E&T to publish Dr Brandy Schillace on death and dying

Posted on 4 Apr 2014 - 10:14

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of Death’s Summer Coat: What the history of death and dying can tell us about life and living, by academic, editor and blogger Dr Brandy Schillace. Director Olivia Bays bought UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Peter Tallack at The Science Factory. 

Drawing on science, history, anthropology and literature, and including previously unpublished Victorian photographs of the recently dead, Death’s Summer Coat examines how our attitudes to death have changed over the years and calls for the breaking of taboos around this most difficult of subjects.

Olivia Bays said: ‘We are so pleased to be working with Brandy and Peter on this wonderful book. Death is a fact of life and yet so often we struggle even to acknowledge it. Brandy’s work is fascinating for what it teaches us about how people approach death throughout history and across cultures, but it is much more than that; it shows us why our own mortality is not something to fear and helps us to talk about death and grief in the face of bereavement.’

Peter Tallack said: ‘Brandy is a unique talent: a versatile scholar, an engaging writer, and a gifted populariser. In a warm and witty way, her book opens up an aspect of people’s lives usually exiled to the darker recesses of their mind.’

Death’s Summer Coat will be published as a hardback in early 2015. Translation: Louisa Pritchard Associates; English Agency for Japan; Duran Kim for Korea.

Dr Brandy Schillace writes about culture, history of science, and the intersections of medicine and literature. She is the managing editor of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry and research associate, guest curator, and blogger for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History. Dr Schillace is the editor of the Fiction Reboot and Daily Dose blogs, and guest-blogger for the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham, UK. She teaches at Case Western Reserve University and helps to develop medical humanities curriculum for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College. She writes reviews for publications including the Huffington Post, as well as an advice column for InsideHigherEd.


Fantastic new golf memoir from E&T

Posted on 4 Apr 2014 - 10:12

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of An American Caddie in St. Andrews: Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course, by Oliver Horovitz. Director Olivia Bays bought UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Sabila Khan at Gotham Books. 

After finishing high school in New York, Horovitz was accepted to Harvard University. But there was a problem; he couldn’t start until the following year. With time on his hands and a long-standing love of golf, the solution was obvious: a gap year at the University of St. Andrews, alongside the iconic Old Course. To earn money, he enrolled in the caddie trainee programme – a tough challenge for anyone, but particularly so for a young American unused to life in Scotland. And so began a year that would change Horovitz’s life in unexpected ways.

Olivia Bays said: ‘We all fell in love with Oliver’s book as soon as we read it, golfers and non-golfers alike. It’s a fantastic, funny and moving coming of age story as well as a love letter to both the game itself and the town of St. Andrews. We’re really looking forward to bringing it to a wider British audience, as we’re sure they’ll love Oliver’s stories of life on and off the course as much as we do.’

An American Caddie in St. Andrews will be published as a paperback original in June 2014.

Oliver Horovitz is a writer, filmmaker and caddie on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. He has written feature articles about his rounds in Sports Illustrated, Golf World, Golf Digest, and Golfweek. He has caddied with Huey Lewis, Tico Torres (of Bon Jovi), and Larry David. Michael Douglas described him as ‘a writer to watch’. In 2007, he wrote and produced a documentary called The Caddies of St. Andrews. He divides his time between New York City and St. Andrews.

Au Reservoir Launch

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 - 16:59

Monday saw the launch of Guy Fraser-Sampson's final part in his trilogy of Mapp and Lucia novels, Au Reservoir. The first two installments, Lucia on Holiday and Major Benjy, have received much praise and favourable comparisons to the original novels by E.F. Benson.

The launch of Au Reservoir comes hot on the heels of the announcement by the BBC that they are set to film new adaptations of the Mapp and Lucia novels, scripted by Steve Pemberton. A full announcement by the BBC can be read on their website. Casting will be announced in due course. Liz Thomson of Book Brunch was also in attendance and her article on the launch is on their website (subscription required).


Discover more with the 50 rocking classical music moments

Posted on 20 Mar 2014 - 13:45

Classic FM have produced a wonderful image gallery to go with the new book by Sam Jackson and Darren Henley, 50 Moments That Rocked the Classical Music World, beautifully illustrating their choices with a series of stunning pictures. Browse the key moments, before looking at them in depth by buying 50 Moments That Rocked the Classical Music World at your local bookshop. If you disagree with any of their choices, you can suggest your own key classical music-shaping moments through an interactive form on the website.

50 Moments that Rocked the Classical Music World is out now.

Arc of the Gurkha website live

Posted on 25 Feb 2014 - 10:49

Alex Schlacher is an Austrian photographer who has been given unique access to photograph the Gurkhas; fascinated by their spirit, courage and dignity, she has taken intimate portraits of hundreds of the individuals who make up the Brigade. Arc of the Gurkha collects many of these portraits to reveal the human face of the Brigade and explores what it means for a Gurkha to be a Gurkha, from training through to retirement.

The new website,, showcases some of the early sample spreads, offering a glimpse of the stunning portraiture that will make up the book, as well as accepting pre-orders for a special price of £20. Arc of the Gurkha will be released on 4 December 2014.