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Walking in Winter Wonderlands: Holly Webb Picks Her Favourite Wintertime Children's Stories

Despite being known for much-loved wintertime animal stories such as Lost in the Snow and the new Christmas tale, The Snow Leopards, author Holly Webb isn't much of a fan of too much time spent out in the cold winter gloom, far better to be tucked up in the warm with a good book. We couldn't agree more, so we asked Holly to rustle up a few of her favourite winter reads for us and here are her selections; ideal if the weather looks non-too inviting and even better if you've a mug of hot chocolate to hand.

Matt Haig Recommends His Top 10 Christmas Reads

There can be few authors who so successfully capture the magic of Christmas as Matt Haig. Having gifted readers A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas, this year he completes the trilogy with Father Christmas and Me. So, who better to choose the best books to make you feel festive? We sent Matt on a special Waterstones mission to the North Pole to collect a sackful of his top 10 favourite Christmas reads; here’s what he brought back with him.

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.

Fungus The Bogeyman Competition

Fungus The Bogeyman Competition

Posted on 17th Dec, 2015 by Sally Campbell

To celebrate the release of Raymond Briggs' Fungus The Bogeyman as a television series, Waterstones, in association with Sky 1, are offering some amazing prizes.

Five literary "skewed" Christmases

Five literary "skewed" Christmases

Posted on 21st Dec, 2014 by Hannah Vincent

Hannah Vincent, author of Alarm Girl, breaks out of the "perfect" Christmas tradition and instead explores a range of perfectly "skewed" festive tales...

A Kate Bush reading list

A Kate Bush reading list

Posted on 22nd Aug, 2014 by Kerry Meech

Our own Kerry Meech (over-?) shares her selection of the best books for Kate Bush fans, ahead of her triumphant return next week - taking us through the literary inspirations behind the songs.

Book Clinic: A child's Christmas in books

Are the sleigh bells ringing in your town? With less than three weeks to go until Christmas (yikes!) there’s no time like the present for dabbling in some Christmassy books. Isabel Popple shares some favourites, old and new, for young children (and mum and dad) to indulge their Christmas spirit…

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