Biteback Publishing to publish Rude by Katie Hopkins

  • March 08, 2017 09:00
  • James Stephens

Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing, has acquired world rights to Rude by controversial columnist and broadcaster Katie Hopkins.

Love her or hate her, Katie Hopkins is impossible to ignore, and this hilarious and revealing new book – part memoir, part handbook for the modern woman – is the same.

Laughing through the chapters of her life, she shares her disasters, her biggest disappointments and the time she had to ring her super sensible boss to say she was on the front pages of the tabloids having sex in a field. 

From being kicked out of the army for being epileptic, to firing little Lord Sugar; from her first husband leaving her in the maternity ward for the big-boobed secretary, to the reality behind Celebrity Big Brother, she has plenty of surprises to share and lessons she thinks we should learn. 

Readers be warned, however. Katie doesn’t sugar-coat anything, and neither does she hold back, making her as honest in her book as she is in life. 

But this book is an introduction to a quieter Katie too, one people seldom see. She takes us beyond her front door and into the privacy of her home, writing as a mum of three, sharing things even she feels awkward saying. 

Katie Hopkins said: ‘This book is written by the “me” my family see, sitting on my sofa, sometimes laughing, sometimes crying at my life.’

Iain Dale said: ‘I’m really pleased to be publishing Katie. I realise she is a marmite character for some, with her robust opinions about a broad range of issues, but this book takes us behind the controversy to see the real Katie. I think a lot of people will be surprised!’

Rude will be published in October 2017 and supported by a major publicity campaign.

For more information please contact james.stephens@bitebackpublishing.com or call 020 7091 1260

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A major new project from Biteback Publishing

  • March 07, 2017 09:00
  • Sam Jones

Biteback Publishing is delighted to announce a major new project: a two-volume series of biographies of every female MP ever to be elected to the House of Commons.

On 14 December 1918, Countess Markievicz became the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons. She was elected for Sinn Féin, but never took her seat. Eleven months later, Nancy, Lady Astor, became the first woman to be elected and to take her seat. One hundred years later, 454 other women followed in their stead.

The book’s co-editors, Biteback’s publisher Iain Dale and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, are commissioning biographical essays on each of the 456 ‘Honourable Ladies’. Each of the contributors will be female.

Volume I will contain profiles of the 169 female MPs to sit in the House of Commons between 1918 and 1997 and will be published in hardback in November 2018.

Volume II will contain profiles of the 287 female MPs first elected between 1997 and 2019 and will be published in November 2019.

Iain Dale said: “This is a major project for a major centenary, but it’s exactly the kind of book Biteback excels in. Each of the 456 women has a fascinating story to tell and this book enables them to tell it through the eyes of a contemporary female voice. Many contributors are current female MPs themselves, while others are journalists, academics and historians. Jacqui and I are delighted to be working together again on this important initiative.”

Jacqui Smith said: “The women who made it into Parliament during these years showed considerable grit and energy.  That’s what they share, but there are also a whole range of histories, backgrounds and events to explore which make this such an exciting project.  I’m really looking forward to seeing their stories told by other women – many of whom followed in their footsteps.”

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Biteback to publish Jeremy Thompson’s autobiography

  • March 01, 2017 12:00
  • James Stephens

Jeremy Thompson: Autobiography

Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing, has acquired world rights to the memoirs of one of Britain’s most celebrated broadcasters.

Until his retirement at the end of 2016, Jeremy Thompson was one of the longest-serving journalists and news anchors in the UK.

During a forty-year career in television news, Thompson gained a reputation as the consummate broadcaster, latterly as the anchor of Sky News’ early evening programme, though as frequently broadcasting on location from the heart of the story.

Thompson worked for all the major news broadcasters in the UK: the BBC, ITV and finally Sky, where he started as a foreign correspondent in 1993. He covered many of the most important news events of our time and reported from all over the world, picking up countless awards for his work.

The first TV journalist to broadcast live as British peacekeeping forces arrived in Kosovo, he also covered the First Gulf War and, in 2003, anchored Sky News’ coverage of the Second Gulf War from Iraq. There he presented every night for a month on the front line and was the first anchor to present from inside Baghdad. He was also in South Africa to cover the death of Nelson Mandela and the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius.

This extraordinary book tells the life story of one of the nation’s most popular broadcasters. Jeremy Thompson’s autobiography will be published in October 2017 and supported by a major publicity campaign.

Iain Dale said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be publishing Jeremy’s memoirs. I have been a fan for many years and have yet to meet anyone who can tell a story as well as him. Readers will lap up the anecdotes and adventures contained in this extraordinary book.’

For more information please contact james.stephens@bitebackpublishing.com or call 020 7091 1260

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Biteback Publishing to publish Something For The Weekend: Life In The Chemsex Underworld by James Wharton

  • February 23, 2017 09:00
  • James Stephens

Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing, has acquired world rights to Something for the Weekend: Life in the Chemsex Underworld by former soldier James Wharton.

When James Wharton left the army, he found himself with more opportunities than most to begin a successful civilian life. He had a husband, two dogs, two cars, a nice house in the countryside and a publishing deal.

A year later, he found himself single, living in a small room and trying to adjust to single gay life back in the capital. In his search for new friends and potential lovers, he was sucked into London’s gay drug culture, soon becoming addicted to partying and the phenomenon known as chemsex.

Exploring his own journey through this popular, dark world, James looks at the motivating factors that led him to the culture, as well as examining the paths taken by others. He reveals the real goings on at the weekends for thousands of people after most have gone to bed, and describes how modern technology allows people to arrange, congregate, furnish themselves with ‘chems’ and spend hours, sometimes days, behind closed curtains, with strangers and in states of heightened sexual desire.

In the fiftieth year since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this book reveals contemporary life in London for a great number of gay and bisexual men. It reveals how, although equality legislation has progressed, the gay community itself is factious and made up of many identities that don’t always feel a part of the bigger picture.

Something for the Weekend champions the work of sexual health organisations and drug charities who help people addicted to chemsex, and explores the disturbing side of London’s gay drug culture and its sometimes devastating consequences.

Iain Dale said: ‘I’m delighted to be publishing James’s new book, especially after the enormous success of his debut, Out in the Army, which Biteback published a couple of years ago. His new book is an important story that needs to be told and will surprise many!’

Something for the Weekend will be published in July 2017 and supported by a major publicity campaign.

For more information please contact james.stephens@bitebackpublishing.com or call 020 7091 1260

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An evening with Robin Lustig at Waterstones Piccadilly

  • January 31, 2017 12:00
  • Sam Jones

If you've ever tuned in to BBC Radio 4 programmes such as The World Tonight and Newstand, or Newshour on the BBC World Service, the chances are you've listened to the sharp, sage reporting of Robin Lustig.

Many of those who weren't fortunate enough to be invited to the week's other big event – the inaugural ceremony in Washington – joined us on Thursday 19 January at Waterstones Piccadilly to celebrate the launch of Lustig's new memoir Is Anything Happening? My Life as a Newsman.

It's a fantastic book, both an irresistible personal memoir and an insightful reflection on world events over the past forty-five years. At Waterstones, Robin discussed his life and the state of the press with Rosie Goldsmith, and shared anecdotes from an illustrious career in broadcast journalism.

 

 

Photos by Max Easterman

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