Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Thrilled to announce that A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth has been shortlisted for this year's Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. Here is a complete list of the shortlisted titles:

The winner will be announced in November.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Paperback spotted in the wild

Here just in is the first picture of the paperback of A (Very) Short History spotted in the wild, by the Fox family on holiday in St Ives, Cornwall:

The Dinosaur Top Five

Tristan Hughes and I had such fun talking about the origin and early evolution of life on The Ancients - a podcast from HistoryHit -- that he invited be back to chat about our favourite dinosaurs (you can listen here). 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Picador Edition Now In Paperback

The wait is over - the Picador edition is now available in paperback (as well as kindle, audiobook and hardback)- find out more here.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Revealed - Cover of Indonesian Edition

Here's the cover for the Indonesian language edition of A (Very) Short &c &c. It'll be published by Baca and available for pre-order.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Three More Translation Sales

Thrilled to announce three more translation sales. Rights to translate A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth have been sold to Lingea for editions in Czech, Slovakian and Hungarian. That brings the total -- so far -- to nineteen. For full details of all translations, available and projected, please click here. If you are a publisher keen to take on a translation, please contact Mairead Loftus at PanMacRights.