Welcome to Icon’s Spring 2018 catalogue!
At a time when the outside world can seem increasingly volatile, books remain a constant source of comfort, escapism and hope – thankfully, we have a Spring 2018 list filled with books that satisfy every reader’s cerebral needs. For those seeking comfort we have Dear Fahrenheit 451, a hilarious and moving collection of letters written by a librarian to books she loves and hates, guaranteed to put a smile on the face of voracious readers everywhere. For those seeking a thrill, hear from our resident Sinister Minister about why we’re so fascinated by the macabre – The Frighteners is a tour de force romp through zombie-filled streets, bloody film sets and haunted houses. The more practical amongst you may prefer self-improvement to escapism so pick up More than Happiness, a critical and practical look at the lessons we can learn from ancient wisdom. Furthermore,
our Practical Guide series has had a revamp this year and is the perfect toolkit for living your best life! We’re delighted to be publishing Nancy Tucker’s second book, That Was When People Started to Worry, a title documenting the lived experiences of those dealing with mental health issues. We’re thrilled to publish blogger Meg Fee’s debut – Places I Stopped on the Way Home – a poetic memoir focussing on the highs and lows of finding your way in the Big Apple. Lastly, they say that what’s past is prologue – if you want to know how we ended up with a reality TV star as US president check out the large format, American Politics: A Graphic Guide, and upon finishing it celebrate Marx’s 200th birthday with Marxism: A Graphic Guide, perhaps gleaning some inspiration on how to change the status quo. Read on for much, much more...
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More than Happiness An inspiring, critical Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom and practical look at for a Sceptical Age what we can learn Antonia Macaro from ancient wisdom Do you consider yourself stoical? Do a bit of meditation or mindfulness practice? Buddhism and Stoicism have a lot to offer modern readers seeking the good life, but they’re also radical systems that ask much of their followers. In More than Happiness, Antonia Macaro delves into both philosophies, focusing on the elements that fit with our sceptical age, and those which have the potential to make the biggest impact on how we live. From accepting that some things are beyond our control, to monitoring our emotions for unhealthy reactions, to shedding attachment to material things, there is much, she argues, that we can take and much that we’d do better to leave behind. In this synthesis of ancient wisdom, Macaro reframes the ‘good life’, and gets us to see the world as it really is and to question the value of the things we desire. The goal is more than happiness: living ethically and placing value on the right things in life.
ANTONIA MACARO is an existential psychotherapist and the author of The Shrink and the Sage, and Reason, Virtue and Psychotherapy. She is a supervisor and visiting lecturer at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, London.
4th January 2018 Self-Help / Philosophy 9781785781339 £12.99 US $19.95 9781785781346 (eBook) £10.99 (eBook) B-format HBK 208 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
American Politics coming soon, go to pages 52 / 53 for more information:
A bold new jumbo-format edition of this bestselling Graphic Guide to commemorate Marx’s 200th birthday
Marxism A Graphic Guide
Rupert Woodfin & Oscar Zarate
Published for the first time in the same large format in which Queer: A Graphic History has been so successful. Karl Marx was one of the most influential thinkers of the late 19th century, inspiring revolutions and colossal political upheavals that have radically transformed the lives of millions of people and the geopolitical map of the entire world. But was he a ‘Marxist’ himself? And how are his ideas still in play in today’s society? Marxism traces the story of Marx’s original philosophy, from its roots in 19th-century European thinkers like Hegel, to its influence on modern-day culture. It looks at Marxism’s Russian disciples, Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin, who forged a ruthless, dogmatic Communism, and the alternative Marxist approaches of Gramsci, the Frankfurt School of critical theory and the structuralist Marxism of Althusser in the 1960s. Rupert Woodfin and Oscar Zarate’s brilliant graphic guide explores the life, history, philosophy and politics of this most divisive of thinkers, and argues that Marxism remains a powerful set of ideas even today.
RUPERT WOODFIN was a lecturer in philosophy and the author of Introducing Aristotle.
OSCAR ZARATE is an Eisner Award-winning comic book artist. He has illustrated many books in the Introducing series including Freud, Psychoanalysis, The Freud Wars, Existentialism and Kierkegaard.
4th January 2018 Philosophy / Politics 9781785783067 £11.99 US $17.95 9781785783074 (eBook) £9.99 (eBook) 254 x 177mm 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
The Speed of Sound Breaking the Barriers between Music and Technology: A Memoir
Thomas Dolby Thomas Dolby is a five-time Grammy nominee, whose ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ reached number 5 on the US Billboard charts in 1982, appeared in Breaking Bad, and was even covered by The Muppets...
‘The engaging, emotional, funny and surprising’ (JJ Abrams) memoir of electronic music and technology pioneer Thomas Dolby
The Speed of Sound chronicles Dolby’s life in the music business during the eighties; in Silicon Valley through the nineties, and at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution around the turn of the millennium – Dolby created the synthesizer installed today on most mobile phones. From sipping Chablis with Bill Gates to visiting Michael Jackson at his mansion, this is both the view from the ultimate insider and also that of a technology pioneer whose groundbreaking ideas have helped shape the way we live today. ‘[Dolby’s] journey is as amazing as the book is well written. From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Brilliant.’ Henry Rollins
THOMAS DOLBY became one of the most recognisable figures of the synth pop movement of early-’80s new wave. He played synth on Foreigner’s 4, Def Leppard’s Pyromania and Joan Armatrading’s Walk Under Ladders and supported David Bowie at Live Aid. He also wrote the score for Fever Pitch. He lives in Suffolk. 8
4th January 2018 Music / Memoir 9781785783173 £8.99 9781785781964 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 288 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Writers House
Yours Always Letters of Longing
Eleanor Bass Love letters are potent. They breathe. They speak. They can arouse, comfort, captivate. They can also cut deep. The powerful, deeply personal letters collected here reveal the painful underside of love. Witness Winston Churchill ‘growl with anger to be treated with benevolent indifference’ and Edith Piaf reel in the throes of a ‘terrible’ passion. Through the letters of literary icons Charlotte Brontë, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf, Hollywood stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and statesmen Henry VIII and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Yours Always offers an unusually intimate insight into the lives of such illustrious figures. Love is not always rose-tinted, and Yours Always illuminates the sorrows that can accompany falling in, falling out, and staying in love.
4th January 2018 Love / Letters 9781785783166 £7.99 US $14.95 9781785781698 (eBook) £5.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 224 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
Heart-rending letters of love gone sour from notable men and women
ELEANOR BASS is a freelance researcher and writer. Having previously read Theology at the University of Cambridge, she obtained her doctorate in English Literature from King’s College London in 2015. Her academic interests include life writing, letter writing, and the writing of wartime. Eleanor lives in South-east London with her husband and daughter. 9
Dear Fahrenheit 451 A librarian’s laughA Librarian’s Love Letters and out-loud funny, deeply Break-Up Notes to Her Books moving collection of love Annie Spence letters and break-up notes to the books in her life Have you ever wished you could tell your favourite books just what they mean to you? Or wanted to give a piece of your mind to the ‘must-read’ book that you wish you hadn’t? Librarian Annie Spence has done just that, writing letters to the books under her care, from love letters to Matilda and The Goldfinch, to snarky break-up notes to Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hobbit. Annie’s letters will make you laugh, remind you why you love your favourite books, and give you lots of new entries for your reading list. She’s also on-hand to help out with your bookish dilemmas: recommendations for lazy readers; excuses to tell your friends when you’d rather stay home reading; and how to turn your lover into a reader. Hilarious, compassionate and smart, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover’s book.
ANNIE SPENCE has spent the last decade as a librarian at public libraries in the Midwest. She lives in Detroit with her husband and son. Dear Fahrenheit 451 is her first book.
8th February 2018 Humour / Literary Studies 9781785783098 £11.99 9781785783104 (ebook) £9.99 (eBook) 181 x 129mm 288 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Macmillan: Flatiron Books
Winner of the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize from the hugely influential author of Delusions of Gender
Testosterone Rex Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds
‘A debunking rumble that ought to inspire a roar’ Guardian ‘Entertaining and thoughtful … a valuable addition to the discussion about gender.’ Sunday Times ‘The expression “essential reading for everyone” is usually untrue as well as a cliché, but if there were a book deserving of that description this might just be it.’ Antonia Macaro, Financial Times Testosterone, so we’re told, is the very essence of masculinity, and biological sex is a fundamental force in our development. Not so, says Cordelia Fine, who shows, with wit and panache, that sex doesn’t create male and female natures. Fine’s latest, highly acclaimed new book brings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond old ‘nature versus nurture’ debates, and to explain why it’s time to unmake the tyrannical myth of Testosterone Rex.
‘A provocative and often fascinating book.’ Economist
CORDELIA FINE is a Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of much-acclaimed A Mind of Its Own (Icon, 2006) and Delusions of Gender (Icon, 2010), described as ‘a truly startling book’ by the Independent, and ‘fun, droll yet deeply serious’ by New Scientist.
8th February 2018 Gender Studies 9781785783180 £8.99 9781785781629 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 256 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Norton
A new edition of the ‘compelling & highly readable’ (Mail on Sunday) biography of the Nobel prize-winner, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth
Richard Feynman A Life in Science
John Gribbin & Mary Gribbin
‘Richard Feynman was to the second half of the century what Einstein was to the first: the perfect example of scientific genius.’ Independent One hundred years on from his birth, and 30 since his death, Richard Feynman’s discoveries in modern physics are still thoroughly relevant. Magnificently charismatic and fun-loving, he brought a sense of adventure to the study of science. His extraordinary career included war-time work on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, a profoundly original theory of quantum mechanics, for which he won the Nobel prize, and major contributions to the sciences of gravity, nuclear physics and particle theory. Interweaving personal anecdotes and recollections with clear scientific narrative, acclaimed science writers John and Mary Gribbin reveal a fascinating man with an immense passion for life. JOHN GRIBBIN’s numerous bestselling books include In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat, 13.8, Science: A History and The Universe: A Biography. He was described as ‘one of the finest and most prolific writers of popular science around’ by the Spectator.
MARY GRIBBIN is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, and her latest book, Out of the Shadow of a Giant: Hooke, Halley and the Birth of Science, co-written with John Gribbin, was published in May 2017.
8th February 2018 Popular Science / Biography 9781785783722 £9.99 9781785783739 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 320 pages with 8 pages B/W plate TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: David Higham Agency
Gravitational Waves How Einstein’s Spacetime Ripples Reveal the Secrets of the Universe
Brian Clegg Before the 14 September 2015, investigation of the universe had depended on electromagnetic radiation: visible light, radio, X-rays and the rest. But gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of space and time – are unrelenting, passing through barriers that stop light dead.
On 14 September 2015, after 50 years of searching, gravitational waves were detected for the first time and astronomy changed for ever.
At the two 4-kilometre long LIGO observatories in the US, scientists developed incredibly sensitive detectors, capable of spotting a movement 100 times smaller than the nucleus of an atom. In 2015 they spotted the ripples produced by two black holes spiralling into each other, setting spacetime quivering. This was the first time black holes had ever been directly detected – and it promises far more for the future of astronomy. Brian Clegg presents a compelling story of human technical endeavour and a new, powerful path to understand the workings of the universe.
BRIAN CLEGG’s most recent books are The Reality Frame (Icon, 2017) and What Colour is the Sun? (Icon, 2016). His Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity were both longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has also written Big Data for the Hot Science series. Brian has written for numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Nature, BBC Focus, Physics World, The Times and the Observer. 16
8th February 2018 Science 9781785783203 £7.99 US $12.95 9781785783210 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
The Hot Science series explores the cutting-edge of science and technology. With topics from Martian exploration and big data to gene editing and dark matter, these books are designed for popular science fans who like to go that little bit deeper...
Astrobiology coming soon, go to pages 46 / 47 for more information:
Icon’s Practical Guide series features smart, quick and easy-to-use books designed to help readers live a more fulfilling life. It features expert authors from diverse fields, such as psychology, business and counselling, to distil theory and experience into real-world insights, exercises and practices that can instantly be put to use – from living mindfully to negotiating, increasing self-confidence or leading teams. For 2018 the series has gone through its own process of self-improvement – with a fresh new cover look and higher quality finishes in the same user-friendly compact size.
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Philosophy for Everyday Life
Ethics for Everyday Life
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The 30-Second series has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide in numerous languages. Every title in the series opens up a key area in the arts and sciences, with each concept in the books designed to be understood in just half a minute. We launch five titles in paperback this season – all lavishly produced with flaps at just £9.99 each. All titles: 195 x 150mm / £9.99 / 160 pages with colour illustrations throughout. Territory: UK & Eire. Translation Rights: Quarto Group.
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A celebratory exploration of what our morbid tendencies can teach us
The Frighteners Why We Love Monsters, Ghosts, Death & Gore
The Frighteners follows the quest of Peter Laws, a Baptist minister with a penchant for the macabre, to understand why so many people love things that are spooky, morbid and downright repellent. He meets vampires, hunts werewolves in Hull, talks to a man who has slept on a mortuary slab to help him deal with a diagnosis, and is chased by a chainsaw-wielding maniac through a farmhouse full of hanging bodies. Staring into the darkness of a Transylvanian night, he asks: what is it that makes millions of people seek to be disgusted and freaked out? And, in a world that worships rationality and points an accusing finger at violent video games and gruesome films, can an interest in horror culture actually give us safe ways to confront our mortality? Might it even have power to re-enchant our jaded world? Grab your crucifixes, pack the silver bullets, and join the Sinister Minister on his romp into our morbid curiosities.
PETER LAWS is an ordained Baptist minister and the author of crime fiction novels Purged and Unleashed (Allison & Busby, 2017). He writes a monthly horror movie column for the Fortean Times and hosts the popular podcast/YouTube show The Flicks That Church Forgot, exploring the deeper and sometimes spiritual themes of morbid culture. He is a regular public speaker and lives in Bedfordshire.
8th March 2018 Popular Psychology 9781785782206 ÂŁ12.99 9781785782213 (eBook) ÂŁ10.99 (eBook) B-format HBK 320 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Hardman & Swainson
How did the Earth get to be the way it is? Just like all of us, it’s a product of its ancestors
Astroquizzical A Curious Journey Through Our Cosmic Family Tree
Dr. Jillian Scudder
In this enthralling cosmic journey through space and time, astrophysicist Jillian Scudder locates our home planet within its own ‘family tree’. Our parent the Earth and its sibling planets in our solar system formed within the same gas cloud. Without our grandparent the Sun, we would not exist, and the Sun in turn relies on the Milky Way as its home. The Milky Way rests in a larger web of galaxies that traces its origins right back to tiny fluctuations in the very early Universe. Following these cosmic connections, we discover the many ties that bind us to our Universe. Based around readers’ questions from the author’s popular blog ‘Astroquizzical’, the book provides a quirky layperson’s guide to how things work in the Universe and why things are the way they are, from shooting stars on Earth, to black holes, to entire galaxies. For anyone interested in the ‘big picture’ of how the cosmos functions and how it is all connected, Jillian Scudder is the perfect guide.
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 four years. Her writing has also been published in Forbes, Quartz, Medium, and The Conversation. This is her first book.
8th March 2018 Popular Science 9781785783340 £16.99 US $24.95 9781785783357 (eBook) £12.99 (eBook) Demy HBK 224 pages with 16 pages of colour illustrations & b/w images throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
In Search of the Lost Chord 1967 and the Hippie Idea
Danny Goldberg ‘Danny Goldberg is probably one of the purest, most reasonable guides you could ask for to 1967.’ Ex-Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham
‘Fascinating on the origins of political activism, from the Cold War peace movement and the fallout from the Korean War.’ Sunday Times
‘Weaves together rollicking, rousing, wonderfully colourful and disparate narratives to remind us how ... the counterculture [was] intertwined with protest and reform … mesmerising.’ The Nation Music business veteran Danny Goldberg analyses 1967 – the year of Sgt. Pepper, the Summer of Love and LSD; the Monterey Pop Festival and Black Power; Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr’s opposition to war in Vietnam. Including interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary and Gil Scott-Heron, Goldberg’s is a unique perspective on a pivotal year that was about much more than sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
DANNY GOLDBERG is an author and rock music industry veteran. He is president of Gold Village Entertainment, whose clients include Steve Earle and The Hives. Previously, he was president of Gold Mountain Entertainment (Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt), chairman of Warner Bros. Records, president of Atlantic Records, and vice president of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records. He got his first break reporting on Woodstock for Billboard magazine in 1969. He lives in New York City. 28
8th March 2018 Music / History 9781785783371 £9.99 9781785782961 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 320 pages with 8 pages of b/w plates TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Akashic Books
The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson
The Pioneering English Surgeon Who Identified Parkinson’s Disease
Cherry Lewis ‘Splendid … Cherry Lewis introduces us to a fascinating, multifaceted Enlightenment figure: the intellectually curious, politically active and socially concerned London surgeon-apothecary James Parkinson.’ Nature In 1817 James Parkinson defined the disease that bears his name so precisely that we still diagnose it today by recognising the symptoms he identified. In this first-ever biography, Cherry Lewis restores this neglected pioneer to his rightful place in history, while creating a vivid and pungent portrait of life as an ‘apothecary surgeon’ in Georgian London.
8th March 2018 Medicine / History 9781785783364 £9.99 9781785781797 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 320 pages with 4 pages of colour plates & b/w pictures throughout TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
‘A vivid portrait of the life and times of a man of many talents … a fine, informative read.’ Manjit Kumar, Prospect
CHERRY LEWIS is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. A geologist by training, she worked in the oil industry as well as in the press office of the University of Bristol before turning her interests to the history of geology. She is the author of The Dating Game: One Man’s Search for the Age of the Earth (Cambridge University Press, 2000). 29
‘These are stories that need to be heard – told in a way that leaves you begging for more.’ Julie Foudy, two-time Olympic gold medalist
Under the Lights and in the Dark Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer
‘A startlingly good book. Oxenham is a marvelous observer. These are moving, uplifting stories from around the world – what top soccer is like when there’s no money or fame in it and you just do it for love.’ Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics Under the Lights and in the Dark takes us inside the world of women’s football, following players from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men’s league in New York City; to Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, now a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban. This is an inspiring book about stars’ beginnings and adventures, struggles and hardship, and, above all, the time-honored romance of the game.
GWENDOLYN OXENHAM is the author of Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries and the Search for Pickup Soccer (St Martin’s Press) and the director of Pelada, an award-winning documentary. She has written for The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and Slate. A Duke University soccer alum who played for Santos FC in Brazil, she currently lives in Dana Point, California.
5th April 2018 Football / Sport 9781785783197 £8.99 US $16.95 9781785781544 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) B Format PBK 320 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Frances Goldin Literary Agency
Rooms of One’s Own 50 Places That Made Literary History
Writers’ relationships with their surroundings are seldom straightforward. While some, like Jane Austen and Thomas Mann, wrote novels set where they were staying (Lyme Regis and Venice respectively), Victor Hugo penned Les Misérables in an attic in Guernsey and Noël Coward wrote the most English of plays, Blithe Spirit, in the Welsh holiday village of Portmeirion.
Visit the real-life places behind some of the world’s favourite works of literature
Rooms of One’s Own takes you on a literary journey from the Brontës’ Yorkshire Moors to the New Orleans of Truman Capote. Mourby explains what the writer was doing there and describes what the visitor can uncover today of that great moment in literature.
ADRIAN MOURBY was an award-winning BBC drama producer before turning to full-time writing. He has published three novels, two AA travel guides and a book of humour based on his Sony Award-winning Radio 4 series Whatever Happened To…? He is also the author of Rooms with a View: The Secret Life of Grand Hotels (Icon, 2017). He writes extensively on opera and has produced operas by Mozart, Handel and Purcell, both in the UK and in Europe. 32
5th April 2018 Literary / Travel 9781785783388 £8.99 US $14.95 9781785781865 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 304 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The Smell of Fresh Rain The Unexpected Pleasures of our Most Elusive Sense
Barney Shaw Smell is the most emotional and evocative of our senses: it can bring back memories faster and with more immediacy than a photograph – so why is it so little understood? Armed with a hungry curiosity and a willingness to self-experiment, author Barney Shaw goes in search of the hidden meanings of smells. Using plain words to describe what he finds, he investigates the chemistry, psychology, history and future of this underappreciated sense. An investigation into the biology, psychology and history of smell, and a search for effective ways to put into words scents that we instantly relate to, but find strangely ineffable, The Smell of Fresh Rain includes a 200-entry thesaurus of succinct descriptions of common smells.
5th April 2018 Science 9781785783418 £8.99 US $16.95 9781785781148 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
An exploration of the hidden complexities of one of our most underused and misunderstood senses
BARNEY SHAW is an artist and former civil servant. He was Private Secretary to several Labour and Conservative ministers, and went on to run government policy on various aspects of work, unemployment and schools. This is his first book. 33
The French Exception Emmanuel Macron – The Extraordinary Rise and Risk
At just 39, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon is intent on conquering the world stage.
The fully updated paperback edition of the first biography of Emmanuel Macron in English
But what lies beneath the façade of this youthful, ultra-confident and calculating president? How did he – someone from small-town France – win? Can he make the French feel better about themselves? Can he rally Europe around him and turn the tide of right-wing nationalism? Critically, what will his presidency mean for Britain? Fully updated for the new edition, and featuring never-before printed interviews with key members of Macron’s team, his friends, mentors and political detractors, acclaimed Paris-based journalist Adam Plowright asks: how long can the shine on this brilliant new president last?
ADAM PLOWRIGHT is is a former deputy editor-in-chief at Agence France-Presse. Based in Paris, he has been a journalist for fifteen years. 34
5th April 2018 Politics / Biography 9781785783623 £8.99 9781785783128 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 304 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Susanna Lea
NEW EDITION – INTRODUCING
Introducing Mind & Brain A Graphic Guide
Angus Gellatly & Oscar Zarate How do emotions affect your basic decision making? Why do certain smells prompt long-forgotten memories, and what makes us suddenly self-conscious? Introducing Mind and Brain explains what the sciences have to say about planning and action, language, memory, attention, emotions and vision. It traces the historical development of ideas about the brain and its function from antiquity to the age of neuro-imaging. Clearly explained by professor of psychology Angus Gellatly and award-winning artist Oscar Zarate, they invite you to take a fresh look at the nature of mind, consciousness and personal identity.
How does the brain give rise to all the thoughts in your head?
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5th April 2018 Psychology / Science 9781785783135 £7.99 US $9.95 9781785783142 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) 168 x 118mm 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
ANGUS GELLATLY was professor of psychology and Head of Department at Keele University and is now at the Open University. He used to write fiction in the days when he had the time.
OSCAR ZARATE is a highly acclaimed graphic artist who has illustrated many Introducing titles. His prize-winning graphic novel A Small Killing is known throughout the world. 35
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Graphic Guides are the internationally-famous graphic novel-style guides to big ideas. Whatever your intellectual interest, there’s a Graphic Guide for you.
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The 50 Greatest National Parks of the World Aaron Millar
Olympus, the Grand Canyon, Uluru and the Serengeti: national parks are home to the wonders of our natural world. Award-winning travel writer Aaron Millar explores the greatest national parks of the world, giving insider tips on how best to discover their secrets.
Exploring the history, science and secrets of the greatest national parks around the world
From the home of the highest waterfall in the world in Canaima, Venezuela to the beautiful fjords of Hardangervidda, Norway, to searching for the giant panda in Jiuzhaigou, China and exploring the culture in Cinque Terre, Italy, this guide tells of the history, legends and cultures of each great national park, and tells you how to see them at their awe-inspiring best.
AARON MILLAR is an award-winning travel writer. He contributes regularly to The Times, the Guardian, National Geographic Traveller and many other national and international publications. He has presented travel documentaries for National Geographic and was the 2014 British Guild of Travel Writers Travel Writer of the Year. He is also the author of The 50 Greatest Wonders of the World (Icon, 2016). 40
5th April 2018 Travel 9781785783395 ÂŁ8.99 US $14.95 9781785783401 (eBook) ÂŁ6.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 304 pages with b/w illustrations TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
THE 50 SERIES BACKLIST All books: UK £8.99 • USA $14.95 • B-format paperback 288 pages with b/w illustrations throughout
From the author of acclaimed The Time in Between – what mental illness is really like
That Was When People Started to Worry Windows into Unwell Minds
‘In the waiting room, I see a lot of people who I could tell had real, serious Problems. They deserve to be here. I don’t. I’m a fraud. A lazy wreck seeking an excuse for her incompetence. I’m useless.’ Abby, 24 Having conducted over 100 hours of interviews with 60 British women aged 16–25, Nancy Tucker – the author of The Time in Between, an ‘astonishingly good’ (Sunday Times) memoir of a life consumed by eating disorders – explores what it’s like to suffer from serious mental illness as a young woman. With raw honesty, sensitivity and humour, That Was When People Started to Worry examines real experiences of anxiety, self-harm, borderline personality disorder, OCD, binge eating disorder, PTSD and dissociative identity disorder. Giving a voice to those like Abby who can’t speak out themselves, Tucker presents a unique window into the day-to-day trials of living with an unwell mind.
NANCY TUCKER is currently reading Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford, after working as an assistant psychologist in an NHS mental health service. Eventually, she hopes to train as a clinical psychologist. Her first book with Icon, The Time in Between: A Memoir of Hunger and Hope, was called ‘stylish and incisive’ by the Guardian, and was praised by Jacqueline Wilson, Psychologist and MIND.
3rd May 2018 Self-Help / Psychology 9781785782930 £14.99 US $22.95 9781785782947 (eBook) £11.99 (eBook) Demy HBK 256 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
A memoir about the bittersweet turbulence of finding your way in a big city
Places I Stopped on the Way Home A Memoir of Chaos and Grace
‘Sometimes I think of how I will describe New York to my children. I will tell them that the city was in so many ways, and for such a long time, the best and worst thing about my life. That it was a sort of perpetual question in pursuit of an answer. And that in attempting to answer it, I turned and faced myself.’ In Places I Stopped on the Way Home, Meg Fee plots a decade of her life in New York City – from falling in love at the Lincoln Center to escaping the roommate (and bedbugs) from hell on Thompson Street, chasing false promises on 66th Street and the wrong men everywhere, and finding true friendships over glasses of wine in Harlem and Greenwich Village. Weaving together her joys and sorrows, expectations and uncertainties, aspirations and realities, the result is an exhilarating collection of essays about love and friendship, failure and suffering, and above all hope. Join Meg on her heart-wrenching journey, as she cuts the difficult path to finding herself and finding home.
‘Perfect ... an exquisite articulation of loneliness and searching.’ Laura Jane Williams
MEG FEE is is a Texas-born writer who spent her formative adult years in NYC. She has a loyal following on Instagram (@meg_fee) and her blog, megfee.com. Her work has received praise from the Huffington Post, Jamie Varon, and Nora McInerny among others. In 2017 she said goodbye to New York to take up a Master’s degree in Public Health at Duke University.
3rd May 2018 Memoir 9781785783036 £14.99 US $22.95 9781785783043 (eBook) £11.99 (eBook) Demy HBK 320 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
Are we alone in the Universe, or are there as many planets supporting life as there are stars in the sky?
The Search for Life Elsewhere in the Universe
It’s one of the most important and fascinating questions human beings can ponder, and astrobiology is the emerging field of science that tries to answer it. Astronomer Rhodri Evans gives an expert overview of our current state of knowledge, looking at how life started on Earth, considering other places in the Solar System that might harbour life, then discussing possible Earthlike ‘exoplanets’ orbiting stars further out into our galaxy – and what future missions and studies will tell us about extraterrestrial life there. Along the way the book answers some key questions: How can we answer Fermi’s paradox (‘Where is everybody?’)? Is water essential for life, or just a best bet for finding it? And how will we know when we find alien life, if it doesn’t follow the same principles as Earth life?
research is extra-galactic astronomy. For the past sixteen years he has been involved in airborne astronomy, and is part of the team building the facility far-infrared camera for SOFIA. He also does research in star-formation and cosmology and is a regular contributor to TV, radio and public lectures.
RHODRI EVANS’ main area of
3rd May 2018 Science 9781785783425 £7.99 US $12.95 9781785783432 (eBook) £5.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency
The Berlin Airlift The Relief Operation that Defined the Cold War
Barry Turner Berlin, 1948 – a divided city in a divided country in a divided Europe. The ruined German capital lay 120 miles inside Soviet-controlled eastern Germany. Stalin wanted the Allies out; the Allies were determined to stay, but had only three narrow air corridors linking the city to the West. And so over eleven months from June 1948 to May 1949, British and American aircraft carried out the most ambitious airborne relief operation ever mounted, flying over 2 million tons of supplies on almost 300,000 flights to save a beleaguered Berlin.
Acclaimed historian Barry Turner presents a new history of the Cold War’s defining episode 9781785780547
Barry Turner paints a fresh, vivid picture of the airlift, whose repercussions – the role of the USA as global leader, German ascendancy, Russian threat – we are still living with today.
BARRY TURNER is a celebrated historian, the author most recently of Karl Doenitz and the Last Days of the Third Reich (Icon, 2015), described as ‘page-turning’ by the Daily Mail, and of Suez 1956 (Hodder, 2006) and, with Tony Rennell, When Daddy Came Home (Arrow, 2014). He lives in London and south-west France. 48
3rd May 2018 History / Cold War 9781785783531 £10.99 9781785782558 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 320 pages with 8 pages of b/w plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock
The Other Exile
The Remarkable Story of Fernão Lopes, the island of St. Helena and a Paradise Lost
Abdul Rahman Azzam In 1506 Fernão Lopes, a member of his country’s minor nobility, travelled to Goa in search of honour and wealth. There he converted to Islam, married a Muslim, fought his former countrymen, and was eventually captured – his nose and hands publicly cut off for treachery. Eventually sailing for home, he jumped ship at Saint Helena, becoming the island’s first inhabitant, with only a black cockerel for company. Based on brand new research by A R Azzam, author of the acclaimed Saladin (Longman, 2007), The Other Exile is at once a historical adventure story and a meditation on solitude. It is a story about redemption in one of the darkest periods in Europe and the tale of the haunting relationship between man and wild nature.
3rd May 2018 Biography / History 9781785783449 £9.99 9781785781841 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 320 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
The first known inhabitant of Saint Helena – long before Napoleon – was a 16th-century Portuguese renegade
ABDUL RAHMAN AZZAM has a BA and PhD in History from Oxford University. He is the author of Rumi and the Kingdom of Joy (2000) and the bestselling Saladin (published in English in 2007 by Longman), which was selected in Jordan as one of the top 100 books on Islam. 49
An exposé of southeast Asia’s criminal underworld in the 21st century
Hello, Shadowlands: Inside South-east Asia’s Organised Crime Wave
Your Guide to Meth Fiefdoms, Terrorized Party Towns and Other Places You’ll Probably Never Visit
Patrick Winn Essential to understanding south-east Asia in the 21st century, Hello, Shadowlands reveals a steadily growing transnational underworld of organised crime — a $100 billion trade that deals in narcotics, animals and human beings — and the staggering human toll largely ignored by the West. Patrick Winn travels from Myanmar’s anarchic hills to the swamplands of Vietnam: where jihadis are pitted against brothel workers, pet thieves against vigilantes, meth barons against Christian vice squads. Winn expertly combines their stories into a vivid but unsettling portrait of a region in flux, where a complex eco-system of crime is entering upon a new golden age. Hello, Shadowlands is an investigative plunge into crime rings large and small that form a black economy with shocking scope and reach. Winn reveals these sweeping forces through the eyes of criminals, but as he moves through unruly enclaves, he does not fixate on black-hearted villains. Instead, he intimately profiles men and women who are forced to make agonizing choices in the absence of law.
PATRICK WINN is an award-winning American journalist who covers crime in south-east Asia. His work has appeared on NBC News, The Atlantic, the BBC and other outlets. Currently the Asia correspondent for Public Radio International, each week Winn’s voice is heard by millions on NPR stations. Since 2008, he has lived in Bangkok and reported almost exclusively on south-east Asia.
7th June 2018 Politics / Travel 9781785783470 £14.99 9781785783487 (eBook) £11.99 (eBook) Demy PBK 256 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Asia Literary Agency
The people, ideals and events that have shaped a nation – in large-format comic book form
American Politics A Graphic Guide
Laura Locker & Julia Scheele
How did a political outsider like Trump win the 2016 presidential election? Why do some Americans feel so strongly about gun rights? Is there a role for more than two political parties in the system? Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Queer: A Graphic History, illustrator Julia Scheele teams up with Dr Laura Locker in this introduction to the political history of the Land of Opportunity. Politics isn’t something that just occurs in the West Wing or the Capitol building – it comes from the interaction between state and society, the American people living their daily lives. In this unique graphic guide, we follow modern citizens as they explore everything from the United States’ political culture, the Constitution and the balance of power, to social movements, the role of the media, and tensions over race, immigration, and LGBT rights. Step right up, and see what lies beneath the pageantry and headlines of this great nation.
LAURA LOCKER has a doctorate in political science from Johns Hopkins University and has taught American and comparative politics courses to university students in Portland, Oregon. She’s particularly interested in political economics and sociology, and issues of race, class and gender.
JULIA SCHEELE is an illustrator, graphic facilitator and comic book artist. She runs One Beat Zines, a feminist zine collective and distributor. @juliascheele
7th June 2018 Politics / Graphic Non-Fiction 9781785783456 £11.99 9781785783463 (eBook) £9.99 (eBook) 254 x 177mm PBK 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Rock Bottom A Music Writer’s Journey into Madness
Michael Odell Michael Odell is a rock music writer who takes his responsibility as cultural gatekeeper seriously; he asks rock stars the forbidden questions to discover whether they’re worthy of readers’ admiration. But after interviewing Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – two of the ‘Big Six’ icons – Michael is depressed. He has a public meltdown while chaperoning Oasis at an awards ceremony.
‘One of the best music books ever written ... Odell knows music isn’t about the musicians – it’s about what it does to the listener, even if what it does ends up being wholly disastrous. It’s sad, funny, fascinating and wise.’ Michael Hann, former Guardian music editor
As Michael addresses his feelings about the past, in particular his failed teenage band, Mental Elf, he’s forced to confront the question: is it finally time to grow up and forget rock 'n' roll?
‘Hilarious and disarmingly honest; a journey into the neurosis of rock fame, but through doors you don’t expect.’ Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
MICHAEL ODELL is a former contributing editor to Q magazine and has written about music for NME, the Guardian, the Independent and Spin, among others. Currently he does interviews and writes on family matters for The Times. He lives in Bristol. 54
7th June 2018 Music / Memoir 9781785783517 £9.99 9781785782237 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 320 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency
The Billion Dollar Spy A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
David E. Hoffman ‘An astonishingly detailed picture of espionage in the 1980s, written with pacey journalistic verve and an eerily contemporary feel.’ Ben Macintyre, The Times January, 1977. While the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station fills his gas tank, a stranger drops a note into the car. In the years that followed, that stranger, Adolf Tolkachev, became one of the West’s most valuable spies. At enormous risk Tolkachev and his handlers conducted clandestine meetings across Moscow, eluding the KGB in its own backyard – until a shocking betrayal put them all at risk. Drawing on previously classified CIA documents and interviews with first-hand participants, The Billion Dollar Spy is a brilliant feat of reporting and a riveting true story from the final years of the Cold War.
7th June 2018 History / Military 9781785783524 £9.99 9781785781988 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) B-format PBK 384 pages with 16 pages of b/w plates TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth exc. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency
‘...it is the human factor that elevates The Billion Dollar Spy to a different level: non-fiction as rich and resonant as a spy novel by John Le Carré or Graham Greene.’ The Mail on Sunday
DAVID E. HOFFMAN is a contributing editor at The Washington Post and a correspondent for PBS’s flagship investigative series, Frontline. He is the author of The Dead Hand (Icon, 2011), about the end of the Cold War arms race, and winner of a Pulitzer Prize. He lives with his wife in Maryland. 55
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