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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

An untold History

AFRICAN EUROPEANS

Genre:

History

Author:

Olivette Otele

Rights avail:

Russian, Spanish

Rights sold: Catalan, 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 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

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 History in Fifty Presents

DIPLOMATIC GIFTS

Genre:

History

Author:

Paul Brummell

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Rights Sold: Complex Chinese, Simplified Chinese

A lavishly illustrated history of diplomatic gifts, from the infamous Trojan Horse to the much-loved Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square.

The Political Leadership of Benito Mussolini

DUCE: The CONTRADICTIONS of POWER

Genre:

History

Author:

Peter J. Williamson

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

A compelling reinterpretation of the authority and ideology of the much-mythologised Mussolini, weighing his successes and failings in government.

Ukraine and the Global Conflict between Russia and the West

ECONOMIC WAR

Genre:

Current Issues, Economy & Politics

Author:

Maximilian Hess

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Selected as one of the ‘Books to Read in 2023’ in the Financial Times


Selected as one of The Federal’s ’75 Books to Look Out for in 2023′

How a revolution in Ukraine precipitated an international economic conflict affecting us all.

Culture, Empire and Race in the European Project

EUROWHITENESS

Genre:

Current Issues, Society

Author:

Hans Kundnani

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

A revelatory account of the EU as a racialised project.
As the far-right rises in the EU, a timely consideration of how the European project is founded on an ethnic and cultural white identity rarely frankly addressed.
Argues that since the refugee crisis of 2015, notions of whiteness have become more central to European identity.

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.

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?

HOW TO FIGHT A WAR

Genre:

Economy & Politics, Military Science

Author:

Mike Martin

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Rights sold: Chinese, German, Indian, South African

An indispensable guide to understanding modern warfare, especially the decisions made by politicians and generals—both good and bad.

The God that Failed

LIBERAL CAPITALIST DEMOCRACY

Genre:

Economy & Politics, Society

Author:

Krishnan Nayar

Rights avail:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Did capitalism lead inevitably to democracy?
Can liberalism overcome the ascendant authoritarian right?
For liberal democracy to survive, it must learn history’s lessons.

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

SOLD: Simplified Chinese, Korean, Polish, Spanish

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.

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