Waterstones books of the month for February 2023

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Waterstones books of the month for February 2023
Waterstones books of the month for February 2023

Waterstones books of the month for February 2023

Waterstones have just released their books of the month for February 2023 with top titles from authors such as Audrey Magee, Dr Thomas Halliday and Leonora Nattrass.

There is something for everyone this month – whether it is fiction or non-fiction, romantic or a thriller, Waterstones have got you covered this February. Take a look below at what they have to offer.

Fiction book of the month

Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors

Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors

Set in a richly evocative New York awash with bohemian glamour, Mellors’ wondrously human debut details the temporary magic and long-term messiness of a spontaneous relationship between a beautiful young artist and a wealthy older man.

New York is slipping from Cleo’s grasp. Sure, she’s at a different party every other night, but she barely knows anyone. Her student visa is running out, and she doesn’t even have money for cigarettes. But then she meets Frank. Twenty years older, Frank’s life is full of all the success and excess that Cleo’s lacks.

He offers her the chance to be happy, the freedom to paint, and the opportunity to apply for a green card. She offers him a life imbued with beauty, art, and, hopefully, a reason to cut back on his drinking. He is everything she needs right now.

Cleopatra and Frankenstein is an astounding and painfully relatable debut novel about the spontaneous decisions that shape our entire lives and those imperfect relationships born of unexpectedly perfect evenings.

“A tender, devastating and funny exploration of love and friendship and the yearning for self-evisceration. Coco Mellors is an elegant and exciting new voice”

Pandora Sykes, author of How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right

“Move over Sally Rooney: this is the hottest new book”

Sunday Times

Non-fiction book of the month

Otherlands by Dr Thomas Halliday

Otherlands by Dr Thomas Halliday

From Ice Age Alaska to the birthplace of humanity, palaeobiologist Halliday takes readers on a dazzling tour of deep time to view astounding ancient landscapes from all seven continents.

Otherlands is an epic, exhilarating journey into deep time, showing us the Earth as it used to exist and the worlds that were here before ours. Travelling back in time to the dawn of complex life and across all seven continents, award-winning young palaeobiologist Thomas Halliday gives us a mesmerizing up-close encounter with eras that are normally unimaginably distant.

It is a staggering imaginative feat: an emotional narrative that underscores the tenacity of life – yet also the fragility of seemingly permanent ecosystems, including our own. To read it is to see the last 500 million years not as an endless expanse of unfathomable time but as a series of worlds simultaneously fabulous and familiar.

A Sunday Times bestseller

“The best book on the history of life on Earth I have ever read”

Tom Holland

“Epically cinematic… A book of almost unimaginable riches”

Sunday Times

Thriller of the month

Blue Water by Leonora Nattrass

Blue Water by Leonora Nattrass

Nattrass once more combines page-turning detective fiction with eighteenth-century political intrigue, as accidental sleuth Laurence Jago finds himself trapped aboard a mail ship with a murderer.

New Year 1795, and Laurence Jago is aboard the Tankerville mail ship en route to Philadelphia. Laurence is travelling undercover, supposedly as a journalist’s assistant. But his real mission is to protect a civil servant en route to Congress with a vital treaty that will stop the Americans from joining the French in their war against Britain.

When the civil servant meets an unfortunate – and apparently accidental – end, the treaty disappears, and Laurence realises that only he can keep the Americans out of the war. Trapped on the ship with a strange assortment of travellers, including two penniless French aristocrats, an Irish actress and a dancing bear, Laurence must hunt down both the lost treaty and the murderer before he has a tragic ‘accident’ himself…

The new page-turning historical mystery from the author of BLACK DROP, a 2021 TIMES Book of the Year. Perfect for readers of Andrew Taylor, Laura Shepherd-Robinson and S.J. Parris.

“A truly gripping read.”


“A fine adventure reminiscent of Patrick O’Brian.”

Sunday Times

Children’s book of the month

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

Skandar and the Unicorn Thief by A.F. Steadman

Prepare to experience a magical world full of courageous heroes and warrior unicorns in the first instalment of Steadman’s exhilarating series, as young Skandar takes to the skies to battle a deadly enemy.

Thirteen-year-old Skandar Smith has only ever wanted to be a unicorn rider. To be one of the lucky few selected to hatch a unicorn. To bond with it for life, to train together and race for glory, to be a hero.

But just as Skandar’s dream is about to come true, things start to take a more dangerous turn than he could ever have imagined. A dark and twisted enemy has stolen the Island’s most powerful unicorn – and as the threat grows ever closer, Skandar discovers a secret that could blow apart his world forever . . .

Get ready for unlikely heroes, elemental magic, sky battles, ancient secrets, nail-biting races and ferocious unicorns in this epic adventure series that will have your heart soaring.

Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year 2022

“Steadman has a vast imagination, her world-building is a joy, the battle scenes are thrilling and her characters charm.”

The Times Children’s Book of the Week

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