New non-fiction to Oneworld

New non-fiction to Oneworld

Oneworld has signed two non-fiction titles for publication next year and 2016.

Senior commissioning editor Mike Harpley acquired The Rise of the Robots: How Automation will Cause Inequality and Mass Unemployment by Martin Ford, in a deal UK and Commonwealth rights with Isabelle Bleecker at Perseus Books Group.

The book argues that the future economy will collapse under the weight of its own contradictions, as more and more people are made unemployed as they replaced by automated systems.

Harpley said: "This alarming book is Piketty on steroids. When Nobel Laureates like Paul Krugman are taking seriously the threats of ever more complex algorithms, we need to take notice. As a silicon valley entrepreneur and tech-insider, Ford is perfectly placed to explain this phenomenon."

The book will be released in autumn next year.

In a separate deal, senior commissioning editor Sam Carter signed world English rights to Black Tudors, a debut history book from Dr Miranda Kaufman. The deal was done with Charlie Viney at the Viney Agency.

The book is Carter's first acquisition for Oneworld. Carter said: "Miranda has unearthed some extraordinary lost stories from a much-examined period of our history, and has woven a fascinating narrative around some remarkable characters who will confound our cosy assumptions about Tudor England. Miranda is an exciting new talent, and Black Tudors will be an adornment on Oneworld’s strong history list."

The book will be released in autumn 2016.