began in 1982 under the aegis
of its founder, Tim Waterstone. Over the decades which have followed, Waterstones have grown to become an icon of the British cultural landscape, employing over 3000 booksellers across over 280 bookshops. Waterstones is the last surviving national bookshop chain, now under the helmsman ship of Managing Director James Daunt. They are proud to have fought off the perceived threat of e-readers and online competition to begin a programme of active expansion. Recent years have seen new stores open around the country and existing sites move or upgraded. With recent openings including Reigate, Clifton and moves to more attractive locations for our shops in Edinburgh and Manchesterâ€™s Trafford Centre, Waterstones plans continue to be ambitious. Unusually for a national retailer their branch managers enjoy a high degree of individual autonomy, running their shops to best please the local customers, with only the lightest of central suggested direction. "We take enormous pleasure in championing simply good, but sometimes relatively overlooked books, a principle which began most famously with John Williamsâ€™ Stoner, a quiet, intense novel we turned into a bestseller forty years after its original publication". Working closely with our bookshops are our efforts online, where Waterstones.com is working to bring the very essence of Waterstones to every home and smartphone in Britain. With hugely popular endeavours such as a regular reading update, Waterstones Weekly, an ever-increasing offering of exclusive reader offers and signed editions, Waterstones.com is the perfect online companion to their High Street bookshops.