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An Exclusive Introduction to George Saunders' Viral Lecture Hit, Congratulations, by the way

George Saunders is a writer’s writer. As a short-story author, he has hoovered up a number of awards, including the Man Booker Prize 2017, O. Henry, the World Fantasy Award, the Folio Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Word of Saunders’ shift to the novel has provoked a rare flurry of anticipation, and the result – a wild flight from fact to fantasy where Abraham Lincoln is forced to fight for his dead son’s soul – has had everyone (from Zadie Smith to Thomas Pynchon) referring to Lincoln in the Bardo as a slice of pure, unadulterated genius.

In 2013, a convocation speech George Saunders gave for Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences was later posted to the website of the New York Times and became an extraordinary viral hit. Congratulations, by the way has later found print as a beautifully produced hardback and it’s our pleasure to be able to reproduce that speech here, together with a new foreword and afterword, written exclusively for Waterstones.

A Walk in The Fictional Snow: Seven Chilling Winter Tales

Who needs the real thing when you can snuggle up in the warmth with a book and imagine a cool, white winter.

Review of the Year 2014: Part One

Review of the Year 2014: Part One

Posted on 24th Dec, 2014 by Waterstones

Another year is coming to a close, but oh, what a year it's been! In this, the first of three posts, we take a look at the book highlights from 2014, from January to April.

First Folio Prize Winner Announced

George Saunders has won the first Folio Prize for Fiction.

Interview: George Saunders - winner of the Folio Prize 2014

Matthew O'Donoghue speaks to Folio Prize 2014 winner, George Saunders...

Inaugural Folio Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

The all-encompassing fiction prize announces its first shortlist - which sports a distinctly American accent...