4th Estate triumphs in four-way auction for academic's book on emotions

4th Estate triumphs in four-way auction for academic's book on emotions

A book about how emotions have shaped the world by academic Dr Richard Firth-Godbehere has gone to 4th Estate in a four-publisher auction.

Sentient, How Emotions Shaped the World by Firth-Godbehere, an academic of The Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary University of London will tell the story of how emotions have shaped human history, from the dawn of man, through to Trump, Brexit and beyond. 

4th Estate's head of non-fiction Louise Haines bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada from Ben Dunn at Dunn Literary in a "hotly contested" four-way auction.

“Everyone here at 4th Estate has been so intrigued by this original proposal and we can’t wait to publish it,” Haines said. “Sentient offers such a different and refreshing route into world history. And Dr Richard has a great blend of deep research and expertise combined with the right amount of anecdote and informality.”