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Introducing the Waterstones Watch | Blog

At Waterstones we're always looking for new ways to deliver books to our customers. That's why we've developed the Waterstones Watch. A new page in …


Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist: All My Puny Sorrows

The Wellcome Book Prize is awarded to a book that engages and explores with some aspect of medicine, health or illness. Perhaps most interestingly, …

La Dolce Vita

What it means to be a reader

It's World Book Night! Today, 250,000 books are being given away across the country by a veritable army of volunteers. So if you see somebody outside …


Winner of Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 announced

Last night, writer (and farmer) John Lewis-Stempel was announced as this year's winner of the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 for his book Meadowland:

John Lewis

Two Authors Named Joint Winners of 2015 JQ Wingate Prize

In an exciting development, last night two authors were named as joint winners of this year's JQ Wingate Prize. Awarded annually to the best book to …

Literary Prizes

Mary Costello's literary heroines

Mary Costello has already written for us about her novel, Academy Street, but here she looks at some of her favourite women in literature.

My favourite …


The End Papers - 19/04/15

The End Papers is created entirely by Rob Parmenter, a bookseller from the Waterstones on Gower Street, London, where he also creates some of the …

Book Club: Academy Street

My mother came from a big house in the west of Ireland, and I modelled Easterfield – Tess’s childhood home in Academy Street – on that house and farm. …


Book Club: The Enchanted

An inmate on death row in a maximum security prison awaits his final fate. As he sits he hears the story of York, the prisoner in the next cell, and …

Death Row

Confession: I judge books by their covers

I have a confession: I judge books by their covers. I know the old adage as well as the next person, but nonetheless I can’t seem to help it. Covers …

Popular Fiction

Your next thriller

After the Crash by Michael Bussi sold over 700,000 copies in its native France and, now published in the UK, has quickly established itself as a …


The Oxford inspiration behind the All Souls trilogy

Exclusive to the Waterstones edition of The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness has written a guide to the locations that inspired her All Souls Trilogy. …


Some of our favourite quotes from J.K. Rowling's Harvard Commencement speech

J.K. Rowling's speech to the Harvard Commencement in 2008 is full of fantastic advice. Today it's published as a book in its own right, Very Good …


Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Shortlist announced

It feels like there's a different prize every week at the moment, doesn't it? One day it's for the best debut novel, the next it's the best …


Patrick Gale on his new novel, A Place Called Winter

A Place Called Winter is a Western – a 1900s wild west adventure viewed through the eyes of an initially soft, unheroic Englishman who, through …


Book Club: Astonish Me

Prize-winning author Maggie Shipstead follows up Seating Arrangements with her new novel Astonish Me. Taking us on a whirlwind tour across two …

Book Club: Viper Wine

Hermione Eyre's Viper Wine transports us to Whitehall Palace in 1632 and the court of Charles I. Here the ladies of the court imbibe a potent new …


Introducing our brand new weekly comic, The End Papers

If you follow us on Instagram then you'll have already seen Rob Parmenter's illustrations. He's a bookseller at our Gower Street shop in London who …


Becoming part of the pattern

April is here and that means my debut novel will be published in the next few weeks. Despite everyone from my editor to fellow authors telling me it …


2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Shortlist announced

One of the many joys of awards shortlists is finding new authors rubbing shoulders up against more familiar names. With the shortlist for this year's

Popular Fiction

Read Ian McEwan's The Children Act

In this powerful and humane novel, the 13th from the Booker Prize-winner, Ian McEwan tackles the complicated and controverisal subject of 'The …

Ian McEwan

Book Club: The Betrayers

A thousand kilometers away, while the next great drama of his life was unfolding and God was banging His gavel to shake the Judaean hills, Baruch …

Book Club: Bookseller review of The Blazing World

Pete Renton writes some of our favourite bookseller reviews on our website. Here he looks at Siri Hustvedt's new novel, The Blazing World.

The late …


JQ Wingate Nominee: Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

A year after graduating college, I worked downtown in the immense shadows of the World Trade Center, and as part of my freewheeling, four- hour daily …

Gary Shteyngart

The 2015 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction shortlist

Tuesday night saw the announcement of the 2015 Walter Scott Prize shortlist, and the evening was a showcase for the kind of glamour and charm that …

Popular Fiction

Non-fiction Book of the Month - Flash Boys

Chapter One


By the summer of 2009 the line had a life of its own, and two thousand men were digging and boring the strange home …

Wall Street

Fiction Book of the Month: The Narrow Road to the Deep North


Why at the beginning of things is there always light? Dorrigo Evans’ earliest memories were of sun flooding a church hall in which he sat with his …

Popular Fiction

Why I love colouring books

Joy is a new set of felt-tip pens and a pristine colouring book.

I have always loved colouring in. I have a memory from when I was about six years old …

Secret Garden