Author Archive

  • Foxlowe and the Summer Solstice

    • Jun 20, 2016 • Tags: ,

    “Summer Solstice is a day of great celebration. The sun is strong and light will flood over the moor stretching into the hours of night; this a day the Bad must shrink and flee. Hang garlands from the doors, and wrap them around the throats of animals and small children. Bring the gardens inside the house, and eat the ripest fruit… All broken things are made new. All sickness is healed.”

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  • Wilderness: A Competition

    • Jun 13, 2016 • Tags:

    Not only are we publishing Annie Proulx’s ode to the world’s forests this month in the form of the masterfully written Barkskins, but the weather was nice for approx. two days; this allowed us to venture outside into the wild, both to experience the delights that nature can give us as explored in the five books that you could win, but also to take the photo below. It was really nice. That being said, it would be even nicer for you to win one of the TWO sets of the five books on wilderness from us here at 4th Estate, the lovely Faber & Faber crew, and from our sibling imprint William Collins. Just enter your details in the form below, and we’ll pick a winner at the end of the month.

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  • 4x4th Estate: Investigative Biography

    ALEXANDER MASTERS; A LIFE DISCARDED

    A Life Discarded

    How do you write a biography of someone you’ve never met?

    Condensed from a preoccupation that lasted half a decade, Alexander Masters’s latest book A Life Discarded locates fantasy in ‘a daily record of an [ordinary person’s] thoughts about their existence, written […] so to speak, from the inside’. Again, Cambridge – by now surely to be understood as the author’s topographical muse – is the tableau; the city’s seemingly uncanny ability to both produce and submerse its more ‘sensitive’ inhabitants providing reader and author — armed with paper, pen and a private investigator named Vince — a series of wildly compelling, darkly comic revelations. Read more…

  • Marcus du Sautoy: Could there come a moment when we know it all?

    We know so much. Every time you open the newspapers we seem to have solved another great mystery about the universe. The discovery of another fundamental particle in the LHC. The measurement of gravitational waves rippling through the universe. The identification of genes related to deadly diseases. Read more…

  • Behind the Cover: What We Cannot Know

    Maths is not our strong point. Nor is science. As you may suspect, we at 4th Estate are more comfortable with words than with formulas. But, What We Cannot Know: Explorations at the Edge of Knowledge by Marcus du Sautoy is one of those books that makes us feel as though we can actually understand a subject that we’ve been grappling with for years. Another thing that we here in Marketing would like to know more about is cover art. So, we’ve asked Jonny Pelham, the designer of What We Cannot Know, to tell us about the artwork that encases du Sautoy’s thought-provoking expedition to the furthest reaches of modern science. Read more…

  • OUT TODAY: A Life Discarded

    “A nice day in general; just enjoying myself. No particular thoughts, except perhaps I’d like to change my life.”

    In 2001, two friends of mine, Professor Richard Grove and Dr Dido Davies, were mucking around in a building site when they discovered armfuls of notebooks scattered across the rubble in a skip.   Some of the volumes had royal emblems stamped on the front.  Others were military-issue journals.   Read more…

  • Forsooth! Joy for Richard III as Leicester shock world

    • May 4, 2016 • Tags: ,

    There was no shortage of superlatives on Tuesday after little Leicester City were crowned champions of the world’s richest soccer league. New fans sprung up worldwide overnight, but few could explain the season’s extraordinary events.

    A Bangkok monk said the power of Buddhism had lifted the Thai-owned club to victory, while some fans closer to home gave thanks to King Richard III, saying his reinternment in Leicester last year had sparked the magic. In a soon-to-be-published book “King Power”, which also happens to be the name of the group that owns the soccer club, a re-imagined Richard III offers his Middle English analysis of Leicester’s rise to glory under manager Claudio Ranieri. Read more…

  • If you liked, you’ll love…

    • Apr 28, 2016 •

    If, like us, you’ve been completely gripped by the crime dramas that broadcasters have been firing out of late, you’ll need some literary equivalents so that you can take things at our own pace, and step away if you need to (but not for long. Nothing is quite as compulsive as a crime read). Here, for you, are some of our best crime novels, paired with the telly that we’ve been watching (and discussing) of late. We wanted to put BBC One’s new Sunday night drama Undercover in there, but good luck finding a comparison for something so ridiculously compelling… Read more…