Friday Five: Matthew Cole, Non-Fiction Agent at Northbank
Despite challenging circumstances, the last six months have been exceptionally busy here at Northbank. We’d like to congratulate all our wonderful non-fiction authors who have released books during this period. From hard-hitting political investigations, to heartwarming and hilarious memoirs, we are extremely proud of all the incredible non-fiction titles released over the past six months.
The Japanese by Christopher Harding
The vivid and entertaining portraits in Christopher Harding’s enormously enjoyable new book take the reader from the earliest written accounts of Japan right through to the life of the current empress, Masako. We encounter shamans and warlords, poets and revolutionaries, scientists, artists and adventurers – each offering insights of their own into this extraordinary place.
The Impossible Office by Anthony Seldon
Marking the third centenary of the office of Prime Minister, this book tells how and why it has endured longer than any other democratic political office in world history. The book celebrates the humanity and frailty, work and achievement, of the 55 holders of the office, who averted revolution and civil war, leading the country through times of peace, crisis and war.
Changing Gear: Creating the Life You Want After a Full On Career by Jan Hall and Jon Stokes
Coping with transition can be hard at every stage of life, but it presents unique challenges as we come to the time of our lives when we are facing the end of full-on, full-time work. Changing Gear looks at why work is such an important part of a person’s identity, and how challenging it can be when it’s time to change gear, whether that’s to explore a new path or take a step back from our careers entirely.
Good Dog by Kate Leaver
Celebratory, joyous and moving, Good Dog is about the profoundly healing, curative qualities of dogs – and how we need them more than ever. It is celebration of the extraordinary creatures who change – and sometimes even save – our lives. Covering the science and history of our extraordinary relationship with dogs, and focusing on the role that dogs can play in enriching and improving our mental and emotional health, Good Dog is a celebration of the most remarkable cross-species friendship on the planet.
Call the Vet by Bruce Fogle
Arriving in 1970s’ London as a fresh-faced Canadian, Bruce Fogle assumed that because he knew the language, he would understand the English. As a graduate of the world’s best veterinary school, he also thought his profession would come naturally to him. He quickly learned not to make assumptions…
Call the Vet is a wonderfully rich and warmly funny memoir. Set against the vibrant backdrop of 1970s’ London, it explores the unique bond between pets and their owners, the common thread of compassion that unites all cultures and classes, and the discovery of love and joy in unexpected places.
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along by Iain Dale
In an increasingly divided society, Iain examines why we’ve all become so disrespectful and intolerant. Using experiences from his career in politics and the media, he says it doesn’t have to be this way, and suggests how we can all emerge from tribalism and division and become more respectful to each other and those who govern us. It is a book that is optimistic about the fundamental decencies embedded in human nature and uses deeply personal anecdotes to explain why we can look forward in a positive way to a better life both in personal and material terms.
In the Thick of It by Sir Alan Duncan
Riotously candid, these diaries cover the most turbulent period in recent British political history – from the eve of the referendum in 2016 to the UK’s eventual exit from the EU. As two prime ministers fall, two general elections unfold and a no-confidence vote is survived, Alan records a treasure-trove of insider gossip, giving biting and often hilarious accounts of petty rivalries, poor decision-making, big egos, and big crises.
Nothing escapes Alan’s acerbic gaze. Across these unfiltered daily entries, he builds a revealing and often profound picture of UK politics and personalities. A rich seam of high politics and low intrigue, this is an account from deep inside the engine room of power.
The Prime Ministers by Iain Dale
It has been 300 years since Sir Robert Walpole arguably became the first holder of the office of Prime Minister in 1721 – an office which today is under scrutiny like never before. The Prime Ministers, edited by leading political commentator Iain Dale, brings to life all 55 of Britain’s ‘First Among Equals’ with an essay for each office holder, written by key figures in British politics. From the obscure 18th-century Prime Ministers like the Earl of Shelburne to 20th-century titans like Churchill and Thatcher, this book provides a much-needed reminder about their motivations, failures and achievements.
Making Your Voice Heard by Connson Locke
Making Your Voice Heard is a fresh take on how to successfully influence others, regardless of your gender or background. Drawing on the latest research in social psychology, Connson Chou Locke looks at why we are prone to miscommunicate and how to overcome these barriers. This practical guide, based on her hugely popular Guardian Masterclass, will help you hone your personal style, and enhance your presence and influence with ease.
Women of Steel by Michelle Rawlins
When the Second World War broke out, the young women of Sheffield had their carefree lives turned upside down. With their sweethearts being sent away to fight, they had no choice but to step into the men’s shoes and become the backbone of the city’s steel industry. Through hard toil and companionship, they vowed to keep the foundry fires burning and ensured that soldiers had the weapons, planes and ships needed to secure victory over Hitler.
Women of Steel is the last chance to hear these unsung heroines’ voices, as they share first-hand how a group of plucky young women rallied together to win the war for Britain.
From Crime to Crime by Sir Richard Henriques
Sir Richard Henriques has been centre-stage in some of the most high-profile and notorious criminal cases of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. After taking silk in 1986, over the course of the next 14 years he appeared in no fewer than 106 murder trials, including prosecuting Harold Shipman, Britain’s most prolific serial killer, and the killers of James Bulger. In From Crime to Crime he not only recreates some of his most famous cases but also includes his trenchant views on the state of the British judicial system; how it works – or doesn’t – and the current threats to the rule of law that affect us all.
Left Out by Patrick Maguire and Gabriel Pogrund
Left Out tells, for the first time, the astonishing full story of Labour’s transformation under Jeremy Corbyn and historic defeat in December 2019. Drawing on unrivalled access, this blistering exposé moves from the peak of Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity and the shock hung parliament in 2017 to Labour’s humbling in 2019 and the election of Keir Starmer. It reveals a party at war with itself, and puts the reader in the room as tensions boil over, sworn enemies forge unlikely alliances and lifelong friendships are tested to breaking point.