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Penguin's Clothbound Classics are as much a pleasure to hold as to read and are a fantastic work of publishing. All the great novels of the past are represented from Alice in Wonderland to Great Expectiations and beyond.
Designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these classics will stand proud on any bookshelf or provide the perfect furnishing for the living room coffee table, giving an adequate air of respectability to the canny booklover's home.
Everyone's favourite agent provocateur, James Bond, has become a literary superstar since his genesis in Casino Royale over 60 years ago, with over 14 books written by Ian Fleming.
Not only are the original novels still highly regarded as seminal works of espionage fiction, but loyal readers are still following 007's heroics today with licensed contemporary fiction written by great modern authors like William Boyd and Sebastian Faulks.
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.
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.
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.
Delve into our huge range of fiction books to read, spanning the novels of Austen and Dickens, to the historical fiction of C.J. Sansom, via literary fiction by Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, Will Self and Irvine Welsh. Not forgetting, of course, the classic fiction in the Penguin Classics and the Vintage Classics series.