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W&N Autobiography / Music HB August £25.00 320pp 8pp b&w illustrations 978 0 297 60855 4 eBook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 60856 1


German conductor Christian Thielemann’s illuminating account of the great and controversial composer Richard Wagner. Over a distinguished career conducting the world’s finest orchestras, Christian Thielemann has earned a reputation as the leading modern interpreter of Richard Wagner. My Life with Wagner chronicles his ardent personal and professional engagement with the nineteenthcentury composer. Taking each opera in turn, his appraisal is illuminated by a deep affinity for the music. And yet for all the adulation Wagner’s art inspires in him, Thielemann does not shy away from unpalatable truths about the man himself. The result is a richly rewarding read for admirers of a composer who continues to fascinate long after his death. Christian Thielemann was born in Berlin. He is the Chief Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden and is a regular guest of world-class orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic.


Location: Dresden, Germany Available for interview

W&N Non-fiction • July / August 2015

W&N History HB August £20.00 320pp b&w integrated illustrations 978 0 297 87089 0 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 87090 6

JOHN HIGGS Stranger Than We Can Imagine Making Sense of the Twentieth Century

An alternative exploration of history’s most challenging century: ‘An illuminating work of massive insight … I cannot recommend this magnificent work too highly’ (Alan Moore). The twentieth century is the period of history that we know the most about; it should make sense. But somehow it doesn’t quite lead into the bewildering century we find ourselves in now. To bring us a new perspective, John Higgs explores some of the more curious backwaters of the twentieth century, finding fresh insight on our journey to the present day. Travelling in the company of some of the most radical artists, scientists, geniuses and crazies of their age, they show us that great innovations such as relativity, cubism, postmodernism and chaos maths are not the incomprehensible horrors that we assume them to be, but signposts that bring us to the world we live in now. John Higgs is the author the critically acclaimed The KLF: Chaos, Magic and The Band Who Burned A Million Pounds – ‘A thing of endlessly fascinating, utterly demented genius’ (Guardian).


Location: Brighton, East Sussex Available for interview @johnhiggs