Welcome to Icon’s Spring 2019 catalogue! Here at Icon Books, we strive to create memorable non-fiction that informs, inspires and provokes – whether it’s a dark history of the internet, a true tale of Cold War espionage, an exploration of physics’ most enduring thought experiment, or a raft of business books to get you motivated. Our eclectic spring list is complemented by a growing series library, including our football biographies, Hot Science, the 50 Greatest collection, Practical Guides, and our bestselling Graphic Guides. There’s something for every shelf, to suit both the series collectors and those readers looking for just the right travel title or self-help guide. This last year Icon has gone from strength to strength: Cordelia Fine’s Testosterone Rex won the 2017 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Orwell Book Prize 2018; Thor Hanson’s Buzz was selected for Radio 4 Book of the Week in July; and David E. Hoffman’s The Billion Dollar Spy featured as Waterstones’ Non-Fiction Book of the Month in August. We hope you will find in our Spring 2019 catalogue more of the same: reliably insightful, inspiring books that curious readers will love.
How to be a Productivity Ninja .......2 Surveillance Valley ...............4 The Spy in Moscow Station.......6 More than Happiness ................8 Hello, Shadowlands ..............9
Professor Maxwell’s Duplicitous Demon ......10 Je T’aime ...........12 Cosmic Impact ........ 14 Salah..........................16 Pogba, Mbappé, Griezmann ....... 17 Dear Fahrenheit 451......................18 Black Sunset ....... 19
Hacking the Code of Life.....20 Work Fuel ............22 The 50 Greatest Castles and Palaces of the World ...... 24 Astroquizzical....... 25
How to Have a Happy Hustle ...... 42 Six Secrets of Intelligence ..... 44 Beyond Coincidence........ 46 Places I Stopped on the Way Home .... 48 The Big Ones ........ 49 Enigma............. 50 Money ... and How to Make it ....... 51
Apollo 11..... 52 Feminism: A Graphic Guide .....54 Artiﬁcial Intelligence ........ 56 Quantum Economics .... 58 Ghost Riders ........ 59
Graphic Guides ......60 Superstar Biographies ... 63 The 50 Greatest ......64 Icon Science.............65 Recent Bestsellers ....66 Backlist Highlights .....68
Lost in a Good Game .......26 Six Impossible Things ....28 Capitalism: A Graphic Guide ..............30 A Practical Guide to the Psychology of Parenting Teenagers .........32 A Practical Guide to Chronic Pain Management ...........34 Practical Guides ........36 The 50 Greatest Churches and Cathedrals of Great Britain .....38 Buzz ......................39 That Was When People Started to Worry ......40 The Cryotron Files ..........41
Business/Self-help 9781785784613 £9.99 9781785784620 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 368pp, b&w illustrations throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 2
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A completely revised and updated edition of the bestselling productivity guide
How to be a Productivity Ninja Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do
World-leading productivity expert Graham Allcott’s business bible is given a complete update for 2019. Do you waste too much time on your phone? Scroll through Twitter or Instagram when you should be getting down to your real tasks? Is your attention easily distracted? We’ve got the solution: The Way of the Productivity Ninja. In the age of information overload, traditional time management techniques simply don’t cut it anymore. Using techniques including Ruthlessness, Mindfulness, Zen-like Calm and Stealth and Camouflage, this fully revised new edition of How to be a Productivity Ninja offers a fun and accessible guide to working smarter, getting more done and learning to love what you do again.
Also available: 9781785784590
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GRAHAM ALLCOTT is an entrepreneur, keynote business speaker and founder of Think Productive, who run public workshops throughout the UK and in-house workshops for staff at a diverse range of organizations, including eBay, Heineken, BT, and the Gates Foundation. He is the host of the popular business podcast, Beyond Busy, and the author of How to be a Study Ninja and A Practical Guide to Productivity. 3
Technology/History 9781785784781 £14.99 9781785785054 (eBook) £11.99 (eBook) 384 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Foundry Media 4
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An explosive, revisionist history of the dark past, and darker present of the internet
Surveillance Valley The Secret Military History of the Internet
Everything we have been told about the democratic nature of the internet is a marketing pitch Beginning as a surveillance tool developed by ARPA for the Vietnam War, the internet has managed to become essential to our lives. More and more we trust it with aspects of even our most intimate existence. But it was developed, from the outset, as a weapon. Surveillance Valley investigates the unavoidable truth of the internet’s history, clearly demonstrating how the same military objectives and control systems driving the development of early internet technology are still at the heart of Silicon Valley. Amazon, Google and Facebook are now all multimillion dollar government contractors deeply involved in the defence industry. Even ‘secure’ networks like Tor have a military background. Without reading Surveillance Valley, your understanding of today’s world will be missing a vital piece of the puzzle.
YASHA LEVINE is an investigative journalist and author who has written for Wired, The Bafﬂer, and AlterNet, among others. He has appeared on network television, including MSNBC, and has had his work profiled by the New York Observer, Vanity Fair, and the Verge.
History/Espionage/Politics 9781785784927 £12.99 9781785785030 (eBook) £10.99 (eBook) 320 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: St Martins Press 6
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The thrilling, true, ColdWar era story of counterespionage in Moscow and the clandestine eavesdropping arms race
The Spy in Moscow Station A Counterspy’s Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat
Eric Haseltine Foreword by Gen. Michael V. Hayden (Retd.), Former Director of NSA & CIA
Moscow in the late 1970s: one by one, CIA assets are disappearing. The Spy in Moscow Station tells of a time when – much like today – Russian spycraft was proving itself far ahead of the best technology the US had to offer. This is the true story of unorthodox, underdog intelligence officers who fought an uphill battle against their government to prove that the KGB had pulled off the most devastating and breathtakingly thorough penetration of US national security in history. Incorporating declassified internal CIA memos and diplomatic cables, this suspenseful narrative reads like a thriller. The book also carries a chilling warning for the present: like the State and CIA officers who were certain their ‘sweeps’ could detect any threat in Moscow, we don’t know what we don’t know. Another gripping spy story from the publishers of the Sunday Times bestselling The Billion Dollar Spy.
ERIC HASELTINE was Director of Research at the NSA and Associate Director of National Intelligence in charge of Science and Technology for the US Intelligence community. Before joining the NSA, he was Executive Vice President of Disney Imagineering. A PhD neuroscientist, he has given several popular TED talks on the future of science and is an inventor with over 70 patents and pending patents. He lives in California with his wife, Dr. Chris Gilbert. 7
More Than Happiness Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age
Antonia Macaro In More than Happiness, Antonia Macaro delves into Buddhism and Stoicism, focusing on the elements of each philosophy that ﬁt with our sceptical age, and those that 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 else that we’d do better to leave behind.
An inspiring, critical and practical look at what we can learn from the teachings of Buddhism and Stoicism 9781848313774
In this synthesis of ancient wisdom, Macaro reframes the ‘good life’, asking 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, co-author of The Shrink and the Sage, and author of Reason, Virtue and Psychotherapy. She has many years’ clinical experience in the field of addictive behaviours. She has a degree in Oriental Studies and an MA in Philosophy. She was an invited speaker at Stoicon 2018. 8
Self-help/Philosophy 9781785784460 £9.99 9781785781346 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 224 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Inside the Meth Fiefdoms, Rebel Hideouts and Bomb-Scarred Party Towns of Southeast Asia
Patrick Winn Essential to understanding Southeast Asia in the 21st century. Hello, Shadowlands examines how China’s rise and America’s decline is creating new opportunities for transnational crime syndicates to thrive. Focusing on human stories on both sides of this crime wave, the acclaimed Bangkok-based broadcaster and journalist Patrick Winn intimately profiles a $100 billion trade that deals in narcotics, animals and people – and the staggering human toll that is being steadily ignored by the West. Hello, Shadowlands is an expose of Southeast Asia’s criminal underworld in the 21st century and its surprising links to the West.
‘Hello, Shadowlands is a sweeping work of investigative journalism that reads like a thriller you can’t put down.’ – Megha Rajagopalan, China bureau chief, Buzzfeed News
B-format PBK Politics/Travel 9781785784798 £9.99 9781785783487 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 256 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Asia Literary Agency
PATRICK WINN is an award-winning American journalist who covers crime in Southeast 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 Southeast Asia.
Popular Science 9781785784958 £16.99 9781785784965 (eBook) £12.99 (eBook) 304 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 10
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The great conundrum that has taxed the finest minds in physics
Professor Maxwell’s Duplicitous Demon How James Clerk Maxwell Unravelled the Mysteries of Electromagnetism and Matter
Asked to name a great physicist, most people would mention Newton or Einstein, Feynman or Hawking. But ask a physicist and there’s no doubt that James Clerk Maxwell will be near the top of the list. Maxwell, an unassuming Victorian Scotsman, explained how we perceive colour. He uncovered the way gases behave. And, most significantly, he transformed the way physics was undertaken in his explanation of the interaction of electricity and magnetism, revealing the nature of light and laying the groundwork for everything from Einstein’s special relativity to modern electronics. Along the way, he set up one of the most enduring challenges in physics, one that has taxed the best minds ever since. ‘Maxwell’s demon’ is a tiny but thoroughly disruptive thought experiment that suggests the second law of thermodynamics, the law that governs the flow of time itself, can be broken. This is the story of a groundbreaking scientist, a great contributor to our understanding of the way the world works, and his duplicitous demon.
BRIAN CLEGG’S most recent book is The Reality Frame (Icon, 2017). His Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity were both longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has written for Nature, BBC Focus, Physics World, The Times and The Observer. 11
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Biography/Music 9781785784842 £9.99 9781785785047 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 256pp with 8pp colour plate section TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Editions des Equateurs 12
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary banned song Je t’aime ... moi non plus
Je T’aime The Legendary Love Story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
Timed to coincide with Valentine’s Day, Je T’aime is the lyrical retelling of a relationship that deﬁned an age. Véronique Mortaigne’s brilliantly-written book skilfully identiﬁes the pairing of Gainsbourg and Birkin as the key expression of the spirit of the age. Synonymous with love, eroticism, glamour, music, provocation, their affair would set France aflame as the sixties ebbed, and set in motion many of the ideas we have by now come to think of as specifically ‘French’. Skipping back and forth in time, Je T’aime takes the reader from the foggy Normandy landscapes where Serge and Jane retreated, to their carefree summers on the coast. En route to their superstardom in films and music, we experience their intrigues, triangular relationships, and jealous rages, the genius and the self-torture. Tenderly told, via new interviews with key players in their story, Je T’aime details the coming together of two massive personalities, who together created a model of the rebel couple for the ages.
VÉRONIQUE MORTAIGNE is a journalist and broadcaster. She has been head of music and arts at Le Monde and is the author of a dozen books, including biographies of Cesaria Evora, Manu Chao, and Johnny Halliday.
More new Hot Science on page 56
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Popular Science 9781785784934 £8.99 9781785784941 (eBook) £5.99 (eBook) 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Is Earth really doomed to be destroyed by a cosmic catastrophe?
Cosmic Impact Understanding the Threat to Earth from Asteroids and Comets
As end-of-the-world scenarios go, an apocalyptic collision with an asteroid or comet is the new kid on the block, gaining respectability only in the last decade of the 20th century with the realisation that the dinosaurs had been wiped out by just such an impact. Now the science community is making up for lost time, with worldwide efforts to track the thousands of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, and plans for high-tech hardware that could deflect an incoming object from a collision course – a procedure depicted, with little regard for scientific accuracy, in several Hollywood movies. Astrophysicist and science writer Andrew May disentangles fact from fiction in this fast-moving and entertaining account, covering the nature and history of comets and asteroids, the reason why some orbits are more hazardous than others, the devastating local and global effects that an impact event would produce, and – more optimistically – the way future space missions could avert a catastrophe.
ANDREW MAY is a freelance writer and science consultant. He has written on subjects as diverse as the physical sciences, military technology, British history and the paranormal. His recent books include pocket-sized biographies of Newton and Einstein, an eye-opening study of the relationship between pseudoscience and science fiction, and Destination Mars, in the Hot Science series. He lives in Somerset.
Salah Luca Caioli & Cyril Collot
Mohamed Salah needed little time to settle in to life at Liverpool. Since signing for the Anfield club in 2017 for a then-club record fee, he has broken the club’s scoring record for a debut season, as well as becoming the leading goalscorer in Europe’s top five leagues, overtaking Lionel Messi and Harry Kane.
An accessible and aspirational biography of the record-breaking forward, perfect for readers of all ages
He was the first player to ever win three Premier League Player of the Month awards in the same season and was the winner of the PFA Player’s Player of the Year for 2017– 18, scoring 32 goals in 36 league games. In this biography of the Egypt and Liverpool star, bestselling authors Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot examine his rise to success. Up to date with Russia World Cup 2018 analysis and featuring exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes details.
B-format PBK For more of Luca Caioli’s superstar football biographies, see page 63
Football/Teenage 9781785784637 £7.99 9781785784644 (ebook) £6.99 (eBook) 224pp with 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Acer Literary Agency
Pogba, Mbappé, Griezmann Luca Caioli & Cyril Collot
Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann were the standout stars of France’s World Cupwinning team, drawing comparisons to the great class of ‘98. Be it Pogba’s high-profile apprenticeships in the Premier League and Italy’s Serie A, Griezmann’s seizing his opportunity in Real Sociedad’s youth academy or Mbappé’s dazzling performances for AS Monaco in the UEFA Champions League, all three have forged their own distinct routes to the very top. The result is an unstoppable blend of pace, determination and creativity that cuts through opposition defences with devastating efficiency. Through exclusive testimonies from friends, families, managers and teammates, acclaimed football writers Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot document the trio’s individual journeys and examine the phenomenal success of France’s footballing superstars, including their success at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The three stars of a golden generation of French football
B-format PBK LUCA CAIOLI is the bestselling author
Football/Teenage 9781785785184 £7.99 9781785785184 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) 224pp with 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Acer Literary Agency
of Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Mbappé. A renowned Italian sports journalist, he lives in Spain corresponding for SKY Italia and Corriere della Sera.
CYRIL COLLOT is a French journalist and the author of a number of books about French football. He works for the OLTV channel where he has directed several documentaries about football. 17
Dear Fahrenheit 451 A Librarian’s Love Letters and Break-up Notes to Her Books
Annie Spence ‘Spence’s love for an impressive variety of works is deep and true; her guilty pleasures are sweet; her frustration with and scorn for others are outright hilarious.’ Irish Times Librarian Annie Spence’s epistles to the books under her care include fan-girl love letters to books like Matilda and The Goldﬁnch, and irreverent break-up notes to Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hobbit.
‘A delightful read’ – Stylist
As well as addressing the books weeded from her library, Annie is on-hand to help readers with 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. ‘She loves books not as Petrarch loved his Laura – reverently and from a distance – but more as an adherent of the Kama Sutra might: up close, personally, and from an astonishing variety of angles.’
B-format PBK 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.
– Margaret H. Willison, NPR Books
Humour/Literary Studies 9781785784477 £7.99 9781785783104 (ebook) £6.99 (eBook) 256 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Macmillan
Hollywood Sex, Lies, Glamour, Betrayal and Raging Egos
Clancy Sigal ‘Described with so much vitality and scabrous wit you feel as charmed as one of his serial conquests … [a] marvellous book.’ Spectator Mid-20th century Hollywood; ‘Raymond Chandler’s LA before Pilates and cell phones’. Working as a talent agent for Humphrey Bogart, Tony Curtis, Peter Lorre (among others), the young Sigal is relentlessly tailed by the FBI for his radical political activity, and subpoenaed by the HUAC. Will he give them his list of nine names, burning a hole in his pocket, to save his own skin? ‘Buzzes with gossip and scandal ... one of the best Hollywood memoirs ever.’ – Jewish Chronicle ‘Sigal’s prose style is that of the secret agent in the macho gun-toting sense, with a side-of-the-mouth, shoulderholster private-eye delivery out of Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett’ – Mail on Sunday
The riveting, starstudded and hilarious memoir of awardwinning author Clancy Sigal’s time as a film agent in Blacklist-era Hollywood
B-format PBK Memoir/Autobiography 9781785784804 £9.99 9781785784408 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 208 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Frances Goldin Literary Agency
CLANCY SIGAL escaped the McCarthyite witch-hunts for Britain, where he began a career as a successful novelist, and had a four-year affair with the Nobel-winning writer Doris Lessing. He wrote the oscarwinning 2002 movie Frida. 19
Popular Science 9781785784972 £12.99 9781785784989 (eBook) £10.99 (eBook) 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 20
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Hacking the Code of Life
The cutting-edge science that will revolutionise the way we prevent disease
How Gene Editing Will Rewrite Our Futures
Just 45 years ago, the age of gene modiﬁcation was born. Researchers could create glow-in-the-dark mice, farmyard animals producing drugs in their milk, and vitamin-enhanced rice that could prevent half a million people going blind every year. But now GM is rapidly being supplanted by a new system called CRISPR or ‘gene editing’. Using this approach, scientists can manipulate the genes of almost any organism with a degree of precision, ease and speed that we could only dream of ten years ago. But is it ethical to change the genetic material of organisms in a way that might be passed on to future generations? If a person is suffering from a lethal genetic disease, is it even more unethical to deny them this option? Who controls the application of this technology, when it makes ‘biohacking’ – perhaps of one’s own genome – a real possibility? Nessa Carey’s book is a thrilling and timely snapshot of a technology that will radically alter our futures.
Also available: 9781848319158
NESSA CAREY worked in the biotech and pharma industry for thirteen years and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. Her previous books for Icon are The Epigenetics Revolution (2011), described by the Guardian as ‘a book that would have had Darwin swooning’, and Junk DNA (2015), ‘a cutting-edge guide to the evermore mysterious genome’ (New Scientist). 21
Business/Self-help 9781785784590 £8.99 9781785784606 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) 304pp with b&w illustrations throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 22
The first title in the new Productivity Ninja Guide series
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Boost performance, improve focus and eat your way to success
Work Fuel The Productivity Ninja Guide to Nutrition
Graham Allcott and Colette Heneghan
We all know the beneﬁts of healthy eating, but in practice, it’s often just not compatible with a busy, working lifestyle. Grabbing food on the go between meetings, before you rush to the gym, after catching up with friends – there’s just not enough time to be fussy – what you eat often takes a backseat. But what if that didn’t have to be the case? What if what you were eating actually gave you more time; boosting your productivity, increasing your focus, and ensuring that you didn’t fall victim to that daily 3pm energy slump? Productivity and nutrition experts Graham Allcott and Colette Heneghan present a new way to think about what you eat: the Productivity Ninja way. Work Fuel shows you how eating well can and should fit into your lifestyle, however busy it is. From surviving conferences and work trips to how to best put together your food shopping list, Work Fuel promises to improve your performance, focus and energy by changing the way that you eat.
COLETTE HENEGHAN is a Peak Performance & Nutrition Coach, with extensive experience working with the world’s largest technology companies, professional sports players and teams. She has designed and delivered successful, high-impact health and wellbeing programmes across the world, ensuring that people thrive in competitive and challenging industries.
& GRAHAM ALLCOTT 23
The 50 Greatest Castles and Palaces of the World Gilly Pickup Castles and palaces around the world are structures of grandeur, might and beauty.
Explore the legends, history and secrets of great castles and palaces around the world
From the flamboyance of Germany’s fairy tale-Neuschwanstein Castle to the gothic, Dracula-inspiring Bran Castle, perched high in the craggy peaks of Romania’s Carpathian Mountains; Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, previously home to samurai warriors to Ireland’s Blarney Castle, where ‘the gift of the gab’ will be granted to any who kiss its stone, the world’s castles and palaces are steeped in history and stories to tell. Award-winning journalist and travel writer Gilly Pickup shares these stories, providing a tour of 50 of the world’s greatest castles and palaces, filled with humour, interesting facts and tips on how best to visit them.
See page 64 for more of the 50 Greatest series
GILLY PICKUP is a London-based freelance journalist specialising in destination travel and cruise but also publishing features on topics including arts and culture, history, wellbeing, animals, food and folklore. She has written for the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, specialist and trade titles and women’s magazines. She has had six books published. 24
Travel/History 9781785784576 £8.99 9781785784583 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) 256pp with b&w images throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
A Curious Journey Through Our Cosmic Family Tree
Jillian Scudder In this entralling 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. For anyone interested in the ‘big picture’ of how the cosmos functions and how it is all connected, Jillian Scudder is the perfect guide.
How did the Earth get to be the way it is? Just like all of us, it’s a product of its ancestors
Popular Science 9781785784125 £9.99 9781785783357 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 224pp with 16pp colour plates and b/w images throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
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. This is her first book. 25
Technology 9781785784811 £14.99 9781785785061 (eBook) £11.99 (eBook) 320 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Janklow & Nesbit 26
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An exploration of the psychological effects – the pleasures, benefits and disbenefits – of computer games
Lost in a Good Game Why We Play Video Games and What They Do To Us
Dr Pete Etchells
When Pete Etchells was thirteen, his father died from motor neurone disease. In order to cope, he immersed himself in a virtual world – ﬁrst as an escape, but later to try to understand what had happened. Etchells is now a researcher into the psychological effects of video games, and was co-author on a recent paper explaining why WHO plans to classify ‘game addiction’ as a danger to public health are based on bad science and (he thinks) wrong. In this, his first book, he journeys through the history and development of video games – from Turing’s chess machine to mass multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft – via scientific study, to investigate the highs and lows of playing and get to the bottom of our relationship with games – why we do it, and what they really mean to us.
PETE ETCHELLS is a lecturer in psychology at Bath Spa University, whose field of research is the behavioural effects of videogames on the human brain. This is his first book.
Popular Science 9781785784996 £9.99 9781785785009 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 112 pages TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: David Higham Agency 28
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A short guide to the six theories that try to explain the wild world of the quantum
Six Impossible Things The ‘Quanta of Solace’ and the Mysteries of the Subatomic World
Quantum physics is strange. It tells us that a particle can be in two places at once. Indeed, that particle is also a wave, and everything in the quantum world can be described entirely in terms of waves, or entirely in terms of particles, whichever you prefer. All of this was clear by the end of the 1920s. But to the great distress of many physicists, let alone ordinary mortals, nobody has ever been able to come up with a common sense explanation of what is going on. Physicists have sought ‘quanta of solace’ in a variety of more or less convincing interpretations. Popular science master John Gribbin takes us on a delightfully mind-bending tour through the ‘big six’, from the Copenhagen interpretation via the pilot wave and many worlds approaches. All of them are crazy, and some are more crazy than others, but in this world crazy does not necessarily mean wrong, and being more crazy does not necessarily mean more wrong.
JOHN GRIBBIN’S numerous bestselling books include In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat, The Universe: A Biography, and 13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything. He is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex, and was described as ‘one of the finest and most prolific writers of popular science around’ by the Spectator.
Economics/Graphic Non-fiction 9781785785146 £12.99 9781785785153 (eBook) £9.99 (eBook) 224pp with b/w illustrations throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
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The history, theory and impacts of this worlddominating economic ideology
Capitalism A Graphic Guide
Sharron Shatil, Dan Cryan & Piero
Capitalism shapes every aspect of our world, beyond just our economic structures; it moulds our values and inﬂuences the way we write laws, wage wars, and even conduct personal relationships. From its beginnings to the present day, Capitalism: A Graphic Guide tells the story of capitalism’s remarkable and often ruthless rise, evolving through strife and struggle as much as innovation and enterprise. This non-fiction graphic novel explores the key developments that have shaped our modern world, from early banking to the founding of the USA, the Opium Wars, financial crashes and the rise of big data. It also introduces us to the leading proponents and critics of capitalism – including Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Theodor Adorno and Milton Friedman – providing both a theoretical and practical understanding of this fascinating subject.
Also available: 9781785783456
DAN CRYAN has degrees in philosophy from UCL and now works as a market analyst in San Francisco. SHARRON SHATIL is a philosophy lecturer at the Open University in Israel. Together they are also the authors of Introducing Logic: A Graphic Guide. PIERO is an illustrator, artist and graphic designer. He has illustrated over ten books in the Introducing Graphic Guide series. 31
NEW PRACTICAL GUIDE
Self-help/Psychology 9781785784507 £7.99 9781785784774 (eBook) £5.99 (eBook) 224 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 32
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An original, practical and informed guide to living with and understanding teenagers
A Practical Guide to the Psychology of Parenting Teenagers Understand Teen Behaviour
The teenage years are complex, exciting and often turbulent. Growth, development and learning are intrinsic to this period and every teenage experience is different. For anyone who cares about a teenagerâ€™s wellbeing, development and learning, this Practical Guide offers a theoretically informed way of thinking about, understanding and actually living with teenagers. Experienced professional educational psychologist Kairen Cullen, parent of four adult children who were, of course, once teenagers, draws upon a wealth of experience as she looks at the areas of particular challenge in the teenage years, and the different psychological theories and approaches that can be used to address them. Full of case studies, practical tips and exercises, this guide focuses on the three major issues prevalent in teenage years: achievement, belonging and control, and the behaviours that fall within these categories. Underpinning everything with educational psychology literature and psychology theory in general, Dr Kairen Cullen expertly explains how the reader can develop and improve their relationships with teenagers.
KAIREN CULLEN is a registered Practitioner Educational Psychologist. She has worked independently and for Local Authorities for over four decades. At this time she is involved in writing, consultation and media-related projects. This title is the second she has written for the Icon Practical Guides series, the first being A Practical Guide to Child Psychology (2011, 2018).
NEW PRACTICAL GUIDE
Self-help 9781785784491 £7.99 9781785784897 (eBook) £5.99 (eBook) 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 34
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Compassionate life-chanaging guide to coping with pain
A Practical Guide to Chronic Pain Management Understand Pain. Take Back Control.
Chronic pain affects huge numbers of people – the WHO estimates that 37–41% of people across the world suffer, and the ﬁgure rises in countries like the UK where the population is ageing. From arthritis to migraine, back pain to diabetes, chronic pain is a huge problem for individuals, their families and carers, health providers and employers. David Walton, a clinical and cognitive psychologist who experiences chronic pain himself, guides readers through an understanding of the nature of pain; how the body and mind react to it; how to minimise pain; and how to choose the right therapies, medication and relief strategies. Modern research is presented in an engaging and positive way, alongside self-assessment questionnaires, case studies and practical do’s and don’ts. Through an understanding of pain mechanisms and relief strategies, readers will be enabled to manage their symptoms better and regain some control over their daily lives.
DAVID WALTON is a clinical and cognitive psychologist with a background in mental health, cognitive therapy and pain management. He has worked within and advised the NHS, United Nations, European Economic Council, and the UK Department of Health, on matters ranging from health service reconstruction to improving management practices. He has run pain management clinics and advises arthritis and carers’ charities on pain. He experiences chronic pain personally, following a horse riding accident.
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.
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Psychology of Relationships
CBT for Work
Philosophy for Everyday Life
NLP for Work
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The 50 Greatest Churches and Cathedrals of Great Britain Sue Dobson Britain is well-known for its churches and cathedrals; but these grand structures are also full of facts, histories and stories that you may not have been aware of. Did you know that there are only three cathedrals in Britain without a ringing bell? Or that St Davids Cathedral, nestled away in a Welsh valley, has a very unique choir, where the top line is sung only by female choristers, aged eight to eighteen?
An inspiring tour of the highlights of the most-loved churches, abbeys and cathedrals of Great Britain
How about that the Great Pyramids in Egypt were the world’s tallest structures for over 3,870 years, until the construction of Lincoln Cathedral in 1311? Award-winning travel writer and editor Sue Dobson takes us on a journey around Great Britain, showing us her highlights while providing fascinating details and stories along the way.
B-format PBK See page 64 for more of the 50 Greatest series SUE DOBSON is an award-winning travel writer and magazine editor with a passion for discovering the world, its art, music, religions and cultures. Her love of cities is balanced by the joy of landscapes as diverse as deserts and mountains.
Travel/History 9781785784873 £8.99 9781785784880 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) 256pp with b&w images throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Buzz The Nature and Necessity of Bees
Thor Hanson Hardback edition was BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in July 2018
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. From honeybees and bumbles to lesserknown diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again.
A superb natural and cultural history of bees – the only such book to celebrate their full diversity
B-format PBK Natural History 9781785785115 £9.99 9781785783753 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) 304pp with b/w illustrations throughout and 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Perseus Books Group
THOR HANSON is a biologist whose research and conservation activities have taken him around the globe. His previous books include The Impenetrable Forest, Feathers (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize), and The Triumph of Seeds. He has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and contributed to publications including BBC Wildlife and the Huffington Post. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Photo credit: Kathleen Ballard photography
That Was When People Started to Worry Windows into Unwell Minds
Nancy Tucker Nancy Tucker, author of the acclaimed memoir about eating disorders, The Time in Between, presents this insiders’ view of what it’s really like to suffer from mental illness.
A unique look at the day-to-day trials of living with mental illness
Based on interviews with young women aged 16–25, That Was When People Started to Worry weaves together experiences of mental illness into unflinching, moving narratives, humorous anecdotes about common misconceptions, and guidance as to how we can all be more helpful and empathetic towards those who suffer. Tucker offers an authentic impression of seven common mental illnesses and an impassioned plea to us all to do better in how we think, talk about and treat mental illnesses in young women.
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Mental Health 9781785784484 £8.99 9781785782947 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) 256 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
The Cryotron Files The Strange Death of a Pioneering Cold War Computer Scientist
Douglas Buck & Iain Dey Dudley Buck was a brilliant scientist who developed or invented several early pieces of now-common technology (e.g. microchips, ﬂash drives) in the 1950s. He might have benefitted from them greatly, had he not died aged 32 of a mysterious heart attack, just after a highprofile group of Soviet scientists visited his lab on a Cold War-era tour of the USA. Recently discovered papers reveal Buck’s extensive career in clandestine government work, that had led to his contact with Russia’s top computer scientists. A fascinating narrative history of Cold War-era computer and tech research, which combines social historical elements to produce a brilliant portrait of America in the mid-20th century.
‘Details the increasingly relevant – and increasingly eerie – relationship between geopolitics and technology’ – Jesse Eisenberg
IAIN DEY is a Sunday Times correspondent Biography/History 9781785785108 £9.99 9781785784354 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 336 pages TERRITORY: UK & Comm excl. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Kingsford Campbell Associates
who was named UK Business Journalist of the Year in 2010. This is his first full-length book.
DOUGLAS BUCK is the son of Dudley Buck, and has had privileged access to his father’s diaries, associates and papers. Photo credit: Ray Wells/Sunday Times
Business 9781785784859 £12.99 9781785784866 (eBook) £9.99 (eBook) 240 pages TERRITORY: UK, Commonwealth, Europe TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 42
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A positive start-up guide for regular people
How to Have a Happy Hustle The Complete Guide to Making Your Ideas Happen
How to Have a Happy Hustle shares secrets from innovation experts and successful start-ups that you can use right now to come up with life-changing ideas and get them off the ground. Focusing on building both the right mindset and practical skills, its three-step approach guides you to have, hone and implement your ideas – whether you’re looking to solve problems in your current job or develop a side project. You’ll learn to use feedback to improve ideas, understand the psychology of being productive, find the best problems to solve and gain motivation to follow-through on your ideas, even in the face of set-backs and failures. Whatever your background or experience, whether you’ve got a great idea you don’t know how to develop, or a problem you’d like to solve, these triedand-tested techniques will help you to innovate and thrive.
BEC EVANS is a consultant on innovation and the co-founder of Prolifiko, a digital coach that helps writers to be productive. Formerly Head of Innovation at Emerald Group Publishing, Bec was a judge for the FutureBook Awards 2017 and writes a monthly column for The Bookseller. She was selected as one of Business Cloud’s Top Female Founders of Tech in 2017 and is a regular public speaker.
Philosophy 9781785784828 £14.99 9781785785078 (eBook) £11.99 (eBook) 320 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: David Higham
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Six ideas that show how to see through lies, deceptions and empty rhetoric, and a warning that we currently misunderstand both intelligence and education
The Six Secrets of Intelligence Why Modern Education Doesn’t Teach us to Think For Ourselves
Some people have something to say in any conversation and can spot the hidden angles of completely unrelated problems; but how do they do it? More than two thousand years ago, the greatest thinker of Ancient Greece discovered the blueprint of the human mind. Although the latest cognitive science shows his blueprint to be exactly what sharpens our reasoning, subtlety of thought, and ability to think in different ways and for ourselves, we have meanwhile replaced it with a simplistic and seductive view of intelligence, education and the mind. Condensing that blueprint to six ‘secrets’, Craig Adams uncovers the underlying patterns of every discussion and debate we’ve ever had, and shows us how to be both harder to manipulate and more skilful in any conversation or debate – no matter the topic.
CRAIG ADAMS is a former commissioning editor at Harper Collins. He worked as a teacher before becoming disillusioned with education and convinced that it needed to be put right. This is his first book. 45
Unexplained Phenomena 9781785785016 £9.99 9781785785023 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 320 pages TERRITORY: UK/Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/ Marsh Agency
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Stories of amazing coincidences and the mystery and mathematics that lie behind them
Beyond Coincidence Martin Plimmer & Brian King
Laura Buxton, aged ten, releases a balloon from her garden. It lands 140 miles away in the garden of another Laura Buxton, aged ten. Coincidence? Or something beyond coincidence? Is someone playing snap with our lives? Could it be the hand of God? Or are we, as some scientists have suggested, being granted an insight into a hyper-connected universe whose ubiquitous web-like workings we can only dimly discern? Beyond Coincidence is a celebration of the universe’s most beguiling phenomenon. Containing more than 250 amazing stories of coincidence, it asks why it means so much to even the most sceptical of us. ‘A first-rate book’ – The Observer ‘Guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine’ – Good Book Guide ‘Extraordinary stories’ – Daily Mail
MARTIN PLIMMER is a journalist and broadcaster and author of the fictionalised memoir King of the Castle. Once, while in the waiting room of a hospital after banging his head, Martin found a two-year-old magazine open at an article he had written on the subject of headaches. BRIAN KING is an award-winning pioneer of radio documentaries and BBC comedy programmes including, coincidentally, a series about coincidence, presented by Martin Plimmer. He is also the author of The Lying Ape and Walking in on Mum and Dad.
Places I Stopped on the Way Home A Memoir of Chaos and Grace
Meg Fee ‘I inhaled this book and savoured every last morsel of it. Gorgeous storytelling.’ Emma Gannon
A memoir about the bittersweet turbulence of ﬁnding your way in a big city.
‘Fee writes with stunning honesty ... utterly breathtaking’ – Bustle
Weaving together her joys and sorrows, expectations and uncertainties, aspirations and realities, this 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. Will appeal to long-time fans and new readers alike – particularly young women who have experienced loneliness, heartache and the rocky path of pursuing dreams. Meg promoted the hardback edition with sold-out events in London and San Francisco.
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Memoir 9781785784514 £8.99 9781785783043 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 240 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The Big Ones
How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and what we can do about them)
Lucy Jones A human history of natural disasters. The Big Ones is a history of humanity, seen via the prism of some of the most impactful natural disasters the world has suffered. From a volcanic eruption in Pompeii challenging and reinforcing prevailing views of religion, through the California floods of 1862 and the limitations of memory, to what Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami can tell us about governance and globalisation. The Big Ones is also a call to action – with this energising and richlyresearched book, Jones offers a look at our past that readies us to face down the increasing prevalence of Big Ones in our future.
A case study of the biggest natural disasters humanity has survived, and how they have shaped our history
B-format PBK LUCY JONES is a world-renowned seismologist. History/Geography 9781785784835 £9.99 9781785784378 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 256 pages TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Abner Stein
A research associate at Caltech, she holds a PhD in geophysics from MIT. For decades, she has provided scientific information to the public, and has appeared on every major network’s Nightly News Broadcast as well as every major morning television show, Conan and Larry King Now, among others. She lives in Southern California. 49
Enigma Crack the Ultimate Cipher Challenge!
Brian Clegg The ultimate trial of knowledge and cunning, Enigma features 200 cryptic puzzles and ciphers. The solutions link throughout the book: enter your solution online at www.enigmabooksite.co.uk to see if you’ve cracked it.
How good are you at code-breaking? Can you solve this fiendish cumulative puzzle?
With a focus on ciphers and codebreaking, Enigma contains twenty sections, each built around a specific subject from music to literature, physics to politics. To take on Enigma you need good general knowledge and the ability to think laterally. But if you need help, there are plenty of hints to point you in the right direction. Whether you attempt to crack it alone or work in a team, Enigma will challenge you to the extreme.
Can you take on Enigma and win? There’s only one way to find out …
BRIAN CLEGG’S most recent book is The Reality Frame (Icon, 2017). His Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity were both longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has written for Nature, BBC Focus, Physics World, The Times and The Observer. 50 50
Quiz Books 9781785784101 £7.99 9781785784118 (eBook) £6.99 (eBook) 240 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Money … and How to Make It
Peter Pugh Making enough money to get a start in life is now a real problem for most people in the UK. The cost of houses has risen so sharply in recent years that it is one of the country’s major problems, and many people are weighed down by debt before they even start. Knowing about money – its history, how it works, how people have made it in the past – can offer some practical and useful inspiration to tackle this challenge. In this entertaining and wide-ranging book, Peter Pugh explores the whole notion of money. There is advice from successful business people such as John Timpson, and also examples of entrepreneurs such as James Dyson and Anita Roddick, and creative artists such as J.K. Rowling, who started with very little but who have built enormously successful businesses.
Finance/Money 9781785785207 £9.99 9781785785214 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 192 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
An inspiring but realistic look at money – and how the rich and successful managed to make it
PETER PUGH is a businessperson and company historian who has written more than 50 company histories on businesses from Rolls-Royce to Iceland. He is also the author of Introducing Thatcherism and Introducing Keynes, and lives by the sea in north Norfolk, and in Cambridge. 51
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The amazing full story of Apollo 11 – The Right Stuff for a new generation
Apollo 11 – The Inside Story David Whitehouse
Fifty years ago in July 1969, Apollo 11 became the ﬁrst manned mission to land on the moon, and Neil Armstrong the ﬁrst man to step onto its surface. US President Nixon called it the greatest week since creation. In the most authoritative book ever written about Apollo, David Whitehouse reveals the true drama behind the mission, telling the story in the words of those who took part – based around exclusive interviews with the key players. This enthralling book takes us from the early rocket pioneers to the shock America received from the Soviets’ launch of the first satellite, Sputnik; from the race to put the first person into space, through President Kennedy’s enthusiasm and later doubts, to the astronauts’ intense competition to leave the first footprint. Here is the story as told by the crew of Apollo 11 and the many other astronauts who paved the way or went to the moon themselves after Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins. Astronauts, engineers, politicians, NASA officials, Soviet rivals – all tell their own story of a great moment of human achievement.
DAVID WHITEHOUSE is a former BBC Science Correspondent and BBC Science Editor. He is the author of five books including The Sun: A Biography and Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and has written for many newspapers and magazines including The Times, the Guardian, Focus, New Scientist and the Economist. He also appears on many TV and radio programmes. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse is named after him. www.davidwhitehouse.com
Feminism/Graphic Non-fiction 9781785784903 £12.99 9781785784910 (eBook) £9.99 (eBook) 192 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 54
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How feminism shapes the world
A Graphic Guide
Cathia Jenainati & Judy Groves
Women in Saudi Arabia are now allowed to drive; we’re starting to see women of all sizes in our magazines; and historic sexual abuse cases are making headlines and causing change. Do we still need feminism? What does it mean to be a feminist anyway? In this unique, illustrated introduction, Cathia Jenainati and Judy Groves help us to explore these questions, on a tour of the history of conscious struggle against sexist oppression – from 16th-century challenges to the idea of women as weak and irrational, to 19th- and 20th-century ‘waves’ of feminism and suffrage movements, to present-day conversations about MeToo, black feminism, and women’s rights in the Middle East. Culture, critical theory and popular action combine to give us a picture of the challenges faced and victories secured in improving women’s rights and changing attitudes towards gender. As we’ll see, there is no one, singular feminism, but Feminism: A Graphic Guide will help us to engage with the heated debates that still take place and the work still to be done.
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CATHIA JENAINATI is Head of the School of Cross-Faculty Studies at the University of Warwick, and programme director for the BA Liberal Arts and BASc Global Sustainable Development. JUDY GROVES is a painter and illustrator. She has illustrated ten Introducing Graphic Guides, including: Aristotle, Political Philosophy, and Wittgenstein. 55
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Popular Science 9781785785160 £8.99 9781785785177 (eBook) £5.99 (eBook) 176 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Getting to the heart of the AI debate
Artiﬁcial Intelligence Modern Magic or Dangerous Future?
Artiﬁcial intelligence has long been a mainstay of science ﬁction and increasingly it feels as if AI is entering our everyday lives, with technology like Apple’s Siri now prominent, and self-driving cars almost upon us. But what do we actually mean when we talk about ‘AI’? Are the sentient machines of 2001 or The Matrix a real possibility or will real-world artificial intelligence look and feel very different? What has it done for us so far? And what technologies could it yield in the future? AI expert Yorick Wilks takes a journey through the history of artificial intelligence up to the present day, examining its origins, controversies and achievements, as well as looking into just how it works. He also considers the future, assessing whether these technologies could menace our way of life, but also how we are all likely to benefit from AI applications in the years to come. Entertaining, enlightening, and keenly argued, this is the essential one-stop guide to the AI debate.
YORICK WILKS is an emeritus Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, a research associate of the Oxford Internet Institute and a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute of Human and Machine Cognition. His books include Artificial Companions (Benjamins, 2010) and Artificial Believers: The Ascription of Belief (with Afzal Ballim, Psychology Press, 1991).
Quantum Economics The New Science of Money
David Orrell A decade after the ﬁnancial crisis, there is a growing consensus that economics has failed and needs to go back to the drawing board. David Orrell argues that it has been trying to solve the wrong problem all along. Just as physicists learn about matter by studying the exchange of particles at the subatomic level, so economics should begin by analysing the nature of money-based transactions.
The emerging science of quantum economics can help us create a ‘real-world’ economics that actually works for us all
From quantum physics to the dualistic properties of money, via the emerging areas of quantum finance and quantum cognition, this profoundly important book reveals that quantum economics is to neoclassical economics what quantum physics is to classical physics – a genuine turning point in our understanding.
B-format PBK DAVID ORRELL is a scientist and writer of books on
science and economics. According to the Sunday Times ‘Orrell is an engaging and witty writer, adept at explaining often complicated theories in clear language.’ His latest books are The Money Formula: Dodgy Finance, Pseudo Science, and How Mathematicians Took Over the Markets, written with Paul Wilmott; and Economyths: 11 Ways Economics Gets It Wrong (Icon Books, 2017).
Economics 9781785785085 £9.99 9781785784002 (eBook) £7.99 (eBook) 304 pages TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Ghost Riders Operation Cowboy, the World War Two Mission to Save the World’s Finest Horses
Mark Felton April 1945. As Allied bombs rain down on Europe, a 400-year-old institution looks set to be wiped off the face of the Earth. The famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna are scattered across rural Austria and Czechoslovakia in areas soon to be swallowed up by Soviet forces – there, doubtless, to become rations for the Red Army. Their only hope lies with the Americans: what if a small, highly mobile US task force could be sent deep behind German lines to rescue the horses before the Soviets arrive. So begins Operation Cowboy: GIs will join forces with a cadre of disillusioned Wehrmacht to save the world’s finest horses from fanatical SS and the ruthless Red Army in an extraordinary battle during the last few days of the war in Europe.
GIs and Germans join forces in a thrilling true adventure story from the last days of the Second World War
History 9781785785092 £9.99 9781785784033 (ebook) £7.99 (eBook) 320pp with 8pp b/w plates TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
MARK FELTON is a well-known British historian whose previous books include Castle of the Eagles and Zero Night. After a decade working in Shanghai, Mark now lives in Norwich.
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