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W&N History HB February £25.00 416pp 978 0 297 85984 0 eBook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 85985 7

PETER WATSON The Age of Nothing How We Have Sought To Live Since The Death of God

A dazzling investigation into psychology, art and religion in a secular age. Since Friedrich Nietzsche declared that ‘God is dead’ in 1882, a raft of courageous and reflective individuals have devoted their creative energies to devising ways to live without God, turning instead to invention, enthusiasm, hope, wit and, above all, self-reliance. Their innovative story has gone untold – until now. In The Age of Nothing, acclaimed historian Peter Watson offers a sweeping narrative of the secular philosophers and poets, psychologists and other scientists, painters and playwrights, choreographers and novelists who have forged a new, bold path in the absence of religious belief. Peter Watson was educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome. He has presented several television arts programmes, and since 1998 has been a research associate in Cambridge. He is the author of A Terrible Beauty, Ideas and The Great Divide.


Location: London Available for Interview

Non-Fiction/Ideas • February / April 2014

W&N Popular Science HB April £18.99 320pp 978 0 297 86963 4 eBook: £18.99 / 978 0 297 86964 1

KEITH BARNHAM The Burning Answer

A manifesto for the solar revolution by a world-leading expert in the field. The rapid consumption of oil, gas, coal and uranium resources in the last few generations has left us with an urgent question: how will we meet our future energy needs? As Professor Keith Barnham reveals in this fascinating guide to the science behind the latest solar technology, the answer lies with Einstein’s ‘other’, less well-known equation, discovered in same year as E=mc2. The Burning Answer offers the controversial promise that our sun can provide all our primary energy needs again, saving us from the threats of global warming, diminishing oil resources, and nuclear disaster – provided we don’t allow the politics to stand in our way. Keith Barnham is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Imperial College, London. He has written for The Guardian and the New Statesman.


Location: Frome, Somerset Available for Interview