Hollywood Wants to Kill You

Michael Brooks

Asteroids, killer sharks, nuclear bombs, viruses, deadly robots, climate change, the apocalypse – why is Hollywood so obsessed with death and the end of the world? And how seriously should we take the dystopian visions of our favourite films? With wit, intelligence and irreverence, Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks explore the science of death and mass destruction through some of our best-loved Hollywood blockbusters. From Armageddon and Dr Strangelove to The Terminator and Contagion, they investigate everything from astrophysics to AI, with hilarious and captivating consequences. Packed with …


Allen & Unwin to publish bedtime stories for grown-ups

16 October 2019

Allen & Unwin has snapped up Nothing Much Happens: Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups by Kathryn Nicolai in a seven-way auction, with rights sold in nine international territories.  Senior editor Kate Ballard bought UK Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights in conjunction with publisher Kelly Fagan at Allen & Unwin Australia from Meg Wheeler at Westwood Creative. Nothing Much Happens will be published in hardback and eBook by Allen & Unwin in Autumn 2020. Developed from Nicolai’s successful podcast of the same name, Nothing Much Happens offers sleep-challenged grown-ups of all ages “a s …