Armchair explorers! Test your geography trivia with this interactive quiz book, based on Tim Marshall’s #1 bestselling book.

February 23, 2024

We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Tim Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography: The Quiz Book, publishing in Trade Paperback on 3rd October 2024, £16.99.

How much do you really know about the world? Tim Marshall’s bestselling series of geopolitical explainers have been a runaway success. Breaking down global events with sharp insights and wit, he has made complex ideas accessible to millions around the globe. Now readers have a chance to test their world knowledge, with Prisoners of Geography: The Quiz Book.

Based on the international bestseller Prisoners of Geography, this collection of multiple-choice questions, puzzles, word games and maps will cover every area of the globe and contain a mix of history, politics and geography.

We will support the release with a huge marketing and publicity drive in the run-up to Christmas 2024, including Meta, print, programmatic and National Rail advertising, working alongside the Storytelling Group – and will also be providing bookshops with ‘pub quiz’ kits to hold their own Prisoners of Geography Quiz nights.

Prisoners of Geography: The Quiz Book will delight fans of Tim Marshall’s Geography series:

  • Prisoners of Geography – over 2 million copies sold worldwide; a #1 Sunday Times bestseller, spending over 140 weeks in the top 10; a New York Times bestseller; a Waterstones Book of the Month; rights sales in 40 languages.
  • The Power of Geography – a Waterstones Book of the Month; a #1 Sunday Times bestseller for 13 weeks, and a 36-week run in the top ten; rights sales in 23 languages; #1 in The Bookseller Paperback Non-Fiction Chart for 5 weeks in a row.
  • The Future of Geography – a #1 Sunday Times bestseller for 5 weeks (and in the top 10 for 14 weeks); a Waterstones Book of the Month; Stanfords Book of the Month; Sunday Times Book of the Year; Waterstones Paperback of the Year, rights sales in 20 languages.
  • In October 2023, Prisoners of Geography, The Power of Geography and The Future of Geography simultaneously appeared in the Sunday Times top ten, a stellar achievement.
  • Since the launch of the paperback of Prisoners of Geography in 2016 there have been only five weeks when a Tim Marshall title has not appeared on a Small Publisher’s Non-Fiction top 20

Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography: The Quiz Book, says:

‘It’s a great compliment when readers say they’ve learned from my book – this is a chance to test that knowledge! I try to make complex ideas accessible and, I hope, entertaining – so Prisoners of Geography: The Quiz Book feels like a natural next step’.

Jennie Condell, Director at Elliott & Thompson says:

‘Tim’s phenomenal bestsellers are beloved by readers of all ages – from schoolchildren to grandparents – and this hugely entertaining quiz book has something for everyone. I like to think I know quite a lot about geography, history and geopolitics, but there are questions in there that had me stumped. Challenging, educational and always fun, this is going to be a Christmas favourite in my household, and for families everywhere. We can’t wait to work with all of our fantastic booksellers to make it a big hit this Christmas.’

Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs with more than 30 years of reporting experience. He was diplomatic editor at Sky News, and before that was working for the BBC and LBC/IRN radio. He has reported from 40 countries and covered conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. He is the author of the No. 1 Sunday Times bestsellers Prisoners of Geography, The Power of Geography and The Future of Geography; the illustrated edition Prisoners of Geography, shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year; as well as Divided; Worth Dying For; and Shadowplay. Tim Marshall was the UK’s 6th bestselling trade non-fiction author in 2023 (Bookscan).