Spring / Summer 2018 catalogue out now

Our latest books catalogue featuring all our new titles for spring and summer 2018 is available now.

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.

Our exciting new programme covers a diverse array of subjects, from art, history and philosophy to music, nature and popular science.

It also includes new additions to our popular series of books, including Lost Civilizations, Critical Lives, Animal and Edible.


Here's a quick guide to some of the highlights.

According to Tom Shippey the myth of death-obsessed, battle-crazed Vikings is not a myth. Laughing Shall I Die: Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings is an exploration of their three-century-long domination of the North. Enriched by incisive readings of Old Norse literature, Shippey’s is a bold and entertaining history.



The Dragon: Fear and Power by Martin Arnold tells the global story of this mythical titan, from Europe to China, from the Bible to Game of Thrones.

When were people scared to death of fairies? Richard Sugg’s Fairies: A Dangerous History strips back the sugar-coating of modern representations of folklore’s most beloved figure to reveal the darker story beneath.



Charles Watkins explores the wonder of arboreal art in Trees in Art: the earthy, the sacred, the mythic and the magical. This is an essential and copiously illustrated book for anyone who loves trees and art.

In Hinterland: America’s New Landscape of Class and Conflict, Phil A. Neel journeys into the heart of a new America where hard work brings poverty and isolation, not opportunity and community. A powerful narrative in the tradition of James Agee’s Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed.

Teatimes: A World Tour visits China for dim sum, Japan for cha kaiseki and England for afternoon tea, among many other pleasure-filled locations. A delightful and well-informed teatime tour genially conducted by Helen Saberi.

The Ottoman Empire is one of the great crossroads of world food culture. Priscilla Mary Işın’s Bountiful Empire: A History of Ottoman Cuisine is a richly detailed and compelling account of Ottoman food from palace to street and beyond.

We trust that you will enjoy these books, and many more, in one of our most varied and stimulating programmes to date.