Blog

Discover the best in WHSmith books & products with reviews and features below.

55

James Delargy

James Delargy’s captivating novel, 55, is a gripping thriller with a killer hook.

Everything Is F*cked

From the author of bestseller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F∗ck, comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope.

Milkman

Anna Burns

Anna Burns’ brilliant novel is a story of inaction and its enormous consequences.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Christy Lefteri

Christy Lefteri’s powerful debut novel is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit.

The Sparkle Pages

Meg Bignell

The Sparkle Pages is a heartfelt tale about one woman’s mission to reignite the passion in her marriage and find herself.

Great Britain

Lonely Planet

Check out Lonely Planet’s top 5 recommendations for Great Britain!

The Parisian

Isabella Hammad

The Parisian is historical fiction with a remarkable contemporary voice.

Normal People

Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s Normal People is a girl-meets-boy story with a difference.

Boy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton’s Boy Swallows Universe is a beautiful coming of age novel set in suburban Brisbane.

The Flatshare

Beth O'Leary

The Flatshare is a delightful debut novel about two people who strike up an unlikely living arrangement.

If You Could Go Anywhere

Paige Toon

The compelling new novel from international bestselling author Paige Toon.

The Secret Runners of New York

Matthew Reilly

The Secret Runners of New York is the new time-travelling novel from bestselling author, Matthew Reilly.

Journeys to the Other Side of the World

David Attenborough

David Attenborough’s Journeys to the Other Side of the World is a brilliant story of the broadcaster and natural historian’s adventures during his youth.

The French Girl

Lexie Elliott

Lexie Elliott’s debut novel The French Girl is an intriguing, tangled mystery.

Eight Lives

Susan Hurley

Susan Hurley’s debut novel Eight Lives is a sophisticated thriller inspired by a real-life drug trial.

Redemption

David Baldacci

The newest addition to David Baldacci’s bestselling Memory Man series, Redemption is a thrilling tale about FBI Special Agent Amos Decker and a mistake he may have made as a rookie detective.

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Felicity McLean

Felicity McLean’s debut is a mysterious coming-of-age novel about the disappearance of the Van Apfel sisters in the summer of 1992.

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid

Jeff Kinney

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid is a brilliant addition to the bestselling series, written from the perspective of Greg Heffley’s best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

Star-crossed

Minnie Darke

Star-crossed is a dazzling debut novel about tinkering with destiny for love.

Croatia’s Top 5 Experiences

Lonely Planet

Check out Lonely Planet’s top 5 recommendations for Croatia!

The Mister

E L James

The Mister is the sensuous new romance novel from bestselling author of Fifty Shades of Grey, E L James.

Read It! Be It!

Check out our list of books to change your life!

The Time Is Now, Monica Sparrow

Matt Howard

The Time Is Now, Monica Sparrow is a delightful story of second chances and new beginnings.

The Silent Patient

Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient is a remarkable debut novel about a woman’s brutal act, and the psychotherapist obsessed with investigating her crime.

Pet Sematary

Stephen King

Soon to be released as a major motion picture, Stephen King’s bestselling 1983 horror novel is a thrilling tale about the discovery of a burial ground in the New England woods.

France’s Top 5 Experiences

Lonely Planet

Check out Lonely Planet’s top five recommendations for France!

The Secretary

Renee Knight

The Secretary is an enthralling read about an unassuming assistant who gathers knowledge about her peers.

18th Abduction

James Patterson

From bestselling author James Patterson comes the latest instalment in the Women’s Murder Club series.

The Woman from Saint Germain

J.R. Lonie

Set during World War II, The Woman from Saint Germain is a stunning historical fiction novel about two strangers who must become allies to survive.

After the Party

Cassie Hamer

Cass Hamer’s After the Party is a hilarious and heart-warming story about an unexpected gift left at a fifth birthday party, and a journey to find a missing mother.

The Taking of Annie Thorne

C.J. Tudor

The Taking of Annie Thorne is the haunting new thriller from bestselling author of The Chalk Man, C.J. Tudor.

The Lost Night

Andrea Bartz

Set in Brooklyn in the late noughties, The Lost Night is an exciting thriller about a party girl’s mysterious death, and her friend’s efforts to unearth the truth.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

Samantha Shannon

Rebecca reviews Samantha Shannon’s newest release, The Priory of the Orange Tree.

The Lost Girls

Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence’s The Lost Girls is a stunningly haunting read about the ramifications of one’s choices.

Berlin’s Top 5 Experiences

Lonely Planet

The experts at Lonely Planet give their top travel recommendations for Germany’s gritty and vibrant capital, Berlin.

Into the Fire

Sonia Orchard

Orchard’s debut novel, Into the Fire, beautifully examines female friendships.

Not Bad People

Brandy Scott

A brilliant debut novel from journalist Brandy Scott.

Go Your Own Way

Ben Groundwater

Check out an excerpt from Ben Groundwater’s guide to solo travel, Go Your Own Way.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Check out our staff review and our Q&A with author Stuart Turton as we delve deeper into The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Muse of Nightmares

Laini Taylor

Check out our staff review for Muse of Nightmares, the second novel in Laini Taylor’s two-part series.

On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

Rebecca reviews On the Come Up, the newest novel from bestselling author of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas.

As Seen On Screen – TV

Check out the books that inspired the TV series!

LOVE!

Zoe Foster Blake

Zöe Foster Blake’s excellent new release is a guide for love, in all its forms.

At The Wolf’s Table

Rosella Postorino

Based on a true story, At The Wolf’s Table is a chilling debut novel about the experiences of one of Hitler’s food tasters.

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Truman Capote

Truman Capote’s sixty-year old novella Breakfast At Tiffany’s is a glittering tale about enigmatic socialite, Holly Golightly.

January Fresh Talent

Kickstart 2019 with one of our favourite new debuts!

Seoul’s Top 5 Experiences

Lonely Planet

The experts at Lonely Planet give their top travel recommendations for the dynamic city of Seoul.

As Seen On Screen

With awards season approaching, check out the books that inspired the films!

Fresh Talent – Best of 2018

Check out our favourite Fresh Talent titles from 2018!

Being John Lennon

Ray Connolly

Being John Lennon is an insightful account of one of the twentieth century’s most influential figures.

Dark Sacred Night

Michael Connelly

From number one bestselling author Michael Connelly comes a gripping tale about LAPD detectives Renee Ballard and Harry Bosch.

Courtney’s War

Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith’s stunning new novel takes readers to the heart of a world at war.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

J.K. Rowling

Set several months after the first Fantastic Beasts instalment, The Crimes of Grindelwald is the magical new addition to the Wizarding World series.

The Three Secret Cities

Matthew Reilly

The thrilling new release from international bestselling author, Matthew Reilly.

Becoming

Michelle Obama

The deeply personal story of one of the most iconic and compelling women of the twenty-first century, former First Lady Michelle Obama.

The Meltdown

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney’s The Meltdown is the thirteenth book from the brilliant Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

Fire and Blood

George R.R. Martin

From bestselling author George R.R. Martin comes Fire and Blood, the fascinating history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

To Obama

Jeanne Marie Laskas

Ten years on from Obama’s historic presidential election in 2008, Laskas offers an intimate look at one man’s relationship with the American people, and how this extraordinary dialogue shaped an era-defining presidency.

The Ice Monster

David Walliams

Illustrated by Tony Ross, The Ice Monster is the fantastic new novel by No. 1 bestselling children’s author, David Walliams.

Ohio

Stephen Markley

A gripping debut that explores issues in America’s rust belt.

Past Tense

Lee Child

The most hotly anticipated thriller of 2018 follows Jack Reacher on a quest into his father’s past, and climaxes in the most stomach-clenching, spine-tingling ticking time bomb of an adventure yet.

Every Breath

Nicholas Sparks

From the bestselling author of The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Dear John and The Last Song comes Nicholas Sparks’ superb new novel, Every Breath.

Lenny’s Book of Everything

Karen Foxlee

Lenny’s Book of Everything is Karen Foxlee’s stunning, life-affirming debut novel.

The Lost Man

Jane Harper

From the award winning author of The Dry comes a brilliant outback thriller.

Bridge of Clay

Marcus Zusak

Natalie reviews the highly-anticipated new novel from Markus Zusak.

The Reckoning

John Grisham

John Grisham’s gripping new novel explores how Pete Banning – war veteran and Methodist family man – became a murderer.

A Spark of Light

Jodi Picoult

From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing novel about a hostage situation in a women’s reproductive health clinic.

Best in Travel 2019

Lonely Planet

Check out an excerpt from Lonely Planet’s hotly-anticipated release, Best in Travel 2019.

The Immortalists

Chloe Benjamin

Chloe Benjamin’s The Immortalists is a decade-spanning tale that blurs the line between reality and illusion, and free will and destiny.

Lethal White

Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith’s newest instalment in the Cormoran Strike series is a mysterious page-turner.

The Barefoot Investor for Families

Scott Pape

From bestselling author Scott Pape comes the second instalment of The Barefoot Investor.

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

Cat reviews Kevin’s Kwan’s lively debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians. Now a major motion picture.

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village

Joanna Nell

The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village, is a heartwarming debut from author Joanna Nell.

The Children’s House

Alice Nelson

Alice Nelson’s breakthrough novel is a superb story about families and their complexities.

The Girl On The Page

John Purcell

John Purcell’s The Girl on the Page is a gripping debut injected with book industry intel.

Wedderburn

Maryrose Cuskelly

Cuskelly’s Wedderburn is compelling true crime tale set in Central Victoria.

Nine Perfect Strangers

Liane Moriarty

Cat reviews the newest novel from bestselling author of Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Emily M. Danforth

Emily M. Danforth’s debut novel is an brilliant story of self-discovery.

Sanctuary

Judy Nunn

Set on an island off Western Australia, Judy Nunn’s Sanctuary is a superb tale of love and survival.

New Zealand’s Top 5 Experiences

Lonely Planet

Check out Lonely Planet’s must-do New Zealand experiences!

Dinner with the Dissidents

John Tesarsch

The newest novel from barrister turned author John Tesarsch is an enthralling tale of deception.

The Chocolate Tin

Fiona McIntosh’s new release is a dazzling historical fiction novel about love, duty, and chocolate.

Working Class Boy

Jimmy Barnes

Barnes’ debut novel is a story of a family’s collapse and young boy’s dream to join a rock’n’roll band.

The Sunday Girl

Pip Drysdale

Pip Drysdale’s The Sunday Girl is a brilliant debut novel about a woman’s revenge.

Shadow Tyrants

Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison

A collaboration between Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, Shadow Tyrants is the gripping new novel in the Oregon Files series.

Interview With An Author: B.M. Carroll

B M Carroll

We chat with BM Carroll about her stellar new novel, The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy.

The House Across the Street

Lesley Pearce

The new release from bestselling author Lesley Pearce is an engrossing novel about neighbours and their secrets.

Revenge

James Patterson and Andrew Holmes

The new novel from the world’s bestselling thriller writer, James Patterson, and Andrew Holmes, Revenge is a riveting tale of betrayal and revenge.

The Botanist’s Daughter

Kayte Nunn

Kayte Nunn’s The Botanist’s Daughter is a stunning debut novel that traverses time and place.

The War of the Worlds – Staff Review

Kate Dufty

Kate reviews classic science-fiction novel, The War of the Worlds.

Goodwood

Holly Throsby

From Sydney songwriter and musician, Holly Throsby, comes a compelling tale of a small community divided by secrets.

Crazy Rich Asians

Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan’s hilarious debut novel, Crazy Rich Asians provides readers with great insight into the lavish lives of Singapore’s elite.

Interview With An Author: Zoje Stage

We chat with Zoje Stage about her debut novel, Baby Teeth.

High Fidelity – Staff Review

Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity is a brilliant story of love and music, set in the context of 1990s London.

Scrublands

Rebecca Varela

Rebecca reviews the gripping debut novel from Australian author, Chris Hammer.

The Honourable Thief

Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Archaeologist turned university lecturer, Meaghan Wilson Anastasios puts her expertise to use in her first solo novel.

Father’s Day Gift Suggestions – Our Favourite Autobiographies

Find the perfect gift for Dad this Father’s Day by checking out our favourite autobiographies!

The Rules of Seeing

Joe Heap

The Rules of Seeing is an enjoyable, original debut about perceiving the world differently.

Fifty Fifty

James Patterson and Candice Fox

Written in conjunction with award-winning Australian crime writer, Candice Fox, James Patterson returns with an enthralling sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Never Never.

Don’t Let Go

Harlan Coben

Don’t Let Go is the gripping new release from bestselling author of Fool Me Once and Home, and the creator of Netflix series, Safe.

Come Sundown

Nora Roberts

The newest release from number one New York Times bestseller, Nora Roberts, is a terrific, multigenerational read.

Thrilling Reads: Top Picks

Check out our favourite crime and thriller novels!

Boy Swallows Universe

Trent Dalton

Injected with both melancholy and Australian humour, journalist Trent Dalton’s debut novel is a tale of brotherhood, unlikely friendships and a Christmas Day jail-break.

Second Sight

Aoife Clifford

Aoife Clifford’s Second Sight is an enthralling read about small town mysteries.

War Cry

Set in the years between World War I and II, War Cry is stellar novel from one of the world’s best historical fiction writers, Wilbur Smith.

Interview With An Author: Monica McInerney

Monica McInerney

We chat with bestselling author Monica McInerney about her new release, The Trip of a Lifetime.

Bangkok’s Top 5 Experiences

Lonely Planet

The experts at Lonely Planet give their top travel recommendations from Thailand’s vibrant capital city.

Sleeping Beauties

Stephen King and Owen King

Sleeping Beauties is a chilling tale from eminent author Stephen King, and his son Owen.

The Nowhere Child

Christian White

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Nowhere Child is a frenetic tale of trauma and memory.

The Outsider

Stephen King

Stephen King’s fans will love the bestselling author’s chilling and suspenseful new release.

Guest Feature: Pip Williams on Travelling With Children

Pip Williams

Thinking about a family holiday? Pip Williams gives us the low-down on travelling with children.

Eggshell Skull

Bri Lee

Bri Lee’s courageous debut novel highlights the challenges associated with Australia’s legal system.

April in Paris, 1921

Tessa Lunney

A charming debut novel that places a glamorous, Australian heroine in the epicentre of liberal, vibrant, 1920s Paris.

The President is Missing

Bill Clinton James Patterson

In the midst of an international crisis, the sitting US President disappears.

Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn

From award-winning author Gillian Flynn comes a disturbing thriller, soon to be a television series starring Amy Adams.

The Book Ninja

Ali Berg Michelle Kalus

Can a book fanatic broaden her literary horizons in the name of love? Ali Berg and Michelle Kalus’ new offering perfectly illustrates the challenges of modern-day dating.

The Rooster Bar

John Grisham

The Rooster Bar, from bestselling author John Grisham, is a thrilling, immersive pageturner.

Self-Development Feature: Break-Up Boss

Zoe Foster Blake

The newest release from bestselling author, Zoe Foster Blake, hopes to guide people through all the stages of their break-up.

Our House

Louise Candlish

A riveting domestic thriller about a family’s nightmare coming to life.

The Party

Robyn Harding

Full of flawed, narcissistic characters desperate to maintain their social standing, The Party demonstrates how quickly one’s life can change in the face of tragedy.

Interview With An Author: Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill

We chat with legendary Socceroo and national treasure Tim Cahill following the re-release of Legacy, as he prepares for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Russia’s Top 5 Experiences

Lonely Planet

Check out Lonely Planet’s guide to Russia!

Mother’s Day Gift Suggestions

Find the perfect gift for Mum from our suggested reading list!

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder

Sarah J Harris

The stunning debut adult novel from author and freelance education journalist, Sarah J Harris.

Breath

Tim Winton

Set in Western Australia in the 1970s, Tim Winton’s Breath is a beautifully-written story about wild, adolescent behaviour.

Hunting El Chapo: Taking Down the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord

Andrew Hogan & Douglas Century

This is the untold story of the American federal agent who captured the world’s most-wanted drug-lord.

Into the Water

Paula Hawkins

Into the Water is the gripping new release from bestselling author of The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins.

Self-Development Feature: New Power

Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms

A brilliant guide to navigating a world defined by the battle and balancing of old power and new power.

The Late Show

Michael Connelly

Los Angeles can be a dangerous city – never more so than in the dead of night.

You Me Everything

Catherine Isaac

A gorgeous debut novel that is in turns heartbreaking and hopeful.

The Break

Marian Keyes

The Break, the newest release by bestselling novelist, Marian Keyes, is a warm, funny novel, full to the brim with Keyes’ signature Irish quirks.

Lovesome

Sally Seltmann

The triumphant debut from singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Sally Seltmann.

Books To Make You Feel The Love

We’ve got royal wedding fever! Check out our list of books that make you feel the love.

The Inner Life of Animals

Peter Wohlleben

Wohlleben’s newest release is a fascinating read, giving great insight into the thoughts of animals.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Read the celebrated book before watching the film!

The Lace Weaver

Susi Fox

A magnificent historical fiction novel that highlights the value of love and friendship during wartime.

Ultima

LS Hilton

The scandalous conclusion to LS Hilton’s international bestselling Maestra trilogy!

The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart

Holly Ringland

Set against a beautiful Australian backdrop, The Lost Flowers of Alice is a brilliant debut novel that tugs at the heartstrings.

Charity Book: Terry’s Dumb Dot Story – A Treehouse Tale

Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

Grab a copy of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s cracking new book and support Save the Children Australia!

USA’s Top 5 Experiences

Lonely Planet

Check out Lonely Planet’s guide to USA!

Small Great Things

Jodi Picoult

Small Great Things is a fascinating drama and undoubtedly a product of its time.

Best In Kids’ Books

Check out three of our favourite kids’ books!

Mine

Susi Fox

A haunting, psychological thriller that brings readers into a nightmarish and paranoiac situation, questioning their own understanding of the truth.

Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman

Gaiman captivates readers by reviving iconic myths.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman

An outstanding, clever and unputdownable debut, Gail Honeyman skillfully draws readers into the world of Eleanor Oliphant.

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye: Continuing Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series

David Lagercrantz

A thrilling new addition to the Millennium series.

The Shepherd’s Hut

Tim Winton

A rifle-shot of a novel – crisp, fast, shocking – The Shepherd’s Hut is an urgent masterpiece about solitude, unlikely friendship, and the raw business of survival.

Best Reads for 5 Hours of Travel and Under

About to embark on a five hour flight and in need of some reading material? Check out our list of recommended books!

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden can identify her killer. 

But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different person…

The Family Next Door

Sally Hepworth

Do you ever really know your neighbours?

The safest suburbs often hold the deepest secrets.

The Pearler’s Wife

Roxane Dhand

From the high seas to the deep seabed, from the latticed verandahs of Buccaneer Bay to the gambling dens in Asia Place, The Pearler’s Wife is a stunning debut, inspired by a small yet pivotal moment in Australian history.

The Ruin

Dervla McTiernan

Cormac Reilly is about to reopen the case that took him twenty years to forget … The most addictive crime fiction debut of 2018.

Before I Let You Go

Kelly Rimmer

Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more… A moving page-turner with a heart-pounding dilemma: Your sister or her baby. Who do you choose?

The Perfect Girlfriend

Karen Hamilton

Karen Hamilton’s ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ is a frightening depiction of unbridled obsession, for fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl. 

The Year That Changed Everything

Cathy Kelly

The brilliantly heartwarming and life-affirming new novel from bestselling author Cathy Kelly.

The Secrets She Keeps

Michael Robotham

THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS is a compelling psychological thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind, by internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.

Wolf Boys

Dan Slater

An immersive, non-fiction thriller informed by extraordinary research and vivid detail, Wolf Boys uncovers the dark truth about Mexico’s cartels and the tragic failure of the ‘war on drugs’.

Domina

LS Hilton

Everything you thought you knew about Maestra…You don’t. Judith Rashleigh returns in the stunning thriller from the author of the worldwide bestseller, Maestra.

Still Me

Jojo Moyes

The third Lou Clark novel, following the number one international bestsellers Me Before You and After You.

The Husband’s Secret

Liane Moriarty

The no. 1 New York Times bestseller from the author of Big Little Lies

“A staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable.” Mail on Sunday

The Barefoot Investor

Scott Pape

This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette … and you’ll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week.

No Middle Name

Lee Child

The complete Jack Reacher short stories, published together for the first time, from the number one bestseller Lee Child.

Hellbent

Gregg Hurwitz

The stunning third Orphan X thriller from No. 1 bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a welcome antidote to the ‘let’s-all-feel-good’ mindset that has infected modern society.

Unf*ck Your Finances

Melissa Browne

Learn to financially adult and become not just financially unf*cked…but financially well.

Two by Two

Nicholas Sparks

From the author of The Notebook and See Me comes a beautiful story of heartbreak, strength and unconditional love that will capture your heart. 

Camino Island

John Grisham

The sensational new thriller from bestselling author John Grisham.

The Sunday Times ‘Thriller of the Month’, Mail on Sunday ‘Thriller of the Week’ and Sun ‘Best for Mystery-Lovers’.

The Girl Before

JP Delaney

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?