John Murray Press in landmark partnership with New Scientist
TMA has brokered a landmark new three-year publishing partnership between John Murray Press and New Scientist, the world’s leading science and technology brand. John Murray Press’ Managing Director Nick Davies bought World Rights in 18 titles in a collaborative deal which will see the publication of major new titles to suit every reader under the hugely successful New Scientist banner, from autumn 2016 and beyond.
The launch title in the new partnership will see the world leading science brand and JMP imprint John Murray – the publisher who brought the world Darwin’s Origin of Species – teaming up to publish The Origin of Everything: a full colour illustrated exploration of life, the universe and everything in New Scientist’s inimitable and irreverent style. The book’s 57 chapters – on subjects from the Big Bang to smartphones – will be packed with cutting-edge science, memorable stories and amazing facts written by New Scientist’s deputy editor Graham Lawton, with infographic double-page spreads from the New York Times’ acclaimed graphic designer Jennifer Daniel. The Origin of Everything will be launched at New Scientist Live – Europe’s largest Science Festival, at the ExCeL centre in London in September 2016. It will be followed by the New Scientist Book of Puzzles, Conundrums and Optical Illusions in September 2017, and The New Scientist Book of the Elements in September 2018.
The collaboration will also see the development of New Scientist Christmas titles. Ten years ago Does Anything Eat Wasps? stormed the charts and became a global phenomenon, and New Scientist Christmas titles continue to be an annual fixture, with over 30 foreign editions produced. John Murray will be collaborating with New Scientist’s Mick O’Hare on the latest compilation from the ‘Last Word’ column, the magazine’s popular section in which readers submit questions: 2016’s offering will be the most fascinating and surprising yet.
A brand new series of books from New Scientist and JMP imprint John Murray Learning, the ‘Instant Expert’ titles are definitive, engaging and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science; subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Launching in Spring 2017, the first four titles will be; Do Black Holes Exist?, Will Artificial Intelligence Kill Us All?, What Is Consciousness? and Are We Alone in the Universe? The ‘Instant Expert’ brand is aimed at students and curious adult learners, and will be supported by a series of weekend Masterclass events and a full programme of educational Apps.