New tell-all book lifts lid on tactics and tensions at the heart of 'Project Fear'

  • August 25, 2015 00:01
  • Sam Jones

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



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.

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