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Jul 27, 2021

Tracing a path from her childhood in 1980's Yorkshire to her present day small screen fame, The Right Sort of Girl is Anita Rani's touching, hilarious and inspirational memoir. In this exclusive piece, Anita identifies two of the most crucial aspects of her Punjabi heritage and the influence they have had on her life and career.  

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Jul 27, 2021

There are few things as elementary to our daily lives as food. In Scoff, our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for August, Pen Vogler takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the cultural history of comestibles in Britain, and gathering evidence from cookbooks, art, literature and social records from 1066 to the present day, reveals how what, when, how and with whom we eat has been linked to class and status through the ages. Here she shares her top five books rich in food-related revelations.

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Jul 23, 2021

H is for Hawk and P is for the perfect podcast to celebrate a modern classic.

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Jul 23, 2021

One of the most exhilarating children's fantasy novels of the year, Amari and the Night Brothers celebrates its paperback release with a spot as Waterstones Children's Book of the Month for August. In this exclusive piece, the book's author B.B. Alston selects the kids fantasy stories that mean the most to him. 

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Jul 22, 2021

Transforming a tropical island paradise into a hotbed of secrecy, fear and murder, Lucy Clarke's The Castaways is the perfect summer thriller. In this exclusive blog, Lucy recommends the five most compelling page-turners that she's read so far this year.  

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Jul 22, 2021

The compelling story of an adolescent who witnnesses a horrific incident on a camping holiday, Victor Jestin's debut thriller Heatwave is a bestselling phenomenon in the author's native France and looks set to see similar success in the UK this summer. In this Q&A, Victor discusses the novel's genesis, his writing background and the future projects he is involved with. 

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Jul 14, 2021

Whilst filled with excitement, that first day at school or nursery can seem a little bit daunting too. We've put together a selection of bright, cheery and reassuring stories and activity books that parents and children can enjoy together to get the little ones ready for the new exciting chapter in their lives.

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Jul 13, 2021

Bella Mackie, journalist, podcaster and author of Jog On, has delivered a compelling blend of black comedy and crime thriller called How to Kill Your Family. In this exclusive piece, Bella recommends the crime fiction that informed her writing - much of it laced with a wickedly dark wit.     

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Jul 12, 2021

Recasting the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through the tale of a tormented rock star retreating into an illicit affair, Sarvat Hasin's The Giant Dark is one of the most audacious novels of the summer. The book's cover art is similarly astonishing and, in this exclusive piece, Dialogue's in-house designer Sophie Harris and illustrator Sophy Hollington discuss how such bold and striking images came to adorn the front of the book.  

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Jul 12, 2021

How you write, print and narrate a 1,000 page, single-sentence novel.

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Jul 12, 2021

Chosen by Reese Witherspoon as her book club read for this month, Miranda Cowley Heller's magnetic, Cape Cod-set debut The Paper Palace makes for perfect summer reading. Taking place in the course of one hot day, it mines a rich seam of family legacies, secrets and the choice between desire and safety. We are delighted to share a Q&A with the author in which she discusses the inspiration behind The Paper Palace.

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Jul 12, 2021

Get ready for the year to come with evergreen titles that are always popular choices on reading lists for English Literature. Whether you are preparing for GCSE or A-levels, or just fancy a really cracking read, explore these fantastic novels and plays that will open doors to different worlds and return you to this one with your eyes more open.

If you are studying these texts for your GSCE or A-levels, please note that the editions featured here are not necessarily the ones required by your school.

You can find the York Notes study guides the texts featured in these blogs here.

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Jul 12, 2021

A definitive study of how work has shaped humanity (and vice versa), Jan Lucassen's The Story of Work is a richly informative and always entertaining read. In this exclusive piece, Lucassen discusses the five major stages of work in human history and the impact they have had on development and growth.    

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Jul 12, 2021

The creator of Harry Hole returns this September with an incendiary collection of new short crime fiction. Here is an opportunity to read the opening of the title story The Jealousy Man before anyone else.     

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Jul 05, 2021

Equally adept at uplifting fiction and reassuring words of real-life wisdom, Matt Haig returns this month with The Comfort Book, a compendium of reassuring advice and hope that mixes memoir, philosophy and poetry. In this exclusive piece, Haig selects his top reads that provide solace and comfort.    

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Jul 05, 2021

In her new book Happy Cooking, The Great British Bake Off star and Sunday Times columnist Candice Brown serves up a host of mouth-watering treats created with maximum comfort in mind. We are delighted to share her recipe for a colourful and easy-to-prepare Apple and Blackberry Fool with our readers.

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Jul 02, 2021

Last year Dara McAnulty's Diary of a Young Naturalist became both a critical sensation, scooping the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing, and a popular bestseller. Now Dara returns with Wild Child, a clarion call for all children to embrace the wonders of the wild and reconnect with nature. In this exclusive piece, Dara explains why we are all wild children at heart.  

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Jun 30, 2021

In Catriona Silvey's eagerly awaited debut novel two people meet over and over again in different times and with different relationships to each other. Beautifully written and deftly constructed, Meet Me In Another Life joins a rich tradition of tales that make the most of a time-bending conceit. In this exclusive blog Catriona reveals some of her favourites. 

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Jun 29, 2021

In She Who Became the Sun, Shelley Parker Chan sets about retelling an established historical story in an utterly original and audacious manner. In this exclusive piece, Shelley explains why she decided to radically recontextualise the emergence of Hongwu Emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang.     

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Jun 29, 2021

Blending personal testimony with sharply observed social commentary, Otegha Uwagba's incisive book We Need to Talk About Money examines how the conception of money and wealth is inextricably linked to notions of race, class and gender. In this exclusive piece, Otegha discusses the British attitude to money and why we find it such a difficult topic to be open about.

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Jun 28, 2021

The inside story of the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.

 

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Jun 24, 2021

Congratulations to Elle McNicoll whose groundbreaking novel A Kind of Spark has been crowned both winner of the Younger Readers' category and Overall Winner of this year's Waterstones Children's Book Prize. In this exclusive piece, Elle discusses the book that fostered a love of books in her and inspired her writing journey.

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Jun 24, 2021

Congratulations to Bethan Stevens whose delightful picture book The Grumpy Fairies has triumphed in the Illustrated Books category of this year's Waterstones Children's Book Prize. In this exclusive piece, Bethan discusses the book that fostered a love of books in her and inspired her writing journey.

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Jun 22, 2021

Congratulations to Darren Charlton whose mesmeric zombie thriller Wranglestone has triumphed in the Older Readers' category of this year's Waterstones Children's Book Prize. In this exclusive piece, Darren discusses the book that fostered a love of books in him and inspired his writing journey. 

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Jun 22, 2021

Sporting icons combine in a call for better education to beat racism. 

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