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Hurst is an independently owned and run non-fiction publisher, based in central London but publishing globally. They have a track record of fifty years of distinguished scholarly publishing for a general readership. Today, they produce around 90 new books a year, building on their strengths in African Studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, South Asian Studies and War and International Relations. More broadly, however, they commission anything that interests us, from sport to art to cooking, as long as the books have something to distinguish them.

 

Among their more celebrated authors are Africanists Olivette Otele, Gérard Prunier, Stephen Ellis and Susan Williams; renowned scholars of South Asia Alpa Shah, Christophe Jaffrelot and Faisal Devji; strategists and security experts David Kilcullen and Sir David Omand; and experts on Islam and the Muslim world Madawi Al-Rasheed, Ziauddin Sardar and Jean-Pierre Filiu. 

Christopher Hurst founded C. Hurst & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. in 1969, his primary aim being to publish scrupulously edited and produced books on subjects close to his heart rather than to build a commercial empire. Christopher’s interests were eclectic, and they featured in his list from the outset, ranging from African studies, the plight of dissidents in the Cold War, the history of Scandinavia, the Muslim periphery, the Far North and anthropology. 

At Hurst they cherish the memory of Christopher’s independence of spirit and refusal to follow the corporate path. To that end they like to publish books that surprise as well as inform their readers, while assuring them that they meet the norms of scholarly and literary excellence.

‘The world we thought we knew has been turned upside down, and no publishing list today answers our
perplexity, or relieves our anxiety, as effectively as Hurst’s. Its commitment to original, provocative
and rigorous thinking marks it out clearly in a field dominated by the safely formulaic.’
— Pankaj Mishra

‘At a time of rapid and dislocating change, no range of books casts a more valuable light onto
the convulsions of the present than those published by Hurst.’ — Tom Holland

Assortimento di libri

TITLES

How Pentecostal Christianity Is Taking Over the World

BEYOND BELIEF

Genre:

Current Issues, Religion

Author:

Elle Hardy

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian

A fascinating exposé of the global revolution you’ve never heard of: a deep-pocketed, tech-savvy Christian movement reshaping our societies from within.

A Story of Identity and Worth

ARE YOU THIS? OR ARE YOU THIS?

Genre:

Biography & Memoirs, Society

Author:

Madian Al Jazerah
With Ellen Georgiou

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian

A gay man’s memoir of hardship, courage, community and kin in the Arab world and beyond

The Global Race for Battery Dominance and the New Energy Revolution

LITHIUM

Genre:

Current Issues

Author:

Lukasz Bednarski

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Italian

How a little-known mineral will affect our jobs and daily lives as much as, if not more than, AI or Big Data have done.

How the Roman Trial of Jesus Shaped History

THE INNOCENCE OF PONTIUS PILATE

Genre:

History

Author:

David Lloyd Dusenbury

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

-How have Christianity and Empire been shaped by perceptions of Pilate’s role in the Crucifixion?
-Argues that traditional notions of Pilate's innocence led to the concept of secularity and the logic of tolerance in early modern Europe.
-Shows how understanding that Jesus died 'under Pontius Pilate' has ramifications that go far beyond religious history.

The Birth of a New America

HISTORY HAS BEGUN

Genre:

Economy & Politics

Author:

Bruno Maçães

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian

What if America hasn’t yet peaked? What if a new America has only just begun?

An Exploration

GARIBALDI IN SOUTH AMERICA

Genre:

Biography & Memoirs, History

Author:

Richard Bourne

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

A revealing biography of Garibaldi’s time in Latin America, and how it shaped his view of politics, liberty and the struggle against oppression.

Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move

TRAVELLING WHILE BLACK

Genre:

Travel

Author:

Nanjala Nyabola

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish

Thoughtful, original reflections on migration and identity from an African woman abroad.

An untold History

AFRICAN EUROPEANS

Genre:

History

Author:

Olivette Otele

Rights avail:

Russian, Spanish

Rights sold: French, Italian, German, Portuguese

Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, one of the most prestigious for non-fiction in the  UK.

Interviewed by Coumba Kane for Le Monde, 20-21 Dec. 2020


A dazzling history of African Europeans, revealing old and diverse links between the two continents.

A History of Nerve Agents, From Nazi Germany to Putin's Russia

TOXIC

Genre:

History

Author:

Dan Kaszeta

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese

A dark and chilling story of the invention, proliferation and use of nerve agents.
Toxic recounts the grisly history of chemical weapons of mass destruction: a deadly suite of invisible, odourless killers.

How Islamic Architecture Shaped Europe

STEALING FROM THE SARACENS

Genre:

History

Author:

Diana Darke

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian

A revealing history of Islamic architectural influence on Europe’s cathedrals, palaces and monuments.