Pan Macmillan to publish God: An Anatomy
15 March 2017
By Pan Macmillan
In an eight-way auction, Pan Macmillan has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit in Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s God: An Anatomy to be published in 2019.
In this, her first non-academic book, Professor Stavrakopoulou looks at where the Judeo-Christian God came from; at the places and artefacts that shaped western thought; and at the ancient religions and societies of the Biblical world. In doing so, she also reveals the corporeal deity of a long-lost ancient West Asian world, whose cultural DNA not only stretches back centuries before his sacred texts were composed, but persists in the tics and twitches of our own society. Whether we like it or not, the Bible has shaped not only our ideas about God and religion, but our pervasive cultural preferences about human existence.
Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou studied theology at Oxford and is currently Professor of the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter. The author of a number of academic works, she also presented the BBC 2 documentary series The Bible’s Buried Secrets, and is currently working on a new project with the BBC about archaeology and the ancient world. She regularly appears on BBC1’s The Big Questions and Sunday Morning Live, and has appeared on several Radio 4 shows, including Woman’s Hour, The Infinite Monkey Cage and The Museum of Curiosity. She writes for the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday, and the Times Literary Supplement, and has spoken about the Bible, religion, and atheism at numerous public events, including the Cheltenham Science Festival, the World Humanist Congress, and Conway Hall’s annual London Thinks festival. Her contribution (on the same subject as the book) to Dan Snow’s History Hits podcast is currently its most popular ever episode.
Georgina Morley, Editorial Director Non-Fiction, said:
'The minute I started Francesca’s proposal I knew I wanted to publish her book. It’s brilliantly done – fiercely intelligent and academically rigorous, but also utterly gripping. She’s a star in the making and I couldn’t be happier that Macmillan will publish what I am confident will be one of the books of 2019.'
Francesca Stavrakopoulou said:
'I’m over the moon to be working with Macmillan. Georgina is exactly the right match - both for me and the gutsy, formidable character of the ancient deity at the heart of the book. This will be a book about the little-known and scandalous origins of the religious ideas that still shape us today, whether we like it or not. And I can’t wait to see readers’ reactions.'
Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s God: An Anatomy will be published by Pan Macmillan in 2019.