Edinburgh Science Festival Moves to Online!

Edinburgh Science Festival Moves to Online!

08/04/2020

THE SCIENCE BEHIND EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE

Enjoy a fascinating journey through the atmosphere with Dr Mark Broomfield.

With seven million early deaths a year linked to air pollution, air quality is headline news around the world. But how do we measure air pollution and what on earth is an odour panel? Why are property prices higher upwind of cities? Should we buy, hold on to, or avoid a diesel car? And will our grandchildren inherit an atmosphere worth breathing?

From the atmosphere on distant planets to the stuff that gets into your lungs, from holes in the ozone layer to lazy and disappearing gases, air quality specialist Dr Mark Broomfield combines scientific evidence with personal stories and advice on what you can do to improve air quality, giving you the low-down on what’s up high.

Enjoy this 60 second Science summary of Mark’s new book.

Isolationist Reads

Isolationist Reads

02/04/2020

Greetings fellow isolationists! March was a long year, right? But here we are, making the best of things whatever comes our way. The Duckworth team are doing their part to support social distancing by working from home. But with our daily commutes axed until further notice, we’ve had to carve out time in our days to read for pleasure that doesn’t involve a ride on Tube. It’s probably one of the things we miss most about catching up with each other in the morning: What are you reading? Would you recommend it? So, in the spirit of sharing, here’s what the Duckworth team are reading for pleasure:

Fanny (marketing and publicity guru): I’m currently loving Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. She investigates the gender data gap and exposes how our world has been designed — and still functions today — in a way that fits only half the population. It’s the most empowering and urgent read I’ve come across recently – non-fiction at its best. I’m also re-reading the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, the queen of immersive fiction. There’s no better way to escape self-isolation and being stuck at home like diving into her 1950s Naples.

Matt (of-all-trades): it’s been an age since I read a novel that wasn’t a manuscript on submission (big non-fiction energy over here), but we all need an escape right now. So I’m reading a book I picked up on whim at Oxfam (support charity!) The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan. It’s all that you’d expect from a fantasy novel with conspiring wizards and plucky street girls possessing mysterious powers aplenty. Next to be devoured on the TBR pile is Extraordinary Insects by Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson. Who doesn’t love the weird and wonderful world of creepy crawlies?   

Pete (le chef): in a bid to keep little minds occupied(!), I’m reading Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy with my daughter. Like most parents working from home we need to keep some semblance of normalcy and education in our child’s life and this has proven to be just the thing for both of us to enjoy. The world is so amazing through their eyes.

So there you have it, a quick glance at our shelves. Let us know what you’re reading on Twitter using our handle @duckbooks and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook @DuckworthPublishers

Everyone’s Talking About THINGS WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT WHEN I WAS A GIRL

Everyone’s Talking About THINGS WE DIDN’T TALK ABOUT WHEN I WAS A GIRL

03/10/2019

Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl is out today! It’s a powerful, brave, gripping and timely memoir.

We’re thrilled to share here the marvellous reviews Jeannie Vanasco’s memoir has received in the lead-up to publication. Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl is…

  • An Amazon Best Book of October 2019
    ‘Read it; talk about it.’
  • An Evening Standard ’16 New Books to Get Excited About This Autumn’
  • A BuzzFeed11 Must-Read Memoirs Coming Out This Fall’
    ‘An of-the-moment memoir… a gripping read.’
  • A Time Magazine ‘The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019’
    ‘A memoir that thoughtfully illustrates the lasting impact of trauma.’
  • A Bustle ‘The 20 Best New Books for Fall 2019’
    ‘A gorgeous, harrowing, heartbreaking book… Vanasco is whip-smart and tender, open and ruthless.’
  • An Esquire ‘Best Fall Books of 2019’
    ‘A singular, gutting memoir, perhaps the most important book of the season…’
  • A Nylon34 Books You’ll Want to Read This Fall’
    Thought-provoking, unmooring and haunting.’

Jeannie has also been interviewed on the Tamron Hall daytime talk show which reaches over 1.6 million viewers. Jeannie addresses her motivation behind reaching out to her rapist and the decision to interview him and record their conversations. You can watch the full clip here.

Duckworth’s Summer Blog Tour

Duckworth’s Summer Blog Tour

19/08/2019

All throughout August, we’re celebrating a genre that is close to our hearts here at Duckworth: historical fiction! 

Keep an eye on our month-long blog tour on Twitter and read up on fabulous reviews of The Butcher’s Daughter, Ike and Kay, The Optickal Illusion and The Killing Gene

Travel in time to four different time periods and dive into stories ranging from historical adventure all the way to historical romance!

Horribly Good Books

Horribly Good Books

19/08/2019

The one and only World War Z by Max Brooks is a Forbes Best Horror Books of All Time pick, alongside Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Stephen King’s It!

‘Read the collection of stories that make up the documentation of the end of the word, each more fascinating than the last’, Forbes says about World War Z.  And of course we couldn’t agree more! 

As Halloween is drawing closer, why not get into the horror mood with Forbes’ excellent list!

How Clean is the Air We Breathe?

How Clean is the Air We Breathe?

19/08/2019

Mark Broomfield, author of Every Breath You Take, discusses the highly salient topic of air pollution in his recent interview in The Times

Did you know each year 40,000 people die prematurely due to the effects of pollution in the UK? Mark talks about these terrifying stats, his career as an air quality expert and the local threats to our air quality. 

Want to learn more about air pollution and how it affects us? Every Breath You Take is out now!

Nicola Upson on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking

Nicola Upson on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking

23/05/2019

Nicola Upson, author of Stanley and Elsie, discussed her new novel on BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking this week.

In the interview, she gives a reading from the book, reveals that it was a small sketch of Elsie she saw in an exhibition that sparked her interest and drew her to giving Elsie an important voice in the book, and talks about the research that went into writing Stanley and Elsie.

 

Prelude Books *New Job Posting*

Prelude Books *New Job Posting*

21/05/2019

Internship (paid role)

Do you want to learn more about publishing and gain practical experience in our wonderful industry? We’re seeking a part-time intern to work with us two days a week.  

Salary: paying the London Living Wage

Location: Richmond-upon-Thames

Roles and responsibilities: Your focus will consist of daily administrative tasks and supporting in the management of digital assets. In addition, you will support Publicity and Marketing departments through mail-outs, research, social media promotions, and more!

Please apply with CV and covering letter to info@preludebooks.co.uk
Deadline for applications is 31 May 2019.

World War Z

World War Z

02/05/2019

The undead have returned once again and they are more popular than ever!

The World War Z game was released on April 16th and has reached over 1 million players already in the first week of its launch. Fans can now get fully immersed in the story and fight against the attack of the undead themselves. 

To celebrate the release of the game, we have published a new edition of the book that started the whole franchise, sporting a shiny new cover. 

Breakups With a Twist

Breakups With a Twist

02/05/2019

Kate Leaver, author of The Friendship Cure and all round friendship expert/agony aunt has been interviewed for a live recording of Rosie Wilby’s podcast The Breakup Monologues, alongside comedians Ayesha Hazarika and Olga Koch. 

Here’s the twist: the episode is all about friendship breakups. Rosie’s guests chat about their personal friendship breakups and being ghosted by friends, how friendship breakups are not addressed often enough, and how they can cause just as much distress (if not even more) as romantic breakups.

Ever been in a friendship breakup? Thinking of breaking up with a friend? Then this episode is definitely for you – you can listen to it here!