Atlantic Books wins six-way auction for The Insect Crisis

4th October 2019

Atlantic Books has won a competitive six-way auction to publish The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World by Guardian journalist Oliver Milman.

Editorial Director for Non-Fiction Mike Harpley acquired the UKBC (ex. Canada) rights from Sally Holloway at Felicity Bryan Associates on behalf of Zoe Pagnamenta at The Zoe Pagnamenta Agency. Audio rights were acquired by Harriet Poland of Audible, and rights have also been sold in the US, Japan, and the Netherlands.

There are over 1 million known species of insects and collectively there are 10 quintillion of them buzzing and crawling around the Earth. However, a large number of studies show that their numbers are seriously on the wane – with a third of the world’s insect species already endangered, from bees to butterflies. This terrifying and compelling book will show how without insects, our lives would never be the same again. A third of the food stuffs we eat would no longer be viable. Many birds and fish would just disappear. Part warning, part celebration of the incredible variety of insects, this book will highlight why we need to wake up to the next big environmental crisis.

Oliver Milman has been a Guardian journalist for seven years, firstly in Australia and now in the US as their environment correspondent. He was raised in Bedfordshire and this is his first book.

Mike Harpley comments:

‘On speaking to him, Oliver’s enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. As soon as I shared the proposal at Atlantic, everyone was engrossed and begging me to buy it. It’s timely, well written, and important. But it’s also not all doom and gloom: I loved learning more about the idiosyncrasies of these wonderful creatures as well. I can’t wait to publish it.’

The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World will be published in hardback and eBook in February 2022.