Posted on 26th Jul, 2017 by Sally Campbell
Twenty years have passed since Arundhati Roy’s masterful, Booker-winning debut The God of Small Things found its way into the light: for many, it was perhaps the perfect novel; searching, wise, universal, a kaleidoscope of unforgettable incident that defined what literary fiction could do. For far too long, this wonderful book remained Roy’s only novel, her writing subsequently focusing on her real-world commitment as a courageous and committed political activist.
Now, almost unbelievably, that twenty-year wait is over and as Roy's novel again takes its place in the Man Booker Prize 2017 longlist. Simon Prosser, Hamish Hamilton's Publishing Director, describes the extraordinary moment he received the manuscript for Arundhati Roy’s new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.
Posted on 15th Nov, 2016 by Sally Campbell & Peter Whitehead
Since 1999, the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction has reigned as Britain’s pre-eminent award for non-fiction writing. From Anthony Beevor’s Stalingrad onward, each year has brought us a winner that has moved on to become a Waterstones staple – Anna Funder’s Stasiland, for example, her engrossing, insider account of pre-unification Germany, or the groundbreaking melange of genres that was Helen Macdonald’s bestselling H is for Hawk. Now running under its new name, The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, this £30,000 award continues to be the literary benchmark for factual writing published in the UK.
Under the Chair of Stephanie Flanders, the five-strong judging panel have chosen a new successor to that fine list with Philippe Sands’ East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, which tonight conquered a superb shortlist to claim The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2016.
Posted on 4th Oct, 2016 by Sally Campbell
Beating a strong field - including two-time Booker winner Hilary Mantel - debut author K.J. Orr bags the coveted BBC National Short Story Award with BookTrust for 2016 with her short story Disappearances.
Posted on 26th Apr, 2016 by Sally Campbell
Described as a study of the area where medicine 'necessarily remains an art as well as a science', O’Sullivan’s debut, It's All in Your Head, wins this year's Wellcome Prize.
Posted on 17th Mar, 2016 by Sally Campbell & Peter Whitehead
The winner of this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, My Brother is a Superhero by David Solomons, was announced at special celebration event at our flagship bookshop in Piccadilly.
Posted on 26th Jan, 2016 by Sally Campbell
The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots is a never-before published Beatrix Potter story, discovered 100 years after it was written, that will be released later this year with illustrations by Quentin Blake. Read a short extract of the story.
Posted on 4th Jan, 2016 by Sally Campbell
This year's category winners include Kate Atkinson's A God In Ruins and Frances Hardinge‘s The Lie Tree
Posted on 10th Dec, 2015 by Sally Campbell
Loop of Jade, a debut collection of poetry, has been announced this year's winner.
Posted on 25th Nov, 2015 by Sally Campbell
We are delighted to announce that we have passed the halfway mark in our Buy Books For Syria Campaign and have now raised over £500,000 for Oxfam's Syria Crisis Appeal.
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