W&N History Hb / TPb November £30.00 / £14.99 448pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 87028 9 / 978 1 474 60438 3 ebook: £30.00 / 978 0 297 87029 6
LAWRENCE JAMES Empires in the Sun The Great Powers and Africa 1830–1980
how in a hundred years Europe and the united states coerced africa into their various empires – and how africa decolonised itself.
Colonial Africa was a magnet for the highminded, the philanthropic, the unscrupulous and the insane. visionary pro-consuls rubbed shoulders with missionaries, explorers, soldiers, adventurers, engineers, big-game hunters, entrepreneurs and physicians. In this compelling history of the men and ideas that radically changed the course of world history, Lawrence James investigates and analyses how Europeans persuaded and coerced Africa into becoming a subordinate part of the modern world, and then how, by 1945, in a process of rapid decolonisation, a transformed continent prepared to take charge of its own affairs.
lawrence James was a founding member of the University of York and then took a research degree at Merton College, Oxford. His books include The Rise and Fall of the British Empire and Churchill and Empire: Portrait of an Imperialist.
Location: Lechlade, Oxfordshire Available for interview
W&N Non-Fiction • November 2016 / January 2017
W&N biography / Music Hb / TPb January 2017 £20.00 / £12.99 368pp 16pp colour plates 978 1 474 60455 0 / 978 1 474 60456 7 ebook: £20.00 / 978 1 474 60458 1
RAY CONNOLLY being Elvis
The intimate, no-holds-barred biography of the king of rock ’n’ roll.
What was it like to be Elvis? This new biography by veteran rock journalist and columnist Ray Connolly takes a fresh look at the evidence forming a vivid portrait of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary voice who became a man trapped by fame and killed by his addictions. His account is forensic in its analysis of the ways Elvis’s undoubted talent was squandered – by those around him and by Elvis himself. The caricature elements of the Elvis mythology are explained, including his extravagance and irrationality, and his response to being trapped at the stage he became world-famous – a boy whose parents had to sign his contracts for him. Being Elvis is a thoughtful and careful examination of an immortally celebrated life.
ray Connolly is a journalist and screenwriter. While working for the Evening Standard he interviewed, among others, many Sixties and Seventies rock stars and cultural icons, including The beatles and Elvis Presley.
Location: London Available for interview www.rayconnolly.co.uk @rayconnolly