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The Waterstones Podcast - Guilty Pleasures

Posted on 26th May 2020 by Mark Skinner

Your chance to hear authors going beyond the book to talk about the themes and ideas that obsess us all.

Guilty Pleasures

With the recent announcement that Stephenie Meyer’s retelling of the Twilight saga from Edward Cullen’s perspective will finally be published in August there has been some ravenous excitement around the original books and perhaps even a reappraisal of their value. Should one feel guilty about enjoying them so much and indeed should one feel guilty about reading anything at all? To help answer those questions I spoke to former Waterstones Children’s Book Prize-winner Kiran Millwood-Hargrave and Booker Prize-nominee Daisy Johnson. Lockdown has allowed these near-neighbours to create a bookclub amongst their friends and things have got very intense recently, with the Twilight saga turning them all…

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The book that spawned the phenomenon, Stephenie Meyer’s mega-selling vampiric blockbuster enwraps the reader in a gothic world of romance and longing that is impossible to resist. Boasting unforgettable characters and a thrilling love story, Twilight thoroughly deserves its towering reputation.
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Recounting the vampiric love story at the heart of Stephenie Meyer’s epic series from Edward’s point of view, Midnight Sun casts a whole new light on Twilight's central romance. This book contains content suitable for middle grade readers looking for a more challenging reading level.
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Taking a real-life witch trial as her inspiration, Millwood Hargrave’s adult debut weaves an atmospheric tale of self-sufficient womanhood and sexual suspicion in a tight-knit island community during the seventeenth century.

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A uniquely disturbing novel from the author of Everything Under, Sisters explores the dark side of sibling devotion, striking a fine balance between character study and psychological horror.
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