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.


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).