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Larchfield's Polly Clark on W.H. Auden in Helensburgh

Author Polly Clark, author of our Scottish Book of the Month for March, Larchfield, uncovers how she found solace and inspiration in the little-known story of W.H. Auden's time in Helensburgh.

Also Human: Caroline Elton on Five Ways to Change the Medical Profession

As a psychologist who has spent a career working with doctors, Caroline Elton has seen first hand the psychological toll of working under near-constant pressure in a health system stretched to breaking point. Published today, her book Also Human is a challenging and humane new examination of a profession on the frontline of human trauma. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, she considers five ways we should be supporting our doctors and changing the medical profession.

Roots: An Exclusive Recipe and Cookbook Recommendations from Tommy Banks

Ahead of the publication of his sumptuous new recipe book, Roots on 5 April 2018, Michelin star-winning chef Tommy Banks shares an exclusive recipe and recommends some of his favourite cookbooks.

'God Stuff': Rhidian Brook on Faith in Fiction

'The imagination that allows a reader to believe in the world of a novel is the same imagination exercised in the believing (or not) of the divine.'

As he presents his latest novel The Killing of Butterfly Joe, author Rhidian Brook considers the changing relationship between literature and religious ideology and asks the question: when it comes to discussing issues of personal belief, has fiction lost its faith?

Stephen Hawking 1942 - 2018

Stephen Hawking 1942 - 2018

Posted on 14th Mar, 2018 by Martha Greengrass

As we learn of the sad death today of renowned physicist and author Stephen Hawking we celebrate the life and work of a writer whose work inspired countless readers and reflect on the lasting influence of A Brief History of Time, a book which launched a genre and revolutionised science writing.  

X Marks the Plot: An Exclusive Interview with Jeff VanderMeer

Today the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Annihilation finally hits UK screens on Netflix. To celebrate, we present an exclusive interview with the original novel's author, Jeff Vandermeer where we discuss the uncanny world of weird fiction, creating a non-human novel and the imaginative legacy of his Southern Reach trilogy.

Peter Godfrey-Smith: A Long Waltz with Cephalopods

Peter Godfrey-Smith, the author of our eye-opening Non-Fiction Book of the Month for March, Other Minds, takes us on an exclusive diver's tour of the deep.

The Books That Got Me Through the First Two Years

The Books That Got Me Through the First Two Years

Posted on 9th Mar, 2018 by Sasha James

As we celebrate Mother's Day, bookseller Sasha James recommends the books that got her through the first two years as a new mum. A perfect combination of practical advice, timely reassurance and the ideal read to remind you that, however bad it gets, it could be much, much worse...

Best Books to Look Out For in March 2018

From electric thrillers to curtain-lifting inside stories, we round up the books you should have on your radar this March.

Educational Reading: Tara Westover Recommends Four Inspirational Memoirs

Tara Westover, the author of the unforgettable new biography, Educated, recommends the inspirational memoirs that gave her the conviction to write her own.

Women Write Now: The Books that Built Us

As we mark International Women's Day, in the last of our articles celebrating the centenary of the first women's right to vote, we asked seven leading women - Reni Eddo-Lodge, Jo Swinson, Ali Smith, Kate Pankhurst, Sophie Walker, Sally Nichols and Mary Beard - to choose a book by a female writer that has shaped and influenced their lives.

Mirrors for the Future: Vashti Harrison on Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

"It’s important to share their stories, and keep adding to the list, because every kid should have the confidence that they, at the very least, have the option to try."

Vashti Harrison, filmmaker, illustrator and author, discusses her new children's book, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, which brings together the lives of 40 trailblazing black women in history. In an exclusive article for International Women's Day, she discusses the personal inspiration for writing the book, explaining why it is vital that we share these stories and inspire future generations to fulfil their potential.