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Les Parisiennes

Anne Sebba
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Anne Sebba
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Trenchard: Father of the Royal Air Force

Russell Miller
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Russell Miller
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East West Street

Philippe Sands
Authors:
Philippe Sands

WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION AND JQ-WINGATE LITERARY PRIZESHORTLISTED FOR THE SLIGHTLY FOXED BEST FIRST BIOGRAPHY AWARD AND DUFF COOPER PRIZE'A monumental achievement: profoundly personal, told with love, anger and great precision' - John le Carré'A triumph of astonishing research ... No novel could possibly match such an important work of truth' - Antony Beevor'Magnificent ... I was moved to anger and to pity. In places I gasped, in places I wept. I wanted to reach the end. I couldn't wait to reach the end. And then when I got there I didn't want to be at the end' - The TimesWhen human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him halfway around the world in an exploration of the origins of international law and the pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg trial. Part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, Philippe Sands guides us between past and present as several interconnected stories unfold in parallel. The first is the hidden story of two Nuremberg prosecutors who discover, only at the end of the trial, that the man they are prosecuting may be responsible for the murder of their entire families in Nazi-occupied Poland, in and around Lviv. The two prosecutors, Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, were remarkable men, whose efforts led to the inclusion of the terms 'crimes against humanity' and 'genocide' in the judgement at Nuremberg. The defendant, Hans Frank, Hitler's personal lawyer and Governor-General of Nazi-occupied Poland, turns out to be an equally compelling character.The lives of these three men lead Sands to a more personal story, as he traces the events that overwhelmed his mother's family in Lviv and Vienna during the Second World War. At the heart of this book is an equally personal quest to understand the roots of international law and the concepts that have dominated Sands' work as a lawyer. Eventually, he finds unexpected answers to his questions about his family, in this powerful meditation on the way memory, crime and guilt leave scars across generations, and the haunting gaps left by the secrets of others.

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My History

Antonia Fraser
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Antonia Fraser

The childhood and early life memoir of Antonia Fraser, one of our finest narrative historians.Antonia Fraser's magical memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and '40s, but its real concern is with her growing love of history. A fascination that began with reading Our Island Story and her evacuation to an Elizabethan manor house at the beginning of the Second World War soon developed into an enduring passion, becoming, in her own words, 'an essential part of the enjoyment of life'.My History follows Antonia's relationship with her family: she was the eldest of eight children. Her parents Frank and Elizabeth Pakenham, later Lord and Lady Longford, were both Labour politicians. Then there are her adventures as a self-made debutante before Oxford University and a fortunate coincidence that leads to her working in publishing. It closes with the publication of her first major historical work, Mary Queen of Scots - a book that became a worldwide bestseller. Told with inimitable humour and style, this is an unforgettable account of one person's journey towards becoming a writer - and a historian.

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Red Nile

Robert Twigger
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Robert Twigger

A rip-roaring yet intimate biography of the mighty Nile by Robert Twigger, award-winning author of ANGRY WHITE PYJAMAS. 'A tour de force' FINANCIAL TIMES.So much begins on the banks of the Nile: all religion, all life, all stories, the script we write in, the language we speak, the gods, the legends and the names of stars. This mighty river that flows through a quarter of all Africa has been history's most sustained creator.In this dazzling, idiosyncratic journey from ancient times to the Arab Spring, award-winning author Robert Twigger weaves a Nile narrative like no other. As he navigates a meandering course through the history of the world's greatest river, he plucks the most intriguing, colourful and dramatic stories - truly a Nile red in tooth and claw.The result is both an epic journey through the whole sweep of human and pre-human history, and an intimate biography of the curious life of this great river, overflowing with stories of excess, love, passion, splendour and violence.

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Uncle Bill

Russell Miller
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Russell Miller

Masterly biography of the 'greatest commander of the 20th century'In 2011 the National Army Museum conducted a poll to decide who merited the title of 'Britain's Greatest General'. In the end two men shared the honour. One, predictably, was the Duke of Wellington. The other was Bill Slim. Had he been alive, Slim would have been surprised, for he was the most modest of men - a rare quality among generals. Of all the plaudits heaped on him during his life, the one he valued most was the epithet by which he was affectionately known to the troops: 'Uncle Bill'.Born in Bristol in 1891, the son of a small-time businessman, he was commissioned as a temporary Second Lieutenant on the outbreak of the First World War. Seriously wounded twice, in Gallipoli and Mesopotamia, he was awarded the Military Cross in 1918. Between the wars he served in the Indian Army with the Gurkhas and began writing short stories to supplement his income.Promotion came rapidly with the Second World War, and in March 1942 he was sent to Burma to take command of the First Burma Corps, then in full flight from the advancing Japanese. Through the force of his leadership, Slim turned disorderly panic into a controlled military withdrawal across the border into India. Two years later, having raised and trained the largest army ever assembled by Britain, Slim returned to drive the enemy out of Burma and shatter the myth of Japanese invincibility which had hamstrung Allied operations in the East for so long. Probably the most respected and loved military leader since the Duke of Marlborough, he later became a popular and successful Governor-General of Australia in 1953, was raised to the peerage, and died in London in 1970.This masterly biography has been written with the full co-operation of the Slim family.

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Perilous Question

Antonia Fraser
Authors:
Antonia Fraser

Internationally bestselling historian Antonia Fraser's new book brilliantly evokes one year of pre-Victorian political and social history - the passing of the Great Reform Bill of 1832. For our inconclusive times, there is an attractive resonance with 1832, with its "rotten boroughs" of Old Sarum and the disappearing village of Dunwich, and its lines of most resistance to reform. This book is character-driven - on the one hand, the reforming heroes are the Whig aristocrats Lord Grey, Lord Althorp and Lord John Russell, and the Irish orator Daniel O'Connell. They included members of the richest and most landed Cabinet in history, yet they were determined to bring liberty, which whittled away their own power, to the country. The all-too-conservative opposition comprised Lord Londonderry, the Duke of Wellington, the intransigent Duchess of Kent and the consort of the Tory King William IV, Queen Adelaide. Finally, there were "revolutionaries" and reformers, like William Cobbett, the author of "Rural Rides".This is a book that features one eventful year, much of it violent. There were riots in Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham, and wider themes of Irish and "negro emancipation" underscore the narrative. The time-span of the book is from Wellington's intractable declaration in November 1830 that 'The beginning of reform is the beginning of revolution', to 7th June 1832, the date of the extremely reluctant royal assent by William IV to the Great Reform Bill, under the double threat of the creation of 60 new peers in the House of Lords and the threat of revolution throughout the country. These events led to a total change in the way Britain was governed, a two-year revolution that Antonia Fraser brings to vivid dramatic life.Read by Sean Barrett. Sean Barrett has narrated many television documentaries for the BBC and Discovery Channel, notably THE PEOPLE'S CENTURY, WALKING WITH BEASTS, and GREAT LIVES. As a member of the BBC Radio Rep, he has appeared in hundreds of radio plays, and played Father Gillespie in the BBC Worldservice / BBC7 serial WESTWAY throughout its eight year-run. As a film and television actor he has appeared in pieces as diverse as TWELFTH NIGHT and FATHER TED, and he is a doyen of audiobook reading, with acclaimed recordings of authors ranging from Chaucer to Beckett and in 2012 recorded Antony Beevor's THE SECOND WORLD WAR.(p) 2013 Orion Publishing Group

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A Social History of The Third Reich

Richard Grunberger
Authors:
Richard Grunberger

One of the most devastating portraits ever drawn of a human society - life in Hitler's Germany during the Third ReichThe Nazis developed a social system unprecedented in history. It was rigidly hierarchical, with the seemingly beneficent and ascetic figure of Hitler at the top - focus for the homage and aspirations of every man,woman and child. How did the 'ordinary citizen' live under such a system? The author discusses such subjects as beauty in the Third Reich (no cosmetics, no slimming) as well as charting how you progressed to the elite Nazi cadres - administrators, propagandists or coercers. It shows childhood with the Hitler Youth and describes the intense medieval ritual injected into every phase of life from school and university to farm labour. It shows life in the office, in industry, in the professions - doctors, lawyers, artists - and in the Nazi Party itself. Finally, it documents what happened at the two extremes of German society - to the aristocrats and to the Jews.

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LES PARISENNES to be published in 2016

NEWS: Weidenfeld and Nicolson to publish two new books by bestselling historian Anne Sebba

Alan Samson, Publisher Non-Fiction at the Orion Publishing Group has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two new books by the bestselling historian Anne Sebba, author of THAT WOMAN: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. The deal was negotiated with Clare Alexander of Aitken Alexander Associates.

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Mama: The Food That Makes Us

Amanda Harris, Deputy Publisher, Non-fiction at Orion Publishing Group has bought UK & Commonwealth Rights from Jon Elek at United Agents for Mina Holland’s MAMA: THE FOOD THAT MAKES US. Weidenfeld & Nicolson are to publish the book as a hardback and eBook (£18.99, £9.99) in February 2017.

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Orion Art and Design Student Competition

The Versions of Us is a beautiful, vibrant, uplifting literary novel, published to much critical acclaim. Central to the story is a painting, which we would like you to interpret in any way you want. The winner will have the opportunity to work with the award-winning Art Department at Orion Books and have their design appear on a book. They will also win a 12 month mentoring course from Illustration Ltd, who will provide support with your portfolio so it’s ready for graduation, and you can visit the agency in London who will option your work for future representation.

Author of Children of the Jacaranda Tree

A Conversation with Sahar Delijani

Read a conversation with author of Children of the Jacaranda Tree, Sahar Delijani.

Coming November 2013

Read an Extract from Michael Connelly's THE GODS OF GUILT

Read an early extract from THE GODS OF GUILT by Michael Connelly, coming November 2013 by clicking the READ button below.

W&N to publish Among the Wholesome Children by Sarah Weinman

The publishers of the first UK edition of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1959), are to publish Sarah Weinman's account of the abduction and tragic life of Sally Horner, the real-life inspiration for Lolita.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson Acquires The Unpublished Stories of Elmore Leonard

Weidenfeld & Nicolson and The Orion Publishing Group are delighted to announce they have acquired a collection of fifteen unpublished stories by Elmore Leonard.

I AM MALALA published October 2013

NEWS: Malala Yousafzai's Remarkable Story to be Published

Arzu Tahsin, deputy publishing director, Weidenfeld & Nicolson announced today that Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights in conjunction with Little, Brown in the USA, who hold world rights, in I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai. The book is scheduled for publication in autumn 2013.

Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired a cultural history of Istanbul by acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes

NEWS: Bettany Hughes' Book ISTANBUL to Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired a cultural history of Istanbul by acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes. Alan Samson, Publisher of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, bought World rights from Julian Alexander of LAW to Istanbul, which will be published in hardback in 2014.

Scientist's second book on how our genes define us

Weidenfeld & Nicolson to publish Adam Rutherford

W&N have bought rights to two new books by science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford. The first book, provisionally entitled KNOW THYSELF, will be a definitive guide to what our genes tell us about ourselves and will be published in February 2016.

HIGH-CONCEPT NOVELS ACQUIRED

Bear Grylls Thrillers to be Published by Orion

Orion has signed international adventurer Bear Grylls to write a series of action-adventure thrillers, featuring Dan Ranger, ex-SAS, ecologist and adventurer extraordinaire. The first book Ghost Flight, will be published in May 2015.