25 Jan 2013
Three recent pieces of good publicity for the paperback edition of Katharine Quarmby’s Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People
Review in the Sunday Times Culture by Dominic Lawson. (20/01/13) ‘For several years Quarmby has been investigating crimes of violence against Britain’s disabled, and Scapegoat is the outcome of her grim research. What she has uncovered is that disabled people are the victims of murderous attacks just because of their condition, but also that the judicial system frequently treat crimes with a lack of rigour that would be inconceivable if the victims had been singled out because of the colour of their skin.’
Katharine was interviewed about Scapegoat on Newstalk Radio http://media.newstalk.ie/archive
Review in Big Issue in the North. • ‘A shocking and powerful polemic.’
24 Jan 2013
Congratulations to Cathy Glass whose memoir Damaged remains at #26 in the New York Times e book Bestseller List this week.
23 Jan 2013
Maths on Trial by mother-daughter writing team Coralie Colmez and Leila Schneps and published by Basic on 28th March is already attracting rave reviews including:
“[A]n entertaining tour of courtroom calculations gone wrong…. The cases they describe are independently interesting, and the mathematical overlay makes them doubly so…. [A]s the problems are unraveled and the correct analyses explained, readers will enjoy a satisfying sense of discovery. Schneps and Colmez write with lucidity and an infectious enthusiasm, making this an engaging and unique blend of true crime and mathematics.” Publishers Weekly
“Schneps and Colmez are a mother-daughter pair sophisticated in the ways of probability…. The authors…fill out the volume with wonderful accounts of frauds and forgeries…. [T]he authors’ analysis of the recent Amanda Knox case [is] particularly chilling. Required reading for aspiring lawyers, but also intrinsically fascinating in its depiction of the frailty of human judgments.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The originator of sociology, Auguste Comte, said that applying probability to moral questions was the scandal of mathematics. Math On Trial charts the ambivalent—occasionally disastrous—role that math has played in several classic and some recent legal cases. It vividly shows how the desire for ‘scientific’ certainty can lead even well-meaning courts to commit grave injustice. There ought to be a copy in every jury room.” —Michael Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan, authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability and Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err Is Human
“Taut and gripping, Math on Trial just might establish a new genre, in which true crime story meets the best of popular science. Utterly absorbing from start to finish.” —Steven Strogatz, Professor of Mathematics, Cornell University, and author of The Joy of x
23 Jan 2013
Cathy Glass’s fostering memoir Another Forgotten Child remains in the paperback non-fiction chart for a nineteenth week.
23 Jan 2013
Daniel Tammet continues to enjoy success in France, where L’éternité Dans Une Heure (‘Thinking in Numbers’) has just entered the Livres Hebdo non-fiction bestseller list at number 9, after just 3 days of sales. As a result, the publishers have already ordered a reprint.
22 Jan 2013
Pan Macmillan have bought the autobiography of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Kirk Norcross, Essex Boy: My Story , to be published in April 2013.
One of the original TOWIE cast members, Kirk is portrayed as the good-looking rich kid, splashing out thousands on bottles of champagne and dating glamorous women like Amy Childs and Lauren Pope. But there’s a lot more to Kirk and the reality is that the first 18 years of his life tell a very different story – one he is only now ready to reveal. A childhood marred by poverty as Kirk moved between a hostel and a council house on one of Essex’s toughest estates, left him suffering from panic attacks and crippling self-doubt. Reconciling with his dad, by now a millionaire, thrust him into a very different world – one with its own set of challenges. Writing with complete honesty about the two sides of his Essex life, Kirk talks about his rise to fame on Lime Pictures & ITV2’s hit show TOWIE, his time in the Celebrity Big Brother house, his much-followed romances and who his real friends are.
21 Jan 2013
Congratulations to David Day whose Antarctica: A Biography was Times Book of the Week.
20 Jan 2013
Congratulations to Neil McKenna whose Fanny and Stella is lead review today in the Sunday Times. Dominic Sandbrook wrote :
This rollicking account of the trial of two middle-class cross-dressers unveils one of the most extraordinary legal dramas of the Victorian age… this rich and absorbing book.. McKenna has done a tremendous job of re-creating Victorian London’s gay subculture, weaving newspaper reports, police documents and contemporary diaries into a jolly and rollicking narrative… Fanny and Stella is a cracking read.
20 Jan 2013
Tina Renton’s You Can’t Hide: How I Brought My Rapist Stepfather to Justice ghosted by agency author Ruth Kelly finished its two week serialisation in the Mail on Sunday today.
20 Jan 2013
John Bradley recently gave a lecture at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on the subject “Debunking Five Myths About the Arab Spring”. The full lecture can be seen here:
John Bradley is the author of Behind the Veil of Vice: The Business and Culture of Sex in the Middle East (2010) and Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution (2008).