Icon Books (incorporating Jonathan Ball Publishers) January - June 2021

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Welcome to Icon Books' January – June 2021 catalogue 2021 is an important year for Icon. We’ll be celebrating our 30th birthday in the autumn when – we all hope – the challenges of 2020 will be history. And this spring we launch the first titles from Jonathan Ball Publishers, Icon’s new owner, marking the start of an exciting new chapter for both companies. Roger Morgan-Grenville – whose Liquid Gold enjoyed huge acclaim this year – returns with his part-memoir, part-globe-trotting paean to the Shearwater, the incredible seabird that spends four years in the air between Western Britain and the South Atlantic. Kate Greene’s Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars is similarly entrancing: a genre-defying response to her experience on NASA’s simulated mission to Mars on Hawaii. Travel history of a more historic kind is the subject of Come Fly the World by Julia Cooke, a riveting portrait of Pan Am stewardesses in the Mad Men era. Chris Woodford’s Breathless is an arresting guide for everyone on air pollution; and American Sherlock by Kate Winkler Dawson uncovers the life of one of the first forensic scientists, whose uncanny knack for deduction from evidence seemed almost supernatural. This introductory season for Jonathan Ball Publishers with Icon includes forensic crime investigation from a very different era: Ryan Blumenthal’s Autopsy, a hair-raising first-hand account of forensic pathology in Africa. And birds too: Burger Cillié’s Complete Guide to South African Birds is a beautifully produced, full-colour guide for ornithologists everywhere. Intelligence Isn’t Enough by Carice Anderson opens the Jonathan Ball business list with Icon: a guide to empowering young Black professionals. Sport from both lists includes titles on the all-conquering Dutch Formula One wunderkind Max Verstappen, the inside story of the Springboks' 2019 Rugby World Cup victory, and a gripping account of Manchester City’s history in Europe. Two brand-new titles will arrive, too, as large-format Graphic Guides, on the Middle Ages and Sexuality. Please do let us know what you think! Duncan Heath, Publisher

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Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars Space, Exploration and Life on Earth

Kate Greene

Popular Science January 2021 9781785786822 | £14.99 (Demy Hardback) 9781785786839 | £12.99 (Export PB) 9781785786846 | £9.99 (ebook) | 240pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: St. Martin's Press

A powerful reflection on life in isolation, in pursuit of the dream of Mars In 2013, Kate Greene moved to Mars. On NASA’s first HI-SEAS simulated Mars mission in Hawaii, she lived for four months in an isolated geodesic dome with her crewmates, gaining incredible insight into human behaviour in tight quarters, as well as the nature of boredom, dreams and isolation that arise amidst the promise of scientific progress and glory. Greene draws on her experience to contemplate what makes an astronaut; the challenges of freeze-dried eggs and time-lagged correspondence, the cost of shooting for a Planet B. The result is a story of space and life, of the slippage between dreams and reality, of bodies in space, and of humanity’s incredible impulse to explore. From trying out life on Mars, Greene examines what it is to live on Earth. KATE GREENE was second-in-command on the first simulated Mars mission for NASA’s HI-SEAS project. A laser physicist turned writer, her work has appeared in Harvard Review, the New Yorker, Slate, The Economist and WIRED, among others. She lives in NYC. 4


'Our HI-SEAS space suits were not nearly as engineered as real suits and certainly not as good looking, a source of discontent among some of the crew. These green monsters were bulky and cumbersome, which made them a fair simulation of the real thing […] The drama of these suits on our mission, our human-size Earth-bound monuments to otherworldly exploration, drove home the fact for me that all non-space-suit space suits verge on the ridiculous if they’re worn by a person who’s not actually in or going to space. The suit is ever only a costume, highlighting the make-believe aspect of the experience. For me, these suits were a reminder of what was actual and what, regardless of how bad some of us wanted it, was not. They were always terrestrial vessels in spite of themselves.' 5


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How to Have the Energy

Your nine-point plan to eating smarter, improving focus and feeding your potential

Graham Allcott Colette Heneghan

Wellbeing / Lifestyle January 2021 9781785787003 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785787010 (eBook) | £6.99 (eBook) | 272pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency

The complete guide to eating for everyday energy Are you a regular victim of an afternoon slump? Is it a struggle to keep focused? Do you want to fit more into your day, but feel as if you just don’t have the energy? Nutritionist Colette Heneghan and productivity expert Graham Allcott provide all the answers, explaining how not only what, but how you eat can improve your focus, boost productivity and even give you more time in your day. Using the High-Energy Plan, they show how eating well can and should fit into your lifestyle, however busy it is. From how to put your shopping list together, to how to upgrade your breakfast, how to be label-savvy to the importance of ditching the desk lunch, this is the complete guide to eating smarter and boosting your energy from the author of the bestselling How to be a Productivity Ninja,. GRAHAM ALLCOTT is an entrepreneur, keynote business speaker and founder of Think Productive. He is the host of the popular business podcast, Beyond Busy and the author of the bestselling How to be a Productivity Ninja.

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COLETTE HENEGHAN is a Peak Performance & Nutrition Coach, with extensive experience working with professional sports teams and some of the world’s largest companies.


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Behavioural Economics

Psychology, neuroscience, and the human side of economics

David Orrell

Popular Science January 2021 9781785786440 (B-format Paperback) | £8.99 9781785786457 (eBook) | £5.99 178pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency

The controversial science that claims to have revolutionised economics For centuries, economics was dominated by the idea that we are rational individuals who optimise our own ‘utility’. Then, in the 1970s, psychologists demonstrated that the reality is a lot messier. We don’t really know what our utility is, and we care about people other than ourselves. We are susceptible to external nudges. And far from being perfectly rational we are prone to ‘cognitive biases’ with complex effects on decision-making, such as forgetting to prepare for retirement. David Orrell explores the findings from psychology and neuroscience that are shaking up economics – and that are being exploited by policy-makers and marketers alike, to shape everything from how we shop for food, to how we tackle societal happiness or climate change. Finally, he asks: is behavioural economics a scientific revolution, or just a scientific form of marketing? DAVID ORRELL is a scientist and writer of books on science and economics. His latest books are Economyths: 11 Ways Economics Gets It Wrong (Icon Books, 2017), and Quantum Economics: The New Science of Money (Icon Books, 2018). 7


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Chronic Pain Management

Your two-part plan for understanding pain and finding relief

David Walton

Health / Psychology January 2021 9781785786983 | £7.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785784897 | £4.99 (eBook) | 176pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency

A compassionate, life-changing guide to coping with pain, using psychological and practical strategies Chronic pain affects huge numbers of people – an estimated 37 – 41% across the world. 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. DAVID WALTON is a clinical and cognitive psychologist with a background in mental health and pain management. He has worked within and advised the NHS, UN, European Economic Council, and the UK Department of Health, on matters ranging from health service reconstruction to improving management practices.

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The Psychology of Parenting Teenagers Thriving throughout their teenage years

Kairen Cullen

Self Help / Psychology January 2021 9781785786990 (B-format Paperback) | £7.99 9781785784774 (eBook) | £4.99 224pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency

An original, theoretically informed way of thinking about, understanding and actually living with teenagers Complex, exciting and often turbulent, every teenage experience is different, and growth, development and learning are intrinsic to these years. This book is for anyone who cares about a teenager’s wellbeing. Professional educational psychologist Kairen Cullen draws upon a wealth of experience, looking 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, expertly explaining how the reader can develop and improve their relationships with teenagers. DR KAIREN CULLEN is a registered Practitioner Educational Psychologist, working independently and for local authorities for over four decades. She is the author of Icon’s A Practical Guide to Child Psychology.

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Improvise!

Use the Secrets of Improv to Achieve Extraordinary Results at Work

Max Dickins

Business / Self-help January 2021 9781785786877 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785785887 | £6.99 | (eBook) | 304pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency

‘How to Win Friends & Influence People for the 21st century’ Emily Drew, Box

Improv performers look like creative geniuses, coming up with brilliant comedy on the spur of the moment. But they rely on some simple rules and techniques – ones which anyone can learn, and which can help us offstage to think creatively, collaborate with others and communicate with impact. Improvise! will show you how to handle whatever comes your way at work – from giving confident presentations and handling difficult conversations to coming up with great ideas and persuading others to make them happen. Comedian and improvisation for business coach Max Dickins combines examples from the world of work with exercises from the stage to teach you how to achieve extraordinary results with what you’ve already got.

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What Do You Think You Are? The Science of What Makes You You

Brian Clegg

Popular Science January 2021 9781785786600 (B-format Paperback) | £9.99 9781785786242 | £6.99 (eBook) 288pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency

'Gets right to the heart of what makes us what we are. Read it!' Angela Saini, author of Inferior and Superior

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. 11


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Sexuality

A Graphic Guide

Meg-John Barker & Jules Scheele Graphic Non-Fiction / Sexuality February 2021 9781785786532 (254 x 177mm Paperback) | £13.99 9781785786549 (eBook) | £9.99 176pp, b&w images throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency

From the dream-team creators of Queer: A Graphic History and Gender: A Graphic Guide Sex can seem like a house of horrors – full of monsters and potential pitfalls. We often live with fear, shame and frustration when it comes to our own sexuality, and with judgement when it comes to others’. Sex advice manuals, debates over sex work and stories of sexual ‘dysfunction’ add to our anxiety. With compassion, humour, erudition and a touch of the erotic, Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele shine a light through the darkness and unmask the monsters in this illustrated guide. From sexual identities to having sex, to desire, consent and relationships, we’ll explore the invention of sex as we know it and imagine sex as it could be. Along the way, we’ll move past thinking of sex as meaning just one thing, defined by the genders of those doing it, instead making space for lots of different types of attraction, desire, relationship and acts. MEG-JOHN BARKER is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender and relationships, drawing on their years of academic research and therapeutic practice in these areas. [they/them] JULES SCHEELE is a comics artist and illustrator based in Glasgow. [they/them] 12

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Sex is everywhere. It’s in the stories we love – and the stories we fear. It sells us fizzy drinks, make-up, cars. It defines who we are and our place in society – at least we’re told it ought to. And most of us are too afraid to talk about it. It’s time to unmask the monsters. Come on in ... 13


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Who Poisoned Your Bacon Sandwich? The Dangerous History of Meat Additives

Guillaume Coudray

Foreword by Bee Wilson Food / Current Affairs February 2021 9781785786112 | £14.99 (Demy Paperback) 9781785786129 | £9.99 (eBook) | 306pp TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Editions la Decouverte

A powerful exploration of the use of carcinogenic nitro-additives in the meat that 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 nitro-additives 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. 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. 14


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Five Days

Baltimore's Fiery Reckoning

Wes Moore with Erica L. Green

Politics February 2021 9781785787249 | £14.99 (Demy Paperback) 9781785787256 | £9.99 (eBook) 320pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Penguin Random House US

‘An illuminating portrait of Baltimore … Readers will be enthralled’— Publishers Weekly A kaleidoscopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through eight characters on the front lines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore and riveted the world in April 2015, following the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of the police. In the wake of a long history of police abuse in Baltimore, this killing felt like the final straw – it led to a week of protests empowered by the Black Lives Matter movement, then five days described alternately as a riot or an uprising. New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore tells the story of the five days through his own observations and through the eyes of other Baltimoreans, contributing to a cacophonous and engrossing account of a moment in history with striking resemblances to far more recent events. WES MOORE is the CEO of one of the largest antipoverty organisations in America, and a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. He is ‘one of the most effective storytellers and leaders of his generation’ – Arianna Huffington. ERICA L. GREEN is an award-winning journalist for The New York Times. 17


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Quantum Computing

The Transformative Technology of the Qubit Revolution

Brian Clegg

Popular Science / Computing February 2021 9781785787072 | £8.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785787089 | £5.99 (ebook) | 178pp TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/ The Marsh Agency

The ultimate non-technical guide to the fast-developing world of quantum computing Computer technology has improved exponentially over the last 50 years. But the headroom for bigger and better electronic solutions is running out. Our best hope lies with quantum physics. ‘Quantum algorithms’ had been written long before hardware was built. These would enable a quantum computer to exponentially speed up an information search, or to crack the mathematical trick behind internet security. But making a quantum computer is difficult. Despite hundreds of laboratories working on them, we are only just approaching ‘supremacy’ where they can outperform a traditional computer. Brian Clegg explains algorithms and their quantum counterparts, explores the physical building blocks and quantum weirdness necessary to make a quantum computer, and uncovers the capabilities of the current generation of machines. BRIAN CLEGG is a popular science writer whose Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity were both longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. He has written for publications including Nature, The Times and BBC Focus. 18


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We Learnt about Hitler at the Mickey Mouse Club A Childhood on the Eve of War

Enid Elliot Linder

History / Memoir February 2021 9781785786099 (B-format Paperback) | £9.99 9781785786105 (eBook) | £6.99 256pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency

For fans of Call the Midwife, a unique autobiography of a 1930s 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, who promised to assure its publication. 19


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Autopsy

Life in the trenches with a forensic pathologist in Africa

Ryan Blumenthal

True Crime / Forensic Medicine February 2021 9781776191109 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 224pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

A hair-raising account about the ins and outs of practising forensic pathology in Africa As a medical detective of the modern world, forensic pathologist Ryan Blumenthal’s chief goal is to bring perpetrators to justice. He has performed thousands of autopsies, which have helped bring numerous criminals to book. In Autopsy he covers the hard lessons learnt as a rookie pathologist, as well as some of the most unusual cases he's encountered. During his career, for example, he has dealt with high-profile deaths, mass disasters, death by lightning and people killed by African wildlife. Blumenthal takes the reader behind the scenes at the mortuary, describing a typical autopsy and the instruments of the trade. He also shares a few trade secrets, like how to establish when a suicide is more likely to be a homicide. Even though they cannot speak, the dead have a lot to say – and Blumenthal is there to listen. RYAN BLUMENTHAL is a forensic pathologist at one of South Africa’s leading universities. He has been involved in the publication of numerous articles and textbooks. His chief mission in life is to help advance forensic pathology services both nationally and internationally. 20


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Foreign Native An African Journey

RW Johnson

Biography / Memoir February 2021 9781776191116 | ÂŁ10.99 B-format Paperback | 292pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

Delve into political commentator RW Johnson’s past in this touching memoir In Foreign Native, RW Johnson looks back with affection and humour on his life in Africa. From schooldays in Durban to later years as an Oxford don, director of the Helen Suzman Foundation and formidable political commentator, Johnson has produced an entertaining and occasionally eye-popping memoir brimming with history, anecdote and insight. Johnson charts his evolution from enthusiastic, left-leaning Africanist to political realist, relating episodes that influenced his intellectual worldview, including time spent among the exiled liberation movements in London during the 1960s, a sojourn in newly independent Guinea and more recent forays into Zimbabwe. There are wonderful stories, some hilarious, others filled with pathos, about the multitude of characters that he met along the way. Perceptive, critical and full of verve, Foreign Native is leavened with a deep humanity that is a pleasure to read. RW JOHNSON is the author of 14 books including the bestselling How Long Will South Africa Survive?. He is a political commentator and academic. 21


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Becoming Bulletproof

Life Lessons from a Secret Service Agent

Evy Poumpouras

Secret Services / Self-Help February 2021 9781785786853 | £9.99 (B Paperback) 9781785784569 | 6.99 (eBook) | 336pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Idea Architects/Abner Stein

'Part memoir, part hugely entertaining self-help manual for these tough times' Roger Alton, Daily Mail Former Secret Service Special Agent Evy Poumpouras shares the insights and skills 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. From gruelling training to clandestine interrogation rooms, to protecting the President of the United States of America, Evy shares rare behind-the-scenes glimpses while also exploring the psychology of human behaviour and the strategies used by the best negotiators. Evy demonstrates how we can learn from these experiences to heighten our own natural instincts to detect BS, develop grit and become the most resilient and powerful version of ourselves. Becoming Bulletproof is a timely guide to empowerment, mental strength, and overcoming fear and abuse – a guide to becoming bulletproof. 'A bona fide badass' The Sunday Times 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. 22


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Five Rules for Rebellion

Let's Change the World Ourselves

Sophie Walker

Activism / Feminism February 2021 9781785786860 ( B-format Paperback) | £8.99 9781785786044 (eBook) | £5.99 | 224pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: The Blair Partnership

'Rousing, hopeful and important reading’ Caroline Criado Perez, author of Invisible Women Had enough? Feeling hopeless? Don’t give up – join the rebellion. Activist, journalist, founding leader of the Women’s Equality Party and ‘modernday suffragette’ (Evening Standard) Sophie Walker presents an inspiring, fivestep journey to incorporating activism into our lives. Escape the numbing effects of despair, learn to channel anger, arm yourself with hope, practise perseverance and connect with others compassionately. Five Rules for Rebellion explains how we can convert our confusion and impatience into a powerful force for change. 'An antidote to the rising tide of despair.' The Herald

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The Boy With Two Hearts A Story of Hope

Hamed Amiri Memoir February 2021 9781785787133 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786204 | (eBook) £6.99 | 280pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency

'An inspiring read' - Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK Herat, Afghanistan, 2000. A mother speaks out against the fundamentalist leaders of her country. Meanwhile, her family’s watchful eyes never leave their beloved son and brother, whose rare heart condition means that he will never lead a normal life. The Boy with Two Hearts is not only a tale of a 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. 'Enthralling ... A fascinating insight' Daily Mail ‘I was swept away by this important story about the power of family, resilience and love – in total admiration.’ Jasbinder Bilan, Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2020 HAMED AMIRI was born in Herat, Afghanistan, and grew up under Taliban rule before escaping at the age of ten. He is a motivational speaker and influencer in the education sector, and a board member at Coleg Gwent, Wales. He lives in Cardiff. 24


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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

The mission to rescue the hostages the world forgot

Colin Freeman

International Affairs / History March 2021 9781785787027 (Demy Hardback) | £16.99 9781785787034 (eBook) | £10.99 302pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency

The true story of a retired British army officer’s private Somali-hostage rescue mission During the peak of the Somali piracy crisis, three ships – from Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan – were hijacked and then abandoned to their fate. All would still be there, had Colonel John Steed, a retired British military attaché, not launched a private mission to free them. At 65, Steed was hardly an ideal saviour. With no experience in hostage negotiations and no money behind him, he had to raise the ransom cash from scratch, running the operation from his spare room and ferrying million-dollar ransom payments around in his car. Drawing on first-hand interviews, former Sunday Telegraph chief foreign correspondent Colin Freeman, himself held hostage by Somali pirates, shines a light on the world of hostage negotiation and one man’s heroic rescue mission. COLIN FREEMAN is an author and journalist specialising in foreign affairs. He was chief foreign correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph from 2006–16, and regularly contributes to publications including The Telegraph magazine, the Spectator and From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4. 25


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Breathless

Why Air Pollution Matters – and How it Affects You

Chris Woodford

Science / Environment March 2021 9781785787096 | £14.99 (Demy Paperback) 9781785787102 | £9.99 (eBook) 304pp with black and white diagrams throughout TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Andrew Lownie Agency

An accessible and hard-hitting look at the facts behind air pollution in everyday life Take a deep breath. You’ll do it 20,000 times a day. You assume all this air is clean; it’s the very breath of life. But in Delhi, the toxic smog is as bad for you as smoking 50 cigarettes a day. Even a few days in Paris, London or Rome is equivalent to two or three cigarettes. Air pollution is implicated in six of the top ten causes of death worldwide, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and dementia.

Breathless gives us clear facts about air pollution in our everyday lives, showing how it affects our bodies, how much of it occurs in unexpected places (indoors, inside your car), and how you can minimise the risks. Rooted in the latest science, including real-time air-quality experiments in city streets and ordinary homes, it will allow you to make up your own mind about the risks and trade-offs of modern living – wherever in the world you are. CHRIS WOODFORD has written and edited dozens of science education books, including the bestselling ‘Cool Stuff’ series. His previous titles include Cool Stuff & How it Works (DK, 2005), Science: A Children’s Encyclopedia (DK, 2014), and Atoms Under the Floorboards (Bloomsbury, 2015). 26


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GDP

The World’s Most Powerful Formula and Why it Must Now Change

Ehsan Masood

Economics March 2021 9781785787119 (B-format Paperback ) | £9.99 9781785787126 (eBook) | £6.99 304pp TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: The Science Factory/Louise Pritchard

Why the formula that dominates economics has outlived its usefulness Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the world’s economic health-check. A rising number is manna for markets and keeps business buzzing; a falling one is a portent of doom for everyone. But, as science writer Ehsan Masood deftly shows, GDP can be unforgiving for those countries that cannot be – or choose not to be – measured by its rules. And it fails to measure much of what is really important to our lives. GDP was created to help Western economies rebuild after the horrors of the Great Depression and to rise again from the fires of the Second World War. But it simultaneously rewarded decades of environmental destruction, and now, amid an unprecedented economic crisis, it faces a fight for its survival. What began as a useful formula to assess a country’s path to prosperity, has trapped societies and leaders into a system of measurement from which the world has to break free. We must, and this book shows how we can. EHSAN MASOOD is a senior editor at the science journal Nature. He is a former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and has written and presented documentary programmes for BBC Radio 4. His previous books include Science and Islam: A History (Icon, 2017). 27


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Liquid Gold

Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey

Roger Morgan-Grenville Nature March 2021 9781785787140 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786068 | £6.99 (eBook) 272pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency

‘A light-hearted account of midlife, a yearning for adventure, the plight of bees … and above all, friendship.’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Delightful … a hymn to the life-enhancing connection with the natural world that helped Morgan-Grenville reconcile himself to the fading of the light that is middle age.’ Country & Town House magazine After a chance meeting in the pub, ex-serviceman Roger Morgan-Grenville and friend Duncan decide to take up beekeeping. Pitched into an arcane world of unexpected challenges and with many setbacks along the way, they create a colony of beehives, emerging with a new understanding of nature, of the honeybee, and of the threats it faces. Wryly humorous and surprisingly moving, Liquid Gold is the story of an unlikely male friendship. 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.

‘A great book. Painstakingly researched, but humorous, sensitive and full of wisdom.' Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons 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. 28


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The Bad Trip

Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties

James Riley

‘A history that makes perfect sense when the sky is falling down’ Sunday Times In The Bad Trip, James Riley descends into the underworld of the Sixties to reveal the dark side of the counterculture. Moving between Britain and America, this is a magical mystery tour that shows just how different our concept of ‘the Sixties’ is from the reality of the period. Cultural History March 2021 9781785785948 (B-format Paperback) | £9.99 JAMES RILEY is a Fellow of English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge, focusing on modern and 9781785784545 (eBook) | £6.99 contemporary literature, popular film and 1960s culture. 416pp He co-edited The 1960s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction TERRITORY: World (Bloomsbury, 2018). TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Watson, Little

The Six Secrets of Intelligence Change the way you think about thinking

Craig Adams

Six ideas that reveal how to see through lies, deceptions and empty rhetoric. Condensing the blueprint of the human mind created by Aristotle in Ancient Greece to six ‘secrets’, Craig Adams uncovers the underlying patterns of discussion and debate, and shows us how to be both harder to manipulate and more skilful in any conversation – no matter the topic. Philosophy March 2021 9781785786525 (B-format Paperback) | £9.99 9781785785078 (eBook) | £6.99 320pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: David Higham

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A Wilder Life

Journey of an Adventuring Doctor

Joan Louwrens

Biography / Memoir / Medical March 2021 9781776191123 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 260pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

A doctor follows her calling to practise medicine in wild, remote places Dr Joan Louwrens was always drawn to wild places, which were balm to her soul. When her husband died, leaving her alone with two small daughters to raise, she threw herself wholeheartedly into ‘adventure medicine’, seeking out the world’s most remote corners – on land and at sea – to practise her healing, both her own and others'. Working in wild places from the Kruger Park to the Australian Outback, the Atlantic Ocean islands, and both the south and north poles, ‘Doctor Joan’ dealt with a vast range of medical issues, from rabies to deep-vein thrombosis, childbirth to wisdom-tooth extraction, catatonia to depression. Showing an eagerness to learn and a humility that isn’t always a given in her profession, and with a wry eye and a sympathetic outlook, Joan Louwrens has written a memoir that’s a poignant and often funny story of a life lived to the full. DR JOAN LOUWRENS is a South African medical doctor with additional qualifications in family medicine, anaesthetics, and tropical medicine. Initially a general practitioner with a special interest in palliative care, she swerved onto an unconventional medical path that saw her working on all seven continents and some oceans in between, sometimes with her two daughters in tow. Her home is a wild piece of land near Knysna on the South African coast. 30


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Africa First!

Igniting a Growth Revolution

Jakkie Cilliers

Africa / Economics March 2021 9781776191130 | £10.99 B-format Paperback | 392pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

‘A roadmap that could turn Africa’s potential into prosperity.’ – President Cyril Ramaphosa What stops Africa, with its abundant natural resources, from capitalising on its boundless potential? Africa analyst Jakkie Cilliers uses 11 scenarios to unpack, in concrete terms, how the continent can ignite a growth revolution that will take millions out of poverty and into employment. Africa urgently needs much more rapid economic growth. Cilliers identifies and models fundamental transitions required in agriculture, education, demographics, manufacturing and governance and shows how these changes can be brought about. The challenges the continent faces – competing in a globalised world, delivering health care and education, feeding growing populations and grappling with climate change – demand far-sighted policies and determined leadership. Cilliers offers achievable solutions based on African realities. JAKKIE CILLIERS is a futurist and Africa analyst. He founded the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), serves as chair of its board, and heads the ISS programme on African Futures and Innovation.

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Women in the Picture

What Culture Does with Women’s Bodies

Catherine McCormack

Art / Feminism / Culture April 2021 9781785785894 | £12.99 (B-format Hardback) 9781785785900 | £8.99 (eBook) 304pp with black & white illustrations throughout TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock

A radical challenge to how we’ve been taught to see and value women, their bodies and their lives Images have long been used to oppress women, binding them within a stale set of archetypes as the erotic Venus, demure bride, domesticated wife, doting mother, or uncontrollable monster. These roles return time and again in art history’s classics – think Titian, Botticelli – in fashion photography and across social media. Our great art and visual culture has objectified and distorted the way women see themselves, and has defined whose bodies should be seen or considered beautiful. In this impassioned book, art historian Catherine McCormack re-evaluates how images of women are produced, displayed and admired, rethinking what makes for artistic beauty with a critic’s eye. She also highlights artists – like Berthe Morisot, Suzanne Lacy and Zanele Muholi – who are creating new ways of looking at women’s identity, work, sexuality, race and power. It's time to explode outdated female imagery and explore who real women are and who they can be. CATHERINE MCCORMACK is a curator, art historian and author of The Art of Looking Up. She is the founder and course director of the Women and Art study programme at Sotheby's Institute of Art and lives in London. 32


'The walls of our galleries have a sacrosanct charge that absorbs any censure. Oil paint is a soothing medium that smooths out the brutality and doublestandards of these narratives and turns them into lessons in culture and civilisation for the general public. But what other alternative histories lay buried in plain sight beneath the gilded frames, the imposing ceilings, the tasselled ropes and the protective glass surfaces that deflect proper scrutiny? What discomfiting things are we prepared to overlook in the name of "beauty" and the art-historical concepts of value, "genius" and achievement that we tend to so readily accept? By whose power and at whose expense did they even get here?'

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'My book tells the shearwater’s amazing story. For eighteen months I followed them faithfully and discovered the secrets of their epic journeys. Shearwater is also about the importance of connecting with and looking after our wildernesses, and of re-embracing adventure. And, in a world where we have lost two thirds of our seabirds in the last 60 years, this is an optimistic book for a troubled time.' - Roger Morgan-Grenville

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Shearwater

A Bird, an Ocean, and a Long Way Home

Roger Morgan-Grenville

Nature / Memoir April 2021 9781785787201 (Demy Hardback) | £16.99 9781785787218 (ebook) | £10.99 304pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency

A very personal mix of memoir and natural history from the author of Liquid Gold Ten weeks into its life, a Manx shearwater chick will emerge from its burrow and fly, entirely alone, 8,000 miles from the west coast of the British Isles to the South Atlantic. It will be unlikely to touch land again for four years. Part memoir, part homage to wilderness, Shearwater traces the author’s 50year obsession with one of nature’s supreme travellers. In the finest tradition of nature writing, Roger Morgan-Grenville, author of Liquid Gold – described by Mary Colwell (Curlew Moon) as ‘a book that ignites joy and warmth’ – unpicks the science behind the shearwater's incredible journey; and into the story of a year in the shearwater’s life, he threads the inspirational influence of his Hebridean grandmother who instilled in him a love of wild places and wild animals. Full of lightly-worn knowledge, acute human observation and self-deprecating humour, Shearwater brings joyfully to life a truly mysterious and charismatic bird. ROGER MORGAN-GRENVILLE was a soldier from 1978–86 and later helped to set up the charity Help for Heroes, acting as its first head fundraiser. He is also the author of Liquid Gold: Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey (Icon, 2020). 35


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Come Fly the World The Women of Pan Am at War and Peace

Julia Cooke

History / Biography April 2021 9781785786884 | £16.99 (Demy Hardback) 9781785786891 | £10.99 (eBook) 352pp with with 8pp b&w plates TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Zoë Pagnamenta Agency

Travel writer Julia Cooke’s exhilarating portrait of Pan Am stewardesses in the Mad Men era Come Fly the World tells the story of the stewardesses who served on the iconic Pan American Airways between 1966 and 1975 – and of the unseen diplomatic role they played on the world stage. Alongside the glamour was real danger, as they flew soldiers to and from Vietnam and staffed Operation Babylift – the dramatic evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon. Cooke’s storytelling weaves together the true stories of women like Lynne Totten, a science major who decided life in a lab was not for her, to Hazel Bowie, one of the relatively few African American stewardesses of the era, as they embraced the liberation of a jet-set life. In the process, Cooke shows how the sexualized coffee-teaor-me stereotype was at odds with the importance of what they did, and with the freedom, power and sisterhood they achieved. JULIA COOKE’s journalism has been published in Time, Smithsonian, and Conde Nast Traveler. She is the author of The Other Side of Paradise: Life in the New Cuba, and daughter to a former Pan Am executive. She lives in Vermont. 36


'E ach s tewarde s s was me asur e d at training s o that the pale blue w or s ted wo ol sui t fit her b o d y p er fe c tl y. I ts tailor e d shoulder s imi tated the line s o f e xe cu tive sui ts on Madis on Avenue. Blue pillb ox hats with whi te piping pulle d the jacke t and shir t toge ther. A c entur y e ar lier the w r i ter G e orge S and had trade d her he els for men’s b o o ts in Par is and w r i t ten that in such s olid, fr e eing sho e s, “i t s e eme d to me that I c ould go r ound the wor ld.� T he Pan A m uniform made many o f the women fe el e quall y capable.'

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Intelligence Isn't Enough

A Black Professional's Guide to Thriving in the Workplace

Carice Anderson

Business / Social Studies April 2021 9781776191147 | ÂŁ9.99 B-format Paperback | 260pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

Carice Anderson empowers black professionals and guides them to thrive and succeed in the workplace With over 17 years’ experience at top companies as a professional development manager and coach, Carice Anderson shares her wisdom and knowledge. Her insider status gives her access to revelatory industry trends and insights on the harsh realities of corporates in general. This book will help Black professionals perform in their careers. Anderson uses her own experience as a mentor, teacher and researcher, as well as the advice from 30 successful Black leaders across the world, to guide the reader through what she calls the major corporate muscles. By mastering the balance between working on versus working in your career you can start making more strategic decisions critical to your success and advancement in the workplace.

CARICE ANDERSON is a prominent South African businesswoman. She is the founder of Thrive Leadership Advisory, a leadership consulting, coaching and facilitation firm and has worked for top companies like Google. 38


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Miracle Men

How Rassie’s Springboks won the World Cup

Lloyd Burnard

Sport April 2021 9781776191154 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 256pp with colour plates TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

The inspiring story of the Springboks' 2019 Rugby World Cup victory When Rassie Erasmus took over as coach of the Springboks in 2018, few thought they had a chance of winning the Rugby World Cup. The Boks had slipped to seventh in the world rankings and lost public faith. Less than two years later, jubilant crowds lined South Africa’s city streets to welcome back the victorious team. Sportswriter Lloyd Burnard takes the reader on the thrilling journey from nohopers to world champions. His interviews with players, coaches and support staff reveal how the principles of inclusion, openness and focus, as well as careful planning and superb physical conditioning, became the basis for a winning formula. Miracle Men is filled with marvellous anecdotes and sharp insights. It is also inspiring testimony to what can be achieved when a group of South Africans from all backgrounds come together as a team. LLOYD BURNARD is a former sports editor of The Witness newspaper in KwaZulu-Natal and currently an award-winning senior journalist at Sport24. He has been covering the Springboks extensively since 2015, culminating in their 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph, and has reported on numerous other major sporting events. This is his first book. 39


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The Gran Tour

Travels With My Elders

Ben Aitken

‘Funny, touching and just wonderful!’ HHHHH NETGALLEY REVIEWER

Travel / Memoir April 2021 9781785787041 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786495 | £6.99 (eBook) 306pp TERRITORY:World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock

One millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap From the author of the acclaimed A Chip Shop In Poznan. When Ben Aitken learnt that his gran had enjoyed a four-night holiday including four three-course dinners, four cooked breakfasts, four games of bingo, a pair of excursions, sixteen pints of lager and luxury return coach travel, all for a hundred pounds, he thought, that's the life, and signed himself up. Six times over. Good value aside, what Ben was really after was the company of his elders – those with more chapters under their belt, with the wisdom granted by experience, the candour gifted by time, and the hard-earned ability to live each day like it's nearly their last. A series of coach holidays ensued – from Scarborough to St Ives, Killarney to Lake Como – during which Ben attempts to shake off his thirty-something blues by getting old as soon as possible. BEN AITKEN was born under Thatcher, grew to six foot then stopped, and is an Aquarius. He is the author of Dear Bill Bryson: Footnotes from a Small Island (2015) and A Chip Shop in Poznan: My Unlikely Year in Poland (2019), ‘one of the funniest books of the year’ (Paul Ross, talkRadio). 40


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Sealand

The True Story of the World’s Most Stubborn Micronation

Dylan Taylor-Lehman

History April 2021 9781785787164 (B-format Paperback) | £9.99 9781785786679 (eBook) | £6.99 320pp plus 16 colour plates TERRITORY: UK & Comm ex. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Abner Stein

'The unexpected comic masterpiece of the year' Daily Mail In 1967, retired army major and self-made millionaire Paddy Roy Bates inaugurated himself ruler of the Principality of Sealand on a World War II Maunsell Sea Fort near Felixstowe – and began the peculiar story of the world’s most stubborn micronation. Incorporating original interviews with surviving members of the principality’s royal family, and many rare, vintage photographs, Dylan Taylor-Lehman recounts the outrageous attempt to build a sovereign kingdom by a family of rogue, larger-than-life adventurers on an isolated platform in the freezing waters of the North Sea.

DYLAN TAYLOR-LEHMAN is an award-winning writer and journalist. He has written for a variety of publications about landfill ecosystems, strange crimes, modern Kafkology, and the history of the Spanish tortilla. He lives in Ohio.

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How to Fix Meetings

Meet Less, Focus on Outcomes and Get Stuff Done

Graham Allcott & Hayley Watts Business/Self-Help April 2021 9781785784750 (B-format Paperback) | £8.99 9781785784767 (eBook) | £6.99 304pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency

Zoom fatigue? Calendar full of meetings that could just be an email? Online and offline, too much valuable time is wasted in meetings. Often little advance planning takes place, resulting in productivity drains rather than productivity gains. Providing realistic and practical advice, productivity professionals Graham Allcott and Hayley Watts show 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. 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. 42


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Imperial Mud The Fight for the Fens

James Boyce

History April 2021 9781785787157 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786518 | £6.99 (eBook) 256pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Abner Stein

A post-colonial history of the destruction of the Fens of eastern England From a multi-award winning historian, this is an arresting new history of the battle for the Fens. Between the English Civil Wars and the mid-Victorian period, the proud indigenous population of the Fens fought to preserve their homeland against an expanding empire. After centuries of resistance, their culture and community were destroyed, along with their wetland home. But this was no simple triumph of technology over nature – it was the consequence of a newly centralised and militarised state, which enriched the few while impoverishing the many. Masterfully argued and imbued with a keen sense of place, Imperial Mud reimagines not just the history of the Fens, but the history and identity of the English people. JAMES BOYCE is a multi-award-winning Australian historian. His first book, Van Diemen's Land, was described as ‘the most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore’. 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia was The Age’s Book of the Year, while Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World was hailed by The Washington Post as ‘an exhilarating work of popular scholarship’. 43


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American Sherlock

Murder, forensics, and the birth of crime scene investigation

Kate Winkler Dawson

History / True Crime May 2021 9781785787058 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785787065 | £6.99 (eBook) 336pp with 8 black and white plate sections TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC

‘An entertaining, absorbing combination of biography and true crime.’ Kirkus ‘Heinrich changed criminal investigations forever, and anyone fascinated by the myriad detective series and TV shows about forensics will want to read [this].’ The Washington Post Berkeley, California, 1933. In a lab filled with curiosities – beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners and hundreds of books – sat an investigator who would go on to crack at least 2,000 cases in his 40-year career. Based on years of research and thousands of never-before-published primary source materials, American Sherlock is a true-crime account capturing the life of the man who spearheaded the invention of a myriad of new forensic tools, including blood-spatter analysis, ballistics, lie-detector tests and the use of fingerprints as courtroom evidence. KATE WINKLER DAWSON is an associate professor in journalism at the University of Texas. A seasoned documentary producer, her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, WCBS News, ABC News Radio, ‘PBS NewsHour’ and ‘Nightline.’

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City in Europe

From Allison to Guardiola: Manchester City’s long quest for European success

Simon Curtis

Football / Sport May 2021 9781785787324 | £9.99 (B format original) 9781785787331 | £6.99 (eBook) 304pp with 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Michael Greer Literary Agency

As one of the first English sides to taste glory in Europe, lifting the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1970, City looked set for life among the continent’s elite. But as their domestic fortunes went from bad to worse to absolute calamity, the wilderness returned. Avid City fan and respected journalist Simon Curtis dusts off the details of some truly intoxicating away days. Filled with tales of the club’s travelling support and the evocative accounts of the journalists who saw the team of the Seventies, Curtis tells the story of a club steeped in history, defiantly refusing to bow to pomp and ceremony as it goes about lifting the ultimate prize. After a spectacular rebuild and having achieved all there is to achieve on the domestic stage, including a record-breaking 100-point season in 2017-18, City’s deep-pocketed owners have their sights firmly set on European glory once more. Yet for all their recent success at home, they are anything but welcome guests at Europe’s top table. SIMON CURTIS is a freelance journalist specialising in all things Manchester City. He has written extensively for the club’s various official platforms, with regular columns in the matchday programme and articles on the official website spanning a number of years, in addition to regular contributions to The Blizzard, The Guardian and World Soccer Magazine. He lives in Manchester. 46


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Verstappen

A Formula One Prodigy

James Gray

Formula 1 / Sport May 2021 9781785787300 (Demy Paperback) | £14.99 9781785787317 (eBook) | £9.99 288pp with 8pp colour plates TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books / Marsh Agency

The first English-language biography of Formula 1’s hottest new talent, Dutchman Max Verstappen. Few drivers have ever shaken up Formula 1 in quite the same way as Verstappen. Already the youngest competitor in F1 history, having made his breakthrough in 2015 aged just 17, his debut race for Red Bull at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix saw him become the youngest driver ever to win a race, achieve a podium finish or even lead a lap. As sports journalist James Gray deftly shows, as son of F1 legend Jos and elite-level kart driver Sophie Kumpen, Max was destined to be a racing driver. And since that headlinegrabbing debut, he has continued to make an indelible impression on the sport, courting criticism and plaudits in equal measure. Published on the eve of the first Dutch Grand Prix for 36 years, Gray’s biography seeks to understand the outspoken nature and aggressive driving style that make Verstappen a must-watch before, during and after races, and why his Dutch fans, who turn up to cheer him on in their orange-clad droves, are quite so fanatical.

JAMES GRAY is a sports journalist for The i, specialising in Formula One, boxing, football and tennis. This is his first book.

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The Ground Breaking

An American City and Its Search for Justice

Scott Ellsworth

History May 2021 9781785787270 | £16.99 (Demy Hardback) 9781785787287 | £10.99 (eBook) 304pp with 8 black and white plate sections TERRITORY: UK & Commonwealth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Abner Stein/CAA

A gripping exploration of the worst single incident of racial violence in American history, timed to coincide with its 100th anniversary On 31 May 1921, in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a mob of white men and women reduced a prosperous African American community, known as Black Wall Street, to rubble, leaving countless dead and unaccounted for, and thousands of homes and businesses destroyed. But along with the bodies, they buried the secrets of the crime. Scott Ellsworth, a native of Tulsa, became determined to unearth the secrets of his home town. Now, nearly 40 years after his first major historical account of the massacre, Ellsworth returns to the city in search of answers. Along with a prominent African American forensic archaeologist whose family survived the riots, Ellsworth has been tasked with locating and exhuming the mass graves and identifying the victims for the first time. But the investigation is not simply to find graves or bodies – it is a reckoning with one of the darkest chapters of American history. SCOTT ELLSWORTH is an award-winning author and professor of history at the University of Michigan. His most recent book, The World Beneath Their Feet (John Murray, 2020) – described as ‘gripping’ by the Sunday Times – is the story of the international race to conquer the Himalayas. 48


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The Complete Photographic Guide to Southern African Birds with app and calls

Burger Cillié, Faansie Peacock, Niel Cillié, Phil Penlington & Karen Wiesler Wildlife May 2021 9781928363125 | £18.99 Paperback (230mm x 165mm) | 528pp With full colour photos throughout TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

The most comprehensive and up-to-date photographic guide to Southern African birds With over 5000 photographs covering all bird species in Southern Africa, this new guide promises to be a feast of information. The accompanying free app features the bird calls as well as additional photographs of other colour variations. The five authors discuss all bird species recorded in southern Africa in concise text, with emphasis on identification and behaviour. Over 5000 excellent colour photographs are used in the book and app to illustrate the different plumages of male, female, adult, juvenile, breeding or other colour variations. New distribution maps show in addition the migration status and relative abundance of each species.

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Hitler's South African Spies

Secret Agents and the Intelligence War in South Africa

Evert Kleynhans

History / Military History May 2021 9781776191161 | £10.99 B-format Paperback | 288pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

The story of the intelligence war in South Africa during the Second World War is one of suspense, drama and dogged persistence. In 1939, when the Union of South Africa entered the war on Britain’s side, the German government secretly reached out to the anti-war political opposition, and to the leadership of the pro-fascist Ossewabrandwag. The Nazis’ aim was to spread sedition in South Africa and to undermine the Allied war effort. To this end, they even offered to supply weapons to the Ossewabrandwag. But the critical strategic importance of the sea route round the Cape of Good Hope meant that the Germans were also after naval intelligence. Soon U-boat packs were sent to operate in South African waters, to deadly effect. Drawing on numerous primary and archival sources, Hitler’s South African Spies presents an unrivalled account of the German intelligence networks that operated in wartime South Africa and investigates the true threat level presented by Nazi Germany. It includes a fascinating account of the Royal Navy’s signals intelligence network in southern Africa and also details the hunt in post-war Europe for witnesses to help the South African government bring charges of high treason against key Ossewabrandwag members. EVERT KLEYNHANS is a lecturer in military history at the South African Military Academy. Several of his articles have been published in academic journals but this is 50 his first book for the trade.


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 June 2021 9781785785917 (254 x 177mm Paperback) | £13.99 9781785785924 (eBook) | £9.99 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. 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. 52


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Almost French

A Life of Fanfare and Faux Pas

Louis Jansen van Vuuren

Biography / Memoir June 2021 9781776191178 | £9.99 B-format Paperback | 256pp TERRITORY: World English ex. S. Africa

A fun read with a flamboyant author who gets caught up in all things French When the artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren first visited Paris he could never have imagined that he would end up owning a château in rural France.

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Portsmouth FC: 2019 - 2020 A Season Inside Fratton Park

Neil Allen

In 2013, in the midst of financial turmoil, on the brink of expulsion from the Football League and liquidation, the Pompey Supporters’ Trust seized ownership of their club. Four seasons later, on the back of a promotion, the fans sold their stake to former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Given unparalleled access, Neil Allen watches team and management alike as they bid to secure promotion back to the Championship. But the battles on the pitch are only part of the story. Portsmouth FC: 2019 - 2020 takes you inside a club like no other.

Football June 2021 9781785787171 | £9.99 (B-format PB) 9781785786709 | £6.99 (ebook) 352pp TERRITORY: World English NEIL ALLEN is The News’ chief sports writer covering Portsmouth TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Football Club. His previous books Played Up Pompey (2015) and Played Icon Books/ The Marsh Agency Up Pompey Too (2017) were sold and promoted by the football club.

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Past Mistakes

How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters

David Mountain

The stories we tell about our past matter. But those grand origin stories and heroic tales of extraordinary men are often shaped by prejudice, hoaxes and misinterpretations. Exploring the legacies of figures like Pythagoras and Christopher Columbus, the reality of life in the gun-toting Wild West, and the archaeological digs shedding new light on the birth of civilisation, among many other myths and misconceptions, Past Mistakes will make you reconsider your understanding of history – and of the world today. DAVID MOUNTAIN is a writer, speaker and editor, based in Edinburgh. After working as a scientific editor at an environmental NGO, he studied the politics of nationalism at the University of Edinburgh and now writes about history, politics and philosophy. This is his first book.

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Half Lives

The Unlikely History of Radium

Lucy Jane Santos

Popular Science June 2021 9781785787188 | £9.99 (B-format Paperback) 9781785786082 | £6.99 (eBook) 288pp + 8pp b/w plate sections TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: United Agents

The fascinating and macabre story of the radioactive element radium in everyday life Of all the radioactive elements discovered at the end of the 19th century, it was radium that became the focus of both public fascination and entrepreneurial zeal. Half Lives tells the fascinating, curious, sometimes macabre story of the element through its ascendance as a desirable item – a present for a queen, a prize in a treasure hunt, a glow-in- the-dark dance costume – to its role as a supposed cure-all in everyday 20th-century life, when medical practitioners and business people (reputable and otherwise) devised ingenious ways of commodifying the new wonder element, and enthusiastic customers welcomed radioactive wares into their homes. Historian Lucy Jane Santos – herself the proud owner of a formidable collection of radium beauty treatments – delves into the stories of these products and details the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear the once-fetishized substance. LUCY JANE SANTOS is an expert in the history of twentieth-century leisure, health, and beauty with a particular interest - some might say obsession - in the cultural history of radioactivity. This is her first book. 55


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