Welcome to Icon’s January–June 2020 Catalogue. Appropriately for our first list of the 2020s, Icon’s books for January–June are often about upturning received wisdom and revelling in new ideas. Pia Callesen’s Live More Think Less – already a Danish bestseller –seeks to change the way we think about depression and anxiety. Raffi Berg’s brilliant Red Sea Spies unearths the true story (recently told, incompletely, in Netflix’s The Red Sea Diving Resort) of the 1980s holiday resort secretly run by the Mossad to smuggle Jews from Ethiopia to Israel. In Art is a Tyrant Catherine Hewitt reveals the bold life of painter Rosa Bonheur who defied gender conventions in 19th-century France and The Middle Ages: A Graphic Guide–a fantastic new addition to our flagship series–scotches the idea of the ‘dark’ ages. Acclaimed science writer Brian Clegg asks What Do You Think You Are?; Catherine McCormack delivers a feminist Ways of Seeing for the 2020s in her Women in the Picture, and Guillaume Coudray’s Who Poisoned Your Bacon Sandwich? peers into the grisly world of mass meat production. Liquid Gold, by ex-serviceman Roger Morgan-Grenville, is a heart-warming tale of beekeeping that shows none of us are too old to learn. Sophie Walker, co-founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party, brings us Five Rules of Rebellion and Evy Poumpouras, a bodyguard to Barack Obama, shows how to build resilience in Becoming Bulletproof. Hamed Amiri presents a powerful story of hope in his family memoir The Boy With Two Hearts, while Max Dickins’ Improvise! reveals the counterintuitive value of making it up as we go along. Here’s to new thinking, and a new decade. Duncan Heath, Publisher 1
Live More Think Less
Overcoming Depression and Sadness
Self-Help January 2020 9781785785542 | £12.99 9781785785559 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) Demy Paperback | 168pp TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: JP/Politikens Forlag
Stop depression in its tracks with the revolutionary number 1 Danish bestseller. Live More Think Less presents strategies for regaining control over your thoughts – learning not only how to overcome depression, but how to avoid developing it altogether. Many of us believe that the best way to treat crises and challenges is to process them: to mull over and analyse the stresses, anxieties and traumas we face. But this perception is misguided. Instead, we should think of our mind as a sieve, through which everything slips unless we choose to hold onto it. But how do we let go of those negative thoughts which are weighing us down? The first practical book on metacognitive therapy – a groundbreaking new treatment for depression – Live More Think Less presents guidance, case studies, and exercises and tips from the therapy room. Dr Pia Callesen shows us that depression is not an inevitable disease, but something which we can learn to control and prevent, by living more and thinking less.
Author photo credit: Kristian Septimus Krogh
PIA CALLESEN is a therapist and specialist in metacognitive therapy, having trained at the MCT Institute in Manchester and then with Professor Adrian Wells, the originator of MCT. She works as a therapist and clinic manager in Denmark.
A Productivity Ninja Guide
Graham Allcott & Hayley Watts Business January 2020 9781785784750 | £8.99 9781785784767 (eBook) | £6.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 304pp with b&w illustrations throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Learn the secret to more productive meetings. Too much valuable time is wasted in meetings. Often little advance planning takes place, resulting in productivity drains rather than productivity gains. It’s time to think like a Ninja. With realistic and practical advice this book shows how to reduce the amount of time you spend in meetings, and ensure that the ones that you do attend are genuine opportunities to collaborate and get things done.
Author photo credit: Claire Reed
Learn how to hold and attend meetings where the focus is on the outcome; get to grips with the 40–20–40 Continuum, so that only 20 per cent of your attention for each meeting is spent in the meeting itself – the rest is in the preparation and the follow-through; and understand when it’s necessary to say that you won’t be attending – and how best to do so. GRAHAM ALLCOTT is the author of the bestselling How to be a Productivity Ninja, and the founder of Think Productive, who run workshops for the public and for staﬀ at a diverse range of organisations. HAYLEY WATTS is a Productivity Ninja at Think Productive. This is her first book. 3
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A Graphic Guide
Laura Locker & Jules Scheele
Politics/Graphic Non-Fiction January 2020 9781785786020 | £7.99 9781785783463 (eBook) | £6.99 (eBook) 254mm x 177mm Paperback | 176pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The people, ideals and events that have shaped a nation – in comic book form. Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Queer: A Graphic History, illustrator Jules Scheele teams up with Dr Laura Locker in this comic-book introduction to the political history of the Land of Opportunity. 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? Politics isn’t something that just occurs in the West Wing or the gleaming 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. 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. JULES SCHEELE is an illustrator, graphic facilitator and comic book artist. She runs One Beat Zines, a feminist zine collective and distributor. 4
The Spy in Moscow Station
A Counterspy’s Hunt for a Deadly Cold War Threat
Espionage January 2020 9781785786136 | £9.99 9781785785030 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 320pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: St Martins Press
Moscow, late 1970s: one by one, CIA assets are disappearing. Incorporating declassified CIA memos and diplomatic cables, this is the thrilling true story of unorthodox, underdog intelligence officers who fought their government to prove the KGB had pulled off the most devastating penetration of US national security in history.
‘Immersive, dramatic, and historically edifying’ – Kirkus 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. A PhD neuroscientist, he has given several popular TED talks on the future of science.
How to Have a Happy Hustle
The Complete Guide to Making Your Ideas Happen
If you’re looking for fulfilment outside the day job, have an idea but don’t know where to start, or are held back by a lack of confidence, experience, time or money, Bec Evans will help you get oﬀ the starting blocks with this upbeat and optimistic guide to making your ideas happen.
‘Essential reading for any start-up or entrepreneur’– Allison Jones, host of The Extraordinary Business Book Club podcast BEC EVANS is a writer, speaker, innovation coach and startup founder of Prolifiko. As a consultant she helps businesses innovate and coaches people to build the skills and confidence to make their ideas happen.
Business January 2020 9781785785931 | £9.99 9781785784866 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 240pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 5
JANUARY & FEBRUARY UPDATED COVER TO COME
January 2020 9781785786327 | £7.99 9781785786334 (eBook) | £6.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 306pp
Updated Edition January 2020 9781785785832 | £7.99 9781785785962 (eBook) | £6.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 306pp
Luca Caioli & Cyril Collot
See more of Luca Caioli’s football biographies on page 36.
Lost in a Good Game
Why We Play Video Games and What They Can Do For Us
‘It will touch your heart and mind’ – Adam Rutherford Pete Etchells’ journey through the history and development of video games – from Turing’s chess machine to World of Warcraft – via scientific study and his own touching life story, brilliantly explores the highs and lows of playing and gets to the bottom of our relationship with games – why we play them, and what they really mean to us.
‘A heartfelt defence of a demonised pastime’ – The Times PETE ETCHELLS is a Reader in Psychology and Science Communication at Bath Spa University, whose field of research is the behavioural eﬀects of video games on the human brain. This is his first book. 6
Technology February 2020 9781785786143 | £9.99 9781785785061 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 320pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Janklow & Nesbit
Art is a Tyrant
The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur
History/Art February 2020 9781785786211 | £20.00 9781785786228 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) Royal Hardback | 448pp, 8pp colour plates, b&w images in text throughout TERRITORY: UK/Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
A new biography of the wildly unconventional 19th-century animal painter and gender equality pioneer Rosa Bonheur. Rosa Bonheur was the very antithesis of the feminine ideal of 19th-century society. She was educated, she shunned traditional ‘womanly’ pursuits, she rejected marriage – and she wore trousers. But the society whose rules she spurned accepted her as one of their own, because of her genius for painting animals. She shared an intimate relationship with the eccentric, self-styled inventor Nathalie Micas, who nurtured the artist like a wife. Together Rosa, Nathalie and Nathalie’s mother bought a chateau and with Rosa’s menagerie of animals the trio became one of the most extraordinary households of the day. Catherine Hewitt’s compelling new biography is an inspiring evocation of a life lived against the rules.
CATHERINE HEWITT studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her previous books with Icon are The Mistress of Paris (2015), ‘an enthralling story, told with both conviction and sympathy’ (Observer), and Renoir’s Dancer (2017), described as ‘fascinating’ by France magazine.
Red Sea Spies
The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Holiday Resort
History/Espionage February 2020 9781785786006 | £16.99 9781785786013 (eBook) | £13.99 (eBook) Demy Hardback | 306pp, 16pp colour plate section TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The unbelievable true story – told incompletley in Netflix's The Red Sea Diving Resort – of a daring Mossad operation and the holiday resort run by spies. In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury holiday resort opened for business. Catering for divers, it attracted guests from around the world. Little did the holidaymakers know that the staﬀ were undercover spies, working for the Mossad – the Israeli secret service. Providing a front for covert night-time activities, the holiday village allowed the agents to carry out an unique operation. What began with one cryptic message pleading for help turned into the secret evacuation of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who had been languishing in refugee camps, and the spiriting of them to Israel. Written in collaboration with operatives involved in the mission, endorsed as the definitive account and including an afterword from the commander who went on to become the head of the Mossad, this is the complete, never-before-heard, gripping tale of a top-secret and often hazardous operation.
RAFFI BERG is the Middle East editor of the BBC News website, and has extensive experience reporting on Israel and the wider region. His article scratching the surface of this story was the most-read original piece since the website began.
‘AROUS. A WONDERFUL WORLD APART.’ THE RESORT’S ADVERT SET THIS HEADLINE AGAINST AN AZURE SKY ABOVE A TURQUOISE SEA. UNDERNEATH, AN IDYLLIC SCENE OF WHITEWASHED CHALETS ON A SUN-DRENCHED BEACH. IT ALLURINGLY PROMISED ‘ADVENTURE À LA CARTE’.
THE RESORT WAS, IT SAID, ‘UNIQUE IN ALL THE WORLD’ – A CLAIM WHICH IN THIS CASE WAS WITHOUT DOUBT TRUE ... 9
Notes from a Sceptical Gardener
More Expert Advice from the Telegraph Columnist
Gardening February 2020 9781785786372 | £12.99 9781785786389 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Hardback | 304pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
A second volume of thought-provoking ideas from the author of the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Sceptical Gardener’ column. What is the best way to kill weeds in paving? How scared should we really be of Japanese knotweed? And what is a weed anyway? Biologist Ken Thompson set out to write a diﬀerent kind of gardening column, one that tackles what he calls ‘the grit in the gardening oyster’. In this new collection he takes a look at some of the questions faced by gardeners everywhere in a bid to sort the truth from the wishful thinking. Why are the beaks of British great tits getting longer? Which common garden insect owns a set of metal-tipped running spikes? Why might growing orange petunias land you in hot water? Are foxes getting bigger? How do you stop the needles falling oﬀ your Christmas tree? This expert’s miscellany of (mostly) scientifically-tested garden lore will make you look at your garden through fresh eyes.
KEN THOMPSON was for 25 years a lecturer in ecology at the University of Sheffield. He writes regularly on gardening for the Daily Telegraph. His previous book, The Sceptical Gardener (Icon, 2015), was described as ‘a delight’ by the Spectator.
Five Rules for Rebellion Let’s Change the World Ourselves
Activisim/Feminism March 2020 9781785786037 | £12.99 9781785786044 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Hardback | 224pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: The Blair Partnership
‘An urgent guide to action, by one of the most visionary women I’ve ever met’ – Emma Thompson 5 Rules for Rebellion is an inspiring handbook for future rebels and revolutionaries – women who are fed up and disempowered but uncertain of where to begin. Sophie Walker, a long-time activist and journalist turned political party leader and ‘modern-day suﬀragette’ (Evening Standard), oﬀers us the alternative, with a 5-step journey to incorporating activism into our lives. Featuring tips from a number of leading activists, and drawing on Sophie’s own experiences, this book teaches us to see activism as a positive lifelong learning experience, rather than a series of pitched battles. From escaping the numbing eﬀects of despair, to learning how to channel our anger, arming ourselves with hope, engaging with diﬀering views compassionately, and enduring in the face of challenges, we’ll see how to convert our confusion and impatience into a force for good. SOPHIE WALKER is a longtime activist, who began by campaigning for support for her autistic daughter. She is the Chief Executive of the Young Women’s Trust, a former Reuters journalist, and the founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party.
Our own honey was a treasure beyond price. It was the distillation of millions upon millions of little local flights, to trees, shrubs and flowers that we saw and walked past every day. These were flights that had physically intersected with our own lives; times when we had been working in the garden and noticed a single bee making its way down a line of lavenders that we had planted the year before, or busying her way across the honeysuckle that rambled across the neighbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gateway ...
Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey
Roger Morgan-Grenville Nature March 2020 9781785786051 | £12.99 9781785786068 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) B-format Hardback | 272pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Two men decide to become beekeepers, learning about nature and about themselves in the process. After a chance meeting in the pub, ex-serviceman Roger Morgan-Grenville and his friend Duncan decide to take up beekeeping. Their enthusiasm matched only by their ignorance, they are pitched into an arcane world of unexpected challenges. Coping with many setbacks along the way, they manage to create a colony of beehives, finishing two years later with more honey than anyone knows what to do with. Standing back from their lives and working with the cycle of the seasons, they emerge with a new-found understanding of nature and a respect for the honeybee and the threats it faces. Wryly humorous and surprisingly moving, Liquid Gold is the story of a friendship between two unlikely men at very diﬀerent stages of their lives. It is also an uplifting account of the author’s own midlife journey: coming to terms with an empty nest, getting older, looking for something new. ROGER MORGAN-GRENVILLE was a soldier in the Royal Green Jackets from 1978 to 1986. After leaving the army he ran a small company developing kitchenware. In 2007, he helped to set up the charity Help for Heroes. This is his fourth book. 13
Becoming Bulletproof Lessons in Fearlessness from a Former Secret Service Agent
Secret Services/Self-Help March 2020 9781785784552 | £14.99 9781785784569 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) Demy Paperback | 304pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Idea Architects/Abner Stein
Protect yourself, read people, influence situations, and live fearlessly. In Becoming Bulletproof, former Secret Service Agent Evy Poumpouras shares the insights and skills she has learned from one of the oldest elite security forces in the world – to help you prepare for stressful situations, instantly read people, influence how you’re perceived, and live a more fearless life. As a 5’2” Greek woman, Evy wasn’t exactly a typical Secret Service Agent, but she excelled throughout gruelling training, in clandestine interrogation rooms, and protecting President Obama in the White House. She oﬀers a guide to empowerment, mental strength, and overcoming fear and abuse – a guide to becoming bulletproof. Alongside rare behind-the-scenes glimpses, an exploration of the psychology of criminal behaviour and tricks of interrogation, Evy demonstrates how to heighten our natural instincts to detect BS, develop grit and resilience, and move from fearful to fearless. EVY POUMPOURAS is a former Secret Service Special Agent, on the protective detail for President Obama. Evy is now a regular NBC & CNN news contributor on security topics, and teaches criminal justice and criminology at the City University of New York. 14
Who Poisoned Your Bacon Sandwich?
The Dangerous History of Meat Additives
Food/Current Affairs April 2020 9781785786112 | £14.99 9781785786129 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) Demy Paperback | 306pp TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Editions la Decouverte
A powerful exploration of the use of carcinogenic nitro-additives in the meat millions of people eat every week. The result of more than five years of detailed research, documentary filmmaker Guillaume Coudray’s book demonstrates how many in the media are now comparing the processed meat industry with Big Tobacco. The first part explores why nitroadditives came to be used systematically in meat production. The second explains why, since the 1950s, meat-packing companies across the West have, it is alleged, repeatedly denied the links between the chemicals used in making bacon and ham, and the onset of bowel cancer – among many other health problems. Cochonneries (La Découverte, 2017), the original book, led to widespread coverage in France. This completely updated English translation is set to have a major impact on the debate in the UK and US. The story it unearths – of the investigations into big business flying in the face of countless scientific health warnings – is one that too few of us have yet heard.
‘Reads like a crime novel, in which the processed meat industry is the perpetrator and ordinary consumers are the victims’ - Bee Wilson on Cochonneries GUILLAUME COUDRAY is a French author and director of documentary films. He is a graduate of Sciences Po and a former research recipient at the National Foundation for Political Science.
The ‘Middle Ages’ covers 1,100 years between the ‘Ancient’ and ‘Modern’ periods. Western universities were created for the ﬁrst time during the Middle Ages. We have Kublai Khan to blame for the initial spreading of the Plague – well, him, plus ﬂeas and marmots. Sex work was encouraged by the Church, which believed lust could poison the mind and lead to violence if frustrated.
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The Middle Ages A Graphic History
Eleanor Janega & Neil Max Emmanuel History/Graphic Non-Fiction April 2020 9781785785917 | £13.99 9781785785924 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) 254 x 177mm Paperback | 176pp, b&w images throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
A unique, illustrated book that will change the way you see medieval history. The Middle Ages: A Graphic History busts the myth of the ‘Dark Ages’, shedding light on the period’s present-day relevance and interest in a unique illustrated style. This history takes us through the rise and fall of empires, papacies, caliphates and kingdoms; through the violence and death of the Crusades, Viking raids, the Hundred Years War and the Plague; to the curious practices of monks, martyrs and iconoclasts. We’ll see how the foundations of the modern West were established, influencing our art, cultures, religious practices and ways of thinking. And we’ll explore the lives of those seen as ‘Other’ – women, Jews, homosexuals, lepers, sex workers and heretics. Join historian Eleanor Janega and illustrator Neil Max Emmanuel on a romp across continents and kingdoms as we discover the Middle Ages to be a time of huge change, inquiry and development – not unlike our own. ELEANOR JANEGA is a medieval historian and lecturer at London School of Economics. She runs the popular blog ‘Going Medieval’ on medieval history and pop culture. NEIL MAX EMMANUEL is an artist whose varied work includes motion graphics design on Time Team and illustrating a children’s history book. 17
Women in the Picture
What Culture Does with Women’s Bodies and How We Can Learn to See Differently
Art/Feminism/Culture April 2020 9781785785894 | £12.99 9781785785900 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) B-format Hardback | 224pp, b&w images throughout TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency
John Berger’s Ways of Seeing meets Mary Beard’s Women and Power. Women in the Picture is a fierce challenge to the ways we depict, and are taught to see, women’s bodies. Plunging into the realms of art history, popular visual culture and advertising, McCormack opens our eyes to how archetypal depictions of women – as mothers, daughters, Venuses, whores or ‘nasty women’ – have encouraged us to objectify and subjugate, and to normalise violence towards them. Taking in classic works of art by the likes of Titian and Picasso, as well as contemporary representations of women in everything from Hollywood films to perfume advertisements to censored Instagram images, we’ll reconsider the context in which images of women have been produced, displayed and reproduced – and the appeal to ‘beauty’ that has stopped us from seeing the misogyny of some of the world’s ‘greatest’ artists and public figures. It’s time to learn new ways of seeing. CATHERINE MCCORMACK is an art historian. The founder and course leader of Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s ‘Women and Art’ programme, she also writes and lectures widely, including at Dulwich Picture Gallery, the V&A and London Art Studies. 18
Death and Dirty Dealing in a London Morgue
When, in 1985, Peter Everett became Superintendent of Southwark Mortuary, a dream role quickly became a nightmare. Attendants were stealing from the dead, funeral homes were taking bribes, and there was a lively trade in stolen body parts and recycled coffins. Set in the fascinating pre-DNA and psychological profiling years of 1985–87, Everett’s morbidly gripping memoir tells a gruesome tale of corruption and organised crime.
Memoir/True Crime April 2020 9781785785955 | £9.99 9781785785535 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 288pp, 4pp plate section TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
PETER EVERETT is the former superintendent of Southwark Mortuary. He now runs a TV production company. Watch him talk about Corrupt Bodies at bit.ly/CorruptBodies
South London Press, Friday 22 October 1982, front page story.
The Times, 1983.
South London Press, Friday 28 August 1987.
Use the Secrets of Improv to Build Conﬁdence, Connect with Others & Face Anything
Business/Self-Help May 2020 9781785785870 | £12.99 9781785785887 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) Demy Paperback | 304pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Become fearless using the skills of improvisation. ‘Improv’ performers look like creative geniuses, coming up with brilliant comedy on the spur of the moment. But they rely on simple rules and techniques which anyone can learn. Improvise! takes the ideas and skills from improvisation oﬀstage to help you communicate more clearly, act more confidently and think on your feet. In a world of constant change and unrelenting speed, we can sometimes feel like we’re struggling to keep up. Improv shows you how to handle whatever comes your way – from adapting to change at work, to speaking confidently, negotiating like a pro and overcoming your fear of failure. Plus you’ll have fun while you do it! Using proven methods, real-world examples and a light-hearted approach, comedian and coach Max Dickins teaches you the secrets of improv to achieve extraordinary results with what you’ve already got.
MAX DICKINS is the director of Hoopla, the UK’s biggest improv school and theatre, where he trains both performers and corporate clients. A comedian and playwright, he has taken three critically acclaimed shows to Edinburgh Festival and Fringe; he is also the author of My Groupon Adventure (Unbound, 2016). 21
The hydrogen in your body was created soon after the Big Bang, around 13.5 billion years ago. You have around ÂŁ125 worth of chemical elements in your body. A big part of you comes from a cosmic impact on the Earth around 65 million years ago. Descendants of dinosaurs, like birds, don't have these traces. You are definitely descended from royalty â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if you have European ancestors, for example, Charlemagne is in your family tree. 22
What Do you Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You
Popular Science May 2020 9781785786235 | £12.99 9781785786242 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) B-format Hardback | 288pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The popular science equivalent of the TV show Who Do You Think You Are? Popular science master Brian Clegg’s new book is an entertaining tour through the science of what makes you you. From the atomic level, through life and energy to genetics and personality, it explores how the billions of particles which make up you – your DNA, your skin, your memories – have come to be. It starts with the present-day reader and follows a number of trails to discover their origins: how the atoms in your body were created and how they got to you in space and time, the sources of things you consume, how the living cells of your body developed, where your massive brain and consciousness originated, how human beings evolved and, ultimately, what your personal genetic history reveals. BRIAN CLEGG’S most recent books for Icon are Professor Maxwell’s Duplicitous Demon and Conundrum. He has also written Big Data and Gravitational Waves for the Hot Science series. He is editor of popularscience.co.uk and blogs at brianclegg.blogspot.com. See more of Brian’s books in the Popular Science section of our backlist on page 44.
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The Radical New Science of Ecological Recovery
Paul Jepson & Cain Blythe
Popular Science May 2020 9781785786273 | £8.99 9781785786280 (eBook) | £5.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 176pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The ground-breaking science behind ambitious new schemes for restoring lost natural systems. Conservation in the 21st century has taken a radical turn. Instead of conserving species in nature reserves, the thinking now is that we should allow landscape-sized areas to ‘rewild’ according to their own selfdetermined processes. By fencing oﬀ large areas and introducing large herbivores, along with predators such as wolves, dynamic new habitats are already being created. These ‘self-willed’ areas will develop in ways that cannot always be predicted, but they will form a robust and rich ecology which will withstand future climate changes and species shifts. In this first popular account of the science of rewilding, ecologists Paul Jepson and Cain Blythe explore the ongoing scientific discoveries that are emerging from this fascinating field. PAUL JEPSON was until recently a director of Oxford University’s MSc course in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management, and is a regular contributor to TV and radio. CAIN BLYTHE specialises in habitat restoration, nature recovery and the use of technology in conservation. 24
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Outbreaks & Epidemics
Battling Infection in the Modern World
Popular Science May 2020 9781785785634 | £8.99 9781785785641 (eBook) | £5.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 176pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
A journey through the history and science of epidemics and pandemics – from AIDS to Zika. For centuries mankind has waged war against the infections that, left untreated, would have the power to wipe out communities, or even entire populations. Yet for all our advanced scientific knowledge, only one human disease – smallpox – has ever been eradicated globally. But new diseases are constantly emerging. At the same time, antimicrobial resistance is harnessing infections that we once knew how to control, enabling them to thrive once more. Meera Senthilingam presents a timely look at humanity’s ongoing battle against infection, examining the successes and failures of the past, along with how we are confronting the challenges of today, and our chances of eradicating disease in the future.
MEERA SENTHILINGAM is a journalist, editor and public health researcher specialising in global health and infectious disease. She has worked with media outlets including the BBC and the New York Times and research institutions including the LSHTM and the Wellcome Trust. She is currently the International Health Editor for CNN. 25
Nikola Tesla and the Electrical Future
Iwan Rhys Morus
‘[This] crisply succinct, beautifully synthesized study brings to life Tesla, his achievements and failures ... and the hopeful thrum of an era before world wars’ – Nature
Biography/Popular Science May 2020 9781785786174 | £9.99 9781785785757 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 306pp, with b&w images throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Nikola Tesla made giant leaps in the technology of electrical supply, X-rays and wireless electrical transmission. He embodied the aspirations of an age of innovation that seemed to have the future firmly in its grasp. More than just a biography of Tesla, this book takes the inventor as its guide and follows him through the cut-throat entrepreneurial culture of late Victorian and Edwardian electrical invention. IWAN RHYS MORUS is professor of history at Aberystwyth University. Recent publications include Michael Faraday and the Electrical Century (Icon Books, 2017) and the Oxford Illustrated History of Science.
Waiting for War Britain 1939–1940
‘Absorbing ... evocative ... enlightening’ – Daily Mail Although remembered as the ‘Phoney War’, the period from September 1939 when war broke out in Britain to May 1940 was a time of intense political and military activity. Acclaimed popular historian Barry Turner skilfully weaves these events into a compelling home front narrative which evokes the fears and dangers but also the humour and the absurdities of everyday life in the dark days of 1939–1940. BARRY TURNER is a popular historian whose many books include Karl Doenitz and the Last Days of the Third Reich (Icon, 2015) – ‘a page-turning narrative’ (Daily Mail) – and The Berlin Airlift (Icon, 2017) – ‘a fine piece of popular history’ (BBC History). 26
History May 2020 9781785786167 | £9.99 9781785785740 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 384pp with 8pp b/w plates TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency
Eating, Road-Tripping and Risking it All With René Redzepi, the Greatest Chef in the World
‘Hungry is a feast for the senses, filled with complex passion and joy, bursting with life’– Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance
Travel/Biography June 2020 9781785786150 | £9.99 9781785785863 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 288pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: The Waxman Agency
Jeff Gordinier and René Redzepi, the Danish chef whose restaurant, Noma, has been voted the best in the world, embark on a four-year culinary adventure, seeking the perfect taco in the Yucatán jungle, foraging for sea rocket in Sydney and fishing for sea urchins in the Arctic Circle. Hungry is a memoir, a travelogue, a portrait of a chef, and a chronicle of the moment when daredevil cooking became an exciting form of artistry. JEFF GORDINIER is the food and drinks editor of Esquire and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He wrote 2008’s X Saves the World and coedited Here She Comes Now (Icon, 2016). He lives north of New York City.
A Chip Shop in Poznań My Unlikely Year in Poland
Travel writer Ben Aitken moved to Poland in 2016 to understand why the Poles were leaving. He booked the cheapest flight he could find, to a place he had never heard of – Poznań. Featuring much potato peeling, a bumpy romance and a referendum, this candid, funny and oﬀbeat travelogue is Ben’s hugely enjoyable account of his year in Poland as an unlikely immigrant, and paints a bittersweet portrait of an unsung country.
‘One of the funniest books of the year’ – Paul Ross, talkRADIO BEN AITKEN is the author of Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island (2015), described by the Manchester Review as a ‘poignant comment on the state of the nation’. In 2016 Aitken moved to Poland to work in a fish and chip shop. This book is the fruit of that unlikely migration.
Travel/Memoir June 2020 9781785786266 | £9.99 9781785785597 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 306pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency 27
We Learnt about Hitler at the Mickey Mouse Club A Childhood on the Eve of War
Enid Elliot Linder
History/Memoir June 2020 9781785786099 | £9.99 9781785786105 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 256pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
For fans of Call the Midwife, a unique autobiography of a 1930s London childhood. Enid Elliot Linder was the daughter of a butler and a lady’s maid in service in some of England’s grandest country houses. Evoking the lost world of a childhood ‘below stairs’, Linder’s touching memoir describes how her life changed as Britain headed towards war. After the family moved to a Marylebone tenement, her father sought work in London restaurants whilst descending into fatalistic alcoholism. Meanwhile Linder’s aunt was nanny to a high-ranking member of the British Union of Fascists as they grew in influence. In a photorealistic and immensely charming narrative reminiscent of Patrick Hamilton, Linder evokes the sights and smells of prewar London – and of lonely Cornwall, to where she was unhappily evacuated – in a way that will appeal to fans of Call The Midwife or Downton Abbey. It is a unique personal account of a tumultuous time. ENID ELLIOT LINDER, who died in 2007, was an artist specialising in silhouette drawings. She left her memoir to her niece Elaine Cox, a lecturer at Oxford Brookes, who promised to assure its publication. 28
The Boy With Two Hearts A Story of Hope
Hamed Amiri Memoir June 2020 9781785786198 | £16.99 9781785786204 (eBook) | £11.99 (eBook) Demy Hardback | 304pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
One family’s escape from the Taliban and their fight to save their son. When Hamed Amiri was ten years old he watched his mother give a speech in his home town of Herat, Afghanistan, speaking out for women’s rights and education, and against the ruling Taliban. That night, an order was given for her execution. The family packed up their most precious belongings and escaped in darkness, starting what would be a long and dangerous journey. But his mothers’ was not the only life in danger. Hamed’s older brother suﬀered a rare heart condition, and this escape oﬀered a chance of life-saving treatment in the West. This is not only a tale of a refugee family in crisis, but a love letter to the NHS, which provided hope and reassurance as they sought asylum in the UK and fought to save their loved ones. HAMED AMIRI is a motivational speaker and influencer in the education sector, changing perceptions surrounding refugees and diversity. He received the 2016 Inspiring the Next Generation Award from the University of South Wales for services to education and young people. 29
The Unlikely History of Radium
Lucy Jane Santos
Biography/Popular Science July 2020 9781785786075 | £16.99 9781785786082 (eBook) | £10.99 Demy Hardback | 306pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Half Lives tells the fascinating, curious, and sometimes macabre story of radium through its ascendance as a desirable item – a present for a queen, a prize in a treasure hunt, a glow in the dark dance, a boon to the housewife – to its role as a cure-all in everyday twentieth-century life, and finally the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear it. LUCY JANE SANTOS is a freelance writer and historian with a special interest in popular science and the history of everyday life. She writes & talks (a lot) about cocktails and radium. This is her first book.
100 Years of Leeds United 1919 – 2019
Daniel Chapman A Sunday Times bestseller Football July 2020 9781785786358 | £9.99 9781785784316 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 432pp, 16pp colour plate section TERRITORY:World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency 30
Hacking the Code of Life
How Gene Editing will Rewrite Our Futures
Popular Science July 2020 9781785786259 | £8.99 9781785784989 (eBook) | £6.99 B-format Paperback | 306pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The Bad Trip
Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties
Cultural History July 2020 9781785785948 | £9.99 9781785784545 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 352pp with 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: UK & Comm, Europe TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Watson, Little
A Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall
History July 2020 9781785786297 | £9.99 9781785785665 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 256pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm ex. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Foundry Media 31
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