20 January 2022
Start your year with new voices, big ideas and stories that challenge the status quo. In the list below we select some highlights for spring: from the urgent story of Britain’s renting crisis to a popular history of the BBC, and from an essential guide to self-acceptance to the latest book from renowned political philosopher Francis Fukuyama.
This is non-fiction you won’t be able to put down, from the best writers out there. Join us on Twitter @profilebooks to tell us what you’re reading.
The BBC by David Hendy (27th January)
In this monumental work of popular history, professor and historian David Hendy traces the BBC from its maverick beginnings through war, the creation of television, changing public taste, austerity and massive cultural change.
How to Be You by Jeffrey Marsh (3rd February)
With workbook pages and colouring charts to help you on your journey, How to Be You speaks to everyone who feels like they don’t belong. Jeffrey shows you how to deepen your relationship with yourself and find the courage to be the amazing person you already are.
Hybrid Humans by Harry Parker (17th February)
Harry Parker’s life changed overnight, when he lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan. Grappling with his own new identity and disability, he discovers the latest robotics, tech and implants that might lead us to powerful, liberating possibilities for what a body can be.
Liberalism and its Discontents by Francis Fukuyama (17th March)
Since its inception, liberalism has come under attack from conservatives and progressives alike. In this brilliant and concise exposition, Francis Fukuyama sets out the cases for and against its classical premises: observing the rule of law, independence of judges, means over ends, and most of all, tolerance.
Nine Quarters of Jerusalem by Matthew Teller (17th March)
Ranging from the ancient past to the political present, this highly original ‘biography’ lets the communities of Jerusalem speak for themselves and, in turn, evokes the city’s depth and cultural diversity.
Butler to the World by Oliver Bullough (17th March)
Sunday Times bestselling author Oliver Bullough reveals the scandalous reality of Britain’s new position in the world: at the elbow of the oligarchs, kleptocrats and gangsters.
How Words Get Good by Rebecca Lee (17th March)
Once upon a time, a writer had an idea. They wrote it down. But what happened next? Join Rebecca Lee, professional word-improver, as she embarks on the fascinating journey to find out how a book gets from author’s brain to finished copy.
How to Live With Each Other by Farhan Samanani (24th March)
Combining case studies from across the world with his own research, anthropologist Farhan Samanani provides insights into the capacity of humankind to connect across divides. He explores the roots of our present tensions and casts fresh light on how we can cultivate common ground, build healthy communities and not just live but flourish together.
Chums by Simon Kuper (28th April)
Eleven of the fifteen postwar British prime ministers went to Oxford. This narrowest of talent pools has shaped the modern country. In Chums, Simon Kuper traces how the rarefied and privileged atmosphere of Oxford University – and the friendships and worldviews it created – helped give us today’s Britain, including Brexit.
Tenants by Vicky Spratt (12th May)
In this fierce and moving account, journalist Vicky Spratt traces decades of bad policy decisions to show how and why the British dream of homeownership has withered and the safety net of social housing has broken. Through the lives of those in the renting trap, she illuminates the ways this crisis is devastating our health, communities and political landscape.
Geography is Destiny by Ian Morris (12th May)
Geography is Destiny tells the history of Britain and its changing relationships with Europe and the wider world, from its physical separation at the end of the Ice Age to the first flickers of a United Kingdom, struggles for the Atlantic, and rise of the Pacific Rim.
Mathematical Intelligence by Junaid Mubeen (2th June)
A fascinating exploration of a surprising advantage that humans have over our incoming robot masters: we’re actually good at maths. In exploring these areas of intelligence where humans can retain a crucial edge over machines, Junaid opens up a fascinating world where we can develop our uniquely human mathematical superpowers.