Watch them, watching him, watching them...

  • September 16, 2010 13:24
  • Katy Scholes

John Sweeney, author of Rooney's Gold and one of the BBCs leading investigative journalists is up to his tricks again. The trailer for Panorama: The Secrets of Scientology, airing on the BBC September 28th, sees John wandering up to various cameramen filming him for reasons which can be inferred but are undisclosed. It's pretty funny stuff - John seen being as nonchalant as ever.

Rooney's Gold, out now, is the story of the rise and fall and rise again of Wayne Rooney, a boy from the mean streets of broken Britain – few streets meaner than Croxteth in Liverpool – who lifted himself out of poverty by his footballing genius to play for Manchester United and England. On the pitch (most of the time) a hero. Off it, the centrepiece, with his wife Coleen, of perhaps the most vacuous media soap opera of modern times. Buy your copy here for £18.99.



  • September 15, 2010 17:29
  • Katy Scholes

Editorial genius Jonathan Wadman is leaving us.

Jonathan has been with the company since the very beginning and has played a major part in getting us to where we are today. Jonathan, whose last day is 28th September is going back to University to do an MA in Linguistics at UCL. We thank him and wish him the very best of luck.

Consequently, we need to find someone to fill his shoes. If you are interested, please read on...

Job role: Senior Editor

Biteback Publishing, the country’s leading politics and current affairs publisher, is looking for an energetic and highly motivated individual to fill the post of Senior Editor.

Key roles will include:

Overseeing the book production process, from receipt of manuscript to delivery of files to printers
Appointing and supervising freelance copy-editors, proofreaders, indexers, designers and typesetters
Editing manuscripts
Liaising with authors and with commissioning editors
Liaising with printers and others involved in the production process
Constant close collaboration with sales and marketing staff

The successful candidate will be highly organised, with excellent attention to detail and an ability to work under pressure when required. A personal interest in politics is essential.

Please send your application to
The closing date for applications is Friday 1st October.


Podcast: John Nicholson interview

  • September 15, 2010 15:35
  • Katy Scholes

In an two part podacast, author of We Ate All the Pies, John Nicholson talks football with Richard Farley on EPL Talk.

To stream the casts, click here and here.


Onwards and Upwards!

  • September 14, 2010 11:19
  • Katy Scholes

Hi All,

Exciting times lie ahead. We’ve just moved to our new offices and vacated our quite lovely home on Kennington Lane. Gone are the days of staring out at commuters as they abandon their vehicles in the middle of the road to scream at a hapless bus driver, no longer will we be tickled by the vision of inebriants peeing on the doorstep of MI6 London Station, and never again will we be privy to the intimate secrets thrust into the public domain in roadside domestic disputes. I for one will miss it.

Now all we have is a stunning view of Parliament. Rubbish.

So, for us, it’s onwards and upwards as we creep ever closer to Westminster and ever further from ground level. There is a point to all this, of course; here’s our new address:

Biteback Publishing
3 Albert Embankment
SE1 7SP (Sausage Potatoes)

Don’t hesitate to pop by and see us, we’re not letting the altitude go to our heads (hence my mentioning it more than once). But if you do, can you ensure you yell at us incoherently, anything – just like old times...


"Together Forever?" Nick Boles on the Daily Politics

  • September 14, 2010 09:28
  • Katy Scholes

Nick Boles also featured on the Daily Politics yesterday to discuss, with Norman Lamb, the topic of his new book - the future of the coalition government and the possibility of an electoral pact between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

You can watch the feature on BBC iPlayer, here (about 7 minutes into the programme).

Which Way's Up? , Nick Boles' new book, is available from the Biteback website.