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New & Trending Articles

Great Travel Writing for Fans of Abroad in Japan

Read and loved Chris Broad's Abroad in Japan? Desperate for more entertaining travel writing? We've got you covered...

Fantastic Feline Fiction: The Best Books Featuring Cats

Heartwarming and bursting with wisdom, discover our favourite novels which feature cats as key characters.

An Exclusive Q&A with Jenny Erpenbeck on Kairos

The winner of the International Booker Prize 2024 discusses her novel set in 1980s East Berlin.

Sarah A. Parker on Her Top Strong Female Leads

Sarah A. Parker, author of When the Moon Hatched, picks her favourite kick-ass literary heroines.

Kaliane Bradley on The Ministry of Time and Commander Graham Gore

Kaliane Bradley, author of the sensational debut novel The Ministry of Time, discusses how she alighted on the figure of Commander Graham Gore.

Future Days and Past Lives: The Best Time Travel Books

To celebrate the impending publication of Kaliane Bradley's stunning The Ministry of Time, we've picked our favourite time travel fiction to get you in the mood.

David Nicholls on the Classics That Formed Him as a Writer

David Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day and You Are Here, discusses the classics he read as a teenager and the effect they had on him.

Maria Rejt Remembers C.J. Sansom

Maria Rejt, C.J. Sansom's editor and friend, reflects upon what the great crime novelist meant to her.

Monthly Roundups

The Waterstones Round Up: June's Best Books

With a tremendous array of great new publishing to celebrate, explore the hottest books on the way this June.

The Waterstones Round Up: June's Best Children's Books

Here comes the summer and here comes a bevy of brilliant books for children this June!

The Waterstones Round Up: May's Best Books

From engrossing fiction to gripping military history, check out the must-read books this May.

The Waterstones Round Up: May's Best Children's Books

Dive into the reading riches for children coming your way this May.

The Waterstones Round Up: April's Best Books

With plenty of eagerly-awaited titles finally arriving this month, April is simply bursting with brilliant books.

The Waterstones Round Up: April's Best Children's Books

Discover the best books for young bookworms out this April.

The Waterstones Round Up: March's Best Books

From posthumous masterpieces to thrilling new voices, discover the riches on offer in March's publishing.

The Waterstones Round Up: March's Best Children's Books

Fantastical adventure, heartwarming fables and criminally good puzzles await this March.

Books of the Month

A Q&A With Ann Patchett on Tom Lake

Ann Patchett, author of Tom Lake, our Book of the Month for June, discusses the novel in this fascinating Q&A.

Tristan Gooley on How to Read a Tree

Tristan Gooley, author of How to Read a Tree, our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for June, reflects on the myriad wonders that trees represent.

Emma Cline's Top Books About Social Strivers

Emma Cline, author of The Guest, our Thriller of the Month for June, selects her favourite novels about social climbers and interlopers.

Carissa Broadbent on the Appeal of Tournaments in Fantasy Fiction

Carissa Broadbent, author of The Serpent and the Wings of Night, our Science Fiction & Fantasy Book of the Month for June, pays tribute to the power of deadly tournaments.

Alice Roberts' Top Historical Books for Children

Professor Alice Roberts, author of Wolf Road, our Children's Book of the Month for June, selects her favourite children's novels set in the past.

Fiction

Sarah A. Parker on Her Top Strong Female Leads

Sarah A. Parker, author of When the Moon Hatched, picks her favourite kick-ass literary heroines.

Sarah Brooks on the Lure of the Rails in Fiction

Sarah Brooks, author of The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands, reflects on great train-related stories.

Colm Tóibín on Writing His Long-Awaited Sequel To Brooklyn

The acclaimed author talks about plot in fiction and inspiration behind his new book Long Island.

Kevin Barry on Why He Decided to Write a Western

The award-winning Irish writer talks about his new book The Heart in the Winter.

Lucy Foley on Her Favourite Fiction Set in Hotels

The bestselling author of the former Waterstones Thrillers of the Month The Hunting Party and The Guest List recommends terrific hotel-set novels.

Rebecca K. Reilly on How Being Queer Has Changed in the Past 20 Years

Rebecca K. Reilly, author of Greta and Valdin, reflects on what things were like for her growing up queer two decades ago and what they are like now.

Abir Mukherjee's Top Thrillers About Terrorism

Abir Mukherjee, author of Hunted, selects the books that he thinks tackle the subject of terrorism the best.

Samuel Burr on the Real-Life People Who Inspired The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers

Samuel Burr, author of The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers, on the figures who inspired the writing of the book.

Non-Fiction

Max Hastings on His Favourite Historians of War

Max Hastings, author of Operation Biting, selects the military historians that he rates most highly.

Hugo Greenhalgh on the Remarkable Diaries of Mr Lucas

Hugo Greenhalgh, author of The Diaries of Mr Lucas, discusses the astonishing documentation of a double life lived before the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

Olivia Laing on the Inspiration behind The Garden Against Time

The acclaimed author of The Lonely City and Funny Weather discusses her new book.

Chris Broad on What NOT to Do in Japan

Chris Broad, the author of Abroad in Japan, on how to avoid terrible faux pas when visiting the Land of the Rising Sun.

Great Travel Writing for Fans of Abroad in Japan

Read and loved Chris Broad's Abroad in Japan? Desperate for more entertaining travel writing? We've got you covered...

Zeinab Badawi on the African Hero Taharqo the Kushite King

The author of An African History of Africa writes about one of her heroes, the ruler of the ancient kingdom of Kush.

Paul Cooper on the Fall of Civilizations and the Poetry of Collapse

Paul Cooper, podcaster and author of Fall of Civilizations, reflects on the power of poetry at times of historical trauma.

Rahul Jandial on Dreaming, Creativity and AI

Neuroscientist and the author of This Is Why You Dream discusses the question of whether the creativity of dreaming might be our best defence against AI.

Children's

Alice Roberts' Top Historical Books for Children

Professor Alice Roberts, author of Wolf Road, our Children's Book of the Month for June, selects her favourite children's novels set in the past.

Joseph Coelho on His Tenure as Waterstones Children's Laureate

The outgoing Waterstones Children's Laureate reflects upon his achievements in the role.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize Blog: Pari Thomson

The author of Greenwild, the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2024, talks about the book that made her a writer.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize Blog: Kayvion Lewis

The author of Thieves' Gambit and the winner of this year's Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Older Readers talks about the book that made her a writer.

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize Blog: Chloe Savage

The author of The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish, the winner of the Best Illustrated Book category of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2024, talks about the book that made her a writer.

Laura Dockrill on Why She Wrote a Book About Grey

The author talks about the new picture book she created together with Lauren Child.

Tom Percival on Creativity and Resilience

The much-loved author and illustrator talks about his new book The Wrong Shoes.

Jordan Lees on the Inspiration Behind The Whisperwicks

Jordan Lees, author of The Whisperwicks, describes how he created the evocative world of Wreathenwold.

Interviews

An Exclusive Q&A with Jenny Erpenbeck on Kairos

The winner of the International Booker Prize 2024 discusses her novel set in 1980s East Berlin.

An Exclusive Interview with Orlando Whitfield on All That Glitters

The author discusses his fascinating book on friendship and fraud in the art world.

An Exclusive Q&A with Andrew O'Hagan on Caledonian Road

Andrew O'Hagan, author of Caledonian Road, answers questions about his acclaimed novel.

An Exclusive Q&A with Alice Winn on In Memoriam

The Winner of the Waterstones Novel of the Year 2023 discusses her emotional masterpiece.

An Exclusive Q&A with Patric Gagne

In an exclusive Q&A with her editor Melissa Flashman, the author of Sociopath discusses the complexities of the condition and the importance of her memoir.

An Exclusive Q&A with Daniel Mason of North Woods

The award-winning author of The Piano Tuner discusses his new novel.

An Exclusive Q&A with Georgi Gospodinov on Time Shelter

The 2023 International Booker Prize-winning author and translator discuss Time Shelter.

An Exclusive Interview with Max Porter on Shy

The author of the former Waterstones Book of the Year Lanny discusses his new novel.

Recipes & Activities

A Mouthwatering Recipe from Marie Mitchell

The author of Kin shares a delicious curry dish from her new book.

A Sumptuous Recipe From Nicola Lamb

The popular food blogger and pastry chef shares a gorgeous recipe from her new book SIFT.

A Love Letter to Hero Ingredients and a Delicious Recipe from Anna Jones

The beloved cook and author talks about the inspiration behind her new book Easy Wins and shares one of its stunning recipes.

A Stunning Vegan Recipe from Yang Liu and Katharina Pinczolits

The authors of Vegan Chinese Food shares a gorgeous aubergine recipe from their new book.

Reflections on Saint Lucia and a Beautiful Recipe from Alexina Anatole

The author Bitter writes about her flavour trip to St Lucia and share a delicicious cocoa recipe perfect for winter evenings.

A Delicious Recipe from Eleanor Steafel

The author of The Art of Friday Night Dinner shares an easy and sumptuous supper treat.

Sanjay Aggarwal's Top Tips for What to Do With Unused Spices and a Family Recipe for Garam Masala

The author of Spice Kitchen shares his top tips for elevating your cooking.

A Comforting Air-Fryer Recipe from Clare Andrews

Enjoy a stunningly easy and delicious dish, courtesy of the author of The Ultimate Air Fryer Cookbook.

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