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A bold and original exploration of landscape, nature and literature by one of Britain’s most acclaimed novelists

Posted on 23 Jun 2017 - 15:46

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of Under the Rock, a new work of non-fiction by Benjamin Myers.

Carved from the valley side above Mytholmroyd in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, Scout Rock is a steep crag overlooking wooded slopes and flat weed-tangled plateaus. To many it is unremarkable, to others it is a doomed place where 18th-century thieves would hide out; where the town tip once sat, suicides leapt to their death and the asbestos that claimed so many lives was buried in the soil. Scout Rock is also the subject of Ted Hughes’s 1963 essay ‘The Rock’, in which the poet describes growing up across the valley from “my spiritual midwife...both the curtain and backdrop to my existence.”

Into this beautiful, dark and complex landscape steps Benjamin Myers, asking: are unremarkable places made remarkable by the minds that map them? The result is a lyrical and unflinching investigation into nature, literature, history, memory and the very meaning of place in modern Britain.

Publisher Jennie Condell bought UK & Commonwealth rights from Jessica Woollard at David Higham Associates. Condell said: ‘This is a startling and powerful contribution to the literature of landscape and place from a writer of immense talent. Ben’s dark, atmospheric novels are deservedly cult classics, and this book will establish him as an exciting new voice in non-fiction. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Ben to bring his extraordinary writing to the widest possible audience.’

Under the Rock will be published in hardback in May 2018.

Join Tim Marshall for a very special ‘Primrose Hill Summer Lecture’ tomorrow night

Posted on 20 Jun 2017 - 11:36

Escape the sweltering heat this Wednesday and come along to St Mary’s Church for a ‘Primrose Hill Summer Lecture’. Each year in June and July the church organizes a series of talks to engage people in and beyond the Christian community with issues confronting our society. This time, our very own Tim Marshall will be talking about his latest book Worth Dying For, discussing flags and how they continue to unite and divide us. Tickets are bargain at £12 (including a complimentary drink) so don’t delay – book your ticket now!

Foxes Unearthed longlisted for The Wainwright Book Prize

Posted on 2 Jun 2017 - 13:10

We are thrilled to announce that Foxes Unearthed: A Story of Love and Loathing in Modern Britain by journalist Lucy Jones has been longlisted for The Wainwright Book Prize 2017!

In Foxes Unearthed, Lucy brings us the rich and fascinating tale of one of Britain’s most loved – and most vilified – wild animals: the fox. Delving into fact, fiction, folklore and her own family history, she travels the length of Britain to interview scientists, huntsmen, farmers and activists, including well-known names such as Chris Packham, Ricky Gervais and Roger Scruton. This beautifully designed, compelling narrative adds a depth to the often contentious debate on foxes, asking what the British attitudes towards the red fox say about us – and, ultimately, our wider relationship with the natural world.

The Wainwright Book Prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel and is awarded in association with The National Trust. Congratulations, Lucy!

An incisive new take on popular economics: follow a dollar around the world for a day

Posted on 16 May 2017 - 16:55

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of The Almighty Dollar: The Hidden Story of How Our World Really Works by economist and former BBC and Sky News presenter Dharshini David.

Greenbacks, singles, bucks or dead presidents: call dollars what you will, more than $1,200,000,000,000 worth of notes are floating around right now – in wallets, in ATMs, under mattresses or in shop tills. And that’s before you count the money held electronically in banks.

But what is really happening as these billions of dollars go around the world every day? In succinct, clear terms Dharshini David lays bare the complexity of the opaque international system. By following $1 from a shopping trip in suburban Texas, via China’s Central Bank, Nigerian railroads, the oil fields of Iraq and beyond, The Almighty Dollar answers questions such as: why is China the world’s biggest manufacturer – and the US its biggest customer? Is free trade really a good thing? Why would a nation build a bridge on the other side of the globe?

Publisher Jennie Condell said: “Dharshini David is a rising star – a born communicator and trained economist who has reported on business and economics stories around the world. This is a future classic: a truly popular book that allows readers with little or no knowledge of economics to grasp the global economy, by means of one simple concept. It is perfect reading for everyone who wants to understand the realities of our globalised world. We are thrilled to be working with Dharshini and to be launching her as a major new voice in non-fiction.”

The Almighty Dollar will be published in hardback in February 2018.

 

DHARSHINI DAVID is an economist and broadcaster. From 2009 she fronted Sky News’ daily financial coverage from heart of the City, as well as co-presenting the channel’s flagship Sky News Tonight programme. Before joining Sky, Dharshini advised Tesco’s board on broadcast media. Prior to that, she was the face of the BBC’s Wall Street coverage in New York, from where she presented a daily business show, and covered business, economics and consumer issues in London across the BBC, from the BBC1 Ten O’Clock News to Panorama and Radio 4’s Today programme. Dharshini was recruited by the BBC while working on HSBC Investment Bank’s trading floor as its UK Economist. This is her first book.

Open your ears to birdsong - A Sweet, Wild Note is out today!

Posted on 13 Apr 2017 - 09:59

Congratulations to Richard Smyth on the publication of his acclaimed new book A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing.

In a thousand different ways, birdsong has inspired us. In this rich and insightful account, Smyth asks what it is about birdsong that we so love, exploring the myriad ways in which it has influenced literature, music and science, our feelings about the natural world, and our very ideas of what it means to be British. At a time when our birdsong is growing quieter, with fewer voices, more thinly spread, A Sweet, Wild Note is a celebration of the complex relationships between birds, people and the land; it is also a passionate call to arms lest our trees and hedgerows fall silent.

Following appearances on BBC Radio Georgey Tonight, BBC Radio Leeds: Richard Stead Show, and BBC Radio London this week, do keep an ear out for Richard in the media over the coming weeks… and step out into your garden, local parks and woodland and rediscover that sweet, wild note.

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