December 14, 2015 15:00
Editorial Assistant (Biteback Publishing)
Biteback Publishing have an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic, efficient editorial assistant to join a small, busy team publishing political and current affairs titles.
The position will involve assisting at all stages of the editorial and production process. Key tasks will include editorial clean-up of manuscripts, line-editing, fact-checking, proofreading, taking in proof corrections using Adobe InDesign, writing blurbs, picture research.
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills: first-rate proofreading and knowledge of the BSI proofreading marks, advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, excellent attention to detail, the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines, and a good knowledge of current affairs. He or she must have experience within and knowledge of book publishing. Familiarity with Adobe InDesign software will be an advantage.
How to apply: CV and covering letter to Olivia Beattie email@example.com
Closing date: 4 January 2016
December 10, 2015 16:00
Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing, has acquired world rights to Credible and True, the memoir of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor.
Proctor, who became embroiled in allegations of historic child sexual abuse in 2015, has said or written very little since 1987. All that will change with this book.
Credible and True reveals Proctor’s life both in and out of Parliament, and details his continuous involvement with the police and the media. In it, he writes about sex, politics, the aristocracy, murder and suicide attempts, blackmail – and how he has survived them all. He talks frankly about his embroilment in Operation Midland, Scotland Yard’s investigation into allegations of a historic Westminster paedophile ring, and his own claims that he is the victim of a ‘homosexual witch hunt’.
K. Harvey Proctor has been actively involved in politics since the age of 14, when he joined the Young Conservatives. He always wanted to be a Member of Parliament, but knowing that his homosexuality presented a possible stumbling block in British politics in the 1970s and 80s, he took the decision to keep his private life exactly that – private. During most of his active political life, Proctor believed that it was his trenchant views on immigration that would be on trial rather than his sexuality, never imagining that his private life would spectacularly unravel in the glare of blue and white flashing lights.
Now nearly 70 years old, Proctor can look back on a life and a parliamentary career that saw him rub shoulders with the likes of Thatcher, Powell, Biffen, Foot, Castle, Jenkins, Benn and Healey. It is an epitaph of which anyone can be proud, but before that moment arrives, the fight to clear his name of wicked and untrue allegations must go on.
Harvey Proctor said: ‘I have written these words to help me untangle, in my own mind, the Kafka-esque situation in which I find myself. I have been accused of the most heinous crimes imaginable – serial child murder and the sexual abuse of children. I am innocent, but find I have to take on the Metropolitan Police Service to prove I am not guilty. Credible and True traces my life, at times dramatic and unbelievable, never more so than now. I hope to demonstrate in my book why the police and certain politicians have got it so wrong and why Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe should and will go.’
Iain Dale said: ‘I am delighted to be publishing Harvey’s life story. Although I didn’t know him when I worked in Parliament in the 1980s I knew him to be a politician of profound convictions and he was never afraid to speak his mind. This quality is evident in his book, where he charts the many controversial events that have characterised his life in politics and beyond. His experience at the hands of the police over child sex allegations demonstrate a justice system in turmoil, and his trenchant defence of his own innocence provides many important lessons for the police and our ideas of natural justice.’
Credible and True will be published in April 2016, and supported by a major press campaign.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7091 1260
November 27, 2015 12:00
We're delighted that the Independent have selected four Biteback titles for their best political books of 2015. We've got great offers on all of them, with free delivery if you spend over £20 – so go on, grab a deal on some of this year's best political writing.
November 03, 2015 12:00
It’s been a very exciting couple of months at Biteback Publishing. Call Me Dave has caused somewhat of a stir and has seen the largest print run in our company’s history. We’ve also published Alan Friedman’s internationally bestselling biography of Silvio Berlusconi – My Way – as well as two acclaimed accounts of recent political campaigns: Joe Pike’s Project Fear and Tim Ross’s Why the Tories Won.
November brings plenty more: the return of the ground-breaking Provocations series and Tony Travers’s fascinating look at fifty years of the London boroughs.
London’s Boroughs at 50
By Tony Travers
Tony Travers takes us from the ‘swinging’ London of the ’60s to the global metropolis of today with London's Boroughs at 50. Containing a section on each of the city’s boroughs, Travers also looks at some of the personalities who have led or impacted on them, including Ted Knight, Ken Livingstone, Dame Shirley Porter and, of course, Boris Johnson.
The ‘R’ Word
By Kurt Barling
As a Londoner with English, Irish, Nigerian and German roots, Kurt Barling is able to speak with some authority about the impact of skin colour on life in Britain. In The ‘R’ Word, an invaluable contribution to the discourse surrounding race and racism, Barling asks whether we can truly step out of our skins and leave the colour behind.
If you’re a reader of these fantastic and accesible polemics, don’t miss An Evening of Provocations at Waterstones Piccadilly on 25 November, where Zoe Williams, Joan Smith and Peter York will join series editor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown to present and debate their own unique takes on a range of topics.
October 06, 2015 16:00
We're bringing you a wealth of new non-fiction titles to get excited about this October. Firstly, there’s the book that’s causing a media storm, Michael Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott’s Call Me Dave; we also have bestselling author Michael Jago’s biography of Rab Butler, the great nearly- man of British Politics; Why the Tories Won by Tim Ross, an unprecedented examination of the Conservative’s victory in the May general election; Vin Arthey’s true life tale of Cold War espionage, Abel, which is a must read for those eagerly awaiting the release of Steven Spielberg’s new film Bridge of Spies, and much more besides – we’re sure you’ll find something to enjoy!
Call Me Dave: The Unauthorised Biography of David Cameron
By Michael Ashcroft and Isabel Oakeshott
Michael Ashcroft & Isabel Oakeshott's unauthorised biography of the PM arrives with the largest print run in Biteback's history. This explosive book provides an unparalleled insight into the life of David Cameron, from his blissful childhood in rural Berkshire, through Eton and Oxford; gap-year adventures in Russia, his early days as a party apparatchik, a stint as a PR man, and his rise to political power.
Abel: The True Story of the Spy They Traded for Gary Powers
By Vin Arthey
In February of 1962 an American pilot named Gary Powers was shot down in Soviet airspace, the condition of his release was the return of a Colonel Rudolf Abel, also known as Vilyam Fisher. The story of this infamous exchange is adapted to the big screen this month in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Bridge of Spies. Abel reveals the true story behind this tale of Cold War espionage, tracing Vilyam’s tale from his childhood in Newcastle to Moscow, the streets of New York and back again.
Why the Tories Won: The Inside Story of the 2015 Election
By Tim Ross
Following the most closely fought general election in decades, senior political journalist Tim Ross endeavours to piece together the inside story of the election. Through new interviews with leading politicians and candid private accounts from key players in this most dramatic of battles, Ross explores why so many experts failed to predict the final result – not only a Conservative victory but their first majority in over two decades, a far cry from the ‘knife-edge’ result we were primed to expect.
1956: The Year that Changed Britain
By Francis Beckett and Tony Russell
Francis Beckett and Tony Russell's extraordinary volume 1956 transports us back in time on a whirlwind journey through the headlines and happenings of a defining year in British history. Read Francis Beckett on the changing attitudes to sex in the ‘50s in this exclusive blog post.
Rab Butler: The Best Prime Minister We Never Had?
By Michael Jago
In this robust and insightful biography of Richard Austen ‘Rab’ Butler bestselling author Michael Jago looks to answer whether Butler really was ‘The Best Prime Minister We Never Had’. The book details his political career, from his time as Education Minister, from which he emerged as the progressive face of the post-war Tory Party, to going on to spend four years at the Treasury before the gradual but relentless eclipse of his career after Anthony Eden’s accession.
My Way: Berlusconi in His Own Words
By Alan Friedman
An entertaining and revelatory portrait of a most controversial and intriguing figure, Alan Friedman captures the life of Silvio Berlusconi through interviews with friends and foes as well as hours of exclusive conversation with the man himself. Featuring revelations about Berlusconi’s most private moments, politics and front page scandals, this candid book divulges the unvarnished version of what is, by all accounts, a truly extraordinary life story.
Company Confessions: Revealing CIA Secrets
By Christopher Moran
Award-winning author Christopher Moran uses private correspondence and declassified files to examine how the CIA treads the fine line between justifiable censorship and overbearing redaction, while revealing the extreme lengths that the CIA has gone to in order to make sure its secrets are kept safe.