September 02, 2015 17:00
September is packed with fantastic new releases from Biteback Publishing. We proudly introduce: the new British Leaders series – a set of beautiful books to complement any bookshelf; Paul Gambaccini’s eagerly anticipated memoir Love, Paul Gambaccini; Norman Baker’s compelling and revelatory insider account of the coalition – and plenty more to keep you entertained and informed as the nights begin to get a little longer…
The British Leaders Series
Edited by Tim Bale, Duncan Brack, Charles Clarke, Patrick Diamond, Robert Ingham, Toby S. James & Tony Little
These comprehensive and enlightening books are vital contributions to the study of party leadership and the understanding of British political history. The series considers the attributes and achievements of leaders from the three most historic parties in British politics, offering a compelling analytical framework by which they may be judged, detailed personal biographies from some of the country's foremost political critics, and exclusive interviews with former leaders themselves. An essential collection for anyone interested in the history of this nation’s politics.
Breaking the Code
By Gyles Brandreth
Newly updated with a wealth of extra material, this new paperback edition of Gyles Brandreth’s modern political classic unflinchingly reveals the secret and intricate workings of the government Whips’ Office. Brandreth’s charming, hilarious and at times touching account paints an extraordinary portrait of the Whitehall and Westminster of the past thirty years.
Love, Paul Gambaccini
By Paul Gambaccini
Arrested in the dead of night in October 2013, Paul Gambaccini endured twelve horrific months of slander, gossip and witch-hunting, having been falsely accused of sexual abuse as part of Operation Yewtree. Now, in his resolute and personal account of that time, Gambaccini exposes the hard-fought battle for the justice he deserved.
Pay Me Forty Quid and I’ll Tell You
By Michael Ashcroft and Kevin Culwick
Discover what was really going on behind the polling numbers for the 2015 general election. Reports from Lord Ashcroft Polls, collected here for the first time, are packed with funny and insightful observations from voters, and reveal what the public truly thought during all the steps in the race to Downing Street.
How to Be a Parliamentary Researcher
By Robert Dale
While rumours abound of them being glorified bag-carriers and sackable by Post-it note, parliamentary researchers are a keystone in the day-to-day operations of British politics. In this compelling insight, Robert Dale combines practical advice with acute personal observations – the result is a must-have for aspiring politicians looking to make their first step on the ladder, and a fascinating read for anyone else interested in what happens behind the scenes of our political system.
By Joe Pike
A groundbreaking account of Scottish politics over the past twelve months. Project Fear – taking its name from the term used to refer to the Better Together organisation and the No vote campaign in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum – examines Scotland’s astounding political landscape, from the referendum itself, through its dramatic aftermath, and on to the astonishing rise of the SNP in the 2015 general election.
Against the Grain
By Norman Baker
In this enthralling memoir, one-of-a-kind former Lib Dem MP Norman Baker lifts the lid on the coalition, Department for Transport, Home Office and the scandals and conflicts of Westminster during his illustrious career.
August 25, 2015 00:01
On the first anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum, a new tell-all book will lift the lid on the tactics and tensions behind Better Together and the subsequent general election campaign that left a kingdom united but a country divided.
Due for release on 18 September 2015, Project Fear by Joe Pike delves deep into the nail-biting back-room operations of the referendum’s ‘No’ campaign, examining the striking shift in Scottish political attitudes and its effect on what turned out to be the most unpredictable election in a generation.
Based on over fifty off-the-record interviews with those at the heart of the action, the book takes the reader behind the scenes, exposing the real story of Better Together and the fallout that threatens Labour’s very survival as a party of government across the UK.
With fresh revelations about the events that sent shockwaves through British politics, this book is a must-read for those who voted Yes and No, as well as anyone looking for the inside track on the campaign that continues to affect British politics.
'Shocking, riveting and hilarious. The Scottish Thick of It.' – Owen Jones, Guardian columnist
August 10, 2015 15:00
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Biteback Publishing is a leading independent non-fiction publisher specialising in politics and current affairs. A position has arisen within our busy editorial team for a designer and typesetter. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing book jackets, typesetting manuscripts, compiling plate sections and designing marketing and media material when required.
The candidate will be a creative and organised individual, able to manage projects from concept brief to artwork production, sometimes juggling a heavy workload and working to deadlines, while maintaining a high quality of design.
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August 04, 2015 09:00
There’s plenty going on in August here at Biteback – we have new additions to our Provocations and Dialogue Espionage Classics series, the Political Book Awards 2015 Polemic of the Year returning in paperback, and a fascinating and insightful history of the most unique branch to have existed in the Metropolitan Police.
The Spy Net
By Henry Landau
The latest instalment in the Dialogue Espionage Classics series, The Spy Net illuminates the extraordinary extent of Britain’s spies in Belgium, France and Germany during the First World War. Captain Henry Landau was recruited into the British secret service to run a group of more than a thousand agents who monitored the movement of German troop trains to and from the Western Front. It was arguably the most effective intelligence operation of the First World War and, according to the chief of the secret service, produced 70 per cent of all Allied intelligence on the German forces.
An Inconvenient Genocide
By Geoffrey Robertson QC
Winner of the Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015 Polemic of the Year. At the centenary of the deaths of over a million Armenian people, renowned human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson seeks to prove beyond all reasonable doubt that the horrific events in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constitute the crime against humanity that is today known as genocide. This paperback edition includes a new chapter deploring the hypocrisy of Britain and the United States, who refuse to recognise the genocide, rather than risk alienating their NATO ally.
By Ray Wilson & Ian Adams
The first complete history of the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police, from its formation in 1883 until it was subsumed into the Counter-Terrorism Command of the Metropolitan Police in 2006. The book reveals the astounding missions, life-saving efforts and intelligence-gathering of the men and women of ‘the Branch’, and demonstrates the unique place it inhabited between MI5 and the police.
By Frederic Raphael
The Provocations series continues to highlight the most vital discussions in society today. In Anti-Semitism, Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist Frederic Raphael reflects upon two millennia of Jewish persecution, from the Enlightenment to more recent developments in anti-Jewish feeling. This ambitious and powerful polemic illuminates why the Jewish community has been subjugated to violence for so long, but also why the religion continues to flourish.
August 03, 2015 15:00
Lady Constance Lytton by Lyndsey Jenkins has been shortlised for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2015, facing competition from titles by Anita Anand, Michael Bundock, Alan Cumming and Sarah Knights.
Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr
by Lyndsey Jenkins
Hardback RRP: £20 Our Price: £15.99
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Lady Constance Lytton (1869–1923) was the most unlikely of suffragettes. Daughter of a Viceroy of India and lady-in-waiting to the Queen, she grew up in the family home of Knebworth and for forty years, did little but devote herself to her family. A chance encounter with a suffragette intrigued her; witnessing Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst on trial converted her, and she was willing to be imprisoned for the cause. But, once jailed, Constance soon found that her name and connections singled her out for unwelcome special treatment. She therefore decided on a radical step: taking the name Jane Warton, she disguised herself and got herself arrested in Liverpool. In prison, she was force-fed eight times before her identity was discovered and she was released. Her case became a cause celebre, she became an inspiration and, in the end, a martyr. Her extraordinary life-story has never been told until now.
Click here to read the prologue!
The judges for the prize are Damian Barr, Fiona MacCarthy, and James Naughtie.
The winner will be announced at the Biographers’ Club Prize Dinner at the National Liberal Club on 4 November.