January 2024 nonfiction catalogue

 

Osprey military history

German High Seas Fleet 1914–18: The Kaiser’s challenge to the Royal Navy (Fleet 02)
Konstam, Angus
A superbly illustrated new account of how Germany’s High Seas Fleet was built, operated, and fought, as it challenged the world’s most powerful navy in World War I. Seven years before the outbreak of World War I, the Imperial German Navy rebranded its Home Fleet as the Hochseeflotte, or High Seas Fleet. It was a force designed to take on the Royal Navy, then the world’s most powerful, and for the next four years the North Sea would be their battleground. Drawing on extensive research, Angus Konstam offers the reader a concise, fully-illustrated account of how the entire High Seas Fleet was designed and built, how it operated, and how it fought. The fleet was a modern, balanced force of dreadnought battleships, battlecruisers, cruisers, and torpedo boats, using Zeppelins and U-boats for reconnaissance. The ultimate test between them came in May 1916, when they clashed at Jutland. Packed with spectacular original artwork, maps, 3D diagrams and archive photos, it explains how and why the fleet was built, its role, and how and why it fought as it did. From fighting doctrine and crew training to intelligence, logistics, and gunnery, this book is an essential guide to the Kaiser’s audacious bid for naval glory.
Naval history | PBK | $29.99

Korea 1950-53: B-29s, Thunderjets and Skyraiders fight the strategic bombing campaign (Air Campaign 39)
Napier, Michael & Bangsø, Mads (illustrator)
A spectacularly illustrated new history and analysis of the strategic bombing campaign in the Korean War, which saw the last combat of America’s legendary B-29s. Just five years after they defeated Japan, at the dawn of the jet age, the most advanced bomber of World War II was already obsolescent. But the legendary war-winning Superfortresses had one more war to fight, in the strategic air campaign against North Korea. The bombers’ task was to destroy North Korea’s facilities for waging war, from industry and hydroelectric dams to airfields and bridges. However, it was a challenging campaign, in which the strategy was not merely military but political. In this fascinating book, airpower scholar and former RAF pilot Michael Napier explains how the campaign was fought, and how the technique of ‘bombing to negotiate’ that would become notorious in Vietnam was already being used in Korea. He analyses in detail the relationship between battlefield progress, armistice negotiations and the bombing strategy developed over the complex campaign. In the skies over Korea, the B-29s operated in a new world dominated by jet fighters and jet age technology, and tactics were developing rapidly. Packed with original illustrations, this book includes dramatic air scenes featuring B-29s, MiG-15s, AD Skyraiders and Skyknight jet nightfighters in action. It also includes maps, 3D recreations of missions and explanatory 3D diagrams to bring the conflict to life. This is a fascinating, dramatic account of the last battles of the piston-engined aircraft era as the superpowers vied for victory in the first clash of the Cold War.
Aviation history | PBK | $34.99

Japanese Combined Fleet 1941–42: The IJN at its zenith, Pearl Harbor to Midway (Fleet 01)
Stille, Mark
Launching Osprey’s new Fleet series, this is a spectacularly-illustrated, concise, and comprehensive account of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s striking force at the height of its power. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) entered the Pacific War as one of the most formidable navies in the world, and its combat power was concentrated into one force, the Combined Fleet. In the months that followed Pearl Harbor it enjoyed an unrivalled string of victories, shattering American, British, Australian, and Dutch naval forces. This period of expansion and constant victories ended at the Battle of Midway, after which the Combined Fleet was forced onto the defensive. In this book, Mark Stille draws on his decades of IJN research to explain what made the Combined Fleet the fighting force that it was. Packed with superb original artwork, explanatory 3D diagrams and maps, it examines the fleet’s doctrine, innovative tactics, and powerful warships. It also details the qualities and importance of IJN leadership, logistics, naval infrastructure, and Japan’s shipbuilding capability, and gives an account and analysis of the IJN’s combat performance during these crucial months – not just in the famous carrier battles, but also exploring lesser-known elements such as IJN amphibious forces and land-based aviation.
Naval history | PBK | $29.99

Allied Warships vs the Atlantic Wall: Normandy 1944 (Duel 128)
Zaloga, Steven J & Hook, Adam (illustrator)
A fascinating exploration of the often-overlooked gunnery duels between the formidable artillery weapons in the Atlantic Wall defences and the mighty US and Royal Navy battleships. Amphibious landings were an essential tool of Allied military strategy in World War II. The Royal Navy and the US Navy provided operational mobility that allowed the Allies to strike unexpectedly across the vast coastlines of the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Nazi Germany did not have sufficient naval power to seriously contest this, and consequently relied heavily on the huge and costly Atlantic Wall fortification programme. By 1944, the French coast featured more than 1,900 coastal guns over 75mm in calibre. At the heart of this fascinating book by renowned military historian Steven J Zaloga is the clash between Batterie Hamburg (defending Cherbourg) and the Allied naval bombardment group led by the battleship USS Texas, on 25 June 1944. Stunning artworks reveal details of the design, construction and ammunition of the weapons involved, and the locations of important sites are shown on maps. The author also explores the evolution of Allied naval doctrine, which was based on repeated experiences during a succession of amphibious operations, and which enabled the Allies to successfully overcome the coastal gun threat. Illustrated with over 50 period photographs, the result is a fascinating exploration of a key battle during the Allied invasion of mainland Europe.
Naval history | PBK | $32.99

 

General nonfiction

The Globemakers: The Curious Story of an Ancient Craft
Bellerby, Peter
Peter Bellerby is the founder of Bellerby & Co Globemakers, the world’s only truly bespoke makers of globes. His team of skilled craftspeople make exquisite terrestrial, celestial, and planetary globes for customers around the world. The story began after his attempt to find a special globe for his father’s 80th birthday. Failing to find anything suitable, he decided to make one himself which took him on an extraordinary journey of rediscovering this forgotten craft. The chapters of The Globemakers take us through the journey of how to build a globe, or ‘earth apples’ as they were first known, and include fascinating vignettes on history, art history, astronomy, and physics, as well as the day-to-day craftsmanship at the workshop, itself. This beautiful book uses illustration, photography and narrative to tell the story of our globe and many different globes it has inspired.
Cartography (spherical) | HC | $49.99

I Seek a Kind Person: My Father, Seven Children and the Adverts that Helped Them Escape the Holocaust
Borger, Julian
‘I seek a kind person who will educate my intelligent boy, aged 11.’ In 1938, Jewish families are scrambling to flee Vienna. Desperate, they take out adverts offering their children into the safekeeping of readers of a British newspaper, the Manchester Guardian. The right words in the right order could mean the difference between life and death. Eighty-three years later, Guardian journalist Julian Borger comes across the advert that saved his father, Robert, from the Nazis. Robert had kept this a secret, like almost everything else about his traumatic Viennese childhood, until he took his own life. Drawn to the shadows of his family’s past and starting with nothing, but a page of newspaper adverts, Borger traces the remarkable stories of his father, the other advertised children and their families, each thrown into the maelstrom of a world at war. From a Viennese radio shop to the Shanghai ghetto, internment camps and family homes across Britain, the deep forests and concentration camps of Nazi Germany, smugglers saving Jewish lives in Holland, an improbable French Resistance cell, and a redemptive story of survival in New York, Borger unearths the astonishing journeys of the children at the hands of fate, their stories of trauma and the kindness of strangers. I Seek a Kind Person is a gripping family memoir of grief, courage and hope, connecting us with multiple generations, distant continents and the hidden histories of our almost unimaginable past.
History | TP | $34.99

The Commanders: The Leadership Journeys of George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel
Clark, Lloyd
Born in the two decades prior to World War I, George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel became among the most recognised and successful military leaders of the 20th century. However, as acclaimed military historian Lloyd Clark reveals in his penetrating and insightful chronicle of their lives, they charted very different, often interrupted, paths to their ultimate leadership positions commanding hundreds of thousands of troops during World War II. Each faced battle for the first time in World War I, a searing experience that greatly influenced their future approach to war and leadership. When war broke out again in 1939, Montgomery and Rommel were immediately engaged; while Patton chafed, until the US joined the Allies in 1942; and the three men, by then generals, collided in North Africa in 1943, and then again, climactically, in France after D-Day in 1944. Weaving letters, diary extracts, official reports, and other documents into his original narrative, recounting dramatic battles as they developed on the ground and at headquarters, Clark also explores the controversies that swirled around Patton, Montgomery, and Rommel throughout their careers, sometimes threatening to derail them. Ultimately, however, their unique abilities to bridge the space between leader and led cemented their legendary reputations.
Military history | TP | $32.99

A Year in Numbers
Evans, Kyle D
Did you know: only around 100 people have ever lived beyond a million hours (that’s about 114 years); around 7% of everyone who has ever lived is currently alive; the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ song, when sung in full, results in 364 gifts being given – one for every day… except Christmas. Broken down into 12 chapters that correspond, roughly, to months of the year – from going ‘back to school’ with arithmetic and times tables through prime numbers and all the way to the 12 Days of Chris-maths, this book features a collection of 365 fascinating numerical ‘nuggets’, accompanied by clear, bite-size explanations of the mathematics that underpin them.
Mathematics | HC | $29.99

Barcode (Object Lessons)
Frith, Jordan
Barcodes are about as ordinary as an object can be. Billions of them are scanned each day and they impact everything from how we shop to how we travel to how the global economy is managed. But few people likely give them more than a second thought. In a way, the barcode’s ordinariness is the ultimate symbol of its success. However, behind the mundanity of the barcode lies an important history. Barcodes bridged the gap between physical objects and digital databases and paved the way for the contemporary Internet of Things, the idea to connect all devices to the web. They were highly controversial at points, protested by consumer groups and labour unions, and used as a symbol of dystopian capitalism and surveillance in science fiction and art installations. This book tells the story of the barcode’s complicated history and examines how an object so crucial to so many parts of our lives became more ignored and more ordinary as it spread throughout the world.
Impact of technology | PBK | $22.99

Black England: A Forgotten Georgian History
Gerzina, Gretchen
A powerful history of the forgotten lives of black Georgian Britain. Georgian England had a large and distinctive Black community. There were special churches, Black-only balls, many became famous and respected. But all, whether prosperous citizens or newly freed slaves, lived under the constant threat of kidnap and sale to plantations. Black England tells their stories, bringing their triumphs and tortures to vivid life, revealing a dramatic forgotten chapter of our shared past.
History | PBK | $24.99

His Majesty’s Airship: The Life and Tragic Death of the World’s Largest Flying Machine
Gwynne, S C
When the R101 first took to the skies, she was the largest aircraft ever to fly. What followed was a tragic finale to a tale of human folly on a grand scale. In 1929, the R101 was the largest object ever to take to the air. It was meant to dazzle the world with cutting-edge technology and awesome size. Better than a plane, more luxurious than an ocean liner, the R101 would connect the furthest reaches of the British Empire, tying together far-flung dominions at a time when imperial bonds were fraying. It was, however, not to be. The spectacular crash of the British airship R101, in 1930, changed the world of aviation forever. Most have heard of the fiery crash of the Hindenburg, a German ship that went down in New Jersey, seven years later. But the story of R101 and its 48 victims has largely been forgotten. His Majesty’s Airship recounts the epic narrative of the ill-fated airship and her eccentric champion, Christopher Thomson. S C Gwynne brings to life a lost world of aviators, driven by ambition, and killed by hubris.
Aviation history | HC | $49.99

Cloven Country: The Devil and the English Landscape
Harte, Jeremy
According to legend, the English landscape – so calm on the surface – is really the Devil’s work. Cloven Country tells of rocks hurled into place and valleys carved out by infernal labour. The Devil’s hideous strength laid down great roads in one night, and left scars everywhere as the hard stone melted like wax under those burning feet. With roots in medieval folklore, this is not the Satan of prayer, but a clumsy ogre, easily fooled by humankind. When a smart cobbler or cunning young wife outwitted him, they struck a blow for the underdog. Only the wicked squire and grasping merchant were beyond redemption, carried off by a black huntsman in the storm.
Folklore | PBK | $24.99

We Are Not Alone: The Extraordinary History of UFOs and Aliens Invading Our Hopes, Fears, and Fantasies
Hartzman, Marc
Do you want to believe? Explore our fascination with UFOs and extraterrestrial intelligence through exclusive interviews, archival photos, and strange but true stories from history. After decades of cover-ups and denials, in a June 2021 report, the US government finally admitted what many people already knew: yes, UFOs are real, and no, we don’t know what (or who) they are. Writer and historian Marc Hartzman separates fact from fiction and provides a comprehensive tour through the skies, including: UFO sightings, from the famous to the obscure Alien abductions, including the Betty and Barney Hill abduction and the Pascagoula abduction; ancient aliens, from Biblical astronauts to the alien architects behind the pyramids; scientific evidence, including the ‘Wow!’ radio signal and the interstellar ‘Oumuamua’ object; cover-ups and conspiracies, including the Roswell Incident and Area 51 governmental and military findings, from Project Blue Book to reports of UFOs at nuclear weapons sites. Deeply researched and highly entertaining, We Are Not Alone will inform and enchant anyone who’s ever doubted that we are really alone in the universe.
UFOs | HC | $36.00

Bibliomaniac: An Obsessive’s Tour of the Bookshops of Britain
Ince, Robin
Why play to 12,000 people, when you can play to 12? In Autumn 2021, Robin Ince’s stadium tour, with Professor Brian Cox, was postponed due to the pandemic. Rather than do nothing, he decided instead to go on a tour of over 100 bookshops in the UK, from Wigtown to Penzance; from Swansea to Margate. Packed with witty anecdotes and tall tales, Bibliomaniac takes the reader on a journey across Britain as Robin explores his lifelong love of bookshops and books – and also tries to find out just why he can never have enough of them. It is the story of an addiction and a romance, and also of an occasional points’ failure, just outside Oxenholme.
Books | PBK | $24.99

Magazine (Object Lessons)
Jarvis, Jeff
For a century, magazines were the authors of culture and taste, of intelligence and policy – until they were overthrown by the voices of the public themselves online. Here is a tribute to all that magazines were, from their origins in London and on Ben Franklin’s press; through their boom – enabled by new technologies – as creators of a new media aesthetic and a new mass culture; into their opulent days in advertising-supported conglomerates; and, finally, to their fall at the hands of the internet. This tale is told through the experience of a magazine founder, the creator of Entertainment Weekly at Time Inc, who was also TV critic at TV Guide and People and, finally, an executive at Condé Nast trying to shepherd its magazines into the digital age.
Publishing | PBK | $22.99

Queer Villains of Myth and Legend
Jones, Dan
Every good hero needs a villain! Explore the hidden world of magnetic and mysterious villains, often cast aside and misunderstood in tales of mythology and folklore. Through the pages of Queer Villains of Myth and Legend, discover a diverse community of fascinating characters, ranging from seductive and cunning to powerful and awe inspiring. Experience the dark allure of Circe and Medusa through to David Bowie’s Jareth in Labyrinth; and delve into their complex and multifaceted personalities and motivations. Take a deep dive into the intersection of queerness and villainy, reexamine some of our favourite characters, and discover why so many ‘bad’ characters are queer coded. From ancient mythology to contemporary pop culture, Queer Villains of Myth and Legend celebrates the fascinating stories of these often-overlooked characters. Join Dan Jones on a journey of discovery, as he explores the hidden depths of queer villainy and sheds light on the queer identities of these compelling figures. It’s a powerful celebration of queerness, through the ages, in all its legendary complexity.
Folklore | TP | $29.99

In Search of Berlin: The Story of a Reinvented City
Kampfner, John
No other city has had so many lives, survived so many disasters and has reinvented itself so many times. No other city is like Berlin. Ever since John Kampfner was a young journalist in Communist East Berlin, he hasn’t been able to get the city out of his mind. It is a place tortured by its past, obsessed with memories, a place where traumas are unleashed and the traumatised have gathered. Over the past four years Kampfner has walked the length and breadth of Berlin, delving into the archives, and talking to historians and writers, architects, and archaeologists. He clambers onto a fallen statue of Lenin; he rummages in boxes of early Medieval bones; he learns about the cabaret star so outrageous she was thrown out of the city. Berlin has been a military barracks, industrial powerhouse, centre of learning, hotbed of decadence – and the laboratory for the worst experiment in horror known to man. Now, a city of refuge, it is home to 180 nationalities, and more than a quarter of the population has a migrant background. Berlin never stands still. It is never satisfied. But it is now the irresistible capital to which the world is gravitating. In Search of Berlin is an 800-year story, a dialogue between past and present; it is a new way of looking at this turbulent and beguiling city on its never-ending journey of reinvention.
History/Travelogue | TP | $36.99

How AI Works: From Sorcery to Science
Kneusel, Ronald T
Artificial intelligence is everywhere – from self-driving cars, to image generation from text, to the unexpected power of language systems like ChatGPT – yet, few people seem to know how it all really works. How AI Works unravels the mysteries of artificial intelligence, without the complex math and unnecessary jargon. You’ll learn: the relationship between artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning; the history behind AI and why the artificial intelligence revolution is happening now; how decades of work, in symbolic AI, failed and opened the door for the emergence of neural networks; what neural networks are, how they are trained, and why all the wonder of modern AI boils down to a simple, repeated unit that knows how to multiply input numbers to produce an output number; and the implications of large language models, like ChatGPT and Bard, on our society – nothing will be the same again. AI isn’t magic. If you’ve ever wondered how it works, what it can do, or why there’s so much hype, How AI Works will teach you everything you want to know.
Artificial intelligence | PBK | $54.99

The Milky Way: An Autobiography of Our Galaxy
McTier, Moiya & Salai, AnnaMarie
In this approachable and fascinating biography of the galaxy, an astrophysicist and folklorist details everything humans have discovered – from the Milky Way’s formation to its eventual death, and what else there is to learn about the universe we call home. After a few billion years of bearing witness to life on Earth, of watching 100 billion humans go about their day-to-day lives, of feeling unbelievably lonely, and of hearing its own story told by others, the Milky Way would like a chance to speak, for itself. All 100 billion stars and 20 undecillion tons of gas of it. It all began some 13 billion years ago, when clouds of gas scattered through the universe’s primordial plasma just could not keep their metaphorical hands off each other. They succumbed to their gravitational attraction, and the galaxy we know as the Milky Way was born. Since then, the galaxy has watched as dark energy pushed away its first friends, as humans mythologised its name and purpose, and as galactic archaeologists have worked to determine its true age (rude). The Milky Way has absorbed supermassive (an actual technical term) black holes, made enemies of a few galactic neighbours, and mourned the deaths of countless stars. Our home galaxy has even fallen in love. After all this time, the Milky Way, finally, feels that it’s amassed enough experience for the juicy tell – all we’ve all been waiting for. Its fascinating autobiography recounts the history and future of the universe in accessible but scientific detail, presenting a summary of human astronomical knowledge, thus far, that is unquestionably out of this world.
Science | TP | $29.99

The Beginner Witch’s Handbook: Essential Spells, Folk Traditions, and Lore for Crafting Your Magickal Practice
Middleton, Leah
Every Witch’s story begins with a step into the unknown – but you don’t have to do it alone. Leah Middleton, known online as the Redheaded Witch, is here to guide you down the Witch’s path. With gentle encouragement and advice through each twist and turn in the road, she will equip you with all of the knowledge and skills you’ll need to craft your own personalised practice rooted in traditional witchcraft. Discover answers to all your curiosities, from how to consecrate your tools to the best times of year for a heart-healing ritual. You’ll also discover how to connect with the flora, fauna, and ancestral spirits around you and incorporate them into your practice. Featuring over 30 spells and rituals spanning plant magic, folk-craft, kitchen witchery and more, you’ll find new ways to harness your inner power and reimagine your craft. Let this handbook be your lantern as you enter the dark woods, and embark on your magickal journey.
Witches | PBK | $44.99

The Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany (media tie-in)
Miller, Donald L
The inspiration for the major Apple TV+ series, streaming now! The riveting history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War II and the young men who flew the bombers that helped beat the Nazis and liberate Europe, brilliantly told by historian and World War II expert Donald L Miller. The Masters of the Air streaming series stars Austin Butler and Callum Turner, and is produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, the legendary duo behind Band of Brothers and The Pacific. Masters of the Air is the deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, Donald Miller takes you on a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden and describes the terrible cost of bombing for the German people. Fighting at 25,000 feet in thin, freezing air that no warriors had ever encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly, but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear. Unlike infantrymen, bomber boys slept on clean sheets, drank beer in local pubs, and danced to the swing music of Glenn Miller’s Air Force band, which toured US air bases in England. But they had a much greater chance of dying than ground soldiers. The bomber crews were an elite group of warriors who were a microcosm of America – white America, anyway. The actor Jimmy Stewart was a bomber boy; and, so, was the ‘King of Hollywood’, Clark Gable. And the air war was filmed by Oscar-winning director William Wyler and covered by reporters like Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite, all of whom flew combat missions with the men. The Anglo-American bombing campaign against Nazi Germany was the longest military campaign of World War II, a war within a war. Until Allied soldiers crossed into Germany in the final months of the war, it was the only battle fought inside the German homeland. Masters of the Air is ‘a stunning achievement’ (David McCullough), ‘a fresh new account’ (Walter Boyne, former director of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum) of life in wartime England and in the German prison camps, where tens of thousands of airmen spent part of the war. It ends with a vivid description of the grisly hunger marches captured airmen were forced to make near the end of the war through the country their bombs destroyed. Drawn from recent interviews, oral histories, and American, British, German, and other archives, Masters of the Air is an authoritative, deeply moving account that ‘accurately and comprehensively’ (Lt Gen. Bernard E Trainor, USMC (Ret) and co-author of Cobra II) tells of the world’s first and only bomber war.
Aviation history | PBK | $24.99

Agatha Whiskey: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Bestselling Novelist of All Time
Mullaney, Colleen & Deutsch, Jack (photographer)
A celebration of Agatha Christie’s timeless murder mysteries, killer short stories, suspenseful plays, and unmatched characters – with cocktails that are so tantalisingly delicious, it must be a crime. Dame Agatha Christie is, perhaps, the world’s most famous mystery writer with over a billion copies of her books sold. Agatha Whiskey takes clues from Agatha’s most pivotal works of fiction and honours her most popular detectives. Featured super sleuths are Dame Agatha herself, the one and only Maiden of Murder, private detective Hercule Poirot, whose sleuthing is only outdone by his magnificent moustache, and Miss Marple, the sweet old maid with an uncanny knack for crime solving. There’s a plot twist for everyone with 50 thrilling drinks such as a pocket full of rosé, orient espresso martini, and daiquiri on the Nile. There are also detective drinking games to get the whole party on the right track, perhaps sipping until there were none, and mocktails for those who choose to forgo an endless night. Just like Agatha, Agatha Whiskey is here to entertain, inspire, and add some drama of the right sort to your life.
Christie | HC | $34.99

Flush: The Remarkable Science of an Unlikely Treasure
Nelson, Bryn
A surprising, witty, and sparkling exploration of the teeming microbiome of possibility in human faeces from microbiologist and science journalist Bryn Nelson. The future is sh*t: the literal kind. For most of human history we’ve been, well, disinclined to take a closer look at our body’s natural product – the complex antihero of this story – save for gleaning some prophecy of our own health. But if we were to take more than a passing look at our poop, we would spy a veritable cornucopia of possibilities. We would see potent medicine, sustainable power, and natural fertiliser to restore the world’s depleted lands. We would spy a time capsule of evidence for understanding past lives and murderous ends. We would glimpse effective ways of measuring and improving human health from the cradle to the grave, early warnings of community outbreaks like COVID-19, and new means of identifying environmental harm – and then reversing it. Flush is both an urgent exploration of the world’s single most squandered natural resource, and a cri de coeur (or cri de colon?) for the vast, hidden value in our ‘waste’. Award-winning journalist and microbiologist Bryn Nelson PhD, leads readers through the colon and beyond with infectious enthusiasm, helping to usher in a necessary mental shift that could restore our balance with the rest of the planet and save us from ourselves. Unlocking poop’s enormous potential will require us to overcome our shame and disgust, and embrace our role as the producers and architects of a more circular economy, in which lowly by products become our species’ salvation. Locked within you is a medicine cabinet, a biogas pipeline, a glass of drinking water, a mound of fuel briquettes; it’s time to open the doors (carefully!). A dose of medicine, a glass of water, a gallon of rocket fuel, an acre of soil: sometimes hope arrives in surprising packages.
Science | TP | $32.99

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Future
Novella, Steven
Our predictions of the future are a wild fantasy, inextricably linked to our present hopes and fears, biases and ignorance. Whether they be the outlandish leaps predicted in the 1920s, like multipurpose utility belts with climate control capabilities and planes the size of luxury cruise ships, or the forecasts of the ’60s, which didn’t anticipate the sexual revolution or women’s liberation, the path to the present is littered with failed predictions and incorrect estimations. The best we can do is try to absorb from futurism’s chequered past; perhaps, learning to do a little better. In The Skeptics’ Guide to the Future, Steven Novella and his co-authors build upon the work of futurists of the past by examining what they got right, what they got wrong, and how they came to those conclusions. By exploring the pitfalls of each era, they give their own speculations about the distant future, transformed by unbelievable technology ranging from genetic manipulation to artificial intelligence and quantum computing. Applying their trademark scepticism, they carefully extrapolate upon each scientific development, leaving no stone unturned as they lay out a vision for the future of tomorrow.
Futurism | PBK | $24.99

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality
Pomerantsev, Peter
When information is a weapon, everyone is at war. We live in a world of influence operations run amok, a world of dark ads, psy-ops, hacks, bots, soft facts, ISIS, Putin, trolls, Trump. We’ve lost not only our sense of peace and democracy – but our sense of what those words even mean. As Peter Pomerantsev seeks to make sense of the disinformation age, he meets Twitter revolutionaries, and pop-up populists, ‘behavioural change’ salesmen, Jihadi fan-boys, Identitarians, truth cops, and much more. Forty years after his dissident parents were pursued by the KGB, he finds the Kremlin re-emerging as a great propaganda power. His research takes him back to Russia – but the answers, he finds there, are surprising.
History/Current affairs | PBK | $24.99

Brisbane Bookshops
Richards, Anne & Wengert, Matthew with Millroy, Bianca (editors)
A creative and cultural history of Brisbane bookshops by Brisbane writers. An anthology of creative non-fiction, essays, and memoirs by authors, editors, journalists, poets, historians, librarians, and bookshop owners (past and present). What readers have found on the shelves of Brisbane bookshops has educated and entertained, informed and inspired them to seek further, to think more deeply, to travel across the world and its past. Since the 1840s – despite fire and floods, bombings, and police raids – Brisbane bookshops had fed the imaginations and nourished the learning of many generations of readers and scholars who’ve helped to make the city, the nation, and the future a better place. The final section of the book contains profiles of the current generation of independent bookshops in Brisbane – new and second-hand/antiquarian; general and specialist. Contains writing by: Venero Armanno, Steve Capelin, Matthew Condon, Gareth Dickson, Joanne Dolley, Nick Earls, Phillip Edmonds, Raymond Evans, Simon Farley, Jane Frank, Caroline Gardam, Helen Gregory, Mick Healy, Bruce Heiser, Cheryl Kensett, Jean Kent, Bronwen Levy, David Malouf, Louise Martin-Chew, Bianca Millroy, Sean Phillips, Anne Richards, Julianne Schultz, Nathan Shepherdson, Bill Sutton, Chrissi Theodosiou, Meg Vann, Hugh Watson, Matthew Wengert, John Willsteed. (Includes us! – Ron.)
Books in Brizzie | TP | $35.00

The Path of Peace: Walking the Western Front Way
Seldon, Anthony
An intimate and inspiring memoir about walking the 1,000-kilometre route of World War I’s Western Front, by a leading historian. Without a permanent home, a wife, or a job, and with no clear sense of where his life was going, Anthony Seldon set out on a 35-day pilgrimage from the French-Swiss border to the English Channel. The route of his 1,000-kilometre journey was inspired by a young British soldier of the First World War, Alexander Douglas Gillespie, who dreamed of creating a ‘Via Sacra’ that the men, women and children of Europe could walk to honour the fallen. Tragically, Gillespie was killed in action, his vision forgotten for 100 years, until a chance discovery in the archive of one of England’s oldest schools galvanised Anthony into seeing the Via Sacra permanently established. Tracing the historic route of the Western Front, he traversed some of Europe’s most beautiful and evocative scenery, from the Vosges, Argonne, and Champagne to the haunting trenches of Arras, the Somme and Ypres. Along the way, he wrestled heat exhaustion, dog bites, and blisters as well as a deeper search for inner peace and renewed purpose. Touching on grief, loss and the legacy of war, The Path of Peace is the extraordinary story of Anthony’s epic walk, an unforgettable act of remembrance and a triumphant rediscovery of what matters most in life.
History | PBK | $24.99

A Brief History of Black Holes: And why nearly everything you know about them is wrong
Smethurst, Becky
The Moon goes around the Earth, the Earth goes around the Sun, the Sun goes around the centre of the Milky Way: a supermassive black hole. As you read this you are currently orbiting a black hole. Money might make the world go round, but black holes make the universe go ’round. Black holes are not just a curiosity; they are some of the most important objects for understanding how our universe works and how it came to be. And yet they are incredibly misunderstood; take everything you think you know about black holes and get rid of it. This book will be a book about black holes like no other; it will journey beyond the event horizon and consider what the ‘inside’ of a black hole is truly like, and flip it on its head. It will take black holes and turn them from something beyond comprehension for the average person on the street to a level of understanding you never thought possible, through unique analogies and ideas the human brain has a hope of actually picturing. This book will show you why you should be calling them white mountains – and not black holes.
Science | PBK | $24.99

Witch Hunt: A Traveller’s Journey into the Power and Persecution of the Witch
Sollée, Kristen J
Travelling through cities and sites across Italy, France, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Kristen J Sollée explores the places and people significant to the early modern legacy of the witch. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, a confluence of political, economic, and religious factors ignited a wildfire of witch hysteria in Europe and, later, in parts of America. At the heart of these witch hunts were often dangerous misconceptions about femininity and female sexuality, and women were disproportionately punished as a result. Today, this lineage of oppression remains a vital reference point in the fight for women’s rights – and human rights – in the Western world and beyond. By infusing an adventurous first-person narrative with extensive research and moments of imaginative historical fiction, Sollée (author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists) makes an often-overlooked period of history come alive. Written for armchair travellers and on-the-ground explorers alike, Witch Hunt not only uncovers the horrors of history, but how the archetype of the witch has been rehabilitated. For witches are not just haunting figures of the past; the witch is also a liberatory icon and identity of the present.
History | TP | $29.99

The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Maths
Suri, Manil
Our universe has multiple origin stories, from religious creation myths to the Big Bang of scientists. But if we leave those behind and start from nothing – no matter, no cosmos, not even empty space – could we create a universe using only maths? In this new mathematical origin story, mathematician and award-winning novelist Manil Suri creates a natural progression of ideas needed to design our world, starting with numbers and continuing through geometry, algebra, and beyond. With evocative and engaging examples ranging from multidimensional crochet to the Mona Lisa’s asymmetrical smile, as well as ingenious storytelling that helps illuminate complex concepts like infinity and relativity, The Big Bang of Numbers charts a playful, inventive course to existence. Distilled from almost four decades of teaching experience, and offering both striking new perspectives for maths aficionados and an accessible introduction for enthusiastic novices, The Big Bang of Numbers proves that we can all fall in love with maths.
Mathematics | PBK | $22.99

The Deorhord: An Old English Bestiary
Videen, Hana
Welcome to the strange and delightful world of Old English reference books of animals – the ordinary and the extraordinary, the good, the bad, and the baffling… Many of the animals we encounter in everyday life, from the creatures in our fields to those in our fantasies, have remained the same since medieval times – but the words we use, and the ways we describe them, have often changed beyond recognition… Old English was spoken over 1,000 years ago, when every animal was a deor. In this glittering Old English bestiary, we find deors big and small, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the good, the bad and the downright baffling. From walker-weavers (spiders) and grey-cloaked ones (eagles) to moon-heads and teeth-tyrants (historians still don’t know!), we discover a world both familiar and strange: where ants could be monsters and panthers could be your friend, where dog-headed men were as real as elephants, and where whales were as sneaky as wolves. From the author of The Wordhord (PBK, $24.99) comes another delightful dive into the realm of Old English – words and creatures that will change the way you see the world.
Folklore | HC | $34.99

Dinner in Rome: A History of the World in One Meal
Viestad, Andreas
With a celebrated food writer as host, a delectable history of Roman cuisine and the world – served one dish at a time. ‘There is more history in a bowl of pasta than in the Colosseum’, writes Andreas Viestad in Dinner in Rome. From the table of a classic Roman restaurant, Viestad takes us on a fascinating culinary exploration of the Eternal City, and global civilisation. Food, he argues, is history’s secret driving force. Viestad finds deeper meanings in his meal: From the bread that begins the dinner, he traces the origins of wheat and its role in Rome’s rise as well as its downfall. From his fried artichoke antipasto, he explains olive oil’s part in the religious conflict of 16th-century Europe. From his sorbet dessert, he recounts how lemons featured in the history of the Mafia in the 19th century, and how the hunger for sugar fuelled the slave trade. Viestad’s dinner may be local, but his story is universal. His ‘culinary archaeology’ is an entertaining, flavourful journey across the dinner table and time. You’ll never look at spaghetti carbonara, the same way, again.
History | PBK | $24.99

Sensational: A New Story of our Senses
Ward, Ashley
A smorgasbord of the senses, from a professor of animal behaviour: how they work, why they’re there, and what they mean for both human and animal lives. Our senses are how we navigate the world: they help us recognise the expressions on a loved one’s face, know whether fruit is ripe by its smell, or even sense a storm approaching through a sudden drop in air pressure. It’s now believed that we may have as many as 53 senses – and we’re just beginning to expand our knowledge of this incredibly extensive palette. Sensational is a mind-bending look at how our brains shape our experience of the world, marshalling the latest discoveries in science to explore the dazzling eyesight of the mantis shrimp, the rich inner lives of krill, and the baffling link between geomagnetic fields and canine bowel movements. Blending biology and neuroscience, Ward reveals that understanding our senses may hold the key to understanding the origins of human behaviour – from why we kiss, to our varied music tastes.
Science | HC | $45.00

A City on Mars: Can We Settle Space, Should We Settle Space, and Have We Really Thought This Through?
Weinersmith, Kelly & Zach
Earth is not well. The promise of starting life anew somewhere far, far away – no climate change, no war, no Twitter – beckons, and settling the stars finally seems within our grasp. Or is it? Critically-acclaimed, bestselling authors Kelly and Zach Weinersmith set out to write the essential guide to a glorious future of space settlements, but after years of research, they aren’t so sure it’s a good idea. Space technologies and space business are progressing fast, but we lack the knowledge needed to have space kids, build space farms, and create space nations in a way that doesn’t spark conflict back home. In a world, hurtling toward human expansion into space, A City on Mars investigates whether the dream of new worlds won’t create nightmares, both for settlers and the people they leave behind. In the process, the Weinersmiths answer every question about space you’ve ever wondered about, and many you’ve never considered:
Can you make babies in space? Should corporations govern space settlements? What about space war? Are we headed for a housing crisis on the Moon’s Peaks of Eternal Light – and what happens if you’re left in the Craters of Eternal Darkness? Why do astronauts love taco sauce? Speaking of meals, what’s the legal status of space cannibalism?
With deep expertise, a winning sense of humour, and art from the beloved creator of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, the Weinersmiths investigate, perhaps, the biggest questions humanity will ever ask itself – whether and how to become multiplanetary.
Get in, we’re going to Mars.
Science | HC | $55.00

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