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riverrun is Quercus's new literary imprint, established to showcase the best in literary fiction, upmarketing crime and top-class non-fiction. As part of Quercus, over the years riverrun have been curating a list that, in its diversity, has one feature to mark it out – the writing. We’ve found talent in many different forms, and it’s the writers themselves that make riverrun what it is. Choosing the name of the new imprint – riverrun – was more complicated than we could have imagined, but all along the solution was across the road. A river. It is, of course, the first word of one of the most famous – and probably unread – books ever written, Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. We hope our imprint will attain the first quality and our books will avoid the second. We will publish books we intend to be international, as relevant to Sydney as Sydenham – which brings me back to Joyce: in the particular is contained the universal.

New Statesman

Anthony Clavane for the New Statesman

Anthony Clavane has written many pieces for the New Statesman, including 'Why football is broken - and how we can fix it' and 'The radicalism of fools: the rise of the new anti-Semitism'

The Independent

Anthony Clavane for the Independent

`Being funny is like being gay. It's hard to admit to, people think it's odd. You're born that way'

New Statesman

Anthony Clavane for the New Statesman

Anthony Clavane is a contributor to the New Statesman, including 'Why football is broken - and how we can fix it' and 'The radicalism of fools: the rise of the new anti-Semitism'

Sabotage Times

Anthony Clavane for the Sabotage Times

Anthony is a contributor to the Sabotage Times, including 'Tony Harrison: Leeds, Poetry and Granta Magazine's Snobbery Against the North', 'Sniffer and Reaney get them in' and 'Arsenal vs Spurs: Should the North London Derby be a Jewish Holiday?'

The Times

Anthony Clavane for The Times

Anthony Clavane is a contributor to The Times, his articles including ' The real evil of football's Y-word abusers', 'Why Jewish mothers can be a joking matter' and 'The squad to beat football's racists'

Catalogue

Autumn 2018 Catalogue

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BBC's Late Kick Off

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The Telegraph

"Clavane’s Promised Land...is one of the hidden gems of 21st-century sportswriting."

Clavane’s Promised Land, his lyrical evocation of a life spent supporting Leeds United FC, is one of the hidden gems of 21st-century sportswriting. The follow-up has a jaunty title that might suggest a Jupp-esque comic monologue, though in fact this is a serious work of history.

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First stop: Sweden

Discover Lisbeth Salander

The first stop on our summer reading round the world tour is Sweden, to visit the one and only Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth stormed back into the bestseller charts last summer in the gripping fourth installment in the Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. Here we talk to Team MacLehose about what they think makes Lisbeth so special... The typescripts of the first two and a half volumes of the Millennium trilogy that came from the Swedish publisher Norstedts came in English. The first book was then called MEN WHO HATE WOMEN, bizarrely translated by the French as MEN WHO DO NOT LOVE WOMEN. I have often wondered about the reactions of the many editors who read it before it came to the embryo MacLehose Press. I know of the response of one very distinguished American editor, who said that he had spent three weeks working on the first 70 pages, trying to edit them into shape, but it wasn’t worth the candle or he had no more time, I don’t remember which. The beginning of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, as it came to be known, is, it is true, unlike the rest of the novel. It covers ground that readers of modern crime stories will have found familiar. The first fifty pages of the novel betray almost no hint of the furnace of excitement to come. And then the reader meets Lisbeth Salander, a character who has no match in contemporary fiction, and from that moment Stieg Larsson and his Ariel-like spirit held the world in their hands, and still do. This wild, vengeful and exceedingly clever anarchist is a spirit for our times, a beautiful and brilliant creation. Impossible not to think of her own Prospero with terrible sadness even as we are reminded of Salander’s birthday. Of all the homages to the birthday girl, is there an apter one than Mario Vargas Llosa’s? The Nobel Laureate wrote: "I have just spent a few weeks with all of my experienced reader’s critical defences swept away by the cyclonic force of a story… Welcome to the immortality of fiction, Lisbeth Salander!" CHRISTOPHER MACLEHOSE, Publisher I was completely riveted by the sheer audacity of Larsson’s creation in Lisbeth Salander when I first read a proof copy of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It must have been in the Autumn of 2007, a few months before she was revealed to English readers. A rare and memorable night of no sleep - I was in awe and in tatters. The attraction of a complex character who is so persistently underestimated, her projected appearance so deceptive – she’s tiny and a girl, she’s a punk, she’s damaged and in the care system. But this complexity transfers to strengths: she’s learned to rely on no-one, her tremendous skills are self-taught and she knows she has nothing to lose. She goes into Terminator Mode. There is something about the pace and poise of Larsson’s delivery that kept this reader entirely hooked. A line is played out and rapidly pulled in; Lisbeth disappears for long stretches of the narrative (for much of The Girl Who Played with Fire), from the investigative eye, from the reader’s page, but it is Lisbeth that we most want to read about. And Larsson delivers her to us at exactly the right moment – absence and reappearance. Silent cheers and goosebumps. A character of contrasts who reveals herself in a series of acts, the violence of which can appall. And yet she doesn’t lose us for a moment. In many crime novels the main protagonist/hero is sketched out at the beginning; a paragraph of past trauma, current addictions, complicated personal relationships. With Lisbeth, her persona shifts, her preferences are entirely unpredictable. I have never read a crime novel in which unpredictability becomes a strength. And yet, simultaneously, she possesses such extraordinary righteous integrity. Stieg Larsson makes all but the very finest of his competitors seem plodding and derivative, and with the creative brilliance of David Lagercrantz this most exceptional of heroines is brought back to life. More cheering and goosebumps. KATHARINA BIELENBERG, Associate Publisher, MacLehose Press

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Have a Classy Christmas

UNDER A POLE STAR Stef Penney returns to the wild Arctic landscape she portrayed so beautifully in her debut The Tenderness of Wolves, to bring us the story of ‘The Snow Queen’ Flora Mackie and her Geologist beau Jakob de Beyn. Their paths cross on the frozen landscape of Greenland whilst on opposing expeditions, yet they have an instant connection that has the power to transcend any distance between them. A passionate love affair, and a couple of trips back to the North later, and it seems nothing can tear Flora and Jakob apart. Until… Set against the stark, timeless beauty of northern Greenland, and fin-de-siècle New York and London, Under a Pole Star is a compelling look at the dark side of the ‘golden age’ of exploration, a study of the corrosive power of ambition, and an epic, incendiary love story. It shows that sometimes you have to travel to the furthest edge of the world in order to find your true place in it. Available to buy at Waterstones, Amazon, Hive and from your local indepdendent bookshop. THE BOOK OF TIDES An idiosyncratic, richly illustrated guide to Britain's rivers, seas and shores, for everyone who loves the water and the natural world - a Norwegian Wood for Britain's waters. Both graphically beautiful and lyrically written, The Book of Tides is a unique and essential book, ideal for anyone who knows and loves the British coast, and who wants to understand, discover, surf, or sail it better. Inspired by his own witnessing of the power of the sea through travelling around Britain's coastline in a panel van with his young family, William Thomson tells the story of the cycles of the sea. He combines a lyrical, passionate narrative with graphically beautiful renderings of the main forms of water which affect Britain: Rip, Rapids, Swell, Stream, Tide, Wave, Whirlpool, Tsunami. Available to buy at Waterstones, Hive, Amazon and from your local indepdent bookshop. (photo credit: West End Lane Books) BILL BAILEY'S REMARKABLE GUIDE TO BRITISH BIRDS Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to British Birds is all about comedian Bailey's love of birds. A visual feast - it is packed with illustrations, sketches and notes by Bailey - as well as informative, it is funny and insightful, and positively crackles with energy, knowledge and wit as he takes us on a journey around the British isles, zooming in on those birds that enthuse him the most. A beautifully and originally designed hardback, it will delight Bailey's fans as well as those who like a bit of armchair escapism. Available to buy at Waterstones, Amazon, Hive and from your local independent bookshop THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F**K: CHRISTMAS EDITION It was the 'self help with an edge' book of 2016 (Vogue said that, so you know this thing's legit) - and now it's back with a gorgeous new jacket to help you give fewer, better f**ks this Christmas! A genius parody of the bestselling The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Sarah Knight's no nonsense guide to focussing on the things in your life that make you happy, and giving way less of your time and energy to the things that don't, will help to revolutionalise your thinking. From family dramas to having a bikini body, the simple 'NotSorry Method' for mental decluttering will help you unleash the power of not giving a f**k and will free you to spend your time, energy and money on the things that really matter. This festive red edition will sit perfectly in any stocking, and would make an ideal office secret santa gift for that stressed colleague... Available to buy from Waterstones, Amazon and from your local indepdendent bookshop. NO PICNIC ON MOUNT KENYA A classic tale of derring-do: The Great Escape meets Touching the Void No Picnic on Mount Kenya is a rediscovered mountaineering classic and the extraordinary true story of a daring escape up Mount Kenya by three prisoners of war. It's a remarkable story of three incredibly brave men with an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea. It is also a powerful testament to the human spirit of revolt and adventure in even the darkest of places. A Waterstones non-fiction Book of the Month, No Picnic on Mount Kenya is a terrific gift for the adventurous type, yet equally for the armchair traveller! Available to buy from

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LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE PIANO

Pianist and international bestselling writer James Rhodes, promises that How to Play the Piano gives anyone with two hands, a piano or an electric keyboard and just 45 minutes a day the tools they need to learn to play Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C Major in 6 weeks, even if they know nothing about music or playing the piano. Sound like a challenge you’d love to take up? Along with Waterstones, James is offering one person the chance to get an early copy of the book, along with a Casio CTK-6200 Full Size Piano Style Keyboard, complete with a stand, sustain pedal and stool. You’ll have everything you need to learn a wonderful new skill. Keep us and James up to date on how you’re doing through Facebook or Twitter – we’d love to know! Here’s James himself to tell you more: > To enter, just tweet @quercusbook or post on facebook.com/quercusbooks why you’d love to learn the piano using the hashtag #HowToPlaythePiano. Is it the chance to make good on those school day lessons? Or would you love to learn a new skill? Or would you just like to surprise everyone with your mastery of Bach’s Prelude No.1! Whatever the reason, let us know by 11.59pm on 17th September.

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Learn to play the piano

Learn how to play the piano in just six weeks with pianist James Rhodes

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Summer Reading

Pick the Perfect Poolside Read

The campaign In June, July and August 150 libraries around the UK will be promoting our fantastic summer paperback programme to thousands of readers by creating summer reading displays, using materials we have supplied, and championing seven of our books. Each library will receive a pack that contains posters, shelf talkers, bookmarks, an ideas document and a set of the seven summer reads. The Girl in the Spider’s Web (1-15 June) Kitchens of the Great Midwest (16-26 June) Last Dance in Havana (27 June – 10 July) Florence Grace (11-24 July) Asking For It (25 July – 7 August) Love Notes for Freddie (8-21 August) The Tenderness of Wolves (10th Anniversary) (22 August – 1 September) Alongside recipe cards, extracts, reading group questions we'll also be hearing from editors and authors on their top summer reads, favourite settings and their best (and worst...) holidays. Display competition Libraries will be invited to take part in a display competition by tweeting us photos of their displays using the hashtag #QuercusSummer. The winning library will receive a summer hamper and Pimms set so it’s all to play for! We also have a data capture initiative running whereby readers can enter into a prize draw to win £200 travel vouchers and sign up to hear more from Quercus. Blogger Book Club We've teamed up with fifty influential bloggers who will be reading and reviewing three of our key summer titles between June and August. We'll also be hosting a competition to find the best photo of a Quercus summer read in a summer location, and entries will be in with a chance of winning an ultimate beach bag bundle.

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Perfect Poolside Picks

The Campaign In June, July and August 150 libraries around the UK will be promoting our fantastic summer paperback programme to thousands of readers by creating summer reading displays, using materials we have supplied, and championing seven of our books. Each library will receive a pack that contains posters, shelf talkers, bookmarks, an ideas document and a set of the seven summer reads. The seven books featured in the campaign are: The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Last Dance in Havana, Florence Grace, Love Notes for Freddie, Asking For It, The Tenderness of Wolves 10th Anniversary We’ll also be spotlighting each of the seven titles over the three months online with an abundance of additional content provided by authors and editors. Alongside recipe cards, extracts, reading group questions we’ll also be hearing from editors and authors on their top summer reads, favourite settings and their best (and worst…) holidays. The order we will spotlight the titles The Girl in the Spider’s Web (1-15 June) Kitchens of the Great Midwest (16-26 June) Last Dance in Havana (27 June – 10 July) Florence Grace (11-24 July) Asking For It (25 July – 7 August) Love Notes for Freddie (8-21 August) The Tenderness of Wolves (10th Anniversary) (22 August – 1 September) Display competition Libraries will be invited to take part in a display competition by tweeting us photos of their displays using the hashtag #QuercusSummer. The winning library will receive a summer hamper and Pimms set so it’s all to play for! We also have a data capture initiative running whereby readers can enter into a prize draw to win £200 travel vouchers and sign up to hear more from Quercus. Blogger Book Club We've teamed up with fifty influential book bloggers who will be reading along with us and reviewing three of our key summer titles between June and August. We'll also be launching a competition to find the best summer-inspired photo of one of our books, and the winner will receive a fantastic beach bag filled with summer essentials.