PR Winners and Losers of 2014

Phil Hall | Posted 18.02.2015 | UK
Phil Hall

From the slick 'Yes' campaign that almost delivered a sensational victory in the Scottish independence referendum to the embarrassing spectacle of Ed Miliband's attempt to eat a bacon sandwich, 2014 has demonstrated the increasing importance of presenting the right image. But who were the biggest PR winners and losers of the year?

Jessica Elgot

FINALLY REVEALED: #WaterstonesTexan Tells HuffPostUK What He Was Reading

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

The question on everyone's lips since the #WaterstonesTexan, tourist David Willis, got stuck late at night in a central London bookstore is - what was...

#WaterstonesTexan, The Apprentice And More: It's The Week In 50 Funny Tweets

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Comedy

What a week of excitement! In politics, Douglas Carswell was sworn in as Ukip's first MP: Congratulations to new Ukip MP Douglas Carswell on almost...

How #WaterstonesTexan Should Have Spent His Two Hours Trapped...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Mystery still surrounds the two hours that Texan tourist David Willis spent locked in Waterstones in Trafalgar Square. Though we know that the twe...

This Man Got Stuck Inside a Waterstones Last Night And Really Didn't Make The Most Of It

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Meet David Willis, from Dallas Texas. Last night, he basically got to live the dream, by getting locked in Waterstones, Trafalgar Square. Did he s...

Hillary Clinton Takes Hard Choices to Piccadilly

Alex Ratcliffe | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Ratcliffe

Is she running or isn't she? Should she run or shouldn't she? And why has she travelled "across the pond" to bring Hard Choices to the fore on English soil? And why here, why now? These were the questions we pondered as we queued outside Waterstones' flagship store at Piccadilly, on a humid, warmish morning last Thursday...

Are Books on TV Dead? Enter the Bloggersphere

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

How do you make programmes about books that people actually want to watch? And who - or what - should fill the gap left by the absence of books on mainstream TV? Macmillan clearly hope they've found the answer

The Best Owls in Literature

Beulah Maud Devaney | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Beulah Maud Devaney

Now seems the perfect time to look at the relationship between owls and literature, from the sweetly befuddled Wol in Winnie the Pooh to the flesh hungry killers of Titus Groan...

Waterstone's Response To Amazon's Fleet Of Delivery Drones?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Tech

Amazon's plan to deliver packages with an implausible fleet of robotic drones has already been super-ceded. By owls. Bookseller Waterstones has ...

Reading Books Will Ruin Your Life

Hayley Morgan | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hayley Morgan

One day, books will be like antiques. A standard paperback will cost hundreds of pounds depending on the year and edition. War and Peace will be out of print. And I will be an old lady with only dreams of ghosts of cats, telling the illiterate kids on the block how these same streets were once paved in books, each one costing less than a halfpenny.

Its Raining Cats and Dogs - Finding the Humour in Autism

Hannah Gal | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

People with Autism often get confused by metaphors. Literal interpretation means they simply don't pick up hidden meanings in idioms and every day expressions, so when we say "his ears are burning" they think of a man with his ears on fire.

Why the Future Can Still Be Bright for High Street Book Retailers

Susan Williams | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK
Susan Williams

UK high street book retailers have found an innovative new way to fight back against online sellers and ebooks, according to an article in the Independent this weekend.

One Thousand Years of Russian Literature Comes to London This March

Katerina Zherebtsova | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Katerina Zherebtsova

From Pushkin to Pelevin, Dostoevsky to Shishkin, Tolstoy to Bykov - literature has always been Russia's calling card. The stories, insights into human nature, philosophical musings and debates of Russian literature and its writers continue to engage and inspire readers all over the world.

Ballet Dancer Among 11 Novelists Tipped For Success In 2013

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2013 | Home

Royal Ballet star Carlos Acosta's debut novel is among 11 books by first-time novelists tipped for success this year. The Cuban dancer, who joined ...

Digital Sales Hit Record: Is The End Of The Box In Sight?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Tech

More than a billion pounds was spend on digital goods for the first time in 2012. Sales of movies, music and video games online hit the record tota...

JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy: The World Waits

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 27.09.2012 | Home

The publishing world is gearing up for its biggest event of the year so far - when Harry Potter author JK Rowling unveils her first ever novel for adu...

Top Tips For Writing and Selling Your Book

Hilary Robinson | Posted 02.09.2012 | Home
Hilary Robinson

I could wax lyrical about the inner book and all that but hardly a day goes by when someone tells me how much they would like to write a book. Well, in many respects, it's never been easier to publish your own.

Amazon Kindle and E-Books at Waterstone's - A Sign of the End Times for Paper Books?

Philip White | Posted 23.07.2012 | Home
Philip White

E-readers on the shelves at Waterstone's? Head for the hills, lovers of real books! Do not turn back, lest thee be turned into a pillar of salt.

The Pulpable Singularity

James Poyner | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Tech
James Poyner

I am a reader and a Kindle owner, I have seen the demise of music and book shops on the high street. Going digital is not the answer W is looking for. The nature of the Singularity, of any Singularity results in the eventual destruction of historical preservation of the former.

Waterstones To Sell Amazon Kindle

Huffington Post UK | Melanie Hick | Posted 21.07.2012 | UK Tech

Book retailer Waterstones has made a striking move to embrace their main competition and sell Amazon Kindle e-readers in their stores. The new agr...

A Flowchart To Determine Whether You Are Superman

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 21.03.2012 | UK Comedy

The Oxford Street branch of Waterstone's Waterstones has a lot going for it. Books, mainly. But also other things. Such as one of the funniest account...

Shakespearean Actress Nominated For Book Award

PA/Huffington Post | Posted 20.03.2012 | Home

The Waterstones 11 shortlist has been announced and contains 8 women writers, including a Shakespearean actress. Rachel Joyce, whose career include...

Cooking the Books: Harry Potter Rushes into the new World

Colin Morrison | Posted 25.09.2011 | UK Entertainment
Colin Morrison

The book publishing and retailing business is in turmoil. Nothing new about that. But look at the momentous things, happening in the UK right now, that will transform the industry at speed: