Author Joe Minihane became obsessed with outdoor swimming and the way it soothed his anxiety, developing a new-found passion by following the example of naturalist Roger Deakin in his own swimming memoir, Waterlog.
In his own book, Joe retraces Deakin’s steps, setting on an ambitious journey through the wild and unsettled waters of the UK – and his own mind.
Ten years on from the start of his adventures, Floating reminds us that reconnecting with nature can help our mental wellbeing, especially at a testing time with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re thrilled to announce an exciting online event for our upcoming historical novel The Young Survivors by Debra Barnes, publishing on 23 July 2020.
Join us for a virtual book talk celebrating the publication of The Young Survivors, a historical novel inspired by the survival of the author’s mother during the Holocaust in France. Debra Barnes will be discussing her extensive research into her family’s history and her writing process.
The online book talk is hosted by The Wiener Holocaust Libraryand Debra will be in conversation with The Wiener Holocaust Library’s Director, Dr Toby Simpson.
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.
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 Novelsby 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 Guildby 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
A BuzzFeed ‘11 Must-Read Memoirs Coming Out This Fall’ ‘An of-the-moment memoir… a gripping read.’
A TimeMagazine ‘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 Nylon ‘34 Books You’ll Want to Read This Fall’ ‘Thought-provoking, unmooring and haunting.’
Jeannie has also been interviewed on the Tamron Halldaytime 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.
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.