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W&N History Hb / ETPb March £18.99 / £14.99 320pp 978 1 474 60229 7 / 978 1 474 60230 3 ebook: £18.99 / 978 1 474 60232 7 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16806 5 / 12 hours

WENDY MOORE The Mesmerist

From the author of the No. 1 bestseller Wedlock, the story of two pioneering men of science, and a nation in thrall to Mesmerism . . .

At the beginning of the 1800s, surgery was a brutal affair. If you needed to have a tumour removed or a leg hacked off, the most surgeons could offer by way of relief was a large swig of brandy. John Elliotson, the medical world’s rising star, wanted to change all that – and he was supported in his endeavours by Thomas Wakley, founder of The Lancet magazine. but, as with every dramatic rise, there came a fall. And that fall began in the summer of 1837, when a strange French baron arrived in London with tales of the latest trend sweeping the continent. That trend was Mesmerism, a precursor to modern hypnotism, and it was to take London by storm, but tear the two friends apart . . .

wendy Moore is a freelance journalist and author. Her first book, The Knife Man, won the Medical Journalists’ Association Consumer book Award in 2005 and her second, Wedlock, was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and one of the ten titles in the Channel 4 Tv book Club. How to Create the Perfect Wife was published to rapturous reviews.

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W&N Non-fiction • March / April 2017

W&N History Hb April £25.00 400pp 16pp colour illustrations 978 0 297 87078 4 ebook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 87079 1 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16593 4 / 13 hours

CHRIS SkIDMORE Richard III brother, Protector, king

The first full biography of richard iii in over fifty years by ‘one of our brightest young historians’ (David starkey).

The last Plantagenet king (1452–85) remains one of England’s most famous and controversial monarchs. A dedicated brother and loyal stalwart of the Yorkist dynasty for most of his early life, Richard III’s personality was forged in the tribulation of exile and the brutality of medieval combat. His two-year reign would become one of the most tumultuous in history, ending in treachery and his death on the battlefield at bosworth.

Chris Skidmore’s biography strips back the legends that surround Richard’s life and reign, and by returning to original manuscript evidence, rediscovers the man as contemporaries saw him.

Chris skidmore is the author of three much admired books on Tudor and medieval history: Edward VI, Death and the Virgin and Bosworth. He previously taught at bristol University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2010 he was elected Member of Parliament for kingswood.

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Location: London and bristol Available for interview www.chrisskidmore.co.uk T: @cskidmoremp