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Here, exclusively for Waterstones, he discusses what America's relationship with gun ownership reveals about the fault lines of a divided nation. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, the author talks about the pull of getting lost in time. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, he digs deeper into the darker corners of short fiction and examines the themes that inhabit the best short stories. Here, she shines a light on five of the most surprising ways in which algorithms trick us in our daily lives.

Actor turned author M. The book absolutely caught the mood and has continued to top our charts throughout. Now, in the second of our articles looking at post-election UK, Murray picks out the books that light a way through our minority-government fug. His list begins, appropraitely, with one of the most perfectly-realised fantasies of them all. We saw its potential back in the autumn and crowned it our Fiction Book of the Month for October, and since this rollicking tale of a nascent Manhattan has gone on to nail both the Costa First Novel Award and the RSL Ondaatje Prize, the latter fittingly awarded to works that particularly evoke the spirit of a place.

For Waterstones, the author sets the stage for his extraordinary, reserach-laden quest for answers. Greatest Hits is where Barnett takes us next and, as she explains, music and the novel are fundamentally intertwined. Introducing Greatest Hits, the author presents a very personal musical playlist. Like her eternal No Logo, No Is Not Enough is a whip-smart assessment of the status quo and a polemic for seismic change.

Setting the scene, Anand takes us back to where the story of this most notorious of gems began. The Mixer, out now in hardback, is his comprehensive analysis of how a new kind of tactical play sealed the success of the Premier League. Here, the author offers a living example of that spirited existence. Letters from the Lighthouse plunges two wartime evacuees into the very heart of a strange coastal mystery and here the author selects her own touchstone tales, suitable for children, from that conflict. Feeling the need to get away from it all? We've got just the thing.

We asked the authors to share some of their favourite places from the book and here, exclusively for Waterstones, they offer an expert selection of the best and wildest locations in Soctland. From beaches and bothys to mountain views and wild swimming spots, there's a secret hideaway here for everyone.

Told from multiple points of view, Karen McManus's One of Us is Lying cracks open the veneer of teenage stereotypes to reveal a complex psychological thriller that examines how far someone will go to protect a secret. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, McManus considers the challenges and rewards of a story where every character has their say.

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Wherever we are in the country, water defines our landscape; from jagged, dramatic coastlines, secluded sandy beaches and secret freshwater pools, to our grandest cityscape rivers and meandering country streams. Nobody knows our water-shaped landscape better than Tristan Gooley, natural navigator and author of the bestselling How to Read Water. We gave him the enormously challenging task of picking just five favourite British waterside locations and here, exclusively for Waterstones, he explains why these locations hold a special significance.

Only now, years after their deaths, is it possible to work out who they really were' When it comes to espionage, the truth is invariably stranger than fiction, as author Henry Hemming discovered when he began researching his new book M. From animal-loving housewives to dandy booksellers, Hemming introduces the real-life agents drawn out from the shadows of history. As he hands on the baton to Lauren Child and hopefully puts his feet up for a well-earned cup of tea and a biscuit or three, we at Waterstones offer all our thanks for his work and for taking us along on his extraordinary Waterstones Children's Laureate journey.

However, when novelist Will Hill came to research the group, he found himself drawn to a different side of the story, to the lives of the children who had survived. Here, he explains how the legacy of Waco shaped his novel, After the Fire. When it comes to espionage fiction, however, you should never say never and now, five years later, Alex Rider is back in explosive form in Never Say Die.

Our Thriller of the Month for June, The Dry, is a twisting, atmospheric drama, where a horrific murder in a dirt-blown, drought-ridden Australian town becomes the perfect crucible for seething underlying malice and long-buried secrets to come to light.


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Exclusively for Waterstones, author Jane Harper takes us behind the scenes for the places and experiences that influenced her novel. With so much parenting advice aimed at mums, it's easy for new dads to feel lost in the wilderness, armed for parenthood with nothing but dimly remembered advice from their own parents to "not stick that up your nose" and "put your seatbelt on".

But fear not, help is at hand. We've rounded up the top recommendations from Waterstones' bookselling dads for the best books to buy to prepare for everything fatherhood throws at you. We also caught up with Matt Coyne, creator of the phenomenally popular blog Man Vs. Baby and author of the hilarious and brilliant book Dummy, for his top 5 tips on coping with being a new dad. Joseph Kanon discusses location scouting for Defectors and how he got under the skin of Cold War Moscow. Here, especially for Waterstones, they offer two winning recipes for cooking up a hearty, meat-free weekend feast.

And even though the fish teemed in certain bays, no whales or walrus fed or bred there anymore. Now Paull is back with The Ice, a dark tale of murder and corruption amidst the collapsing Arctic, set in a near-future shaped by environmental chaos. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, she takes readers behind the real-world crisis that inspired her. We caught up with author Emma Cline to talk about creating an immersive Californian noir, honest depictions of female sexuality and that ever-tricky label, 'girl'.

A chance to turn the best take-away food into home-cooked favourites you can tweak to make your own. In short, in order to reach big, you need to start by thinking small. Worry not, you're not alone. Authors Rory Gallagher and Owain Service have taken insights gleaned from their work inside the world's first Nudge Unit to produce Think Small, a book that shows that the solution is easier than we might think. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, they offer a 7-step guide to creating and sticking to your best laid plans.

Its author, Emma Carroll, has already proved herself adept at turning her hand to any genre; with such delights as the ghostly tale Strange Star and the fairy tale classic In Darkling Wood. However, writing a novel set in the Second World War was proving more of a challenge, until, she explains, a lighthouse showed her the way. All of us are products of our childhoods, and I wanted to discover his. To put us in a summer mood, Victoria Moore, author of new cookbook The Wine Dine Dictionary has kindly given us an exclusive recipe flavoured with a touch of literary inspiration; transporting you to a Fitzgeraldian setting of heat-filled, poolside days and glamorous bohemian nights.

Here, exclusively for Waterstones, Haag introduces the Durrell's he knew and explains how, but for a chance encounter in a dusty bookshop, he might never have been drawn into their fascinating circle. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, Abir Mukherjee introduces the city that inspired him.

Described by The Independent 'as a new kind of state-of-the-nation novel', her latest book, The Tidal Zone, may be her best yet. We caught up with Moss to discuss tackling the aftermath of near-tragedy and the integral part storytelling plays in how we navigate our lives. Chomsky is there, crooking his finger: Go back. Follow the path. To mark the paperback release of Who Rules the World? Here, exclusively for Waterstones, he considers the significance behind the symbol.

Whether or not the sun shines this bank holiday, Nicola Millbank's recipe for her Nan's lemon mousse brings a burst of light, citrus sweetness to brighten up even the greyest of days. Fresh from the pages of her debut cookbook Milly's Real Food, Milly's recipes are all about getting back to the basics: fad-free, good food that's comforting and nourishing. With recipes drawn from sustainable, easy-to-source ingredients, these are recipes destined to become go-to favourites. The first two books in his football trilogy, The Nowhere Men and Living on the Volcano, looked at talent scouting and football managers respectively.

Now, in No Hunger in Paradise, Calvin has turned his investigative eye on the world of youth football. Exclusively for Waterstones he introduces a world of secrecy, pressure, financial gain and staggering human cost. As the founder and lead astronomer of Kielder Observatory in Northumberland, Gary Fildes knows first-hand just how awe inspiring our night sky can be.

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Nestling above the forest treeline in Europe's largest protected dark sky park, Kielder Observatory offers the UK's most superb astronomical vista and even a chance to glimpse the Northern Lights. Yet, as Gary says in his book An Astronomer's Tale, you don't need to be an expert astronomer with an array of telescopes at your fingertips to be able to look up and take in the view. Here he offers his tips for the top 10 astronomy targets you can spot from your own back garden.

Economics is broken. Can it be fixed? By identifying seven critical ways in which economics has been led astray she suggests we need a new model of economic thinking, one fit for the twenty-first century. Here, in a series of animations made to accompany the book, she explains her theories. Brighten your weekend with three delicious, healthy recipes from The Modern Baker, the debut cookbook from the baking team behind Oxford's wildly popular bakery and cafe, Melissa Sharp and Lindsay Stark. Waterstones Angie Crawford caught up with the author to discuss breathing life into a notorious figure and the period's acute resonance for modern readers.

The authors of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls discuss the extraordinary women whose stories inspired them. River Cottage has been a household name in the UK since when a floppy-haired Hugh brought his now-famous food ethos to our TV screens, and into our kitchens with his soon-to-follow cookbooks. As treat for Easter weekend we offer five of our favourite recipes from these River Cottage kitchen classics.

A conversation about bestselling thriller Before the Fall with its author, Noah Hawley. In which the author interviews himself. The challenges of a cricket captain are manifold; selection, field-placings, dressing room egos, to name but a few. The amateur captain can add to that simply trying to field 11 players for the game. Charlie Campbell has captained the Authors XI in over matches and he shares his love of the game in his latest book, Herding Cats. In quiet, I find what I feel. In his moving memoir, Plot 29, he interweaves his journey to find the truth about his own family history with a chronicle of a year on the allotment.

In an exclusive interview for Waterstones, he discusses family, memory and the solace he finds in gardening. As a Finnish fantasy author, Maria Turtschaninoff has found an enviable freedom to create her own distinctive and unique voice. As Nanondel, the second novel in her highly praised Red Abbey Chronicles series, is released, she discusses the culture of Finnish Weird, the creative legacy of Tove Jansson and how being small can set you free.

In an exclusive interview for Waterstones, she discusses feminist fiction, the cutthroat world of social media and not being afraid to make her readers uncomfortable. Awarded annually to promote writing which combines scholarly brilliance, innovative research and compelling readability, the prize has previously recognised some of the greatest contemporary historians in their field including Mary Beard, Simon Schama and Ian Kershaw.

Who was Socrates? What is certain is that he was so much more than simply a footballer. While he was at his most iconic as captain of, arguably, the greatest team not to win a World Cup, Socrates was a qualified doctor and carried with him an intellect atypical of the game. Daniel Cole, author of hard-hitting debut Crime thriller Ragdoll, is no stranger to a crime scene. The first part in a series featuring controversial Met Police detective, William Wolf Fawkes, Ragdoll is a twisted game of cat and mouse against a ruthless and bloody serial killer whilst the clock is ticking.

As we welcome a key new voice in crime writing, we present an exclusive short story by Daniel Cole from a moment on the brink of emergency. As any prize-winner knows, getting back to the desk again after the celebrations die down can be a challenging business, even more so when that book is your first. Now back with her second novel, All About Mia, she talks to us about life after winning and the joy of finding her own voice again.

What does it mean to be a refugee? How does identity survive when it is moved far from the customs, memories and people amidst which it was formed? These are the questions Viet Thanh Nguyen attempts to answer in his short story collection, The Refugees. As she makes her first steps into adult fiction, Amy Engel talks to Waterstones about making the transition from YA and the lure of a good story. An expertly crafted tale of adventure on open seas that pits a feisty thirteen-year-old heroine, Mouse, and her family against a terrible enemy, on waters where peril lies waiting at every turn.

Going in search of the stories that inspire such a vibrant imagination, we asked the author to recommend five of the books that have inspired her most. It must be daunting to begin your career already being compared with J. Rowling and Philip Pullman. In fact, Samantha Shannon has been making waves since she first burst onto the scene with her debut novel The Bone Season, the first in a fantasy series about a woman at the centre of a syndicate of dissident clairvoyants ruled by ruthless Mime Lords.

Since then the series has grown with the publication of The Mime Order and now the much-anticipated third novel, The Song Rising; establishing the series and Shannon as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.


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We caught up with the author to talk to her about world building, the challenges of fantasy love stories and creating novels that break down the barriers of genre fiction. After 35 years on the front line of British medicine, Stephen Westaby discusses his memoir Fragile Lives. A Harvard Professor of Chinese History, Michael Puett found he was repeatedly being asked the same question: how can the ideas, taught in his classes, be put to use in modern life?

Intrigued, he teamed up with Christine Gross-Loh to write The Path, a fresh and accessible look at Chinese philosophy that makes the bold claim that the teachings of Confucius, Zhuangzi and Mencius can change your life for the better. Exploring ancient Chinese thought within the framework of modern culture, the book has one simple, essential lesson to impart: the smallest actions have the most profound ramifications.

Unfolding entirely over a few days in a single hospital room it is a novel that nevertheless ranges widely, across time and distance, both real and emotional, returning to many of the same themes that will be familiar to readers of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Olive Kitteridge. We caught up with Elizabeth Strout to ask her about memory, complicated families and how she finds humour in the darkest moments.

Hamer is certainly no stranger to the art of the page-turner, but what are the books that are keeping her from turning out the light? We asked her to give us a tour of her own bedside reading. A gripping crime novel following the aftermath of a plane crash that left a sole survivor, it became a runaway Waterstones hit. Catherine Mayer has never been one to sit back and wait for the story. Having made her name as a journalist, first with The Economist and then eventually with TIME where she rose to become Editor at Large, she turned her attention to tackling the same issues on a larger canvas, publishing Amortality: The Pleasures and Perils of Living Agelessly and the royal biography, Charles: The Heart of a King.

James Brown is probably most known for founding the culture-defining magazine Loaded and his subsequent helming of GQ: these days, Brown is a frequent contributor to the media, including his hugely popular talkSport podcast, The Late Tackle. Bestselling author Miranda Dickinson has described the book as, 'romantic, unashamedly geeky, smart and funny. Going on to win the French Prix Fitzgerald, Towles now returns with his effortlessly urbane A Gentleman in Moscow, the tale of a somewhat singular man - Count Alexander Rostov — who finds himself under house arrest after sentence from a Bolshevik tribunal.

Verse has long served as the natural framework to address our impossibly complex relationship with both the world and our intimacy with each other. Our Fiction Book of the Month for February is The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain's finely-tuned and expertly measured account of the indelible impact of a lifelong friendship built in the aftermath of war. Two young boys, Gustav and Anton, form a lasting bond; coloured by social, religious and family division and the legacy of personal and national neutrality.

Waterstones Online's Martha Greengrass caught up with Tremain to discuss some of the many themes underpinning the novel: the wide-ranging cost of reticence, the music of fiction and the vital importance of friendship. The world of Emma Flint's debut Little Deaths is a stark, lonely, noirish place, brimming with guilt and suspicion. Based on the real life murder trial of Alice Crimmins for the deaths of her two young children, the story plays out during the unforgiving New York heatwave of As the Guardian notes, 'Flint pulls the reader into the finely observed working-class Queens neighbourhood, where Ahead of the sometimes strange and sometimes surprising rituals of Valentine's Day, Waterstones Online's Martha Greengrass considers if literature is really love's best role model.

Robert Service is undoubtedly a titan of Russian studies. Unlike millions of their Polish compatriots, Georgia Hunter's Jewish ancestors managed to survive the gulags, ghettos and pogroms of s Europe. Jane Harper's stripped-down, heat-scorched debut thriller The Dry has been turning heads the moment review copies were first released into the wild.

Brighton is a seaside resort of many colours. Of course, the history of Russia is as vast as the nation itself, a daunting prospect for anyone looking to properly unpick its past. Exclusively for Waterstones, Simon Sebag Montefiore presents his own reading roadmap to those eager to explore the Russian adventure. Our Children's Book of the Month for February combines Greek mythology with the author's own sharp wit to create a high-octane adventure story that is absolutely perfect for that sometimes tricky audience.

Although this is indeed her debut, Maz Evans has very much cut her teeth teaching the art of story to many, many others: for Waterstones, this spectacular new talent fills us in on how teaching writing transformed her own game. Eliot Prize on Monday. As a current affairs television director, Vic James has had unique access to some of the world's most prominent and influential political figures. A lover of story-telling in all its forms, she is also a two-time judge of the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize.

Here, James explores five key experiences that inspired Gilded Cage, the first instalment in the Dark Gifts series. The following extract is exclusive to Waterstones. Away from the eyes of the press, an M. Basic questions around swimming however abound, and in the following extract from the book, the author assembles her top tips toward diving into a new life of fitness and meaningful pleasure. As the anticiaption builds even further, Chair of Judges - historian and author Kate Williams - provides her perspective on this unique and much-loved literary award.

Although it takes real writing chops to create something this assured, Thompson unveils some writing tips to the aspirant, including the most effective ways to battle that most terrible of demons — procrastination. Andrew Taylor has long been a familiar figure in the crime writing firmament and indeed continues to stand as the only author to twice-bag the Crime Writing Association's Historical Dagger. For Waterstones, Andrew Taylor walks us through the inspiration for this fine slice of Restoration murder.

With Christmas now over, Olympian Tom Daley would like to offer us an alternative to the usual January crash diets and gruelling exercise regimes. The following introductory letter was written by Tom exclusively to Waterstones customers. Graphic novels thrive on reinvention. Interview by Waterstones Online's Martha Greengrass. In the second of our articles probing the enviable minds of its shortlisters, Andrew McMillan, Benjamin Wood, Max Porter and Jessie Greengrass share just what books they have lying on their bedside table. Mark Chapman is a familiar face to anyone watching or listening to sport on the BBC.

Fittingly for such a wintery tale, Jenny has given us an insight on her five favourite snowy tales. Collins Life-Size Birds is as much a celebration of photography as it is of Britain and Northern Europe's rich and varied birdlife. For the first time, owing to recent advances in digital imaging, contemporary photographers can capture images of birds in as much detail as can be seen with the naked eye.

The resulting imagery is simply breath-taking. It tells the story of a young boy, Gwyn, who receives five mysterious birthday gifts that reveal to him his latent magical powers; on realising he can enter another, mystical realm he goes in search of his missing sister, Bethan.

Jenny Nimmo reflects on the continuing popularity of the book, written some thirty years ago whilest living with her family in remotest Wales. Carter's irreverant, feminist reinterpretation of traditional fairy-tales, full of gallows humour and magical realist touches, are a marvel and a joy to read. In the words of Ali Smith, "Go out tomorrow and get Carter. Get all her fiction, all her fact, read it from its beginning all the way to its glorious open end. As the nights draw in and the days become crisp, what better texts to turn to than the Russian Classics?

It just so happens, Vintage have released an absolutely exquisite new Russian Classic Series: six canonical texts in striking new covers. What is perhaps less known is how vital nature was to the soldiers who fought — from the morale-boosting pastimes it offered, such as gardening and fishing, to the animals that served as mascots and symbols of hope. Best known for his Wainright Prize-winning Meadowland: The Private Life of an English Field, Stempel is an author and historian; he is also a farmer and advocate for chemical-free farming. No modern writer has done more to remind us of the carnage, sacrifice and courage of World War I than Michael Morpurgo.

Through his twin masterworks of Private Peaceful and War Horse, generations that might otherwise be ignorant of this man-made global catastrophe continue to learn and understand the lessons of the conflict, the reverberations from which are still being felt today. Friday November 18th marks one hundred years since the conclusion of the Battle of the Somme, the five-month onslaught which resulted in the wounding or death of over one million men.

Suffice to say, the resulting piece is an extraordinary, vital read. While her feminist contemporaries reviled fairy-tales for reinforcing gender stereotypes, Carter chose instead to twist, re-style and transform them. Few fantasy series of recent times have had the impact of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London; its deviously brilliant fusion of old wizards, ghouls and a certain special division of the London Metropolitan Police quickly found an appreciative audience hungry for his take on a rather extraordinary London.

With the sixth in the seriesThe Hanging Tree published today, Ben was kind enough to pen a letter for readers, both for those already in love with the series and the rest who are about to be. We will be posting the interviews over the next week. Her first book A Storm in a Teacup is a brilliantly entertaining introduction to physics in general that manages to make this hugley complex topic accessible to all. When an agent from a black-budget government agency is declared a lethal liability, to survive she is forced to deploy the very skills that have made her such a danger.

Yokoyama is a hugely popular author in Japan, selling millions of books in mere days, and yet Six Four is the first of his novels to be translated into English. This would seem the perfect moment therefore to champion other Japanese writers that do not get the attention they deserve. It is the sum of desperate, human horror: an ordinary man suddenly pitched against unimaginable circumstance.

Award-winning BBC journalist Emma-Jane Kirby was no stranger to the misery of the migrant plight, but something in this account — which began, as was usual, as a piece for radio — simply refused to fade away. The following ten books were his inspiration. Shaun Tan is an award-winning artist, illustrator and author. Beloved for his quirky, surreal style, Tan is best known for his illustrative work on the picture books The Lost Thing and The Rabbits. We are honoured to present this behind-the-scenes glimpse of Tan's artistic process, exclusive to Waterstones and perfectly apt for All Hallows' Eve.

We are delighted to present ten chilling tales selected by Paver exclusively for Waterstones. The presence of Graeme Macrae Burnet on the Man Booker shortlist, however, has forced us to test this position. As one of our own — that is, an ex-Waterstones bookseller — Burnet has not just joined that grand alumnus of booksellers into print, but now finds himself on the very precipice of potentially bagging the biggest and most prestigious prize in literary fiction. We are delighted and honoured to present the following article by Graham Sharpe, chair of judges and co-founder of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Here, on the afternoon of the award's shortlist announcement, he reflects on the award's illustrious twenty-eight year history and touches on the tragic loss of his life-long friend and award co-founder John Gaustad. Here, she shares insights into how best to approach the running of reading groups, in such a way that all members get a deeper understanding of a text and each is inspired to participate in robust debate.

Such success was hard-won however; here the author tells a very intimate tale of where she writes and how it reflects her state of mind.

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For Waterstones, James Dashner rather wonderfully found a moment to discuss The Fever Code and just what it is like to see your words made real on screen. The digital nomad: with no fixed address, living in a camper van and running a business on the hoof, contemporary communication connectivity may just have the power to set us free.

Beating a strong field - including two-time Booker winner Hilary Mantel - debut author K. In , three Italian prisoners of war escaped from their prison camp and climbed Mount Kenya with homemade climbing equipment and no maps or proper rations. Set in England just after World War One, it tells the story of Henrietta, a solitary girl trying to recover from the devastating loss of her brother. Drawing deep on her love for storybook tales and her belief in her brother's spirit, Henry is taken deep into the woods beyond her home to meet with the only figure who just may be able to save her entire family.

To introduce the series for us, and to explore the ways in which Science Fiction and Fantasy may be seeing a renaissance, we are thrilled to present the following article by Naomi Alderman, voted in by Granta as one of their prestigious Best Young British Novelists and author of the highly anticipated novel, The Power.

Like Semple's runaway hit, Where'd You go Bernadette? We caught up with this most mercurial of authors to discover just what makes these novels the pitch-perfect gems they are. Waterstones Online's Sally Campbell caught up with Levy to discuss her approach to writing and the origins of this bold and vital novel. Her latest YA novel, Unbecoming, explores the themes of memory, identity, and the revelation of secrets through three generations of women in one family. Her second novel after her debut The Golden Child, The Bookshop is the perfect introduction to Fitzgerald territory, a tale of a quiet determination in the face of parochial-but-steely resistance.

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The Midas touch of David Nicholls has seen each of his novels receive the type of acclaim and success most authors can only dream of. Happily, David is also one of the Waterstones family with a stint at our fine establishment at Notting Hill to his name: some of those experiences go into the following introduction to The Bookshop, which we exclusively reproduce here. The book has received rare praise for its almost overwhelming sense of authenticity and here, Graeme lifts the lid on his singular narrative approach.

Well over two dozen superb novels followed, accompanied by a clutch of non-fiction titles including the acclaimed Fighter: The True Story of the Battle of Britain. The author notes, "In the following piece, the narrator, Roscoe T Martin, reflects on a story from his childhood. This particular section didn't find a home in the final draft of the novel, but remains a significant part of the book's landscape and Roscoe's character. Already the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this exuberant, irreverent and exceptionally funny book is set to be one of the most important titles of Here, the author gives us a glimpse into the personal inspiration behind the tale.

In the novel, protagonist Tessa chooses to stop speaking. We are lucky enough to have a quick taste When The Monogram Murders arrived back in , there was a collective sense of relief at Waterstones Towers. Not only had the ever-brilliant Sophie Hannah risen to the challenge of picking up where Agatha Christie left off, in many ways and we know for some this is heresy itself she had bettered it.

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Father Tom Carew flourished in war but subsequently floundered in peace, ultimately setting his daughter on a very personal voyage of unexpected discovery. The city, she says, entered her subconscious never to leave and is what inspired her unusual, layered and bold debut, Everyone is Watching. However, actress and screenwriter Andrea Gibb approached the job with enthusiasm and just a touch of creative license.

Miss You is a novel of possibilities, both for those that happen and those that never come to pass. Tess and Gus are, to us, ideally matched to be that perfect couple, destined to be as one, but as we'll discover life doesn't always work that way. Author Kate Eberlen walks us through the tale's origins and how inspiration can indeed be found everywhere.

Waterstones Online's Martha Greengrass breathes in its heady ocean air and contemplates Strout's storytelling prowess. Whether you are a YA fiction aficionado or unsure where to begin in the Young Adult section, The Originals series is going to catch your eye; and sometimes you just have to judge a book by its cover. Waterstones Online's Sally Campbell argues you will struggle not to fall in love with the book jackets alone His blog Foreign Matters was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in In this Waterstones exclusive, the author considered exactly where his cartographic obsession began. The book immortalised both Lee and his golden view of childhood in Gloucestershire after the First World War.

The book is the first in a serious that features comic-mad Luke and his newly 'empowered' brother Zack; it is followed by the equally hilarious My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord. Great book jacket design is often based on the unique harmony of design and illustration, a delicate balance that has the potential to make or break a title in a sometimes rich marketplace. To many, his is the gold-standard of Young Adult fiction, beloved by a legion of fans. We asked his editor, Denise Johnstone-Burt at Walker books, and bookseller and self-confessed Ness-devotee Sarah Whitbread to explain what is it that marks Patrick Ness's work out for such unique affection.

His new novel Imagine Me Gone explores a family's love, as well as the depression that resonates through the generations. Her debut novel The Last One is a taut, high-concept, dystopian thriller that tests a resourceful female protagonist to her limits. Here, Oliva tells the true story of a mysterious sighting while on a fourteen-day wilderness survival course in the wilds of Utah. It is a story of vengeance with a fierce female protagonist modeled on Vlad the Impaler.

In the following article, White shares her rather unlikely feminist icon. We're witnessing an explosion in the quality of writing dedicated to the art and sport of cycling. With the Tour de France now at full, unrelenting throttle, Matt Gardiner sat down with four such top writers and captured their thoughts on all things Le Tour. Night Waking is a blackly comic account of early motherhood and her new novel The Tidal Zone is a companion piece that focuses on parenting teenagers. Here, the author outlines her methodology behind writing about the impossible.

Our Thriller of the Month The Luckiest Girl Alive has rocketed author Jessica Knoll to the front rank of thriller novelists, drawing deeply on her own — and sometimes challenging - life experience. In a special piece for Waterstones, Fayers writes on the art of live story-telling, her Welsh heritage and how she became a first-time author. Award-winning author and illustrator duo Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell discuss their mutual love of illustration and their newest collaboration, Neverwhere.

Set in in rural Pennsylvania, its young protagonist Annabelle must learn some hard truths when her cruel cousin Betty comes to stay, one of which is that sometimes lies are just far more effective than honesty. Here, its author Lauren Wolk walks us through her deep Pennsylvanian roots. After leaving academia, Vanhoenacker initially worked as a management consultant.

Regular flying rekindled his childhood dream of becoming a pilot and he began flight training in Today, as a Senior First Officer for British Airways, Vanhoenacker flies Boeing s to major cities all around the world and when he isn't at flight level, finds time to regularly contribute to The New York Times and Slate. For Waterstones, he here explores the relationship between music and flying. In the slipstream of profound change, buyer Clement Knox and field manager Matthew Hennessey offer their own unique takes on book lists for Brexit.

First in to bat is Clement. In the second of our book lists inspired by Brexit, Field Manager Matthew Hennessey steps up to the crease. Michel Bussi is the author of international runaway hit After The Crash and one of France's bestselling writers. Here he shares the ten things that inspired his new art-themed crime novel, Black Water Lilies. Thomas Harding's previous work was the Sunday Times Bestseller Hanns and Rudolf, a gripping and moving account of how his great uncle ended up arresting notorious Auschwitz commandant Rudloph Hoss.

Harding's current work, The House by the Lake, has been likened to the history of twentieth century Germany as told through the prism of one single house. Here, Harding tells the story of how he first came to know the house and later, how he came to rebuild it. Now synonymous with drama, The Tour De France had a particularly tumultuous year in His internationally bestselling The Silk Roads, which was our Waterstones Non-fiction book of the Month in June, charts the history and resurgence of that once glorious transportation network.

The challenging and dazzling work rewrites history from an Eastern perspective and argues why we need to rethink our Western bias. For Waterstones, editor and Publishing Director Juliet Annan looks back on her years working alongside this most distinguished and highly individual of authors. Fredrick Kelly was an Olympic gold-medal rower, a skilled pianist and an aspiring composer, who fought at Gallipoli and The Somme. A good friend of the poet Rupert Brooke, he ensured the safe return of Brooke's notebooks to England. Kelly's recollections of war, which are published for the first time as The Lost Olympian of The Somme, are full of stark honesty and lyricism.

A hat-trick for Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and the third time's the charm for Sarah Crossan as both clinch major Children's awards.

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Bookseller Rory Macpherson investigates. Lars Mytting, author of the runaway publishing hit Norwegian Wood, discusses what being a father means to him. A public display of affection is one way to demonstrate your love, providing firewood is another. In keeping with the themes of her second novel The Museum of You, Carys Bray has curated a museum of her; here is a list of her six most treasured possessions.

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