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Voracious and adventurous in her tastes, Queen Victoria was head of state during a revolution in how we ate - from the highest tables to the most humble. Bursting with original research, The Greedy Queen considers Britain's most iconic monarch from a new perspective, telling the story of British food along the way. Born in May 1819, Victoria came 'as plump as a partridge'. In her early years she lived on milk and bread under the Kensington system; in her old age she suffered constant indigestion yet continued to over-eat. From intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping at tea-parties with her children, and from state balls to her last sip of milk, her life is examined through what she ate, when and with whom. In the royal household, Victoria was surrounded by ladies-in-waiting, secretaries, dressers and coachmen, but below stairs there was another category of servant: her cooks. More fundamental and yet completely hidden, they are now uncovered in their working environment for the first time. Annie Gray: historian, cook, lecturer, broadcaster, writer & consultant. She specialises in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day, and does this fascinating research both in libraries and in my own (and others') kitchens.Read More

Susan Hill at Toppings Ely

Event Date: 21 Nov 2017

Susan Hill is the much-loved author of many books including The Woman in Black and I'm the King of the Castle. Jacob's Room is Full of Books is the long-awaited sequel to her best-selling memoir Howard's End is on the Landing. Considering everything from Edith Wharton's novels through to Alan Bennett's diaries, Virginia Woolf and the writings of twelfth century monk Aelred of Rievaulx, Susan Hill charts a year of her life through the books she has read, reread or returned to the shelf. She reflects on what her reading throws up, from writing and writers to politics and religion, as well as the joy of dandies or the pleasure of watching a line of geese cross a meadow. Susan's writing is full of wry observations, warm humour and strong opinions freely aired, and this is a rare and wonderful opportunity to hear from one of the nation's most accomplished authors.Read More
Worldwide, increasingly large numbers of people are seeing therapists on a regular basis. In the UK alone, 1.5 million people are in therapy. We go to address past traumas, to break patterns of behaviour, to confront eating disorders or addiction, to talk about relationships, or simply because we want to find out more about what makes us tick. Susie Orbach, the bestselling author of 'Fat is a Feminist Issue' and 'Bodies', has been a psychotherapist for over forty years. Insightful and honest about a process often necessarily shrouded in secrecy, she explores what goes on in the process of therapy - what she thinks, feels and believes about the people who seek her help.Read More
From her greed to her selfishness at the table, her indigestion and her absolute reliance on food as a lifelong companion, Queen Victoria had a huge impact on the way we all eat today. Annie Gray gives us a new perspective on Victoria, viewing her through the one thing more dear to her than almost anything else: her stomach.Read More
The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get? Join Devorah Baum, author of The Jewish Joke and writer and comedian David Baddiel who will be dissecting the Jewish joke, with examples. Ticket includes a copy of the book.Read More
The Moor's Last Stand: How Seven Centuries of Muslim Rule in Spain Came to an End: In 1482, Abu Abdallah Muhammad XI became the twenty-third Muslim King of Granada. He would be the last. In this first history of the ruler, known as Boabdil, whose disastrous reign and bitter defeat brought seven centuries of Moorish Spain to an end, Elizabeth Drayson tells an action-packed story of intrigue, treachery, courtliness, bravery and tragedy. Basing her vivid account on original documents and sources, she traces the origins and development of Islamic Spain. She describes the thirteenth-century founding of the Nasrid dynasty, the cultured and stable society it created, and the feuding which threatened it and had all but destroyed it by 1482, when Boabdil seized the throne. The new Sultan faced betrayals by his family, factions in the Alhambra palace, and increasingly powerful onslaughts from the forces of Ferdinand and Isabella, monarchs of the newly united kingdoms of Castile and Aragon. By stratagem, diplomacy and courage Boabdil prolonged his reign for ten years, but he never had much chance of survival. In 1492 Ferdinand and Isabella, magnificently attired in Moorish costume, entered Granada and took possession of the city. Boabdil went into exile. The Christian reconquest of Spain, that has reverberated so powerfully down the centuries, was complete.Read More
Head to and match the 36 literary quotations to their works and you could win £250 to spend at your local Waterstones.Read More

'The hookiness of Rendell’s writing was something I hadn’t experienced since discovering Agatha Christie at the age of twelve'

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We'll be publishing two books by David Olusoga and Mary Beard to coincide with a huge new BBC series, Civilisations.

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'You can't easily fit women into a structure that is already coded as male; you have to change the structure.'

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Geoengineering, transhumanism and even teleportation are on the horizon in Jim Al-Khalili's new book, What's Next?

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BAME is the word

10 Oct 2017

Simran Kaur Sandhu, currently interning at Profile, writes about her experience of being regarded as 'BAME' in the publishing industry.Read More
We're delighted to announce our most recent acquisition with the Wellcome Collection.Read More
On Thursday 21 September, a week before pub date, intrepid Profile volunteers crossed the length and breadth of London delivering bookish treats...Read More
In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room, Aarathi Prasad's examination of Indian medicine, wins the BMA Popular Medicine Award 2017Read More

Ahead of publication of The Diary of a Bookseller, watch Shaun Bythell in all-singing, all-dancing action.

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Our intern Amelia reports on our annual away day - which this year took place in sunny Margate.

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Read a free extract from The Wisdom of Finance and get a copy of the audiobook ahead of print publication.Read More

Eugenia Cheng's Beyond Infinity is one of six on the Royal Society Science Book Prize Shortlist - and there's a new book coming next year.

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