W&N Biography HB / TPB March £30.00 / £14.99 416pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 86920 7 / 978 0 297 60948 3 eBook: £30.00 / 978 0 297 86921 4
PHILIP EADE Evelyn Waugh A Life Revisited
A completely fresh biography of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers, coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of his death. Evelyn Waugh was hailed by Graham Greene as ‘the greatest novelist of my generation’, yet reckoned by Hilaire Belloc to have been possessed by the devil. Philip Eade’s biography spans the whole of Waugh’s life, utilising unseen primary sources to cast light on the most revealing, and in some cases unknown, events of his 63 years (1903–66). It also examines the extent to which his experiences influenced his novels, many of which – Decline and Fall, Scoop and Brideshead Revisited among them – have become modern classics. The result is a masterly study of a brilliant writer. ‘Philip Eade is a natural writer: percipient, sympathetic, amusing’ Michael Holroyd Philip Eade was born in Shropshire and read history at Bristol University. He is the author of two celebrated biographies, Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (shortlisted for the Biographers' Club Prize), and Young Prince Philip.
Location: Notting Hill, London Available for interview www.philipeade.com
W&N Non-Fiction • March 2016
W&N History HB March £25.00 416pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 86410 3 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 86411 0
BEN WILSON Heyday Britain and the Birth of the Modern World
A globe-spanning history of the 1850s: a time of electrifying change. In a fast-paced, kaleidoscopic narrative, Wilson recreates a decade of explosive energy and dizzying change, a rollercoaster ride of booms and bust, witnessed through the eyes of the men and women reshaping its frontiers. At the centre stands Great Britain. The country was at the peak of its power between 1851 and the mid-1860s, as it attempted to determine the destinies of hundreds of millions of people. Heyday is an innovative take on a period of extraordinary transformation, a little-known decade that was fundamental in the making not only of Britain but of the modern world. ‘One of our finest young historians’ Daily Telegraph Ben Wilson is the author of four critically acclaimed books including What Price Liberty?, for which he received a Somerset Maugham Award, and Empire of the Deep: The Rise and Fall of the British Navy, a Sunday Times bestseller.
Location: Bures, Suffolk Available for interview