John Murray acquires Randall Munroe's How To

Rights - NonFiction Thursday, 07 February 2019

Million-selling author and cartoonist provides off-beat scientific solutions to practical problems

John Murray, an imprint of John Murray Press, is 'thrilled to announce a new book from
Number 1 bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe' - How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems.'

Georgina Laycock acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Seth Fishman at The Gernert Company and How To will be published on 3 September.

According to the acquisition statement: 'A former NASA roboticist, Munroe is the creator and brilliant mind behind the wildly popular xkcd, a stick-figure webcomic read by millions of fans each week about science, technology, and the absurdities of the modern world. His number 1 bestselling book What If? and the follow-up Thing Explainer have sold several million copies worldwide and What If? spent 22 weeks on the Sunday Times bestseller list.

'How To features Munroe’s iconic stick figure illustrations and deeply researched scientific thoughts, providing readers with the world's most entertaining and useless self-help guide. For any task you might want to do, there's a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally bad that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach. It's full of highly impractical advice for everything from landing a planeto digging a hole.

'Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analysing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you're a baby boomer or a millennial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the Moon.

'By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn't just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, Munroe invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible. Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.'

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