover a crop of incredible showbiz stories with our definitive guide below.

The Best Books of 2021: Nature Writing

Whether it's larking across land and water with Lara Maiklem, exploring the intricate ecosystems of the planet with David Attenborough or travelling down the Amur river in the company of Colin Thubron, it's only natural that you should want to know what nature writing books have really made a splash this year. Take a look at our hand-picked list of 2021's finest below for the utimate in gift inspiration.

The Best Books of 2021: History

The Best Books of 2021: History

Posted on 3rd Nov, 2021 by Mark Skinner

Whether it's excavating the roots of British folklore with Amy Jeffs, tunnelling under the Berlin Wall with Helena Merriman or waging tank warfare alongside James Holland, bring the past to vibrant life courtesy of our hand-picked selection of the very finest history books of 2021.