Yuval Noah Harari

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'. 

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  • Sapiens


    'Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth' Barack Obama

    What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

    One of the world's preeminent historians and thinkers, Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human.

    Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us.

    In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going.



    'Jaw-dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read' Chris Evans

    'Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain... Radiates power and clarity' Sunday Times

    'It altered how I view our species and our world' Guardian

    'Startling... It changes the way you look at the world' Simon Mayo

    'I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species' Bill Gates


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  • Homo Deus


    Sapiens showed us where we came from. In our increasingly uncertain times, Homo Deus shows us where we're going.

    'Spellbinding' Guardian

    The world-renowned historian and intellectual Yuval Noah Harari envisions a near future in which we face a new set of challenges. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century and beyond - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

    It asks the fundamental questions: how can we protect this fragile world from our own destructive power? And what does our future hold?

    'Even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens' Kazuo Ishiguro

    'Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. It will make you think in ways you had not thought before' Daniel Kahneman, bestselling author of Thinking, Fast and Slow

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