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This Week's Offers - 21st May 2015

The criminally good Martina Cole returns with her latest book - and at this price it's an absolute steal. Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he …

Brandon Sanderson

Why read short stories?

There is no such thing as the perfect novel. There are many great novels but a 100,000 word book will have moments which detract from the rest. A …

Literature

Hercule Poirot returns in The Monogram Murders

As Hercule Poirot enjoys his retirement, taking pleasure from his regular meal at his favourite cafe, his solitude is interrupted by a mysterious …

Monogram

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery

Many growing up on a diet of Famous Five and Nancy Drew dreamt of being a detective. Chasing leads, solving mysteries and catching criminals has an …

England

Recipe: Plantain Breakfast Burrito with Pico de Gallo

Make the pico de gallo. Peel the plantains with a potato peeler, then halve them lengthways and chop them into 1cm chunks. In a large frying pan, …

Pico de Gallo

History of the final days of the USSR wins Pushkin House Russian Book Prize

The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhy has been declared the winner of the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2015.

Serhii …

Russia

Fiction Book of the Month - Q&A with James Ellroy, author of Perfidia

James Ellroy, author of LA Confidential and The Black Dahlia, returns to L.A in Perfidia but at a very different time. It is December 6, 1941 and any …

Authors

Can you recognise the book from its Russian cover?

2. A fairly straightforward one.

3. You know the author, that's the easy part. But which book?

4. This is probably impossible unless you've read the …

Russia

Book Club: The Incarnations

It is Beijing in 2008 and the Olympics are due to start. But amongst the feeling of excitement and expectation around it, taxi driver Wang feels …

Popular Fiction

The End Papers - 17/05/15

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

The Last Treasure Hunt

Dubbed as a 'a modern media morality tale with bite' Jane Alexadner's The Last Treasure Hunt introduces us to Campbell Johnstone, who at the age of …

Your chance to meet Tyler Oakley!

Alright, Tyler Oakley fans, here's your chance to meet Tyler Oakley! We've got a fantastic competition where you (and 99 other fans) can come to a …

Waterstones

2015 Desmond Elliott Prize Shortlist Revealed

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray and Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller have been chosen from a longlist …

Novels

Professor Brian Cox introduces Human Universe

In Human Universe, Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen try to answer the fundamental questions we all face in life: "where are we?", "are we alone?", …

Brian Cox

Haircuts and jump cuts

There have been stars for every single stage of the internet. The early days of Flash brought people like Threebrain and Joe Cartoon, MySpace …

YouTube

No safe place in No Safe House

Linwood Barclay, crowned by the Morning Star as "the current king of the multi-twisted plot" returns with his follow-up to the bestselling No Time For

Fiction Uncovered announces 2015 longlist

For the first time, the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize announced an initial

longlistof fifteen books. Designed to showcase the breadth and vibrancy …

Popular Fiction

Meet Mrs Engels

Gavin McCrea follows the life of Lizzie Burns, a working-class woman of Irish descent who moved to London in 1870 with celebrated theorist Friedrich …

Political Philosophy

Shardlake returns in Lamentation

Any novel that opens with four people burnt alive at the stake is not for the faint-hearted but it does herald the return of Matthew Shardlake, our …

Popular Fiction

Book Club: We are Called to Rise

Like The Goldfinch, it strips a layer of gloss off the Las Vegas myth by moving to the families populating suburbia - Grazia

Any book that is compared …

Literature

More colouring books for grown-ups

Isabel Popple has written before about why she loves colouring books. But what happens when you've filled in all the spaces between the lines? Never …

Grown Ups

Discover The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

I'll admit it - I was hooked. After reading the opening pages of The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair I was away, drawn into the world it creates …

Our booksellers review: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

We have written before about how much we loved Kate Atkinson's Life After Life. It was without doubt one of the best books of 2013. Can the sequel, A

Literature

Station Eleven wins the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award

Last night, Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel's beautifully written tale of life amongst a civilisation once lost, won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke …

Popular Fiction

Laugh and cry with Us

We've waited five long years (or 1,825 days) for a follow-up to One Day and David Nicholls does not disappoint. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Us

Man Booker Prize

Microbes Matter

Two-thirds of Britain’s adults are overweight or obese. According to dogma, these people eat too much and move too little, and the excess energy they …

Mice

Would you risk death to read a book?

If you’re reading this kind of blog I expect most of you would call yourselves booklovers. No doubt a lot of you will be in book groups. What I’d ask …

Literature

Which dystopian political party would you vote for?

With only a few days to go before the General Election, most people have settled on who they want to win. However, there's still an awful lot of …

Voting

Why We Love Fantasy (and Always Will)

Fantasy is more popular now than it has ever been before. Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings films, and most recently Game of Thrones, have all helped …

Fantasy