Beautiful Books acquires two "major" autumn titles

Beautiful Books has acquired two "major" non-fiction titles for autumn 2011, with one revisiting Orwell's Wigan Pier and another looking at one of the first people to recognise the Young British Artists (YBA).

Publisher Simon Petherick bought world rights in The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited, by journalist and writer Stephen
Armstrong from agent Cat Ledger The book will trace the journey taken by George Orwell 75 years ago, seeing if the same issues of poverty and social injustice are prevalent in the area today.

Armstrong said: "Many parts of Orwell's book could be reproduced word for word describing Britain today—a terrifying idea in a modern first world social democracy".

Beautiful Books will publish as a b-format paperback and e-book on 25th September, coinciding with the first day of the Labour Party Conference.

The second deal, also signed by Petherick and for world rights, was agreed directly with author Darren Coffield for his title Factual Nonsense: The Art and Death of Joshua Compston.

The book will look at the life of Compston who showcased many of the YBAs—Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and Damien Hirst—before their fame-inducing, Saatchi-sponsored Sensation exhibition in 1997. He died of an overdose in 1996, and in writing the book Coffield, also an artist who worked with Compston on the Factual Nonsense exhibition, was given access to Compston's diaries.

Beautiful Books will be publish in hardback and e-book on 13th October.