Welcome to the Waterstones Podcast, a chance to join authors in conversation as we go beyond the book to discuss the themes and ideas that fascinate us all.
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Tracing the path of an accidental comedian.
A whistle-stop tour of royal history from the Dark Ages to Henry VIII.
A no-holds-barred chat with the ever-entertaining actress.
Journey with us to the Archipelago to meet creatures of myth and magic.
Take a trip into the mirror world of conspiracy theory and misinformation.
Three generations communicate in their own unique styles.
A journey into the past with one of the most celebrated writers of today.
Join us to discover what makes book festivals so special.
Hear from six exciting new voices, chosen by our booksellers.
She did it for women, now she’s doing it for the boys.
Love, loss and memory with an American master.
When the best time of your life can also be the worst.
Desire and deception on Long Island.
Shipwreck, mutiny and murder.
Can you separate the art from the artist? And should you?
Inside the world of publishing for satire and thrills from the author of Babel.
Family, memory and black creativity with one of Britain’s most exciting new voices.
The International Booker Prize-winner on her new novel of the human senses and communication.
We go to our Happy Place with a romance sensation.
Family dynamics, fraught relationships and the yearning for home.
Obsessive love, social media and the moment right now.
Lives from the 7th century to today, connected by St. Cuthbert.
Sisterly love battles evil in Ohio.
Reawakening wonder in an exhausted age.
Love, memory and the reckoning of time.
How climate has shaped humanity, and vice versa.
An honest conversation about life, death, grieving and getting better.
Adapt to survive in the new novel from the internationally bestselling author.
Metafiction, teenage angst and serial killers.
Celebrating the return of events and the chance to meet your heroes.
Two brilliant women on brilliant women in art.
Hear from all six shortlisted authors.
Why historical fiction has so much to say about today.
Why conversation and talking about the hard things is so important.
Connections, premonitions, influence and consequence.
Fiction that speaks about the moment we're living through.
Why cosy crime is more popular than ever.
How We Made
How mental health struggles became an award-winning novel.
Neither brief, nor a history; inside the Booker-winning polyphonic spree.
From 'untranslatable' to award-winning translation.
Inside the ten year journey of a magical 'instant' classic.
H is for Hawk and P is for the perfect podcast to celebrate a modern classic.
How you write, print and narrate a 1,000 page, single-sentence novel.
The inside story of the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
Inside the Russian doll structure of a Booker-shortlisted masterclass.
Don't Panic! It's the 42nd anniversary of Douglas Adams's comic classic.
Hilary Mantel and editor Nicholas Pearson on the story behind Wolf Hall.
This Is The Book
A friendship is tested by the fallout from a police shooting.
Ghosts of the past haunt a Peruvian home in a magical debut.
Young adult readers get South London’s answer to Freaky Friday.
Community, family and life inside the north London heroin trade in a bold debut.
Sporting icons combine in a call for better education to beat racism.
A literary thriller from inside the world of publishing itself.
How a story of twin sisters living separate lives brought readers together.
24 extraordinary hours in the life of an ordinary man.
A genre-defying journey into the dark that has everyone talking.
Three lighthouse keepers go missing in a pitch-perfect mystery.
Welcome to Popisho, an island archipelago with a touch of magic.
The inside story of the inaugural co-winner of the Merky Books New Writer's Prize.
A walk along historic Jermyn St with Stephen Fry, owner of ties.
Welcome to the Waterstones Podcast, a chance to hear authors going beyond the book.
What makes a great friend and how do you keep them in today's hectic world?
Time to take Salt N Pepa's advice and talk about sex. No blushing.
Is it achievable? Is it healthy to even try? And where might it lie in art?
If at first you don't succeed.. you know the rest. And we learnt the hard way.
You don't get to chose them and maybe that's why we love reading about them.
Lock the doors, close the windows, and maybe grab a friend for comfort.
Join us for an appreciation of the great outdoors. Whilst it lasts.
Music, film and social media madness; get your triple shot of culture here.
Where do communities meet in the 21st century and how can we connect better?
How do authors meet their characters? Why are we so bad at reading strangers?
Eat, drink and be merry as we gorge ourselves on the very best.
How do you make change stick? Or cope when change is forced upon you?
From page to stage or screen (or beyond); we look at the art of adaptation.
What can stories do that novels can't and why do some writers love them so?
Two mothers separated by 400 years of history; how different are they?
How do we form memories, how do we keep them, how do we escape them?
We confront fear in fact and fiction and find hope for the future.
We confront fear in fact and fiction and find hope for the future.
Words of wisdom from psychotherapist Julia Samuel about dealing with change.
Why human connection is so important for mind, body and spirit; especially now.
Why reading literature in translation can only enrich your reading life.
A journey to the end of the world to see what we can learn about today.
A revolutionary new perspective on humankind, with the emphasis on KIND.
We look at some of our guilty reads and wonder if you should ever feel guilty for reading at all.
We negotiate the labyrinth of online outrage to find hope for the future.
Making sense of millennial life, from authenticity to 'that dress.'
Confronting the taboo of those women who choose to remain child-free.
Be a kid again as we celebrate with the four winners of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
We stray from the public footpaths in our pursuit of natural connection.
Wise words to bring us together in this time of division and conflict.
We tackle one of the biggest questions of all: what is life?
An extended ramble taking in boarding school, Bowie and coping with loss.
Find purpose and fulfilment in life by thinking like a monk.
How to tell your own story, no matter how hard that might be.
A logophile's treat as we revel in the beauty of words.
Buried secrets burst forth in the latest novel from a familiar face.
Friendship, identity and the perils of online dating.
Family, film-making and finding your path in life with Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey.
Inside the NHS during a pandemic to see what it really means to care.
Being a mother in America in 2020 and what the future might hold.
A simple family holiday amidst a global catastrophe makes for an unforgettable novel.
We sit down for a 2 Michelin-starred bacon sandwich to talk pubs, perfection and brown sauce.
A bonus episode in which we get to speak to two stars of the hugely popular TV series.
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