W&N Non-Fiction Acquisitions

W&N to publish John Bercow’s ‘grippingly candid’ memoir, UNSPEAKABLE

Weidenfeld & Nicolson today [12 November 2019] announces the acquisition of UK and Commonwealth rights from Andrew Gordon of David Higham Associates to publish UNSPEAKABLE by John Bercow on 6 February 2020. UNSPEAKABLE is John Bercow’s characteristically forthright and incisive account of his unique vantage-point into British politics. Containing verdicts on many of the leading […]

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson to publish bestseller Simon Garfield’s DOG’S BEST FRIEND

Jenny Lord, Publisher of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, acquired World rights in DOG’S BEST FRIEND: HOW HUMANS AND DOGS FORMED THE STRONGEST BOND IN HISTORY plus a second title from Rosemary Scoular at United Agents. Dogs and humans: in the last 200 years no inter-species relationship has developed so fast nor come so far. If you […]

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W&N acquires pioneering new view of global history in seven-publisher auction

W&N has won a seven-publisher auction to acquire ON SAVAGE SHORES, the untold story of the Native Americans who discovered Europe, by Caroline Dodds Pennock, the UK’s only Aztec historian. Editorial Director Maddy Price bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit. The story of the sixteenth century is one of […]

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W&N Editorial Director Maddy Price pre-empts ground-breaking story of womankind’s journey through medical history in first acquisition for the imprint

W&N has acquired a blistering and enlightening account of the relationship between women and medicine by historian Dr Elinor Cleghorn. Editorial Director Maddy Price bought UK and Commonwealth rights in DANGEROUS, DEFECTIVE AND DELIRIOUS: A HISTORY OF UNWELL WOMEN from Emma Finn at C&W. Women’s bodies have been the primary battleground of female oppression throughout […]

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Arsène Wenger’s MY LIFE IN RED AND WHITE to publish in autumn 2020

Weidenfeld and Nicolson announces today that it has acquired the first ever autobiography of one of the most successful football managers of all time, Arsène Wenger. UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired alongside Hachette sister company JC Lattes, who acquired world all language rights directly from Wenger. Publication of MY LIFE IN RED AND WHITE is slated for autumn […]

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W&N to publish ANY GIVEN SUNDAY: The NFL’s Epic 100-Year History in 20 Games

Weidenfeld & Nicolson will be publishing a comprehensive and hugely entertaining history of American football by Matthew Sherry, editor of GRIDIRON magazine. ANY GIVEN SUNDAY: The NFL’s Epic 100-Year History in 20 Games will be published next autumn (September 2020) to coincide with the centenary of the formation of the NFL in 1920 and in advance […]

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W&N acquires two books about William Blake by author John Higgs

In advance of the opening of a major William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain on 11 September, Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired two books about the visionary poet and painter by John Higgs. UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from Sarah Ballard at United Agents. William Blake, the poet, artist, engraver and author of the […]

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W&N to publish dazzling biography of pioneering businesswoman Mildred Ransom

Jenny Lord, Publisher of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to MILDRED RANSOM’S BUREAU: SMOGS, SPIES, STRIKES AND THE STORY OF HOW WOMEN WENT TO WORK by Ruth Cowenfrom Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit in an exclusive deal.  In 1894 the redoubtable Mildred Ransom set up a ‘Copying Bureau’ to generate work […]

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W&N to publish Sir Trevor McDonald’s autobiography: AN IMPROBABLE LIFE

Alan Samson, Chairman & Publisher, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada,from Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd (in association with Anita Land Ltd) to the autobiography of Sir Trevor McDonald, AN IMPROBABLE LIFE, for a significant six figure sum, for publication on 17 October 2019. Sir Trevor McDonald is an […]

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W&N to publish Dame Julie Andrews memoir this autumn

Weidenfeld & Nicholson are honoured to announce that they are publishing Dame Julie Andrews’ HOME WORK: A MEMOIR OF MY HOLLYWOOD YEARS which will pick-up where her critically acclaimed 2008 bestselling book, Home, left off and spans the 1960s through to the late 1980s during which time Dame Julie began her filmed entertainment years starting […]

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W&N acquire THE MIRROR AND THE PALETTE: 500 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SELF PORTRAITS, a major new art history from the editor of FRIEZE magazine Jennifer Higgie

Until the 20th century, art history was, in the main, written by white, western men who tended to write about other white, western men. The idea that women in the West have always made art was rarely cited as a possibility. Yet, they have – and, of course, continue to do so – often against […]

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