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The Interview: Preti Taneja on her Desmond Elliott Prize-Winning Novel We That Are Young

As we celebrate Preti Taneja's We That Are Young as the winner of the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize, we present a special interview with the author.

A spellbinding novel of family, power, corruption and desire, We That Are Young breathtakingly reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear for present-day India. Here, Preti Taneja discusses a novel that confronts the most pressing issues of cpontemporary society and identity and explores why Shakespeare's universal tragedy still resonates for modern readers.

An Interview with Waterstones Children's Book of the Year Winner Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas, the author behind the unmissable Waterstones Book of the Year winner The Hate U Give, discusses the worldwide reception of her debut, the reality behind the fiction and what winning the Waterstones Book of the Year represents. Interview conducted by Will Rycroft.

After the Fire: An Exclusive Interview with Andrew Taylor

Ahead of the publication of his new novel, The Fire Court, Andrew Taylor talks to us about Restoration politics, haunted fiction and stepping back into the shattered world of The Ashes of London.

A Waterstones Exclusive Q&A with Babylon Berlin's Volker Kutscher

Jazz-Age glamour, sex, murder and the rise of Nazism: the captivating world of German author Volker Kutscher's thrilling historical Noir, Babylon Berlin. Set in the dying hours of the Weimar Republic, it's a heady mix of Jazz Age glitz under which murky waters run deep. Described by the Guardian as a compelling blend of "fabulous debauchery and naughtiness, a political maelstrom and a ticking timebomb", the series has now inspired an internationally successful television adaptation. In an exclusive Q&A, we meet the author of the bestselling series taking the world by storm.

The Interview: Richard Flanagan on First Person

The follow-up to his Man Booker Prize-Winning triumph, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan’s latest novel, First Person, is a twisting thriller about a penniless writer, Kif Kehlman, offered a golden ticket in the form of an opportunity to ghost-write the biography of a charismatic, notorious criminal, Siegfried Heidl. 

A novel that questions the nature and value of truth, First Person is a story about the very act of storytelling; a story for our times that examines the fundamental value of fiction to how we shape and live our lives.  In an exclusive interview for Waterstones, Richard Flanagan discusses truth in a social media age and why he believes fiction matters, now more than ever.

A Waterstones Exclusive Interview with Anthony Quinn

"It feels like the black taxi in 1945 against the red sports car in 1962. It has that kind of 'pop' of colour."

As BBC R4 presents its Love Henry James season, we offer a very different take on James as seen through the haze of the summer of 1967, the world of Anthony Quinn's latest novel, Eureka. Following screenwriter Nat Fane as he struggles to adapt a Henry James short story for the screen, Eureka offers a probing exploration of culture on the move and the darker side of creativity.

In an exclusive interview for Waterstones, we talk to Quinn about writing about writers, London’s swinging Sixties and how he found his way from black and white to technicolour. 

Cover Image: Anthony Quinn by Mark Vessey (2015)

A Waterstones Exclusive Interview with Sarah Moss

“It comes apart in your hands and you realise you were holding pieces because it was never whole”

With her accutely perceptive, sensitive fiction, Sarah Moss has been quietly building up a reputation as one of the best British novelists writing today. Described by The Independent 'as a new kind of state-of-the-nation novel', her latest book, The Tidal Zone, may be her best yet. We caught up with Moss to discuss tackling the aftermath of near-tragedy and the integral part storytelling plays in how we navigate our lives.

A Waterstones Exclusive Q&A with The Girls Author Emma Cline

"I think of every song and movie and book that taught me how to look at women and girls, but not how to be one."

A standout choice for our Fiction Book of the Month for May, debut novel The Girls is intense, heat-filled and brooding; as sensuous as it is brutal. We caught up with author Emma Cline to talk about creating an immersive Californian noir, honest depictions of female sexuality and that ever-tricky label, 'girl'.

A Waterstones Exclusive Interview with Sarah J. Maas

A Waterstones Exclusive Interview with Sarah J. Maas

Posted on 8th May, 2017 by Catriona Morrison

To celebrate the publication of A Court of Wings and Ruin, the third novel in Sarah J Maas’s breath-taking Court of Thorns and Roses series we present an exclusive interview with the author.

Recorded on location in Glasgow during Maas’s 2016 UK tour, Waterstones’ Catriona Morrison caught up with Maas to discuss the secrets at the heart of her best-loved and most conflicted characters. Get a sneak peak at what fate lies in store for Chaol and Nesryn from the Throne of Glass world and a tantalising glimpse of future projects, including the ultimate challenge of recreating DC’s shadowy anti-heroine, Catwoman, for a new YA audience.

The Ones We Love The Most

The Ones We Love The Most

Posted on 20th Jul, 2016 by Sally Campbell

Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection, You Are Not A Stranger Here, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the PEN/Winship Award. His new novel Imagine Me Gone explores a family's love, as well as the depression that resonates through the generations. Theo Tait writing for The Sunday Times described the novel as ‘intimate and panoramic’. He continued,‘there is an exhilaration in reading something so perceptive and well executed’. Waterstones Online’s Sally Campbell caught up with the author to discuss his writing routine, the term 'mental illness' and his exceptionally well-received new book.

An Exclusive Interview with Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Former Waterstones Children’s Laureate and recent CILIP Kate Greenway medal-winner Chris Riddell and multi award-winning Neil Gaiman discuss their dark dream of a collaboration Neverwhere.

Author interview: Sarah Winman

Author interview: Sarah Winman

Posted on 17th Jun, 2015 by Jonathan O'Brien

An interview with Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit and, published tomorrow, A Year of Marvellous Ways.