Hurst inks deals with Tharoor, Lilla and Pfeffer

Hurst inks deals with Tharoor, Lilla and Pfeffer

Hurst Publishers has made a trio of acquisitions.

The press has signed the next book by Shashi Tharoor, author of Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India after managing director Michael Dwyer acquired world English language rights (excluding South Asia and North America) to Why I Am a Hindu from agent David Godwin.

The book is a "passionately framed distillation of Hinduism’s key precepts and a plea for more inclusivity in Indian society", said the publisher. "In the book, Tharoor is unsparing in his criticism of ‘Hindutva’, an extremist, politicised Hinduism, and argues urgently and persuasively that it is precisely because of Hinduism’s rich diversity that India has survived and thrived as a plural, secular democracy."

Tharoor served for 29 years at the UN, culminating as Under-Secretary-General. He is a Congress MP in India, the author of 15 previous books and has won numerous literary awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India was named as a Financial Times book of the year.

Why I Am a Hindu will publish on 7th June. Tharoor will be in the UK at the time of the book's publication for publicity.

The publisher has also signed Mark Lilla's polemic on identity politics in the UK.

World English rights (excluding North America) in Lilla’s "influential" The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, have been bought by Hurst from the Wylie Agency. 

The book is an "impassioned and biting critique" of the failure of American liberalism, which Lilla argues has fallen under the spell of identity politics. "A fiercely argued, no-nonsense book, The Once and Future Liberal is essential reading for our momentous times", said the publisher.

Dwyer​ said: "Lilla’s book has reframed the conversation about identity politics in the US and we feel his arguments deserve full publication for a broad readership in Britain."

Lilla is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and a prize-winning essayist for the New York Review of Books and other publications worldwide. 

Finally, Hurst acquired Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu, Anshel Pfeffer’s investigation of the controversial Israeli prime minister’s bumpy political career. 

The book's publication will be rushed for May amidst recent corruption and bribery allegations. Dwyer acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Deborah Harris.

In Bibi, Pfeffer reveals the formative influence of Netanyahu's father and grandfather, who bequeathed to him a once-marginal brand of Zionism combining Jewish nationalism with religious traditionalism. In the Zionist enterprise, Netanyahu embodies the triumph of the underdogs over the secular liberals who founded the nation. ​Anshel argues that we cannot understand Israel today without first understanding the man who leads it.

Pfeffer has covered Israeli politics and global affairs for two decades. He is a senior correspondent and columnist for Haaretz and the Israel correspondent for the Economist. He lives in Jerusalem.

T​he book will be published on 17th May in the UK.​