Schama's Return of the Tribes to Simon & Schuster

Kate Wilkinson
Rights - NonFiction Tuesday, 30 May 2017

'The outcome of half a century of thinking and writing on the mysteries of national allegiance'


Iain MacGregor at Simon & Schuster has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Simon Schama's Return of the Tribes from Caroline Michel at PFD. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish in the US.

The historian and television presenter published his last book, The Face of Britain, with Viking, and Bodley Head will publish The Story of the Jews Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900 this autumn.

Return of the Tribes (autumn 2019) will look at the historical roots of nationalism, bringing the story of the clash between high minded universal ideals and the force of local tribal emotions up to date in the age of Trump, Brexit and the cyber-tribes.

MacGregor said: "Simon is an integral and powerful voice in the arena of ideas and public discourse. His reputation for offering a moral compass to the reader when attempting to understand complex historical issues that have shaped their world is unparalleled. We are thrilled to be publishing this work at such a crucial moment in human history."

Schama said, "Though Return of the Tribes is a response to the great war of sensibility shaping the history of our time, it's also the outcome of half a century of thinking and writing on the mysteries of national allegiance. I'm absolutely delighted to be working with Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring this book before the widest possible public on both sides of the Atlantic."

Photo: Oxford Film and Television

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