Competition! Tell us what’s missing from WORD DROPS to win a signed copy

Posted on 3 Jun 2015 - 12:52

The fantastic Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities by Paul Anthony Jones is a treasure trove of unusual and addictive linguistic tidbits, with a surprise on every page.

BUT – can you tell us what hasn’t been included? In a devilish test of your obscure word knowledge, we challenge you to guess a word that’s been left out of this weird and wonderful collection. Just like the book, the word will have to be unexpected, intriguing and curious. Go on – try to raise some eyebrows (the literal meaning, incidentally, of supercilious).

To enter, email info at eandtbooks dot com by Friday 12th June.

The winner will be announced on Monday 15th June.

Good luck!

The prize will be shipped on receipt of winner’s address and arrive within 10 working days of shipping.

Please note this competition is open to UK residents only.

Ingrid von Oelhafen’s incredible memoir Hitler’s Forgotten Children on BBC Breakfast

Posted on 19 May 2015 - 13:14

Elliott & Thompson is delighted to announce publication of Hitler’s Forgotten Children: My Life Inside the Lebensborn by Ingrid von Oelhafen and Tim Tate.


Hitler's Forgotten Children is a powerful first-person account from a child of the Lebensborn: the Nazis’ programme to create an Aryan master race. In 1942, a baby girl from Sauerbrunn in Yugoslavia, was declared an ‘Aryan’ and removed from her mother. Her true identity was erased and it would take years to uncover her past. Written with insight and compassion, this is a compelling meditation on the personal legacy of Hitler’s vision, of Germany’s brutal past and of a divided Europe that for many years struggled to come to terms with its own history.


This morning (the 19th May), Ingrid appeared on BBC Breakfast, and she will be on BBC Radio 4 Midweek tomorrow (the 20th May) to talk about the book and her remarkable story.


Look out for Hitler’s Forgotten Children in the national media in the coming weeks!

Brilliant new book Word Drops out now!

Posted on 20 Apr 2015 - 17:09

Last week saw the publication of the fantastic Word Drops by Paul Anthony Jones and it’s already attracting widespread praise. Buzzfeed has featured a great selection of 46 Delightful And Surprising Word Origins, and the book also been trending at no. 2 on The Independent’s list this week:  15 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Insults.

We’ve seen a huge amount of support online, including some fantastic reviews:

'the most absorbing and fascinating dip-in tome you will find all year'! -- blogger MadamJ-Mo

'It's hard to imagine anyone not being charmed by this' -- blogger Stan Carey

Jonathon Green, lexicographer & author of Green’s Dictionary of Slang, says: 'Very jolly and all fascinating stuff. I'm sure it will solve a lot of people's Christmas present problems. Or it certainly should do.'

And on Twitter:

Ian McMillan @ImcMillan: Enjoying this fascinating new book Word Drops by Paul Anthony Jones; joy for the language-addicted!

Stig Abell @StigAbell (managing editor at The Sun): I got sent this book by @HaggardHawks; it is brilliant for anyone interested in the effervescent oddness of English.

Keep an eye out for Word Drops in the coming weeks, and check out Paul’s Twitter feed, @HaggardHawks, for further news!

Two outstanding new business books from E&T

Posted on 25 Mar 2015 - 15:04

This week sees the publication of two exciting new titles: Debtonator by Andrew McNally and 2020 Vision by Tim Burt.

Debtonator is Andrew McNally’s powerful analysis of debt in our culture. Not only households but also corporations and even the government are taking on increasing debt, and this causes instability and ever more inequality. McNally argues that equity is the way to disarm the debt, and restore balance in our economic and political democracy. Providing us with a unique insider’s perspective into the current state of the economy, this is a powerful argument for our changing times.

With extracts running in The Times this week, Tim Burt's 2020 Vision delves deep into the thoughts and projections of some of the world’s most influential business leaders. In this important book, twenty of the world’s leading chairmen and senior executives share their perspective on the business world of tomorrow, as well as their strategies for managing the challenges ahead. This is essential reading for all business leaders.

Look out for Tim and Andrew commenting in the national media over the coming weeks.

Classic FM's collectable series of Handy Guides out now

Posted on 9 Jan 2015 - 12:55

Yesterday saw the publication of Classic FM's collectable new series of guides to various aspects of classical music. Called the Handy Guides, the first six are out now and there's something for everyone. The Handy Guide to Opera has everything from the best operas and composers of operas to the best place to see them live and the best arias to listen to. Similarly, the Handy Guide to Ballet looks at the history of ballet and the greatest ballets to go and see.

Bringing classical music right into the 21st century, the Handy Guide to Video Game Music examines the history of music in gaming, the top composers in the industry, many of whom have made the transition to film composing or general classical composing, and the best examples of computer game scores - including the ones that have made it into the Classic FM Hall of Fame. The Handy Guide to Film Music does for film what its companion does for gaming, looking at the most influential film composers and the top themes from throughout the decades.

The Handy Guide to the Orchestra is your go-to guide to both the development and make up of the orchestra in general, and the top orchestras in Britain and worldwide, as well as why orchestras play the sort of music they do. Finally the Handy Guide to Classical Recordings is Classic FM Managing Editor Sam Jackson's definitive list of the top 100 recordings of some of the world's favourite music. Whether you're starting to build a collection of the greatest classical music or looking for a gem you might have missed, this is the book to turn to.

With such a diverse range of titles in the series, there really is something for everyone, and by collecting the series, you can build up a comprehensive knowledge of every aspect to classical music. Start your collection today!