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Profile Catalogue

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Here’s Publisher and MD Andrew Franklin’s introduction to our latest catalogue:

2017 was the year of speaking out – and seeing what a difference our voices could make. It was the year people took to the streets for demonstrations and protests, that young voters derailed a Tory landslide in the UK and that we finally started discussing Women & Power in the same sentence.

But 2018 is a new year, and let’s not fool ourselves our job here is done. Profile has always been proud to publish books written with courage and conviction and this season is no exception. So, we’re rolling up our sleeves for Francis Fukuyama’s sharp analysis of divisive political narratives in Identity, and tuning in for Oliver Bullough’s exposé of how the super-rich corrupted our democracies in Moneyland. Mary Beard and David Olusoga are standing by with fresh takes on global history in Civilisations, and Norman Stone’s Hungary serves up forensic analysis of the despots, dictatorships and democratic disasters that have littered European history.

Of course, speaking out is no good if what you have to say is offensive, untrue and downright incoherent. Diplomacy is a non-starter without basic linguistic skills, so we’ll be hoping President Trump picks up a copy of Babel, Gaston Dorren’s guide to the world’s most-spoken languages. Fingers crossed that 2018 is the year that liars, bullies and bigots everywhere get their comeuppance – and if we find it hard to suppress a smirk at their downfall, Tiffany Watt Smith’s short and spirited defence of Schadenfreude is on hand to reassure you, that’s only human.

Happy reading!

Andrew Franklin

Publisher and Managing Director

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