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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.

Video: David Mitchell and John Connolly

On the night of their spooktacular Halloween event, writers David Mitchell and John Connolly stopped to answer a few questions - we have two Q & As, one with each author.

Video: David Mitchell and John Connolly Halloween Event

David Mitchell and John Connolly, two exceptional authors who have recently released supernatural tales, spent their Halloween at Waterstones Piccadilly. It was a smash - it was a graveyard smash....

Five Things We Loved This Week

Five Things We Loved This Week

Posted on 30th Oct, 2015 by Sally Campbell

Our literary round-up of the last seven days

The David Mitchell Halloween Event

Ten reasons why you HAVE to come to the David Mitchell Halloween Event at Waterstones Piccadilly on October 31th.

Five Things We Loved This Week

Five Things We Loved This Week

Posted on 25th Sep, 2015 by Sally Campbell

Our literary round up of the last seven days.

Book Club: The Bone Clocks

Book Club: The Bone Clocks

Posted on 21st Jun, 2015 by David Mitchell & Pete Renton

This week's Book Club entry, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Review of the Year 2014: Part Three

Review of the Year 2014: Part Three

Posted on 31st Dec, 2014 by Waterstones

In the third part of our round-up of the year, we take a look at the highlights from September through to December and prepare to turn the page on an excellent 2014. Here’s to leaping into the unknown and dusting off our bookshelves for a new year of brilliant books.

Specsavers National Book Awards shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year's Specsavers National Book Awards shortlists were announced today - and we're here to guide you through them.

A truly global prize

A truly global prize

Posted on 3rd Sep, 2014 by Ion Trewin

With just days to go until this year's shortlist is announced, Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, reflects on how with its new rules on eligibility the Man Booker Prize can finally bring us the greatest books written in English, from anywhere in the world.

Read The Bone Clocks

Read The Bone Clocks

Posted on 2nd Sep, 2014 by David Mitchell

Here's the first chapter from David Mitchell's new novel The Bone Clocks, out today.

The Man Booker Prize 2014 Longlist announced

The Man Booker Prize goes global in 2014's longlist.