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Discover forgotten words in The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities – out today!

Posted on 19 Oct 2017 - 12:11

Congratulations to the brilliant Paul Anthony Jones on the publication of his latest book The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words.

In this beautiful tome, Paul Anthony Jones unearths a surprising or obscure word for every day of the year. Illuminating some aspect of that day, or simply informing and entertaining, each word reveals a story:

1 January: quaaltagh (n.) the first person you meet on New Year’s Day

2 January: fedifragous (adj.) promise-breaking, oath-violating

In The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities you might leap back in time, learn about linguistic trivia, follow a curious thread or wonder at the web of connections in the English language. Written with humour and a light touch that belies the depth of research it contains, this is both a fascinating compendium of etymology and a delightfully entertaining miscellany.

For wordsmiths and lovers of language alike, The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities is a must-read this winter. Available from all good bookshops – get your copy now!

Immerse yourself in the dazzling, whirlwind life story of Verdi with John Suchet this autumn

Posted on 11 Sep 2017 - 15:55

Congratulations to Classic FM’s very own John Suchet on the publication of his gorgeous new book Verdi: The Man Revealed.

Genius, patriot, pessimist, atheist: this fascinating book gets under the skin of Italy’s best-loved composer, Giuseppe Verdi. From Rigoletto to Otello, La Traviata to Aida, Verdi’s canon encompassed the full range of human emotion. His private life was no less compelling: he suffered great loss, and went out of his way to antagonise many erstwhile supporters, including his own family. An outspoken advocate of Italian independence and a sharp critic of the church, he was often at odds with 19th century society and paid the price. In the telling of this tale, Suchet reveals the contradictory and sometimes curmudgeonly character of this great artist, conflicted throughout much of his life but ultimately unable to walk away from the art form he will forever be known for.

For history buffs and classical music aficionados alike, Verdi: The Man Revealed will be a must-read this autumn. Available from all good bookshops – get your copy now!

 

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Boxer turned barrister to publish first novel

Posted on 24 Aug 2017 - 13:08

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce the first in a new thriller series by debut author Tony Kent

Tony Kent is one of the UK’s leading criminal barristers and has been involved in numerous high profile cases, many eliciting national media coverage, and is a regular figure at London’s Old Bailey. He grew up in a close-knit Irish family in London and studied Law in Scotland. Before being called to the Bar, Tony spent a year as a professional heavyweight boxer after many years winning national titles at an amateur level. His debut novel combines the many facets of this exceptional author – a unique insight into the criminal world, an intimate knowledge of the intensity and power of hand-to-hand combat, and the story-telling skills of a brilliant raconteur.

Chairman Lorne Forsyth said: “The moment I started reading KILLER INTENT I knew that Tony Kent is an extraordinary new talent. Tony is the real deal: a top-class criminal barrister with a wealth of life experience and all the flair of a natural storyteller. The result is an unputdownable thriller that had me gripped from the start. We can’t wait to put his brilliant writing into the hands of readers around the world.”

Publishing in January 2018, KILLER INTENT is one of the most exciting debuts of the year, and the first of a major new series!

Get to the heart of British life – Land of Plenty is out today!

Posted on 27 Jul 2017 - 13:15

Congratulations to Charlie Pye-Smith on the publication of his fascinating new book Land of Plenty: A Journey Through the Fields & Foods of Modern Britain!

Our farmers are facing the most uncertain future for a generation given the decision to withdraw from the European Union and its Common Agricultural Policy. In Land of Plenty, Charlie travels the length and breadth of Britain to provide a rich and timely portrait of this essential aspect of our national heritage: farming. Covering the dairy industry in Somerset and Gloucestershire; beef in the Scottish Borders; sheep in North Yorkshire; pigs and poultry in East Anglia and Hampshire; vegetables in the Fens and Norfolk; fruit in Essex and the West Country; and wild game in the Lake District and Pennines, this is a colourful and rewarding travelogue that gets to the very heart of modern British life.

Following appearances on BBC Local Radio and Adam Boulton’s All Out Politics on Sky News this week, do keep an eye out for Charlie in the media over the coming weeks and months!

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.

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