Vintage Publishing

  • The second volume of an epic, beautifully illustrated graphic history of humankind, based on Yuval Noah Harari's internationally bestselling phenomenon

    When nomadic Homo sapiens settled to live in one place, they started working harder and harder. But why didn't they get a better life in return?

    In The Pillars of Civilization, Yuval Noah Harari and his companions including Prof. Saraswati and Dr. Fiction travel the length and breadth of human history to investigate how the Agricultural Revolution changed society forever. Discover how wheat took over the world, how war, famine, disease and inequality became a part of the human condition, and why we might only have ourselves to blame.

    The origins of modern farming are told through Elizabethan tragedy, the changing fortunes of domesticated plants and animals are tracked in the columns of the Daily Business News, and the history of inequality is revealed in a superhero detective story.

    A radical, witty and colourful retelling of the story of humankind, adapted from Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Volume 2 can be read as a standalone or as a follow-up to Volume 1, The Birth of Humankind.

    Praise for Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind:

    'I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species.' - Bill Gates

    'Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth' - Barack Obama

    'Jaw-dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read' - Chris Evans

    'Contains a remarkable piece of information on almost every page and reminds us that we should be grateful to be human.' - Matt Haig

    'Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain... Radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new' - Sunday Times

    'Provocative and fascinating and opinionated...it makes the familiar seem unfamiliar. It altered how I view our species and our world.' - Guardian

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  • The smash-hit Sunday Times bestseller that will transform your understanding of our planet and life itself.

    'Dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing' Robert Macfarlane

    Winner of the Wainwright Prize for Conservation Writing 2021

    The more we learn about fungi, the less makes sense without them.

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  • 'The sense of dread deepens as the snow falls in Ruth Ware's tensely plotted and deliciously cast alpine thriller' Louise Candlish, bestselling author of Our House

    **THE UNMISSABLE NEW THRILLER FROM THE QUEEN OF THE MODERN-DAY MURDER MYSTERY**

    Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. At stake is a billion-dollar dot com buyout that could make them all millionaires, or leave some of them out in the cold.

    The clock is ticking on the offer, and with the group irrevocably split, tensions are running high. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask - would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?
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    PRAISE FOR RUTH WARE'S ADDICTIVE THRILLERS:

    'Atmospheric and eerie with Agatha Christie vibes' Prima

    'Ruth Ware just gets better and better' Lisa Jewell, author of The People Upstairs

    'A dark tale by one of the best thriller writers around' Independent

    'Will hold you captive until the brilliant ending' Shari Lapena, author of Someone We Know

    'A real spine-chiller that confirms Ruth Ware as the true heir to Christie's crown' Erin Kelly, bestselling author of He Said, She Said
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    READERS LOVE ONE BY ONE:
    'I devoured this in a day...eerie and creepy' *****
    'Terrifying and captivating' *****
    'Had me on the edge of my seat' *****
    'Utterly brilliant' *****
    'Clever, chilling, addictive...a must-read!' *****
    'Strong Agatha Christie vibes' *****

  • 'Required reading for everyone' Adam Rutherford

    Medicine, education, psychology, economics - wherever it really matters, we look to science for guidance.

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  • *A GUARDIAN 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK*

    'One of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation' - Olivia Laing

    So often deployed as a jingoistic, even menacing rallying cry, or limited by a focus on passing moments of liberation, the rhetoric of freedom both rouses and repels. Does it remain key to our autonomy, justice, and well-being, or is freedom's long star turn coming to a close? Does a continued obsession with the term enliven and emancipate, or reflect a deepening nihilism (or both)? On Freedom examines such questions by tracing the concept's complexities in four distinct realms: art, sex, drugs, and climate.

    Drawing on a vast range of material, from critical theory to pop culture to the intimacies and plain exchanges of daily life, Nelson explores how we might think, experience, or talk about freedom in ways responsive to the conditions of our day. Her abiding interest lies in ongoing "practices of freedom" by which we negotiate our interrelation with-indeed, our inseparability from-others, with all the care and constraint that relation entails, while accepting difference and conflict as integral to our communion.

    For Nelson, thinking publicly through the knots in our culture-from recent art world debates to the turbulent legacies of sexual liberation, from the painful paradoxes of addiction to the lure of despair in the face of the climate crisis-is itself a practice of freedom, a means of forging fortitude, courage, and company. On Freedom is an invigorating, essential book for challenging times.

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  • But would we really want it?

    Varoufakis's boundary-breaking new book confounds expectations of what the good society would look like and confronts us with the greatest question: are we able to build a better society, despite our flaws.

    'One of my few heroes.

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  • **THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER**

    Discover the book that inspired Gareth Southgate's leadership style.

    'Interesting and provocative...

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  • A captivating graphic edition of Timothy Snyder's bestselling book of lessons for surviving and resisting the arc toward authoritarianism.

    Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny is one of the essential books of recent years, using the darkest moments in twentieth-century history to teach twenty lessons on resisting modern-day authoritarianism. These include a warning to be aware of how symbols used today could affect tomorrow, an urgent reminder to research everything for yourself and to the fullest extent, and an encouragement to use personalised and individualised speech rather than cliched phrases when arguing a point

    In this graphic edition, Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive style in Heimat - at once a graphic memoir, collage-style scrapbook, historical narrative and trove of memories - to breathe new life, colour and power into Snyder's modern classic, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination and call for action.

    History does not repeat, but it does instruct. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of On Tyranny emphasises the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance.

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  • Ranging from Hans Christian Anderson to Karl Ove Knausgaard, have yourself a nordic noel with the very best Scandinavian Christmas tales

    Have yourself a truly Scandinavian Christmas...

  • 'De Bernieres is a singular, cherishable voice' Mail on Sunday

    From the master of historical fiction, this book follows an unforgettable family after the Second World War.

    Some bonds are hard to break...

    Daniel Pitt was an RAF fighter in the First World War and an espionage agent for the SOE in the Second. Now the conflicts he faces are closer to home.

    Daniel's marriage has fractured beyond repair and Daniel's relationship with his son, Bertie, has been a failure since Bertie was a small boy.

    But after his brother Archie's death, Daniel is keen for new perspectives. He first travels to Peshawar to bury Archie in the place he loved best, and then finds himself in Canada, avoiding his family and friends back in England. Daniel and Bertie's different experiences of war, although devastating, also bring with them the opportunity for the two to reconnect.

    If only they can find a way to move on from the past...

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  • 'Life without her would be death'

    The lost novel from the author of The Second Sex published in English for the first time.

    The compulsive story of two friends growing up and falling apart.

    INTRODUCED BY DEBORAH LEVY

    When Andree joins her school, Sylvie is immediately fascinated.

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  • 'Stunning... Weir has brought those five queens to life like never before. I just raced through it - it has all the drama and suspense of a novel' Tracy Borman

    Crusading queens, queens in rebellion against their king, queen seductresses, learned queens, queens in battle - the Plantagenet queens broke through medieval constraints to exercise power and influence, for good and sometimes for ill.

    Beginning with the formidable Eleanor of Aquitaine whose marriage to Henry II sows the seeds for some of the most destructive family conflicts in history and ending with Eleanor of Castile, the grasping but beloved wife of Edward I, Alison Weir's ground-breaking history of the queens of medieval England provides an enthralling new perspective on a dramatic period of high romance and sometimes low politics, with determined women at its heart.

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  • The Sunday Times bestseller from literary phenomenon Karl Ove Knausgaard, a love letter about the world written by a father to his unborn daughter.

    'Inspiring, surprising...

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  • **THE NEW BOOK IN THE MILLION-COPY SELLING ROASTING TIN SERIES**

    Feeling inspired by Great British Bake Off? Ready to try your hand at easy and delicious one-tin bakes?

    Rukmini Iyer has the answer with 75 new recipes in one sweet package.

    From sticky date gingerbread and chocolate passionfruit brownies to chilli-spiked halloumi and courgette muffins and the ultimate bread and butter pudding, simply pop your ingredients in a tin and let the oven (or for minimum-effort bakes, the fridge!) do the work. Keeping with her ethos of 'minimum effort, maximum flavour', Rukmini Iyer's one-tin bakes are simple to prep, but still offer great-tasting results.

    From easy bakes to showstopping sensations, this book is for anyone who wants to bake using everyday ingredients and store cupboard staples.

    'Rukmini Iyer's one tin savoury makes were a revelation and she applies the same winning formula to sweet bakes, cakes and cookies... relish the results' Simple Things

    Everyone loves the Roasting Tin series:

    'This book will earn a place in kitchens up and down the country' Nigella Lawson

    'This book has changed my life' Juno Dawson

    'It's a boon for any busy household' Jay Rayner

    'Wonderful. So delicious. So easy' Nina Stibbe

    Reader Reviews:

    'Absolutely brilliant cookbook - great recipes and a real range of sweet bakes and savoury bakes too. Cannot recommend more!!!'

    'I was delighted when this treat was published! Highly recommend this book'

    'I am a huge fan of the Roasting Tin Cookbooks and use them on an almost daily basis'

    'Love this book.... Good set up, delicious recipes and all so easy!'

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  • 'Searing and timely'
    Tarana Burke, founder of the MeToo movement, and author of You Are Your Best Thing

    'Carefree Black Girls is the testimony I've been waiting to witness.'
    Robert Jones, Jr., author of The Prophets; creator of Son of Baldwin

    'Standout... one you'll struggle to put down.'
    Bad Form


    INCLUDES A FOREWORD WITH CLARA AMFO

    In 2013, film and culture critic Zeba Blay was one of the first people to coin the viral term #carefreeblackgirls on Twitter. As she says, it was "a way to carve out a space of celebration and freedom for Black women online."

    In this collection of essays, Blay expands on this initial idea by delving into the work and lasting achievements of influential Black women in Pop Culture - writers, artists, actresses, dancers, hip-hop stars - whose contributions often come in the face of bigotry, misogyny, and stereotypes. Blay celebrates the strength and fortitude of these Black women, while also examining the many stereotypes and rigid identities that have clung to them.

    In writing that is both luminous and sharp, expansive and intimate, Carefree Black Girls seeks a path forward to a culture and society in which Black women and their art are appreciated and celebrated.

  • '2021's most important book about sex.'
    Stylist

    'You need to read this.'
    Mashable


    A bad sexual experience.

    A grey area.

    Not rape but...

    A violation - these are the terms we use to describe the experiences we don't have words for. The way we talk about topics such as sex, consent, assault aren't fit for purpose.


    Rough is a revolutionary non-fiction work exploring the narratives of sexual violence that we don't talk about. Through powerful testimony from 50 women and non-binary people, this book shines a light on the sexual violence that takes place in our bedrooms and beyond, sometimes at the hands of people we know, trust, or even love. Rough investigates violations such as 'stealthing,' non-consensual choking, and non-consensual rough sex acts that our culture is only starting to recognise as sexual violence.

    The book explores the ways in which systems of oppression manifest in our sexual culture - from racist microaggressions, to fatphobic acts of aggression, and ableist dehumanising behaviour. An intersectional, sex-positive, kink-positive work, the book also examines how white supremacy, transphobia, biphobia, homophobia, and misogyny are driving forces behind sexual violence.

    Rough is an urgent, timely call for change to the systems that oppress us all. It's time for a societal shift. As individuals with agency within our sexual culture we have the power to remodel our behaviour and this book shows us how.


    Praise for Rough

    'An incredible investigation into a frighteningly common part of our sexual experience; determined to give ownership back to those who have had their agency stolen from them.'
    Dr Fern Riddell

    'Unflinching. Important, thought-provoking read.'
    Nataliya Deleva

    'Rough speaks to how many women often feel after sexual encounters - violated but unsure of exactly why, and whether our feelings are valid. This book is excellent and demonstrates just how valid those feelings are.'
    Adele Walton, founder of Humanitarian Hotgirl

  • ***A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK 2021***

    'Poignant and bittersweet, this novel is a joy' Richard & Judy

    Perfect for fans of The Vanishing Half and Where the Crawdads Sing, Sugar is a classic waiting to be rediscovered.

    Young and confident, with a swagger in her step, Sugar arrives in the southern town of Bigelow hoping to start over. Soon Bigelow is alight with gossip and suspicion, and Sugar fears her past is catching up with her. Then she meets Pearl, a woman trying to forget her own traumas. As these next-door neighbours become unlikely friends, they wonder if their lives could finally be changing for the better. But small towns have long memories...

    'A page-turning novel guaranteed to be looked back on as a timeless classic'
    INDEPENDENT

    'This book is so engaging and beautiful and intriguing and satisfying that I could not put it down'
    ELLE

    'Riveting... Searing and expertly imagined'
    TONI MORRISON on Bernice L. McFadden

    Readers are falling for Sugar

    'Such an enjoyable read... beautifully written, raw and impactful'
    'Riveting, heart-breaking'
    'Very powerful, poignant'
    'Beautifully written... brutal and moving... a must read book'
    'Well-written with rich characters and many twists and turns'
    'So descriptive yet easy to read, and it made me fall in love with all the characters'

    This Bitter Earth, the sequel to Sugar, will be reissued as a Vintage Classic in July 2022 and is available to pre-order now.

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  • 'Excellent... Mortimer's erudition is formidable' The Times

    A time of exuberance, thrills, frills and unchecked bad behaviour...Ian Mortimer turns to what is arguably the most-loved period in British history - the Regency, or Georgian England.

    This is the age of Jane Austen and the Romantic poets; the paintings of John Constable and the gardens of Humphry Repton; Britain's military triumphs at Trafalgar and Waterloo. It was perhaps the last age of true freedom before the arrival of the stifling world of Victorian morality.

    And like all periods in history, it was an age of many contradictions - where Beethoven's thundering Fifth Symphony could premier in the same year that saw Jane Austen craft the delicate sensitivities of Persuasion.

    This is history at its most exciting, physical, visceral - the past not as something to be studied but as lived experience. This is Ian Mortimer at the height of his time-travelling prowess.

    'Ian Mortimer has made this kind of imaginative time travel his speciality' Daily Mail

  • 'A magnum opus... Puts the reader at the heart of the horror that came to be called the Atlanta child murders' Toni Morrison

    Zala Spencer is barely surviving on the margins of Atlanta's booming economy when she awakens one summer's morning in 1980 to find her teenage son, Sonny, has disappeared. As uneasy hours turn into desperate days, Zala realizes that Sonny is among the many cases of missing children beginning to attract national attention. Growing increasingly disillusioned with the authorities, who respond to Sonny's disappearance with cold indifference, Zala and her estranged husband embark on an epic search. Through the eyes of a family seized by anguish and terror, we watch a city roiling with political, racial, and class tensions.

    Written over a span of twelve years, and edited by Toni Morrison, who called Those Bones Are Not My Child the author's magnum opus, Toni Cade Bambara's last novel leaves us with an enduring and revelatory chronicle of an American nightmare.

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  • Bodies in motion. Birds, bees and bobsleighs. What is the force that moves the sun and other stars? Where's our fucking airplane? What's inside Box 808, and why does everybody want it?

    Deep within the archives of time-and-motion pioneer Lillian Gilbreth lies a secret. Famous for producing solid light-tracks that captured the path of workers' movements, Gilbreth helped birth the era of mass observation and big data. Did she also, as her broken correspondence with a young Soviet physicist suggests, discover in her final days a 'perfect' movement, one that would 'change everything'?

    An international hunt begins for the one box missing from her records, and we follow contemporary motion-capture consultant Mark Phocan across geo-political fault lines and experimental zones: places where the frontiers of potential - to cure, kill, understand or entertain - are constantly tested and refined. And all the while, work is underway on the blockbuster film Incarnation, an epic space tragedy.

    Audacious and mesmeric, The Making of Incarnation weaves a set of stories one inside the other, rings within rings, a perpetual-motion machine. Tom McCarthy peers through the screen, or veil, of technological modernity to reveal the underlying historical and symbolic structures of human experience.

  • 'Preposterously entertaining' Observer

    'Brilliant' Daily Telegraph

    'Rollicking' Sunday Times

    From the bestselling author of The Long Weekend: a wild, sad and sometimes hilarious tour of the English country house after the Second World War, when Swinging London collided with aristocratic values.

    As the sun set slowly on the British Empire in the years after the Second World War, the nation's stately homes were in crisis. Tottering under the weight of rising taxes and a growing sense that they had no place in twentieth-century Britain, hundreds of ancestral piles were dismantled and demolished. Perhaps even more surprising was the fact that so many of these great houses survived, as dukes and duchesses clung desperately to their ancestral seats and tenants' balls gave way to rock concerts, safari parks and day trippers.

    From the Rolling Stones rocking Longleat to Christine Keeler rocking Cliveden, Noble Ambitions takes us on a lively tour of these crumbling halls of power, as a rakish, raffish, aristocratic Swinging London collided with traditional rural values. Capturing the spirit of the age, Adrian Tinniswood proves that the country house is not only an iconic symbol, but a lens through which to understand the shifting fortunes of Britain in an era of monumental social change.

    Lavishly illustrated in full colour, with over 50 photographs.

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  • From the author of the widely acclaimed Heat, an exhilarating account of Bill Buford's adventures in the world of French cooking.

    'A romping, chomping, savoury tour de force...

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  • 'Charlotte Higgins's Red Thread is a masterwork' Ali Smith

    A thrillingly original, labyrinthine journey through myth, art, literature, history, archaeology and memoir.

    The tale of how the hero Theseus killed the Minotaur, finding his way out of the labyrinth using Ariadne's ball of red thread, is one of the most intriguing, suggestive and persistent of all myths, and the labyrinth - the beautiful, confounding and terrifying building created for the half-man, half-bull monster - is one of the foundational symbols of human ingenuity and artistry.

    Charlotte Higgins, author of the Baillie Gifford-shortlisted Under Another Sky, tracks the origins of the story of the labyrinth in the poems of Homer, Catullus, Virgil and Ovid, and with them builds an ingenious edifice of her own. Along the way, she traces the labyrinthine ideas of writers from Dante and Borges to George Eliot and Conan Doyle, and of artists from Titian and Velazquez to Picasso and Eva Hesse.

    Her intricately constructed narrative asks what it is to be lost, what it is to find one's way, and what it is to travel the confusing and circuitous path of a lived life. Red Thread is, above all, a winding and unpredictable route through the byways of the author's imagination - one that leads the reader on a strange and intriguing journey, full of unexpected connections and surprising pleasures.

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  • 'A writer with a profound comprehension of emotional destruction, loss and redemption' Sunday Times

    A retired widow in rural Connecticut wakes to an unexpected visit from her childhood best friend whom she hasn't seen in forty-nine years.

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