March 2024 nonfiction catalogue

 

Osprey military history

Soviet Motor Gunboats of World War II: The Red Army’s ‘river tanks’ from Stalingrad to Berlin (New Vanguard 324)
Budzbon, Przemyslaw & Góralski, Waldemar; Forkasiewicz, Piotr (illustrators)
A compelling account of the heavily armed and highly mobile Soviet river gunboats which took on the Germans during World War II. Russia’s enormous river system has long been its highway and, as early as 1908, the Tsar’s armies were developing armoured riverboats that brought tank-like mobility, firepower and survivability to Russian battlefields. This book, the first history of these vessels in English, explains how this concept led to one of the most remarkable naval weapons of World War II, the Soviet ‘river tank’, or Armoured Motor Gun Boat (AMGB). Highly mobile, capable of carrying up to 20 infantrymen directly into action and providing immediate firepower from their tank turrets, machine guns or Katyusha rockets, their military value was widely recognised. They were versatile enough to be used in naval landing operations off the Gulf of Finland, the Azov Sea, and the Black Sea, and their capabilities were prized by local commanders. Using meticulously-researched new colour profiles, rare photos, and spectacular artwork, this book uncovers the history of river warfare on the Eastern Front, and the boats that played such a key part in the fighting.
Naval history | PBK | $24.99

Operation Ro-Go 1943: Japanese air power tackles the Bougainville landings (Air Campaign 41)
Claringbould, Michael John & Laurier, Jim (illustrator)
A compelling account of the failure of Imperial Japan’s Operation Ro-Go, intended to take the offensive in the Solomons theatre of the Pacific War, but which became Japan’s first line of defence against the Allies’ Rabaul raids and Bougainville landings. By the midpoint of World War II in the Pacific, Japan was on the defensive. At the end of 1943, after a year of tumultuous air combat around Rabaul and the Solomons, 173 Japanese aircraft were sent to Rabaul. The plan was for them to participate in Ro-Go Sakusen (known as Operation Ro, Ro-Go, or B) to strike Allied air power and shipping in the Solomons and to slow the American advance by severing Allied supply chains. However, instead of challenging Allied air and sea power on their own terms, the operation became unexpectedly embroiled in defensive combat and counterattacks, first to defend Rabaul from Allied air raids, and then to challenge the Allied landings at Bougainville. In one fell swoop, Operation Ro-Go was turned on its head, and transformed into a defensive battle for the Japanese. In this book, the first in English to focus on Operation Ro-Go, Michael John Claringbould uses rare Japanese primary source material to explain how the Japanese planned and fought the campaign, and corrects enduring myths often found in books that rely only on Western sources. He traces the unexpected and tremendous pressures placed on the operation’s units at Rabaul, as the Japanese dealt with massive, surprise raids from Fifth Air Force bombers, and later US Navy carrier aircraft, concluding with the strategic upset of the Bougainville landings. Packed with previously-unpublished photos, spectacular original illustrations, 3D recreations of specific missions, maps and explanatory diagrams, this study tells the previously untold but significant story of Japan’s air war in the Solomons.
Aviation history | PBK | $34.99

Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions – the Missing Chapters
Crickmore, Paul F
The SR-71 Blackbird is an iconic aircraft that has come to symbolise America’s technological superiority during the Cold War. Using recently-declassified information, globally-renowned expert Paul Crickmore updates his definitive account of the aircraft. The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird ranks as one of the most elegant, sleek and powerful aeroplanes ever designed. But it was not built to be admired – it was built not to be seen at all. The high-altitude aerial reconnaissance sorties it was to perform were top secret and carefully concealed from public knowledge. However, as the aircraft have become museum pieces and details of their work declassified, the whole story of their design and operation can finally be told. This updated edition of Paul Crickmore’s classic Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions is based on 850 pages of documentation and images declassified by the CIA covering the A-12 Oxcart programme. These highly significant documents range from discussions at the highest levels of the US government concerning the rationale for Oxcart’s development and eventual deployment, to extremely detailed intelligence data gleaned from each of the 29 operational missions flown by Oxcart during Operation Black Shield. The Blackbird family of aircraft continue to fascinate a wide age group and, since the aircraft will never fly again, its history has become timeless. This new edition will provide the last word on the SR-71 Blackbird and its operational history.
Aviation history | HC | $120.00

Operation Pedestal 1942: The Battle for Malta’s Lifeline (Campaign 394)
Konstam, Angus & Turner, Graham (illustrator)
A fascinating story of a key turning point in the War in the Mediterranean, as the island of Malta was thrown a vital lifeline. Since 1940, the island of Malta had been a thorn in the Axis’ side. It sat astride the direct sea route between Italy and its North African colonies, and from 1941 the Royal Navy had used the island as a base for its attacks on Axis convoys. The island, though, relied on convoys to survive, and from early 1941 these came under increasingly heavy air and submarine attack. As the situation became critical in 1942, the decision was made to send through a heavily protected convoy, carrying fuel and supplies, in an effort to save the island. This mission was codenamed Operation Pedestal. This fascinating work describes how, after leaving Britain on 2 August 1942, the convoy was repeatedly pummelled by Axis air and submarine attacks as it ground its way towards Malta, with most of the merchant ships sunk during the passage, along with an aircraft carrier and two cruisers. It also explores how despite this grim toll, the sacrifice was worth it. The specially-commissioned illustrations in this work cover the progress of the convoy step by step, the submarine and surface naval actions during Pedestal’s voyage, the Stuka attack on the carrier Indomitable and the air attacks against the convoy, and the broader strategic situation in the Western Mediterranean. The result is a unique visual exploration of one of the most famous episodes of the war in this theatre.
Military history | PBK | $34.99

US Seventh Fleet, Vietnam 1964–75: American naval power in Southeast Asia (Fleet 04)
Marolda, Edward J & Tooby, Adam (illustrator)
A superbly illustrated examination of how the US Navy’s most powerful fleet fought the Vietnam War, covering all of its elements from aircraft carriers and heavy cruisers to minesweepers and oilers. The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet was at the forefront of America’s campaign in Vietnam for a decade, from the Gulf of Tonkin Incident that began it all, to the final evacuation of South Vietnam. Its mission was highly strategic; and, while its primary role was to provide carrier-based air power over North Vietnam – from Rolling Thunder through Linebacker – the fleet’s operations were complex, sensitive, and varied, and required all the capabilities of the fleet. This book is the first overall examination of how US Navy’s most powerful fleet fought and operated in Vietnam. Distilled from thousands of declassified secret documents by renowned US Navy specialist Dr Edward J Marolda, it offers a unique new portrait of how the Seventh Fleet fought the Vietnam War, from the offensive strike power of naval aviation to the vital role of fleet logistics. As well as the carrier operations, he examines the surface combatant fleet’s gunfire support role, and its raids against the North Vietnamese coast. Dr Marolda also looks at amphibious warfare, fleet air defence, search and rescue, and mining and interdiction operations. Illustrated throughout, with archive photos, 3D diagrams and spectacular new artwork, and informed by never-before-translated official documents, publications, and personal accounts from North Vietnamese, Soviet, and Chinese sources, this is the real story behind the US Navy’s Vietnam War.
Naval history | PBK | $29.99

US Navy Gun Destroyers 1945–88: Fletcher class to Forrest Sherman class (New Vanguard 322)
Stille, Mark & Tooby, Adam (illustrator)
An illustrated history of the long Cold War careers of the US Navy’s last gun destroyers, from the modernised World War II-era Fletcher-class to the Forrest Sherman-class. The finest American destroyers of World War II had surprisingly long careers into the Cold War and the missile age. The 175-strong Fletcher-class was the largest class of US Navy destroyers ever built, and most received some modernisation after World War II. A handful were converted into ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) escorts and one was even converted into the US Navy’s first guided missile destroyer. Many Sumner-class destroyers were also kept in service, with the last decommissioned in 1973. The Gearing class was the classic US Navy wartime destroyer to have a second Cold War career, some being modified into picket ships and others into ASW escorts. Ninety-five were extensively modernised under the Fleet Modernisation and Rehabilitation (FRAM) program which allowed them to serve until 1980. The majority of these ships then saw service with foreign navies. However the story of Cold War gun destroyers is not just one of World War II relics. Commissioned in the 1950s, the 18 ships of the Forrest Sherman class were the US Navy’s last all-gun destroyers, and were considered to be the pinnacle of US Navy gun-destroyer design. Later in their careers, most were modernised for ASW and anti-air warfare. The virtually unknown Norfolk class was originally built as a destroyer leader and maximised for ASW; but only two were modernised and the other three retired early. Many of these ships, such as USS Edson, Cassin Young, and Turner Joy, still survive as museum ships, today. Using battle-scene artwork, detailed illustrations, and photos, this book explores the careers, modernisations, and roles of all these unsung Cold War stalwarts, the last gun destroyers of the US Navy.
Naval history | PBK | $24.99

When the Shooting Stopped: August 1945
Tillman, Barrett
In the 44 months between December 1941 and August 1945, the Pacific Theatre absorbed the attention of the American nation and military longer than any other. Despite the Allied grand strategy of ‘Germany first’, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US especially was committed to confronting Tokyo as a matter of urgent priority. But from Oahu to Tokyo was a long, sanguinary slog, averaging an advance of just three miles per day. The US human toll paid on that road reached some 108,000 battle deaths, more than one third of the US wartime total. But by the summer of 1945, on both the American home front and on the frontline, there was hope. The stunning announcements of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6 and 9, seemed sure to force Tokyo over the tipping point since the Allies’ surrender demand from Potsdam, Germany, in July. What few understood was the vast gap in the cultural ethos of East and West at that time. In fact, most of the Japanese cabinet refused to surrender and vicious dogfights were still waged in the skies above Japan. This fascinating new history tells the dramatic story of the final weeks of the war, detailing the last brutal battles on air, land and sea with evocative first-hand accounts from pilots and sailors caught up in these extraordinary events. Barrett Tillman then expertly details the first weeks of a tenuous peace and the drawing of battle lines with the forthcoming Cold War as Soviet forces concluded their invasion of Manchuria. When the Shooting Stopped retells these dramatic events, drawing on accounts from all sides to relive the days when the war finally ended and the world was forever changed.
Military history | TP | $32.99

 

General nonfiction

Maths: 100 Ideas in 100 Words (Science Museum – a Whistle-stop Tour of Science’s Key Concepts)
Maths: 100 Ideas in 100 Words offers the essential facts at your fingertips, satisfying your mathematical curiosity and helping you to understand the biggest concepts in maths in concise, 100-word summaries. Explore 100 key area of maths – such as prime numbers, algebra, probability, algorithms, and pure maths – in just 100 words. Perfect for getting your head around big ideas clearly and quickly, or refreshing your memory of the fundamentals of maths, this book covers the most up-to-date terms and theories and inspires a heightened level of understanding and enjoyment to the core areas of maths.
Mathematics | HC | $27.99

Physics: 100 Ideas in 100 Words (Science Museum – a Whistle-stop Tour of Science’s Key Concepts)
Physics: 100 Ideas in 100 Words offers the essential facts at your fingertips, satisfying your scientific curiosity and helping you to understand the biggest concepts in physics in concise, 100-word summaries. This book introduces 100 key areas of physics – such as gravitational fields, momentum, general relativity, and quantum uncertainty – and explains each topic in just 100 words. Perfect for getting your head around big ideas clearly and quickly, or refreshing your memory of the fundamentals of physics, this book covers the most up-to-date terms and theories and inspires a heightened level of understanding and enjoyment to the core areas of physics.
Science | HC | $27.99

Final Verdict: A Holocaust Trial in the 21st Century
Buck, Tobias
The story of an extraordinary trial – the last trial of a Nazi war criminal – and its wider implications for history, memory and justice, and the author’s own family legacy. On 17 October 2019, in Hamburg’s imposing criminal justice building, a trial laden with extraordinary historical weight begins to unfold. Bruno Dey stands accused of being involved in a crime committed over seven decades ago: the murder of, at least, 5,230 inmates at Stutthof, the Nazi concentration camp in present-day Poland. Only 17 at the time, Dey was a member of the SS unit responsible for administering the camp. Though he concedes to his role as a guard, he adamantly denies responsibility for the killings. Dey’s trial comes at a poignant moment. As the last members of the war generation – both victims and perpetrators – disappear, so does their first-hand knowledge of the Holocaust’s horrors. Beyond its immediate legal implications, the trial stirs profound questions that resonate not only within the realms of German history, politics and collective memory but also within the author’s own family. Tobias Buck revisits the silence that surrounds his family’s experience during the Nazi period – and his German grandfather’s role and responsibility. Through the lens of this riveting courtroom drama, Final Verdict explores the trial’s broader significance, both on a political and personal level, and invites us to grapple with the question of whether it is right to prosecute Bruno Dey more than seven decades after he stood guard at Stutthof, and, perhaps more importantly, what we might have done in his place.
History | TP | $34.99

Words from the Heart: An Emotional Dictionary
Dent, Susie
Real words for how you feel, from Angst to Zwodder…
Whether it’s the distress of a bad haircut (age-otori) or longing for the food someone else is eating (groaking), the pleasure found in other people’s happiness (confelicity) or the shock of jumping into icy water (curglaff), there are real words to pinpoint exactly how you feel. Susie Dent, Queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner and lexicographer extraordinaire, is going to help you find them. Here are 1001 terms everyone needs, whether it’s the best kind of hug (cwtch), the relief found in swearing (lalochezia), or the ability to endure till the end (pertolerance). It’s time to rediscover the lost positives of language (and be more gorm); find out how a stork gave us the word for the love between parent and child, and who the first maverick was. Packed with unexpected stories and unforgettable words, on a mission to describe the indescribable, this life-enhancing book will deepen your vocabulary as much as it extends it. Welcome to the first, truly-human dictionary, as idiosyncratic and unusual as you are.
Lexicography | PBK | $24.99

A Slice of Fried Gold: Taste My Memories
Frost, Nick
A slice of gold, from one of Britain’s best-loved comedians, covering life, food and everything in between. From Spaced and Hot Fuzz to Paul and Truth Seekers, Nick Frost has lit up our screens for decades with his perfectly-observed, just-the-right-side-of-absurd sketches and films. He’s also a keen, self-taught cook: so keen, in fact, that in lockdown, he personally delivered pies to his Instagram followers. This book is his love letter to food, to kitchens, and the people in them. Nick’s favourite thing to eat, aged 10, was his mother’s stroganoff; and as her alcoholism worsened, he began to learn to cook it himself, gradually taking over and using it as a magic trick to conjure up the very best bits of her – the stable, sober bits, which became harder to find as the years went on. This was the beginning of a lifelong love of process and technique, of escaping into a world of hisses, blips, and thunks of a knife on a board.
Memoir/Food | TP | $36.99

Servo: Tales from the Graveyard Shift
Goodwin, David
An odyssey of drive-offs, spiked slurpees, stale sausage rolls, and sleep-deprived madness. Most of us have done our time in the retail trenches, but service stations are undoubtedly the frontline, as Melburnian David Goodwin found out when he started working the weekend graveyard shift at his local servo. From his very first night shift, David absorbed a consistent level of mind-bending lunacy, encountering everything from giant shoplifting bees and balaclava-clad goons hurling cordial-filled water bombs from the sunroof of their BMW, to anarcho-goths high on MDMA releasing large rats into the store from their matching Harry Potter backpacks. Over the years, David grew to love his mad servo, handing out free pies and chocolate bars on the sly, as he grew a backbone and became street smart. Amidst the unrelenting chaos, he eventually made it out of the servo circus – and lived to tell the tale. For anyone, who’s ever toiled under the unforgiving fluorescent lights of a customer service job, Servo is a side-splitting and darkly-mesmeric coming-of-age story from behind the anti-jump wire that will have you gritting your teeth, then cackling at the absurdity, idiocy, and utterly beguiling strangeness of those who only come out at night.
Memoir | TP | $34.99

Who Owns the Moon? In Defence of Humanity’s Common Interests in Space
Grayling, A C
Silicon for microchips; manganese for batteries; titanium for missiles. The moon contains a wealth of natural resources. So, as the Earth’s supplies have begun to dwindle, it is no surprise that the world’s superpowers and wealthiest corporations have turned their eyes to the stars. As this new Space Race begins, A C Grayling asks – who, if anyone, owns the moon? Or Mars? Or other bodies in near space? And what do those superpowers and corporations owe to Planet Earth and its inhabitants as a whole? From feudal common land, through the rules of the sea, to the vast, nationless expanse of Antarctica, Grayling explores the history of the places which no one – and, therefore, everyone – owns. Examining the many ways this so-called terra nullius has fallen victim to ‘the tragedy of the commons’ the tendency for communal resources to be exploited by a few individuals for personal gain at the expense of everyone else Who Owns the Moon? puts forward a compelling argument for a bold new global consensus, one which recognises and defends the rights of everyone who lives on this planet.
Philosophy | TP | $34.99

The Doctor of Hiroshima: His heartbreaking and inspiring true-life story
Hachiya, Michihiko
The extraordinary true story of Dr Michihiko Hachiya, whose hospital was less than a mile from the centre of the atomic bomb that hit on that warm August day. In immense shock and pain, he and his wife Yaeko dragged themselves to the devastated hospital building and what colleagues they could find. In time, they begin to heal, and start to treat the impossible numbers of patients – a small girl covered in burns, an elderly man with pneumonia, a young boy and his little sister looking for their parents. They also began to investigate the strange unexplainable symptoms afflicting his patients – things he never dreamed he would see… Told simply and poignantly in Dr Hachiya’s own words, The Doctor of Hiroshima is a unique and deeply moving human story of survival about a small, committed band of hospital staff in the face of unthinkable destruction and loss.
History | TP | $32.99

The Things We Make: The Unknown History of Invention from Cathedrals to Soda Cans
Hammack, Bill
From Stonehenge to microchips, discover the one simple method used to engineer the world, as we know it… For millennia, humans have used one simple method to solve problems. Whether it’s planting crops, building skyscrapers, developing photographs, or designing the first microchip, all creators follow the same steps to engineer progress. But this powerful method, the ‘engineering method’, is an all but hidden process that few of us have heard of – let alone understand – but that influences every aspect of our lives. Bill Hammack, a Carl Sagan award-winning professor of engineering, and viral ‘The Engineer Guy’ on YouTube, has a lifelong passion for the things we make, and how we make them. Now, for the first time, he reveals the invisible method behind every invention and takes us on a whirlwind tour of how humans built the world we know today. From the grand stone arches of medieval cathedrals to the mundane modern soda can, Hammack explains the golden rule of thumb that underlies every new building technique, every technological advancement, and every creative solution that leads us one step closer to a better, more functional world. Spanning centuries and cultures, Hammack offers a fascinating perspective on how humans engineer solutions in a world full of problems. Perfect for readers of Adam Grant and Simon Winchester, The Things We Make is a captivating examination of the method that keeps pushing humanity forward, a spotlight on the achievements of the past, and a celebration of the potential of our future that will change the way we see the world around us.
Science/History | HC | $52.99

AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future
Lee, Kai-Fu & Qiufan, Chen
How will artificial intelligence change our world within 20 years? AI will be the defining development of the 21st century. Within two decades, aspects of daily human life will be unrecognisable. AI will generate unprecedented wealth, revolutionise medicine and education through human-machine symbiosis, and create brand-new forms of communication and entertainment. However, AI will also challenge the organising principles of our economic and social order and bring new risks in the form of autonomous weapons and smart technology that inherits human bias. AI is at a tipping point, and people need to wake up – both to AI’s radiant pathways and its existential perils for life, as we know it. In this provocative, utterly-original work of ‘scientific fiction’, Kai-Fu Lee, the former president of Google China and bestselling author of AI Superpowers, joins forces with celebrated novelist Chen Qiufan to imagine our AI world in 2041, in 10 gripping short stories. Gazing toward a not-so-distant horizon, AI 2041 offers urgent insights into our collective future and reminds us that we are the authors of our own destiny. Now with a new foreword on ChatGPT.
Artificial intelligence | PBK | $29.99

Cashing Out: The Flight of Nazi Treasure, 1945–1948
Lochery, Neill
When Nazis looked to flee Europe with stolen art, gems, and gold in tow, certain ‘neutral’ countries were all too willing to assist them. By the end of January 1945, it was clear to Germany that the war was lost. The Third Reich was in freefall, and its leaders, apart from those clustered around Hitler in his Berlin bunker, sought to abscond before they were besieged. But they wanted to take their wealth with them. Their escape routes were diverse: Sweden and Switzerland boasted proximity, banking, and industrial closeness; while Spain and Portugal offered an inviting Atlantic coastline and shipping routes to South America. And, in various ways, each of these so-called neutral nations welcomed the Nazi escapees, along with the clandestine wealth they carried. Cashing Out tells the riveting history of the race to intercept the stolen assets before they disappeared, and before the will to punish Germany was replaced by the political considerations of the fast-approaching Cold War. Bestselling author Neill Lochery, here, brilliantly recounts the flight of the Nazi-looted riches – the last great escape of World War II – and the Allied quest for justice.
History | HC | $55.00

Death as Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal
Millás, Juan José & Arsuaga, Juan Luis
‘We would love to discover that each species has a biological clock in its cells, because, if that clock existed and if we were able to find it, perhaps we could stop it and thus become eternal,’ Arsuaga tells Millás in this book, in which science is intertwined with literature.
The palaeontologist reveals essential aspects of our existence to the writer, and debates the advisability of transmitting his random vision of life to a dieting Millás, who discovers that old age is a country in which he still feels like a foreigner. After the extraordinary international reception of Life as Told by a Sapiens to a Neanderthal (TP, $29.99), the most brilliant double act in Spanish literature, once again, dazzle the reader by addressing topics such as death and eternity, longevity, disease, ageing, natural selection, programmed death, and survival. Here, you will find humour, biology, nature, life, a lot of life… and two fascinating characters, the Sapiens and the Neanderthal, who surprise us on every page with their sharp reflections on how evolution has treated us as a species. And, also, as individuals.
Science | TP | $32.99

The Rare Metals War: The dark side of clean energy and digital technologies
Pitron, Guillaume
The resources race is on. Powering our digital lives and green technologies are some of the Earth’s most precious metals – but they are running out. And what will happen when they do? The green-tech revolution has been lauded as the silver bullet to a new world. One that is, at last, free of oil, pollution, shortages, and cross-border tensions. Drawing on six years of research across a dozen countries, this book cuts across conventional green thinking to probe the hidden, dark side of green technology. By breaking free of fossil fuels, we are in fact setting ourselves up for a new dependence – on rare metals such as cobalt, gold, and palladium. They are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels, our smartphones, computers, tablets, and other everyday connected objects. China has captured the lion’s share of the rare metals industry, but consumers know very little about how they are mined and traded, or their environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs. The Rare Metals War is a vital exposé of the ticking time bomb that lies beneath our new technological order. It uncovers the reality of our lavish and ambitious environmental quest that involves risks as formidable as those it seeks to resolve.
Science/Business | TP | $36.99

How to Win an Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler
Pomerantsev, Peter
From one of our leading experts on disinformation, the incredible true story of the complex and largely forgotten WWII propagandist Sefton Delmer – and what we can learn from him, today. From one of our leading experts on disinformation, the incredible true story of the complex and largely forgotten WWII propagandist Thomas Sefton Delmer – and what we can learn from him today. In the summer of 1941, Hitler ruled Europe from the Atlantic to the Black Sea. Britain was struggling to combat the powerful Nazi propaganda machine, which crowed victory and smeared its enemies. But inside Germany, there was one notable voice of dissent from the very heart of the military machine, Der Chef, a German whose radio broadcasts skilfully questioned Nazi doctrine. He had access to high-ranking German military secrets and spoke of internal rebellion. His listeners included German soldiers and citizens. American officials and even the President tried to decipher what it meant for the future of the war. But what these audiences didn’t know was that Der Chef was a fiction, a character created by the British propagandist Thomas Sefton Delmer, just one player in Delmer’s vast counter-propaganda cabaret, a unique weapon in the war. As author Peter Pomerantsev uncovers Delmer’s story, he is called into a wartime propaganda effort of his own: the global response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. This book is the story of Delmer and his modern-day investigator, as they each embark on their own quest to seduce and inspire the passions of supporters and enemies, and to turn the tide of information wars.
Propaganda | TP | $34.99

Why We Die: The New Science of Ageing and the Quest for Immortality
Ramakrishnan, Venki
Would you want to live forever?
Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Venki Ramakrishnan transforms our understanding of why we age and die – and whether there’s anything we can do about it. We are living through a revolution in biology. Giant strides are being made in our understanding of why we age and die, and why some species live longer than others. Immortality, once a faint hope, has never been more within our grasp. Examining recent scientific breakthroughs, Ramakrishnan shows how cutting-edge efforts to extend lifespan by altering our natural biology raise profound questions. Although we might not like it, does death serve a necessary biological purpose? And how can we increase our chances of living long, healthy and fulfilled lives? As science advances, we have much to gain. But might we also have much to lose?
Science | TP | $34.99

Every Living Thing: The Great and Deadly Race to Know All Life
Roberts, Jason
The dramatic, globe-spanning and meticulously-researched story of two scientific rivals and their race to survey all life. In the 18th century, two men dedicated their lives to the same daunting task: identifying and describing all life on Earth. Their approaches could not have been more different. Carl Linnaeus, a pious Swedish doctor with a huckster’s flair, believed that life belonged in tidy, static categories. Georges-Louis de Buffon, an aristocratic polymath and keeper of France’s royal garden, viewed life as a dynamic, ever-changing swirl of complexities. Both began believing their work to be difficult, but not impossible – how could the planet possibly hold more than a few thousand species? Stunned by life’s diversity, both fell far short of their goal. But in the process, they articulated starkly divergent views on nature, on humanity’s role in shaping the fate of our planet, and on humanity itself. The rivalry between these two unique, driven individuals created reverberations that still echo today. Linnaeus, with the help of acolyte explorers he called ‘apostles’ (only half of whom returned alive), gave the world such concepts as mammal, primate, and homo sapiens – but he also denied species change and promulgated racist pseudo-science. Buffon coined the term reproduction, formulated early prototypes of evolution and genetics, and argued passionately against prejudice. It was a clash that, during their lifetimes, Buffon seemed to be winning. But their posthumous fates would take a very different turn. With elegant, propulsive prose grounded in more than a decade of research, bestselling author Jason Roberts tells an unforgettable true-life tale of intertwined lives and enduring legacies, tracing an arc of insight and discovery that extends across three centuries into the present day.
Science/History | TP | $36.99

Many Things Under a Rock: The Mysteries of Octopuses
Scheel, David
The octopus is a highly intelligent and deeply mysterious creature. It can communicate in sophisticated ways, change colour and texture in a split second, and sense aspects of the world that we cannot. Marine biologist David Scheel’s lifelong preoccupation with these animals has led to a career of ground-breaking research. Here, he shares his latest scientific understanding of octopuses and recounts his intrepid adventures with these charismatic creatures. Many Things Under a Rock celebrates octopuses as complex emotional beings and reveals what they can teach us about ourselves.
Science | PBK | $24.99

Look Again: The Power of Noticing What was Always There
Sharot, Tali & Sunstein, Cass R
Two big name thinkers tackle a great question: why are we so often oblivious to things around us, from pollution and lying to bias and corruption? The useful human ability to adapt to all circumstances can lead to blind spots. Here’s how to break the habit. Here is a ground-breaking new study of how disrupting our well-worn routines, both good and bad, can rejuvenate our days and reset our brains, to allow us to live happier and more fulfilling lives. Have you ever noticed that what is thrilling on Monday tends to become boring on Friday? Even exciting relationships, stimulating jobs, and breathtaking works of art lose their sparkle after a while. People stop noticing what is most wonderful in their own lives. They also stop noticing what is terrible. They get used to dirty air. They stay in abusive relationships. People grow to accept authoritarianism and take foolish risks. They become unconcerned by their own misconduct, blind to inequality, and are more liable to believe misinformation than ever before. But what if we could find a way to see everything anew? What if you could regain sensitivity, not only to the great things in your life, but also to the terrible things you stopped noticing and, so, don’t try to change?
Philosophy | TP | $34.99

The Riddles of the Sphinx: Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle
Shechtman, Anna
A renowned puzzle creator’s compulsively readable memoir, and history of the crossword puzzle as an unexpected site of women’s work and feminist protest. The indisputable ‘queen of crosswords’, Anna Shechtman published her first New York Times puzzle at age 19, and later, spearheaded The New Yorker’s popular crossword section. Working with a medium, often criticised as exclusionary, elitist, and out of touch, Anna is one of very few women in the field of puzzle making, where she strives to make the everyday diversion more diverse. In this fascinating work – part memoir, part cultural analysis – she excavates the hidden history of the crossword and the overlooked women who have been central to its creation and evolution, from the ‘Crossword Craze’ of the 1920s to the role of digital technology today. As she tells the story of her own experience in the CrossWorld, she analyses the roles assigned to women in American culture, the boxes they’ve been allowed to fill, and the ways that they’ve used puzzles to negotiate the constraints and play of desire under patriarchy. The result is an unforgettable and engrossing work of art, a loving and revealing homage to one of our most treasured, entertaining, and ultimately political pastimes.
Memoir | TP | $34.99

The Publishing Business: Guide to Starting Out and Getting on
Smith, Kelvin & Bold, Melanie Ramdarshan
Are you considering a career in the world of publishing, or simply want to understand more about the industry? If so, The Publishing Business will take you through the essential publishing activities performed in editorial, rights, design, production, sales, and marketing departments. International examples from across the industry, from children’s books to academic monographs, demonstrate key responsibilities at each stage of the publishing process and how the industry is adapting to digital culture. This third edition has been updated with more on the role of self-publishing, independent publishers, audio books, the rise of poetry and non-fiction and how the industry is facing up to challenges of sustainability, inclusivity, and diversity. Beautifully designed and full of insight and advice from practitioner interviews, this is an essential introduction to a dynamic industry.
Business of Books | TP | $59.99

Mortal Secrets: Freud, Vienna, and the Discovery of the Modern Mind
Tallis, Frank
A lively and accessible portrait of a major figure – Sigmund Freud – and the unprecedented era of creativity that shaped his ideas. Some cities are like stars. When the conditions are right, they ignite, and they burn with such fierce intensity that they outshine all their rivals. From 1890 and through the early years of the 20th century, Vienna became a dazzling beacon. The city was powered by an unprecedented number of extraordinary people – artists Klimt and Schiele, thinkers such as Theodor Herzl, and fashion icons like the glamorous Empress Sisi. Conversations in coffee houses and salons spurred advances in almost every area of human endeavour: science, politics, philosophy, and the arts. The influence of early 20th century Vienna is still detectable all around us – but the place where it is at its strongest is in our heads. The way we think about ourselves has been largely determined by Vienna’s most celebrated resident: Sigmund Freud. Mortal Secrets is the story of Freud’s life, Vienna’s golden age, and an essential reappraisal of Freud’s legacy.
Biography | TP | $34.99

Shakespeare’s Sisters: Four Women Who Wrote the Renaissance
Targoff, Ramie
This remarkable work about women writers in the English Renaissance explodes our notion of the Shakespearean period, by drawing us into the lives of four women who were committed to their craft long before there was any possibility of ‘a room of one’s own’. In an innovative and engaging narrative of everyday life in Shakespeare’s England, Ramie Targoff carries us from the sumptuous coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the mid-16th century into the private lives of four women writers working at a time when women were legally the property of men. Some readers may have heard of Mary Sidney, accomplished poet and sister of the famous Sir Philip Sidney, but few will have heard of Aemilia Lanyer, the first woman in the 17th century to publish a book of original poetry, which offered a feminist take on the crucifixion, or Elizabeth Cary, who published the first original play by a woman, about the plight of the Jewish princess Mariam. Then there was Anne Clifford, a lifelong diarist, who fought for decades against a patriarchy that tried to rob her of her land in one of England’s most infamous inheritance battles. These women had husbands and children to care for and little support for their art, yet against all odds they defined themselves as writers, finding rooms of their own where doors had been shut for centuries. Targoff flings them open to uncover the treasures left by these extraordinary women; in the process, she helps us see the Renaissance in a fresh light, creating a richer understanding of history and offering a much-needed female perspective on life in Shakespeare’s day.
History | TP | $34.99

Impossible Monsters: Dinosaurs, Darwin and the Victorian War Between Science and Religion
Taylor, Michael
From fossil hunting to the end of faith: a gripping narrative history of the 75-year culture war that transformed how we think about the universe and our place in it. In 1811, when the self-schooled daughter of a carpenter pulled some strange-looking bones from Britain’s southern shoreline, few people dared to question that the Bible told the accurate history of the world. But Mary Anning had discovered the ‘first’ dinosaur, and over the next 75 years – as the science of palaeontology developed, as Charles Darwin posited theories of evolutionary biology, and as religious scholars identified the internal inconsistencies of the Scriptures – everything changed. By the 1850s, dinosaurs were a prominent feature of the second Crystal Palace exhibition. By the 1860s, when Matthew Arnold stood on Dover Beach and saw faith ebbing away, Britain had plunged into a crisis of religious belief. By the 1870s, T H Huxley – Darwin’s ‘bulldog’ – was preaching a new history of the world, in which mankind was merely an accident of evolution. By 1886 – following a six-year battle which had seen him beaten, imprisoned, and forcibly removed from Parliament – Charles Bradlaugh was able to take his seat in the House of Commons, as the first openly-atheist MP. Told through the lives of the men and women who found these vital fossils and who fought about their meaning, some humble, some eccentric, some utterly brilliant, Impossible Monsters tells the story of the painful, complicated relationship between science and religion over these 75 years, of the growth of secularism, and of the role of dinosaurs, and their discovery in changing perceptions about the Bible, history, and mankind’s place in the world.
History/Science | TP | $36.99

Aesop’s Animals: The Science Behind the Fables
Wimpenny, Jo
Turns a critical eye on Aesop’s Fables, to ask whether there is any scientific truth to Aesop’s portrayal of his animals. Despite originating more than 2,500 years ago, Aesop’s Fables are still passed on from parent to child, and are embedded in our collective consciousness. The morals we have learned from these tales continue to inform our judgements, but have the stories also informed how we regard their animal protagonists? If so, is there any truth behind the stereotypes? Are wolves deceptive villains? Are crows insightful geniuses? And could a tortoise really beat a hare in a race? In Aesop’s Animals, zoologist Jo Wimpenny turns a critical eye to the fables to discover whether there is any scientific truth to Aesop’s portrayal of the animal kingdom. She brings the tales into the 21st century, introducing the latest findings on some of the most fascinating branches of ethological research – the study of why animals do the things they do. In each chapter, she interrogates a classic fable and a different topic – future planning, tool use, self-recognition, cooperation, and deception – concluding with a verdict on the veracity of each fable’s portrayal from a scientific perspective. By sifting fact from fiction in one of the most beloved texts of our culture, Aesop’s Animals explores and challenges our preconceived notions about animals, the way they behave, and the roles we both play in our shared world.
Science/Folklore | TP | $29.99

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