William Collins has acquired novelist and journalist Will Storr’s next book, The Status Game.
Tom Killingbeck, commissioning editor at William Collins, bought UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit UK in a “competitive” auction, said the publisher.
Drawing on in the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, as well as expert interviews, reportage and autobiography, The Status Game will be published in Spring 2021.
“Psychologists have demonstrated that a quick glance at a photograph of two people talking, regardless of age and gender, is enough to allow test subjects to tell who is the more senior in the organisation they work for. We may not be aware of it minute-to-minute, but everything we do, everything we strive to achieve, we do in the context of this vast, cruel, wonderful, brutally addictive game,” the synopsis reads. “Will’s new book will be an audacious explanation of the game’s rules, and therefore of the hidden structure that underpins everyday life.”
Killingbeck said: “Working with Will on The Science of Storytelling, which is out in April, has been a hugely entertaining and edifying experience. The Status Game builds on Will’s wealth of psychological research excitingly, breaking new ground on everything from social hierarchies and identity politics to the gamification of culture and discourse, moving his writing on from investigative journalism towards a grand, ambitious examination of the human condition. The Status Game will be a key title for us in Spring 2021, and I can’t wait to work with Will again on this agenda-setting book.”