Discover your new favourite author with recommendations from Waterstones

Published: Friday 8th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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New books come out every day, yet many people don’t read as often as they wish. We caught up with some booksellers and lenders in Hull for tips and recommendations.

“This is the best time of year to start reading,” enthuses Chris Heale, Store Manager at Waterstones on Jameson Street.

“All of the publishers are gearing up for Christmas, so the big authors will be releasing their work and bringing new books out. There’s some really exciting stuff coming out.”

If you’re a bit of a reluctant reader, Chris recommends choosing something that fits in with your other hobbies and pastimes:

“There are books on every single subject under the sun. If you have an interest in something, pick a book about that,” he tells us. “Ask yourself what you are interested in, come into the shop and we can find the perfect book for you.”

Another idea is to ask around. If you know a bookworm or have someone in the family who is always reading the latest fascinating fiction, have a word with them to see what they would suggest.

“Think about what you have enjoyed reading in the past; maybe you would love another title by that author,” Chris advises. “Again, if you speak to one of our booksellers, we would be more than happy to show you publications in the same genre or by the same author.”

One topic that has been very popular for 2017 is Hull itself, thanks to all of the exciting happenings during our year as the UK City of Culture:

“We’ve had an inflated interest in local history and authors. In fact, we have a dedicated area at the front of our store for all things Hull,” says Chris.

Non-fiction covers all kinds of topics, from academic subjects and DIY guides, to biography, travel writing and true crime. One place to find many of these is the University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library, which can be visited by the general public.

“Anyone can use the ground floor of our library, which includes our art gallery, exhibition space, and cafe,” explains Rachel Welch, Operations Manager. “If you want to explore, a day visitor pass gives you full access to the building and our physical collections. It’s worth noting that we have beautiful views from the 7th floor, along with a collection of rare books.”

Back at Waterstones in the city centre, there’s a whole host of fantastic events lined up for the next month. Getting involved in this events programme is the perfect way to get inspired to read.

This evening, their Thriller Night will see acclaimed authors Jane Corry, Emma Curtis and Nuala Ellwood answer your questions. You can also meet Dan Toombs, aka The Curry Guy, in-store from 12:30pm on Saturday. And make sure not to miss an evening with Martin Pearce, author of Spymaster, on Tuesday 12 September.

You can view the full list of events on the Waterstones Hull website. To find out more about library options in Hull, please visit the Hull City Council website.

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Published: Friday 8th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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