An incisive new take on popular economics: follow a dollar around the world for a day

Posted on 16 May 2017 - 16:55

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce its forthcoming publication of The Almighty Dollar: The Hidden Story of How Our World Really Works by economist and former BBC and Sky News presenter Dharshini David.

Greenbacks, singles, bucks or dead presidents: call dollars what you will, more than $1,200,000,000,000 worth of notes are floating around right now – in wallets, in ATMs, under mattresses or in shop tills. And that’s before you count the money held electronically in banks.

But what is really happening as these billions of dollars go around the world every day? In succinct, clear terms Dharshini David lays bare the complexity of the opaque international system. By following $1 from a shopping trip in suburban Texas, via China’s Central Bank, Nigerian railroads, the oil fields of Iraq and beyond, The Almighty Dollar answers questions such as: why is China the world’s biggest manufacturer – and the US its biggest customer? Is free trade really a good thing? Why would a nation build a bridge on the other side of the globe?

Publisher Jennie Condell said: “Dharshini David is a rising star – a born communicator and trained economist who has reported on business and economics stories around the world. This is a future classic: a truly popular book that allows readers with little or no knowledge of economics to grasp the global economy, by means of one simple concept. It is perfect reading for everyone who wants to understand the realities of our globalised world. We are thrilled to be working with Dharshini and to be launching her as a major new voice in non-fiction.”

The Almighty Dollar will be published in hardback in February 2018.


DHARSHINI DAVID is an economist and broadcaster. From 2009 she fronted Sky News’ daily financial coverage from heart of the City, as well as co-presenting the channel’s flagship Sky News Tonight programme. Before joining Sky, Dharshini advised Tesco’s board on broadcast media. Prior to that, she was the face of the BBC’s Wall Street coverage in New York, from where she presented a daily business show, and covered business, economics and consumer issues in London across the BBC, from the BBC1 Ten O’Clock News to Panorama and Radio 4’s Today programme. Dharshini was recruited by the BBC while working on HSBC Investment Bank’s trading floor as its UK Economist. This is her first book.

Open your ears to birdsong - A Sweet, Wild Note is out today!

Posted on 13 Apr 2017 - 09:59

Congratulations to Richard Smyth on the publication of his acclaimed new book A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing.

In a thousand different ways, birdsong has inspired us. In this rich and insightful account, Smyth asks what it is about birdsong that we so love, exploring the myriad ways in which it has influenced literature, music and science, our feelings about the natural world, and our very ideas of what it means to be British. At a time when our birdsong is growing quieter, with fewer voices, more thinly spread, A Sweet, Wild Note is a celebration of the complex relationships between birds, people and the land; it is also a passionate call to arms lest our trees and hedgerows fall silent.

Following appearances on BBC Radio Georgey Tonight, BBC Radio Leeds: Richard Stead Show, and BBC Radio London this week, do keep an ear out for Richard in the media over the coming weeks… and step out into your garden, local parks and woodland and rediscover that sweet, wild note.

30th consecutive week on the Sunday Times Bestseller List for Prisoners of Geography!

Posted on 9 Mar 2017 - 09:34

Congratulations to Tim Marshall, whose chart-topping Prisoners of Geography has now spent a remarkable 30 WEEKS on the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestsellers List! In this outstanding book Tim, an incomparable authority on foreign affairs, brings fresh and original insight into how geopolitics shapes foreign policy dynamics across the globe. It’s a spectacular achievement and we couldn’t be more delighted – congrats, Tim!

Tim Marshall draws in the crowds for this year’s Jewish Book Week Festival

Posted on 16 Feb 2017 - 14:11

You may have seen the ads on the Tube in the last few weeks. Well, we’re pleased to confirm that none other than bestselling author Tim Marshall will be giving a talk at the Jewish Book Week Festival on 28th February. Tim will be talking about his latest book Worth Dying For, discussing flags and how they continue to unite and divide us. The talk will be chaired by former political editor of New Statesman Martin Bright, and Financial Times journalist Simon Kuper will be shedding new light on the resurgence of patriotism and the political tensions within France as the elections approach. Book your tickets for this fascinating talk now!

Join John Suchet for a very special ‘Morning With Beethoven’ at Kings Place

Posted on 2 Feb 2017 - 13:01

Start your Sunday morning in style and come along to Kings Place on the 12th of February for ‘A Morning with Beethoven’. Captivating pianist Melvyn Tan will perform the lyrical Sonata in E, Op. 109 and the beloved Waldstein Sonata - and he will be joined in conversation by none other than our very own Beethoven aficionado John Suchet. Do not miss this opportunity for the most enchanting start to your day; book your ticket now!