W&N biography / Music Hb / TPb April £20.00 / £14.99 256pp 978 1 474 60363 8 / 978 1 474 60364 5 ebook: £20.00 / 978 1 474 60366 9
JAMES MCbRIDE kill ’Em and Leave Searching for the Real James brown a comprehensive biography of the soul legend James Brown by National Book award-winning author James McBride.
The music of James brown was almost a genre in its own right, and he was one of the biggest and most influential cultural figures of the twentieth century. but the singer known as the ‘Hardest Working Man in Show business’ was also immensely troubled, misunderstood and complicated. James Mcbride, himself a professional musician, has undertaken a journey of discovery in search of the ‘real’ James brown, delving into the heartbreaking saga of brown’s childhood and destroyed estate, and uncovering the hidden history of brown’s early years.
James McBride is the author of the National book Award winner and New York Times bestseller The Good Lord Bird, the acclaimed novels Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, and the No. 1 bestseller The Color of Water. He is also a saxophonist and composer, and a professor of journalism at New York University.
Location: New York City and Lambertville, New Jersey Available for interview www.jamesmcbride.com
W&N biography / History Hb April £25.00 416pp 16pp b&w plates 978 0 297 87105 7 ebook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 87107 1
RUSSELL MILLER boom The Life of viscount Trenchard, Father of the Royal Air Force an insightful new biography of the first Marshal of the air Force, hugh ‘Boom’ Trenchard.
No man did more to ensure the creation of an independent air force than Hugh Trenchard. Although an indifferent pilot, he was quick to recognise the huge potential aircraft offered in the build-up to the First World War. Through persistence and hard work he led his political masters by the nose to secure the future of the RAF as an independent force after the war, in the teeth of fierce opposition from both the Admiralty and the War Office. His admirers claim he richly deserves the plaudits and his statue in Whitehall. His detractors say his influence led directly to the savage strategic bombing of Germany in the Second World War and the deaths of thousands of civilians.
russell Miller is a prize-winning journalist and the author of eleven previous books. His bestselling authorised biography of Field Marshal Slim of burma was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2013.
Location: brighton, East Sussex Available for interview
W&N Non-Fiction • April 2016