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Going beyond the book with a wide range of authors to discover the story behind the books we love.

The Waterstones Podcast Waterstones

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

Going beyond the book with a wide range of authors to discover the story behind the books we love.

    In Real Life with Ian Rankin, Malorie Blackman, Anna James and Geena Davis

    In Real Life with Ian Rankin, Malorie Blackman, Anna James and Geena Davis

    After almost two years where book events had to take place online only, we take a moment to celebrate the return of in-person events with a trip to the Cheltenham Literature Festival and our flagship shop in London Piccadilly. We speak with Ian Rankin, Malorie Blackman, Anna James and Geena Davis about connecting with readers, the questions that come up, and why you should always meet your heroes.

    • 17 min
    Women in Art with Katy Hessel and Lizzy Stewart

    Women in Art with Katy Hessel and Lizzy Stewart

    When E. H. Gombrich's seminal work of art history, The Story of Art, was first published in 1950 it featured precisely zero female artists. Even today its latest edition features only one. Luckily Katy Hessel has produced The Story of Art Without Men, a timely corrective that puts women centre stage as we have too in this episode of the podcast which sees Katy in conversation with artist and illustrator, Lizzy Stewart, whose latest graphic novel, Alison, follows her heroine's creative awakening against the London art scene of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

    • 44 min
    Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize Special

    Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize Special

    Featuring Bonnie Garmus, Tess Gunty, Louise Kennedy, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Eloghosa Osunde and Tara M. Stringfellow.

    A unique opportunity to hear all six authors shortlisted for the inaugural Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize. With a prize celebrating debut novels across genres it's no surprise to find such variety amongst our six nominees. Social commentary, science fiction, family sagas, spirituality, great characters and unforgettable lessons in life from the most exciting new voices in fiction. Join us as we discover their road to publication and hear their answers to questions from those who've championed their books: Waterstones booksellers.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    New Histories with Gill Hornby, Sophie Irwin, Karen Joy Fowler & Susan Stokes Chapman.

    New Histories with Gill Hornby, Sophie Irwin, Karen Joy Fowler & Susan Stokes Chapman.

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good podcast, must be in want of four historical fiction writers ready to entertain listeners with their insights on why the nineteenth century has so much to tell us about today, how to balance research with storytelling, and why history’s habit of erasing women’s significance is all the invitation they need to set the record straight. Luckily we had Susan Stokes Chapman, Gill Hornby, Karen Joy Fowler and Sophie Irwin on hand to do just that. Enjoy!

    • 47 min
    Talking with Marian Keyes, Candice Carty-Williams, Dr Julie Smith and Nihal Arthanayake

    Talking with Marian Keyes, Candice Carty-Williams, Dr Julie Smith and Nihal Arthanayake

    As we mark Mental Health Awareness Week and its theme of loneliness, we speak with four writers who know the importance of talking about difficult things and why conversation is at the heart of better mental health. Marian Keyes and Candice Carty-Williams share the personal stories that fed into their fiction, whilst Dr Julie Smith brings her clinical expertise to a wider audience and broadcaster Nihal Arthanayake shows how a career based on dialogue has taught him what can help us all to have better conversations.

    • 57 min
    Consequences with Sam Knight and Jo Browning Wroe

    Consequences with Sam Knight and Jo Browning Wroe

    Consequences brings together two books that seemed to have one thing in common and then turned out to be connected in entirely different ways. Sam Knight's The Premonitions Bureau is a fascinating look at the work of psychiatrist John Barker and a network of psychic visionaries in the 1960s. A Terrible Kindness is the debut novel from Jo Browning Wroe which shows how compassion and sacrifice can shape a life and how hard it can be to change course. In a fascinating discussion we discover more about the nature of time, of structure and of averting disaster.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Jo St Nick ,

Clans and Whisky Friends

Your interview highlighted Graham’s love of History and Sam’s can-do spirit beautifully

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Clandlands

Truly enjoyed hearing more from Sam and Graham on their Scottish adventure. Cannot wait to (hopefully) visit Scotland one day but until then I’ll live vicariously through Clandlands. Thank you for sharing their story! Huge fan!!! 👏🏼👏🏼🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

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