Burchill's book picked up by third publisher

Burchill's book picked up by third publisher

Academica Press has become the third publisher to take on Julie Burchill's Welcome to the Woke Trials: How #Identity Killed Progressive Politics, and will release the title in October. 

Burchill's original contract for the book with Little, Brown to publish under the Constable imprint was cancelled last year following tweets about Islam she sent to fellow journalist Ash Sarkar. The author subsequently tweeted a statement apologising for the “defamatory statements”, saying she had agreed to pay Sarkar substantial damages.

Earlier this year, she pulled out of a contract with Edinburgh-based indie Stirling Publishing for the book, after a recording emerged linking the publisher to a far right group.

Commenting on the book, Paul du Quenoy, Academica's president and publisher, said: "Academica Press is delighted to publish the distinguished journalist Julie Burchill's timely and insightful new book on a pressing social and political issue that should be of interest to anyone concerned with freedom of speech."

Academica was founded in 2001 by Dr Robert Redfern-West and run by him from the US until 2017. It is now run by a privately owned limited liability corporation. It publishes "general non-fiction with strong interest in the humanities, social sciences, law, education, public policy and international relations", and has offices in London and Washington DC. It also has several specialist imprints including St James's Studies in World Affairs, W B Sheridan Law Books and Bethesda Scientific.