William Collins and Biteback are both set to publish books on Brexit this autumn.
William Collins has acquired the “inside story" of how the European Referendum "brought about Brexit and sank Britain’s political class”, by Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman.
Arabella Pike, publishing director at William Collins bought world English rights to All Out War from Victoria Hobbs of AM Heath.
All Out War will be based on Shipman’s "unrivalled" access to the key politicians and their advisors across all parties. It will give an account from all sides of how politics got to this "state of implosion", the publisher said, from David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum, through to the campaign itself, the resignation of the prime minister and the betrayals and rivalries that have come to light in the fall-out.
Shipman said: “Politics as we know it has been turned upside down. The last few months - and the last few days in particular - have been the most extraordinary in British politics since May 1940. I'm delighted that HarperCollins has agreed to publish the inside account of these tumultuous events. We may not know where all the pieces will fall but I'm excited to get the chance to explain how the status quo was shattered."
He urged "all those with stories, anecdotes and juicy leaks" to get in touch via email@example.com.
Meanwhile, publisher Biteback is to publish The Brexit Club: The Inside Story of the Leave Campaign’s Shock Victory by journalist Owen Bennett in September, supported by a “major” publicity campaign.
Iain Dale, m.d. of Biteback, acquired world rights to the title which “reveals the truth behind the campaign that divided friends, families and, ultimately, the country”.
The book will also be the "inside story" of the battle for Brexit, from the "massing of the UKIP foot soldiers after the general election and the squabbling of the various Leave groups, to the arrival of the cabinet cavalry after Cameron’s Brussels deal and the dramatic final weeks fought on battle buses and in TV studios".
Dale said: “The British people’s historic decision to leave the European Union will undoubtedly be seen as the defining political event in a generation. The road to Brexit was no less momentous, and I’m delighted to be publishing Owen Bennett’s extraordinary behind-the-scenes account of the Leave campaign.”
Bennett said: “Everyone knew the Brexit campaign would be dramatic, but I don't think any of us quite predicted just how many twists and turns there would be. Through reporting on the various Leave groups and speaking to the key people involved, I know this truly was a campaign like no other in the history of British politics.”
Bennett is political reporter for the Huffington Post UK. He is a regular contributor to the BBC and Sky News, and the author of Following Farage: On the Trail of the People’s Army (Biteback).