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From almost the moment the year landed, 2016 has seen a particularly rich crop of pickings for Fiction. The awards season has only highlighted this bounty, and we’ve been gratified to see our Book of the Month selections The Essex Serpent and on Golden Hill be rightfully recognised by the jury panels. With a year squared off by such leading lights of contemporary fiction as Ali Smith with her post-Brexit fiction of Autumn and Zadie Smith’s hotly-anticipated Swing Time, 2016 has more than lived up to its creative promise.

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A Letter from Ben Aaronovitch

Few fantasy series of recent times have had the impact of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London; its deviously brilliant fusion of old wizards, ghouls and a certain special division of the London Metropolitan Police quickly found an appreciative audience hungry for his take on a rather extraordinary London. It’s also a source of real Waterstonic pride too to say that our lovely shop in Covent Garden (of course!) once benefited from Ben’s bookselling presence, so we always consider Ben as one of our own.

With the sixth in the seriesThe Hanging Tree published today, Ben was kind enough to pen a letter for readers, both for those already in love with the series and the rest who are about to be.

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Five Essential Japanese Novels

Our Thriller of the Month for October is the Japanese crime fiction sensation, Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama. An engrossing police procedural written in crisp, atmospheric prose, Six Four gives a fascinating glimpse into both Japan itself and its own brand of  crime fiction. Yokoyama is a hugely popular author in Japan, selling millions of books in mere days, and yet Six Four is the first of his novels to be translated into English. This would seem the perfect moment therefore to champion other Japanese writers that do not get the attention they deserve.

Junko Takekawa, Senior Arts Programme Officer at The Japan Foundation in London, has kindly written the following article for Waterstones introducing five fascinating and under-appreciated modern novels by Japanese writers.

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Ten Books That Inspired Me by Barney Norris

Critically acclaimed poet and playwright Barney Norris is the current Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. He has been shortlisted for numerous prestigious awards including The Writers Guild of Great Britain 2014 award for Best Play. His debut novel, Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, which is our November Book of the Month, tells the story of five disparate characters brought together by a tragic accident. Set in Salisbury, it weaves a tale of small town life: a web of intersecting lives, loves and hopes. The following ten books were his inspiration.

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