Hodder wins four-way auction for 'fearless' exploration of global war on drugs

Hodder wins four-way auction for 'fearless' exploration of global war on drugs

Hodder & Stoughton has won a four-way auction for Dopeworld, a "bold and eye-opening" book chronicling humanity’s relationship with drugs and the devastating cost, by investigative journalist Niko Vorobyov.

Billed as "a deeply personal and unforgettable journey into the heart of the criminal underworld", Dopeworld is based on the author’s own experiences investigating the drug trade around the world, gaining access to hitmen, kingpins, drug users and traffickers as well as the soldiers and narcotics officers who are fighting drug cartels and gangs in 14 countries.

It traces the emergence of psychoactive substances throughout human history, how we embraced them and, later, turned on them, as well as the impact drug enforcement has had on society. It also explores the role of organised crime in the drug trade and how governments often align themselves with cartels.

Huw Armstrong, editor for non-fiction, acquired world rights in all languages from John Ash at PEW Literary to publish in autumn 2019 in hardback, e-book and audiobook.

He said: "Reading Dopeworld reminded me of the first time I read Roberto Saviano – fearless in its direction, brilliantly executed and epic in scope. The stories are deeply personal and full of levity. This is going to be a future classic and I can’t wait to publish it."

Vorobyov said: "I’ve had a lot of negative experiences in my life, so I’m proud to turn them into something positive, and I’m excited to be working with Huw and getting this book published. Plus, my mum will be pleased to know I didn’t just make a bunch of dangerous trips for nothing."