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Fourteen fantastic first lines

They say the first line is one of the most important parts of a book. Get it right and the readers’ eyes are all yours, get it wrong and they’ll start looking around, distracted by the feet of strangers or two birds fighting over a sandwich.

Sprout's BookClub, 18/01/15

Stephen King teaches Sprout the difference between horror and terror.

Review of the Year 2014: Part Two

In the second part of our round-up of the year, authors battled it out in the Ultimate Writer contest, the Tour de France came to Yorkshire and ice-buckets splashed over the heads of our favourite writers. It was a truly spectacular summer. Let's take a look at the booky highlights from May through to August 2014.

Book Club: The Path to Love and Treasure

Ayelet Waldman reveals the truth about what really lead her down the path to writing Love and Treasure - our Book Club choice this week.  

In conversation: Rick Yancey

Rick Yancey found tremendous success with his alien invasion novel The Fifth Wave, but - as he reveals in this interview to mark the publication of the second book in the series, The Infinite Sea, he came to write YA by accident.

Authors take the #IceBucketChallenge

It's the charitable craze that's taken the internet by ice-cold storm--er, wave. Amanda Stevenson clues us in on some of the book world's finest who, among the A-list celebrities, politicians, and your Facebook feed frenzied friends, have taken the #IceBucketChallenge for ALS...

James Dashner's 5 Maze Runner Inspirations

Coming to cinemas in the UK this October, James Dashner's dystopian epic- and our Children's Book of the Month - The Maze Runner owes its inspiration to some classic films, books, TV shows and... - well, we'll let him explain.

Book Club: PIJ's world

Finnish author Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinenhas shares the inspiration behind his tale of a town more obsessed with literature than sport. Sounds appealing!

In conversation: Erika Johansen

Though the first part of her Tearling trilogy is only just hitting bookshops in the UK, Erika Johansen's story is already in development to be a Hollywood film starring Emma Watson. She tells us a little about this unique futuristic fantasy and her reading inspiration.

So, you want to be a writer?

Are you sure? Writing involves a lot of staring at screens, making stupid gesticulations as you try to find the right word, self-loathing, drinking to forget, rejection after rejection and very little money. Still here? Okay, Rowan Whiteside from our Norwich bookshop with her pick of the best creative writing books.

Neil Gaiman crowned the Waterstones Ultimate Writer 2014

Stephen King proved no match for Neil Gaiman in the thrilling final of our Ultimate Writer tournament.

Write father, write son (or daughter)

Father's Day is almost upon us - so we asked you via Twitter how many famous male authors and... author-lings you could think of. Here's a few!

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