Autumn news

Our news pages may have been quiet recently, but that's not to say it hasn't been a busy summer for us all at the Science Factory. We’ve done a flurry of deals, including The Wood Age by Roland Ennos (William Collins in the UK and Scribner in North America), The Fear Paradox by Frank Faranda (Mango Books), Ouch by Margee Kerr and Linda Rodriguez McRobbie (Bloomsbury Sigma), The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque (Oneworld in the UK and Sourcebooks in North America), The Genesis Quest by Michael Marshall (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), How to Think Like a Woman by Regan Penaluna (Grove Atlantic), How to Live a Good Life edited by Massimo Pigliucci, Skye Cleary and Daniel A. Kaufman (Vintage), A Handbook for New Stoics by Massimo Pigliucci and Gregory Lopez (Rider in the UK and the Experiment in North America), Einstein’s War by Matthew Stanley (Viking UK), Living in Data by Jer Thorp (MCD Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and The Dance of Life by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz and Roger Highfield (WH Allen). You can find more details on our author pages.

We’ve also been pursuing translation deals internationally for our clients. We’ve secured 17 translation deals worldwide since the London Book Fair, many of them the rewarding result of years of effort. Enrico Coen’s Cells to Civilizations, for example, was published in 2012 by Princeton University Press, and we are now placing it with a publisher in China.

It’s just as fulfilling to see titles get the recognition they deserve once they’re published. In July, Dr Jessica Wade launched a crowdfunding campaign to get a copy of Angela Saini’s Inferior into most large mixed secondary schools in the UK. As of 21 August, the campaign has raised over £22,000, which will allow them to get a copy into every state school in the UK! Fourth Estate, Saini’s UK publisher for Inferior, has pledged to match the amount raised and to handle distribution, which will greatly expand the reach of the campaign.

And in early August, Mark Miodownik’s Liquid was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. Miodownik has won the prize once previously, with Stuff Matters in 2014. The 2018 winner will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Professor Brian Cox on 1 October 2018.