Classic FM’s John Suchet has been delighting audiences around the UK with tales of the Strauss dynasty and Vienna – and tonight he will be at Waterstones Piccadilly signing copies of his Sunday Times bestselling book, The Last Waltz. Join him as he tells the intriguing story of the Strauss family and the tensions, jealousy and rivalries which almost destroyed them, all set against the turbulence of 19th century Vienna.
John Suchet on Strauss at Waterstones Piccadilly tonight!
John Suchet's The Last Waltz is a Sunday Times bestseller!
We're delighted to say that John Suchet's brilliant new book The Last Waltz: The Strauss Dynasty and Vienna by John Suchet, published on 3 September, hit the Sunday Times bestseller list at no. 8 this weekend!
This is the story of how the Strauss family took Europe by storm during the nineteenth century. The Last Waltz is an incredible story of musical innovation and family rivalry, set against the changing times of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Through the personal and political chaos, the Strauss family continued to compose waltzes to which the Viennese – anxious to forget their troubles – danced and drank champagne, as their country hurtled towards the First World War, and oblivion.
For history buffs and classical music aficionados alike, The Last Waltz will be a must-read this Christmas.
Win a signed copy of Sir Karl Jenkins’s autobiography Still with the Music!
Elliott & Thompson is thrilled to announce the publication of Still with the Music: My Autobiography by Karl Jenkins with Sam Jackson, and to mark the occasion our friends at Boosey & Hawkes are offering the chance to win a signed copy of the book alongside an 8CD box set from Warner Classics.
Still with the Music is the long-awaited memoir of one of the world’s most popular contemporary classical composers; this candid book details his career, musical development, and reflections on the process of composition. Karl Jenkins is that rare thing: a contemporary classical composer with enormous popular appeal, and one of Britain’s national treasures. For all music fans, this will be a must read.
To celebrate, fans will be in with a chance to win a signed copy of Still with the Music and 8CD boxset! The competition ends on 27th September – to enter, please visit the Boosey & Hawkes website.
In conjunction with this fantastic celebration of Karl and his work, there will be a live Facebook Q&A this Monday 14th September. Join between 14:00 and 15:00 to ask all the burning questions about your favourite pieces!
Two E&T titles up for British Book Design and Production Awards
Arc of the Gurkha, a stunning and powerful book of photographs that reveal the human face of the legendary Brigade of Gurkhas, has been nominated in the Photographic Books category. There have been other books on the Gurkhas, but none has portrayed the individual soldiers and focused about their backgrounds, lives and thoughts. This unique and insightful publication is the first to explore what it really means for a Gurkha to be a Gurkha.
In the Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books category, Paul Anthony Jones’ Word Drops has been shortlisted. This beautiful and irresistible collection of trivia for wordsmiths and lovers of language is here to inspire your curiosity and delight in discovery. Word Drops is a language fact book unlike any other, its linguistic tidbits all falling together into one interconnected chain, with each fact neatly 'dropping' into place beside the next.
We will be rooting for them both on Thursday 26 November 2015, when the winners will be announced.
Tim Marshall gets a rave reception at the LSE!
It was a full house at the LSE’s Hong Kong Theatre last night for Tim Marshall’s talk on The Impact of Geography on International Politics, hosted by Charlie Beckett, with a popular signing session afterwards. As usual, the LSE audience was brilliantly engaged and responded with a number of thought-provoking questions. Look out for the recording on the LSE Podcast, or catch Charlie’s pre-talk interview with Tim here.
Tim's new book Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Tell You Everything You Need to Know About the World is an essential contribution to the debate on global issues such as the tensions in the South China Sea and the Russia’s annexation of Crimea. A leading authority on foreign affairs, Tim maps out the geopolitical challenges of today; looking at the past, present, and future, this book offers an essential insight into one of the major factors that determine world history.
Following recent appearances on BBC1 Sunday Politics BBC2, Daily Politics and BBC2 Scotland, look out for Tim in the media in the coming weeks!