A great quiz inspired by The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques in the Guardian.
We are very pleased to congratulate Conor Woodman on the publication of his hair-raising book Sharks: Investigating the Criminal Heart of the Global City.
Misha Glenny, author of McMafia and Nemesis, has said:
‘Conor Woodman seeks to become a victim of each crime before engaging with the criminal him or herself. This leads him to the end of a barrel of a gun on more than one occasion and reveals the rotting underbelly across the world, whether in New Orleans, Jerusalem or Bogotá.
‘I almost hesitate to admit it but while this book is at turns astonishing and frightening, it is peppered with great wit and the reader will occasionally find it hard to stop themselves from laughing out loud.’
Conor will be talking about the book at Cafe Zedel this Thursday, get your tickets here. And for a preview:
This morning, Howard Spencer – author of The English Heritage Guide to London’s Blue Plaques – appeared on the Chris Evans Show to answer the question: Can Jilly Cooper have a blue plaque? For the answer, and to hear Howard’s views on his favourite plaque, listen here.
Chris Evans also coined the phrase ‘blue plaque crawl’, which we think we’ll adopt!
A great feature for Gold Rush and Welsh-born Jim Richards in Golwg magazine.
In The Times magazine, Saturday 21 January, Anthony Loyd travels to Northern Iraq to meet Isis’s young jihadists. A harrowing, important read.
2 January 2017
Dear September Authors and Supporters
Happy New Year! It seemed a good moment, in the quiet first days of the year, to update you and look ahead. 2016 was our second year of actual publishing (as opposed to commissioning and plotting) and it was wonderful to see books by Sharon Blackie, Angela Kiss, PJ Kavanagh, Emily Stott, Simon Phipps, Jim Richards, Howard Spencer and the English Heritage Blue Plaque team reach the public. We’ve seen authors on BBC Breakfast, featured in the Telegraph, the Guardian, Time Out, the Sun, the Evening Standard and we’ve listened to them on Midweek, Robert Elms and Start the Week amongst many others. Some big sales surges have come from these traditional press platforms, but just as many have come from online influencers, whether it’s blogs and communities like Spitalfields Life and Londonist, or authors and tweeters like Melissa Harrison, or organisations like the Twentieth Century Society.
We’ve worked with some wonderful new designers, including APFEL (Brutal London), Sandra Zellmer (The Secret Life of Ceramics) and Jamie Keenan (Gold Rush & Sharks), and collaborated with new editors and publicists, such as Justine Taylor, Ed Griffiths and Fiona Brownlee.
2017 will see a bigger list, with new illustrated and narrative titles. It’s an important year – our first titles will be distributed in the USA via Global Book Services. We will publish our first fiction – an anthology of ghost stories with English Heritage – and we have new books with comedian and activist Mark Thomas and investigative reporter Conor Woodman. We will also publish Christopher Nicholson’s (author of Elephant Keeper and Winter) first non-fiction title; an exquisitely written account of a summer spent in search of snow in the Scottish Highlands which we feel confident will become a classic of the nature writing genre. There is an extraordinary memoir of London’s Columbia Road, a story of mid-century Midlands’ lives and artist Alice Stevenson’s second book Ways to See Great Britain.
Last year was made more difficult by print price increases post-Brexit. It was made more daunting by the rise of reactionary, protective, xenophobic politics, and by a new US president interested only in commerce and the protection of wealth. But publishers – the interesting ones – fight against insularity by looking ahead, then finding articulate, enlightening writers and creatives who will chime with our concerns, interests and desires AND broaden them.
This year we will start a new project with an artist and writer based in Paris, born in Serbia, inspired by the wisdom of her friends. We’re inspired by Edna Adnan who founded a hospital and university in Somaliland on her retirement, cashing in her WHO pension and building
from scratch on unwanted, tainted land. And last but not least I’ve been energised by two young aspiring writers who were refugees in Lisbon and the UK, from Portuguese West Africa. There’s a lot to look forward to.
It’s such a rich, rich world, with such varied lives and ways of telling – and it’s a privilege to work within an intelligent industry with so many terrific people. So many thanks from Charlotte and I, and the larger September community, for your work and faith.