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01.01.70 | Benedicte Page
Oneworld Publications has acquired two non-fiction titles, one looking at government slip-ups, and the other at predicting the unpredictable.
Senior commissioning editor Mike Harpley pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights in The Blunders of our Governments by Professor Anthony King and Sir Ivor Crewe from Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates. The book is described as "the definitive study of bad governance in the UK", and Harpley said: "This is an incredibly ambitious and important book, written by two of the UK’s most distinguished political thinkers." The book will be out in spring 2013.
Meanwhile, Harpley has also acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in The Art of Outguessing:How to Predict the Unpredictable by William Poundstone, the author of Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?. The five-figure deal was done with Max Brockman.
The book is to demonstrate that we are hard-wired to see the world as more predictable than it really is. Harpley said: "In true Gladwell-esque tradition, this is business-meets-psychology at its very best. Poundstone is a brilliant writer and we're thrilled to work with him again." The Art of Outguessing is scheduled for spring 2014.