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W&N History Hb July £18.99 320pp b&w integrated illustrations 978 1 474 60197 9 ebook: £18.99 / 978 1 474 60199 3 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16654 2

LAURA DAWES Fighting Fit The Wartime battle for britain’s Health an extraordinary, forgotten story of medical triumph against the odds during the second world war.

At the beginning of the Second World War, medical experts predicted epidemics of physical and mental illness on the home front. Yet, astonishingly, britain ended the war in better health than ever before. based on original archival research (including from the british Library, Wellcome Collection and kew Gardens Archives) and written with wit and verve, Fighting Fit reveals how britain succeeded in averting a national healthcare crisis. From transporting blood in ice-cream vans to foraging for medicinal herbs, Laura Dawes shows how the pioneering efforts of a surprising cast of individuals – doctors, Nobel Prize winners, tea ladies, boy scouts and more – kept the nation fit and well in wartime.

• author to visit uk on publication laura Dawes is a prizewinning historian of science, whose research has been supported by the british Association for the History of Science. Her first book, Childhood Obesity in America: Biography of an Epidemic, was published to wide acclaim in 2014.

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Location: Canberra, Australia, and Uk Available for interview www.lauradawes.org

W&N biography / Sport TPb August £14.99 368pp 8pp colour plates 978 1 474 60323 2 ebook: £14.99 / 978 1 474 60325 6

ROLAND LAZENbY Showboat The Life of kobe bryant

The definitive biography of global superstar and basketball icon kobe Bryant.

bryant is one of basketball’s greatest-ever players, a fascinating and complicated character who says he knew when he was a boy that he would be better than Michael Jordan. The debate about whether he has achieved that is a furious one – but in 2015–16, his retirement season, bryant surpassed Jordan on the all-time NbA scoring list.

Aloof and uncompromising, bryant is the grand enigma of American professional basketball, the absolute master of study and preparation. but his career has also been one of almost constant conflict with so many of his contemporaries, opponents and teammates. Comprehensive and unflinching, Showboat unravels the conundrum that is kobe bryant.

roland lazenby is the author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon and Michael Jordan: The Life.

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Location: virginia, USA Available for interview

W&N Non-Fiction • July / August 2016