Since returning to freelancing again in September 2017 I've been fortunate enough to work with a great range of publishing houses across a broad spectrum of themes. I've edited sports books for Biteback, an illustrated history of the world for Arcturus, encyclopedias of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome for Amber Books and quite a bit more besides. I've even proofed new translations of works by Friedrich Nietzsche and Jules Verne, and advised on product development (and marketing) for global publishers Hachette and DeAgostini and publishing and marketing agents 50 Watt Consulting.
Atlas Editions was the direct-to-consumer arm of global publishing group DeAgostini. As Head of Editorial and Product Development I created more than 50 highly successful products for the UK and overseas. Some of these were self-generated in areas such as military history and family reference, others were licensed products, working with brands and icons such as Harry Potter, James Bond, Star Wars, Thunderbirds, Dinky Toys, Disney and the BBC.
I edited every word of copy we produced, wrote some it - and even contributed a fair amount of the marketing material too.
I began my editorial career subbing and writing for the UK magazine History Today. From there, I moved into book publishing, including Guinness World Records, art publisher Phaidon's Michelangelo biography and their American Art Book. I edited many titles for entertainment heavyweights John Blake Books, then it was off to continuity specialists IMP, developing international series covering computing, natural history, classical music and pop music. After leaving IMP I freelanced as a writer and editor in music, history, general interest, art, science, humour, sport and biography.
With the emergence of the internet new forms of crime became possible. From harassment and grooming to fraud and identity theft the anonymity provided by the internet has created a new world of crime of which we all must be aware. The threat of hackers reaches beyond the individual, threatening businesses and even states, and holds worrying implications for the world we live in.In this enlight... read more
From the Battle of Marathon to the Minotaur, from the Acropolis to Aristotle, from Theseus to the Theban hegemony, from slavery to Sparta, The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece is a fascinating fully illustrated reference work, spanning both political history, society, wars, art, architecture, culture, philosophy and mythology. Covering the founding of the Minoan civilization on Crete in the 3rd ... read more
Rome may have fallen in the late fifth century CE, but more than 1,500 years later its mark on Europe and around the Mediterranean is still evident. It's not just in the roads, aqueducts and settlements, though, that Rome's immense legacy can be found. Or even in more recent buildings from the Renaissance to the present day that have been constructed in a neoclassical style. We need only to lo... read more
"This compelling story of the writing and recording of Led Zeppelin IV is full of passionate insights into the mayhem, madness, and creative processes behind one of the most influential albums of all time. This book explains how Led Zeppelin, recognized as the first true rock gods with three platinum albums in quick succession, had been shrouded in intrigue, with legendary tales of debauched e... read more
Following the same successful formula as The Art Book, The Photography Book and The Fashion Book, The Movie Book is an A-Z guide to 500 celebrated individuals who have made a landmark contribution to the medium of film. The entire industry is represented - from actors and directors to costume designers and special-effects wizards; from major movie moguls and pioneers of the silent screen to so... read more
A rebellious youth who chose a career as an artist against his father's wishes, Michelangelo (1475-1564) went on to be recognized as one of the outstanding talents of his age. Such was the degree of fame and wealth that he acquired that he became a legend within his own lifetime. In the centuries since his death his work has been almost universally admired, and he has been cast as the prototyp... read more
Beginning with the first "talkie", "The Jazz Singer" (1927), this book covers the 1000 best movies of this century. Each film is defined by a series of quick reference icons, with star profiles for each year featuring best actor and actress, birth and, where appropriate, death dates; brief filmography, scandal and gossip, and photography. "Guinness Choice" defines the best movie for each year,... read more
For millennia, the silk roads have been the arteries of international trade. Today, these ancient routes still play a key role. Over the ages, the passages across the region have shifted and evolved due to changing political circumstances, environmental forces, and the prevalence of deadly illness. Despite this, the ceaseless flow of goods and culture between East and West has continued unabat... read more
'What could have happened to me?... How did I soar to such heights, above the rabble sitting by the well?'Ecce Homo is Nietzsche's compelling autobiography, written in 1888, just weeks before he succumbed to madness.Nietzsche's last great work, a fascinating and bizarre text, traces the development of his own philosophy and the thinkers who influenced him along the way.Both shocking and reveal... read more
The Follow up to his debut 'UnLearn', Humble The Poet takes both himself and the ideas he discusses to deeper levels.
This text gives an overview of the most influential American artists and their works. Covering three centuries, it sets out to encourage readers to contemplate the connections between art, American history, and popular culture. Each artist is represented by a colour plate of a significant work.
History repeats itself as Uncle John once again takes the plunge into the past! For our big number-two, we dug ever deeper into our bottomless vaults to bring you more of history’s most colorful characters, cultural milestones, funniest mishaps, and earth-shattering events. More than 500 pages of great stories, fascinating facts, and fun quizzes await you. Read about… * Philosophers who fought... read more
Pick any page, and get your history fix!Leave it to Uncle John to find a new way to make history fun and exciting! This quirky collection of lists is the latest volume in the Bathroom Reader’s best-selling history series. These 508 pages will breathe life into history’s most famous (and most unusual) stories. From the Stone Age to the Internet Age, some quick takes on must-know topics that wil... read more
The revolutionary techniques of 'genetic fingerprinting' has meant convictions, long after they committed their crimes, for the evil men who mistakenly thought they had escaped detection. This book highlights and explains the future that lies ahead for DNA research. It reveals the true stories behind the headlines.
Most books about the Beatles reveal the big picture first and ask questions afterward. This book reverses that approach. Revolution takes a fresh and often funny look at the magnificent and sometimes idiotic career path of the Beatles through the prism of one vital album-a record considered by many (including John Lennon) to be the one on which they reached their peak as songwriters. It focuse... read more
The Great Sphinx of Giza, painted friezes in pyramid chambers, and symbolic paintings of the eye of Horus are familiar and breathtaking works of art. Yet behind them lies a deep cosmological tapestry in which the origins of the Earth and riches brought by the Nile flood are explained through deities. As pharaohs, kingdoms and dynasties rise and fall, so the roles of gods, goddesses and myths c... read more
If you don't know your Baroque from your Rococo, or the difference between Art Nouveau and Art Deco, or where Modernism ends and Postmodernism begins, then don't fear, you're not alone. Understanding Architecture will reveal all. From the ancient world to the present day, from medieval Cambodian temples to Paris metro stations, from American shotgun shacks to colonial villas, fascist grandeur ... read more
Think of the Renaissance and you might only picture the work of fine artists such as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Van Eyck. Or architecture could spring to mind and you might think of St Peter's in Rome and the Doge's Palace in Venice. Or you might consider scientists like Galileo and Copernicus. But then let s not forget the contribution of thinkers like Machiavelli, Thomas More or Era... read more
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