Welcome to the Waterstones Podcast, which this year has two new series to take you beyond the book. How We Made talks to those behind some of the biggest books of recent times. Authors, agents, editors, designers and fans talk to us about what makes these books so popular with readers. This Is The Book asks those same publishers to pick just one new book for 2021 and to tell us what makes it so special. You're about to find out how it feels to be amongst the first to read a classic.

You can listen on Anchor, iTunes or Spotify via the links below plus each episode will also appear on this very page.


How We Made: Signs Preceding the End of the World

From 'untranslatable' to award-winning translation.

How We Made: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Inside the ten year journey of a magical 'instant' classic.

How We Made: H is for Hawk

H is for Hawk and P is for the perfect podcast to celebrate a modern classic.

How We Made: Ducks, Newburyport

How you write, print and narrate a 1,000 page, single-sentence novel.

How We Made: A Kind of Spark

The inside story of the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

How We Made: Cloud Atlas

Inside the Russian doll structure of a Booker-shortlisted masterclass.

How We Made: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Don't Panic! It's the 42nd anniversary of Douglas Adams's comic classic.

How We Made: Wolf Hall

Hilary Mantel and editor Nicholas Pearson on the story behind Wolf Hall.

This Is The Book: Keeping the House

Community, family and life inside the north London heroin trade in a bold debut.

This Is The Book: Why We Kneel How We Rise

Sporting icons combine in a call for better education to beat racism.

This Is The Book: The Other Black Girl

A literary thriller from inside the world of publishing itself.

This Is The Book: The Vanishing Half

How a story of twin sisters living separate lives brought readers together.

This Is The Book: Insignificance

24 extraordinary hours in the life of an ordinary man.

This Is The Book: The Last House on Needless Street

A genre-defying journey into the dark that has everyone talking.

This Is The Book: The Lamplighters

Three lighthouse keepers go missing in a pitch-perfect mystery.

This Is The Book: This One Sky Day

Welcome to Popisho, an island archipelago with a touch of magic.

This Is The Book: We Are All Birds of Uganda

The inside story of the inaugural co-winner of the Merky Books New Writer's Prize.

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6

Series 7