Diane Atkinson's RISE UP WOMEN! reviewed

Published last week by Bloomsbury, Diane Atkinson's Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes has received a number of brilliant reviews over the weekend, including pieces in the Times, the Guardian and the Spectator. The TLS says the book is "surely destined to become a key general text" and that it "provides an accessible, captivating, chronological account that incorporates recent developments in ancestry research as well as first-hand accounts." 

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Lucy Fisher of The Times calls the book a "definitive history of the suffragettes … Atkinson exhorts her readers to salute the suffragettes. She is right to so do. It is easy to assume that women's suffrage was inevitable, but that should not detract from the efforts and losses undertaken by the pioneers so vividly described here”. 

“A thrilling and inspiring read! For too long these extraordinary women have been hidden from history. Rise Up Women! should be a standard text in all schools. And will be a treasured handbook for today's feminists” –  Harriet Harman MP,

“Diane Atkinson's detailed and authoritative Rise Up, Women! seems to me to be pretty much a definitive history of the suffragettes ... Hurl this volume at a Westminster window, and it would break in an instant” –  Rachel Cooke, Observer

“An exclusive and captivating story of this remarkable movement” –  Sunday Express

“This is the untold story of the women's suffrage movement at last revealed in glorious 360 detail. Rise Up Women! is heartbreaking, inspiring and incredibly rewarding to read” –  Dr Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana.

“Patiently, skilfully and empathetically, Diane Atkinson gives us the fullest, most insightful history yet of the suffragette movement and the courageous women who drove it forward to eventual fruition” –  David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain.

“Rise up and buy this book! Diane Atkinson has produced an instant classic of feminist history. All the spectacular drama and intrigue of the decade long militant campaign for the women's vote is staged in this immensely readable suffragette epic” –  Rachel Holmes, author of Eleanor Marx.

Rise Up Women! is an Observer Pick of 2018 as well as a New Statesman Book of 2018. Pick up a copy here. 

Happy Publication Day to Jim Crace

We're delighted to share that Jim Crace's wonderful novel The Melody is out now, published by Picador books.

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The Melody is the first novel published since the Man Booker Shortlisted, Harvest and has already inspired some wonderful reviews:

"The Melody takes its place among his finest [novels] ... an ecological fable for modern times." - Guardian

"Seductively atmospheric ... deeply moving." - Daily Mail

"Brilliant." - Observer

Alfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home. Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all.

Lyrical and warm, intimate and epic, The Melody by Jim Crace tracks the few days that will see Busi and the town he loves altered irrevocably. This is a story about grief and ageing, about reputation and the loss of it, about love and music and the peculiar way myth seeps into real life. And it is a political novel too – a rallying cry to protect those we persecute.

To hear more from the book's editor, Sophie Jonathan, catch up on the Picador blog here.

Pick up a copy here. Congratulations Jim!

 

Happy Publication Day, Diane Atkinson

Wishing a very happy publication day to Diane Atkinson, whose book, Rise Up Women! The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes is published today by Bloomsbury. 

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Marking the centenary of female suffrage, this definitive history charts women's fight for the vote through the lives of those who took part, in a timely celebration of an extraordinary struggle

An Observer Pick of 2018
A New Statesman Book of 2018

Between the death of Queen Victoria and the outbreak of the First World War, while the patriarchs of the Liberal and Tory parties vied for supremacy in parliament, the campaign for women's suffrage was fought with great flair and imagination in the public arena. 

Led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia, the suffragettes and their actions would come to define protest movements for generations to come. From their marches on Parliament and 10 Downing Street, to the selling of their paper, Votes for Women, through to the more militant activities of the Women's Social and Political Union, whose slogan 'Deeds Not Words!' resided over bombed pillar-boxes, acts of arson and the slashing of great works of art, the women who participated in the movement endured police brutality, assault, imprisonment and force-feeding, all in the relentless pursuit of one goal: the right to vote.

A hundred years on, Diane Atkinson celebrates the lives of the women who answered the call to 'Rise Up'; a richly diverse group that spanned the divides of class and country, women of all ages who were determined to fight for what had been so long denied. Actresses to mill-workers, teachers to doctors, seamstresses to scientists, clerks, boot-makers and sweated workers, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English; a wealth of women's lives are brought together for the first time, in this meticulously researched, vividly rendered and truly defining biography of a movement.

“A definitive history of the suffragettes … Atkinson exhorts her readers to salute the suffragettes. She is right to so do. It is easy to assume that women's suffrage was inevitable, but that should not detract from the efforts and losses undertaken by the pioneers so vividly described here” –  Lucy Fisher, The Times

“A thrilling and inspiring read! For too long these extraordinary women have been hidden from history. Rise Up Women! should be a standard text in all schools. And will be a treasured handbook for today's feminists” –  Harriet Harman MP,

“This is the untold story of the women's suffrage movement at last revealed in glorious 360 detail. Rise Up Women! is heartbreaking, inspiring and incredibly rewarding to read” –  Dr Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana

Pick up a copy here. 

Congratulations Diane! 

Happy Publication Day MG Leonard

Today's a big day! The third book in MG Leonard's Beetle trilogy is published today. Battle of the Beetles sees Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in this final instalment from Chicken House Books. Buy it here.

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Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again …

Not only are we celebrating the launch of Battle of the Beetles, but fans of MG Leonard can now also get hold of the brilliant Make More Noise! published today by Nosy Crow.

This is an incredible collection of brand new short stories, from ten of the UK’s very best storytellers, celebrating inspirational girls and women, being published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the UK.

£1 from the sale of every book will be donated to Camfed, an international charity which tackles poverty and inequality by supporting women’s education in the developing world.

Get hold of a copy, here.

 

Meena Kandasamy on Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist 2018

We have another reason to celebrate this week as Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife has reached the longlist of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018, a prize which is in partnership with Swansea University.

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Meena's book, When I Hit You is a dazzling and provocative novel of an abusive marriage.

Seduced by politics, poetry and an enduring dream of building a better world together, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor. Moving with him to a rain-washed coastal town, she swiftly learns that what for her is a bond of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of an obedient wife, bullying her and devouring her ambition of being a writer in the process, she attempts to push back - a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.

The prize is awarded for the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under, the prize is named after the Swansea-born writer, Dylan Thomas, and celebrates his 39 years of creativity and productivity. One of the most influential, internationally-renowned writers of the mid-twentieth century, the prize invokes his memory to support the writers of today and nurture the talents of tomorrow. 

Launched in 2006, the International Dylan Thomas Prize in partnership with Swansea University is the largest literary prize in the world for young writers.

This year’s longlist of 12 books comprises: eight novels, two short story collections, and two volumes of poetry.

Zambian born author, Kayo Chingonyi, joins authors from the UK, Ireland, America, India, and Nigeria on the longlist as they contend for the £30,000 prize.

Chaired by Professor Dai Smith CBE, Emeritus Raymond Williams Research Chair in the Cultural History of Wales at Swansea University, and historian and writer on Welsh arts and culture, this year’s judging panel also features: poet, translator, and scholar, Professor Kurt Heinzelman; novelist and playwright, Rachel Trezise, playwright and author Paul McVeigh, and writer, publisher and festival director, Namita Gokhale.

Professor Dai Smith CBE, said: “This year’s longlist demonstrates the originality and literary excellence of work being produced by young writers from around the world. Featuring prose and poetry from new and established authors, this is an intriguing and scarily good longlist! The judges now have a very difficult job, but we can be certain that we will have an exceptionally strong shortlist of six stunningly gifted authors."

The shortlist of six books will be revealed at the end of March.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 10th May 2018 at Swansea University’s Great Hall, in the run up to International Dylan Thomas Day on 14 May. 

Congratulations Meena!

Austrian non-fiction prize 2018 goes to Frank Trentmann for EMPIRE OF THINGS/HERRSCHAFT DER DINGE

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We're delighted to share that Frank Trentmann has been awarded the Austrian Science Prize 2018 for the best book in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies for Herrschaft Der Dinge (DVA), the German edition of Empire of Things (Penguin/Harper US).

The Wissenschaftspreis was launched in 2007 by the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Research to recognise the best of non-fiction writing. A jury of experts selected the shortlist of titles in four categories: natural science; humanities, social sciences & cultural studies; medicine & biology; and junior knowledge. The winners in each category were then chosen by readers who voted in bookshops, libraries and on the prize home page. This year, 13,000 votes were cast. Previous winners include Bill Bryson and Jerry Brotton.

The prize ceremony will be in Vienna on 13 April 2018. Congratulations Frank!

Meena Kandasamy & Preti Taneja on Jhalak Book Prize longlist

We're so excited to share that two DGA authors have been revealed to be on the longlist for the 2018 Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour. Meena Kandasamy's When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife (Atlantic) and Preti Taneja's We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press) have made the list of 12 titles, which covers a variety of genres. 

Sunny Singh, the prize co-founder and panel chair commented: “The last few months have been an incredible journey through beautifully crafted, intellectually challenging and emotionally rich books. The longlist demonstrates the extraordinary range of themes, ideas and forms from British writers of colour. We have whittled down our favourites to 12 books for the longlist with much difficulty and am not sure how we will ever arrive at a shortlist, far less a winner.”

Judge Vera Chok added: “An incredible thing about the Jhalak Prize is that it’s open across genres. I’ve been especially delighted to discover writers of colour beyond literary fiction and memoir, making their mark in the fields of non-fiction, children’s writing, and experimental forms.”

In 2018 the all-woman judging panel includes writer Sunny Singh, YA author Catherine Johnson, novelist Tanya Byrne, writer and performer Vera Chok and travel writer and journalist Noo Saro-Wiwa.

The shortlist will be announced on 20th of February, 2018 and the winner will be announced on 15th of March, 2018.

Congratulations to Preti and Meena!

FC Barcelona follow Nujeen's Journey

We hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and we hope you didn't miss FC Barcelona's extra special Christmas message, following the story of DGA's very own Nujeen. See it here.

"At FC Barcelona, we are firm believers in dreams. In dreams of overcoming adversity. In dreams that convert deep desires into reality. One such dream has inspired the FC Barcelona Christmas message for this year: Nujeen’s Dream. It is a human story of fighting, determination and overcoming adversity that we want to share, not only with the millions of Barça fans but with the entire world."

Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones in Talks to Reunite for Amazon Film ‘The Aeronauts’

We have some very exciting news to share on The Aeronauts, a film inspired by Richard Holmes' Falling Upwards; “The Theory of Everything”'s Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are in negotiations to star.

“War & Peace’s” Tom Harper is attached to direct from a script by Jack Thorne.

The screenplay is based on the true story of balloon pilot Amelia Wren (who would be played by Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne) who, in 1862, embarked on an extraordinary journey to discover the secrets of the heavens. In the process, they flew higher in an open balloon than anyone had before or has since. They made breathtaking discoveries, but as they ascended to the highest points of the atmosphere, they were forced into an epic fight for survival.

Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are producing alongside Harper

Amazon Studios picked up the spec last winter after a heated bidding war. It’s currently unknown when production will commence.

Redmayne, who won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” is now the star of the “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” He is filming the sequel, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which bows next November.

Jones received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Jane Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” She recently starred in “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

Get hold of a copy of Richard Holmes' gripping book, Falling Upwards, here.

 

Happy Publication Day Norman Davies

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A very happy publication day to Norman Davies whose new work of non-fiction, Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History is out today. 

'He writes history like nobody else. He thinks like nobody else ... He sees the world as a whole, with its limitless fund of stories' Byan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Where have the people in any particular place actually come from? What are the historical complexities in any particular place? This evocative historical journey around the world shows us.

'Human history is a tale not just of constant change but equally of perpetual locomotion', writes Norman Davies. Throughout the ages, men and women have endlessly sought the greener side of the hill. Their migrations, collisions, conquests and interactions have given rise to the spectacular profusion of cultures, races, languages and polities that now proliferates on every continent.

This incessant restlessness inspired Davies's own. After decades of writing about European history, and like Tennyson's ageing Ulysses longing for one last adventure, he embarked upon an extended journey that took him right round the world to a score of hitherto unfamiliar countries. His aims were to test his powers of observation and to revel in the exotic, but equally to encounter history in a new way. Beneath Another Sky is partly a historian's travelogue, partly a highly engaging exploration of events and personalities that have fashioned today's world - and entirely sui generis.

Davies's circumnavigation takes him to Baku, the Emirates, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tasmania, Tahiti, Texas, Madeira and many places in between. At every stop, he not only describes the current scene but also excavates the layers of accumulated experience that underpin the present. He tramps round ancient temples and weird museums, summarises the complexity of Indian castes, Austronesian languages and Pacific explorations, delves into the fate of indigenous peoples and of a missing Malaysian airliner, reflects on cultural conflict in Cornwall, uncovers the Nazi origins of Frankfurt airport and lectures on imperialism in a desert oasis. 'Everything has its history', he writes, 'including the history of finding one's way or of getting lost.'

The personality of the author comes across strongly - wry, romantic, occasionally grumpy, but with an endless curiosity and appetite for knowledge. As always, Norman Davies watches the historical horizon as well as what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

Get hold of a copy of Norman's brilliant book via the Penguin Random House website. 

Preti Taneja's WE THAT ARE YOUNG one of The Sunday Times' Book of the Year 2017

We're thrilled to share that Preti Taneja's debut novel, We That Are (Galley Beggar Press) has been listed by The Sunday Times as one of their Fiction Books of the Year 2017. 

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Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence – only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded, the Devraj Company. On the same day, Sita, Devraj’s youngest daughter, absconds – refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita’s older sisters, are handed the Company… And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar, the Palaces and slums of Napurthala, to Srinagar, Kashmir. 

Told in astonishing prose – a great torrent of words and imagery – We that are young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage. Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption riots in 2011–2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the ever-present spectre of death. More than that, this is a novel about the human heart. And its breaking point.

Praise for We That Are Young

"I spent too much of this (and last) year reading anaemic updatings of Shakespeare plays: pale novels which borrowed plots and missed points and, oddly, always misunderstood the minor characters. After these, Preti Taneja’s We That Are Young came as a relief and a surprise. Her novel is big, beautiful, and most of all bold: a rewriting of King Lear, transplanted to modern day Delhi, which is both a dazzlingly original reading of the play and a full novel in its own right. A masterpiece, and by a long way my book of the year." ~ Daniel Swift, The Spectator

"Brilliant... Finely crafted... Taneja has given us that rarest of beasts, a page-turner that is also unabashedly political." ~ The Guardian

"Revelatory... Urgent and irresistible... One of the most exquisite and original novels of the year." ~The Sunday Times

"Wonderful... Looks set to hold a mirror to our times." ~The Observer

"In years to come, Preti Taneja will be known as one of the UK's most important writers." ~ Nikesh Shukla

"The writing is stunning... turns of phrase are to be savoured, imagery basked in. A literary feast - Preti Taneja deserves all the commendations." ~ Never Imitate

"In a brilliant, sharp adaptation, Preti Taneja shows her profound understanding not just of Shakespeare and India, but of human nature itself. Heartbreaking. A poetic tour de force." ~ Vishal Bhardwaj

"Sharp, cogent, and evocative... The great appeal of We that are young concerns the serving of justice: discovering who gets what, as opposed to who deserves what." ~ The New Statesman

"A remarkable picture of contemporary India... Taneja s sensuous writing brings women s predicaments to life - a chilling warning." ~ The Irish Times

"An instant classic. Stunning. Gripping. Before I run out of praise - just read it." ~ Rishi Dastidar

"The best book set in India... since A Suitable Boy. She writes gloriously." ~ Backlisted

"With We that are young, Preti Taneja has written an enthralling, brave, and very important book." ~ Maureen Freely

"A truly magnificent novel: epic in scope and fizzing with originality. Taneja's is a powerful and arresting voice. We that are young tells a piercing tale of modern India - and of modern womanhood - that is brutally honest. It lingers in the mind long after the last page."  ~Jodie Ginsberg, Index on Censorship

"An absolutely fantastic book. The Lear background made it feel as though I was re-reading a very old and much loved novel for the second time, picking up on new and fascinating thoughts and connections, even while I forgot that Lear was there at all. We that are young is beautifully, beautifully written." ~ The Conversation

PRETI TANEJA was born in the UK to Indian parents and spent most of her childhood holidays in New Delhi. She has worked as a human rights reporter and filmmaker on Iraq, in Jordan, Rwanda, and Kosovo, and her work has been published in the Guardian and Open Democracy. A fellow at Warwick University, in 2014 Preti’s novella Kumkum Malhotra won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize. She is also the editor of Visual Verse and was selected as an AHRC/ BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2014.

Fergal Keane wins Non-fiction Book of the Year at The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

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Our heartiest congratulations go to Fergal Keane whose latest title, Wounds, has won Non-fiction Book of the Year at The BGE Irish Book Awards. 

Now in its 12th year, the ceremony took place in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel and was attended by a number of those from the publishing industry including John Banville, Roddy Doyle and David Walliams, who was honoured with the ‘International Recognition Award’.

Larry MacHale, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’ chairperson, said: “When you scan the list of award winners, it makes you feel proud to be part of an industry that produces so many great Irish writers.

Dave Kirwan, m.d of Bord Gáis Energy, added: “The 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards have shown, yet again, that we in Ireland are blessed with a huge amount of literary talent, so to receive one of these awards is a significant achievement indeed.  The quality of the shortlisted entries across each of the categories was incredibly high, and I hope that this year’s event will inspire those who perhaps didn’t win an award this year to enter again in the coming years.” 

This year, more than 50,000 people voted to select the winners in each category. From Thursday (29th November), the public can vote for their overall ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ by visiting 

Published by HarperCollins imprint, William Collins, Wounds is a Sunday Times Bestseller.

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is a family story of war and love, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present.

Wounds is a powerful memoir about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, and in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922.

It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. And it is the story of another Irishman, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country.

Many thousands of people took part in the War of Independence and the Civil War that followed. Whatever side they chose, all were changed in some way by the costs of violence. Keane uses the experiences of his ancestral homeland in north Kerry to examine why people will kill for a cause and how the act of killing reverberates through the generations.

Once again, congratulations Fergal from all here at DGA.

TV rights in Sabrina Cohen-Hatton's Memoir Acquired by Kudos

Kudos has preemptively acquired television rights to an inspiring memoir from Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the London Fire Brigade, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton.

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The title, to be published by Transworld in spring 2019, was signed by Sue Swift, Head of Literary Acquisitions for Kudos from Kirsty McLachlan here at DGA.

Overcoming extreme personal adversity, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has risen through the ranks of the fire service becoming Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the age of just 31. Leaving home at 15, she lived rough for a year and joined the fire service at 18, and was the first female ever to serve at her first posting in the Welsh Valleys. She wanted to be a fire fighter, she says, so she could ‘rescue people because no one had rescued her’.

The book however is much more than a memoir of her extraordinary life. Drawing on Sabrina’s personal experience of managing emergency situations, having attended a number of major incidents. The book provides a unique insight into the reality of firefighting. Through the Fire also explores the psychology of leadership and crisis management. Sabrina has a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience having studied at night school while working full time, and her ground- breaking studies on decision making within the service have changed national policies as a result.

Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, Kudos, said; “At a time when the female workplace experience is under ever closer scrutiny we are thrilled to be able to bring Sabrina’s remarkable book to the screen. She’s not only a remarkable woman, she’s a natural storyteller and her personal experiences as a front line professional and her revolutionary insights into the psychology of decision-making in extreme situations make this title a truly extraordinary, exciting and unique examination of the firefighting profession”.

Through the Fire (w/t) will be Executive Produced by Diederick Santer and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd at Kudos.

Collusion Soars into Best-seller charts around the world

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The US edition (Vintage)

We're thrilled to share the news that Luke Harding's Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win is making its mark globally, having reached number 10 in The New York Times paperback non-fiction charts, and is number 1 in Sweden only one week after its release.

Collusion is an explosive exposé that lays out the Trump administration’s ties to Moscow, and Russia’s decades-in-the-making political game to upend American democracy.

Kirkus Reviews said of the book, "Harding is at his best connecting dots that may not always be obvious, including Trump’s long history of business dealings with Russia and alleged connections to organized crime. [...] Among the most intriguing of the threads are Trump’s astoundingly checkered relations with a German banking giant that continued to lend him money even as the worst of credit risks—and that at the same time was laundering Russian money, “not small amounts but many billions of dollars.” If readers emerge from this fast-paced narrative convinced that the Trump White House is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian oligarchs, then there’s good reason for it." 

Congratulations, Luke! 

Collusion by Luke Harding Published Today

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House, the newest work of non-fiction from award-winning journalist, Luke Harding, is published today by Guardian Faber, as well as by nine other publishers across the globe.

Collusion is 'the inside story of how a former British spy was hired to investigate Russia’s influence on Trump – and uncovered explosive evidence that Moscow had been cultivating Trump for years'. 

The book is set to be published simultaneously by Vintage (USA), Into Kustannus (Finland), Flammarion (France), Penguin Random House Germany, Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland), Mondadori (Italy),  Penguin Random House Spain, Bonniers (Sweden) and Forlaget Press (Norway). Foreign rights are handled by Susanna Lea Associates.

Collusion is the first book on the topic and an invaluable read for anyone seeking to understand the Trump-Russia scandal. From today there will be press coverage around the world including interviews and serial running in major newspapers such as The Guardian, El Pais, La Repubblica and Stern. It is a fast-paced, riveting, up-to-the-minute overview of the momentous events of the past year and reads like a le Carré novel. Get hold of a copy here.

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Christina Lamb's 'My Body, Your Battlefield' to be published globally

We're delighted to share that Christina Lamb's extraordinary new non-fiction book, My Body, Your Battlefield will be published by Arabella Pike of William Collins in the UK Commonwealth, Kathryn Belden at Scribner in North America as well as by the following publishers in translation: Mondadori in Italy, Penguin Random House in Germany, Companhia das Letras in Brazil, Ambo Anthos in Holland, HarperCollins in France and Natur & Kultur in Sweden.

My Body, Your Battlefield is an account of war through women’s eyes and an exploration of how rape became a weapon of mass destruction by Sunday Times writer Christina Lamb. The significant UK deal was negotiated by literary agent David Godwin. North American and translation rights are being handled by Susanna Lea Associates.

The book, as unflinching as it is passionate, tackles head on the growing number of stories of brutality against women from across the world, some of which have shocked Lamb more profoundly than anything she has seen in her 30-year career as a war correspondent. Whilst rape in war is nothing new, brutality towards women in conflict has increased exponentially in recent times. Ethnic and sectarian groups across the world now use rape as a strategy with women rounded up and incarcerated to produce offspring, a new generation of jihadis in a chilling real-life version of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

From Bangladesh in 1970/1 when as many as 400,000 women were strung up against banana trees and raped deliberately by Pakistani troops to breed Punjabis, to Bosnia between 1992-5 when 20,000 women were forced into sexual slavery in rape camps by Serbian soldiers; to Rwanda where, in 1994 an estimated 250,000 Tutsi women were raped, and the ‘rape capital of the world’ – Congo – where soldiers and rebels raped an estimated 200,000 women over the last ten years, often in front of their own children. Islamic State and Boko Haram have seized thousands of women as sex slaves, including Yazidi women and children, as well as the 219 Chibok teenagers abducted from their school dormitories, using these sexual slaves to lure recruits from the west. Fighters are told that raping them is their religious duty, not just spoils of war.

Though rape has been listed as a war crime since 1919, the developed world has shown little urgency to seeking justice for these crimes against women. Yet for the victims, these appalling crimes condemn them to a life sentence of mental and physical suffering and ostracism.

Motivated by the fact that if it is terrible to remember, it is far more terrible to forget, Lamb’s book will restore voices to the thousands of women brutalised by war rape and sexual slavery. Beginning with the Yazidi girls in asylum in Germany, the book will take the form of a journey across the world to attempt an understanding of why this is happening, what can be done about it and the incredible people who are trying to make a difference.

Arabella Pike said: ‘This going to be a hugely important book. Told with equal amounts of compassion and fury, the book will amplify the voices of the women and girls who have suffered brutality in war and be published to bring about change as the start of a campaign of recognition and justice.’

Christina Lamb said: ‘In all my years of covering war this is the hardest and most important subject I have ever reported on. We don’t seem to be able to end wars anymore, but, even when we do, for these women their suffering will never end. If we don’t face up to this we can’t change things. I have never felt more strongly that these stories need to be told.’

Publication is scheduled for 2019.

Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has won 14 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She is the author of numerous books including Farewell Kabul, The Africa House, Waiting For Allah, The Sewing Circles of Herat and House of Stone. She co-wrote the international bestselling I am Malala with Malala Yousafzai and The Girl from Aleppo with Nujeen Mustafa. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford and was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013.

Anne Fine's 'Let It Snow', illustrated by Kerry Hyndman for Waitrose

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Inspired by this year's Waitrose Christmas advert, David Fickling Books have published Let It Snow, written by Anne Fine and illustrated by DGA's Kerry Hyndman.

When two families get caught in a snowstorm on Christmas eve, it’s a disaster! They are all quite sure that Christmas is ruined. Can they work together and turn things around? And will they become firm friends filled with Christmas cheer? Let it Snow! is once again inspired by the Waitrose Christmas TV advert. It tells a heart-warming tale of two animal families who become unlikely friends by sharing a special meal.

Get hold of a copy here today! 

Happy Publication Day to Daisy Hildyard

Wishing a very happy publication day to Daisy Hildyard, whose The Second Body is released today from Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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Every living thing has two bodies. To be an animal is to be in possession of a physical body, a body which can eat, drink and sleep; it is also to be embedded in a worldwide network of ecosystems. When every human body has an uncanny global presence, how do we live with ourselves? In this timely and elegant essay, Daisy Hildyard captures the second body by exploring how the human is a part of animal life. She meets Richard, a butcher in Yorkshire, and sees pigs turned into boiled ham; and Gina, an environmental criminologist, who tells her about leopards and silver foxes kept as pets in luxury apartments. She speaks to Luis, a biologist, about the origins of life; and talks to Nadezhda about fungi in an effort to understand how we define animal life. Eventually, her second body comes to visit her first body when the river flooded her home last year. The Second Body is a brilliantly lucid account of the dissolving boundaries between all life on earth.

Praise for The Second Body:

‘Part amateur detective, part visionary, Hildyard’s voice is so intelligent, beguiling and important. Like Sir Thomas Browne or even Annie Dillard, her sly variety of scientific inquiry is incandescent.’ 
— Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors

‘In its insistence on the illusion of individuality and on the participation of human animals in the whole of earthly life, The Second Body might be an ancient text; in its scientific literacy and its mood of ecological disquiet, Daisy Hildyard’s book is as contemporary as the morning paper. If ecstasy means to go outside oneself, the word usually carries connotations of chaos and inarticulacy. Here, however, is a precise and eloquent ecstasy – and this slender book about who we are beyond our own skins is likewise much larger than itself.’ 
— Benjamin Kunkel, author of Utopia or Bust

‘Daisy Hildyard has turned her curious, sifting, brilliantly original mind onto the pressing ecological questions of our age. The result is a series of essays as captivating as they are delightful, their object no less than to quietly rewire our thinking.’ 
— Sarah Howe, author of Loop of Jade

‘Hildyard takes us on a white-knuckle philosophical ride through identity, agency, ecology and molecular biology, leaving us vitally disconcerted, but with a strange new sense of community and solidarity. A curious, oblique, important, and fascinating book.’
— Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

‘In The Second Body, Daisy Hildyard gives a body to an idea in a series of curious encounters that take us from the floor of a butcher shop to the computer room of a biologist to the wreckage of a flooded home. Heady and visceral both, this essay revels in the mess and splendour of the world.’
— Eula Biss, author of On Immunity

Daisy Hildyard holds a PhD in the history of science, and has previously published essays on the language of science, and on seventeenth-century mathematics. Her first novel Hunters in the Snow received the Somerset Maugham Award and a ‘5 under 35’ honorarium at the USA National Book Awards. She lives with her family in North Yorkshire, where she was born.

The truth is coming: 10 to publish Luke Harding’s exposé on the Russia–Trump scandal around the globe

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We're finally able to share that ten publishers are set to publish Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House by award-winning journalist Luke Harding simultaneously, on 16 November, including Guardian Faber and Vintage in the US.

In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting’ Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’.

Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier.

Drawing on exclusive new material and key sources from the intelligence community, Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. He shines a light on powerful Russian players like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have come from Vladimir Putin himself. Collusion is up-to-date to the minute, including last week’s indictment of campaign manager, Paul Manafort, which threatens to engulf Trump’s administration.

This book gets to the heart of the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Russia is reshaping the world order to its advantage; this is something that should trouble us all.

Laura Hassan, said: ‘Harding’s book is the first to unravel the truth of the Steele dossier and it is a zippy, riveting, up-to-the-minute overview of the momentous events of the past year. This this an invaluable read for anyone seeking to understand the Trump-Russia scandal.’

Collusion will be published simultaneously by Vintage (USA), Into Kustannus (Finland), Flammarion (France), Penguin Random House Germany, Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland), Mondadori (Italy),  Penguin Random House Spain, Bonniers (Sweden) and Forlaget Press (Norway). Foreign rights are handled by Susanna Lea Associates. 

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Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted ManMafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize). Two of Harding’s books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden.