With The Durrells returning tonight on ITV, now is the perfect time to find out more about the family with Michael Haag's fascinating new book, drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished autobiographical fragments.
We had so much fun last year, Waterstones and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction are once again returning to Cadogan Hall for a special event to hear 2017's shortlisted authors read from and discuss their work.
Since it's Friday, here's a treat that will brighten your weekend: 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. [ Bit.ly Link ]
In her new novel Unspeakable, acclaimed author and poet Dilys Rose reimagines the life of Thomas Aikenhead, crafting a story thick with the political intrigue and religious fervour of 17th century Edinburgh. We caught up with the author to discuss breathing life into a notorious figure and the period's acute resonance for modern readers.
Last year’s relaunch of the Man Booker International Prize as an award focussing specifically on fiction in translation resulted in the triumph of The Vegetarian, Han Kang’s mesmeric exploration of a woman’s role in Korean society. A year on, 2017’s five-strong panel brings us a new bounty to explore, taking us from sleepless nights in Vienna to a divided Jerusalem of 1959.
'What happens when the amount of money you have is in complete disproportion to your needs? What happens when you have so much money that the only people you have to interact with are also rich, or are employed to serve the needs of the rich? In other words, when your wealth detaches you from the planet the rest of us are living on?'
How best to celebrate the Waterstones Book of the Year 2016 arriving in paperback? How about with a special edition and a message for Waterstones readers from the author herself? Sarah Perry introduces her new-look gothic masterpiece, The Essex Serpent, out today (complete with gilding). Read more about the book here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
What is it really like to work in a bookshop? One man who knows is YouTuber Daniel J. Layton. Here, he gives us his confessions of a bookseller (and the sage observation that reading cannot be distilled into an algorithm):
"I think whether you have a map-maker’s heart or not, you know there’s more out there to discover."
Read an exclusive interview with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. [ Waterstones.com Link ]
Noah Hawley created the TV series Fargo and has written five novels. In fact he's such an over-achiever he can even interview himself about his new literary thriller, Before The Fall. [ Waterstones.com Link ]
The weather may not be perfect for cricket where you are this Easter Sunday but it's certainly fine enough for you to read Charlie Campbell, captain of the Author's Cricket Club, on the perils of the amateur game, in which England triumphs, for 'Nowhere else is cricket played so badly with such enthusiasm.'
Were you one of the thousands of people who were gripped by I'm Travelling Alone, the book that introduced us to Holger Munch and Mia Kruger? Would you like to win a copy of the next book in the series from Samuel Bjørk? Leave a review on our website this Easter weekend and one lucky reader here will win a copy of The Owl Always Hunts At Night. [ Waterstones.com Link ]
If you're looking for food inspiration this Easter weekend then help yourself to some of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage classics. This smoked mackerel, beetroot and horseradish dish is perfect for Good Friday but there's plenty more to indulge in, including a sumptuous blackcurrant curd. [ Waterstones.com Link ]