Bodley Head signs two new Ian Mortimer titles

The Bodley Head has signed two new books by historian Ian Mortimer: Centuries of Change and The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration England. UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from James Gill at United Agents.

Centuries of Change, due to be published in autumn 2014,  is a step-by-step guide to the last thousand years of human experience. Stuart Williams, Publisher of The Bodley Head, said: "Ian Mortimer has breathed fresh life and energy into how we understand medieval and Elizabethan English history. This book will do the same for an even broader stretch of European and world history."

US rights for Centuries of Change have also been sold to Basic Books, with auctions underway in Germany and other translation territories.

The Time Traveller's Guide to Restoration England will be the next book in a series which has sold over 250,000 copies in Bodley Head and Vintage editions, the most recent instalment of which (The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England) was made into a 3-part BBC2 TV series presented by Mortimer.