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Mary Beard: A life in classics

Event Date: 16 Mar 2018

For over a decade the Cambridge classicist has been bringing the Romans to life through her much-loved TV programmes for the BBC. Her scholarly but accessible style has made her hugely popular in print and on the screen, from Meet The Romans to her 2015 bestseller SPQR. She is equally admired for her refusal to tolerate misogynistic online abuse. Her most recent book, Women & Power: A Manifesto, provided a historical perspective on the abuse of women in the public sphere and was hailed as a modern feminist classic. This Spring she returns with Civilisations a major new series inspired by Kenneth Clark's 1960s landmark programmes. Co-presented by Beard, David Olusoga and Simon Schama, the programmes will introduce a new generation to the history of art around the globe. Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian's chief culture writer and author of Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain, has been working on a major new profile of Mary for the Guardian Long Read. They will reunite for this Guardian Live event in London, to discuss Beard's writing, broadcasting and role as a public intellectual.Read More
In his book Write To the Point, Sam Leith shows how to express yourself fully across any medium, from work reports to Valentine cards, and from emails of condolence to tweets of complaint, Leith lays bare the secrets to successful communication, eloquence and off- and online etiquette. Emma Byrne's book Swearing Is Good For You is a spirited and hilarious defence of our most cherished dirty words! Swearing, it turns out, is an incredibly useful part of our linguistic repertoire. Not only has swearing existed since the earliest human communication, it has been shown to reduce pain, help stroke victims recover their language, and encourage good teamwork.Read More
By August 1918, the outcome of the Great War was not in doubt: the Allies would win. But what was unclear was how this defeat would play out - would the Germans hold on, prolonging the fighting deep into 1919, with the loss of hundreds of thousands more young lives, or could the war be won in 1918? In The Last Battle, drawing on the experience of both generals and ordinary soldiers, Peter Hart brings to life the dramatic final weeks of the war. Dwelling with equal weight on strategy, tactics and individual experience, this is a powerful and detailed account of history's greatest endgame.Read More

Diary of a Bookseller at Aye Write

Event Date: 18 Mar 2018

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, set by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost... In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye. Chaired by Stuart Kelly.Read More

We've acquired Tenants: Stories of Britain’s Housing Shame, the first book by award-winning journalist and campaigner Vicky Spratt - out autumn 2019

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In the 200th year of Frankenstein, we gather ten extraordinary facts about its author, Mary Shelley.

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Our critically acclaimed, interactive Frankenstein app is alive once again.

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Any concerns over Christmas shopping stop here.

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Learn how to journal from Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of The Daily Stoic JournalRead More
To mark Finnish Independence Day, read an extract from our book Treasure Palaces in which Julian Barnes recounts his visit to Ainola, the Helsinki home of SibeliusRead More
Head to NemosAlmanac.com 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

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