January Releases from Biteback Publishing

  • January 15, 2015 13:00
  • Sarah Thrift

How can it be January 15th already? We’ve got six great titles due out this month, and as we’re all doing “Dry January”/”pretend to be healthy”/”save money and stay at home” resolutions this month, there’s no better time to get stuck into a new book.

 

Politics

Why Vote Green 2015: The Essential Guide          

By Shahrar Ali

With the 2015 General Election fast approaching, we’ve got a brand new addition to the Why Vote 2015 series. Will the Greens build on their previous successes? Deputy leader of the Green party Shahrar Ali concisely explores their key policies in this important little book.

“There’s absolutely no other choice but Green. The others are all the same.” Dame Vivienne Westwood

The Problem with Immigrants       

By Derek Laud

Derek Laud explores the triumphs and disappointments shared those who have relocated to the UK. Drawing on his own experience, Laud highlights the misconceptions and prejudices that face those who have chosen to live here. With immigration proving to be one of the key issues in the upcoming General Election, The Problem with Immigrants is a timely look at this controversial topic.

The End of Apartheid: Diary of a Revolution          

By Robin Renwick

Personal friend to Mandela and British Ambassador to South Africa, Robin Renwick witnessed first-hand the release of Nelson Mandela and the dismantling of apartheid. An extraordinary account of this seismic event, The End of Apartheid is based on Renwick’s diaries of the time and contains previously unpublished Foreign office and Downing Street files.

“One of the most important books written on the modern history of South Africa.”  Wilbur Smith

Espionage

Odd People: Hunting Spies in the First World War         

By Basil Thomson

A real life Sherlock Holmes, Basil Thomson was responsible for arresting and interrogating possible spies in a panicked England just before the First World War. Odd People is a look at the fascinating suspects he found and a wittily observed portrait of a paranoid country. The latest addition to the Dialogue Espionage Classics Series.  

Double Cross in Cairo: The True Story of the Spy Who Turned the Tide of War in the Middle East

By Nigel West

Renato Levi is an enigma; a double agent during World War II, a terrible womaniser and the holder of a British passport. Levi or ‘Cheese’ played a role so incomparable and secretive that even after his death and the declassification of MI5’s war files his true identity was never revealed, until now. 

Biography

Forever England: The life of Rupert Brooke

By Mike Read

The most celebrated of war poets, strikingly good looking and emblematic of a generation that died too young, Rupert Brooke’s death reflected the tragedy of conflict. In Forever England, Mike Read examines Brooke’s tangled web of love, friendship, mental illness and politics and the poems that came from it.

All books will be available on our two week price promise, so don't miss out!

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Biteback Publishing Acquire Rights to Nigel Farage's New Book: The Purple Revolution

  • January 13, 2015 14:30
  • Suzanne Sangster

Biteback Publishing have acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Nigel Farage's new book, The Purple Revolution, The Year That Changed Everything, from Charlie Brotherstone at Ed Victor.   

Iain Dale, Managing Director of Biteback Publishing said 'I am delighted to be publishing Nigel Farage just before what will be one of the most exciting general elections in decades.' 

This extraordinary book takes us beyond the caricature of the beer-drinking, chain-smoking adventurer in Jermyn Street double-cuffs, to describe the values that underpin Farage’s own journey; from successful City trader to critic of the European Union and champion of Britain’s right to govern itself, revealing his loss of faith in the mainstream parties and his personal vision for a Britain outside the EU.  

The Purple Revolution will be published in paperback on March 5th, price £9.99, and will be supported by a major PR and marketing campaign. 

For more information, please contact Suzanne Sangster on 020 7091 1260/07717 536498.‚Äč 

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The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader - A Last Minute Gift For Espionage Readers

  • December 19, 2014 15:00
  • Sarah Thrift

The Secret Agent's Bedside Reader

A Compendium of Spy Writing

Edited by Michael Smith

Hardback RRP: £20 Our Price: £15

eBook RRP: £16.99 Our Price: £10.19

There aren’t many publishers who can claim to publish the likes of Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, John le Carré, Somerset Maugham, Compton Mackenzie and Ian Fleming. But Biteback can!

We’ve been quietly building up our list of books by former spies in the Dialogue Espionage Classics series and while Conrad wasn’t ever a spy, so far as anyone knows, he and all of the above now appear in print under the Biteback logo! It’s a tremendous coup. 

Not only do we publish them all but we publish them all in one handy book. The Secret Agent’s Bedside Reader, edited by former spook and number-one bestselling author Michael Smith. It’s the perfect Christmas present.

The Secret Agent’s Bedside Reader includes devious plans by Ian Fleming to outwit the Germans during the Second World War, an entire John le Carré chapter on George Smiley and his wartime espionage exploits and one of Somerset Maugham’s wonderful short stories about his alter ego, the British spy Ashenden.

But there’s much more than that, excerpts from novels by John Buchan, Erskine Childers and contemporary spies turned espionage novelists Matthew Dunn and Alan Judd, a guide on how to tail a spy by MI5’s top tradecraft man and a never before published Kim Philby report to the KGB’s Moscow Centre telling his Soviet masters everything that MI5 knew about Russian spies in Britain. 

There are more than forty spy stories in The Secret Agent’s Bedside Reader all bar Conrad’s written by former men who worked for the British intelligence services. It’s a brilliant Christmas present.

 

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Biteback Publishing's Advent Offers

  • December 12, 2014 13:00
  • Sarah Thrift

Christmas is fast approaching, and we are halfway through our eBook Advent Calendar. That means there's still 13 fantastic books to come for just £1.99. Check out the homepage for our Advent offer, which changes daily and lasts for just 24 hours. 

Today's eBook offer: The 10 Football Matches That Changed The World ... And the one that didn't by Jim Murphy. Available on all eReaders for only £1.99 until midnight tonight. 

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Why I Wrote 'Stand By Your Manhood'

  • December 11, 2014 13:00
  • Peter Lloyd

Why I wrote this book

Stand By Your Manhood : A Game-changer for Modern Men 

I waited many years for somebody to write an affirmative, no-bulls**t book about men. Nearly two decades, in fact.

During that time we had a profusion of fun, female equivalents from the likes of Caitlin Moran, Camille Paglia and Hadley Freeman, not to mention novels that include Candace Bushnall's Sex and the City, but there was never anything as bold and fearless for the boys. 

Still, I waited patiently - ever-hopeful that somebody, somewhere, would pen a frank, fun, reality check on the truth of being a modern man. Not something that emphasised the importance of pocket squares or facial hair, or even how to get laid, but something that put life-affirming, dignity-restoring, bloke-buoying truth above the approval of women, and didn't apologise for it. 

A book which rugby-tackled the gritty, controversial issues we aren't supposed to discuss, even though they remain dramatically real: circumcision, unfair paternity laws, gold-diggers, whether enjoying porn makes us sexist (it doesn't), divorce settlements, quotas, military conscription, chivalry, penis dysmorphia, the grim (Reaper) reality of men's health and, dare I say it, feminism. 

Eventually, I gave up waiting - and wrote it myself.

Whether that was A) brave or B) naive is up to you, but the result is Stand By Your Manhood: the first book of its kind by a UK political publisher - which, funnily enough, is out now thanks to the lovely people at Biteback. 

Not only is this perfectly timed for Christmas, but it also coincides with an age where men are routinely patronised over how to sit on trains (legs together!), told which film directors to admire (as Helen Mirren did with Sam Mendes) and what sort of shirt is 'acceptable' for a scientist to wear while landing spacecraft on a moving comet (see poor, brow-beaten Matt Taylor).

Gentlemen, ENOUGH.

Fortunately, my newly-unleashed 'Manhood' will act as a road map through today's battle of the sexes, steering you back to a place of reassuring, common-sense sanity. Best of all, it also imparts some constructive criticism for the sisterhood, too.

See, despite fifty years of so-called solution feminism, life remains contrary for us men: opening doors is considered sexist, but paying for dinner is not. Women fought for the vote, but men - and only men - can still have it taken away (if they don't sign up for the draft), and while the pay gap is contested by some of the world's best economists (yep, you’ve been lied to for decades - it's mostly spin!), our life expectancy gap rages - without a Minister for Men's Health, of course. After all, that would be sexist.

Not that women have it any easier, of course - we're all well-versed on the issues they face, but one thing's for sure: all our problems have worsened in the fifty years that men have surrendered their voice.

Finally, this book gives it back - and tells others to listen up, whether they like it or not.

Stand by Your Manhood: A Game-changer for Modern Men is now available for £13.49 (HB) and £7.79 (eBook). Frank, funny and long overdue, it is the perfect gift to put under the Christmas tree this year. 

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