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Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet Recommend The Best Picture Books of 2017

Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, the husband and wife team between the fantastically funny picture book series Supertato, have had a lot of fun alonsgide their super spud hero. But in their latest adventure, Supertato: Evil Pea Rules, their vegetable nemesis has taken over. We're very grateful that they've found time in between concocting a daring escape plan to smuggle out their list of favourite picture books for us. Each one comes with the Supertato stamp of approval.

Daniel Egneus on Illustrating Neil Gaiman's American Gods Quartet

Neil Gaiman's American Gods is a remarkable read; it is a dark, exhilarating thrill of a tale, one that threads fantasy, the gothic, and elements of Norse mythology into an award-winning and astonishing modern classic. It will soon be appearing on-screen and, to coincide with the adaptation, the American Gods Quartet has been re-released with equally dark, inventive, and sumptuously strange illustrations by Daniel Egneus. In this exclusive article, written specially for Waterstones, Egneus gives a welcome and fascinating glimpse into his artistic process, which includes his use of bamboo pens and a Cretan knife.

The Right to Write

The Right to Write

Posted on 16th Sep, 2016 by Sally Campbell

Amnesty International's Here I Stand anthology unites twenty-five unique voices on the theme of human rights under threat. The book is a searing, eye-opening collection of drawings, stories and poems by some of the world’s best-loved writers and illustrators. Here, Walker Books' Commissioning Editor Emma Lidbury explains how the project and the stellar line-up fell so completely into place.

Unlocking Ness

Unlocking Ness

Posted on 21st Jul, 2016

Patrick Ness is the multi-award-winning author of The Knife of Letting GoThe Rest of Us Just Live Here and A Monster Calls, which has been adapted for the screen and will be released later this year. To many, his is the gold-standard of Young Adult fiction, beloved by a legion of fans. We asked his editor, Denise Johnstone-Burt at Walker books, and bookseller (and self-confessed Ness-devotee) Sarah Whitbread to explain what is it that marks Patrick Ness's work out for such unique affection

Waterstones Exclusive Video: Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

Award-winning author and illustrator duo Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell discuss their mutual love of illustration and their newest collaboration, Neverwhere.

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.

Five Things We Loved This Week

Five Things We Loved This Week

Posted on 8th Jan, 2016 by Sally Campbell

Our literary round up of the last seven days.

Christmas Fairy tales

Christmas Fairy tales

Posted on 22nd Dec, 2015 by Anne Haas

Christmas is a magical time of year, the ideal occasion to chart the history of fairy tales. Bookseller Anne Haas explores our love of these ancient, traditional stories.

Extract: A look inside The Sandman: Overture

Extract: A look inside The Sandman: Overture

Posted on 11th Nov, 2015 by Sally Campbell & Neil Gaiman

The Sandman: Overture is now available in deluxe hardback. Have a look inside at six full pages of art and text.

Exclusive Q & A: Neil Gaiman

Exclusive Q & A: Neil Gaiman

Posted on 10th Nov, 2015 by Sally Campbell & Neil Gaiman

A sharp inhalation of breath - yes, this is exclusive. Yes, this is Neil Gaiman. Yes, we do feel lucky.

The Sandman Cover Art

The Sandman Cover Art

Posted on 20th Oct, 2015 by Sally Campbell

The Sandman: Overture's release into sumptuous hardback is fast approaching, so we thought a chronology of the series' front covers would be apt

Why read short stories?

Why read short stories?

Posted on 21st May, 2015 by Jonathan O'Brien

Because they're fantastic. A few of our favourite recent and classic collections.