The first memoir ever written by someone living with dementia, Somebody I Used to Know is an extraordinary, informative and life-affirming read. In an exclusive interview, author Wendy Mitchell discusses the changes needed in the medical profession and society at large to help those living with dementia and how she has learned to live a life changed but not consumed by her diagnosis.
In the second of our articles celebrating 100 books by women writers, we explore some of the most influential, thought-provoking and inspiring feminist writing from Mary Wollstonecraft to Virginia Woolf, Germaine Greer to Roxane Gay.
Posted on 14th Feb, 2018 by Martha Greengrass
Whose books, whose experience should we read in order to step out of the bubble? As Black History Month is observed in the United States, we asked the team behind the hugely popular Mostly Lit podcast to provide their list of indispensable reading for those looking to diversify their bookshelves. What follows are twelve books which demand to be read, either this month, or next, or at some point in your reading life.
Named by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top podcasts of 2017, Mostly Lit is a books and pop-culture podcast, created and hosted by Rai, AlexReads, and Derek Owusu - and managed and executive produced by Clarissa Pabi. The trio chronicle the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, wellness and pop-culture – all in a fun, irreverent and insightful way. On 9 March they will be recording a live edition of the podcast at Waterstones Piccadilly. Details can be found here.
From Blade Runner, to Pinocchio, via The Wizard of Oz and 1920's industrial innovation, the author of our fantastic Children's Book of the Month, Pádraig Kenny, takes us on a journey round some of the inspiration for the innovative, alternative mechanical world at the heart of his novel Tin.
Posted on 8th Feb, 2018 by Martha Greengrass
In the midst of award season, with all eyes on Gary Oldman's Churchill and the thrilling events of Darkest Hour, Henry Hemming, the author of our thrilling Non-Fiction Book of the Month for February M, brings light the darkest hour of another man: the senior MI5 officer Maxwell Knight. In an exclusive article for Waterstones, Hemming reveals how, over the course of one night, this brilliant, complex, sometimes contradictory man - arguably Britain’s greatest spymaster – sounded the death knell for organised fascism in Britain and changed the course of history.
Posted on 7th Feb, 2018 by Martha Greengrass
Continuing our celebrations marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote, Diane Atkinson, author of an authoratative new history of the women's suffrage movement, Rise Up, Women, recommends her choice of anniversary reading.
Whether this Valentine's finds you loved-up, love sick, or simply locked away until the whole thing is over and done with, take comfort. Whatever your relationship status, these are the books to fall for this February.
Posted on 30th Jan, 2018 by Martha Greengrass
February 2018 marks the celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote and in celebration we’re gathering together 100 books by women which represent the wealth and diversity of women’s writing throughout history.
Here, in the first of our articles presenting our Waterstones Women’s 100, we bring together a selection of reading illuminating the history of women’s suffrage, including some of the best new writing for 2018. These books form part of a continuing story. A recognition of how far we have come in the last hundred years, they also remind us of the importance of cherishing and using our hard-won rights today and how, in an era still mired in gender inequity, the fight for women’s equality is as relevant now as it was a century ago.
Funny, acerbic, astute and endlessly readable, Muriel Spark's novels are peerless in their ability to hold a mirror up to humanity in all its joy and frailty. As part of 2018's landmark, year-long celebrations of the centenary of Muriel Spark, Alan Taylor - a friend of Spark's and author of an intimate new memoir of her life, Appointment in Arezzo - looks back on the life and work of Scotland's greatest twentieth century novelist.
Posted on 25th Jan, 2018 by Martha Greengrass
The author of the ground-breaking history The House on the Lake, Thomas Harding returns this week with a chilling investigation into a real life murder and its aftermath. Described by the Evening Standard as a mystery 'in the best traditions of the true crime narrative... detailed, painstaking and fascinating', Blood on the Page reveals substantial new material Harding unearthed about the murder and its supposed perpetrator, shedding fresh light on a labyrinthine case. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, Harding introduces the book and recommends his own favourite true crime reads.