Job Vacancy - Designer and Typesetter

  • August 10, 2015 15:00
  • Sam Jones

Designer and Typesetter

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.

As part of a small, dynamic team, you will need to be adaptable as well as a good communicator.

The ideal candidate will have design experience in a book publishing environment. You must be a fluent user of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and experience with photography and typography is essential.

Please apply with a CV, covering letter and work samples (or a link to an online portfolio) to:


August Releases from Biteback Publishing

  • August 04, 2015 09:00
  • Sam Jones

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.



Special Branch

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. 


Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2015 shortlist announced!

  • August 03, 2015 15:00
  • Sam Jones

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.

Lady Constance Lytton

Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr

by Lyndsey Jenkins

Hardback RRP: £20 Our Price: £15.99

Ebook RRP: £16.99 Our Price: £9.99

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.



Figures suggest a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the UK

  • July 30, 2015 12:00
  • Sam Jones


by Frederic Raphael

Available to pre-order now!

In their Antisemitic Incidents report from January–June 2015, Community Security Trust recorded 473 anti-semitic incidents in the first six months of 2015, a 53 per cent increase on the first six months of 2014.

In our latest instalment in the Provocations series, Oscar-winning screenwriter and novelist Frederic Raphael examines the origin, rise and impact of anti-Jewish feeling during a time when religious tensions in the world are mounting once more.

Join the discussion with #Provocations.


Provocations is a groundbreaking new series of short polemics composed by some of the most intriguing voices in contemporary culture and edited by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Sharp, intelligent and controversial, Provocations provides insightful contributions to the most vital discussions in society today.

Other titles available in the series:





Biteback to publish David Laws' Coalition

  • July 30, 2015 09:00
  • Vicky Gilder

Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing, has acquired world rights to Coalition, the inside story of the Cameron-Clegg Coalition by David Laws, the former senior Liberal Democrat MP, and author of the bestselling 22 Days in May: The Birth of the Lib Dem-Conservative Coalition (Biteback, 2010).

David Laws is well placed to provide a real insider’s account, shedding light on much that has not yet made it into the public domain. He took part in the key Coalition negotiations in 2010, was the Coalition’s first Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and returned to the Government in key posts in the Education Department and at the heart of Government – in the Cabinet Office.

This book will tell the inside story of the Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition from its birth in 2010 through to its demise in May 2015. It will show how key decisions were made, lay bare divisions between and within the Coalition parties, provide sketches of all the key players on both sides of the Government, and assess the Coalition’s successes and failures.

Iain Dale said: ‘The Conservative-Lib Dem Coalition was a fascinating chapter in recent British politics, and David Laws was uniquely positioned to write about it from within. 22 Days in May was essential reading for politics fans, and I’m thrilled that David is returning to Biteback with this revealing account.’

David Laws said: ‘Working in the coalition government was a fascinating and productive experience. This account will, I hope, not just be of historic value but will also touch on many of the issues and challenges which will confront all political parties in the years ahead. I am delighted that Biteback is publishing this account. ‘

Coalition will be published in Spring 2016, and supported by a major press campaign.

For more information please contact or call 020 7091 1260