From Napoleon's penis to Van Gogh's ear, from Marie Antoinette's teeth to Marie Curie's bone marrow, this book brings together the remarkable stories of body parts that have made history.
We have always used and abused bodies. We've torn them apart, dug them up, experimented on them or taken bits home to display as trophies. Body parts have been used for propaganda in wars and pulled off in punishment. They've answered medical mysteries, been turned into relics and even saved lives.
Now TikTok sensation and medical historian, Dr Suzie Edge, brings us a history of the world's most famous body parts told through its most notable limbs, organs, and appendages, including how Queen Victoria's armpit led the development of antiseptics; why Percy Shelley's heart refused to burn; and the strange case of Hitler's right testicle.
In the past week, the book has also had Polish rights sold to Wydawnitctwo SQN.
Congratulations to Jon Ransom, whose debut novel The Whale Tattoo, has been shortlisted for the Polari Prize 2023 in the First Book category.
Established in 2011, The Polari First Book Prize is awarded annually to a debut book that explores the LGBTQ+ experience, and has previously been won by writers including Kirsty Logan, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Mohsin Zaidi and last year’s winner Adam Zmith, for his keenly-researched history of poppers, Deep Sniff.
We were delighted to see M. W. Craven's Fearless named as The Bookseller's Book of the Month. The first in Craven's new 'Ben Koenig' series, they said of the book:
"Craven is on top form in Fearless, with his wry, humane take on life woven into fast, gritty action, intriguing characters and entertaining plot. It is easy to see why 25 Hollywood executives made offers to adapt it and I can’t wait to hear the major streaming news which is currently heavily embargoed."
We couldn't agree more...!
It was meant to be paradise...
Winterfall Farm, spectacular and remote, stands over Bodmin Moor. Wanting an escape from the constraints of conventional life, Kit and Tara move to the isolated smallholding with their daughter, Skye, and a group of friends. Living off-grid and working the land, they soon begin to enjoy the fruits of their labour amid the breathtaking beauty and freedom of the moor.
At first this new way of life seems too good to be true, but when their charismatic leader, Jeremy, returns from a mysterious trip to the city with Dani, a young runaway, fractures begin to appear. As winter approaches, and with it cold weather and dark nights, Jeremy's behaviour becomes increasingly erratic. Rules are imposed, the outside world is shunned, and when he brings a second girl back to the farm, tensions quickly reach breaking point with devastating consequences…
Bonnier's Hot Key imprint acquired World All Languages rights from Abi Fellows, while she was at The Good Literary Agency (as well as David Riding at MBA Literary on behalf of Off Limits Entertainment).
Hits Different follows 20 year-old Deaf main character Cassie, who is determined to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer, and is due to hit shelves in June 2024.
A very happy publication day to Nicola Garrard, who her new book, 21 Miles published, the sequel to her debut, 29 Locks. The book is a fast-paced, tender and unflinching depiction of teenage friendship and resilience against the odds.
Older, wiser and more confident, life is going well for the former gang member who’d escaped a brutal life of criminal exploitation. But when Donny and his best friend Zoe plan a day trip to France ahead of their sixth form exams, Donny loses his passport and is arrested as an ‘illegal’ migrant. To survive, he must rely on the help of unaccompanied teenage refugees, living rough in the dunes east of Calais.
Welcome to the Lakeside Cottage . . . a place for loved ones to share the perfect seasonal escape . . .
The Carmichaels are gearing up to make this festive season the Christmas of all Christmases, as this blended family gathers at the Lakeside Cottage for a Boxing Day wedding...
Lowry can't help but think her mum's whirlwind marriage is more than a little rash. But after she raised her single-handedly, Lowry is determined to be there in return.
Helen has watched her ex-husband remarry three times already. The fourth might succeed in breaking her heart. Or it might force her to finally move on.
Martha has worked for the Carmichaels for over three decades and has guarded all their secrets. Now she has a secret of her own. Admitting it will be the hardest thing she's ever done.
These three women will do anything for their loved ones. But as revelations come to light amongst the stunning snowy countryside, the greatest lesson will be learning how to live for themselves too.