July 7, 2016

Here come the Brexit books…


8dbc0a7c-3c88-4b8a-8ec9-bb254a372e21-ukeuflagIt was inevitable. With the UK waiting to leave the EU, and Scotland waiting to leave the UK, publishers are looking to tell the inside story of the Brexit battle.

In September Biteback is publishing The Brexit Club: The Inside Story of the Leave Campaign’s Shock Victory by Owen Bennett, a political reporter at the Huffington Post UK, which is billed by the publisher as “revealing the truth behind the campaign that divided friends, families and, ultimately, the country.”


Owen Bennett. Via Twitter.

Bennett said to Natasha Onwuemezi of the Bookseller, “Everyone knew the Brexit campaign would be dramatic, but I don’t think any of us quite predicted just how many twists and turns there would be. Through reporting on the various Leave groups and speaking to the key people involved, I know this truly was a campaign like no other in the history of British politics.”

Coming from William Collins in October is All Out War: Brexit and the Sinking of Britain’s Political Class by Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman. Shipman told the Bookseller:


Tim Shipman. Via Kirby Jones Management.

Politics as we know it has been turned upside down. The last few months — and the last few days in particular — have been the most extraordinary in British politics since May 1940. I’m delighted that HarperCollins has agreed to publish the inside account of these tumultuous events. We may not know where all the pieces will fall but I’m excited to get the chance to explain how the status quo was shattered.

If you’re looking for something completely different, then as Ian Dreiblatt recently covered for MobyLives, Pounded by the Pound: Turned Gay by the Socioeconomic Implications of Britain Leaving the European Union is the latest offering by Dr Chuck Tingle. The first work of erotic literature inspired by Brexit (and let’s hope there are MANY more to come), it depicts the relationship between a man and a ‘massive, sentient’ pound coin. At only thirty-seven pages long, you can pound through it… (sorry.)

Andrew Marr’s thriller came out in paperback from 4th Estate just before the referendum. Head of State: The Bestselling Brexit Thriller is described by the publisher thus: “While the United Kingdom approaches a crucial and delicately-balanced referendum on Europe, a group of ruthlessly determined individuals will stop at nothing — including murder — to prevent the truth from getting out.”

Viking-Economics-grey1-232x300Like the £350 million a week that would be spent on the NHS if the UK backed a Brexit vote…?

Last but hardly least, here at Melville House we are about to publish Viking Economics. Want to find out what the UK and the US can learn from the Nordic economies that boast the world’s happiest, most productive workers? Author George Lakey can tell you. Help us sort out this mess, George!



Nikki Griffiths is the managing director of Melville House UK.