Autumn / Winter 2017 catalogue out now

Discover an array of stimulating reads in our new Autumn/Winter 2017
catalogue. You can view and download a PDF version of the catalogue here, or email us at marketing@reaktionbooks.co.uk to receive a printed copy.

From art, history and philosophy to music, nature and popular science, our exciting new programme covers a diverse array of subjects and includes titles by eminent historians and bestselling writers.

It also includes new additions to our popular series of books, including Botanical, Foods and Nations, Lost Civilizations, Critical Lives, Renaissance Lives, Reverb, Earth, Animal, and Edible.


Heres a quick guide to some of the highlights.

In the extensively and richly illustrated Cats in Art bestselling author Desmond Morris explores humanity’s 7,000-year-long fascination with our haughty feline companions.

Live Wires: A History of Electronic Music is the story of the ongoing revolution that is electronic music. Dan Warner illuminates the vast variety of radical audio cultures that have transformed the possibilities for listening to and making music.





Joanna Bourke has gathered an eminent group of historians and critics in War and Art: A Visual History of Modern Conflict to present the most extensive and heavily illustrated survey of the visual representation of war.

Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper is a fresh and brilliantly readable history of the emergence of the ‘modern girl’ from the 1890s to the 1920s. Linda Simon explores how young women sought greater autonomy – socially, sexually and financially – and the moral panic that followed.





A billion people live in urban areas of economic and social disadvantage. Alan Mayne’s Slums: The History of a Global Injustice is an important book that makes the case for rethinking the politics of poverty and the city.

Eric Chaline celebrates the physicality and sensuality of swimming – attributes that might have contributed to the evolution of the human species – in Strokes of Genius, a comprehensive account that surveys swimming from prehistory to the present day.

We hope you enjoy these highlights and the many other fine books we are publishing in 2017.