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Knowledge is Beautiful
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Robert Macfarlane
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Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

Waterstones bookseller and keen bird-watcher Greg Eden on Robert Macfarlane's latest book, Landmarks, and the connection between language and nature.

So, you want to be a writer?

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.

Being a translator

Being a translator

What's it like to be The Translator - the writer behind the writer of a bestselling book who works to recreate the feel and purpose of the original novel in another language? Rod Bradbury, translator of Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg's bestselling The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules explains a little about his career and process...

Learn a new language today. Browse our Writing Guides and Language books for the perfect accompaniment to your holiday or language course, or learn to teach with an English Language Teaching book. Also, hobbyists will love our coffee-table Reference books - which make a stylish and knowledge-filled addition to your living room, which you can dive into at your leisure.