We're over the moon that Sarah Perry's novel The Essex Serpent has been named Waterstones Book of the Year!

Give a Serpent's Tail book this Christmas and say something more than 'I know you like reading, so...'

We're thrilled that The Essex Serpent is one of the four books shortisted for the Costa Novel of the Year award!


New releases


Watch Mary Gaitskill read from her highly-acclaimed new novel, The Mare.

We love this video, recorded in 1993, of Eileen Myles reading 'An American Poem', which is included in I Must Be Living Twice


Authors Cathi Unsworth and Max Décharné discuss their books Without the Moon and Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang and the part slang has played in the history of crime fiction. Max Décharné is an author, songwriter and musician. He has recorded numerous albums and singles, and eight John Peel Sessions as the singer with The Flaming Stars. A regular contributor to Mojo magazine since 1998, his books include the definitive history of rockabilly music, A Rocket in my Pocket. Cathi Unsworth is a noir novelist whose books specialise in recreating lost histories and clandestine crimes steeped in pop culture, from the Forties to the Noughties. Her latest, Without the Moon is set during two dark weeks in Februrary 1942, when two Allied servicemen cut a bloody swathe through the Blitzed Capital. Set among the boarding houses, brothels, pubs and cafés, where soldiers mix with crooks, magicians with lonely widows and Fleet Street's finest with good time girls, it is based on two real cases that also brought together some of the finest minds in Scotland Yard's history.