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W&N Popular science Hb / ETPb May £25.00 / £14.99 320pp 978 0 297 86965 8 / 978 0 297 60947 6 ebook: £25.00 / 978 0 297 86966 5

GEOFFREY WEST Scale a startlingly original ‘theory of everything’ that forces us to rethink our understanding of the connections between human civilisation and nature.

Geoffrey West’s research centres on a quest to find unifying principles and patterns connecting everything from cells and ecosystems to cities, social networks and businesses. The longawaited first trade book by one of the world’s most respected scientists, Scale addresses big, urgent questions about global sustainability, population explosion, urbanisation, ageing, human lifespans and the increasing pace of life, but also encourages us to question the world around us.

‘west brings one of the research community’s most versatile minds to bear on some of nature’s most complex questions’ Time www.ted.com/speakers/geoffrey_west

Geoffrey west is a british theoretical physicist. Honoured in 2006 as one of Time magazine’s Time 100, his 2011 TED Talk ‘The Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations’ has been viewed over 1.3 million times.

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Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico Available for interview

W&N Memoir Hb May £14.99 256pp 978 1 474 60519 9 ebook: £14.99 / 978 1 474 60521 2

SWEETPEA SLIGHT Get Me the Urgent biscuits An Assistant’s Adventure in Theatreland a laugh-out-loud memoir of working behind the scenes in theatre.

This is the story of a working relationship between a tall, willowy, impressionable girl with freckles painted on her face, and an eccentric grande dame of the London theatre.

Jane Slight was eighteen when she met Thelma Holt in 1984. Within a fortnight Thelma had stolen Jane from a job backstage in theatre, sent her to evening classes to learn to type, organised a miniscule salary, cancelled her audition for RADA and renamed her. ‘Sweetpea’ would go on to work with some of the biggest names in the industry, among them Peter Hall, Dustin Hoffman, Sam Mendes, vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman and Fiona Shaw.

Part The Dresser, part The Devil Wears Prada, Sweetpea Slight’s memoir of her formidable mentor beautifully recaptures lost innocence – and the beguilingly chaotic world of a true theatrical impresario.

sweetpea slight began working with theatre producer Thelma Holt in 1984 before following her to the National Theatre in 1985. They worked together for over twenty years.

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Location: London and Dorset Available for interview

W&N Non-fiction • May 2017