Flint Books, an imprint of The History Press, has acquired two "urgent and instructive" titles on sustainability and climate change to publish in time for the COP26 summit in October.
World rights for the first title, Claire Bradbury's Dwellbeing, were acquired by consultant editor Jo de Vries directly from the author. The title will argue for greener urban planning to help people embrace cities' natural ecosystems and reframe pressing challenges. Environmentalist and chair of Natural England Tony Juniper has written the foreword.
Bradbury said: "Finding home in our cities is about recognising the warmth and charisma that often sits in tandem with the challenges of urban life, and I’ve been delighted to work with Flint Books to explore the stories of these remarkable habitats. This book is for urban dwellers, the city-curious and anyone interested in celebrating, finding or re-establishing their sense of place within the city."
The Great Melt by journalist Alister Doyle will present "unprecedented stories from the knife edge of our receding glaciers" and will feature a foreword by Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from Clare Grist Taylor at The Accidental Agency.
Doyle said: "I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone I’ve met while writing this book, especially those on the front lines in places from Fiji to Panama who have shared their experiences, anxieties and hopes for the future. Rising seas will be among the worst impacts of global warming; swamping coasts in a slow-motion disaster that will keep going for centuries."
de Vries commented: "We are at a critical moment, particularly in light of the recent IPCC report and the pivotal forthcoming COP26. What I love about both of these books is the authors’ deep-lived experience and expertise that speaks to the stories and solutions our planet and people need right now. As powerful calls to action, Dwellbeing and The Great Melt exemplify Flint’s commitment to publishing books that spark the conversations we all need to have."
Both books will be published on 21st October 2021 and "reflect Flint’s corporate ethos as a socially conscious brand", the publisher said. Since 2020 The History Press has planted a tree for every new title it publishes through the Trees for Life charity, and it now has a grove in the Scottish Highlands.