Welcome to Icon’s July–December 2020 Catalogue This season’s list sees successful authors return with new books, alongside the arrival of considerable new talents. David Whitehouse’s Apollo 11 and Ben Aitken’s A Chip Shop in Poznań were highlights of our 2019. David’s Space 2069 sees the science journalist cast his gaze, this time, 50 years into the future of space exploration. Ben Aitken – in The Gran Tour – explores Britain and Europe by coach with companions much his senior, in a bid to understand our growing generational divisions. John Gribbin’s Six Impossible Things was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2019 – his follow-up, Seven Pillars of Science, tackles the fundamental questions that underpin the universe. Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele complete their Graphic Guide trilogy – after Queer and Gender – with Sexuality. Dixe Wills returns to Icon after an appropriately long holiday with The Ultimate Bucket List –our humour hit for Christmas 2020. New writers abound too. Lucy Jane Santos' surprising everyday history of radium – Half Lives – we publish in July. Sealand, by American Dylan Taylor-Lehman, is a fantastically readable history of ‘the world’s most stubborn micronation’. David Mountain’s Past Mistakes explores how, too often, misinterpretations of history have led us to misunderstand ourselves. We also introduce historian David O’Keefe, whose One Day in August reevaluates 1942’s disastrous Dieppe raid. Daniel Chapman’s Sunday Times-bestselling 100 Years of Leeds United was our biggest title of 2019 – that arrives in paperback in July. Building our football list this season is Neil Allen’s book on the rollercoaster recent history of Portsmouth FC, We Will Never Die. As ever, we hope you enjoy our books – do let us know! Duncan Heath, Publisher 1
The Unlikely History of Radium
Lucy Jane Santos
Popular Science July 2020 9781785786075 | £16.99 9781785786082 (eBook) | £13.99 (eBook) Demy Hardback | 336pp, 16pp colour plate section TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: United Agents
The surprising history of radium in everyday life. The discovery of radium in the late 19th century prompted a flurry of experiments to scope the limits of its potential applications. 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, a boon to the housewife, and an ingredient in a startling host of consumer products – to its role as a cure-all in everyday 20th-century life. Finally, it details the gradual downfall and discredit of the radium industry through the eyes of the people who bought, sold and eventually came to fear it. Half Lives is an enjoyable journey into the odd areas where science and consumerism meet, telling the tale of the entrepreneurs and consumers in radium’s history who have until now been considered quacks, or fools, or both. LUCY JANE SANTOS is a freelance writer and historian with a special interest in popular science and the history of everyday life. She lives in Norwich and this is her first book. 2
IF YOU ARE SCARED OF RADIOACTIVITY, THEN I AM GOING TO START WITH SOME BAD NEWS: IT IS EVERYWHERE. From your first cup of coffee to that refreshing pint of real ale in the evening, you are regularly ingesting tiny particles of naturally-occurring radioactivity. Decades of fiction has fed our imaginations with creatures irradiated into monsters, and it has combined with real-life fears: of nuclear power plants, of mushroom clouds and of unimaginable loss and devastation. But this book tells a different story, one of perceptions of radioactivity at a time when it was revered, not feared; when it seemed that everyone was clamouring for more of it, not less â€Ś 3
Imperial Mud The Fight for the Fens
History July 2020 9781785786501 | £12.99 9781785786518 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) B-format Hardback | 256pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Abner Stein
A post-colonial history of the destruction of the Fens of eastern England. A population of proud indigenous people fight for generations to preserve their homelands against an expanding empire – an invasion justified as being necessary for ‘progress’. After centuries of resistance, their culture and community are destroyed. All of this takes place in East Anglia, roughly between the English Civil Wars and the mid-Victorian period. An innovative new take on the drainage of the Fens, framed in the language of colonialism, Imperial Mud upends the narrative of this being a triumph of technology over nature. The final destruction of England’s last lowland wilderness and the dispossession of its custodians was not an inevitable consequence of ‘progress’, but of the growing power of a centralised and militarised state. Imperial Mud reimagines not just the history of the Fens, but the history and identity of the English people.
Author photo credit: Matt Newton
JAMES BOYCE is a multi-award-winning historian and a research associate at the University of Tasmania. His books include Van Diemen's Land, 1835, and Born Bad: Original Sin and the Making of the Western World, described by The Washington Post as ‘an exhilarating work of popular scholarship’.
Hacking the Code of Life
How Gene Editing will Rewrite our Futures
Popular Science July 2020 9781785786259 | £8.99 9781785784989 (eBook) | £5.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback |176pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The cutting-edge science that will revolutionise the way we prevent disease. Just 45 years ago, the age of gene modification was born. But now GM is rapidly being supplanted by a new system called CRISPR or ‘gene editing’. Using this approach, scientists can manipulate the genes of almost any organism with a degree of precision, ease and speed that we could only dream of ten years ago. But is it ethical to change the genetic material of organisms in a way that might be passed on to future generations? If a person is suffering from a lethal genetic disease, is it even more unethical to deny them this option? Who controls the application of this technology, when it makes ‘biohacking’ – perhaps of one’s own genome – a real possibility?
NESSA CAREY worked in the biotech and pharma industry for thirteen years and is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London. Her previous books for Icon are The Epigenetics Revolution (2011), described by the Guardian as ‘a book that would have had Darwin swooning’, and Junk DNA (2015).
Red Sea Spies
The True Story of Mossad's Fake Diving Resort
‘Reads like a spy novel’ – Kirkus
History/Espionage July 2020 9781785786341 | £9.99 9781785786013 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 306pp, with 16pp colour plate section TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
In the early 1980s on a remote part of the Sudanese coast, a new luxury diving resort opened for business. Little did the holidaymakers know that the staff were undercover spies, working for the Mossad – the Israeli secret service. Written in collaboration with operatives involved in the mission, 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. His article scratching the surface of this story was the most-read original feature in the history of the site, with more than 5 and a half million readers to date.
The Hidden History of True Crime and Prejudice Before Stonewall
‘A grisly, sobering, comprehensively researched new history’ – New Yorker Indecent Advances is a skilful hybrid of true crime and social history that examines the often-coded portrayal of crimes against gay men in the decades before Stonewall. James Polchin illustrates how homosexuals were criminalised, and their murders justified, in the popular imagination from 1930s ‘sex panics’ to Cold War fear of Communists and homosexuals in government.
JAMES POLCHIN is a cultural critic and professor at New York University. He’s held faculty appointments in the Princeton Writing Program and the New School for Public Engagement, and has given talks on art history, literary journalism, and queer history at universities in the US and UK.
History July 2020 9781785786297 | £9.99 9781785785665 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 256pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm ex. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Foundry Media
100 Years of Leeds United 1919 – 2019
Daniel Chapman The Sunday Times bestseller
Football July 2020 9781785786358 | £9.99 9781785784316 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 438pp with 16pp colour plate section TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
100 Years of Leeds United tells the story of a one-club city and its unique relationship with its football team. Chapman delves deep into the archives to discover the lesser-known episodes, providing fresh context to the folkloric tales that have shaped the club we know today, painting the definitive picture of the West Yorkshire giants.
‘Every up and down at Leeds United. Essential reading.’ – Phil Hay DANIEL CHAPMAN has co‑edited Leeds United fanzine The Square Ball since 2011, taking it through its 25th anniversary, and seven nominations for the Football Supporters’ Federation Fanzine of the Year award, winning twice.
The Bad Trip
Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties
‘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. He explores the seam of apocalyptic thinking that had lain hidden beneath the decade’s psychedelic utopianism all along. 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. JAMES RILEY is a Fellow of English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge, focusing on modern and contemporary literature, popular film and 1960s culture. He co-edited The 1960s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Cultural History July 2020 9781785785948 | £9.99 9781785784545 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 416pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Watson, Little
One Day in August
Ian Fleming, Enigma and the Deadly Raid on Dieppe
History August 2020 9781785786303 | £25.00 9781785786310 (eBook) | £18.99 (eBook) Royal Hardback | 496pp with 16pp b&w plate section TERRITORY: World ex. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Rick Broadhead & Associates Inc.
A new history of the hitherto inexplicable Dieppe raid of 1942 and its true purpose. In less than six hours in August 1942, nearly 1,000 British, Canadian and American commandos died in the French port of Dieppe in an operation that for decades seemed to have no real purpose. Was it a dry-run for D-Day, or perhaps a gesture by the Allies to placate Stalin’s impatience for a second front in the west? Historian David O’Keefe uses hitherto classified intelligence archives to prove that this catastrophic and apparently futile raid was in fact a mission, set up by Ian Fleming of British Naval Intelligence, as part of a ‘pinch’ policy designed to capture material relating to the four-rotor Enigma Machine that would permit codebreakers like Alan Turing at Bletchley Park to turn the tide of the Second World War. ‘A fast-paced and convincing book … that clears up decades of misinformation about the ignoble raid’– Toronto Star DAVID O’KEEFE, a former officer in the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada) is an award-winning historian, author, film-maker and leading authority on Canadian military historical research. He currently teaches history at Marianopolis College in Quebec. 8
The Six Secrets of Intelligence What Your Education Failed to Teach You
Six ideas that reveal how to see through lies, deceptions and empty rhetoric.
Philosophy August 2020 9781785786525 | £9.99 9781785785078 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 320pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: David Higham
Some people have something to say in any conversation and can spot the hidden angles of completely unrelated problems; but how do they do it? 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. CRAIG ADAMS is a former commissioning editor at HarperCollins. He worked as a teacher before becoming disillusioned with education and convinced that it needed to be put right. This is his first book.
American Soldiers’ Remarkable Escape From Berga Concentration Camp
Written from personal testimonies and official documents, Operation Swallow is the true story of how a small group of American soldiers, inspired by a charismatic but reluctant leader named Hans Kasten, worked to save hundreds of fellow servicemen from a Nazi plan to turn Jewish prisoners of war into concentration camp slaves.
MARK FELTON is the author of numerous books on military history, including Castle of the Eagles and Zero Night, both of which are in development as Hollywood movies.
Military History August 2020 9781785786587 | £9.99 9781785785788 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 320pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Andrew Lownie Literary Agency 9
The thirteenth person to walk on the Moon is already in training, and for a very different purpose than in 1969. Lunar explorers will search for ‘The Peak of Eternal Light’, a mountain near the south pole that may catch the Sun’s rays all year round allowing continuous access to solar power. They will harvest ice in dark lunar craters for oxygen and water that will supply a Moonbase and develop the technology to go further. If we can overcome the immense difficulties of sending humans across interplanetary space, we will reach for Mars. The first person to set foot on Mars has already been born and in 2069, a century after the Apollo Moonlandings, humans will be living on two planets. 10
After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars and Beyond
David Whitehouse Popular Science August 2020 9781785786464 | £16.99 9781785786471 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) Demy Hardback | 336pp plus 16pp colour plate section TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Laura Susijn Literary Agency
From the author of the acclaimed Apollo 11: The Inside Story – our next 50 years of space exploration. Half a century after Apollo 11 we have still not returned to the Moon, but that is about to change. The thirteenth person to walk on the Moon could soon be part of a crew establishing a base on the lip of a crater at the lunar south pole. The discovery of ice in the eternal shadows of the polar regions transforms our ability to live on the Moon. From bases on the Moon we can make the long, lonely and dangerous voyage to Mars, where there is also ice. The obstacles are many, not least the fragilities of the human body. And what type of world would the first Mars explorers find? Science journalist David Whitehouse – with his ‘reporter’s gift for uncomplicated storytelling’ (Financial Times) – presents a mindexpanding tour of humanity’s future in space over the next 50 years. DAVID WHITEHOUSE is a former BBC Science Correspondent and BBC Science Editor. He is the author of the bestselling Apollo 11: The Inside Story, and has written for The Times, The Guardian, Focus, New Scientist and The Economist. He lives in Hampshire.
The True Story of the World’s Most
History September 2020 9781785786662 | £16.99 9781785786679 (eBook) | £12.99 (eBook) Demy Hardback | 320pp plus 16pp colour and b&w plate section TERRITORY: UK & Comm ex. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Abner Stein
The raucous, stranger-than-fiction tale of Sealand – the tiny island nation off the Suffolk coast. 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. Having fought off attacks from UK government officials and armed mercenaries for half a century – and thwarted a coup that saw the Prince Regent taken hostage – the self-proclaimed independent nation still stands. It has its own constitution, national flag and anthem, currency, and passports – and offers the esteemed titles of ‘Lord’ or ‘Lady’ to its loyal patrons. 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. 12
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Origins of the Universe
The Cosmic Microwave Background and the Search for Quantum Gravity
Popular Science September 2020 9781785786426 | £8.99 9781785786433 (eBook) | £5.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 176pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
The quest to find a theory of quantum gravity that could potentially explain everything. Nearly 60 years ago, Nobel Prize-winners Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson stumbled across a mysterious hiss of faint radio static that was interfering with their observations. They had found the key to unravelling the story of the Big Bang and the origin of our universe. That signal was the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the earliest light in the universe, released 379,000 years after the Big Bang. It contains secrets about what happened during the very first tiny increments of time, which had consequences that have rippled throughout cosmic history. This is the enthralling story of the quest to understand the CMB radiation and what it can tell us of the origins of time and space, from bubble universes to a cyclical cosmos – and possibly leading to the elusive theory of quantum gravity itself. KEITH COOPER is a freelance science journalist and editor, and author of The Contact
Paradox: Challenging Assumptions in Our Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Bloomsbury Sigma). He is the editor of Astronomy Now, and has edited the website Astrobiology Magazine. He lives in Wiltshire. 13
The Gran Tour
Travels with my Elders
Travel/Memoir September 2020 9781785786488 | £14.99 9781785786495 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) Demy Paperback | 306pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency
One millennial, six coach trips, one big generation gap. When Ben Aitken – author of the acclaimed A Chip Shop in Poznań – 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 attempted to shake off his thirtysomething 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 Poznań: My Unlikely Year in Poland (2019), ‘one of the funniest books of the year’ (Paul Ross, talkRadio). He lives in Portsmouth.
13.45. CORLEY. The east midlands interchange. A dozen climb on. That’s better, they say, ’ere we go then. They look younger, this lot. I suppose they didn’t have to get out of bed until mid-morning. Unlike the rest of us, who’ve bags under our eyes as well as under the coach.
Our driver suddenly identifies himself, as if he’s just remembered what his job is. ‘My name’s Roger. This is the service to Blackpool.’ A few whispers and doubts. ‘Only kidding. We’re off to sunny Scarborough. Scarbados they call it – the mad ones anyway.’ That’s enough of Scarborough, reasons Roger, let’s move on to the essentials. ‘You’ll get four free alcoholic drinks a night. There’ll be no discriminating. Even the youngest will get served. Unclaimed drinks don’t carry over to the next night, unfortunately. Given the choice, I’d have sixteen on the Thursday ...’
202 Tiny Changes Ailbhe Malone
Gift/Self-Help September 2020 9781785786655 | £18.99 160 x 118mm Hardbacks, slip-cased set Each book 176pp with b&w illustrations TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
A beautiful box set containing 101 Tiny Changes to Brighten Your Day and 101 Tiny Changes to Brighten Your World in hardback. This gift set of two books is a treasure trove of inspiration and positive encouragement, packed full of tips to help you shine and brighten the world around you. 101 Tiny Changes to Brighten Your Day is a restorative pick-me-up for whenever you need a helping hand. With small actions, you can make big improvements to your well-being – whether it’s making your phone a source of positivity instead of stress, engaging in habits that make you feel healthier and more positive, or preparing for darker days. 101 Tiny Changes to Brighten Your World focuses on how to look after yourself and your world. From your personal relationships, to your working space, to society and the environment at large – Ailbhe provides ideas to nurture our friendships, reduce plastic waste and make ethical choices, and improve our real and online worlds.
Author photo credit: Rory Malone
AILBHE MALONE is Senior Editor at The Strategist UK. She was previously Lifestyle Editor at BuzzFeed UK and a founding member of its team. She has worked for Nylon (US), the Guardian (UK), Heat and Wired.
How to Fix Meetings Meet Less, Focus on Outcomes and Get Stuff Done
Graham Allcott & Hayley Watts Business September 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 of more productive meetings. The average employee spends nearly 23 full days a year in meetings – over 50 per cent of which are deemed ‘unproductive’ by attendees. Poorly-organised meetings are wasting workers valuable time, and money – $541 billion globally in 2019. With realistic and practical advice this book shows how to reduce the amount of time you and your colleagues spend in meetings, and ensure that the ones that you do attend or hold are genuine opportunities to collaborate and get things done. Learn how to ensure a meeting’s 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. 9781785784613
HAYLEY WATTS is a Productivity Ninja at Think Productive. This is her first book.
Live More Think Less Overcoming Depression and Sadness
Dr Pia Callesen
Stop depression in its tracks with the revolutionary number 1 Danish bestseller.
Self-Help September 2020 9781785786686 | £8.99 9781785785559 (eBook) | £7.99 B-format Paperback | 168pp TERRITORY: World English TRANSLATION RIGHTS: JP/Politikens Forlag
Dr Pia Callesen presents the first practical book on metacognitive therapy, a groundbreaking new treatment proven to stop depression in its tracks. Live More Think Less presents a radical strategy to take back control of our thinking processes. From training our attention to leaving our negative trigger-thoughts on the conveyor belt, the book guides us towards living better through mastering the attention we pay to our thoughts and how we act upon them. DR PIA CALLESEN is a therapist and metacognitive specialist, managing a clinic in Denmark. She has a PhD from Manchester University and trained with the founder of metacognitive therapy at the MCT Institute.
The Ice at the End of the World An Epic Journey Into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future
‘A gripping and important book.’–Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction Greenland: a remote, mysterious, ice-covered rock has evolved from one of earth’s last physical frontiers to its largest scientific laboratory. Jon Gertner reconstructs in vivid, thrilling detail the heroic efforts of the scientists and explorers who have visited Greenland over the past 150 years, utilising every tool available to uncover the pressing secrets revealed by the ice before, thanks to climate change, it’s too late.
JON GERTNER is a journalist, historian and feature writer for The New York Times Magazine. His first book, The Idea Factory (Penguin, 2012) was a New York Times bestseller, who described it as ‘riveting’.
Natural History September 2020 9781785786556 | £10.99 9781785785689 (eBook) | £8.99 B-format Paperback | 448pp TERRITORY: UK & Comm ex. Canada TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Gernert Company
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Ice floats on water. The hydrogen in your body was created soon the(denser) Big Bang, Most solids after are heavier than their liquid form, so they sink. around 13.5 billion years ago. Why should ice be different, and how has that affected the evolution of life on Earth?
Solid objects are mostly empty space. Only electric forces operating in the clouds of almost empty space surrounding tiny nuclei make it possible for atoms to cling together to make ‘solid’ objects. How can this help us to understand the structure of the molecules of life?
The existence of carbon is due to an amazing coincidence. Without this ‘carbon coincidence’, there would be no heavier elements, no complex molecules in the gas clouds from which stars form, no planets like Earth, and no life forms like us in the Universe. So how was this element produced? 20
Seven Pillars of Science The Incredible Lightness of Ice, and Other Scientific Surprises
Popular Science October 2020 9781785786563 | £9.99 9781785786570 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) B-format Hardback | 160pp with black & white images throughout TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: David Higham Literary Agency
The seven fundamental – and surprising – scientific truths of our existence . John Gribbin, author of Six Impossible Things, shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize, presents a tour of seven fundamental scientific truths that underpin our very existence. These ‘pillars of science’ also defy common sense. For example, solid things are mostly empty space, so how do they hold together? There appears to be no special ‘life force’, so how do we distinguish living things from inanimate objects? And why does ice float on water, when most solids don’t? You might think that question hardly needs asking, and yet if ice didn’t float, life on Earth would never have happened.
Author photo credit: Royal Society Book Prize - Debbie Rowe
The answers to all of these questions were sensational in their day, and some still are. Throughout history, science has been able to think the unthinkable – and Gribbin brilliantly shows the surprising secrets on which our understanding of life is based.
JOHN GRIBBIN’S numerous bestselling books include In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat and Six Impossible Things, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize. He has been described as ‘one of the finest and most prolific writers of popular science around’ by the Spectator. He lives in East Sussex. 21
Voices from the Past
A Year of Great Quotations – and the Stories from History that Inspired Them
History October 2020 9781785786631 | £25.00 9781785786648 (eBook) | £20.00 (eBook) Royal Hardback | 624pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
366 quotations – one for every day of the (leap) year – each with a fascinating historical story, from the co-author of 365: Great Quotations from History. In a treasure trove for history buffs, W.B. Marsh fleshes out the context behind famous quotations associated with each day of the year, sending us back and forth in history from the time of the Ancient Egpytians to the world we live in today. • ‘I am tasting the stars!’ (4 August 1693) The monk Dom Pérignon tests the result of his new techniques in the making of sparkling wine, and champagne is born. • ‘I did not write it. God wrote it. I merely did his dictation.’ (20 March 1852) Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the 19th century’s bestseller apart from the Bible. • ‘From the sublime to the ridiculous is only a step.’ (18 October 1812) Napoleon’s all-conquering Grande Armée begins its slow and ignominious retreat from Moscow.
W.B. MARSH spent two years as an officer in the US Marine Corps, followed by a career in international advertising. Voices from the Past is his fourth book, after 365, 366 and Tales of War, all of which were written with Bruce Carrick, who died in 2018. Marsh lives in West London.
The Ultimate Bucket List 50 Buckets You Must See Before You Die
Humour November 2020 9781785786808 | £9.99 9781785786815 (eBook) | £7.99 (eBook) A-format Hardback |128pp with b&w illustrations throughout TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency
50 buckets that have witnessed great moments in history. The Battle of Hastings, where Harold’s penchant for wearing on his head an upturned bucket rather than the standard issue helmet was to prove his undoing; the invention of the wheel, which occurred when a gentleman in Mesopotamia stumbled upon a bucket and watched transfixed as it rolled across the floor; the foundation of Rome: Romulus, Remus and a bucket – the rest is history. Unchanged in design over millennia, the humble bucket possesses a versatility unmatched in the history of human invention. It is the unobtrusive onlooker, the fly on the wall sat in quiet contemplation at all great turning points in world history. Detailing 50 buckets that were present at great moments in history, Guardian travel writer and author of Tiny Castles and Tiny Histories, Dixe Wills, describes each event through their sage and unblinking gaze. It’s time to start ticking some buckets off your list. DIXE WILLS is a belletrist for the ages, the natural successor to Chaucer, Shakespeare, Austen and Hardy. There is a sense that, when he dies, the English language will die with him. This is his first book that has been entirely devoted to the subject of buckets. He lives in the South Downs. 23
A football club is more than just the 11 players on the pitch. From snake breeders with prized pythons named after former owners, to the kitman who was Britain's number one super-heavyweight boxer for ten years.
From an indie bookshop owner best known for his top hat, tattoos and the most iconic chimes in football, to the father who took his daughter to watch 147 Pompey games in just two years, following both the men's and women's teams.
Portsmouth F.C. is a club with character. 24
We Will Never Die
A Season Inside Portsmouth Football Club
Football November 2020 9781785786693 | £25.00 9781785786709 (eBook) | £20.00 (eBook) Royal Hardback | 352pp, 16pp colour plate section TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Icon Books/Marsh Agency
Neil Allen’s account of an unforgettable season at Portsmouth is told with the same passion as the Sunday Times bestseller 100 Years of Leeds United and Netflix’s Sunderland ’Til I Die. 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 promotion to League One, the fans sold their stake to former Disney CEO Michael Eisner. ‘We Will Never Die’ had been the battle-cry of the faithful. Now they were striving for more than mere survival. Given unparalleled access, 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. We Will Never Die takes you inside a club like no other.
NEIL ALLEN is The News’ chief sports writer covering Portsmouth Football Club. He won the Regional Journalist award at the 2018 British Sports Journalism Awards. His previous books Played Up Pompey (2015) and Played Up Pompey Too (2017) were sold and promoted by the football club. 25
How We Misinterpret History and Why it Matters
David Mountain World History November 2020 9781785786617 | £14.99 9781785786624 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) Demy Hardback | 400pp TERRITORY: World TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Emily Sweet Associates
From the fall of Rome to the Wild West, how History has been told has been seriously misleading . Our museums are full of pure white Classical sculptures – even though, originally, they were painted in bright colours. Over the years we’ve ignored, argued against and chipped away at the evidence. Why? Because the stories we tell about our past affect how we see ourselves today. Exploring some of the biggest myths, mysteries and misconceptions about the past (Columbus didn’t discover America, the Vandals weren’t vandals, Boudicca wasn’t English), David Mountain reveals how ongoing revolutions in history and archaeology are finally shedding light on the truth. We discover how prejudices, hoaxes and misinterpretations have whitewashed entire chapters of history, dismissed and demonised female leaders, and invented entire civilisations. Past Mistakes will make you reconsider your notion of what is and isn’t ‘history’ – and why it matters now. DAVID MOUNTAIN is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in Free Inquiry, The Humanist and Nadja. He has also given talks at the Edinburgh Fringe and Belfast’s Festival of Ideas and Politics. He currently lives in Edinburgh. 26
AS BARBARIAN HORDES SWEPT ACROSS ROME 1,500 YEARS AGO, LOOTING AND DESTROYING, THE LIGHTS OF SCIENCE, REASON AND CULTURE WENT OUT. IT’S A STORY WITH SUCH STAYING POWER THAT OPPROBRIUM STILL DRIPS FROM THE WORD ‘BARBARIC’. THE BARBARIAN GOTH TRIBE LIVES ON IN NAME TO SIGNIFY ANYTHING DARK, MACABRE OR VIOLENT. THE WANTON VANDALS, MEANWHILE, GIVE US THE CRIME OF ‘VANDALISM’. THAT’S ONE HELL OF A LEGACY. BUT …
WE NOW KNOW THAT MUSIC, SINGING AND POETRY WERE IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF BARBARIAN CULTURE – LEADERS WERE EXPECTED TO DEMONSTRATE MUSICAL AS WELL AS MILITARY SKILL. THEY WERE KEEN ARTISTS AND MASTER METALWORKERS. AND THEY WERE FASTIDIOUSLY CLEAN, MOCKED BY ROMANS FOR THEIR LOVE OF DAILY BATHS. EVEN IN BATTLE THEY WERE FAIRLY RESTRAINED BY ANCIENT STANDARDS. YET WE STILL LOOK AT THE WORLD – AND AT EACH OTHER – THROUGH THE LENS OF CIVILISATION AND BARBARITY HANDED DOWN TO US BY THE ROMANS... 27
Art is a Tyrant
The Unconventional Life of Rosa Bonheur
‘An enthralling story, told with both conviction and sympathy’–The Observer on Mistress of Paris
History/Art November 2020 9781785786594 | £10.99 9781785786228 (eBook) | £8.99 B-format Paperback | 448pp, 8pp colour plate section, b&w images throughout TERRITORY: UK & Comm TRANSLATION RIGHTS: Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
Catherine Hewitt’s compelling new biography of artist Rosa Bonheur is an inspiring evocation of a life lived against the rules. The very antithesis of the feminine ideal of 19th-century society, Bonheur 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. CATHERINE HEWITT studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her previous books with Icon are The Mistress of Paris (2015), and Renoir’s Dancer (2017). She lives in Surrey.
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Psychology, Neuroscience, and the Human Side of Economics
Popular Science December 2020 9781785786440 | £8.99 9781785785641 (eBook) | £5.99 (eBook) B-format Paperback | 176pp 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). 29
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A Graphic Guide
Meg-John Barker & Jules Scheele Graphic Non-Fiction/Sexuality December 2020 9781785786532 | £13.99 9781785786549 (eBook) | £10.99 (eBook) 254 x 177mm Paperback | 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]
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 ...
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NEW HOT SCIENCE ON PAGE 13 & 29
Hot Science is a series exploring the cutting edge of science and technology. With topics from Martian exploration and big data to astrobiology, graphene technology and gene editing, these are books for popular science readers who like to go that little bit deeper â€Ś
Icon’s Practical Guide series features smart, quick and easy-to-use books designed to help readers live a more fulfilling life. It features expert authors from diverse fields, such as psychology, business and counselling, to distil theory and experience into real-world insights, exercises and practices that can instantly be put to use – from living mindfully to negotiating, increasing self-confidence or leading teams.
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CBT FOR WORK
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ETHICS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE
GETTING THE JOB YOU WANT
NLP FOR WORK
PHILOSOPHY FOR EVERYDAY LIFE
PSYCHOLOGY OF RELATIONSHIPS
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TREATING EATING DISORDERS
PSYCHOLOGY OF PARENTING TEENAGERS
THE 50 GREATEST COLLECTION All books: UK £8.99 • USA $14.95 • B-format paperback 288 pages with b/w illustrations throughout
The 50 Greatest series celebrates excellence across a huge range of fields, including sport, travel, the great outdoors, art, business and much more. Each book, written by an expert in the subject, selects a personal choice of their 50 greatest of the field. From beers to wonders of the world, to road trips and Westerns, there is something for everyone.
ICON SCIENCE All books: UK £8.99 • B-format paperback
A collection of new editions of the best popular science books published by Icon over the years, to celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2017. All deft, concise and enjoyable histories of key moments in scientific history.
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The Icon Books catalogue for July - December 2020, featuring titles across popular science, history, travel, sport, gift and more.
Published on Jan 27, 2020
The Icon Books catalogue for July - December 2020, featuring titles across popular science, history, travel, sport, gift and more.