A splendid launch at Pitshanger Bookshop for BRITAIN'S GREATEST GENERATION, the book which accompanies the major 4 part BBC 2 series that goes out on May 8th. Author Sue Elliott had many of the guests in tears as she read one of the testimonies in the book - which is based on interviews with men and women in their 80s and 90s - our parents and grandparents. The flagship series focuses on the life stories of those who were born during and just after the First World War and experienced the depression of the 1930s, World War Two and the subsequent rationing and hardship of the early 1950s. Random House did a superb job of getting the book out on a very tight schedule and it looks terrific.
posted by JANE April 27, 2015 9:41 AM
A tremendous gathering at the press bar of the House of Commons for the very smart re-issue by Faber Finds of Alistair Michie and the late Simon Hoggart's 1978 book THE PACT; THE INSIDE STORY OF THE LIB-LAB GOVERNMENT 1977-78.
Lords Hattersely and Steel both contributed forewords and it's wonderful to have this very relevant piece of political history available again. All political advisors should get a copy now!
posted by JANE March 30, 2015 12:07 PM
Bestselling author Tiddy has signed up with the agency we are delighted to announce. Her Little Book of Mindfulness has spent many weeks on the UK bestseller lists and her new titles have over 200,000 copies in print.
posted by JANE March 10, 2015 10:34 PM
A good week for that exciting moment when you see an idea become a book - in this case MARTIN HUGHES-GAMES' memoir of his adventures filming wildlife. Martin is known to a TV audience from Springwatch and Autumnwatch on BBC but he spent many years behind the camera and he is a very gifted writer. This is his first book and he manages to combine a natural talent as a raconteur with fascinating material on wildlife, so one learns a huge amount without realising it. Corsair publish in April.
posted by JANE March 06, 2015 5:53 PM
Just seen copies of RICHARD VAN EMDEN's brilliant new book - a companion volume to TOMMY'S WAR. Published to mark the centenary of the doomed Dardanelles campaign, the book contains harrowing, moving and sometimes darkly humorous personal accounts written by soldiers with 130 photographs taken by the servicemen themselves , most previously unpublished. It's Richard's ninth book for Bloomsbury and establishes him firmly as the pre-eminent historian of WW1.
posted by JANE March 03, 2015 3:18 PM