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November Highlights

Action on Addiction called for greater understanding of the peer pressure behind the UK’s drinking culture, as a survey for the charity found that 32% of people are concerned about their own drinking or that of someone close to them, with work-related stress causing one in 10 to regularly over-drink.

 

Rising literary star Aita Ighodaro’s second book, All That Glitters, was published.

 

The programme for the British Council’s Going Global conference was revealed. Taking place in Dubai, from 4 – 6 March 2013, the event will see the world’s education leaders coming together to discuss the global knowledge economy.

 

We’ve been working with the cult symphonic rock band, The Enid, to launch their 13th studio album, Invicta.

 

Research by people development consultancy, Fairplace, found that quarter of GB workers have no long-term career plan and need more support in having ‘career conversations’ with their managers. Meanwhile, Penny de Valk, who is also CEO of sister company Cedar, could be seen talking about the gender pay gap on Sky News, Daily Telegraph and Huff Post UK.

 

Blue Peter visited Foyles to interview Jeff Kinney, author of the mega-bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

 

The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) set out to check UK managers’ health, happiness and performance and to discover which key factors influenced it. Their research found that happiness and performance are linked, that managers experience a ‘two year itch’ and that a little bit of stress can be a good thing.

 

The latest book by Dr Daniel Swift, Senior Lecturer in English at New College of the Humanities (NCH), was published on 22 November. Shakespeare’s Common Prayers: the Book of Common Prayer and the Elizabethan Age, looks at the influence of the Book of Common Prayer on the works of Shakespeare.

 

Following on from PEAS’ (Promoting Equality in African Schools) partnership with SPEAR’S and the New Statesman, with features in support of its Back to School campaign, the charity’s Ugandan MD, Susan Opok, blogged for newstatesman.com about the importance of developing secondary education in Africa.

 

The godfather of fusion food, Peter Gordon, launched his latest book at the beginning of the month.  Everyday is a mouth-watering collection of recipes created by the celebrated New Zealand chef, who we’ve worked with for the past six years.

 

As well as announcing the winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, we also announced the winner of the £25,000 Wellcome Trust Book Prize, which was awarded to Thomas Wright for his biography of the scientist William Harvey, Circulation.

 

Unbound.co.uk launched Graham Smith’s We Can Be Heroes at St Moritz in Soho, with a guest list including Peter York, Martin Kemp, Philippe Salon and Suggs.

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