It's another busy month here at Biteback. We've got France's fastest-selling book, the Provocations series edited by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, and Alan Cochrane's indy ref diaries... It's like Christmas has come early!
By Valérie Trierweiler, translated by Clèmence Sebag
The French exposé has arrived. Valérie Trierweiler’s recounts her tempestuous relationship with President François Hollande in Thank You For This Moment. Upon release in France it created a political storm, revealing explicit details about the President’s personal life which led to a massive downturn is his approval ratings. France’s fastest-selling book ever, this enthralling tale of love and betrayal is now available in English for the first time.
By Alan Cochrane
Alan Cochrane documents his role in the hard-fought battle to keep Britain united in these eye-opening diaries. Recording the three year run up to the referendum, Cochrane spares no one in this shocking and insightful new book.
By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
In the first of the groundbreaking Provocations series, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, argues the importance of refusing the veil as a legitimate choice for women and writes compellingly about reclaiming female human rights and liberties.
By Zoe Williams
In The Madness of Modern Parenting, Zoe Williams calls into question all contemporary parenting discussions and public policy, and confronts the maddening issue of whether the modern day quest for the ultimate upbringing can ever really succeed.
By Peter York
Politicians nowadays are often told they must be authentic. They’re told to be the everyday man or woman, they should – like Harold Wilson once claimed – prefer their salmon tinned rather than smoked, ‘with vinegar’. Peter York claims it is a farce, but that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
By Damian McBride
The author of the Sunday Times Bestseller Power Trip returns with this collection from his widely acclaimed blog. True to form, Damian McBride is candid and pulls no punches in his views on British politics and its figures, inciting controversy and laughter, as well as important discussion.
By Robin Renwick
Can Hillary Clinton make history and become the first female President of the United States? What can we expect if she does successfully assume the highest office in the world? What is she really like? Robin Renwick, British ambassador during the Clintons’ time in the White House, seeks to answer these questions and more in this invaluable insight into one of the most divisive figures in recent US political history.
By Peter Lloyd
Peter Lloyd unashamedly confronts everything it means to be a modern man in this comically frank and enlightening handbook. Covering a variety of topics from sex to suffragents, divorce to lads' mags, Lloyd informs and reassures men everywhere that they are not alone.
All these books will be available as part of our two week price promise, so don't miss out!
- October 30, 2014 13:00
- Sarah Thrift
Out in the Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier
By James Wharton
This month Biteback Publishing is delighted to publish the updated paperback of the acclaimed autobiography Out in the Army: My Life as a Gay Soldier by James Wharton. In this frank, honest and moving account James guides us through the life of a young man enlisting in the Army, and the difficult duties that entails, whilst also trying to come to terms with his sexuality and encouraging others to accept him for who he is. This moving story depicts a teenagers’ journey of self-realisation to a man’s campaign for equality, as James evolves from cavalryman into poster boy.
In Chapter 9, ‘Mum… I’m Gay!’ James Wharton recounts his experience of coming out:
"As long as you’ve been alive, James, you’ve never kept a secret from me. You’ve never hidden something away like this!" Seeing her so upset with me was hard to deal with. I hated, as do all sons, seeing my mum cry. Why couldn’t I just tell her the name of the girl I was dating? That’s all she wanted to know, but because I wasn’t offering that very basic bit of information, she’d concluded that the truth was something much worse.
She was going all out; her mind had clearly been running away with her. I had to tell her she was wrong. In the commotion of it all, it happened. I told her the truth.
“I’m gay, Mum. I’m gay”.
The tears stopped and she paused. The entire house was silent. Slowly her head began to sink downwards. Then she started crying again.
“His name’s Thomas…I really like him.”
“And how old is he?” I found it incredible that this was the very next question she asked. I couldn’t understand what relevance Thom’s age was to the news I just told her…She carried on crying and I considered giving her a hug, but I couldn’t. In my heart of hearts, I honestly thought my mum would have accepted the news and followed it up with ‘I knew all along’. But she hadn’t. I zipped up my jacket and left to meet Thom. I left her crying in the living room, next to a pile of ironing and all alone. It was a horrible experience.’
I’m not sure what exactly motivated Mum’s change of heart in the short space of a week. She turned her emotion and behaviour around completely within seven days. She gave me the tightest, longest hug that afternoon before waving me goodbye and, more surprisingly yet, demanded I introduce her to Thom at the earliest opportunity.
Reviews for Out in the Army:
“A wonderful, stirring and thrilling read. I laughed, wept and winced.” – Stephen Fry
“A highly readable and distinctly 21st-century boy’s own tale.” – Ben Summerskill OBE
“A deeply moving and personal insight into life in the army. A story of bravery, love and victory. James we salute you.” – Alice Arnold
Out in the Army is now available (eBook and Paperback) on our 2 week price promise, so don't miss out.
- October 15, 2014 16:00
- Sarah Thrift
To celebrate the release of Mike Read's autobiography Seize the Day we've decided to offer you all an exclusive extract on our brand new website. Chapter One, entitled Radio Wall of Sound, is available to read now. Simply visit the book's page, Seize the Day, and click 'Read a Sample' to begin. Expect jokes, familiar faces and a rather notorious jungle.
About the book:
A fascinating romp through the life of a broadcasting legend, Mike Read’s autobiography offers an exciting insight into his three decades in showbiz. From ventures in radio, television and music, to tales of sport, romance and the royals, Mike writes with candour and humour in equal measure, including tangential stories of famous friends, near-death experiences and extraordinary happenings along the way.
Seize the Day is on special offer for a limited time only, so don't miss out!
- October 14, 2014 16:00
- Sarah Thrift
Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing has acquired World rights for Alan Cochrane’s diaries on the Scottish referendum campaign. Cochrane is the Scottish Editor of the Daily Telegraph. Alex Salmond My Part in his Downfall, The Cochrane Diaries will be published by Biteback on 18th November, price £18.99 hardback.
Alan Cochrane - ‘that ghastly man from the Telegraph’, as Alex Salmond’s wife called him – emerged as one of the Unionist heroes in Scotland’s recent independence battle. Using his daily newspaper columns, and drawing on his long list of Westminster and Scottish contacts to plot behind the scenes, the veteran journalist mounted a mission all of his own to see off the Scottish Nationalist threat and bring about the downfall of the SNP leader.
Now he reveals how the UK was really won. Through the pages of his detailed diary, kept secretly throughout the three years of the build-up to the referendum, he offers insights into every stage of the historic campaign.
With his access to David Cameron, Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and everyone in between, he exposes the cynical, the chaotic, the incompetent and the cruel world of politics, sparing no one from his withering observations.
As the polls narrowed on the eve of September 18, the increasingly bitter fight for Britain brought out the best and the worst in the characters involved, while Cochrane looked on. Unique among his media peers, he not only documented the unfolding events but came to play a part in his country’s biggest ever political story.
Newspaper serialisation rights are available.
- October 10, 2014 13:00
- Sarah Thrift
It's competition time folks.
The Daily Telegraph’s cryptic crossword on January 13 1942 played a crucial role in helping the Allies win the Second World War. They used it to recruit the Bletchley Park codebreakers. Would you have made the grade? The Daily Telegraph have reproduced the crossword for eager readers today, and we'd like to do the same... Submit the correct answers to the crossword for your chance to win one of three copies of The Secrets of Station X by Michael Smith. Use the clues below, don't just copy the answers. No cheating!
1 A stage company (6)
4 The direct route preferred by the Roundheads (5,3)
9 One of the ever-greens (6)
10 Scented (10)
12 Course with an apt finish (5)
13 Much that could be got from a timber merchant (5,4)
15 We have nothing and are in debt (3)
16 Pretend (5)
17 Is this town ready for a flood? (6)
22 The little fellow has some beer; it makes me lose colour, I say (6)
24 Fashion of a famous French family (5)
27 Tree (3)
28 One might of course use this tool to core an apple (6,3)
31 Once used for unofficial currency (5)
32 Those well brought up help these over stiles (4,4)
33 A sport in a hurry (6)
34 Is the workshop that turns out this part of a motor a hush-hush affair? (8)
35 An illumination functioning (6)
1 Official instructions not to forget the servants (8)
2 Said to be a remedy for a burn (5,3)
3 Kind of alias (9)
5 A disagreeable company (5)
6 Debtors may have to this money for their debts unless of course their creditors do it to the debts (5)
7 Boat that should be able to suit anyone (6)
8 Gear (6)
11 Business with the end in sight (6)
14 The right sort of woman has the right sort of stove (3)
18 "The war" (anag.) (6)
19 When hammering take care not to hit this (5,4)
20 Making sounds as a bell (8)
21 Half a fortnight of old (8)
23 Bird, dish or coin (3)
25 This sign of the zodiac has no connection with the Fishes (6)
26 A preservative of teeth (6)
29 Famous sculptor (5)
30 This part of the locomotive engine would sound familiar to the golfer (5)
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