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Jon Sopel Rounds Up the Best Political Reads of 2017

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. 

Katherine Rundell Recommends her Favourite Children's Books of 2017

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 Explorera 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.

Anna Jones Picks the Best Food Writing and Cookery Books of 2017

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.

What on Earth? Tim Harford On the Best Books to Help us Understand the World in 2017

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.

Patrick Bishop Recommends the Best History Books of the Year

Patrick Bishop, bestselling military historian and author of Bomber Boys, Fighter Boys and a new history of the RAF, Air Force Blue, presents his choice of the best history books of 2017.

We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

Posted on 8th Jan, 2018 by Martha Greengrass

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. 

Philip Ardagh Chooses the Best Books of 2017

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.

Walking in Winter Wonderlands: Holly Webb Picks Her Favourite Wintertime Children's Stories

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.

The Bear and The Piano's David Litchfield Picks The Best Picture Books of 2017

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 Gianthe 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.

Adam Rutherford Picks the Best Science Reads of 2017

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.

Tracey Corderoy Chooses the Best Children's Books of 2017 for Younger Readers

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.