Getting merry with Rebellious Spirits author Ruth Ball at the Century Club!

Posted on 20 Nov 2015 - 13:01

Last night Ruth Ball, drinks alchemist and author of Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain, hosted a fantastic evening of contraband stories and delicious punch at the gorgeous Century Club in Soho. The audience was taken on a journey through the evocative history of the secret, exciting and often dangerous world of illicit spirits while sipping on deliciously deadly historical cocktails. We'll certainly be making a few knockout punches this Christmas!

Find out more in Ruth's brilliant book Rebellious Spirits, out now - and look out for many more events coming up in 2015/6. We can't wait for the next one...

Ruth mixing delicious cocktails


Audiences enthralled


John Suchet on Strauss at Waterstones Piccadilly tonight!

Posted on 18 Nov 2015 - 12:05

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's The Last Waltz is a Sunday Times bestseller!

Posted on 15 Sep 2015 - 09:47

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!

Posted on 10 Sep 2015 - 15:55

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

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 - 11:01

We are thrilled to announce that Alex Schlacher’s Arc of the Gurkha and Paul Anthony Jones’ Word Drops have been shortlisted in The 2015 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.