Posted on 15th Dec, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
Whether we like it or not, we live in interesting times. Even for those well-versed in the bumper-car ride of politics, 2017 has been a particularly tumultuous year. Thankfully that very climate has also delivered a rich and diverse output of political writing and who better to guide you through the highlights than Jon Sopel? The BBC’s Political Editor for North America and author of the acclaimed new book, If Only They Didn't Speak English: Notes from Trump's America, here he takes a break from the fray to round up the best of the year’s political reads.
Posted on 12th Dec, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
Former Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner Katherine Rundell has had a busy year, publishing not one but two brilliant new novels: the Costa Book Awards shortlisted The Explorer, a heart-stopping adventure in the wilds of the Amazon, and One Christmas Wish, a modern classic brimming over with festive cheer. If that weren't enough, she's even found time to gather together her favourite books from the year for us here at Waterstones. Here is her selection of just some of the remarkable stories she's come across in 2017.
Posted on 6th Dec, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
Putting vegetables firmly front and centre, Anna Jones has been transforming how our nation cooks and eats. Now she’s back with an eagerly anticipated new book, The Modern Cook’s Year, bringing a calendar of seasonal vegetarian and vegan delights to make your table sing all year round. This year she’s in good company too and here, exclusively for Waterstones, she slices and dices the best of the year’s crop of new titles.
Posted on 30th Nov, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
From surprise election results to wrangling over Brexit, 2017’s been something of a head-scratcher of a year. If you're feeling in need of clarity, fear not, help is at hand from economist Tim Harford. In his latest book Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy he explains complex world economics through the everyday objects that have transformed our lives, from barcodes to barbed wire. Who better then, to give tips on what to read to make sense of the world in 2017? Here, exclusively for Waterstones, he recommends the best books to provide some much-needed perspective as the year draws to a close.
Posted on 4th Dec, 2017
Warning: the following books contain multiple, emphatic uses of the F-word.
From inspirational reads for the game-changers of the future to the sharpest, wittiest, most exciting contemporary feminist writing in print today, we present ten essential reads.
2017’s been a busy year for favourite children’s author Philip Ardagh, not only has he penned several new children’s stories, including two books with the National Trust (The Secret Diary of Jane Pinny and The Secret Diary of John Drawbridge), he’s also written a sumptuous introduction to Tove Jansson’s Moomins, The World of Moominvalley. If all that weren’t enough, he’s been taking his famous white beard on tour to Lapland, stepping in as Father Christmas’s lookalike during the festive season. So we’re particularly grateful that the elves have given him some time off from feeding the reindeer to select his pick of the best books of 2017 for us.
Posted on 24th Nov, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
Despite being known for much-loved wintertime animal stories such as Lost in the Snow and the new Christmas tale, The Snow Leopards, author Holly Webb isn't much of a fan of too much time spent out in the cold winter gloom, far better to be tucked up in the warm with a good book. We couldn't agree more, so we asked Holly to rustle up a few of her favourite winter reads for us and here are her selections; ideal if the weather looks non-too inviting and even better if you've a mug of hot chocolate to hand.
Posted on 23rd Nov, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
The author of the stunningly beautiful bestseller, The Bear and The Piano, which won the Best Illustrated Book Category in The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016, David Litchfield knows a thing or two about what makes a great page - turner for adults and children alike. As he presents his brilliant new book, Grandad's Secret Giant, he selects his favourite picture books of 2017 exclusively for Waterstones. Featuring a boy with wings, an inspirational, soul-filled history of Ella Fitzgerald and an adventure into the mysterious world of bugs, it's got something for everyone.
Posted on 29th Dec, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
The author of the Wellcome Book Prize-longlisted A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, Adam Rutherford is used to joining the dots between science, history and storytelling, turning detective to unravel the many and various ways we make sense of our lives. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, he offers his pick of 2017’s most illuminating reads. From a history of plague and damnation that reads like a page-turning novel, to a love letter to outer space and a graphic novel that charts mankind’s progress from the Big Bang to hip hop it’s a genre-defying selection of books that dig into the secrets of our past and look towards its possible future.
Posted on 21st Nov, 2017 by Martha Greengrass
Tracey Corderoy, author of one of this year's Christmas favourites, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Jingle Bells, recommends the children's books for younger readers that have made her smile this year.
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