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Icon and Wizard Books Translation Rights List: Frankfurt Book Fair 2009

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2009 Translation Rights List Icon and Wizard Books: Frankfurt Book Fair Stand D929 Hall 8 Andrew Furlow, Sales and Marketing Director Steph Ebdon / Annina Meyerhans, The Marsh Agency

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A CARPET RIDE TO KHIVA: Seven Years on the Silk Road / Christopher Aslan Alexander The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travelers simply pass along it. Chris Alexander chose to live there. Ostensibly writing a guidebook, Alexander found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the walled city of Khiva – a remote desert oasis in Uzbekistan – immensely alluring, and stayed. Immersing himself in the language and rich cultural traditions Alexander discovers a world torn between Marx and Mohammed – a place where veils and vodka, pork and polygamy freely mingle – against a backdrop of forgotten carpet designs, crumbling but magnificent Islamic architecture and scenes drawn straight from The Arabian Nights. Accompanied by a large green parrot, a ginger cat and his adoptive Uzbek family, Alexander recounts his efforts to rediscover the lost art of traditional weaving and dyeing, and the process of establishing a self-sufficient carpet workshop, employing local women and disabled people to train as apprentices. It is an unforgettable true travel story of a journey to the heart of the unknown and the unexpected friendship one man found there. Christopher Aslan Alexander was born in Turkey and grew up in war-torn Beirut. All rights available. MS AVAILABLE January 2010 - ISBN 9781848311251 - Demy format - 336 pages - 8-page colour plate section

ECONOMYTHS: Ten Ways That Economics Gets It Wrong / David Orrell Forecasters predicted a prosperous year in 2008 for financial markets – in one influential survey the average prediction was for an eleven percent gain. But by the end of the year, the Standard and Poor’s 500 index – a key economic barometer – was down 38 percent, and major economies were plunging into recession. Even the Queen asked – “Why did no one see it coming?” An even bigger casualty was the credibility of economics, which for decades has claimed that the economy is a rational, stable, efficient machine, governed by well-understood laws. Mathematician David Orrell traces the history of this idea from its roots in ancient Greece to the financial centres of London and New York, shows how it is mistaken, and proposes new alternatives. Economyths explains how the economy is the result of complex and unpredictable processes; how risk models go astray; why the economy is not rational or fair; why no woman has ever won the Nobel Prize for economics; why financial crashes are less Black Swans than part of the landscape; and finally, how new ideas in mathematics, psychology, and environmentalism are helping to reinvent economics. David Orrell is an applied mathematician. His work in applied mathematics and complex systems research has since led him to diverse areas such as weather forecasting, economics, and cancer biology. His work has been featured in the New Scientist, the Financial Times and on BBC Radio. All rights available. SAMPLE CHAPTERS AVAILABLE NOW May 2010 - ISBN 9781848311480 - Paperback Original - Demy format - 256 pages

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THE GIRL ON THE WALL: One Life’s Rich Tapestry / Jean Baggott Jean Baggott is ‘the girl on the wall’– a 1948 photograph taken of her when she was eleven. Almost 60 years later, with her children gone, dealing with the loss of the love of her life, Jean began the education denied to her as a girl. In her early seventies Jean began to stitch a tapestry which looked back at her life and the changing world around her. It took sixteen months to complete. The tapestry consists of over 70 intersecting circles, each telling some aspect of her life. Some represent extraordinary events or world historical news; some circles comment on famous people and places, others about the music she loves and the games she played as a child. The result is a unique, enchanting and original oral and visual history. Jean Baggott was born in 1937 and lives in Warwick. She is now in her final year of a degree in History at the University of Warwick. All rights available March 2010 – ISBN 9781848311268 – Royal - 240 pages – Colour throughout. MS AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 09

GOD’S PHILOSOPHERS: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science / James Hannam '[A] spirited jaunt through centuries of scientific development ... captures the wonder of the medieval world: its inspirational curiosity and its engaging strangeness.' Sunday Times 'This book contains much valuable material summarised with commendable no-nonsense clarity… James Hannam has done a fine job of knocking down an old caricature.' Sunday Telegraph 'A very useful general survey of a difficult topic, and a robust defence of an unfairly maligned age.' Spectator James Hannam was educated at Oxford and Cambridge where he studied physics and then the history of science. He runs the website www.bede.org.uk which receives up to 40,000 page views a month. All rights available August 2009 – ISBN 9781848310704 – Royal - 448 pages COPIES AVAILABLE

BATS SING, MICE GIGGLE: Revealing the Secret Lives of Animals / Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal Bats Sing, Mice Giggle is the culmination of many years of research which reveals how wild animals, as well as pets, have secret, inner lives of which until recently – although animal lovers will have instinctively believed it – we have had little proof. The authors show how animal ‘friends’ stay in touch, and how they warn and help each other in times of danger; how some animals problem-solve as or in some instances even more effectively than humans – and how they regulate, create, and entertain themselves and others. They show how animals express grief and reverence in ways we never thought possible. It is a unique, eye-opening voyage of discovery through animals’ inner lives. Karen Shanor is a clinical psychologist, former White House consultant and an advisory member for Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet programmes. Jag Kanwal is an internationally recognised neuroethologist. All rights available August 2009 – ISBN 9781848311305 – B format - 272 pages COPIES AVAILABLE Icon and Wizard Books: Frankfurt Book Fair Stand D929 Hall 8 Andrew Furlow, Sales and Marketing Director Steph Ebdon / Annina Meyerhans, The Marsh Agency

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DO YOU THINK YOU’RE CLEVER? The Oxbridge Questions / John Farndon. Introduction by Libby Purves ‘What happens if I drop an ant?’ ‘What books are bad for you?’ ‘What percentage of the world’s water is contained in a cow?’ The Oxbridge interviews are infamous for their unique ways of assessing candidates. John Farndon has collected together 75 of the most intriguing questions taken from actual admission interviews and gives full answers to each, taking the reader through the fascinating histories, philosophies, sciences and arts that underlie each problem. John Farndon is a prolific author and graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge with a degree in English Literature. Libby Purves OBE is a radio presenter, journalist and author. All rights available October 2009 – ISBN 9781848310834 – B format - 256 pages COPIES AVAILABLE

THE SOLDIER: A History of Courage, Sacrifice and Brotherhood / Darren Moore Focusing primarily on the period from the Napoleonic Wars to the Global War on Terror, Darren Moore draws upon hundreds of narrative accounts of warfare written by soldiers from the UK, France, the USA, Canada, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Australia, Israel and Germany, to tell their story from basic training to discharge or death. From the mountains and plains of Spain where Wellington’s army battled the French, to the complex urban battlefield of Fallujah where US Marines engaged Iraqi insurgents in deadly house-to-house fighting, this book reveals the true face of war. Darren Moore served in the Australian Army for seventeen years and held the rank of major when he left the service. Highlights of his military service include operational deployments to Papua New Guinea and East Timor and serving for two-and-a-half years (2001–03) with the United States Army on an army-to-army exchange. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales. All rights available November 2009 – ISBN 9781848310797 – Royal - 560 pages - 8 pages b/w photo section COPIES AVAILABLE

THE SELFISH GENIUS: How Richard Dawkins Rewrote Darwin’s Legacy / Fern Elsdon-Baker Richard Dawkins is one of the most recognisable living scientists in the world and often more associated with Darwinism than Charles Darwin himself. However, in recent years he has been left behind by changes in the way science thinks about evolutionary processes. Fern Elsdon-Baker, a rational pro-science atheist and specialist in the history and communication of evolutionary theory, finds Dawkins’ influence distinctly worrying. Is Dawkins really acting to popularise Science or to popularise Richard Dawkins? ‘This is much more than a book on Dawkins, it's a good way to get a better understanding of the position of science in society and how Dawkins' approach to enhancing the public understanding of science can be counter-productive. Thought provoking and engaging reading.’ Popularscience.co.uk Fern Elsdon-Baker originally studied Environmental Sciences and then went on to complete her doctoral studies in the history and philosophy of evolutionary theory. All rights available July 2009 – ISBN 9781848310490 – B format - 240 pages - occasional b/w illustrations COPIES AVAILABLE Icon and Wizard Books: Frankfurt Book Fair Stand D929 Hall 8 Andrew Furlow, Sales and Marketing Director Steph Ebdon / Annina Meyerhans, The Marsh Agency

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TALES OF WAR: 365 Great Stories from Military History for Every Day of the Year / W.B. Marsh and Bruce Carrick The latest 365 is a powerful collection of historical stories of military endeavour from the Romans to the bloody twentieth century. From Julius Caesar’s victory at the Battle of Zela in 47 BC to the first V2 rockets falling on London, Tales of War is a unique tour of the many faces of armed conflict – the camaraderie, bravery and sacrifice as well as bloodshed and the waste of life. With a story for every day of the year, discover in Tales of War why the Victoria Cross was created, how Joan of Arc relieved the siege of Orleans and the shock of the first use of tanks in warfare at the Battle of the Somme – and much more W.B. Marsh was born in New York, and now lives in London. On his birthday – 26 October – Alfred the Great, who famously defeated the Danes on British soil, died in 899. Bruce Carrick has worked in book publishing for many years in New York and London. On his birthday in 1856, the Gazette first published the creation of the Victoria Cross, the highest possible military award in the Commonwealth for valour in the face of the enemy. All rights available March 2010 - ISBN 9781848310742 - Demy format - 576 pages MS AVAILABLE

365 MODERN HISTORY: From World Two to the World Wide Web / Gerard Cheshire with John Farndon The world since the end of the Second World War often seems to represent the lighter half of the 20th century. Rapid recovery from the ravages of war; the rise of popular culture; the phenomenal growth in affluence, health and quality of life; the communications revolution – in the West at least, the story is a good one. But the years between 1944 and 2009 – those covered in this book – are far from being free of strife. They are, sadly, no strangers to famine, disease, violent political and social upheaval, terrorism, discrimination and environmental catastrophe. Gerard Cheshire has written a number of books on British and world history over a career spanning fifteen years, including British History and World History (both Flametree Publishing). He is a graduate of UCL and holds a postgraduate degree from Bath Spa College. He is based in Bath, England. John Farndon is the author of many books on contemporary issues, including China Rises and India Booms (Virgin), and Bird Flu and Iran in the Everything You Need to Know series (Icon). His most recent book for Icon was 101 Facts You Need to Know About Food. www.john-farndon-books.co.uk All rights available July 2009 - ISBN 9781848310698 - B format - 464 pages COPIES AVAILABLE

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Icon and Wizard Books Translation Rights List: Frankfurt Book Fair 2009 A TIME TO DANCE A TIME TO DIE: The Extraordinary Story of the Dancing Plague of 1518 / John Waller July, 1518. A terrifying and mysterious plague strikes the medieval city of Strasbourg. Men and women dance wildly, day after day, in the punishing summer heat and they cannot stop. By the time the epidemic subsides, heat and exhaustion have claimed an untold number of lives. What could have caused Strasbourg’s bizarre ‘dancing plague’? A Time to Dance, A Time to Die brings vividly to life the sights, sounds, aromas, diseases and hardships, the fervent supernaturalism and the desperate hedonism of the late medieval world. ‘Startling, chilling and utterly compelling.’ Good Book Guide John Waller is a historian of medicine at Michigan State University. All rights available. May 2009 – ISBN 9781848310357 – B format - 272 pages – 16 page b/w picture section COPIES AVAILABLE

WHOLLY IRRESPONSIBLE SCIENCE: 120 Daring Experiments to Do in Your Home and Garden / Sean Connolly This book works like alchemy – it succeeds in making the ordinary extraordinary. It’s weird, wild, wacky ... and utterly addictive. With its quirky experiments, eye-catching design and witty yet informative text, it’s the perfect hands-on introduction to the principles of science. Sean Connolly is the father of three and author of more than 60 books aimed at children and adults. Since 2007, he has toured the UK and the USA demonstrating his engaging brand of science, leaving school, bookshop, radio and TV audiences with tips on firing potato guns, overcoming gravity and making milk disappear. French, German and Italian rights sold September 2009 – ISBN 9781848310067 – B format - 480 pages – b/w throughout COPIES AVAILABLE

THE LUCKY BUGGER’S CASEBOOK: Tales of Serendipity and Outrageous Good Fortune / Daniel Smith From Newton’s apple to an oversized hat that deflected a bullet: upbeat stories of real-life serendipity. Daniel Smith brings us the incredible stories of an array of lucky buggers, from Hollywood stars such as Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson, to the inventors of the cornflake and the stethoscope, to ‘Lucky Tower’ himself – the man who escaped not only the sinking of the Titanic but also of the Empress of Ireland and the Lusitania too. Daniel Smith worked in publishing as a researcher, writer and editor of non-fiction (including The Statesman's Yearbook a geo-political guide to the word – and The Artist's Yearbook ). All rights available November 2009 – ISBN 9781848310803 – B format - 256 pages COPIES AVAILABLE

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SCIENCE AND ISLAM: A History / Ehsan Masood The story of one of history’s most misunderstood yet rich and fertile periods in science: the extraordinary Islamic scientific revolution between 700 and 1400 AD. ‘Masood manages to address the subject in a refreshingly non-partisan fashion, presenting a spectrum of arguments from the most relevant academics and historians. He is bold enough to present counterarguments from adversarial sources, to the extent that he seems polemical. The result is a successful compilation of a complex and contentious history that is conveyed with simplicity … it is the first concise book on the topic suitable for the non-expert.’ Nature Ehsan Masood teaches international science policy at Imperial College London. He also writes for Prospect and OpenDemocracy.net and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Home Planet. Dutch, Greek, Indonesian and Turkish rights sold November 2009 – ISBN 9781848310407 – Demy format - 256 pages – 8 page colour plate section COPIES AVAILABLE

HOW I CAUSED THE CREDIT CRUNCH: An Insider’s Story of The Financial Meltdown / Tetsuya Ishikawa This a tale from the heart of the bewildering banking maelstrom whose catastrophic collapse has plunged the world towards the worst recession since the 1930s. Tetsuya Ishikawa’s story reveals how a young Oxford graduate finds himself in command of vast sums of other people’s money; how a novice to the mysteries of hedge funds, subprime mortgages and CDOs can fix complex deals for billions of dollars in the exclusive bars, brothels and trading floors of London, New York, Frankfurt and Tokyo, and reap the benefits in a colossal annual bonus and an international luxury lifestyle. Tetsuya Ishikawa had a banking career including Goldman Sachs and ABN AMRO Bulgarian, Chinese Complex and Chinese Simplified rights sold April 2009 – ISBN 9781848310407 – B format - 304 pages COPIES AVAILABLE

MAKING TIME: Why Time Seems to Pass at Different Speeds and How to Control It / Steve Taylor 'A fascinating inquiry ... Taylor's book is so absorbing that time will fly by as you read it.' Herald ‘A large part of this book’s appeal is its willingness to engage in truly mind-bending theories … There is plenty to entertain us.’ Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Paperback Choice of the Week 'Provocative and freewheeling, wilfully unscientific without ever dabbling in pseudoscience, this book will really start you thinking about how you can try to be free.' Independent Steve Taylor teaches courses on personal development at the University of Manchester CCE and at Salford College. His articles and essays have been published in many magazines and academic journals. Dutch, Japanese and Korean rights sold July 2008 – ISBN 9781848310018 – B format - 256 pages COPIES AVAILABLE

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Icon and Wizard Books Translation Rights List: Frankfurt Book Fair 2009

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