Sam Jackson's articles in the Telegraph

Posted on 15 Jul 2014 - 12:18

Sam Jackson has written some great new articles for the Telegraph Men section of the Daily Telegraph online, to coincide with the recent launch of his fantastic book, Diary of a Desperate Dad. First came '10 Things No One Tells You Before You Become A Father', including such useful facts as the number of hours you will spend debating the earnings of Justin Fletcher. Last week he explained 'How Having Babies Prevents You Making Babies', which includes invaluable camping advice. And now he asks 'Should you raise children in the ciy or countryside?' and discusses the relative merits of both.

For more of Sam's writing, check out his blog Diary of a Desperate Dad.

But of course for the full low-down, buy Diary of a Desperate Dad for all of Sam's advice.

Diary of a Desperate Dad published

Posted on 3 Jun 2014 - 11:08

Sam Jackson's Diary of a Desperate Dad was published last Thursday. A fresh and funny look at modern fatherhood, Sam details the trials, tribulations and rewards of being a father of three under-5s. The book received a warm welcome, with mentions on twitter from Myleene Klass, Annabel Karmel and Aled Jones. Sam also wrote a piece for the Daily Telegraph entitled '10 things no-one tells you before becoming a father', which lists a few of the things that new dads might be unprepared for.

In the run up to Father's Day, Sam will be touring his local shops this Saturday, signing copies of the book and chatting to customers. On Saturday 7th June he will be in One Tree Books at 10.30am, Waterstones Petersfield at 11.15am and Waterstones Godalming at 1.30pm. Whether for an expectant dad, a new father or an old pro looking to reminicse about what life was like when 'the kids' were that young, Diary of a Desperate Dad is the perfect gift for Father's Day, and if you're in Sam's local area, this Saturday is a perfect opportunity to get the book signed. Follow Elliott and Thompson & Sam on twitter to stay up to date on future signings.


Its finally here... @classicjacko exceptionally funny book is out now *proud face*

— Myleene Klass (@KlassMyleene) June 1, 2014

Really funny book out by @classicjacko - def worth a read!

— Aled Jones (@realaled) May 29, 2014

10 things no one tells you before you become a father | via @Telegraph

— Annabel Karmel (@annabelkarmel) May 29, 2014

E&T Books Shortlisted in British Sports Book Awards

Posted on 30 Apr 2014 - 10:16

John Hopkins' writings for the Times and other golfing publications have made him one of the best-loved golfing journalists of his generation and now Fore!, the collection of the very best of his writing, has been shortlisted in the British Sports Book Awards 2014, in the Outstanding General Sports Writing category. Fore! includes his best articles, arranged by month of the year, covering everything from the Majors to amateur tournaments and documenting the careers of some of the world's best-known golfers.

Also shortlisted in the Outstanding General Sports Writing category is Oliver Horovitz's An American Caddie in St. Andrews, which is published by Elliott & Thompson on 3rd July in paperback. Horovitz's book is a humorous account of his efforts to become a caddie in St. Andrews, the 'home of golf', during a gap year from Harvard and his struggles to gain acceptance from the veteran caddies he finds there. It vividly brings to life the world that surrounds the Old Course and the personalities that play it.

The category winners are announced on 21st May.

E&T to publish Tim Marshall on football chants

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 - 08:20

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of “Dirty Northern B*st*rds!” and other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain’s Football Chants by Tim Marshall, Diplomatic Editor at Sky News. Publisher Jennie Condell bought World rights directly from the author.

Due for publication this August, the book will be the first intelligent and accessible history of football chants in the UK. The chants – spontaneous, witty, tribal and, sometimes, downright offensive – are the grassroots of football, from the Premiership all the way down to the Conference, and the sentiments behind the roar when the ‘Dirty Northern b*st*rds!’ meet the ‘Soft Southern b*st*rds!’ follow the divisions and the history of modern Britain. No other sport has a culture quite like it.

Jennie Condell said: ‘We are thrilled to be working on this fantastic book with Tim. He is an incisive writer who has spent the past 28 years reporting on conflicts and analysing deep-rooted tribalism around the world. Football chants are a topic close to his heart and they provide the perfect subject matter for his witty and insightful analysis. This is a popular history that lets the humour of the terraces shine through, and it will be a must-read for football fans this summer.’

“Dirty Northern B*st*rds!” and other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain’s Football Chants will be published as a paperback in August 2014. The reverse side of the book will feature the cover with an alternative title: “Soft Southern B*st*rds!” and other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain’s Football Chants.

Tim Marshall is Diplomatic Editor of Sky News. He is a leading authority on foreign affairs and has reported from 30 countries, including the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon and Israel. His blog Foreign Matters was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2010. When Tim is not in Damascus wearing a flak jacket he can mostly be found on the terraces of a northern football club that used to be famous, but isn’t any more.

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.