Portobello Books is to publish a book on the legacy of the nuclear age from Fred Pearce, prize-winning science writer and environmental consultant to the New Scientist.
Portobello Books acquired UK & Commonwealth rights from Jessica Woollard for publication in spring 2018. Beacon Press will publish in the US.
Pearce will explore the subject through a series of visits to landscapes that have been permanently changed by the presence of nuclear energy or weapons, many of which – Sellafield, Fukushima, Chernobyl, Hiroshima, Bikini Atoll – are now synonymous with their nuclear history. Combining trenchant investigative reporting with an "authoritatively scientific perspective", Pearce will tell a "gripping" story of human ingenuity and human error, exposing the state cover-ups that followed many of the disasters, as well as addressing the lessons we can learn from the past and the potential for safe power in the future.
Editorial director Laura Barber said: "Fred Pearce is one of the UK’s leading science reporters and it’s a real honour to welcome him to the Portobello list with a book that promises to be both revelatory and compulsive – a definitive portrait of the nuclear landscape."