Skyscraper title "Balfour in the Dock" wins MEMO Palestine Book Prize

At an awards ceremony in London on November 16th, Colin Andersen's book Balfour in the Dock, was awarded joint first prize in the MEMO Palestine Book Prize academic books category.  It describes how decades of deception by the British government, starting with Arthur Balfour and his 'declaration', betrayed the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine.  The story is told through the biography of a writer, J.M.N. Jeffries who uncovered the betrayal through interviews and research in the 1920s and 1930s, published the results in a book called Palestine: The Reality, and then saw the story suppressed or ignored, while the Zionists who had the ear of British politicians, persuaded successive governments to help them turn majority Arab Palestine into a Jewish state.

At the MEMO awards ceremony, the judges also praised the reprint of Palestine: The Reality, another Skyscraper book, as well as commending Colin Andersen, an Australian writer who had spent years researching the life and work of Jeffries and the original reception of his book.

MEMO is the Middle East Monitor, a not-for-profit press monitoring organisation.

NEW TITLE PRODUCED IN ONE MONTH – "THE ANTISEMITISM WARS"

"Someone had to do it," says author and publisher, Karl Sabbagh, "and we had the expertise and access that enabled us to start work at the beginning of September 2018 and bring the book out in November."

The Antisemitism Wars is an account of the story the media missed – the real reasons behind the sudden wave of accusations of antisemitism against the Labour Party in the summer of 2018.

Our moving and funny account of a boy's summer at Chartwell, home of Winston Churchill, has reached the longlist of the People's Prize.  You can vote for it at www.peoplesbookprize.com by October 15th 2018.  

Our Managing Director Karl Sabbagh wrote about the challenges of being a small publisher in this week's Guardian. Thanks to those who have written in to show support and express interest in our books! To the Lake can be purchased here.

Our book, State of Terror, by Thomas Suarez is receiving a lot of attention.  It’s always gratifying when books are read by the people they criticise, rather than just preaching to the converted. Two extreme Zionists, Jonathan Hoffman and David Collier, have spent – or maybe ‘wasted’ is the world – a good deal of time and effort analysing the book in order to demonstrate that it is an ‘antisemitic fraud.’

We stand by the book, of course.  It is neither anti-Semitic nor a fraud. But anyone who wants to understand how shaky such claims are should read the Hoffmann/Collier document, along with Suarez’s rebu...

Eric Walberg reviews Atzmon's Being In Time: A Post Political Manifesto:

"Atzmon is a latterday Pascal, with his startling, spiritual pensees, 'beyond left and right', unafraid to tackle unpleasant truths. He explores the growth of identity politics and the reaction to it that produced Trump. Trump is an illusion too, and Atzmon provides a rudder to navigate the malaise that is gripping the West, with a clown now at the helm. The only way out of our intellectual deadend is to see through the illusions to what really shapes us and the world around us. Jewish thought and politics are at the heart of t...

"Note the comma between the names Winston and Churchill: three people are named in title of this charming, short memoir.

Winston is Sir Winston Churchill’s grandson (1940-2010), son of Randolph and his first wife Pamela. Churchill is the great cigar-smoking hero himself. And Me is the author, Jonathan Dudley, who, when he was aged eight and nine in 1949 and 1950, was invited to stay at Chartwell to be company for Winston, his school friend of the same age."

Read the full review here.

Publisher's Weekly reviews our newest release, Unholyland, calling it 'an innovative work that draws the reader in with a real sense of urgency'.

"The well-worn ground of cross-conflict love is given the sonnet treatment in this story of an Israeli DJ and a Palestinian rapper who struggle to make their burgeoning relationship work despite a history of war...

Despite the many obstacles in their way, the two are determined to be together, although their countries and people have other ideas. Told in a series of sonnets, the story draws on a litany of influences, including the political slingshot hip-ho...

Vice's Joe Banks talks with Aidan Andrew Dun, author of Skyscraper's newest title 'Unholyland'.

'...there is an incantatory power to his work. His elegant lyrical verse has integrity because it has been hard won.'

Read the full article here.

Last week saw the launch of Aidan Andrew Dun's epic trilogy in verse form, telling the story of a fateful romance between an Israeli DJ and a Palestinian rapper in 21st century Israel and Palestine. We were fortunate to have the support of the lovely P21 Gallery in King's Cross, an independent London-based charity promoting contemporary Middle Eastern and Arab art and culture. Guests to the launch were treated to a lively conversation between Aidan and Skyscraper founder Karl Sabbagh about the inspiration behind the epic work, and readings from the book in Aidan's inimitable style.

 

 

We're delighted by the continuing glowing reviews for America's Dreyfus, Joan Brady's extroadinary exploration of the case against Alger Hiss and the corrupting influence of political power.

 

“This extraordinary book… is part autobiography, part memoir of [Alger] Hiss, part thriller, and also a reminder of what happens when a society becomes infected by the paranoia that produced the American “Red Scares” after the First and Second World Wars.… As Joan Brady shows, a politics built on whipped-up terror is bad for all of us.”

New Statesman

[Alan Ryan 12-18 February 2016]

 

“Compelling...absorbing...a bracing...

Caroline Moorhead's review of America's Dreyfus in the Times Literary Supplement calls Brady's work 'brilliant and terrifying'.

 

 

"Brady chronicles the case against Hiss with scholarly thoroughness… What makes Brady’s book so persuasive is the depth and seriousness of her meticulous research… What is truly frightening in her book, and which goes far beyond the question of Hiss’s  guilt or innocence, is the spectacle of a society engulfed in paranoia, fear-mongering and witch-hunts, in which people informed on their friends and careers were fashioned out of lies and rabble-rousing. As a portrait of an age...

 

The Sharjah International Book fair is one of the largest book fairs in the world, 

and preceding it each year the organizer arrange what they call Matchmaking 

sessions, to bring together publishers and agents from different countries to buy 

and sell rights in books which might otherwise pass unnoticed by the largely 

Anglophone publishers who rarely read books in any other language. It’s a bit 

like what I imagine speed dating to be, but with a wider range of nationalities, 

ages, genders and interests.  I was there to try to sell rights in a few Skyscraper 

books, but also to look out for possible bo...

Hear an interview by Matthew Stevenson about America's Dreyfus with the author Joan Brady on The Travel Hour: 

 

http://matthewstevenson.libsyn.com/

 

John R. MacArthur reviewed our newest publication, America's Dreyfus, for The Spectator. 

 

"...Brady has done a convincing job of reading and reinvigorating the long trial and hearing transcripts, as well as a vast amount of published and unpublished literature about the case. To her credit, she has rendered the Hiss/Nixon duel more compelling for a younger audience unfamiliar with ‘the trial of the century’ by styling this cri de coeur as a memoir and relating chatty anecdotes about her complicated friendship with Hiss. Specialists may quibble with Brady’s reliance on her own life story to enliven...

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