Reaktion Books

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Reaktion Books

An independent publisher of adventurous and innovative non-fiction since 1985, Reaktion Books publishes around 90 new titles each year, and has nearly 1,000 titles in print. Our list ranges widely across art and visual culture, biography, food history, general history, music, natural history, philosophy, politics and popular science.

Our outstanding series include: Animal, short natural and cultural histories of individual animals, Edible, global histories of key food or drink ingredients, Critical Lives, concise critical biographies of key cultural figures, Renaissance Lives, lively studies of the artistic and intellectual figures who made the modern world, and Lost Civilizations, that explores the rise, fall, and afterlife of ancient cultures.

Recent bestsellers from Reaktion include: Wanderers by Kerri Andrews, Winters In the World by Eleanor Parker, Outrageous! and Fabulosa! by Paul Baker, Miracles of Our Own Making by Liz Williams, Electric Wizards by JR Moores, Cricketing Lives by Richard H. Thomas, Fires of Lust by Katherine Harvey, Dinner In Rome by Andreas Viestad, The Worst Military Leaders In History edited by John M. Jennings and Chuck Steele and Artemisia Gentileschi and Feminism in Early Modern Europe by Mary D. Garrard.


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