Cape buys Harari's examination of the 'world today'

Cape buys Harari's examination of the 'world today'

Jonathan Cape will publish 21 Lessons for the 21st Century from Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari as he considers “what is happening in the world today?”

The title will see the writer and academic turning “his focus to the here and now” examining issues such as terrorism, fake news and immigration, as well resilience, humility and meditation.

It will encourage readers to “grapple with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend” including questions such as “what the rise of Trump signifies, whether or not God is back, and whether nationalism can help solve problems like global warming”.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century will be published by the Cape, an imprint of the Vintage division of Penguin Random House division, in August 2018.

Harari’s two previous international bestselling books, Sapiens (2014) and Homo Deus (2016), explored the past and the future respectively. The Vintage editions of Sapiens have now sold 1.2 million copies worldwide in all formats according to the publisher.

Michal Shavit, publishing director of Cape, acquired UK & Commonwealth rights including exclusive Europe from Harari’s manager and agent Itzik Yahav.

Shavit praised the author’s “astonishing” way of connecting with readers’ imaginations across the globe.

She said: “Few writers of non-fiction have captured the imagination of millions of people in quite the astonishing way Yuval Noah Harari has managed, and in such a short space of time. His unique ability to look at where we have come from and where we are going has gained him fans from every corner of the globe.”

She added: “There is an immediacy to this new book which makes it essential reading for anyone interested in the world today and how to navigate its turbulent waters.”

Harari revealed that he aims to explore the “deeper meaning” behind world events and how people can navigate their way through them.

He said: “My new book will aim to answer the overarching question: what is happening in the world today, what is the deeper meaning of these events and how can we individually steer our way through them?

“The questions I aim to explore will include what the rise of Trump signifies, whether or not God is back, and whether nationalism can help solve problems like global warming.”

Sapiens sold 403,451 across all editions making £3.2m while Homo Deus sold 157,159 amassing £1.4m, according to Nielsen BookScan.