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Gibson Square is a new publishing company whose launch by Martin Rynja coincided with the award of the Pulitzer Prize to the authoritative biography Hirohito of the Japanese wartime Emperor he published in the Britain. 

Commissioned books include the translation of the polemical memoirs by Sergo Beria of his father Lavrenti Beria, Stalin's KGB chief, and the expanded memoirs of Diana Mosley, the Mitford sister who married Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Fascist party. Of To Kill a Priest about the murder of Father Popieluszko, former Solidarnosc leader and Polish President Lech Walesa said 'Everyone who would like to find out how communism was defeated, should read this book.' 

Gibson Square specialises in books that are able to contribute to a current debate. Each title is supported by a vigorous marketing campaign to provide a broad platform for the book and its ideas in the booktrade. 

Gibson Square published Alexander Litvinenko's controversial Blowing up Russia a month after he was assassinated in London in November 2006 with rare radio-active isotope Polonium 210. (In 2016, the UK government's Litvinenko Inquiry by Sir Robert Owen found that President Putin had ordered the assassination). Rights to this important book were sold to 16 countries, including film rights.



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Submitting book proposals:

Please include a proposal of one or two pages, a chapter break-down with a description of 50 - 100 words of each chapter, your curriculum vitae (as a writer), your reasons for wanting to publish the book, as well as a comprehensive list of suggested publications and people who would promote the book, and a few chapters and scans of photographs (where appropriate).

Every proposal will be considered if they follow the guidelines below. Due to the high volume of submissions we can only  respond to book proposals we think might suit our publishing programme. 


A.C. Grayling
A.N. Wilson
Alan Duncan
Adrian Laing
Alan Greenspan
Alan Pearce
Alexander Litvinenko
Aly Sujo
Amartya Sen
Andrew Eburne
Angela Neustatter
Angus Roxburgh
Ann Treneman
Anthony Adolph
Arthur Schopenhauer
Baron Corvo
Bernard-Henri Lévy
Bobby Friedman
Brian Sewell
Bryan Mealer
Candace Allen
Carla McKay
Charles Darwin
Christopher Mason
Clare Short
Clarissa Dickson-Wright
Conrad Black
Craig Unger
Crispin Black
David Craig
David Bermingham
David Nasaw
Deborah Devonshire
Diana Mosley
Dominick Dunne
Duncan Fallowell
Eamonn Butler
Elinor Burkett
Emma Tennant
Ernst Gombrich
Ernst Hanfstaengl
Fergus Fleming
Fridtjof Nansen
George Englund
George Leigh Mallory
George Walden
Goldman Family
Harold Acton
Harold Chee
Helena Frith Powell
Henry James
Hugo Williams
Ian Mucklejohn
Jasper Gerard
Jean-Francois Champollion
Johan Stenebo
John McCain
John Hale
John Pring
Jonathan Freedland
Joyce Tyldesley
Kaylene Johnson
Kenneth Murphy
Kevin Ruane
Laney Salisbury
Malcolm Gluck
Marcus Mabry
Mark Kurlansky
Martin Rynja
Melanie Phillips
Naomi Klein
Niall Ferguson
O.J. Simpson
Pablo Fenjves
Peter Clayton
Peter Gillman
Peter Jones
Peter Mandelson
Phil Norman
Richard Branson
Richard Dawkins
Richard Halvorsen
Richard J. Evans
Richard Michaelis
Sam Taylor
Sarah Walden
Selina Hastings
Simon Young
Stephen Bayley
Stewart Lansley
Stuart Rose
Subi Rangan
Susan Watkins
Tony Jackson
Theodore Dalrymple
Vandana Shiva
Vincent Cable
W.H. Auden
Walter Laqueur
Walter Scott
Yuri Felshtinsky

small list big books


​Soul Music
The Pulse of Race and Music
by Candace Allen

9781908096210 *** £11.99 *** Hardback ***

Can classical music change lives? In Soul Music, novelist and former activist of African descent, Candace Allen asks whether the pitched battles between ‘our’ music and ‘their’ music of her youth are alive among young people engaged in music study. She follows the beat of music – from Blues, Miles Davis as friend of the family, hiphop, musical to classical – in her own life to places where different cultures meet.

Her personal journey takes her to the streets of London and Scotland, Venezuela, where the Sistema scheme has offered thousands of young people a route out of the ghetto mentality through virtuoso musical training, bringing global fame to the charismatic conductor Gustavo Dudamel; to the Middle East, and Daniel Barenboim’s East-West Divan Orchestra in which young Israelis and Palestians play side by side; and to Soweto and a pioneering opera project.

Advance praise for Soul Music: The Pulse of Race and Music

‘Intriguing and sometimes disturbing series of reflections on the interplay of race and music, particularly western music... Enthralled by her grasp of the educational subtleties of El Sistema... There is much food for contemplation and much for confrontation.’
Norman Lebrecht 

‘How it feels to be free... So powerful... She reveals much about what lies at the heart of any journey into so-called classical music.’ 
Guy Dammann
Music Critic of Times Literary Supplement

‘Thoughtful and passionate and needs to be read.’ 
Alan Davey
Chief Executive Arts Council

‘Only [Candace Allen] has the background to write on music from this perspective.’ 
Martin Campbell-White
CEO Askonas

‘The most interesting book to date on the subject of social music projects.... passion, zeal and candour...will appeal and infuriate.’ 
Marshall Marcus
Director Southbank Centre’s Sistema Research Programme

‘Amazing wordcraft... devastating throwaway insights... how the generation younger than mine is using musical culture to inspire hope.’ 
Simon Hewitt-Jones
Founder of Fifth Quadrant and participant in the David Barenboim West-East Divan Orchestra

The Cost of Inequality
Why Economic Equality Is Essential for Recovery
by Stewart Lansley

978-1908096067 *** £8.99 *** Paperback

The 1980s mantra held that inequality would lead to robust economies - why did it fail? Why does the modern economy consist of two tracks: a fast one for the super-rich and a stalled one for everyone else? What is the cost of a consumer economy without purchasing power? Why are there now a few thousand individuals in the world who control almost a third of its wealth?

This ground-breaking book, based on years of research, shows that only greater equality will lead the West out of permanent recession. 

‘A great book – read it!’ 
Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level 

‘Compelling.... urgent.’ 
Times Higher Education Supplement 

‘Very timely.’ 
Sunday Times

New Statesman Book of the Year Peter Wilby 

‘Seminal.’ Neal Lawson, 
Guardian Comment 

Money Week 

‘With this book in your hand you never need to go into an argument unarmed.’ 
Red Pepper

Nial Cooper, Church Action on Poverty 

‘Intricately, and with a great wealth of research, shows us the great failure of neo-liberal politics.’ 

Christopher Garroway de Coninck, Europe’s World 

‘Places the issue of inequality squarely at the root of the crisis.’ 
New Internationalist 

A Price to Pay
The Inside Story of the NatWest Three 
by David Bermingham

978-1908096197 *** £8.99 *** David Bermingham

In 2002, three British businessmen found themselves at the centre of the storm surrounding bankrupt US energy giant Enron, when they awoke one morning to see themselves on the breakfast news, accused by US prosecutors of defrauding their own bank in London. Under new extradition laws designed to combat terrorism the US government needed merely to allege a crime had happened to deport the three from the UK. The 'NatWest Three', as they quickly became known, embarked upon a campaign against the new law. They were supported by a coalition of national newspapers, civil liberties groups, business leaders and politicians, but were ultimately unsuccessful and were sent to face trial in Texas in July 2006. In this book, David Bermingham tells for the first time the full story of the NatWest Three, including their time in America, with no holds barred.

‘Read this and give a copy to a friend.’
Shami Chakrabarti - Director, Liberty 

‘First class.’ 
Janis Sharp, mother of Gary McKinnon

‘You must read this book.’
Babar Ahmad - in prison since 2004 fighting extradition to the US

‘Will shock any businessman operating in the USA.’
David Carruthers - (former) CEO BETonSPORTS plc 

Spoilt Rotten
The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality 
by Theodore Dalrymple

9781906142254 *** £7.99 paperback *** 256 pp *** 

Toby Young

In this perceptive and witty book, former Birmingham prison doctor and psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple unmasks the hidden sentimentality that is suffocating public life. Under the multiple guises of raising children well, caring for the underprivileged, assisting the less able and doing good generally, we are achieving quite the opposite - for the single purpose of feeling good about ourselves. Dalrymple takes the reader on both an entertaining and at times shocking journey through social, political, popular and literary issues as diverse as child tantrums, aggression, educational reform, honour killings, sexual abuse, Che Guevara, Eric Segal, Romeo and Juliet, the McCanns, public emotions and the role of suffering, and shows the perverse results when we abandon logic in favour of the cult of feeling.

Drawing on his long experience of working with thousands of criminals and the mentally disturbed, Dalrymple proves that we can only hope to make a difference - if we start with thinking well. 

The Pursuit of Laughter
by Diana Mitford, Lady Mosley
Introduction by Deborah Mitford, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

***Interviews by Duncan Fallowell (new)
***Portraits of Oswald Mosley and Lord Berners (new)
Edited by Martin Rynja

9781906142100 *** £8.99 Paperback *** 560 pp ***  
*** 100 additional pages ***

Written by Diana Mosley, the most glamorous Mitford sister, this is the edited collection of her writings from the private magazine she edited in the 1950s to the articles she wrote for many publications until her death in August 2003. Included for the first time in this volume are her last interview with Duncan Fallowell, her portrait of her husband Sir Oswald Mosley and her friend Lord Berners.

‘Oblique, ironic wit... sharp and perceptive.’ 
Anne de Courcy Daily Mail Critic's Choice

Daily Telegraph

‘Sketches of fascinating figures, from Cecil Beaton and the Duchess of Windsor to Putzi Hanfstaengl, Hitler of course and Dr Goebbels.’ 
Selina Hastings, Spectator

‘Sharp, funny, debunking and assertive…’
David Sexton, Evening Standard Book of the Week

‘Stuffed with lives and letters.’
Valerie Grove The Times

‘An Intimate portrait of an aristocratic extremist.’
Sunday Business Post

A Wolf in the World?
by George Walden

9781906142162 *** £8.99 Paperback *** 320 pages ***

(London, UK) Gibson Square is delighted to announce the UK publication of the paperback China. Written by George Walden, social commentator, former diplomat and politician, this is his memoir of over four decades of involvement with China from the moment he was one of a handful Westerners who spoke Mandarin in 1960s Beijing - then at the height of the Cultural Revolution. 

‘A sobering account’ 
Sunday Telegraph

A No 1 Amazon book on China

TLS Book of the Year 
‘No book that I have seen is half as insightful.’ Edward Luttwak

Golda Meir
The First Elected Female Head of Government in the West
by Elinor Burkett

Introduction Jonathan Freedland

9781906142131 *** £9.99 Paperback *** 504 pages ***

Written by Elinor Burkett, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, this is the first paperback edition of the standard biography of Golda Meir. Based for the first time on cabinet papers and Meir's confidants, it paints a timely picture of Israel's most popular and controversial leader and how she made Israel popular in the world through a balance of realism and idealism.

‘Must rank as the most stimulating biography of the year.’ 
Tribune Very Best Book

Sunday Times

Top 3 Amazon women biography

Mail on Sunday 

‘A good biography was long-overdue… beautifully written.’ 
Jewish Chronicle

‘Breaks significant new ground.’ 
Philip Jacobson Sunday Times Magazine

Lord Owen


‘Comprehensively researched… well-written.’