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Allen & Unwin to publish The Reckoning by Mary L Trump

11th February 2021

Allen & Unwin to publish new book The Reckoning: America’s Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal by Mary L Trump, author of the number one international bestseller, Too Much and Never Enough

Allen & Unwin have acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Reckoning: America’s Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal by Mary L Trump and will publish in hardback and trade paperback in July 2021. UK Publisher Ed Faulkner bought the rights with A&U ANZ Publishing Director Tom Gilliatt from Kerry Nordling at St Martin’s Publishing Group.

Mary L Trump is the author of the international #1 bestseller, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man. Mary Trump holds a PhD from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, and has taught graduate courses in trauma, psychopathology, and developmental psychology.

The Reckoning will examine America’s national trauma, rooted in its long history of slavery and civil rights abuses, but dramatically exacerbated by the impact of recent events and the Trump administration’s corrupt and immoral policies.

America’s failure to acknowledge this trauma, let alone root it out, has allowed it to metastasize. Whether it manifests itself in rising levels of rage and hatred, or hopelessness and apathy, the stress of living in a country many no longer recognize has affected everyone. America is suffering from PTSD – a new leader alone cannot fix it.

An enormous amount of healing must be done to rebuild faith in America’s leadership and hope for the nation. It starts with The Reckoning.

Ed Faulkner, Publisher at Allen & Unwin UK, says, “Given the recent scenes at the US Capitol to which we looked on from overseas in horror, it feels like this book is more important than ever.  Mary Trump’s experience as a clinical psychologist, as well as her personal knowledge of the former president, means she is uniquely placed to help transform people’s understanding of America’s trauma and its future.  It is a huge honour and privilege for us to publish it.”

Tom Gilliatt, Publishing Director, Allen & Unwin Australia, says, “What we’ve seen over the last four years is that America’s trauma is the world’s trauma. Understanding the causes of that trauma and the potential paths to healing have never been more vital. Mary Trump’s professional and personal vantage points give her a unique insight into what has been the most fundamental challenge to American democracy and American institutions in our lifetime. We look forward to help making her hugely timely and important book the bestseller it deserves to be.”

Mary Trump comments, “For four years, Donald Trump has inflicted a series of traumas upon the American people, targeting anyone he perceived as the ‘other’ as an enemy. Women were discounted and derided, the sick were dismissed as weak and unworthy of help, immigrants and minorities were demonized and discriminated against, and money was elevated above all else. Finally, he demonstrated his stunning lack of concern for the American people with his wilful mishandling of the pandemic and the ensuing economic collapse. In short, he transformed our country into a macro version of my malignantly dysfunctional family.”

The Reckoning will publish in hardback, trade paperback and e-book in July 2021 on the Allen & Unwin imprint of Atlantic Books in the UK, and by Allen & Unwin in Australia and New Zealand.