Vintage author Yuval Noah Harari returns in August 2018 with a new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. In bringing his focus to the here and now, Harari will help us to grapple with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend, encouraging us to focus our minds on the essential questions we should be asking ourselves today. Employing his trademark entertaining and lucid style, Harari will examine some of the world’s most urgent issues, including terrorism, fake news and immigration, as well as turning to more individual concerns, from resilience and humility to meditation.
Harari’s two previous international bestselling books, Sapiens (2014) and Homo Deus (2016), which explored the past and the future respectively, established him as a household name, attracting legions of celebrity fans, from Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama, to Russell Brand, Natalie Portman and Lily Cole. The Vintage editions of Sapiens have now sold 1.2 million copies worldwide in all formats. Homo Deus has sold 550,000 copies and counting. Sapiens has been in the non-fiction paperback bestseller list since May 2015 and is currently at no. 1, whilst Homo Deus has been in the top 5 of the same list since publication in May 2017, and is currently at no. 2.
Harari said: ‘My new book will aim to answer the overarching question: what is happening in the world today, what is the deeper meaning of these events and how can we individually steer our way through them? The questions I aim to explore will include what the rise of Trump signifies, whether or not God is back, and whether nationalism can help solve problems like global warming.’ Harari added: ‘I’m delighted to be publishing this new book with Vintage, whose passion and vision for both Sapiens and Homo Deus has been what an author dreams of.’
Michal Shavit, Publishing Director of Jonathan Cape, who acquired UK & Commonwealth rights including Exclusive Europe from Itzik Yahav said: 'Few writers of non-fiction have captured the imagination of millions of people in quite the astonishing way Yuval Noah Harari has managed, and in such a short space of time. His unique ability to look at where we have come from and where we are going has gained him fans from every corner of the globe. There is an immediacy to this new book which makes it essential reading for anyone interested in the world today and how to navigate its turbulent waters'.