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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.

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.

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.

Laura Dockrill on the Women's Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2024

Laura Dockrill, one of the judges for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction, recounts the process of whittling down hundreds of great books to just six.

Suzannah Lipscomb on the Women's Prize for Non-Fiction Shortlist 2024

Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, one of the judges for the inaugural Women's Prize for Non-Fiction, recounts the process of whittling down over a hundred great books to just six.

What to Read After David Nicholls' One Day

Finished David Nicholls' iconic masterpiece? Fear not, we have recommendations for what to read next.

The Best Novels to Read in Spring

Celebrate the change in seasons with our hand-picked selection of great books to read this spring.

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

Paul Murray's Top Books About Families

Paul Murray, author of The Bee Sting, our Fiction Book of the Month for May, selects his favourite novels about families.

Chris van Tulleken on Why Ultra-Processed Food is So Addictive

The doctor and BBC presenter discusses his new book Ultra-Processed People.

Alex Hay on The Housekeepers and Great Literary Heists

Alex Hay, author of The Housekeepers, our Thriller of the Month for May, recommends his favourite heist novels.

Justin Cronin on Why We Read Tales About the End of the World

The author of The Ferryman and The Passage talks about the allure of apocalyptic literature.

Sam Copeland on Heroes in Children's Fiction

Sam Copeland, author of Alex vs. Axel: The Impossible Quests, our Children's Book of the Month for May, on heroes in children's literature.

Fiction

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.

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.

Emily Henry's Top 5 Favourite Romance Novels

Emily Henry, author of Funny Story, picks her top love stories.

Andrew Hunter Murray on Housing, Homicide and A Beginner's Guide to Breaking and Entering

Andrew Hunter Murray, author of A Beginner's Guide to Breaking and Entering, on the inspiration behind the novel.

A Confluence of Clouds: David Mitchell on the Origins of Cloud Atlas

An extract from David Mitchell's superb afterword to the 20th anniversary special edition of his masterpiece, Cloud Atlas.

Reading Rushdie: A Guide to Salman Rushdie's Best Books

From magic realism to defiant memoir, we mark the publication of Salman Rushdie's Knife with a look back at his finest works.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chimene Suleyman on Betrayal, Manipulation and the Importance of the Chain

Chimene Suleyman, author of The Chain, discusses the web of toxic behaviour spun by her ex and provides a devastating poem from the book.

Children's

Sam Copeland on Heroes in Children's Fiction

Sam Copeland, author of Alex vs. Axel: The Impossible Quests, our Children's Book of the Month for May, on heroes in children's literature.

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.

Christopher Edge on the Children's Books That Would Make Great Movies

Christopher Edge, author of Black Hole Cinema Club, selects the children's novels he would like to see on the big screen.

Interviews

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.

A Q&A with Alice Oseman

The creator of Heartstopper talks about the beloved series.

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 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.

The Best Books of 2023: Food & Drink

From Jamie Oliver to Sabrina Ghayour, discover the food and drink books we've loved this year.

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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