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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Biteback Publishing to publish Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World by James Ball

  • December 08, 2016 09:00
  • Biteback Publishing

Iain Dale, MD of Biteback Publishing, has acquired world rights to Post-Truth: How Bullshit Conquered the World by journalist James Ball. 

Post-Truth investigates how fake news, clickbait and a deep-seated hostility to ‘experts’ have shaped our world, and how sophistry and spin have plumbed dangerous new lows in our political discourse. 

2016 marked the dawn of the post-truth era. The year’s shock election results have the potential to reshape the world, but both were characterised by a dangerous disregard for facts. From the false reports that Hillary Clinton had stockpiled 30,000 guillotines to execute her opponents on taking the presidency, to Donald Trump denying he had made speeches that were recorded on video, to the infamous EU Leave campaign claims of £350 million extra funding for the NHS, politics across the world has rarely seen so many stretching the truth with such impunity. James Ball’s powerful and revealing new book explores how bullshit has infiltrated the system, why it works and what we can do to stop it spreading. 

Iain Dale said: ‘I’m delighted to be publishing this timely and important investigation. James’s book is bigger than fake news and bigger than social media. It’s about the slow rise of a political, media and online infrastructure that has devalued truth – and about how we can restore balanced and intelligent debate.’ 

James Ball said: ‘The politics of 2016 have hit many in the political and media “bubbles” as a shock to the gut. They shouldn’t have. The way the media and politics are changing prioritises the grabby over the true, and it should be no surprise that political campaigns exploit that. 

‘What we do have to do is tackle it. Without some common agreement on truth, we’re seeing the rise of the conspiracy theory, the rise of extremist bubbles, and the death of common ground. The first step in fixing a problem is acknowledging it – hopefully this book will be part of that, working out what’s gone wrong and how we can begin to fix it.’ 

Post-Truth will be published in July 2017 and will be supported by a major press campaign. 

James Ball has worked in political, data and investigative journalism in the US and UK for BuzzFeed, The Guardian, the Washington Post and more in a career spanning TV, digital, print and alternative media. His reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, the Scripps Howard prize, the British Journalism Award for investigative reporting, the Royal Statistical Society award and the Laurence Stern Fellowship, among others. 

For more information please contact isabelle.ralphs@bitebackpublishing.com or call 020 7091 1260

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Iain Dale’s Christmas Book Recommendations 2016

  • December 05, 2016 10:00
  • Iain Dale

Given that there is only one bookshop chain left in this country, a lot of people who are interested in political books often miss out on books they would love to read if only they knew they existed. So I thought I’d give you all some ideas for some Christmas presents for friends and family alike. Here are some of the books I have enjoyed reading and publishing this year…

Remember, if you order any of them from the Biteback Publishing or Politicos you get free postage for all orders for £20 and over.

 

COALITION
DAVID LAWS
Biteback
Hardback
£25

A doorstop of a book, this is without doubt the best account of the Coalition to date. Laws clearly comes at it from a LibDem viewpoint, but the book rarely descends into a party political treatise. Written with a light touch, Laws has a style which engages the reader from page one. The book is based on his own diaries and he also had access to Nick Clegg’s. Somewhat unexpectedly, George Osborne emerges from the book with a lot of credit, but David Cameron does not. Laws is also brutal about some of his own LibDem colleagues.

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OUTSIDE INSIDE: VOLUME 5 OF THE ALASTAIR CAMPBELL DIARIES
ALASTAIR CAMPBELL
Biteback
Hardback
£25

The reviews invariably describe this as the best volume of Alastair Campbell’s Diaries so far. And they’re right. They cover the two years following his departure from Downing Street, but as the title suggests, he never really left. His accounts of the TB/GBies leave the reader open-mouthed. Campbell is nothing if not brutally honest about his own sense of lack of direction now that he is no longer in Number 10, and his battles with depression reveal a much more sensitive side to his character than we’re used to.

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KIND OF BLUE
KEN CLARKE
Macmillan
Hardback
£20

This is exactly the kind of book I hoped Ken Clarke would write. It’s authentically him, by which I mean you can tell he was written it himself by its tone. When I finished it, I almost went through a mini grieving process. Every chapter contains some gems and he even makes being a junior Transport Minister sound quite interesting. He can be devastating about some of his colleagues, but he’s never cruel. A really elegant book.

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ALL OUT WAR
TIM SHIPMAN
HarperCollins
Hardback
£20

Of all the books written about the EU Referendum this is not only the most definitive and all encompassing, it’s the best. Shipman knows all the main players and got them all to talk – and spill. His writing style keeps you interested and he’s brilliantly anecdotal without being judgemental. This book book deserves to be a bestseller and the author deserves many awards for it, not least for managing to complete it in a few months. It’s certainly not a slender tome either.

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UNLEASHING DEMONS
CRAIG OLIVER
Hodder 
Hardback
£20

This book was very unfairly traduced by a series of reviewers with many an axe to grind. It’s written from the Remain viewpoint, and very interesting it is too. It demonstrated how Downing Street was really running the Remain campaign and what a hash they made of it. Oliver is very good at identifying all the faults of the Remain campaign – and there were many – but rarely holds himself to account for any of them. Given the breakneck speed at which this book was published, it is excellent, and at times emotional. Ignore the bad reviews, it’s well worth a read.

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SPLASHED! 
TOM MANGOLD
Biteback
Paperback
£12.99

Tom Mangold is one of those gnarled old reporters who’ve seen it all. Until I read it, I had no idea that he had had a very successful career on Fleet Street before joining Panorama, where he spent several decades as a roving reporter. His tales of derring do invariably leave the reader open-mouthed and astonished. He finds himself in some right old scrapes and tells of some fascinating encounters with some right wrong ‘uns. They don’t make them like Mangold anymore, unfortunately. His chapters on the Profumo scandal (He was with Stephen Ward the night before he took his own life) and meetings with the Krays are especially memorable.

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SPEAKING OUT
ED BALLS
Hutchinson
Hardback
£20

This is one of my favourite books of the year. Anyone expecting a worthy tome of economic treatise will be sadly disappointed. What the reader gets is a very honest and forthright account of a political career which ended in ultimate failure. I say ‘honest’ because Ed Balls is incredibly honest about his own political failings and human frailties. It’s as if he came of age in his late forties. It reveals the human side of Ed Balls, which some of us always knew was there, but others only got to see on Strictly Come Dancing. I love the way he writes the book as a series of lessons for aspirant politicians.

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PRIME MINISTER CORBYN & OTHER THINGS THAT NEVERHAPPENED 
DUNCAN BRACK & IAIN DALE
Biteback 
Hardback
£14.99

This is a book of 22 political and historical counterfactuals. Forgive the indulgence of including it in this list, since I am the co-editor. It’s the fourth in the series and contains Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Britain had lost the Falklands War, or Scotland had voted ‘Yes’ in 2014 or if German reunification had never happened, or if the Conservatives had won an overall majority in 2010, or if Lyndon Johnson had been shot down in 1942, or if David Miliband had beaten Ed Miliband to the Labour leadership. Then this is the book you’ve always wanted!

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THE BAD BOYS OF BREXIT
ARRON BANKS
Biteback
Hardback
£18.99

The so-called Bad Boys are Arron Banks himself, his comms manager Andy Wigmore, Leave.eu donor Richard Tice and of course, Nigel Farage. This is partisan politics at its best – four naughty boys try to usurp the political establishment – and it’s great fun. It has many laugh out loud moments as the bad boys try to create havoc in the political media and launch a campaign to win the referendum. Banks takes great pleasure in insulting his opponents and colleagues alike, and very few characters in this book escape with their reputations intact.

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POWER & PRAGMATISM
MALCOLM RIFKIND
Biteback
Hardback
£25

Possibly not the most alluring book title of any memoir I have ever published, but this is a very elegantly written book, just as you would expect from someone with Rifkind’s background. His early life is just as fascinating as his accounts of battles with Margaret Thatcher. In both the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence, during some of the most turbulent years of the late twentieth century, he had a ringside seat at Margaret Thatcher’s historic summit with President Gorbachev, was in charge of British troops during the Bosnian conflict, helped change Polish history during the Cold War, and held secret negotiations on the Falklands with the Argentinians. For his robustness against the Kremlin’s aggression in Ukraine, he is currently banned from Russia by President Putin.

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CREDIBLE & TRUE
HARVEY PROCTOR
Biteback
Hardback
£25

Bookshops wouldn’t stock it, there were very few reviews, but for me this was one of the best books I published in 2017. It’s certainly not a conventional memoir, but it’s written straight from the heart and it puts into question many aspects of a criminal justice system we all take for granted. However, it’s not all about the events of the last couple of years, it’s a complete autobiography and a bloody good read. He’s very open about his homosexuality and how he came to be convicted in 1987 of having sex with a 19 year old, something which of course wouldn’t an offence nowadays.

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THE BREXIT CLUB
Owen Bennett
Biteback
Paperback
£12.99

Written by one of the brightest young, up and coming political journalists of our age, Owen Bennett has written the inside story of Leave’s victory. As D-Day drew near,Bennett went deep into Leave territory to reveal the inside story of the battle for Brexit. Behind a campaign promising hope and glory – but seemingly mired in blood, sweat and tears – Bennett discovered a plethora of Leave groups, all riven with feuds: the Tory ‘posh boys’ against the ‘toxic’ hardliners; UKIP’s only MP against the rest of the party; Michael Gove’s former lieutenant Dominic Cummings against almost everyone else. Charting the crusade from the massing of the UKIP foot soldiers after the general election to the arrival of the Cabinet cavalry after Cameron’s Brussels deal and the dramatic final weeks’ fighting on battle buses, The Brexit Club reveals the truth behind the campaign that divided friends, families and, ultimately, the country.

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WE ARE ARRESTED
CAN DUNDAR
Biteback
Hardback
£16.99

Following the dramatic events of July 2016, the global spotlight has fallen on Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. International observers fear the attempted coup has given Erdogan, already known for his attacks on press freedom, an excuse to further suppress all opposition. In November 2015, Can Dündar, editor-in-chief of the national Cumhuriyet newspaper, was arrested on charges of espionage, helping a terrorist organisation, trying to topple the government and revealing state secrets. His transgression? Publishing photographic evidence of a highly illegal covert arms shipment by the Turkish secret service to radical Islamist organisations fighting government forces in Syria – a crime that was in the government’s interest to conceal, and a journalist’s duty to expose. Arraigned by the President himself, who called for Dündar to receive two life sentences, he was held in solitary confinement in Turkey’s Silivri Prison for three months while awaiting trial. We Are Arrested is Dündar’s enthralling account of the newspaper’s decision to publish and the events that unfolded as a result – including would-be suicide bombings, assassination attempts and fierce attacks from pro-government media – as well as the time he served behind bars for defending the public’s right to know.

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VICTORIA CROSS HEROES II
MICHAEL ASHCROFT
Biteback
Hardback
£25

The Victoria Cross is Britain and the Commonwealth’s most prestigious gallantry medal for courage in the face of the enemy. It has been bestowed upon 1,355 heroic individuals from all walks of life since its creation during the Crimean War. Lord Ashcroft, who has been fascinated with bravery since he was a young boy, now owns 200 VCs, by far the largest collection of its kind in the world. Following on from the bestselling Victoria Cross Heroes, first published in 2006 to mark the 150th anniversary of the award, Victoria Cross Heroes: Volume II gives extraordinary accounts of the bravery behind the newest additions to Lord Ashcroft’s VC collection – those decorations purchased in the last decade.

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THE CABINET OFFICE 1916-2016
ANTHONY SELDON
Biteback
Hardback
£25

Since its creation in the depths of the Great War in December 1916, the Cabinet Office has retained a uniquely central place in the ever-changing political landscape of the last century. While the revolving door of 10 Downing Street admits and ejects its inhabitants every few years, the Cabinet Office remains a constant, supporting and guiding successive Prime Ministers and their governments, regardless of their political leanings, all the while keeping the British state safe, stable and secure. Written with unparalleled access to documents and personnel by acclaimed political historian, commentator and biographer Anthony Seldon, this lavishly illustrated history is the definitive inside account of what has really gone on in the last 100 years of British politics.

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FORMAN’S GAMES
LANCE FORMAN
Biteback
Hardback 
£20

A full, unexpurgated account of his fight to keep the firm alive, Forman’s Games lifts the lid on the fierce battle that pitched Forman’s, the country’s finest purveyor of smoked salmon, against the combined might of the UK authorities and the IOCin the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics. It is a story of skulduggery and bullying mounted against 350 local businesses, employing over 12,00 people, who stood in the way not just of the world’s most famous sporting event, but of an opportunity to develop the land on which they had successfully run businesses over decades.

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STOCKING FILLERS

THE MARGARET THATCHER COLOURING BOOK
NATHAN BRENVILLE
Biteback
Paperback
£8.99

For anyone who’s ever wanted to express their feelings for Lady Thatcher through the medium of colouring in… You know you want to. An ideal stocking filler for the discerning Corbynista. Bound to get Christmas Day off with a bang… At long last, The Margaret Thatcher Colouring Book offers our proud do-it-yourself nation the chance to decorate the Iron Lady in the technicolour magnificence she deserves. Featuring a cast of luminaries including Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan, General Pinochet and Jeremy Corbyn, this brief, beautiful and completely inaccurate illustrated biography of Britain’s first female Prime Minister promises hours of creative gratification.

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IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE
MAUREEN LIPMAN
The Robson Press
Hardback
£9.99

Have you ever wondered what the wizarding world might look like if it were graced with a character like Harry Otter? Or what American politics would be under the administration of Squirrelly Clinton? Maureen Lipman has. Inspired by her doodle of Oscar Wildebeest – a steer in a dinner jacket – the renowned author and actress began dabbling in the dark art of the unholy celebrity/animal mashup. When she woke at 3 a.m. and said out loud, ‘Tuna Stubbs!’, the die was cast. A book was born. lt’s a Jungle Out There presents a dizzying array of stars as you’ve – really – never seen them before. Featuring such luminaries as Leonaardvark DiCaprio, Giraffa Nadal and Ellafantz Gerald, this otterly brilliant collection is guaranteed to quack you up.

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MORE SEX, LIES & THE BALLOT BOX
PHILIP COWLEY & ROBERT FORD
Biteback
Paperback
£14.99

Have you ever wondered how people feel about sleeping with the political enemy? Or whether gambling markets are best at predicting political outcomes? Or who Santa Claus would vote for? Then look no further. More Sex, Lies and the Ballot Box brings us another collection of concise chapters penned by leading political experts and delving into the fascinating field of electoral politics. Following on from the success of its bestselling predecessor, this illuminating book shines a light on how we vote in Britain and around the world. You’ll learn about the shifting landscape of party politics and the perceptions and misconceptions that shape our opinions of our politicians and of each other. You’ll learn about the factors informing voter habits – from class, race and gender to the internet and the weather. You’ll also learn which political party has the most sexually satisfied supporters.

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LITTLE RED BOOK OF CORBYN JOKES
JASON SINCLAIR & JOHN RAIN
Biteback
Paperback
£6.99

Whichever side of the Labour Party you’re on, you could probably use a good laugh right now… So rejoice, comrades, for we have the solution. Packed with devastating wit, this priceless compendium has all the finest jokes, scenes and anecdotes to see you through a long, hard political winter. The Little Red Book of Corbyn Jokes – putting the ‘ha’ into the hard left. Boom boom. A socialist lion walked into a bar. The barman said, ‘What’s the big Clause Four?’

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