Thursday, September 23, 2021

'Sublime' - that's the verdict of Stretto on the Dutch translation

Een (Zeer) Korte Geschiedenis van Het Leven is the Dutch version of A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth, now published by Spectrum. Stertto magazine likes it a lot, calling it sublime. Click here for the full review.

Thursday, September 16, 2021


 A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth features front and centre on Bookbreak, a book-based YouTube channel that has more than 25,000 subscribers. Thanks Bookbreak! Enjoy it here - 

Published today!

Today's the day! A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth is now published in the UK, from Picador. It's available for purchase at any of the outlets above (just follow the links to UK stores) and comes in four flavors - hardback, paperback, kindle and even an audiobook, which I narrate (and I also did the music and sound effects). 

If you'd like a signed copy, some are available from the Chicken and Frog bookshop in Brentwood, UK. Be sure to contact them to ensure you get a signed copy.

The Dutch version, Een (zeer) korte geschiedenis van het levenis also published today, from Spectrum. A German version follows on 5 October; a Portuguese edition in November, an Italian edition early in 2022, with more to follow. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Starred Review in Booklist

 Just got this review in Booklist. It's Starred. Which means they think it's rather good. For the full review click here.

Monday, September 13, 2021

And Now, in Ukrainian

 A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth has added another language to its vocabulary. Translation rights have already been acquired for twelve languages (all details here) - to which a thirteenth can be added. 

Family Leisure Club has acquired the rights to translate it into Ukrainian. 

Of course, it takes a while before translation rights turn into a book for sale. The first non-English version to hit the streets will be in Dutch (Spectrum), on 16 September - same date as the UK version from Picador. This'll be followed by the German edition, from Hoffmann und Campe, on 5 October. The Italian edition, from Einaudi, comes out early in 2022.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Review in the Literary Review

Thrilled to have a review (and such a glowing one) in the Literary Review, which is one of my favourite magazines. I mean, I actually subscribe to it, and I contribute to it now and then. What's more, it's the magazine's 500th issue! The review is by Nigel Andrew, who says, among other things, that A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth is a 'hugely enjoyable page-turner'. Which is lovely. You can read the full review here

Friday, September 3, 2021

Goodreads Giveaway!

For US/Canada readers only: Goodreads is hosting a giveaway of 50 ARCs (Advance Reader Copies) of A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth until 20 Sept. Click here to enter. Good luck!