Quarantine Comix A Memoir of Life in Lockdown
Graphic non-fiction / Memoir May 2021 9781785787836 | £12.99 (A5 Paperback) 9781785787843 | £9.99 (eBook) | 224pp full colour TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
‘Funny and sad and relatable and wise – Rachael Smith’s Quarantine Comix are like the hug from a friend you didn’t know you needed.' Chris Addison An award-winning graphic memoir of lockdown life, Quarantine Comix is a funny, tender, heartfelt and insightful look at isolation. Written and drawn every day during the 2020 lockdown and shared online with #QuarantineComix, 2020 Comedy Women in Print-shortlisted Rachael Smith’s delightful comics helped people who were isolated all over the world to feel connected. At times laugh-out-loud funny, at others bitter-sweet, philosophical or downright silly, this collection of 200 drawings tells the story of one woman overcoming loneliness and self-doubt with exquisite, wry humour and raw honesty. During a time when many feel anxious and apart from loved ones, Quarantine Comix offers relief in shared experiences.
RACHAEL SMITH is a comic artist and writer. She’s created many critically acclaimed graphic novels including Wired Up Wrong, Stand in Your Power, Artificial Flowers and The Rabbit, which was nominated for Best Book in the 2015 British Comic Awards, following her nomination for Emerging Talent. Rachael’s worked on Titan's Doctor Who comic series and is currently working on Isabella & Blodwen as well as continuing making her #QuarantineComix series inspired by the lockdown. Quarantine Comix is the winner of Comicon.com’s Best Digital/Webcomic of 2020 and Pipedream Comics’ Winner of Best Indie/Small Press Comic of 2020, among other awards.
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How Iceland Changed The World The Big History of a Small Island
History / Current Affairs June 2021 9781785787652 | £10.99 (Paperback) 9781785787669 | £7.99 (eBook) | 272pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm excluding Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Penguin Random House USA
The untold story of how one tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic has shaped the world for centuries. The history of Iceland began 1,200 years ago, when a frustrated Viking captain and his useless navigator ran aground in the middle of the North Atlantic. Suddenly, the island was no longer just a layover for the Arctic tern. Instead, it became a nation whose diplomats and musicians, sailors and soldiers, volcanoes and flowers, quietly altered the globe forever. How Iceland Changed the World takes readers on a tour of history, showing them how Iceland played a pivotal role in events as diverse as the French Revolution, the Moon Landing, and the foundation of Israel. Again and again, one humble nation has found itself at the frontline of historic events, shaping the world as we know it – How Iceland Changed the World paints a lively picture of just how it all happened. EGILL BJARNASON is an Icelandic journalist, based in Reykjavík. His work has appeared in New York Times, National Geographic, Associated Press, Al Jazeera Online and Lonely Planet. As a Fulbright Foreign Student grantee, he earned a Master’s degree in social documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he also worked as a teaching assistant in photography and statistics for two years.
Climate Change Is Racist
Race, Privilege and the Struggle for Climate Justice
Foreword by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, author of
This is Why I Resist
Environment / Race June 2021 9781785787751 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785787768 | £6.99 (eBook) | 128pp TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Watson, Little
A short sharp look at the history of climate change and race, with a foreword by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, author of This is Why I Resist Both in its cause and in its effect, climate change reflects racial inequalities. It is disproportionately caused by the majority white citizens of the global North, while the damage it unleashes falls first and foremost on people of colour. The climate crisis reflects racial inequalities of the past, and reinforces them into the future. In this eye-opening book, the first book to explore these connections for a popular audience, writer and environmental activist Jeremy Williams uses a wide range of sources and voices to tell this story through the people and places most affected on our planet. Rooted in his experiences of environmental activism, a childhood spent in Kenya and Madagascar and adulthood in Britain, Williams explores the need for intersectional activism – a reckoning of where white privilege and climate change overlap – and for each of us to find our place in the global struggle for justice. JEREMY WILLIAMS is a writer and campaigner for environmental and social justice. He writes The Earthbound Report (Britain’s leading green blog) and edited the Extinction Rebellion book Time to Act. He grew up in Madagascar and now lives in Luton. 4
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Reflections on my Troubled Land
Current Affairs June 2021 9781776191420 | £18.99 Royal Paperback | 280 pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa
‘Anyone who wants to understand South Africa today - a country so beautiful, yet so broken - simply has to read this book.’ - Niall Ferguson Tony Leon, with unique access and penetrating insight, presents a portrait of today’s South Africa and prospective future, based on his vast political involvement with key power players. His intimate view of these presidents and their history-making, and his many worldly encounters, reflects on a country and planet in upheaval. Leon also provides an insider view for the first time of the power struggles within the official opposition party, which saw the exit of its first black leader in 2019. Written during the coronavirus lockdown, Future Tense also examines the surge of both the disease and the response, which has crashed the economy and its future prospects, as well as the rise of a dangerous Julius Malema-led populism, and how this echoes global discontent elsewhere
'Tony Leon is not only an experienced politician but also a talented writer, and this book is the highly readable result of that combination.' - Lord William Hague, former British Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party leader TONY LEON is a former leader of the Democratic Alliance, a qualified attorney, and an author.
The Unlikely History of Radium
Lucy Jane Santos
'Unnerving, fascinating, informative and truly frightening.' Hallie Rubenhold, author of The Five Popular Science June 2021 9781785787188 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786082 | £6.99 (eBook) 288pp + 8pp b/w plates TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: United Agents
Lucy Jane Santos presents the surprising history of radium in everyday life. Of all the radioactive elements discovered at the end of the 19th century, it was radium that became the focus of both public fascination and entrepreneurial zeal. Half Lives tells the fascinating, curious, sometimes macabre story of the element through its ascendance as a desirable item – a present for a queen, a prize in a treasure hunt, a glow-in- the-dark dance costume – to its role as a supposed cure-all in everyday 20thcentury life, when medical practitioners and business people (reputable and otherwise) devised ingenious ways of commodifying the new wonder element, and enthusiastic customers welcomed their radioactive wares into their homes. Lucy – herself the proud owner of a formidable collection of radium beauty treatments – delves into the stories of these products and details the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear the once-fetishized substance. She reveals a new history of radium, one in which the stories of those previously dismissed as quacks and fools are brought to life, as part of a unique examination of the interplay between science and popular culture.
LUCY JANE SANTOS is an expert in the history of 20th century leisure, health and beauty, with a particular interest in (some might say obsession with) the cultural history of radioactivity. Writes & talks (a lot) about cocktails and radium.
How We Misinterpret History and Why It Matters
World History June 2021 9781785786907 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786617 | £6.99 (eBook) 306pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Emily Sweet Associates
‘Past Mistakes takes what we think we remember from history class and sets the record straight! Definitely worth reading if you’re ready to have your mind blown and then be filled with rage that you’ve been hoodwinked for this long.’ The Tiny Activist The stories we tell about our past matter. But those stories have been shaped by prejudice, hoaxes and misinterpretations that have whitewashed entire chapters of history, erased women and invented civilisations. Today history is often used to justify xenophobia, nationalism and inequality as we cling to grand origin stories and heroic tales of extraordinary men. Exploring myths, mysteries and misconceptions about the past – from the legacies of figures like Pythagoras and Christopher Columbus, to the realities of life in the guntoting Wild West, to the archaeological digs that have upset our understanding of the birth of civilisation – David Mountain reveals how ongoing revolutions in history and archaeology are shedding light on the truth. Full of adventures, and based on detailed research and interviews, Past Mistakes will make you reconsider your understanding of history – and of the world today. DAVID MOUNTAIN is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in Free Inquiry, The Humanist and Nadja. He has also given talks at Edinburgh Fringe and Belfast's Festival of Ideas and Politics. He currently lives in Edinburgh.
The Year of the End
A Memoir of Marriage, Truth and Fiction
Memoir July 2021 9781785787393 | £12.99 (B-format Hardback) 9781785787188 | £9.99 (ebook) | 256pp with 16pp plate section TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
‘ This memoir is based on the diary I kept during 1990, the year that my first marriage came to an end.’ After 22 years, spent across four continents, with two children – Louis and Marcel – in 1990 Anne and Paul Theroux decided to separate. For that year, Anne – later a professional relationship therapist herself – kept a diary, noting not only her day-to day experiences as a busy freelance journalist and broadcaster, but the contrasts in her feelings between despairing grief and hope for a new future. With reflections on truth and fiction, literature and art and the nature of marriage, alongside commentary on notable political and cultural events, and interviews with prominent writers of the time, including Kingsley Amis and Barbara Cartland, The Year of the End offers a unique insight into the unravelling of a relationship and the attempts to rebuild a life.
ANNE THEROUX has spent much of her life as a journalist and broadcaster, predominantly at the BBC World Service, where among other things she was Head of Features and Arts for six years. From 1992 to 2016 she trained and worked as a relationship therapist. She divides her time between Hampstead and Eastbourne. 8
Drums in the Distance Journeys Into the Global Far Right
Politics July 2021 9781785787515 | £14.99 (Demy Paperback) 9781785787522 | £10.99 (eBook) | 320pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Kay Peddle Literary Agency
A terrifying and timely look at far-right movements across the globe Joe Mulhall knows what it’s like to stare fascism in the face. For a decade, often undercover at significant personal risk, he has investigated hate groups. He infiltrated a US white supremacist militia, set up a fake Ku Klux Klan branch, has been on countless street marches with violent far-right groups across Europe, and got inside some of the most important ‘alt-right’ meetings ever held. Brazil, India and the US are still in thrall to authoritarian populism, and farright views have become steadily normalised in mainstream politics. Mulhall’s dramatic experiences on the front line of anti-fascist activism, coupled with his academic research, clearly explain the roots of both elected and non-elected far-right movements across the globe. Above all, he concludes, the far right should not be dehumanised – they are normal people, but with dangerous beliefs that can be defeated. JOE MULHALL is Senior Researcher at the UK’s largest anti-fascism organisation, HOPE Not Hate, and a leading expert on far-right extremism. Author of British Fascism After the Holocaust (Routledge, 2020), he has written for the Guardian and New Statesman, and has appeared worldwide on TV news programmes.
Flight of the Diamond Smugglers
A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession and Greed along Coastal South Africa
Matthew Gavin Frank
True Crime / Cultural History July 2021 9781785787430 | £14.99 (Demy Paperback) 9781785787447 | £10.99 (eBook) | 224pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents
A propulsive investigation into the curious role that carrier pigeons play in South African diamond smuggling ‘A lyrical portrait of a resilient species caught in the grinding gears of a cruel industry of extraction and exploitation.’ Kirk Wallace Johnson, author of The Feather Thief In 2016, Matthew Gavin Frank travelled along South Africa’s notorious Diamond Coast to report on the illicit trade that supplies a global market. Immediately, he became intrigued by the ingenious methods used in facilitating this trade – particularly, the illegal act of sneaking carrier pigeons onto mine property, affixing diamonds to their feet, and sending them into the air. Investigating a long overlooked true-crime story dating back to the founding of the De Beers Corporation, Frank weaves interviews with local diamond divers who raise pigeons in secret with harrowing anecdotes from former heads of security, environmental mangers, and vigilante pigeon hunters, revealing how these feathered bandits became outlaws in every mining town.
MATTHEW GAVIN FRANK is the author of The Mad Feast and Preparing the Ghost, which was reviewed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review. He teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.
The Year of the Robin
Charlton Athletic: 2019/20
Football July 2021 9781785787577 (B-format Paperback) | £9.99 9781785787584 (eBook) | £6.99 | 272 pp with 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
Jen Offord watches it all go wrong for Charlton Athletic and the world When her beloved Charlton Athletic clinched promotion to The Championship in May 2019, sportswriter Jen Offord splashed out on season tickets for herself and her sceptical brother Michael, setting out to chronicle the south-east London outfit’s first season back in the second tier of English football. But this season, more than any other before it, would be a game of two halves. A billionaire takeover backfired spectacularly; the team plummeted into the relegation zone just as Coronavirus swept in to suspend life as we know it. The Year of The Robin is a love letter to the power of football even when there is no football to actually watch, filled with wild characters searching for redemption and wrestling over issues of money, racism and mental health. A funny, sharp and a thought-provoking exploration of the idea of family in unprecedented times and season from which the world may never fully recover.
JEN OFFORD is the co-host and producer of the hugely popular Standard Issue podcast, for which she has interviewed many leading sports stars. She writes and broadcasts for many other high-profile outlets on issues of sport, equality and mental health.
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The Unicorn Baby Debunking 10 Myths of Modern Parenting
Parenting July 2021 9781776191437 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 280pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa
Honest and hilarious – not your run-of-the-mill parenting book! If you have read parenting books or searched the Internet for parenting tips you have most likely stumbled across the mythical Unicorn Baby. This is the baby who feeds every four hours and sleeps through the night, sits at six months, pees pure gold and poops rainbows. Whether this baby exists or not does not matter. What matters is this: you did not get this baby. If you are looking to answer the question: “Is my baby normal?” then you are in the right place. The author uses her professional experience as an occupational therapist to identify and debunk ten modern parenting myths that cause all kinds of anxiety for new parents. The aim is to help parents understand why their baby may not be behaving as they were told they would. Acknowledging that every baby is unique, this book helps new parents navigate the first year and shares some fascinating stories of other real-life babies.
ROXANNE ATKINSON is an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in paediatrics and in neuro-developmental therapy.
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The Rise and Rise of Afrikaner Tycoons
Business / History July 2021 9781776191468 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 440pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa
A comprehensive new history of modern South African business, based on personal interviews and insider knowledge The past three decades have seen a remarkable rise of Afrikaners in business. With Koos Bekker at its helm, media group Naspers began dominating the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and was turned into a global consumer internet group. Johann Rupert strongly extended Richemont’s share internationally in the upper-end market of luxury goods, while Christo Wiese and Whitey Basson at Pepkor and Shoprite became Africa’s largest clothing and food retailers. Fortunes describes how these and other business leaders, such as Jannie Mouton, Michiel le Roux, Douw Steyn, Roelof Botha, Hendrik du Toit and a number of commercial farmers, built their empires. It looks at their life and business philosophies and what makes them such successful entrepreneurs. Recent years have also seen the sensational collapse of Steinhoff International, the furniture retailer led by Markus Jooste that destroyed some of these fortunes. While Jooste is the topic of one of the chapters, another looks at the philanthropic projects most of these tycoons are involved in. EBBE DOMMISSE is is the former editor-in-chief of Die Burger and the author of the best-selling Anton Rupert – A Biography.
After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars, and Beyond
Popular Science July 2021 9781785787195 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786471 | £6.99 | (eBook) | 336pp with 16pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
‘A skilful history of space exploration' - Kirkus Starred Review 'An intelligent portrait of where we may be in the next half-century.' - BBC Sky at Night
Nearing half a century since the last Apollo mission, mankind has yet to return to the Moon, but that is about to change. With NASA’s Artemis program scheduled for this decade, astronomer David Whitehouse takes a timely look at what the next 50 years of space exploration have in store. The first crewed mission to Mars will briefly orbit the red planet in 2039. In the 2050s, a lander will descend to the frozen surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa and attempt to drill down to its subsurface ocean in search of life. Based on real-world information, up-to-date scientific findings and a healthy dose of realism, Space 2069 is a mind-expanding tour of humanity’s future in space. ALSO AVAILABLE:
DAVID WHITEHOUSE is a former BBC Science Correspondent and BBC Science Editor. He is the author of the bestselling Apollo 11: The Inside Story, and has written for The Times, The Guardian, and The Economist. He lives in Hampshire. 9781785786181
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Jonathan Ball Publishers was launched as an imprint of Icon earlier in 2021. Here is a snapshot of the books launched in the first half of the year: Autopsy: Life in the trenches with a forensic pathologist in Africa The South African bestseller: a hair-raising account on the ins and outs of practising forensic pathology in Africa Foreign Native: An African Journey RW Johnson - the only South African Rhodes Scholar resident abroad to return to live in South Africa after the end of apartheid - looks back with affection and humour on his life in Africa. A Wilder Life: Journeys of an Adventuring Doctor Dr Joan Louwrens follows her calling to practise medicine in wild, remote places Africa First: Igniting a Growth Revolution ‘A roadmap that could turn Africa’s potential into prosperity.’ President Cyril Ramaphosa Intelligence Isn’t Enough Business leader Carice Anderson’s essential guide to empowering Black professionals seeking to thrive and succeed in the workplace. Miracle Men: How Rassie’s Springboks won the World Cup The inspiring story of how the South African Springboks team won the Rugby World Cup in 2019. The Complete Photographic Guide to Southern African Birds The most comprehensive and up-to-date, full-colour photographic guide to Southern African birds Hitler’s South African Spies: Secret Agents and the Intelligence War in South Africa The hitherto little-known story of the intelligence war in South Africa during the Second World War - a tale of suspense, drama and dogged persistence. Almost French: A Life of Fanfare and Faux Pas Artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren’s delightfully fun read on his ex-pat life in rural France
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John Stonehouse, My Father: The True Story of the Runaway MP
History August 2021 9781785787416 | £16.99 (Demy Hardback) 9781785787423 | £12.99 (eBook) 416pp with 24pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
The authoritative account of the infamous runaway MP, by his daughter. On 20 November 1974, British Labour MP and Privy Counsellor John Stonehouse faked his death in Miami and, using a forged identity, entered Australia hoping to escape his old life and start anew. One month later his identity was uncovered and he was cautioned; the start of years of legal proceedings. In a tale that involves spies from the communist Czechoslovak secret service, a three-way love affair and the Old Bailey, John’s daughter examines previously unseen evidence, telling the dramatic true story for the first time, disputing allegations and upturning common misconceptions which are still in circulation. The story was never far from the front pages of the press in the mid-70s, and yet so much of the truth is still unknown. A close look at the political dynamics of the time; paced like a thriller, it’s time for the world to know the real John Stonehouse.
'A compelling account of an extraordinary political scandal, written from inside the Stonehouse family.' Martin Bell JULIA STONEHOUSE is a ghostwriter, working in the industry for over 30 years. In her own name, she is the author of Idols to Incubators (1994) and The Misconception Files (2017). She lives in Wiltshire. 19
Ten Days in Physics That Shook The World How Physicists Transformed Everyday Life
Popular Science August 2021 9781785787478 | £12.99 (B-format Hardback) 9781785787485 | £9.99 (eBook) | 240pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
The breakthroughs that have had the most transformative practical impacts, from thermodynamics to the Internet. Physics informs our understanding of how the world works – but more than that, key breakthroughs in physics have transformed everyday life. We journey back to ten separate days in history to understand how particular breakthroughs were achieved, meet the individuals responsible and see how each breakthrough has influenced our lives. It is a unique selection. Focusing on practical impact means there is no room for Stephen Hawking’s work on black holes, or the discovery of the Higgs boson. Instead we have the relatively little-known Rudolf Clausius (thermodynamics) and Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (superconductivity), while Albert Einstein is included not for his theories of relativity but for the short paper that gave us E=mc2 (nuclear fission). Later chapters feature transistors, LEDs and the Internet.
BRIAN CLEGG'S many books include Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity, both longlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize, and, most recently, What Do You Think You Are?, described by BBC Science Focus as ‘a must-read’. He lives in Swindon, Wiltshire.
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The Boy Who Never Gave Up
A Refugee’s Epic Journey to Triumph
Emmanuel Taban with Andrew Crofts
Biography / Memoir August 2021 9781776191413 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 224pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa
In 1994, sixteen-year-old Emmanuel Taban walked out of war-torn Sudan with nothing, and nowhere to go. In the preceding months he was abducted and then tortured by government forces, who falsely accused him of spying for the South Sudanese rebels. He managed to flee, hoping to be reunited with his family, but ended up going on a long and arduous journey through many African countries to South Africa. For many months Taban lived mostly on the street and faced many dangers, but he refused to give up. He arrived in South Africa penniless, and with only five years of schooling. Determined to get a proper education, Taban first completed school and then his medical studies. After specialising as a pulmonologist in 2018, he recently made a ground-breaking discovery around the treatment of hypoxemic COVID-19 patients. Taban overcame extreme poverty, racism and xenophobia to become the man he is today. Heart-warming and inspiring, his life story is one of survival against all odds. When the 17-year-old EMMANUEL TABAN arrived in Johannesburg from war-torn South Sudan with nothing, he had only five years of education behind him. Today he is a highly qualified pulmonologist, with a European Diploma in adult respiratory medicine. During 2020, he was at the forefront of the treatment of Covid-19 patients in ICU. Taban was the first pulmonologist in the world to perform a therapeutic bronchoscopy on a hypoxemic Covid-19 patient, discovering that some deaths from Covid-19 pneumonia are due to fibrinous mucus plugs. 21
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Give Us More Guns
How South Africa’s Gangs were Armed
Current Affairs August 2021 9781776191406 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 280pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa
‘It will terrify you but it’s a story you must know.’ – Mandy Wiener, author of bestseller Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed Thousands of people died between 2011 and 2019 as a result of one senior police officer's criminal decision to sell a huge cache of guns. Colonel Christiaan Prinsloo, former head of the Gauteng firearm license division, and his network of cronies sold guns decommissioned by the SAPS to South Africa’s gang lords. The sale of these weapons led to a killing spree of unprecedented proportions. Based on interviews with police and the criminal underworld, this book tells the story of this callous crime for the first time. Shaw explores how the illegally sold guns got into the hands of South Africa’s crime bosses.The book describes the bloodbath that ensued and uncovers accounts of rampant corruption within the police and in the gun-licensing system, probing the government failure that has been instrumental in arming the country’s gangsters.
MARK SHAW is a criminologist, author of Hitmen for Hire, and director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime.
The Complete Record
Football August 2021 9781785787614 (Royal Hardback) | £25.00 9781785787621 (eBook) | £19.99 320pp with colour and b&w illustrations TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
An encyclopedic guide to Aston Villa, one of football’s most characterful clubs.
Aston Villa: The Complete Record is an encyclopedic guide to the Pride of the Midlands. One of the twelve founding members of the Football League, the oldest league competition in the world, the Villains have been at the forefront of English football from the very start. Since their formation in 1888, Aston Villa have been crowned champions of England on no fewer than seven occasions, lifting the FA Cup seven times along the way and joining an elite group of clubs when they lifted the European Cup in 1982. Containing profiles of more than 150 of Villa's leading players; a spotlight on all the club's managers, from Jimmy McMullan to Dean Smith; a selection of matches to remember, and much more. Every Premier League campaign is featured and illustrated with photos from the Villa Archives, making Aston Villa: The Complete Record an indispensable guide to The Villans.
ROB BISHOP is former editor of The Villa News & Record matchday programme and a dedicated Villa historian. Frank Holt contributes a regular column to the programme and is a member of the Association of Football Statisticians. He lives in South Staffordshire.
The Elements A Widowhood
Memoir September 2021 9781785786969 | £14.99 (Demy Hardback) 9781785786976 | £10.99 | (eBook) | 336pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm excl. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
What does it mean to become a widow at 35? In her mid-thirties Kat Lister lost her husband to brain cancer. After five years of being a wife and one of being a carer, in love and in and out of hospitals, she became a widow. Written in the year following his death, The Elements is a story of love, pain and hope. Kat seeks refuge in stories of grief and widowhood, but struggles to find a language that can make sense of her experience and the physicality of bereavement. Instead, she turns to the elements – fire, water, earth, air – on her quest to come to terms with her grief, to inhabit her body again, and to find out who she is now. An investigation of grief and a journey of transformation, this beautiful memoir will resonate with anyone who has lost something or someone significant.
KAT LISTER has been a magazine journalist specialising in women’s issues and culture for over a decade, writing for publications including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Style, VICE, Guardian, Marie Claire, Vogue, The Feminist Times and The Pool. She lives in East Dulwich, south London.
A Pretoria Boy
The Story of South Africa’s ‘Public Enemy Number One’
Politics September 2021 9781785787638 | £25.00 (Royal Hardback) 9781785787645 | £19.99 (eBook) 368pp with 8pp b&w plates TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Jonathan Ball Publishers
The powerful and timely story of Peter Hain's political life fighting South African apartheid and modern-day corruption Peter Hain has had a dramatic 50-year political career, in Britain and his native South Africa. This is the story of that extraordinary journey, from Pretoria to the House of Lords. Hain vividly describes his anti-apartheid parents’ arrest and harassment in the early 1960s, the hanging of a close white family friend, and enforced London exile in 1966. After organising militant anti-Springbok demonstrations he became ‘Public Enemy Number One’ in the South African media. Narrowly escaping jail for disrupting all-white South African sports tours, he was framed for bank robbery and nearly assassinated by a bomb. He used British parliamentary privilege to expose looting and money laundering in President Jacob Zuma’s administration, informed by his government ‘deep throat’, and likely influenced Zuma’s resignation. Hain ends by exhorting South Africa to reincarnate Nelson Mandela’s vision and integrity for the future. PETER HAIN was brought up in South Africa. Forced into exile, he became a British anti-apartheid leader. Labour MP for Neath 1991–2015, he served in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s governments for twelve years, seven of those in the Cabinet. 27
Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars Space, Exploration and Life on Earth
Popular Science September 2021 9781785787775 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785787485 | £9.99 (eBook) | 240 pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm exclud. Canada & USA TRANSLATION RIGHTS: St. Martin's Press
‘Filled with wonderment and awe … Greene’s eloquent memoir is equal parts escape and comfort.’ - Publisher Weekly In 2013, Kate Greene moved to Mars. On NASA’s first HI-SEAS simulated Mars mission in Hawaii, she lived for four months in an isolated geodesic dome with her crewmates, gaining incredible insight into human behaviour in tight quarters, as well as the nature of boredom, dreams and isolation that arise amidst the promise of scientific progress and glory. Greene draws on her experience to contemplate what makes an astronaut; the challenges of freeze-dried eggs and time-lagged correspondence, the cost of shooting for a Planet B. The result is a story of space and life, of the slippage between dreams and reality, of bodies in space, and of humanity’s incredible impulse to explore. From trying out life on Mars, Greene examines what it is to live on Earth. KATE GREENE was second-in-command on the first simulated Mars mission for NASA’s HI-SEAS project. A laser physicist turned writer, her work has appeared in Harvard Review, the New Yorker, Slate, The Economist and WIRED, among others. She lives in NYC. 28
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Stories of Uncertainty and Hope
Biography / Memoir / Psychology September 2021 9781776191475 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 352pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa
A leading psychiatrist’s professional and personal reflections on mental illness – beautifully written, informative and accessible For many of us, mental illness is often shrouded in mystery, misconception and fear. Baumann spent decades as a psychiatrist at Valkenberg Hospital and, through his personal engagement with patients’ various forms of psychosis, he describes the lived experiences of those who suffer from schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and other disorders. Baumann argues cogently for a more inclusive way of making sense of mental health. With sensitivity and empathy, his enquiries into the territories of art, psychology, consciousness, otherness, free will and theories of the self reveal how mental illness raises questions that affect us all.
SEAN BAUMANN is a specialist psychiatrist and was a senior lecturer at UCT. Madness is illustrated by award-winning artist Fiona Moodie. 30
5000-1: The Leicester City Story
Five Years on from The Foxes’ Unprecedented Triumph
Football September 2021 9781785782794 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785782800 | £9.99 (ebook) 352pp with 32pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
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An updated edition of the bestselling story of Leicester City’s remarkable triumph *REVISED AND SIGNIFICANTLY UPDATED TO COVER THE FIVE YEARS SINCE LEICESTER CITY’S REMARKABLE TITLE WIN* On 2 May 2016 England’s football landscape was spectacularly and irreversibly altered as 5000-1 longshots Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions. Not only did this incredible feat break the long-standing monopoly at the top of the table, but it also propelled Leicester into the Champions League for the very first time. In 5000-1: The Leicester City Story – Five Years On…, Rob Tanner relives City’s title win, their summer of celebration and reflects on the five years that followed as Leicester continued to challenge football’s elite.
ROB TANNER is is The Athletic’s Leicester City correspondent. He was the Leicester Mercury’s chief football writer from 2009 until 2019. He lives in Tamworth, Staffordshire.
Eight Improbable Possibilities The Mystery of the Moon, and Other Implausible Scientific Truths
Popular Science October 2021 9781785787355 | £11.99 (B format Hardback) 9781785787362 | £8.99 (eBook) 368pp with 16pp b&w plate section TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: David Higham Agency
A mind-warping excursion into the wildly improbable truths of science Echoing Sherlock Holmes’ famous dictum, John Gribbin tells us: ‘Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever is left, however improbable, is certainly possible, in the light of present scientific knowledge.’ With that in mind, in his sequel to the hugely popular Six Impossible Things and Seven Pillars of Science, Gribbin turns his attention to some of the mind-bendingly improbable truths of science. For example: We know that the Universe had a beginning, and when it was – and also that the expansion of the Universe is speeding up. We can detect ripples in space that are one ten-thousandth the width of a proton, made by colliding black holes billions of light years from Earth. And, most importantly from our perspective, all complex life on Earth today is descended from a single cell – but without the stabilising influence of the Moon, life forms like us could never have evolved. JOHN GRIBBIN'S numerous bestselling books include In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat and Six Impossible Things, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize. He has been described as ‘one of the finest and most prolific writers of popular science around’ by the Spectator. 33
The Space Business
From Hotels in Orbit to Mining the Moon
Popular Science October 2021 9781785787454 | £8.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785787089 | £6.99 (ebook) | 176pp TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / The Marsh Agency
Dreams, schemes and opportunity as space opens for tourism and commerce Twentieth century space exploration may have belonged to state-funded giants such as NASA, but there is a parallel history which has set the template for the future. Even before Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, private companies were exploiting space via communication satellites – a sector that is seeing exponential growth in the internet age. In human spaceflight, too, commercialisation is making itself felt. Billionaire entrepreneurs Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have long trumpeted plans to make space travel a possibility for ordinary people and those ideas are inching ever closer to reality. At the same time, other companies plan to mine the Moon for helium-3, or asteroids for precious metals. Science writer Andrew May takes an entertaining, in-depth look at the triumphs and heroic failures of our quixotic quest to commercialise the final frontier. ANDREW MAY is a freelance writer and science consultant. The Space Business is his fourth book in the Hot Science series, following Destination Mars, Cosmic Impact, and Astrobiology. He lives in Somerset. 34
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South African Poems of Decolonisation
Poetry October 2021 9781776191444 | £10.99 B-format Paperback | 256pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa
A unique anthology containing over five decades of protest poetry Years of Fire and Ash brings together fifty years of South African poetry for the first time, edited by young literary critic and lecturer Dr Wamuwi Mbao. The animating impulse behind this collection of old and new voices is ‘decolonisation’, a term which has regained prominence over the last few years. It allows us to perceive how different South African poets have placed their work in the world, and how that work might relate to the struggle for radical social transformation. How, then, does decolonization look like in the world of South African poetry? This anthology is an attempt to answer that question. The poems express the thoughts and experiences of poets who experienced Apartheid, but also of those who address current political realities. This collection includes established voices as well as prominent contemporary poets.
DR WAMUWI MBAO is an English lecturer at Stellenbosch University, researching South African post-apartheid literature and literary aporetics. Aged just 34, he is a serving member of the Editorial Advisory Panel of the Johannesburg Review of Books (JRB) and sits on the Board of Directors of the poetry journal New Contrast. His articles and interviews have also appeared in the Sunday Times, Africa Is a Country, the Daily Maverick and other sites. 35
Becoming a Parent in Lockdown
Gift/Humour November 2021 9781785788000 | £6.99 (A-format Hardback) 9781785788017 | £4.99 (eBook) | 64 pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books
‘A thing to treasure and keep close at hand. I would prescribe it to the lost and the lonely, the busy and the overburdened, the heart-broken and the happy’ - Emily Haworth-Booth, author The King Who Banned The Dark A moving, funny exploration of life as the parent of a lockdown baby, by illustrator Pia Bramley. Since March 2020, babies have been born into a world of masks, hand washing and social distancing. They met their grandparents on video calls. Their parents held them up to windows and took them for long walks in the rain. Pia Bramley’s illustrations capture the intimacy of the small, strange world of the pandemic baby. She draws on her own experience as a new parent, telling the story of a child's first year against the backdrop of the pandemic: the quiet streets of the first lockdown, the relative freedom of summer, the long nights of autumn and winter and, finally, new hope as spring arrives and life begins to open up again. Moving, funny and deeply honest, this is a book for every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend who waited to hold their pandemic baby. PIA BRAMLEY studied at the Royal Drawing School and the University of Brighton. Pandemic Baby is her first book. 36
The Babel Message A Love Letter to Language
Language / Humour November 2021 9781785787379 | £12.99 (B-format Hardback) 9781785787362 | £9.99 (eBook) | 304pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Greene & Heaton
A thrilling journey into the heart of language, from an unexpected starting point Keith Kahn-Harris is obsessed with something seemingly trivial – the warning message found inside Kinder Surprise eggs:
WARNING, read and keep: Toy not suitable for children under 3 years. Small parts might be swallowed or inhaled. On a tiny sheet of paper, this message is translated into dozens of languages – the world boiled down to a multilingual essence. Inspired by this, he asks: what makes ‘a language’? With help from the international community of language geeks, he shows us what the message looks like in Ancient Sumerian, Zulu, Cornish, Klingon – and many more. Along the way he considers why Hungarian writing looks angry, why no one actually speaks Arabic, and the meaning of the heavy metal umlaut. Overturning the Babel myth, he argues that the messy diversity of language shouldn’t be a source of conflict, but of collective wonder. This is book about hope, a love letter to language. DR KEITH KAHN-HARRIS is a sociologist and writer. He combines freelance writing with an academic teaching and research career.The Babel Message is his seventh book. His website is kahn-harris.org. He lives in London. 37
The Alien Perspective
A New View of the Cosmos and Our Future
Popular Science November 2021 9781785787492| £16.99 (Demy Hardback) 9781785787508 | £12.99 (eBook) | 288pp + 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: The Susijn Agency
A journey through the evolving cosmos, considering how human survival will depend on otherworldly perspectives In David Whitehouse’s most ambitious book to date he explores how human evolution has been intertwined with the workings of the cosmos from the very beginning, and what the far-distant future may hold. Given enough time, Whitehouse contends, we must communicate with intelligent aliens whose perspective will transform our understanding of the universe. First contact may even come sooner than we think. We have already transmitted signals towards promising exoplanets. If, say, Gliese 581d harbours life, the return signal could reach us in 2051. Drawing the thread of human consciousness from the cave to the cosmos, the acclaimed author of Apollo 11: The Inside Story charts our future journey to the end of space and time, and considers whether something of humanity could remain at the end of it all.
DAVID WHITEHOUSE is is a former BBC science correspondent and science editor, and the author of several books, including most recently Space 2069. He has written for publications including New Scientist, Focus and The Times.
Sport / Football November 2021 9781785787591 (Royal Hardback) | £20.00 9781785787607 (eBook) | £15.99 320pp with 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
The autobiography of a West Ham legend - including exclusive interviews with Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Mark Noble. Tony Carr is one of the most influential coaches of all time. Having achieved his boyhood dream of signing with West Ham United in 1966 and training alongside the inimitable Bobby Moore, a leg break forced Carr to end his playing career before it had even begun. Undeterred, he decided to forge a new path and was appointed director of youth football at West Ham in 1973, aged just 23. As Carr tells in this book the very first time, over the next 43 years he honed his craft, becoming admired for identifying and nurturing young talent, guiding multiple generations of international starlets through the ranks at The Academy of Football. Carr recounts the highs and lows of his time with West Ham, with tales of the twelve managers he coached under. This unique evocation of a coach’s craft includes exclusive interviews numerous West Ham legends as they talk frankly about football and their place within it.
TONY CARR was born in Bow, East London and joined West Ham as a teenager, spending 48 years at the club. He won the FA Youth Cup twice and was made an MBE for his services to football in 2010. He lives in London. 39
The Illustrated Etymologicon
A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
Literature / Language November 2021 9781785787850 (220 x 170mm Hardback) | £20.00 320pp with colour illustrations throughout TERRITORY: Worldwide excluding US & Canada TRANSLATION: Unipress
A NEW, BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED HARDBACK EDITION OF THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER, PUBLISHED ON ITS TENTH ANNIVERSARY. The Etymologicon is an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language. What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces? Mark Forsyth's riotous celebration of the idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd connections between words is a classic of its kind: a mine of fascinating information and a must-read for word-lovers everywhere. MARK FORSYTH is a writer, journalist and blogger. His book The Etymologicon was a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and his TED Talk 'What's a snollygoster?' has had more than half a million views. He is also the author of The Horologicon and The Elements of Eloquence, and wrote a specially commissioned essay The Unknown Unknown for Independent Booksellers Week. He lives in London with his dictionaries, and blogs at blog.inkyfool.com. 40
'Witty and erudite ... stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.' Nick Duerden, Independent.
'Particularly good ... Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our, murky history.' William Leith, Evening Standard. 41
Rewilding: The Illustrated Edition The Radical New Science of Ecological Recovery
Paul Jepson & Cain Blythe Nature / Ecology November 2021 9781785787539 (228 x 165mm Hardback) | £18.99 9781785787546 (eBook) | £14.99 224pp with colour images throughout TERRITORY: UK and Comm excluding Canada TRANSLATION: Unipress
A dazzling illustrated edition of a ‘hugely useful and fascinating resumé of rewilding’ (Isabella Tree, author of Wilding) Rewilding reveals the ways in which ecologists are restoring the lost interactions between animals, plants, and natural disturbances that are the essence of thriving ecosystems. It looks into a past in which industrialization and globalization have downgraded our grasslands; at present projects restoring plants and animals to their natural, untamed state; and into the future, with ten predictions for a rewilded planet. This illustrated edition combines beautiful natural history images with infographic flowcharts depicting the ‘trophic cascades’ of biodiverse ecosystems, to explore a brave new world repopulated with wild horses and cattle, beavers, rhinos, and wolves. ALSO AVAILABLE:
PAUL JEPSON was until recently a director of Oxford University’s MSc course in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, and is a regular contributor to TV and radio. CAIN BLYTHE specialises in habitat restoration, nature recovery and the use of technology in conservation. 9781785786273
Women In The Picture
Women, Art and the Power of Looking
Art / Feminism / Culture November 2021 9781785786952 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785785900 | £6.99 (ebook) | 304pp with black and white images throughout TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock
A bold reconsideration of women in art – from the ‘Old Masters’ to the posts of Instagram influencers A perfect pin-up, a damsel in distress, a saintly mother, a femme fatale … Women’s identity has long been stifled by a limited set of archetypes, found everywhere in pictures from art history’s classics to advertising, while women artists have been overlooked and held back from shaping more empowering roles. In this impassioned book, art historian Catherine McCormack asks us to look again at what these images have told us to value, opening up our most loved images – from those of Titian and Botticelli to Picasso and the Pre-Raphaelites. She also shows us how women artists – from Berthe Morisot to Beyoncé, Judy Chicago to Kara Walker – have offered us new ways of thinking about women’s identity, sexuality, race and power.
CATHERINE MCCORMACK is a curator, art history lecturer and author of The Art of Looking Up. She is the founder and course director of the Women and Art study programme at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. 44
Voices From The Past
A year of great quotations – and the stories from history that inspired them
W. B. Marsh
History / Current Affairs November 2021 9781785787782 | £10.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786648 | £7.99 (ebook) | 720pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / The Marsh Agency
366 quotations – one for every day of the (leap) year – each with a fascinating historical story In a treasure trove for history buffs, W.B. Marsh fleshes out the context behind famous quotations associated with each day of the year, sending us back and forth in history from the time of the Ancient Egyptians to the world we live in today. ‘You furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war.’ (25 April 1898) Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst urges war artist Frederick Remington to stay in Cuba while Hearst publishes lurid tales of an imaginary conflict. ‘I am tasting the stars!’ (4 August 1693) The monk Dom Pérignon tests the result of his new techniques in the making of sparkling wine, and champagne is born. W. B. MARSH spent two years as an officer in the US Marine Corps, followed by a career in international advertising. Voices from the Past is his fourth book, after 365, 366 and Tales of War, all of which were written with Bruce Carrick, who died in 2017.
Come Fly The World
The Women of Pan Am at War and Peace
History / Current Affairs November 2021 9781785787799 | £9.99 9781785786891 | £6.99 B-format Paperback | 352pp with black and white plates TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Zoë Pagnamenta Agency
Travel writer Julia Cooke’s exhilarating portrait of Pan Am stewardesses in the Mad Men era. Come Fly the World tells the story of the stewardesses who served on the iconic Pan American Airways between 1966 and 1975 – and of the unseen diplomatic role they played on the world stage. Alongside the glamour was real danger, as they flew soldiers to and from Vietnam and staffed Operation Babylift – the dramatic evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon. Cooke’s storytelling weaves together the true stories of women like Lynne Totten, a science major who decided life in a lab was not for her, to Hazel Bowie, one of the relatively few African American stewardesses of the era, as they embraced the liberation of a jet-set life. In the process, Cooke shows how the sexualized coffee-tea-or-me stereotype was at odds with the importance of what they did, and with the freedom, power and sisterhood they achieved.
JULIA COOKE'S journalism has been published in Time, Smithsonian, and Conde Nast Traveler. She is the author of The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba, and daughter to a former Pan Am executive. She lives in Vermont. 47
Astroquizzical: The Illustrated Edition Solving the Cosmic Puzzles of our Planets, Stars, and Galaxies
Popular Science December 2021 9781785787553 (228 x 165mm Hardback) | £18.99 9781785787560(eBook) | £14.99 224pp with colour images throughout TERRITORY: UK and Comm excluding Canada TRANSLATION: Unipress
A beautifully illustrated, enlightening edition of astronomer Jillan Scudder’s exploration of our universe Looking up at the night sky, it is almost impossible to imagine that we can trace our common ancestry with the distant stars and galaxies back over 13.8 billion years.
Astroquizzical explores this connection by travelling back through the generations of the cosmic family tree, from Earth (parent) to the stars (grandparents), galaxies (great grandparents) and first atoms of the Big Bang (great-great grandparents). On the journey, the reader is invited to become ‘astroquizzical’ by asking the questions and investigating the many scientific mysteries of how the universe was formed and how it works. This updated and illustrated edition combines beautifully curated space images with ten sketchbook ‘thought experiments’ to create a uniquely accessible guide to the science of Earth’s place among the planets, stars, and galaxies. ALSO AVAILABLE:
JILLIAN SCUDDER is an astrophysicist and assistant professor at Oberlin College, Ohio. She has been writing ‘Astroquizzical’, a blog answering space-related questions from the public, for over five years. Her writing has also been published in Forbes, Quartz, Medium, and The Conversation. 48
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