Canongate Autumn 2020 catalogue

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Canongate is an independent publisher: since 1973 we’ve worked to unearth and amplify the most vital, innovative voices we can find, wherever they come from, and we’ve published all kinds of books – thoughtful, upsetting, gripping, beatific, vulgar, chaste, unrepentant, life-changing . . . Along the way there have been landmarks of fiction – including Alasdair Gray’s masterpiece Lanark, and Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, the best-ever-selling Booker winner – and non-fiction too. We’ve published an American president and a Guantanamo detainee; we’ve campaigned for causes we believe in and fought court cases to get our authors heard. And twice we’ve won Publisher of the Year. We’re still independent, and we’re as committed to unorthodox and innovative publishing as ever. link

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Making Evil: The Science Behind Humanity’s Dark Side JULIA SHAW ‘Fascinating and convincing’ Herald How to understand the deviance that lies in ourselves and others – an original and rigorous exploration of the darkest recesses of the human mind.

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The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws MARGARET DRABBLE ‘Touchingly human and often wise’ Telegraph A beautifully written and deeply personal book on the jigsaw and the part it plays in the patchwork of its distinguished author’s life. A mix of memoir, jigsaw history and the strange delights of puzzling.

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Misadventures SYLVIA SMITH ‘Funny, poignant, tragic and, in the end, curiously hopeful’ Daily Telegraph A unique ensemble of mishaps and anecdotes revealing the ups and downs of one woman’s life – this memoir has a deadpan wit that belies its depth and darkness.

7 May 2020 Paperback Fiction 256pp B-fmt PB £9.99 9781786893987

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The Sideman C A R O R A M S AY ‘Brilliant . . . twisting the tension tauter with each page’ Guardian DI Costello must break the rules if she is to catch a ruthless killer in the tenth Anderson and Costello thriller.

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The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You D I N A N AY E R I ‘A work of astonishing, insistent importance’ Observer A timely, provocative and personal examination of the refugee experience.

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The Burning Land GEORGE ALAGIAH ‘It was never meant to be like this. Sabotage, yes. Propaganda, yes. All of that and more – but not this. Not murder.’ The exhilarating debut political thriller from beloved BBC broadcaster George Alagiah.

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Coming Undone: A Memoir TERRI WHITE

A powerful, raw and unflinchingly honest account of a life come undone ’Possibly the most affecting, moving memoir I’ve ever read. Painful and exquisite, her writing about how childhood trauma shaped her got to me in a very visceral way. It’s a remarkable book’ Marian Keyes Terri White is Editor-in-Chief of Empire magazine, having previously edited some of the most read titles in the UK and US, including Time Out New York and Shortlist, where she was named Men’s Magazine Editor of the Year. She has also written for the Guardian and The Pool.


To everyone else, Terri White appeared to be living the dream, named one of Folio’s Top Women in US Media and accruing further awards for the magazines she was editing. In reality, she was rapidly skidding towards a mental health crisis that would land her in a locked psychiatric ward as her past caught up with her. As well as growing up in a household in poverty, Terri endured sexual and physical abuse at the hands of a number of her mother’s partners. Her success defied all expectations, but the greater the disparity between her outer achievements and inner demons, the more she struggled to hold everything together. Coming Undone is Terri’s documentation of her unravelling, and her precarious navigation back from a life in pieces.

2 July 2020 Hardback Non-fiction 256pp


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My Name Is Why L E M N S I SS AY

A memoir with a message – about growing up in care and finding hope, determination and creativity – from British poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer and broadcaster. He has authored collections of poetry and plays. His Landmark poems are visible in London, Manchester, Huddersfield and Addis Ababa. He has been made an Honorary Doctor by the universities of Manchester, Kent, Huddersfield and Brunel. Sissay was awarded an MBE for services to literature and in 2019 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. He is British and Ethiopian.


A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, DAILY TELEGRAPH, SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER, NEW STATESMAN, METRO, DAILY MAIL, SUNDAY EXPRESS and HERALD How does a government steal a child and then imprison him? How does it keep it a secret? This story is how. At the age of seventeen, after a childhood in a foster family followed by six years in care homes, Norman Greenwood was given his birth certificate. He learned that his real name was not Norman. It was Lemn Sissay. He was British and Ethiopian. And he learned that his mother had been pleading for his safe return to her since his birth. This is Lemn’s story: a story of neglect and determination, misfortune and hope, cruelty and triumph.

2 July 2020 Paperback Non-fiction 224pp

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To Calais, In Ordinary Time JAMES MEEK

The novel about home, belonging, love, courage and identity, set in the fourteenth century, from the Booker-longlisted author of The People’s Act of Love ‘Inventive and original’ The Times James Meek is the author of six novels including The People’s Act of Love which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won both the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the Scottish Arts Council Award. It has been published in more than thirty countries. Meek’s last novel The Heart Broke In was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and he has also written two collections of short stories and two books of nonfiction, Private Island,which won the 2015 Orwell Prize and Dreams of Leaving and

‘Fans of intelligent historical fiction will be enthralled’ Hilary Mantel Three journeys. One road. England, 1348. A gentlewoman flees an odious arranged marriage, a proctor sets out for a monastery in Avignon and a young ploughman in search of freedom is on his way to volunteer with a company of archers. All come together on the road to Calais. In the other direction comes the Black Death, the plague that will wipe out half of the population of Northern Europe. To Calais, In Ordinary Time is an exploration of love, death and power, against the backdrop of catastrophe.

Remaining. He lives in London.

Also by James Meek: The Heart Broke In £9.99 (9780857862921) The People’s Act of Love £9.99 (9781786894014) We Are Now Beginning Our Descent £8.99 (9781847671158)

2 July 2020 Paperback Fiction 400pp

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Stories We Tell Ourselves: Making Meaning in a Meaningless Universe R I C H A R D H O L LOWAY

An examination of how we make sense of the world, from the Sunday Times bestselling author Richard Holloway was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. A former Gresham Professor of Divinity and Chairman of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Leaving Alexandria won the PEN/ Ackerley Prize and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. His most recent book, Waiting for the Last Bus, was a Sunday Times bestseller.

Throughout history we have told ourselves stories to try and make sense of what it all means: our place in a small corner of one of billions of galaxies, at the end of billions of years of existence. In this new book Richard Holloway takes us on a personal, scientific and philosophical journey to explore what he believes the answers to the biggest of questions are. He examines what we know about the universe into which – without any choice in the matter – we are propelled at birth and from which we are expelled at death, the stories we have told about where we come from, and the stories we tell to get through this muddling experience of life. Thought-provoking, revelatory, compassionate and playful, Stories We Tell Ourselves is a personal reckoning with life’s mysteries by one of the most important and beloved thinkers of our time.

Also by Richard Holloway: Godless Morality £9.99 (9781786893918) Leaving Alexandria £9.99 (9781786898913) Waiting for the Last Bus £9.99 (9781786890245)

16 July 2020 Hardback Non-fiction 272pp

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Blending personal experience with cultural legacy, this homage to the oak tree presents a case for the important role it plays today: in our landscape and in our lives ‘A profound meditation on the human need for connection with nature’ Peter Wohlleben Dr James Canton runs the Wild Writing MA at the University of Essex

This is a book about one man’s encounter with an ancient tree, the Honywood Oak.

and has done since its inception in 2009. He is the author of Ancient Wonderings (2017) and Out of Essex: Re-Imagining a Literary Landscape (2013) which was inspired by his rural wandering in East Anglia. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Essex and reviews for the TLS, Caught by the River and Earthlines. Canton is a regular on television and radio and lectures frequently.

James Canton spent two years sitting with and studying the Honywood Oak. A colossus of a tree, it would have been a sapling when the Magna Carta was signed. Inevitably he needs to slow down in order to appreciate it fully, to tune in to its slower time frame, to connect with the ecosystem that lives around it, inside it and beneath it. He examines our long-standing dependency on the oak, and how that has developed and morphed into myth and legend. We no longer build our houses and boats from them, use them to fuel our fires or grind their acorns into flour in times of famine; physically we don’t need them in the same way now. Or do we?


The Oak Papers is a stunning, meditative and healing book about the lessons we can learn from the natural world, if only we slow down enough to listen.

6 August 2020 Hardback Non-fiction 256pp

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Antlers of Water: Writing on the Nature and Environment of Scotland EDITED BY KATHLEEN JAMIE

The first modern anthology of Scottish nature writing which acknowledges the realities of our times, edited, curated and introduced by the award-winning author of Findings Kathleen Jamie is an award-winning Scottish poet and essayist, and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. Her writing is rooted in Scottish landscape and culture, as shown in her acclaimed essay collections Findings and Sightlines. Her award-winning poetry collections include The Tree House and The Bonniest Companie. In 2018, Jamie was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She lives in Scotland.


6 August 2020 Hardback Non-fiction 304pp

The first ever collection of contemporary Scottish writing on nature and landscape, Antlers of Water showcases the diversity and radicalism of new Scottish nature writing today. Edited, curated and introduced by the award-winning Kathleen Jamie, and featuring prose, poetry and photography, this inspiring collection takes us from walking to wild swimming, from red deer to pigeons and wasps, from remote islands to back gardens. With contributions from Amy Liptrot, Malachy Tallack, Chitra Ramaswamy, Jim Crumley, Amanda Thomson, Karine Polwart and many more, Antlers of Water urges us to renegotiate our relationship with the more-than-human world, in writing which is by turns celebratory, radical and political.

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A Room Made of Leaves KATE GRENVILLE

A profound novel based on real life events from the early days of European settlement in Australia, from the Bookershortlisted author of The Secret River

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History.

It is 1788. Twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth is hungry for life but, as the ward of a Devon clergyman, knows she has few prospects. When proud, scarred soldier John Macarthur promises her the earth one midsummer’s night, she believes him. But Elizabeth soon realises she has made a terrible mistake. Her new husband is reckless, tormented, driven by some dark rage at the world. He tells her he is to take up a position as Lieutenant in a New South Wales penal colony and she has no choice but to go. Sailing for six months to the far side of the globe with a child growing inside her, she arrives to find Sydney-Town a brutal, dusty, hungry place of makeshift shelters, failing crops, scheming and rumours. All her life she has learned to be obliging, to fold herself up small. Now, in the vast landscapes of an unknown continent, Elizabeth has to discover a strength she never imagined, and passions she could never express. Inspired by the real life of a remarkable woman, this is an extraordinarily rich, beautifully wrought novel of resilience, courage and the mystery of human desire.

6 August 2020 Hardback Fiction 336pp



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THE LIEUTENANT ‘A triumph. Read it at once’ The Times

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THE SECRET RIVER Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize

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This debut novel follows the fate of one family over the course of two decades in Nigeria

Tola Rotimi Abraham is a writer from Lagos, Nigeria. She lives in Iowa City and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in journalism. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has taught writing at the University of Iowa. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Catapult, the Des Moines Register, the Nigerian Literary Magazine and other

Twin sisters Bibike and Ariyike are enjoying a relatively comfortable life in Lagos in 1996. Then their mother loses her job due to political strife and their father gambles away their home. As their parents’ marriage collapses in the aftermath, the twins and their two younger siblings, Andrew and Peter, are thrust into the reluctant care of their traditional Yoruba grandmother. Inseparable while they had their parents to care for them, the twins’ paths diverge once the household shatters: one embracing modernity as the years pass, the other consumed by religion. Written with astonishing intimacy and wry attention to the fickleness of fate, Black Sunday delves into the chaotic heart of family life. In the process, it tells a tale of grace in the midst of daily oppression, and of how two women carve their own distinct paths of resistance.



6 August 2020 Original Paperback Fiction 288pp



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The Burying Ground DAVID MARK

From Sunday Times bestselling author David Mark, a compelling psychological thriller which sees devastating wartime secrets come to light ‘Not one to miss’ Daily Mail ‘Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer’ Peter James David Mark was a journalist for fifteen years and now writes fiction full‑time. The first novel in his DS McAvoy series, Dark Winter, was chosen for the Harrogate New Blood panel (where he was the Reader in Residence), selected

Cumbria, 1967. Grieving the loss of her son, Cordelia Hemlock is in a village graveyard when lightning strikes a tumbledown tomb – and gives her a glimpse of a new corpse that doesn’t belong among the crumbling bones. But when the body vanishes, the authorities refuse to believe some hysterical outsider.

for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Dead Pretty was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger in 2016.


Cordelia persuades Felicity Goose, the only other person to have seen the corpse, to join her investigation. But the villagers don’t take kindly to their interference. There are those who believe the village’s secrets should remain buried . . . whatever the cost.

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The Midnight Library MAT T HAIG

The touching, funny and heartwarming new novel for adults from the Sunday Times bestselling author of How to Stop Time and Reasons to Stay Alive Between life and death there is a library. Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet and

When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change.

six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He also writes awardwinning books for children, including A Boy Called Christmas which is being made into a feature film with an all-star

The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things aren’t always what she imagined they’d be, and soon her choices place the library and herself in extreme danger.

cast. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.


20 August 2020 Hardback Fiction 304pp


Before time runs out, she must answer the ultimate question: what is the best way to live?


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HOW TO STOP TIME The Sunday Times bestseller. Winner of the Books Are My Bag Award for Popular Fiction. B-fmt PB £8.99

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The number one Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the Books Are My Bag Award for Non-Fiction.

The number one Sunday Times bestseller.

‘Maybe the most important book I’ve read this year’ Simon Mayo

‘Witty, honest and engaging . . . A worthy successor to Reasons to Stay Alive’ Sunday Times

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Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain DAVID EAGLEMAN

A remarkable account of the brain’s plasticity, from the internationally bestselling author

Dr David Eagleman is a neuroscientist and internationally bestselling author. He teaches Brain Plasticity at Stanford University, is creator and host of the Emmy-nominated BBC television series The Brain, and is the Chief Executive Officer of NeoSensory, a company that builds the next generation of neuroscience hardware. The author of seven other books, he lives in Palo Alto, California.


How can a blind person learn to see with her tongue or a deaf person learn to hear with his skin? What does a baby born without a nose tell us about our sensory machinery? Might we someday control a robot with our thoughts? And what does any of this have to do with why we dream? The answer to these questions is right behind our eyes. The greatest technology we have ever discovered on this planet is the three-pound organ carried around in the vault of the skull. This book is not simply about what the brain is, but what it does. The magic of the brain is not found in the parts it’s made of, but in the way those parts unceasingly re-weave themselves in an electric, living fabric. Surf the leading edge of neuroscience atop the anecdotes and metaphors that have made Eagleman one of the best scientific translators of our generation. Covering decades of research to the present day, Livewired also presents new discoveries from Eagleman’s own laboratory, from synaesthesia to dreaming to wearable neurotech devices that revolutionise how we think about the senses.

Also by David Eagleman: The Brain £9.99 (9781782116615) Incognito £9.99 (9781782112464) Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives £9.99 (9781847674272)

27 August 2020 Hardback Non-fiction 352pp



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The Human Cosmos: A Secret History of the Stars JO MARCHANT

A journey through the history of science and man’s relationship with the night sky and the cosmos beyond, from the author of Royal Society Prize-shortlisted Cure

Dr Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist. She has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College.

For most of human history, we have led not just an earthly existence but a cosmic one. Celestial cycles drove every aspect of our daily lives. Our innate relationship with the stars shaped who we are – our religious beliefs, power structures, scientific advances and even our biology. But over the last few centuries we have separated ourselves from the universe that surrounds us. And that disconnect comes at a cost.

She has worked as an editor at New Scientist and Nature, and her articles have appeared in the Guardian, Wired, Observer, New Scientist and Nature. She is the author of Decoding the Heavens, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books, and Cure, shortlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books and longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.


3 September 2020 Printed Paper Cased Non-fiction 368pp

In The Human Cosmos Jo Marchant takes us on a tour through the history of humanity’s relationship with the heavens. We travel to the Hall of the Bulls in Lascaux and witness the summer solstice at a 5,000-year-old tomb at Newgrange. We visit Medieval monks grappling with the nature of time and Tahitian sailors navigating by the stars. We discover how light reveals the chemical composition of the sun, and we are with Einstein as he works out that space and time are one and the same. A four-billion-yearold meteor inspires a search for extra-terrestrial life. And we discover why star-gazing can be really, really good for us. It is time for us to rediscover the full potential of the universe we inhabit, its wonder, its effect on our health, and its potential for inspiration and revelation.

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News: And How to Use It ALAN RUSBRIDGER

An A–Z guide on how we stay informed in the era of fake news, from former Guardian Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger Nothing in life works without facts.

Alan Rusbridger was Editor-in-Chief

A society that isn’t sure what’s true can’t function. Without facts there can be no government or law. Science is ignored. Trust evaporates.

of Guardian News & Media from 1995 to 2015. He launched the Guardian in the US and Australia as well as building a website which today attracts more than 100 million unique browsers a month. The paper’s coverage of phone-hacking led to the Leveson Inquiry. He is the author of Play It Again and Breaking News. He lives in London and Oxford, where he chairs the Reuters Institute for

People everywhere feel ever more alienated from – and mistrustful of – news and those who make it. We no longer seem to know who or what to believe. We are living through a crisis of ‘information chaos’. News: And How to Use It is a glossary for this bewildering age. From AI to Bots, from Climate Crisis to Fake News, from Clickbait to Trolls (and more), here is the definitive user’s guide for how to stay informed, tell truth from fiction and hold those in power accountable in the modern age.

the Study of Journalism.


Also by Alan Rusbridger: Breaking News £10.99 (9781786890962)

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An utterly captivating novel about female strength. Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King casts a light on the women soldiers written out of African history ‘Beautiful and devastating’ Marlon James Maaza Mengiste was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A Fulbright Scholar and professor in the MFA in Creative Writing

‘Unforgettable. I suspect I won’t read anything more moving this year’ The Times ETHIOPIA, 1935.

& Literary Translation programme at Queens College, she is the author of The Shadow King and Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, named one of the Guardian’s Ten Best Contemporary African Books. Her work can be found in the New Yorker, Granta, and the New York Times, among other publications. She lives in New York City.


3 September 2020 Paperback Fiction 448pp

With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade. Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. But how could she have predicted her own personal war, still to come, as a prisoner of one of Italy’s most vicious officers?

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The gripping second book in the Crane and Drake series from crime writer Parker Bilal

Parker Bilal is the pseudonym of Jamal Mahjoub, the critically acclaimed literary novelist. He is the author of the Makana Investigations series, the third of which, The Ghost Runner, was longlisted for the

What starts with the gruesome discovery of a severed head on the Tube soon becomes personal for former DI Cal Drake. After one betrayal too many, Drake has abandoned the police force to become a private detective. He's teamed up with enigmatic forensic pathologist Dr Rayhana Crane and it's not long before the case leads them to the darkest corners of the nation's capital and in dangerously close contact with an international crime circuit, a brutal local rivalry and a very personal quest for retribution. With the murder victim tied to Drake's past, his new future is about to come under threat.

Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. The Divinities, the first in his Crane and Drake London crime series, was published in 2019. Born in London, he has lived in a number of places, including the UK, Denmark, Spain and, currently, the Netherlands.


3 September 2020 Paperback Fiction 320pp

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The Secret Political Adviser: The Unredacted Files of the Man in the Room Next Door MICHAEL SPICER

This journal contains satirical advice to politicians ranging from Boris Johnson to Kim Jong-un, from the man in the Room Next Door Michael Spicer is a comedy writer, actor, director and the creator of the internet sensation The Room Next Door. He has produced over one hundred sketches and short films via YouTube and Twitter, achieving international media attention. He has written and performed in a variety of online comedy projects for Channel 4, Hat Trick and Comedy Central. Following on from his selfproduced YouTube films, Michael has become a regular member of The Mash Report on BBC2.

Little is known about the secret political adviser known as the Man in the Room Next Door – only a handful of people know his real name – but this explosive journal and collection of his correspondence offers a startling insight into his life. It reveals the elusive organisation that employs him, as well as reams of information about working with clients such as Boris Johnson, Prince Andrew and Donald Trump. From leaked documents to illicit communications, and day-today notes on the treacherous world he inhabits, The Secret Political Adviser is a window into the world of the most influential* political adviser on the planet. *fictional


1 October 2020 Hardback Non-fiction 192pp

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A wickedly satirical novel, filled with mystery, revenge, outlandish killings, greed and jealousy, from the multi-awardwinning author

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning author of novels including Hawksmoor, Chatterton and The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde, biographies of Ezra Pound, Blake and Dickens among others, and acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography and Thames: Sacred River. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of

The arrival of an enigmatic stranger wreaks havoc on the denizens of the idyllic English village of Little Camborne; most notably two apparently harmless women. Miss Finch and Miss Swallow, cousins, have put their pasts behind them and settled into conventional country life. But when Theodore Cadmus – from Caldera, a Mediterranean island nobody has heard of – moves into the middle cottage, the safe monotony of their lives is shattered. The fates of the two cousins and Mr Cadmus, and those of Little Camborne and Caldera, become inextricably enmeshed. Long-hidden secrets and long-held grudges threaten to surface, drawing all into a vortex of subterfuge, theft, violence, mayhem . . . and murder.

Literature’s William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.


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Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession GAVIN FRANCIS

An exploration of isolation and connectedness based on thirty years of travel, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Adventures in Human Being and Empire Antarctica Gavin Francis is an award-winning writer and GP. He is the author of four books of non-fiction, including Adventures in Human Being, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and won the Saltire Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award, and Empire Antarctica, which won Scottish Book of the Year in the SMIT Awards and was shortlisted for both the Ondaatje and Costa Prizes. He has written for the Guardian, The Times, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. His work is published in eighteen languages. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.


In Island Dreams, Gavin Francis examines our collective fascination with islands. He blends stories of his own travels with psychology, philosophy and great voyages from literature, shedding new light on the importance of islands and isolation in our collective consciousness. Comparing the life of freedom of thirty years of extraordinary travel from the Faroe Islands to the Aegean, from the Galapagos to the Andaman Islands with a life of responsibility as a doctor, community member and parent approaching middle age, Island Dreams riffs on the twinned poles of rest and motion, independence and attachment, never more relevant than in today's perennially connected world. Illustrated with maps throughout, this is a celebration of human adventures in the world and within our minds.

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The River Capture MARY COSTELLO

The new novel about love, loyalty and nature, shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year, from the author of Academy Street ‘Exceptional’ The Times ‘Luminous . . . Unexpected’ Guardian

Mary Costello lives in Galway. Her short story collection, The China Factory, was nominated for the Guardian First

Luke O’Brien has left Dublin to live a quiet life on the bend of the River Sullane. Alone in his big house, he longs for a return to his family’s heyday and turns to books for solace. One morning a young woman arrives at his door, presenting Luke and his family with an almost impossible dilemma.

Book Award and shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. Her first novel, Academy Street, won the Irish Novel of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards and was named overall Irish Book of the Year. It was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime and was shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Costa First Novel Prize. The River Capture is her second novel.

Also by Mary Costello: Academy Street £8.99 (9781782114208) The China Factory £8.99 (9781782116011)

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Eve West, a police officer with a hidden past, is drawn into a dark and complex case when she’s asked to investigate a miscarriage of justice ‘An ending that will leave readers breathless and eager for more’ Booklist ‘A master at complex plots’ Globe and Mail Elena Forbes worked for a number of international investment groups before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of four previous thrillers in the Mark Tartaglia series, the first of which, Die with Me, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award. She lives in central London.


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After a police operation ends in catastrophe, DCI Eve West is suspended. She faces expulsion from the force, until John Duran – a violent criminal Eve incarcerated herself – offers his help to clear her name. But he wants something in return. Convinced there has been a miscarriage of justice, Duran wants Eve to help free a fellow prisoner convicted of murder. But why is a hardened criminal like Duran assisting this other inmate? And why has he specifically chosen Eve to investigate? With her job at stake, Eve is forced to do Duran’s bidding and take a closer look at the inmate’s conviction. But as the investigation grows darker, she finds her personal life is linked to the case. Eve has a past to hide and John Duran knows too much . . .

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On Making Art & Being an Artist KENT NERBURN

Guidance and wisdom for young artists, from award-winning artist and writer Kent Nerburn A rallying cry for artists.

Kent Nerburn is a sculptor and awardwinning author of sixteen books. He has been writing about Native American history and culture for almost thirty years, and is the founder and director of ‘Project Preserve’, working on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation helping students collect memoires of tribal elders. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

15 October 2020 Trade Paperback Non-fiction 272pp

When Kent Nerburn received a letter from a young woman questioning a life in the arts, the writer and artist was struck by how closely her questions mirrored the doubts and yearnings of his own youth. So Nerburn resolved that he would write his own letter: one of welcome and encouragement to all young artists setting out on the same strange and magical journey, sharing the wisdom of a life spent working in the arts. From struggles with money and the bitterness of rejection, to spiritual questions of inspiration and authenticity, On Making Art & Being an Artist offers insight, solace and courage to help young artists on the winding road to creative fulfilment. Tender and joyous, it is a celebration of art’s power to transform the human experience.

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Think Like a White Man: Conquering the World . . . While Black DR BOULÉ WHY TELAW III AND NELS ABBEY

A bold, satirical humour book on how to achieve success like a Great White Male, which Benjamin Zephaniah called ‘the work of a true mastermind’ Dr Boulé Whytelaw III is the Distinguished Professor of White People Studies at Bishop Lamonthood University and the Deputy Vice Chair of the Centre for (Trying to) Understand White People (CTUWP).

He has written numerous successful TV shows, including Good Cops, Good White Folk and Other Wild Fantasies and Scientific Proof: The White Man’s Ice Is

‘This book rewarded me with dark, dry chuckles on every page’ Reni Eddo-Lodge By following the White Man Commandments – namely, that winning justifies anything and everything – you too can achieve success beyond your capabilities. With lessons on the value of shock and awe, putting compassion on the back-burner and pretending racism doesn’t exist, Think Like a White Man teaches you how to understand, overcome and overthrow the White Man in the whiter-shade-of-pale world of work.

Indeed Colder. Since dictating the thesis of Think Like a White Man to Nels Abbey, he has neither been seen nor heard from.

Nels Abbey is a British-Nigerian writer and media executive based in London. This is his first book.

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Crossroads: In Search of the Moments that Changed Music MARK RADCLIFFE

A personal reflection on the crucial turning points in the history of music, from BBC broadcaster and musician Mark Radcliffe Mark Radcliffe is: a broadcaster, writer, musician, father of three, grandfather of two, husband of one, cavapoo owner, art appreciator, Manchester City Fan, Knutsford dweller and Builder's Arms regular. He is the author of three works of non-fiction: Showbusiness, Thank You For the Days and Reelin' in the Years; and one work of fiction, Northern Sky. He lives in Cheshire.

Standing at the crossroads – the Mississippi crossroads of Robert Johnson and the devil's infamous meeting – Mark Radcliffe found himself facing his own personal juncture. Aged sixty, he had just mourned the death of his father, only to be diagnosed with mouth and throat cancer. Together these events led Radcliffe to think about pivotal tracks in music and how the musicians who wrote and performed them had reached the crossroads that led to such epochchanging music. Crossroads is a warm, intimate account of music and its power to transform our lives, as Radcliffe takes a personal journey through these key tracks.


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That Old Country Music KEVIN BARRY

A brilliant story collection from the Goldsmiths Prize and IMPAC awardwinning author of the Booker-longlisted Night Boat to Tangier

Kevin Barry is the author of three novels and two short story collections. His awards include the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize and the Lannan Foundation Literary Award. His stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter, and he lives in County Sligo, Ireland. His latest novel, Night Boat to Tangier, was an Irish number one

Since his landmark debut collection, There Are Little Kingdoms in 2007, and its award-winning sequel in 2012, Dark Lies the Island, Kevin Barry has been acclaimed as one of the world’s most accomplished and gifted short-story writers. Barry’s lyric intensity, the vitality of his comedy, and the darkness of his vision recall the work of masters of the genre like Flannery O’Connor and William Trevor, but he has forged a style which is patently his own. In this rapturous third collection, we encounter a ragbag of West of Ireland characters, many on the cusp between love and catastrophe, heartbreak and epiphany, resignation and hope. These stories show an Ireland in a condition of great flux but also as a place where older rhythms, and an older magic, somehow persist.

bestseller, was longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.

Also by Kevin Barry: Beatlebone £8.99 (9781782116165) Night Boat to Tangier £8.99 (9781782116202) There Are Little Kingdoms £8.99 (9781786890177)

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Missionaries P H I L K L AY

An astonishing novel about the moral cost of war, from the author of the National Book Award-winning Redeployment

Phil Klay is a veteran of the US Marine

Neither Mason, a US Army medic, nor Lisette, a foreign correspondent, has emerged from America’s long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan unscathed. Yet, for them, war still exerts a terrible draw – the noble calling, the camaraderie, the life-and-death stakes. Where else in the world can such a person go? All roads lead to Colombia, where the US has partnered with the local government to stamp out a vicious civil war and keep the predatory narco gangs at bay. Mason is ready for the good war, and Lisette is more than ready to cover it. Missionaries is an astonishment, a novel of extraordinary suspense whose central, unsparing drama is infused by a geopolitical sophistication and a rare wisdom about the human heart.

Corps. He served in Iraq during the surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College. His work has featured in the New York Times, Tin House and Granta. He is co-host of the Manifesto! podcast and is the author of Redeployment, which was a New York Times bestseller and won the National Book Award. Missionaries is his first novel.


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A Long Stride: The Story of the World’s No. 1 Scotch Whisky NICHOLAS MORGAN

The remarkable history of how Johnnie Walker became the world’s number one Scotch, a perfect gift for whisky fans Nicholas Morgan is Head of Whisky Outreach, tasked with reinvigorating heritage blends, including Johnnie Walker. He is the winner of an Outstanding Achievement in Scotch Whisky Award. His work has earned him a place on the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trustee board, further supporting excellence in British Craftsmanship. Nicholas was made the 48th inductee into the Whisky Hall of Fame in March 2018. He lives in London.

29 October 2020 Printed Paper Cased Non-fiction 256pp

The history of Johnnie Walker, beginning in 1820, is also the history of Scotch whisky. But who was John Walker – the man who started the story? And how did his business grow from the shelves of a small grocery shop in Kilmarnock to become the world’s number one Scotch? A treat for whisky aficionados, A Long Stride tells the story of how John Walker and a succession of ingenious and progressive business leaders embraced their Scottish roots to walk confidently on an international stage. By doing things their own way, Johnnie Walker overturned the conventions of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, survived two world wars, flourished despite prohibition and a great depression to become the first truly global whisky brand, revolutionising the world of advertising along the way. Ultimately the story is a testament to how an obsession with quality and a relentless drive to always move forward created the most recognised Scotch whisky brand in the world.

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A radical new translation of the dystopian classic introduced by Margaret Atwood ‘It is in effect a study of the Machine, the genie that man has thoughtlessly let out of its bottle and cannot put back again’ George Orwell

Yevgeny Zamyatin was a naval engineer and author. He wrote short stories, plays and essays. His

One State is the perfect society, ruled over by the enlightened Benefactor. It is a city made almost entirely of glass, where surveillance is universal and life runs according to algorithmic rules to ensure perfect happiness. And Chief Engineer D-503 is the ideal citizen, at least until he meets I-330 who opens his eyes to new ideas of love, sex and freedom.

masterpiece, We, was written in 1920-21 and was banned in Russia on the grounds of being ideologically undesirable. It was quickly translated and published in many languages around the world, finally being published

A foundational work of dystopian fiction, We is a book of radical imaginings – control and rebellion, surveillance and power, machine intelligence and human inventiveness, sexuality and desire. It is both a warning and a hope for a better world. It reminds us that while people are everywhere in chains, still we yearn to be free.

in Russia in 1988.

Bela Shayevich is a Soviet-American writer, translator and illustrator. She translated Nobel Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich’s Second-hand Time.

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The final book from the late Alasdair Gray – the conclusion to his remarkable interpretation of Dante’s Divine Comedy

Born in 1934, Alasdair Gray graduated in design and mural painting from the Glasgow School of Art. He authored, designed and illustrated novels, several books of short stories, a collection of his stage, radio and TV plays and a book of his visual art, A Life in Pictures. In

Dante, now guided by Beatrice, faces the final third of his epic journey through the wheels of divine justice. Yet as he passes through the spheres of Heaven, he struggles with his faith, striving to understand the scales of good and evil that determine the fate of a human soul. The final book from Alasdair Gray, Paradise is a fitting conclusion to his own irreplaceable body of work, as well as to his masterful retelling of Dante’s trilogy.

November 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Saltire Society. He died in December 2019, aged eighty-five.

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‘Probably the greatest novel of the century’ Observer

The autobiography in words and pictures of one of Britain’s most fascinating and acclaimed writers and artists

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The Assassin’s Cloak: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest Diarists E D I T E D BY I R E N E A N D A L A N TAY LO R

A beautiful new edition of this collection of the world’s greatest diarists on its twentieth anniversary ‘Triumphantly eclectic and entertaining’ Observer Alan Taylor has been a journalist for over thirty years. He was deputy editor of the Scotsman, managing editor of Scotsman Publications, and writer-at-large for the Sunday Herald. He has edited several acclaimed anthologies, most recently Glasgow: The Autobiography (2016). He is the author of Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark and, in 2018, series editor of the centenary edition of Spark’s novels. He is the co-founder and editor of the Scottish Review of Books.

Irene Taylor was born and brought up in Edinburgh. For many years she

‘Utterly compulsive’ The Times ‘A diary is an assassin’s cloak which we wear when we stab a comrade in the back with a pen’, wrote William Soutar in 1934. But a diary is also a place for recording everyday thoughts and special occasions, private fears and hopeful dreams. The Assassin’s Cloak gathers together some of the most entertaining and inspiring entries for each day of the year, as writers ranging from Queen Victoria to Andy Warhol, Samuel Pepys to Adrian Mole, pen their musings on the historic and the mundane. Spanning centuries and international in scope, this peerless anthology pays tribute to a genre that is at once the most intimate and public of all literary forms. This new updated edition is published to mark the twentieth anniversary of the book’s original publication.

worked in public libraries. She has a degree in history from Edinburgh University and she now works for the National Trust for Scotland.

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The internationally-bestselling autobiographical novel from Spanish literary icon, Manuel Vilas

Manuel Vilas was born in Spain in

Ordesa – a small Spanish town in the Pyrenees – is where our narrator was born, a place his father loved dearly, a place suffused with memories. Now, forty-six years later, he returns to the valley with his own children on a summer vacation. His parents are dead, his marriage has ended and he’s struggling to piece together the bits of himself.

1962. He is an award-winning poet and novelist. Ordesa has sold over 100,000 copies in Spain and has gone on to become a phenomenon across Europe, being translated into fifteen languages. Ordesa is the first of his works to be translated into English. He currently resides in Iowa where he teaches creative writing.

Andrea Rosenberg translates from both Spanish and Portuguese. Her full-length translations include Tomás González’s The Storm, Aura Xilonen’s

Single and living in an apartment he hates, clinging to snatched moments of quality time with his apathetic children, newly sober and with his career on the wane, the ghosts of the narrator’s family besiege him, but also bring him hope. Out of despair, he writes this chronicle, this homage, this memoir of his family: grandparents whose photos were never taken, whose funerals were never attended, parents unable to show their love. Maybe the tragedy of life itself is not death, but truly realising the importance of family only once they’ve passed. Perhaps this trip to Ordesa can help him fall in love with life – his life – once more. A masterwork of autofiction from Spanish literary icon Manuel Vilas, Ordesa is a deeply moving meditation on identity, nationality, family, loss and the passing of time.

The Gringo Champion, Juan Gómez Bárcena’s The Sky over Lima, and David Jiménez’s Children of the Monsoon.

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The Beijing Conspiracy SHAMINI FLINT

One man is caught up in a lethal global conspiracy in this explosive spy thriller

‘Flint . . . creates fascinating, unforgettable characters’ Booklist A LONG-LOST DAUGHTER. AN EXPLOSIVE SECRET. A LETHAL CONSPIRACY. Shamini Flint was born and brought up in Malaysia. Having studied law at Cambridge University, she travelled extensively throughout Asia for her work as a corporate lawyer, before becoming a writer, part-time lecturer and environmental activist. Shamini now lives in Singapore with her husband and two children. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Inspector Singh mystery series.

JACK FORD Ex-marine Jack Ford has a daughter he never knew about in Beijing. He resolves to go to China. A country he hasn’t returned to since he witnessed the horrors of the Tiananmen Square massacre. FEI YEN Whilst seeking his newfound daughter, Fei Yen, Jack uncovers explosive information. Both the Chinese and American governments want it. Now Jack is trapped in an impossible dilemma: save Fei Yen or prevent a war where thousands will lose their lives.


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The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern Age CLAUDIA HAMMOND

Drawing on brand new research, this is an examination of rest and why it matters from Radio 4’s voice of psychology

Claudia Hammond is an awardwinning writer and broadcaster and Visiting Professor in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Sussex. As the presenter of All in the Mind she is BBC Radio 4’s voice of psychology and mental health. She has been awarded the President's Medal from the British Academy, the British Psychological Society's Public Engagement & Media Award, Mind’s

Much of value has been written about sleep, but rest is different; it is how we unwind, calm our minds and recharge our bodies. The Art of Rest draws on ground-breaking research Claudia Hammond collaborated on: ‘The Rest Test’, the largest global survey into rest ever undertaken, completed by 18,000 people across 135 different countries. The survey revealed how people get rest and how it is directly linked to your sense of wellbeing. Counting down through the top ten activities which people find most restful, Hammond explains why rest matters, examines the science behind the results to establish what really works and offers a roadmap for a new, more restful and balanced life.

Making a Difference Award and the British Neuroscience Association's Public Understanding of Neuroscience Award. She is the author of Emotional Rollercoaster, Mind over Money and Time Warped, winner of the British Psychological Society's Best Popular Science Book Award and the Aeon Transmission Award.

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Rootbound: Rewilding a Life ALICE VINCENT

From the founder of Noughticulture, Rootbound explores how a whole new generation are discovering the power of plants ‘Breathtakingly beautiful’ i ‘Tender and wholehearted’ Helen Jukes Alice Vincent is Features Editor at Penguin Books, having previously worked as a writer and editor on the arts desk of the Telegraph. After teaching herself to garden in 2014, Alice started to share her adventures in urban

When she suddenly finds herself uprooted, heartbroken, grieving and living out of a suitcase in her late twenties, Alice Vincent begins planting seeds. She nurtures pot plants and vines on windowsills and draining boards, filling her many temporary London homes with green. As the months pass, and with each unfurling petal and budding leaf, she begins to come back to life.

gardening through Noughticulture, a newsletter and Instagram account, as well as in a column for the Telegraph. She has since written for Gardener's

Mixing memoir, botanical history and biography, Rootbound examines how bringing a little bit of the outside in can help us find our feet in a world spinning far too fast.

World and Gardens Illustrated, appeared on Gardeners' Question Time, collaborated with Hunter, Finery, Monsoon and Seedlip, among others, and hosts workshops and a YouTube channel for Patch Plants. Her first book, How To Grow Stuff, was published in 2017. She lives in South London.



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