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The Same Madness by Michael Morpurgo

No modern writer has done more to remind us of the carnage, sacrifice and courage of World War I than Michael Morpurgo. Through his twin masterworks of Private Peaceful and War Horse, generations that might otherwise be ignorant of this man-made global catastrophe continue to learn and understand the lessons of the conflict, the reverberations from which are still being felt today.

Friday November 18th marks one hundred years since the conclusion of the Battle of the Somme, the five-month onslaught which resulted in the wounding or death of over one million men. Michael Morpurgo’s collection Only Remembered is a fitting tribute to many such terrible skirmishes of that war, bringing together a number of voices to form one, unified volume of remembrance.  The book features a luminous assembly of contributors, including Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, actors Joanna Lumley and Emma Thompson, authors Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Beevor, Jilly Cooper, Raymond Briggs and Malorie Blackman and a clutch of other leading lights from the worlds of media and sport. Illustrated by Ian Beck, royalties from the book will be split between the Royal British Legion and projects for soldiers' children and families at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

As Only Remembered shifts into its paperback incarnation, we were honoured by Michael’s offer to provide his thoughts around why a collection like this need exist. Suffice to say, the resulting piece is an extraordinary, vital read.

Jacqueline Wilson introduces The Butterfly Club

Jacqueline Wilson introduces The Butterfly Club

Posted on 17th Feb, 2015 by Jacqueline Wilson

There's no need to introduce Jacqueline Wilson but we're going to anyway. She's one of the most popular children's authors in the country, continually amongst the most-borrowed authors from UK libraries and it's a fair to say that most of our booksellers have grown up reading her books. Below she introduces her new novel, The Butterfly Club.

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.

"It helps to have these conversations, to feel less alone and to share advice."

Not long now until Zoe Sugg's (AKA Zoella) debut novel Girl Online is finally published! Here she tells us a little more about the book, cyber bullying and her incredibly popular blog...

"I’ve written one hundred books. I never ever thought I’d be writing that sentence!"

Jacqueline Wilson looks back on her writing "century" - and forward to that difficult second hundred novels.

Book Clinic: Answering difficult questions

Where do babies come from? What happens when you die? Are all families the same? Isabel Popple is here with a selection of books to help you answer the most curious child.

Read Dandelion Clocks

Read Dandelion Clocks

Posted on 5th Apr, 2014 by Rebecca Westcott

Jacqueline Wilson's a big fan - now here's a chance to read an extract from Rebecca Westcott's novel, Dandelion Clocks...

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