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The Waterstones Podcast - Success

Posted on 10th September 2019 by Mark Skinner

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

Success

Elizabeth Day, creator of the podcast How To Fail joins the team to share failures and to see what their connection is to success. After putting so many of her personal failures in her book, would Elizabeth have any new ones to share? We also hear from Arundhati Roy about becoming a global sensation with her debut, Man Booker Prize-winning novel and what that meant for her, her friends and her family. And we hear from Sarah Perry about what it meant to have The Essex Serpent named as Waterstones Book of the Year and how she views personal success as a writer.


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Elizabeth Day’s podcast, How To Fail With Elizabeth Day, is a salvation to an age, as Day puts it, of curated perfection. How to Fail is Elizabeth Day’s essential distillation of the knowledge gleaned from open and honest conversations about the lessons of failure. Frank, wise and witty, Day walks us through the impossibility of a flawless world to find a place where failure is our strength.
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A profound meditation on history and humanity in all its forms, The God of Small Things transformed Roy into a literary sensation and raised the bar for multi-layered prose writing at the close of the twentieth century. Rich in character, wit and wisdom, this is a very special novel from a unique voice.
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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness transports us across a sub-continent on a journey of many years. It takes us deep into the lives of its gloriously rendered characters, each of them in search of a place of safety— in search of meaning, and of love. ‘This intimate epic about India over the past two decades is superb’ - The Sunday Telegraph
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From the moment Sarah Perry’s second novel fell into our bookselling hands, we all instantly knew this was a title that shared our bookselling DNA. A murder, a monster, a love story and a heroine to rival the greats of 19th century literature collide to make this the most deeply satisfying of fiction. We proudly present The Essex Serpent, the winner of our Waterstones Book of the Year 2016.
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Exquisitely formed and ravishingly written, Swift’s novella unfolds over a single day in the life of a 1920’s housemaid. Packing innumerable levels of meaning and import into little over a hundred pages, Mothering Sunday is an astounding, sensual achievement that lingers with the reader long after the final page has been turned.
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It is 1622. Summoned by his king, Philip IV of Spain, painter Diego Velázquez departs his native Seville to attend the royal court of Madrid. Velázquez’s arrival marks the beginning of a complex relationship between artist and subject that will endure over the next 38 years.
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The voice of a generation, Angie Thomas claimed 2018’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with her internationally acclaimed debut thriller, inspire by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give. Her second novel is equally unmissable: delivering a fierce story of hip hop ambition, inequality, and the fight to have your voice heard.
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An iconoclastic book that argues for generalised knowledge rather than the drive to specialisation. Epstein argues rationally and coherently that, in an age when computers and artificial intelligence are capable of such intensely focused work, a range of knowledge is far more conducive to success.
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A flawlessly executed homage to the buccaneering fiction of Fielding and Sterne, Golden Hill presents an embryonic New York in the mid-eighteenth century, and a fast-moving plot of intrigue, adventure and last-gasp plot twists. Spufford’s prose rejoices in elegant pastiche as the story of a mysterious stranger and his unexplained fortune gathers pace.
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