FROM THE ARCHIVE * Early one October morning, Grace's mother snatches her from sleep and brutally cuts off her hair, declaring, ‘You are the strong one now.' With winter close at hand and Ireland already suffering, Grace is no longer safe at home. And so her mother outfits her in men's clothing and casts her out. When her younger brother Colly follows after her, the two set off on a remarkable journey in the looming shadow of their country's darkest hour. The broken land they pass through reveals untold suffering as well as unexpected beauty. To survive, Grace must become a boy, a bandit, a penitent and, finally, a woman - all the while afflicted by inner voices that arise out of what she has seen and what she has lost. 🌱 Told in bold and lyrical language by an author who has been called 'one of his generation's very finest novelists' (Ron Rash), #Grace is an epic coming-of-age novel and a poetic evocation of the Irish famine as it has never been written. Published September 2017. Cover design: @jamespauljones
The green, green books of Oneworld 🍃
PUBLISHING TODAY * #GeneMachine by Venki Ramakrishnan - the journey to solve one of the oldest mysteries in science and open a new window on to how life works...
SWIPE FOR MORE BEAUTY * 'Look. Look. That's the place for us. High, lonely hills, where the wind and the sound carry, and the ground's as dry as a straw in a barn. That's where we ought to be. That's where we have to get to.' Beautiful hardback editions of children's classic (and adult's favourite) #WatershipDown will be available in all good bookshops and online from 4th October.
BEHIND THE SCENES * This old illustrated magazine devoted to the study of the past was a huge influence on the design for the book cover of A Field Guide to the English Clergy by @butlergallief (published 4th October) ✝️ Cover by @jamespauljones
'He did some sit-ups, push-ups, a bit of shadow-boxing and ran on the treadmill, until the sweat was streaming from every pore of his body and until everything inside him was screaming and he had visions of cardiac arrest - a knife to the chest, a stagger, a fall to the green floor below, a blue face, a few convulsions, foaming from the mouth, and his end, noticed a few hours later by a screaming cleaning lady who would sweep him under the carpet and answer the cop's questions with an unperturbed shrugging of the shoulders. He took a cold shower. Got dressed. He was ready for... outside.' #InHalf is a powerful statement on the perils of the future, and on the nature of the novel, by an outstanding voice from the new generation of writers. * Publishes 1st November. Cover by Mojca Kumar Daris
‘No civilization, no matter how mighty it may appear to itself, is indestructible.' Niall Ferguson 🌎 ‘We do not need to invent the world anew. The international order established by the United States after World War II is in need of expansion and repair, but not reconception.' @fareedzakaria 🌎 Fears of a globalized world are rampant. Across the West, borders are being reasserted and old alliances tested to their limits. Could this be the end of the liberal order or will the major crises of the twenty-first century strengthen our resolve? 🌎 Published in 2017. Cover design: @jamespauljones
Rhapsody in Blue.
FROM THE ARCHIVE * Blending fable and folklore, @marisasilver conjures an electric, pitch-black allegory for fans of Angela Carter and Franz Kafka. In an unnamed country at the beginning of the last century, a peasant couple longs for a child. In despair they turn to gypsy tonics and archaic prescriptions, and one cold wintery night, the couple's wish comes true. But the silence that follows the birth forewarns of darker days to come. Strangers look on askance and fall speechless in the child's presence, and villagers protectively hush their children as they pass on narrow market lanes. Pavla is no ordinary child, but then this is no ordinary tale. Woven throughout is the story of Danilo, a young man who sees beauty where others see ugliness, and who is obsessed only with protecting Pavla. Drawing from a rich tapestry of fables, fairy tales and folklore, Little Nothing is a fantastically inventive, suspenseful allegory, and one of the most quixotic and constantly surprising love stories you will read this year. * Published in 2017. Cover: @jamespauljones
'Wonderful' #IanMcEwan 🔬 'Will be read and re-read' @richard_dawkins 🔬 'I could not put this book down' #SiddharthaMukherjee 🔬 'Beyond superb' #BillBryson 🔬 Everyone knows about DNA. It is the essence of our being, influencing who we are and what we pass on to our children. But the information in DNA can't be used without a machine to decode it. The ribosome is that machine. Older than DNA itself, it is the mother of all molecules. Virtually every molecule made in every cell was either made by the ribosome or by proteins that were themselves made by the ribosome. Venki Ramakrishnan tells the story of the race to uncover the ribosome's enormously complex structure, a fundamental breakthrough that resolves an ancient mystery of life itself and could lead to the development of better antibiotics. A fascinating insider account, Gene Machine charts Ramakrishnan's unlikely journey from his first fumbling experiments in a biology lab to being at the centre of a fierce competition at the cutting edge of modern science. 🔬 Published 20th September.
WARNING: #TheChemicalDetective contains explosives, danger, and one kickass scientist. Meet Dr Jaq Silver. She blows things up to keep people safe.
'The definitive account of how digital technology has changed the entire political landscape.' #DavidRunciman ⌨️ In the space of one election cycle, authoritarian governments, moneyed elites and fringe hackers figured out how to game elections, bypass democratic processes, and turn social networks into battlefields. Facebook, Google and Twitter - where our politics now takes place - have lost control and are struggling to claw it back. ⌨️ Prepare for a new strain of democracy. A world of datafied citizens, real-time surveillance, enforced wellness and pre-crime. Where switching your mobile platform will have more impact on your life than switching your government. Where freedom and privacy are seen as incompatible with social wellbeing and compulsory transparency. ⌨️ As our lives migrate online, we have become increasingly vulnerable to digital platforms founded on selling your attention to the highest bidder. Our laws don't cover what is happening and our politicians don't understand it. But if we don't change the system now, we may not get another chance. ⌨️ Published 27th September. Cover: @leard_design