BOOKS BY THE FISHERS
EVERYTHING TO PLAY FOR: THe QI BOOK OF SPORTS
Anna Ptaszynski & James Harkin
Hop, skip and jump into this wonderfully curious grand tour of the world of sports, brought to you by QI Elves James Harkin and Anna Ptaszynski.
From sport's weirdest rules to its most unlikely heroes, via comically large cricket bats, pole-vaulting priests, creative football chants and exploding billiard balls, each chapter of Everything to Play For is brimming with surprising facts and intriguing stories.
Even if you've never asked yourself what David Attenborough has to do with yellow tennis balls, why Victorian doctors feared the outbreak of 'bicycle face' or what led ancient Egyptian athletes to have their spleens removed, this book will give you the astonishing answers - and plenty more besides.
'Top Bins! A personal best, a lap record and a hole in one for when rain has stopped play.' ALAN DAVIES
Andrew Hunter Murray
Sanctuary Rock is a perfect place. A remote island, owned by a wealthy philanthropist who is building a brand-new world on the ruins of the old one. Ben only came to the island to bring his fiancée Cara home. But when he arrives, he is rapidly seduced by the vision of a better way of life, as described by the charismatic and mysterious Sir John. Before long, he decides to stay.
But the island holds darker secrets than he could ever have suspected. Then he learns the only route back to the mainland is about to close for good. And his own life may be in terrible danger . . .
'A smoothly written, thought-provoking tale about ageing societies and wealth inequality, with an effective shocker of an ending.' THE GUARDIAN
Check out Andy's first novel, The Last Day, here.
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING ELSE
This is not a book of facts; it’s a book of ‘facts’. Should you finish it believing we became the planet’s dominant species because predators found us too smelly to eat; or that the living bloodline of Christ is a family of Japanese garlic farmers – well, that’s on you.
Why are we here? Do ghosts exist? Did life on Earth begin after a badly tidied-up picnic? Was it just an iceberg that sank the Titanic? Are authors stealing their plotlines from the future? Will we ever talk to animals? And why, when you’re in the shower, does the shower curtain always billow in towards you?
We don’t know the answers to any of these questions. But don’t worry, no matter what questions you have, you can bet on the fact that there is someone (or something) out there, investigating it on your behalf. From the sports stars who use cosmic energy to office plants investigating murders, The Theory of Everything Else will act as a handbook for those who want to think differently.
'Totally compelling and utterly bizarre.' LOUIS THEROUX
'A return to the golden age of the trivia compendium.' THE NEW YORK TIMES