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Exclusive Extract: Angela Carter's The Snow Child

If you have yet to read our Rediscovered Classic for November, The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, you are in for a savage and wonderful treat. Carter's irreverant, feminist reinterpretation of traditional fairy-tales, full of gallows humour and magical realist touches, are a marvel and a joy to read. Her writing is passionate, intelligent, rich with oddity and utterly original.In the 25 years between the publication of her first novel, Shadow Dance and her last, Wise Children, she transformed the British literary landscape: it became more political, more risky, more teeth, and more claws. In the words of Ali Smith, "Go out tomorrow and get Carter. Get all her fiction, all her fact, read it from its beginning all the way to its glorious open end."

It is both an honour and a delight for us to present to you one of stories from the collection, The Snow Child.

David Nicholls introduces Penelope Fitzgerald's The Bookshop

Our ever-popular Rediscovered Classics series continues with Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop. Her second novel after her 1977 debut The Golden Child, The Bookshop is the perfect introduction to Fitzgerald territory, a tale of a quiet determination in the face of parochial-but-steely resistance. It lost out on the Booker but paved the way for Fitzgerald’s success the following year with Offshore, her 1979 entry in a remarkable five-book run that firmly established her a very great, if late-flowering, British talent.

The Midas touch of David Nicholls has seen each of his novels receive the type of acclaim and success most authors can only dream of. Starter for Ten, his debut of 2003, deftly set the Nicholls’ store – witty, knowing, writing prepared to look at relationships without being remotely mawkish – and in turn a series of bestsellers followed, including the all-conquering One Day of 2009. Happily, David is also one of the Waterstones family with a stint at our fine establishment at Notting Hill to his name: some of those experiences go into the following introduction to The Bookshop, which we exclusively reproduce here.

A Slice of Heaven

A Slice of Heaven

Posted on 1st Aug, 2016 by Sally Campbell

Our Rediscovered Classic for August, Cider with Rosie, is the first part in a trilogy of autobiographical novels by the poet, screenwriter and novelist Laurie Lee. The book immortalised both Lee and his golden view of childhood in Gloucestershire after the First World War. Here, Cerys Matthews, the musician, author, broadcaster and Vice President of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts explains a little of what makes the book so special

The Unvarnished Truth

The Unvarnished Truth

Posted on 21st Jun, 2016 by Sally Campbell

The much-missed Anita Brookner was the author behind our Rediscovered Classic for June, the enigmatic Hotel du Lac. For Waterstones, editor and Publishing Director Juliet Annan looks back on her years working alongside this most distinguished and highly individual of authors  

Freshly Pressed: Five Great Novels of the Reporter's Art

Freshly Pressed: Five Great Novels of the Reporter's Art

Posted on 18th May, 2016 by Kim Forrester

Inspired by Michael Frayn's merciless 1967 dissection of Fleet Street Towards the End of the Morning, guest contributor Kim Forrester of Reading Matters shares her five favourite novels set in the world of journalism.

Rediscovered Classics: The Night Manager

The Night Manager is a claustrophobic thriller set in a chaotic, murky, post-Cold War world. The BBC adaptation of the book will air at the end of February.

Rediscovered Classics: A Moveable Feast

This month's rediscovered classic is a masterpiece, a remarkable love-letter to the city of Paris

Rediscovered Classics: An introduction to The Enchanted April

How an advert in The Times became a classic novel, Brenda Bowen on the life of Elizabeth von Arnim

Rediscovered Classics: The Enchanted April

It might be August, but this is certainly the month to discover an Enchanted April.

Rediscovered Classics: A Month in the Country

J.L. Carr's A Month in the Country is the second in our monthly series of Rediscovered Classics

Rediscovered Classics: Bonjour Tristesse

The best books you've never read.