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HarperCollins acquires new polemic from Turkey’s Temelkuran

by | Aug 12, 2020 | News

HarperCollins UK’s Fourth Estate imprint has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in a new political polemic from the highly acclaimed Turkish author and journalist Ece Temelkuran.  Together: 10 Choices for a Better Now is described as “a passionate and inspiring defence of humankind in our turbulent age. A blend of memoir, polemic, political and historical analysis, it outlines ten choices we can make to build a new political narrative for ourselves: how we can choose how to be, and what we can do, to create a future that puts faith in humanity first”.

Fourth Estate Associate Publisher Helen Garnons-Williams and Assistant Editor Jordan Mulligan acquired the title from Robert Caskie at Robert Caskie Limited.  Garnons-Williams said: “‘As exhilarating as it is illuminating, Together demonstrates once again why Ece Temelkuran is one of our foremost contemporary political writers and thinkers.  She has a remarkable ability to cut through the noise and draw connections that truly make us see the world – and its possibilities – differently.”

Temelkuran said: “There has been enough handwringing and inconsequential anger; enough ‘What did we do wrong to end up in this global mess?’  It is time to put our heads together and find a way out. This book is my proposition for the exit plan from today’s moral and political disaster. We have spent enough time saying that we need a new story for the new age. This is the new story of our age, so we can all finally take a step forward towards dignity, justice and a better now.”

Caskie commented: “It is a privilege and pleasure working with Ece and I am delighted that Helen and her excellent team at 4th Estate will continue to publish her with such passion and vigour.”

Temelkuran is the author of How To Lose a Country: The Seven Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship, described by Phillip Pullman as “one of the most important books anyone could read at the moment” and hailed as “essential” by Margaret Atwood on Twitter.  Temelkuran is an award-winning Turkish novelist and political commentator, whose journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Der Spiegel.  She won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book award for her novel Women Who Blow on Knots, and the Ambassador of New Europe Award. She has been twice recognised as Turkey’s most-read political columnist, and twice rated as one of the ten most influential people in social media with three million twitter followers.

 

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