ICON BOOKS January - July 2022
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Welcome to Icon Books' January – July 2022 catalogue 2022 marks Icon’s 30th anniversary. It’s a historical milestone and the cause of much celebration – but, as this list shows, we’re forever looking forward, with plenty of books to inspire for the future and to look at the past with fresh eyes. Danielle Friedman’s Let’s Get Physical is a dazzling history of women and physical exercise, but one with much to say about our active lives today. Beyond Bitcoin explores the near future of decentralised finance, when traditional banking will feel very 20th-century. Marianne Eloise’s innovative and startling Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking explores the realities of a life lived obsessively, touching on subjects as diverse as death, Medusa, Disneyland, fire, LA - and her dog. Thor Hanson – whose Buzz was a hit for Icon in 2018 – returns with a startling new vision of how the natural world is adapting to the climate crisis in Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid . Ben Aitken follows up The Gran Tour with a funny and charming tale of intergenerational cohabitation in the The Marmalade Diaries . And Roger Morgan-Grenville – author most recently of the celebrated Shearwater – heads to the farm to learn about the past, present and future of cows in Taking Stock . Julian Manyon’s Kidnapped by the Junta marks a darker anniversary – 40 years since the outbreak of the Falklands War – in which he tells for the first time both the shocking story of his abduction as an ITN reporter and the history of Argentina’s Dirty Wars, both with itself and with the UK. Kerry Brown in Xi: A Study in Power and John McManus in Inside Qatar explore more contemporary concerns for the world. But there is much brightness too – Miranda Keeling’s The Year I Stopped to Notice will encourage us all to take joy in the small things again. And Joanne Joseph’s Children of the Sugarcane – our first adult fiction, on the Jonathan Ball list – reminds us that hope can be found in the darkest of places. We hope you enjoy these books as much as we do. Duncan Heath, Publisher
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Let’s Get Physical HOW WOMEN DISCOVERED EXERCISE AND RESHAPED THE WORLD
Danielle Friedman The untold history of women’s exercise culture, from jogging and Jazzercise to Jane Fonda. Author of The Cut’s viral article shared thousands of times unearthing the little-known origins of barre workouts, Danielle Friedman explores the history of women’s exercise, and how physical strength has been converted into other forms of power. FEMINISM / CULTURAL HISTORY ISBN: 9781785788093 PRICE: 16.99 GBP DEMY HARDBACK 352 PP, 8PP PLATE SECTION PUB DATE: 06/01/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: PUTNAM, PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE US
Only in the 60s, thanks to a few forward-thinking fitness pioneers, did women begin to move en masse. In doing so, they were pursuing not only physical strength, but personal autonomy. Exploring barre, jogging, aerobics, weight training and yoga, Danielle Friedman tells the story of how, with the rise of late-20th century feminism, women discovered the joy of physical competence – and how, going forward, we can work to transform fitness from a privilege into a right.
DANIELLE FRIEDMAN is an award-winning journalist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour. Her career began as a non-fiction editor at the Penguin imprints Hudson Street Press and Plume. She lives in New York City.
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Who Poisoned Your Bacon? THE DANGEROUS HISTORY OF MEAT ADDITIVES
Guillaume Coudray with a Foreword by Bee Wilson Did you know that bacon, ham, hot dogs and salami are classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as ‘category 1 carcinogens’? Would you eat them if you knew they caused bowel cancer?
HEALTH / FOOD ISBN: 9781785786112 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 400 PP PUB DATE: 06/01/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: EDITIONS LA DECOUVERTE
‘A bombshell book.’ Daily Mail ‘Highly persuasive … a wellorganised and solid dossier that alerts us to legalised chemical trickery.’ Spectator
Following ten years of detailed investigation, Guillaume Coudray presents a powerful examination of the use of nitro-additives in meat.
Who Poisoned Your Bacon? is the authoritative, gripping and scandalous story of big business flying in the face of scientific health warnings. It allows you to evaluate the risks, and carries a message of hope that things can change. ‘Eye-opening and important ... a book full of righteous anger.’ Bee Wilson, from her Foreword
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. BEE WILSON is a food writer and historian. Her books
include Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat and First Bite: How We Learn to Eat. She has three children and lives in Cambridge.
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Beyond Bitcoin DECENTRALISED FINANCE AND THE END OF BANKS
Steven Boykey Sidley and Simon Dingle After over a decade of Bitcoin, which has now moved beyond lore and hype into an increasingly robust star in the firmament of global assets, a new and more important question has arisen. What happens beyond Bitcoin? The answer is decentralised finance – ‘DeFi’.
ECONOMICS / CURRENT AFFAIRS ISBN: 9781785788307 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 252 PP PUB DATE: 13/01/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
‘A rich, clear and articulate explanation of a transformative technology.’ David Spence, former Chairman of PayPal Australia
Steven Boykey Sidley and Simon Dingle argue that DeFi – which enables all manner of financial transactions to take place directly, person to person, without the involvement of financial institutions – will redesign the cogs and wheels in the engines of trust, and make the remarkable rise of Bitcoin look quaint by comparison. It will disrupt and displace fine and respectable companies, if not entire industries. They explain how DeFi works, introduce the organisations and individuals that comprise the new industry, and identify the likely winners and losers in the coming revolution.
STEVEN BOYKEY SIDLEY has worked extensively in technology and finance and
is an award-winning novelist, playwright and columnist. An American citizen, he currently lives in Johannesburg with his wife and their two children. SIMON DINGLE is an author, broadcaster and entrepreneur with extensive experience in cryptocurrency, including as a founder of the successful Luno exchange. He lives in South Africa.
THE INCREDIBLE LIGHTNESS OF ICE, AND OTHER SCIENTIFIC SURPRISES
John Gribbin The seven fundamental – and surprising – scientific truths of our existence. John Gribbin presents a tour of seven fundamental scientific truths that underpin our very existence.
POPULAR SCIENCE ISBN: 9781785788581 PRICE: 8.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 160 PP PUB DATE: 06/01/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: DAVID HIGHAM LITERARY AGENCY
‘Light, to the point and hugely informative ... It packs in the science, tells an intriguing story and is beautifully packaged.’ Brian Clegg
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. 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. He has been described as ‘one of the finest and most prolific writers of popular science around’ by the Spectator. 9781785787348
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Seven Pillars of Science
Rachael Smith A new graphic memoir, from the award-winning author of Quarantine Comix. Hoping to better understand her own brain, award-winning comic-creator Rachael Smith set about documenting her experiences and struggles with anxiety and depression through comic strips.
GRAPHIC NON-FICTION/MEMOIR ISBN: 9781785788376 PRICE: 12.99 GBP 148MM X 148MM PAPERBACK 144 PP FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT PUB DATE: 20/01/2021 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
‘A beautiful, funny, revealing comic about living with depression from the alwayswonderful Rachael Smith.’ Chris Addison, comedian and director of Veep
The resulting book, Wired Up Wrong, is both educating and entertaining, holding a mirror up to all the flattering and unflattering aspects of mental health. Featuring Rufus the cat, Barky, a giant black dog who lives inside her head, and two tiny, imaginary game-show hosts, Comedy Women in Printshortlisted Rachael Smith’s work is at times light-hearted, others heartbreaking, but always brave and honest.
RACHAEL SMITH is a UK-based comics creator, whose books include Quarantine Comix, Artificial Flowers and The Rabbit, which was nominated for Best Book in the 2015 British Comic Awards, following her nomination for Emerging Talent. She lives in Manchester.
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HOW THE NATURAL WORLD IS ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Thor Hanson Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid is the first major book by a biologist to focus on the fascinating story of how the natural world is adjusting, adapting, and sometimes measurably evolving in response to climate change. Lyrical and thoughtprovoking, this book broadens the climate focus from humans to the wider lattice of life. NATURE / CLIMATE ISBN: 9781785788475 PRICE: 20.00 GBP ROYAL HARDBACK 304 PP WITH B/W ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT PUB DATE: 03/02/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: PERSEUS BOOKS
PRAISE FOR BUZZ: ‘Popular science at its most accessible: fun, fascinating and full of engaging pen portraits of the scientists and bee enthusiasts he meets in the course of his research.’ Melissa Harrison, Guardian
Bestselling nature writer Thor Hanson – author of Buzz (a Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’) – shows us how Caribbean lizards have grown larger toe pads to grip trees more tightly during frequent hurricanes; and how the ‘plasticity’ of squid has allowed them to change their body size and breeding habits to cope with altered sea temperatures. Plants and animals have a great deal to teach us about the nature of what comes next, because for many of them, and also for many of us, that world is already here.
THOR HANSON is a biologist whose previous books
include The Impenetrable Forest, Feathers (longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize in 2012), The Triumph of Seeds, and Buzz. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
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Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid
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Buy Better, Consume Less CREATE REAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Sian Conway-Wood How to spot greenwashing, stop consuming and demand a more sustainable future. Climate change is now a mainstream conversation topic, and yet every week our recycling piles are still overflowing and we’re faced with a steady stream of brands trying to persuade us to buy their eco-friendly products in our quest to live sustainably. ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY ISBN: 9781785788116 PRICE: 12.99 GBP B-FORMAT HARDBACK 256 PP PUB DATE: 17/02/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: THE SOPHIE BRADSHAW LITERARY AGENCY
For too long, corporations have shifted the eco-responsibility onto us, the consumers. It’s time to push back and demand change. In Buy Better, Consume Less Ethical Hour founder Sian Conway-Wood provides practical tips on how to stop consuming, advice on how to see through corporations’ greenwashing, and steps to hold them accountable. In doing so we can create demand for sustainability in supply chains, and put pressure on decision makers to implement systemic change that puts people and planet above profit.
SIAN CONWAY-WOOD is a prominent voice on climate change and ethical living. Green and Eco Influencer of the Year 2018, she founded #EthicalHour – the world’s first and largest online support network for people who want to live and work more ethically. She lives in Worcestershire.
FOOTNOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND
Ben Aitken A new edition of an irreverent homage to the ’95 travel classic, from the author of The Gran Tour. In 2013, travel writer Ben Aitken decided to follow in the footsteps of his hero – literally – and started a journey around the UK, tracing the trip taken by Bill Bryson in his classic tribute to the British Isles, Notes from a Small Island.
TRAVEL WRITING ISBN: 9781785788253 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 256 PP PUB DATE: 03/02/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Staying at the same hotels, ordering the same food, and even spending the same amount of time in the bath, Aitken’s homage – updated and with a new preface for 2022 – is filled with wit, insight and humour.
‘It would be wrong to view this book as just a highly accomplished homage to a personal hero. Aitken’s politics, as much as his humour, are firmly in the spotlight, and Dear Bill Bryson achieves more than its title intended.’ Manchester Review
BEN AITKEN was born under Thatcher, grew to 6ft then stopped, and is an Aquarius. He is the author of four books: Dear Bill Bryson, A Chip Shop in Poznan, The Gran Tour (‘Both moving and hilarious’, Spectator) and The Marmalade Diaries. He lives in Portsmouth.
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DEAR BILL BRYSON
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THE BLACK JOKE THE TRUE STORY OF ONE SHIP’S BATTLE AGAINST THE SLAVE TRADE
A. E. Rooks A groundbreaking history of the Black Joke, the most famous member of the British Royal Navy’s anti-slavery squadron, and the long fight to end the transatlantic slave trade.
HISTORY ISBN: 9781785788437 PRICE: 20.00 GBP ROYAL HARDBACK 320 PP PUB DATE: 03/02/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: FOUNDRY LITERARY + MEDIA
Initially a slaving vessel itself, the Black Joke was captured in 1827 and repurposed by the Royal Navy to catch its former compatriots. Over the next five years, the vessel liberated more enslaved people than any other in Britain’s West Africa Squadron. As Britain attempted to snuff out the transatlantic slave trade by way of treaty and negotiation, enforcing these policies fell to ships such as the Black Joke as they battled slavers, weather disasters, and interpersonal drama among captains and crew that reverberated across oceans.
The Black Joke is a crucial and deeply compelling work of history, both as a reckoning with slavery and abolition and as a lesson about the power of political will – or the lack thereof.
A.E. ROOKS is a two-time Jeopardy! champion with degrees in theatre, law, library and information science, and forthcoming degrees in education and sexuality. Their intellectual passions are united by what the past can teach us about the present, how history shapes our future, and above all, really interesting stories. They are based in Denver, Colorado.
QUANTUM ECONOMICS FOR THE REAL WORLD
David Orrell How quantum economics can dispel the illusions surrounding money and help us reform finance Money has many apparently magical properties. It can be created out of the void – and vanish without so much as a puff of smoke. It can flash through space. It can grow without limit. And it can blow up without warning. ECONOMICS / POPULAR SCIENCE ISBN: 9781785788284 PRICE: 20.00 GBP ROYAL HARDBACK 304 PP PUB DATE: 10/02/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
David Orrell argues that the emerging discipline of quantum economics, of which he is at the forefront, is the key to shattering the illusions that prevent us from understanding money’s true nature. In this colourful tour of the history, philosophy and mathematics of money, Orrell demonstrates how everything makes much more sense when we replace our classical economic models with ones based on quantum probability – and reveals the explosive reality of what is left once the illusions are stripped away.
DAVID ORRELL is a scientist and writer of books on science and economics. His books include Economyths: 11 Ways Economics Gets It Wrong and Quantum Economics: The New Science of Money, plus Behavioural Economics in the Hot Science series. He lives in Toronto. 9781785785085
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Money, Magic, and How to Dismantle a Financial Bomb
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How to be a Girl A MOTHER’S MEMOIR OF RAISING HER TRANSGENDER DAUGHTER
Marlo Mack, with a Foreword by CEO of Mermaids, Susie Green Mama, something went wrong in your tummy. And it made me come out as a boy instead of a girl. When Marlo Mack’s three year old says these words, she’s not surprised – but she’s completely unprepared.
MEMOIR / LGBTQ ISBN: 9781785787980 PRICE: 12.99 GBP DEMY PAPERBACK 256 PP WITH B/W ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT PUB DATE: 03/03/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: THE EXPERIMENT
INCLUDES FOREWORD FROM SUSIE GREEN, CEO OF CHARITY MERMAIDS
Marlo gave birth to a beautiful baby boy – M – and brushed his pleas for pink clothes and dresses aside as a young child’s playful experimentation with gender. But when her son begs to be put back in her tummy because he came out wrong, she knows she must listen more closely. How to Be a Girl is a raw and unflinching memoir of a mother grappling with her child’s transition. Always wanting to support M, Marlo – whose podcast of the same name has over 1.3 million downloads – finds her liberal values surprisingly challenged, and as she learns more about gender and its varied expressions, she questions what being a girl – or a boy, or something else entirely – really means.
MARLO MACK produces the How to Be a Girl podcast. She has been featured in,
and written for, outlets including the New York Times, National Geographic, TIME magazine, BBC World Service and Refinery29. This is her first book.
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The Year I Stopped to Notice Miranda Keeling ‘These are moments of sublime beauty and wonder in the everyday.’ Ian McMillan
January: A man walking along Caledonian Road falls over onto the huge roll of bubble wrap he is hugging, perhaps for just this sort of situation.
GIFT ISBN: 9781785787966 PRICE: 12.99 GBP 160 X 118MM HARDBACK 192 PP FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT PUB DATE: 17/03/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Inspired by her popular Twitter account, The Year I Stopped to Notice collects together Miranda Keeling’s observations of the magic, humour, strangeness and beauty in ordinary life. Through the changing seasons, on city streets and on buses, in parks and cafes, Miranda notices things: moments between friends, the interactions of strangers, children delighting in the world around them, the quiet melancholy of lost items on the pavement. Accompanied by stunning watercolour illustrations from Luci Power, Miranda’s poetic vignettes take us on journeys of discovery and share with us the joy of stopping to notice.
MIRANDA KEELING is a writer and performer. She writes
plays, screenplays, short stories, articles and poems. As an actor she works in radio, voiceover, TV, film and stage and is a winner of the BBC Radio’s Norman Beaton Fellowship. This is her first book. She lives in London.
INSIDE ARGENTINA’S WARS WITH BRITAIN AND ITSELF
Julian Manyon On 12 May 1982 as the Falklands conflict became a shooting war, journalist Julian Manyon and his TV crew were kidnapped on the streets of Buenos Aires and put through a traumatic mock execution by the secret police. Less than eight hours later they were invited to film a world exclusive interview with an apologetic President Galtieri, head of the Argentine Junta. HISTORY / POLITICS ISBN: 9781785788529 PRICE: 20.00 GBP ROYAL HARDBACK 320 PP INCLUDING 8 PP COLOUR PLATES PUB DATE: 17/03/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: JOHNSON & ALCOCK LITERARY AGENCY
Acclaimed TV journalist Julian Manyon digs down into Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ and its effect on the Falklands conflict
Spurred on by the recent release of declassified CIA documents about Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’, Manyon discovered the identity of his kidnapper and his terrifying record of torture and murder in the bloody struggle against left-wing opposition. Timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, this book is an extraordinary personal insight into the war behind the war, seen through the eyes of a reporter who was fortunate to escape with his life.
JULIAN MANYON was a journalist specialising in
international stories for more than 40 years, starting in Vietnam and working in Argentina during the Falklands War. He became a long-serving foreign correspondent for ITN, and has won numerous awards for his work. He lives in Suffolk.
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Tony Carr THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Tony Carr The autobiography of a West Ham legend – including exclusive interviews with Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole and Mark Noble
FOOTBALL ISBN: 9781785787591 PRICE: 20.00 GBP ROYAL HARDBACK 320 PP INCLUDING 8 PP COLOUR PLATES PUB DATE: 24/03/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Tony Carr is one of the most influential coaches of all time. Having achieved his boyhood dream of signing with West Ham United in 1966, a broken leg forced Carr to end his playing career before it had even begun. Not to be deterred, he decided to forge himself a new path and was appointed director of youth football at West Ham in 1973, aged just 23. As Carr tells in this book for the very first time, over the next 43 years he honed his craft, becoming admired for identifying and nurturing young talent, guiding multiple generations of international footballers through the ranks at The Academy of Football. He recounts the highs and lows of his time with West Ham, with tales of the managers he coached under as they talk frankly about football and their place within it.
TONY CARR was born in Bow, East London and joined West Ham as a teenager, spending 48 years at the club. He won the FA Youth Cup twice and was made an MBE for his services to football in 2010. He lives in London.
Here is a snapshot of the books launched over the past year:
JONATHAN BALL BACKLIST
Jonathan Ball Publishers was launched as an imprint of Icon in 2021.
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The Marmalade Diaries THE TRUE STORY OF AN ODD COUPLE
Ben Aitken From the author of The Gran Tour, a charming portrait of an intergenerational friendship. Recently widowed Winnie, 84, needed some companionship. Someone to help with the food shop and offer crossword tips. Ben, 34, needed a new housemate.
MEMOIR ISBN: 9781785788130 PRICE: 16.99 GBP DEMY HARDBACK 320 PP PUB DATE: 10/03/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: JOHNSON & ALCOCK LITERARY AGENCY
As the UK locked down in 2020, Ben and Winnie’s lives interwove, forming an unlikely friendship, where lessons were learnt (heat the red wine in the oven with the plates; preserve or pickle whatever you can; never throw anything away) and grief, both personal and that of a nation, was explored. Charting their time together, and the details of Winnie’s life that are shared in fragments, this is a very human exploration of home, the passage of time, the growing relationship between an odd couple, told with warmth, wit and candour. BEN AITKEN was born under Thatcher, grew to 6ft then stopped, and is an Aquarius. He is the author of four books: Dear Bill Bryson, A Chip Shop in Poznan, The Gran Tour (‘Both moving and hilarious’, Spectator) and The Marmalade Diaries. He lives in Portsmouth.
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FIVE DAYS BALTIMORE’S FIERY RECKONING
Wes Green with Erica L. Green When Freddie Gray was arrested for possessing an ‘illegal knife’ in April 2015, he was treated ‘roughly’ as police loaded him into a vehicle. By the end of his trip in the police van, Gray was in a coma from which he would never recover. 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, then five days described alternatively as an uprising. HISTORY / RACE STUDIES ISBN: 9781785788246 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 320 PP PUB DATE: 03/03/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE US
‘An illuminating portrait of Baltimore … Readers will be enthralled’ Publishers Weekly
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. Each shifting point of view contributes to an engrossing, cacophonous account of a moment in history with striking resemblances to far more recent events, which is also an essential cri de coeur about the deeper causes of the violence and the small seeds of hope planted in its aftermath.
WES GREEN is the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one
of the largest anti-poverty organisations in America. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He lives in his hometown of Baltimore with his wife and two children.
THE INSIDE TRACK ON A FORMULA ONE STAR
James Gray **THE FIRST BIOGRAPHY OF DUTCH FORMULA ONE WUNDERKIND MAX VERSTAPPEN**
SPORTS ISBN: 9781785788574 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 288 PP WITH 8PP COLOUR PLATES PUB DATE: 03/03/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Few drivers have ever shaken up Formula 1 in quite the same way as Max 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. Sports journalist James Gray 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. He lives in London.
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Marianne Eloise Obsessive was, still is, my natural state, and I never wondered why. I didn’t mind, didn’t know that other people could feel at peace. I always felt like a raw nerve, but then, I thought that everyone did.
MEMOIR / MENTAL HEALTH ISBN: 9781785788154 PRICE: 12.99 GBP B-FORMAT HARDBACK 288 PP PUB DATE: 07/04/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: WATSON, LITTLE LITERARY AGENCY
An exploration of the intersection of neurodivergence, obsession and disorder.
Writer and journalist Marianne Eloise was born obsessive. What that means changes day to day, depending on what her brain latches on to: fixations with certain topics, intrusive violent thoughts, looping phrases. Some obsessions have lasted a lifetime, while others will be intense but only last a week or two.
Obsessive, Intrusive, Magical Thinking is a culmination of a life spent obsessing, offering a glimpse into Marianne’s brain, but also an insight into the lives of others like her. From death to Medusa, to Disneyland to fire, to LA to her dog, her unique, lyrical book explores the intersection of neurodivergence, obsession and disorder, telling the story of one life underpinned and ultimately made whole by obsession.
MARIANNE ELOISE is a freelance writer, covering topics
including digital culture, emo, film, mental health, neurodiversity, wellness and TV, for outlets including PAPER, the New York Times, Guardian, the Cut, Mic, The Face, Dazed, VICE, Vulture, i-D and Nylon. She lives in London.
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Game Theory (Hot Science) UNDERSTANDING THE MATHEMATICS OF LIFE
Brian Clegg Brian Clegg was always fascinated by Isaac Asimov’s classic Foundation series of books, in which the future is predicted using sophisticated mathematical modelling of human psychology and behaviour. Only much later did he realise that Asimov’s ‘psychohistory’ had a realworld equivalent: game theory.
POPULAR SCIENCE ISBN: 9781785788321 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 176 PP PUB DATE: 21/04/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Reassessing the influential field of study that applies game strategies to human interactions.
Originating in the study of probabilistic gambling games that depend on a random source – the throw of a dice or the toss of a coin – game theory soon came to be applied to human interactions: essentially, what was the best strategy to win, whatever you were doing? Its mathematical techniques have been applied, with varying degrees of wisdom, to fields such as economics, evolution, and questions such as how to win a nuclear war. Clegg delves into game theory’s colourful history and significant findings, and shows what we can all learn from this oft-misunderstood field of study.
BRIAN CLEGG’s many books include Dice World and A Brief History of Infinity, both longlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize, and, most recently, Ten Days in Physics That Shook the World. He lives in Swindon.
A MEMOIR OF MARRIAGE, TRUTH AND FICTION
Anne Theroux ‘Scorching ... a brave book.’ Helen Brown, Telegraph 18TH JANUARY 1990 Paul left today at 8am.
MEMOIR ISBN: 9781785788239 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 256 PP + 16PP PLATE SECTION PUB DATE: 07/04/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
‘A wise and vivid memoir of a disintegrating marriage and a study of the role of the spouse in the life of a literary giant.’ Fiona Sturges, i Paper ‘A delicate account of a breakup.’ Eva Wiseman, Observer
We had been married just over 22 years. The previous evening we had gone out to eat at a local restaurant, where we drank champagne and reminisced. In a short story which he wrote about that final evening of a marriage, the central characters talk wittily and poignantly about the explorer Sir Richard Burton and the sad, misunderstood wife who burnt his books. The reality was different. With reflections on truth and fiction, literature and art, and the nature of marriage, alongside commentary on notable political and cultural events, and interviews with prominent writers of the time, including Kingsley Amis and Barbara Cartland, The Year of the End offers a unique insight into the unravelling of a relationship and the attempt to rebuild a life.
ANNE THEROUX has spent much of her life as a journalist
and broadcaster, predominantly at the BBC World Service, where among other things she was Head of Features and Arts for six years. From 1992 to 2016 she trained and worked as a relationship therapist. She lives in Eastbourne and north London.
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First People THE LOST HISTORY OF THE KHOISAN
Andrew Smith In First People, archaeologist Andrew Smith examines what we know about Southern Africa’s early people, drawing on evidence from archaeological sites and rock art, the observations of colonial-era travellers, linguistics, and the study of the human genome.
EARLY HUMAN HISTORY ISBN: 9781776191840 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 180 PP + 16PP B/W PLATES PUB DATE: 07/04/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD EX. S. AFRICA
An illuminating exploration of early Southern African hunters and herders
Smith has studied the history and prehistory of the Khoisan throughout his long and distinguished career. These communities represent the early groups of hunter-gatherers and herders and the oldest human lineages of Africa, some migrating from as far as East Africa to settle in countries like Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. Fully illustrated and including the latest academic research, First People is an invaluable and accessible work that reaches from the Stone Age and travels through time to the most recent history of the Khoisan. It paints a knowledgeable and fascinating portrait of their land occupation, migration, survival, culture, and practices.
Professor ANDREW SMITH is an archaeologist, excavator and researcher who has spent the last 50 years researching and working closely with African herders and hunters. He has travelled around the globe, joined expeditions to Egypt, and excavated at some of the richest prehistoric herding sites.
A CELEBRATION OF FOOD
Mogau Seshoene A brand-new collection of recipes from South Africa’s bestselling chef and social media sensation Mogau Seshoene aka the Lazy Makoti is the South African Nadiya Hussain, with a huge social media following across Africa – she has 600k+ followers and her YouTube videos have had over 100k views.
COOKERY ISBN: 9781928363156 PRICE: 17.99 GBP 265MM X 205MM PAPERBACK 216 PP FULL COLOUR THROUGHOUT PUB DATE: 07/04/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD EX. S. AFRICA
Here she presents a brand-new cookbook full of delicious and easyto-follow recipes from the African continent. Mogau shows readers how to host any occasion with stylish and tasty food, from soul-warming one-pot dinners, hearty plant-based dishes, and irresistible easy bakes to signature seven-colour meals, decadent desserts, and a vibrant cuisine. Patiently and with the exuberance her social followers will know well, she explains how to cook her incredible Oxtail stew, her savoury rice-stuffed chicken or her mouth-watering blueberry malva pudding.
Hosting with the Lazy Makoti is the food cookbook for every occasion – even if it’s just a party for one.
MOGAU SESHOENE aka the Lazy Makoti is a trained
chef and award-winning cookbook author from South Africa. Her previous book, The Lazy Makoti’s Guide to the Kitchen, was a bestseller in the region. She has been featured on the Forbes Africa ‘30 under 30’ list.
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Breathless WHY AIR POLLUTION MATTERS AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU
Chris Woodford 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.
SCIENCE / ENVIRONMENT ISBN: 9781785788451 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 368 PP PUB DATE: 07/04/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ANDREW LOWNIE AGENCY
An Independent Pick of the Month, March 2021
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, Science: A Children’s Encyclopedia, and Atoms Under the Floorboards. He lives in Dorset, UK.
A BIRD, AN OCEAN AND A LONG WAY HOME
Roger Morgan-Grenville ‘A truly lovely book’ Mary Colwell, author of Curlew Moon ‘Shearwater is sheer delight’ Daily Mail Ten weeks into its life, a Manx shearwater chick will emerge from its burrow and fly 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. NATURE / MEMOIR ISBN: 9781785788598 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 304 PP PUB DATE: 07/04/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Part memoir, part homage to wilderness, Shearwater traces the author’s 50-year obsession with one of nature’s supreme travellers. Full of lightly-worn knowledge, acute human observation and selfdeprecating humour, Shearwater brings to life a truly mysterious and charismatic bird. ‘Charming and impassioned’ Horatio Clare, author of A Single Swallow and Heavy Light
ROGER MORGAN-GRENVILLE was a soldier from 1978–86
and later helped to set up the charity Help for Heroes. He is also the author of Liquid Gold (2020) and Taking Stock (2022), both published by Icon. He lives in Petworth.
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‘Birdsong was a portent that it was time to rise. We children ran barefoot in the paths, shouting, playing with abandon while our parents thanked the gods for this relief. The sky flooded our lakes, and plants jostled for the sun. It was not long before the trees began to strain under the burden of their fruit.’
Joanne Joseph Vividly set against the backdrop of 19th century India and the Britishowned sugarcane plantations of Natal, written with great tenderness and lyricism, Children of Sugarcane paints an intimate and wrenching picture of indenture told from a woman’s perspective.
FICTION ISBN: 9781776191864 PRICE: 8.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 288 PP PUB DATE: 05/05/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD EX. S. AFRICA
Shanti, a bright teenager stifled by life in rural India and facing an arranged marriage, dreams that South Africa is an opportunity to start afresh. The Colony of Natal is where Shanti believes she can escape the poverty, caste, and the traumatic fate of young girls in her village. Months later, after a harrowing sea voyage, she arrives in Natal and realises life there is full of hardship and labour. Spanning four decades and two continents, Children of Sugarcane illustrates the lifegiving power of love, the indestructible bonds between family and friends, heroism, and how the ultimate sacrifice becomes Shanti’s greatest redemption.
JOANNE JOSEPH is an established South African media personality and bestselling author of Drug Muled: Sixteen Years in a Thai Prison. She has hosted prominent radio and television shows for major broadcasters, including the South African Broadcasting Corporation and Primedia House. Children of Sugarcane is her first work of fiction.
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How to Feed a Dictator SADDAM HUSSEIN, IDI AMIN, ENVER HOXHA, FIDEL CASTRO AND POL POT THROUGH THE EYES OF THEIR COOKS
Witold Szabłowski A devastatingly original look at the world’s worst dictators, through the eyes of their personal chefs, by award-winning Polish author Witold Szabłowski What is it like to cook for the most dangerous men in the world?
HISTORY ISBN: 9781785788352 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 272 PP PUB DATE: 05/05/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE US
In this darkly funny and fascinating book, Witold Szabłowski travels across four continents in search of the personal chefs of five dictators. From the savannahs of Kenya to the faded glamour of Havana, and the bombed-out streets of Baghdad, Szabłowski finds the men and women who cooked fish soup for Saddam Hussein, roasted goat for Idi Amin and chopped papaya salad for Pol Pot. He reveals the strangeness of a job where a single culinary mistake could be fatal, but a well-seasoned dish could change your life. And in doing so, he lifts the veil on what life is like at the very heart of power.
WITOLD SZABŁOWSKI is an award-winning Polish journalist and the author of four books including Dancing Bears: True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny. Szabłowski lives in Warsaw. AUTHOR PHOTOGRAPH: © ALBERT ZAWADA
THE TULSA RACE MASSACRE AND AN AMERICAN CITY’S SEARCH FOR JUSTICE
Scott Ellsworth 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.
HISTORY ISBN: 9781785788604 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 304 PP + 8 PP B/W PLATES PUB DATE: 19/05/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ABNER STEIN / CAA
Chosen by Oprah Daily as one of the Best Books to Pick Up in May 2021 ‘Fast-paced but nuanced … impeccably researched … a much-needed book’ Guardian
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 – described as ‘gripping’ by the Sunday Times – is the story of the international race to conquer the Himalayas. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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The Betrayal THE TRUE STORY OF MY BRUSH WITH DEATH IN THE WORLD OF NARCOS AND LAUNDERERS
Robert Mazur Three years after undercover agent Robert Mazur infiltrated Pablo Escobar’s Medellín drug cartel, he reemerged, a half-million-dollar bounty still on his head, with a new identity for a risky new sting.
HISTORY / CURRENT AFFAIRS ISBN: 9781785788390 PRICE: 14.99 GBP DEMY PAPERBACK 320 PP PUB DATE: 05/05/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: STERLING LORD LITERISTIC, INC.
From the bestselling author who inspired Bryan Cranston’s The Infiltrator
Deployed to Panama, he worked, travelled, partied and washed millions with Central America’s criminal elite. Partnered with a DEA task force agent, Mazur slipped effortlessly into Colombia’s notorious Cali drug cartel. But as his underworld reputation skyrocketed, the operation started going dangerously off the rails. Robert Mazur’s riveting true story exposes the corruption at the heart of one of the most explosive undercover missions of his career. Refusing to acknowledge the danger, Mazur was obsessed with seeing the mission through to its treacherous end: expose the Cali cartel, find out who betrayed him, and escape with his life. This is his true story.
ROBERT MAZUR served for nearly 30 years as a Federal
Special Agent. He is the bestselling author of The Infiltrator, and has written about money laundering, international drug trafficking and corruption for many outlets, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
THE TRUE STORY OF A 1920S MURDER MYSTERY
Stephen Bates A brilliant narrative investigation into the 1920s case that inspired Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and Margery Allingham In 1922, Major Herbert Armstrong, a Hay-on-Wye solicitor, was found guilty of, and executed for, poisoning his wife, Katharine, with arsenic.
TRUE CRIME / HISTORY ISBN: 9781785788178 PRICE: 16.99 GBP DEMY HARDBACK 352 PP + 8 PP COLOUR PLATES ** PUB DATE: 17/04/2022 ** TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Armstrong’s case has all the ingredients of a classic murder mystery, from a plot by Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers (indeed some aspects of his story appear in Sayers’ Unnatural Death). It is a near-perfect whodunnit. One hundred years later, Agatha Award-shortlisted Stephen Bates examines and retells the story of the case, evoking the period and atmosphere of the early 1920s, a time of newspaper sensationalism, hypocrisy and sanctimonious morality.
STEPHEN BATES read Modern History at New College, Oxford
before working as a journalist for the BBC, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and, for 22 years, the Guardian. This is his tenth book, his previous including the 2015 Agatha Awardshortlisted The Poisoner. He lives in Deal.
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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 / BIRDWATCHING ISBN: 9781928363125 PRICE: 18.99 GBP 230 MM X 165 MM PAPERBACK 528 PP PUB DATE: 05/05/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD EX. S. AFRICA
The most comprehensive and up-to-date photographic guide to Southern African birds
With over 5,000 photographs covering all bird species in Southern Africa, this new guide promises to be a feast of information. The accompanying free app features 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 5,000 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 the migration status and relative abundance of each species. The Complete Photographic Guide to Southern African Birds is an essential companion for every birder to this region.
BURGER CILLIÉ, FAANSIE PEACOCK, NIEL CILLIÉ, PHIL PENLINGTON & KAREN WIESLER
A STUDY IN POWER
Kerry Brown A timely political primer on Xi Jinping by acclaimed author and academic, Professor Kerry Brown Although Xi Jinping came to power a decade ago, he remains an enigmatic figure in the West. His priority has always been to keep Chinese society as stable as possible, steering a course through a period of astounding economic growth, while ensuring that nothing challenges the political status quo. BIOGRAPHY / POLITICS ISBN: 9781785788086 PRICE: 9.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 176 PP PUB DATE: 05/05/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
But with unrest stirring in Hong Kong, reports of human rights abuses taking place in the Xinjiang region and, devastatingly, the outbreak of a virus that would change the world, suddenly understanding Xi’s China is more important than ever before. In this short and timely book, academic and author Kerry Brown will examine the complexities behind the man, explaining the impact that his rule is already having on the West. But who is Xi really, and what is his vision for China’s future? And, crucially, what does that mean for the rest of the world?
KERRY BROWN is a Professor of Chinese Studies and
Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London. He is the author of over ten books on modern Chinese politics, history and language. He lives in London.
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John Stonehouse, My Father THE TRUE STORY OF THE RUNAWAY MP
Julia Stonehouse On 20 November 1974, British Labour MP and Privy Counsellor John Stonehouse faked his death in Miami and, using a forged identity, entered Australia hoping to escape his old life and start anew. One month later his identity was uncovered and he was cautioned: the start of years of legal proceedings.
HISTORY / POLITICS ISBN: 9781785788192 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 384 PP + 24 PP PLATE SECTION PUB DATE: 05/05/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
In a tale that involves spies from the communist Czechoslovak secret service, a three-way love affair and the Old Bailey, John’s daughter examines previously unseen evidence, telling the dramatic true story for the first time, disputing allegations and upturning common misconceptions which are still in circulation. The story was never far from the front pages of the press in the mid-70s, and yet so much of the truth is still unknown. Julia Stonehouse presents a close look, paced like a thriller, at the political dynamics of the time.
JULIA STONEHOUSE is a ghostwriter, working in the industry
for over 30 years. In her own name she is the author of Idols to Incubators and The Misconception Files. She lives in Wiltshire.
‘Clear, dispassionate and selfless.’ Craig Brown, Spectator ‘A compelling account of an extraordinary political scandal, written from inside the Stonehouse family.’ Martin Bell ‘Exhaustive in her research, tenacious in spotting errors, indignant in denouncing lies.’ Blake Morrison, Guardian ‘No book before this has delved into this fascinating political scandal in so much detail and with empathy.’ Reaction
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Taking Stock A JOURNEY AMONG COWS
Roger Morgan-Grenville Since highland cattle ransacked his grandmother’s vegetable patch when he was six, Roger Morgan-Grenville has been fascinated by cows. So at the age of 61, with no farming experience, he signed on as a parttime labourer on a beef cattle farm to tell their side of the story. The result is this lyrical and evocative book.
FARMING / NATURAL HISTORY ISBN: 9781785788413 PRICE: 16.99 GBP DEMY HARDBACK 304 PP PUB DATE: 02/06/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Roger Morgan-Grenville – acclaimed author of Shearwater and Liquid Gold – gets up close with cows.
For 10,000 years, cow and human lives have been intertwined. Cattle have existed alongside us, fed and shod us, quenched our thirst, and provided a thousand other tiny services, and yet most of us know little about them. We are also blissfully unaware of the de-natured lives we often ask them to lead. Part history, part adventure and part unsentimental manifesto for how we should treat cows in the 21st century, Taking Stock asks us to think carefully about what we eat, and to let nature back into food production.
ROGER MORGAN-GRENVILLE was a soldier from 1978–86 and
later helped to set up the charity Help for Heroes. He is also the author of Liquid Gold (2020) and Shearwater (2021), both published by Icon. He lives in Petworth.
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The Year of the Robin CHARLTON ATHLETIC: 2019/20
Jen Offord When her beloved Charlton Athletic clinched promotion to The Championship in May 2019, sportswriter Jen Offord splashed out on season tickets for herself and her sceptical brother Michael, setting out to chronicle the south-east London outfit’s first season back in the second tier of English football.
FOOTBALL ISBN: 9781785787577 PRICE: 12.99 GBP DEMY PAPERBACK 272PP PUB DATE: 02/06/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Jen Offord watches it all go wrong for Charlton Athletic and the world.
But this season, more than any other before it, would be a game of two halves. A billionaire takeover backfired spectacularly; the team plummeted into the relegation zone just as Coronavirus swept in to suspend life as we know it.
The Year of The Robin is a love letter to the power of football even when there is no football to actually watch, filled with wild characters searching for redemption and wrestling over issues of money, racism and mental health. A funny, sharp and thought-provoking exploration of the idea of family in unprecedented times and a season from which the world may never fully recover.
JEN OFFORD is the co-host and producer of the hugely
popular Standard Issue podcast, for which she has interviewed many leading sports stars. She writes and broadcasts for many other high-profile outlets on issues of sport, equality and mental health. She lives in south-east London.
A GRAPHIC GUIDE
Laura Harvey, Sarah Leaney, Danny Noble University of Brighton sociologists Laura Harvey and Sarah Leaney and award-winning comics creator Danny Noble present an utterly unique, illustrated journey through the history, sociology and lived experience of class.
GRAPHIC NON-FICTION ISBN: 9781785786914 PRICE: 14.99 GBP 254MM X 177MM PAPERBACK 176 PP, B/W ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT PUB DATE: 02/06/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
What do we mean by social class in the 21st century?
What can class tell us about gentrification, precarious work, the role of elites in society, or access to education? How have thinkers explored class in the past, and how does it affect us today? How does class inform activism and change?
Class: A Graphic Guide challenges simplistic and stigmatising ideas about working-class people, discusses colonialist roots of class systems, and looks at how class intersects with race, sexuality, gender, disability and age. From the publishers of the bestselling Queer: A Graphic History, this is a vibrant, enjoyable introduction for students, community workers, activists and anyone who wants to understand how class functions in their own lives.
LAURA HARVEY and SARAH LEANEY are senior lecturers in sociology at the
University of Brighton. Laura’s work draws on sociology, gender studies, social psychology and cultural studies. Sarah’s work explores the connection between class and housing, with a focus on social housing and stigma. L aura lives in London and Sarah in Brighton. DANNY NOBLE is an illustrator and writer. In 2020 she published Shame Pudding, a graphic memoir, and won a Comedy Women in Print Award for her comic ‘Was It…Too Much For You?’. She has illustrated children’s books by Adrian Edmondson. She lives in Brighton.
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea THE MISSION TO RESCUE THE HOSTAGES THE WORLD FORGOT
Colin Freeman During the peak of the Somali piracy crisis, three ships – from Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan – were hijacked and then abandoned to their fate by their employers, who lacked the money to pay ransoms. All would still be there, were it not for Colonel John Steed, a retired British military attaché, who launched his own private mission to free them. INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS / HISTORY ISBN: 9781785788208 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 272PP + 8PP PLATE SECTION PUB DATE: 02/06/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
‘Compelling’ Terry Waite CBE, author of Taken on Trust ‘A thoroughly good read’ Michael Portillo
At 65, Colonel 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 the boot of his car. Drawing on first-hand interviews, Colin Freeman, who has himself spent time held hostage by Somali pirates, takes readers on an inside track into 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 2006-2016, covering mainly the Middle East and Africa. Today he contributes to a variety of publications including The Telegraph magazine, the Spectator and From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4. He lives with his family in London.
JOURNEYS INTO THE GLOBAL FAR RIGHT
Joe Mulhall A terrifying and timely look at the spread of far-right movements across the globe Joe Mulhall has seen first-hand the danger of fascism. For a decade, often undercover at significant personal risk, he has investigated hate groups.
POLITICS ISBN: 9781785788611 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 304 PP PUB DATE: 02/06/2022 TERRITORY: UK & COMM TRANSLATION RIGHTS: KAY PEDDLE LITERARY AGENCY
‘By the end of it we understand one thing: the threat of a second fascist era is real.’ Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism
He infiltrated a US white supremacist militia, set up a fake Ku Klux Klan branch, has been on countless street marches with violent far-right groups across Europe, and got inside some of the most important ‘alt-right’ meetings ever held. Mulhall’s dramatic experiences on the front line of antifascist activism, coupled with his academic research, clearly explain the roots of both elected and non-elected far-right movements across the globe. ‘Few, if any, are better placed to write a book of this breadth and scale than Joe Mulhall.’ Mark Townsend, Home Affairs editor of the Observer
‘An urgent missive from the global frontlines of the fight against fascism.’ Nima Elbagir, CNN Senior International Correspondent
JOE MULHALL is Senior Researcher at the UK’s largest
anti-fascism organisation, HOPE Not Hate, and a leading expert on far-right extremism. Author of British Fascism After the Holocaust, he has written for the Guardian and New Statesman, and appears worldwide on TV news programmes.
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Drums in the Distance
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Inside Qatar HIDDEN STORIES FROM THE RICHEST NATION ON EARTH
John McManus An intimate portrait of life in the world’s richest nation ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
CULTURAL STUDIES ISBN: 9781785788215 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 302PP + 8PP PLATE SECTION PUB DATE: 07/07/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
Just 70 years ago, the Gulf nation of Qatar was a backwater, reliant on pearl diving. Today it is a gas-laden parvenu with seemingly limitless wealth and ambition. Skyscrapers, museums and futuristic football stadiums rise out of the desert and Ferraris race through the streets. But in the shadows, migrant workers toil in the heat for risible amounts.
Inside Qatar reveals how real people live in this surreal place, a land of both great opportunity and great iniquity. Ahead of Qatar’s time in the limelight as host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, anthropologist John McManus lifts a lid on the hidden worlds of its gilded princes, manual labourers and domestic workers, its teachers and policemen, culture vultures and thrill seekers. This is the real Qatar in all its extremes – crushingly unequal and not just a little outrageous, but also diverse, riotous, pulsing with innovation and life.
JOHN MCMANUS is a social anthropologist and writer with over ten years of experience researching and writing about the Middle East. He is the author of Welcome to Hell? In Search of the Real Turkish Football. He lives in Ankara, Turkey.
ALIVE IN THE WILDERNESS
Sicelo Mbatha with Bridget Pitt Black Lion begins in rural South Africa where a deeply traumatic childhood experience – a cousin being dragged away by a crocodile – should have turned Sicelo Mbatha against the surrounding wilderness. Instead, he was irresistibly drawn to it. As a volunteer at Imfolozi Nature Reserve, close encounters with animals taught him to ‘see’ with his heart and thus began a spiritual awakening.
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Wilderness guide Sicelo Mbatha shares lessons learnt from a lifetime’s intimate association with Africa’s wildest nature.
Drawing from his Zulu culture and a yearning to better understand human’s relationship to nature, Sicelo has forged a new path to nature with an immersive, respectful and transformative way of being in the wilderness. Black Lion is an urgent reminder of how much we need wilderness for our emotional and spiritual survival. ‘A brave account of a natural disaster, and of achieving reconciliation with the predatoriness of life.’ Richard Mabey on Mbatha’s essay, Letting Go.
SICELO MBATHA is a facilitator of spiritual experiences
of the wilderness. He has devoted his life to fostering deep connections between humans and nature, and in enabling members of his own community to experience the wilderness. He grew up alongside the Huhluwe/Imfolozi nature reserve in South Africa, and nature has always been his medicine, his teacher and his spiritual home.
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Ten Days in Physics That Shook The World HOW PHYSICISTS TRANSFORMED EVERYDAY LIFE
Brian Clegg ‘[Clegg] succeeds where much of science writing fails, by creating a clear path between pivotal moments in scientific history and the world as we know it today.’ Reaction
POPULAR SCIENCE ISBN: 9781785788345 PRICE: 10.99 GBP B-FORMAT PAPERBACK 208 PP PUB DATE: 07/07/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD TRANSLATION RIGHTS: ICON BOOKS / MARSH AGENCY
The breakthroughs that have had the most transformative practical impacts, from thermodynamics to the Internet.
Physics informs our understanding of how the world works – but more than that, key breakthroughs in physics have transformed everyday life. We journey back to ten separate days in history to understand how particular breakthroughs were achieved, meet the individuals responsible and see how each breakthrough has influenced our lives. It is a unique selection. Focusing on practical impact means there is no room for Stephen Hawking’s work on black holes, or the discovery of the Higgs boson. Instead we have the relatively little-known Rudolf Clausius (thermodynamics) and Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (superconductivity), while Albert Einstein is included not for his theories of relativity but for the short paper that gave us E=mc2 (nuclear fission). Later chapters feature transistors, LEDs and the Internet.
BRIAN CLEGG‘s many books include Dice World and A Brief
History of Infinity, both longlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize, and, most recently, What Do You Think You Are?, described by BBC Science Focus as ‘a must-read’ He lives in Swindon.
A BIOGRAPHY OF A MAN ON A MISSION
Michael Vlismas In Elon Musk: A Biography of a Man on a Mission, Michael Vlismas examines Musk’s school years, the influence of his mother and a complex relationship with his father, his early years in America and the development of his entrepreneurial vision and philosophy. Thoroughly researched, this book dispels several myths about Musk and presents other sides to the controversy surrounding his father, Errol, from those who knew him. BIOGRAPHY / MEMOIR ISBN: 9781776191857 PRICE: 14.99 GBP DEMY PAPERBACK 304 PP PUB DATE: 07/07/2022 TERRITORY: WORLD EX. S. AFRICA
An exclusive new insight into the childhood that shaped Musk from those who knew him and his family, including one of his earliest and closest childhood friends
The book is written by journalist and author Michael Vlismas who, like Musk, grew up in Pretoria and attended Pretoria Boys High School, matriculating in 1992 – four years after Musk – and who has an intimate knowledge of the environment Musk grew up in. This is the life story of a man driven by what appears to be a genuine sincerity to preserve the optimism he sees in humanity, and to find a future for mankind ‘Out there among the stars’.
MICHAEL VLISMAS is a sports journalist and broadcaster who owns his own sports media agency. He is the author of several books including a biography of Chris Froome.
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