Translated non-fiction titles


Salomon Kroonenberg worked as a geologist in Surinam, Swaziland and Colombia before becoming Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the Agricultural University of Wageningen and subsequently Professor of Applied Geology at the Technical University of Delft. His The Human Scale (2006) has sold 20,000 copies in the Netherlands. Translation rights have been sold to Germany and Turkey.

Patrick Everard is publisher of Historische Uitgeverij, a small but ambitious publishing house with an independent and innovative spirit. Active at the crossroads of history, literature, philosophy and cultural studies, presenting original work by Dutch scholars as well as translations of the great thinkers and poets of Western culture, it seeks to promote creative interdisciplinarity and to sustain the search for new perspectives in the humanities.

Detlef Felken studied history, German studies and philosophy and published a biography of Oswald Spengler in 1988. He gained his doctorate in 1991 with a study of the German policy of John Foster Dulles. That same year he began work as history editor at C.H. Beck, where he has been editor in chief since 2000.

Floris Cohen is Professor in Comparative History of Science at the University of Utrecht, chairman of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities and author of The Recreation of the World. The Origins of Modern Science Explained (2007), which has sold 10,000 copies, and of a lengthy manuscript provisionally entitled How Modern Science Came Into the World. A comparative history, which is right now under review with the University of Chicago Press.

Catherine Clarke was Publishing Director of the Trade Books Department at Oxford University Press before she joined Felicity Bryan as an agent in 2001. She represents a broad range of writers of serious non-fiction, including biography, memoir, philosophy and history, alongside literary novelists. Her authors include the historians John Dickie, author of international bestseller Cosa Nostra, Miri Rubin, whose Mother Of God: A History of the Virgin Mary is forthcoming from Penguin, and Sir Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies at King’s College London as well as the philosophers Simon Blackburn and A.C. Grayling.

Jennifer Crewe is Associate Director and Editorial Director at Columbia University Press, where she has acquired books in various fields in the humanities for over 20 years. She publishes in the fields of literary and film studies and a series of translations of nonfiction works by leading European intellectuals. She also publishes translations of Asian works of philosophy and literature. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of American University Presses and on committees of the Modern Language Association.

Douwe Draaisma is Professor of the History of Psychology at the University of Groningen. His successful Metaphors of Memory (1995) has been translated into several languages and was awarded the Heymans Prize of the Dutch National Institute of Psychologists. It has sold 15,000 copies. Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older (2001), which has sold more than 125,000 copies, has also been translated into a variety of languages. The book has won four national prizes and was shortlisted for the 2005 British Aventis Prize, the world’s most prestigious award for popular science. Of Disturbances of the Mind (2006) 15,000 copies have been sold and several translations are forthcoming. Draaisma’s most recent work is The Nostalgia Factory (2008), which has already sold 50,000 copies.

Diane Webb now devotes all of her time to translation, after nearly thirty years as an orchestral musician. She has translated a wide range of scholarly and literary non-fiction by Dutch authors as Herman Pleij, Henk Wesseling, Leonard Blussé, Maarten Prak and Geert Warnar. She was one of five translators selected to translate the new critical edition of the complete letters of Vincent van Gogh. For her translation of Herman Pleij’s Colors Demonic and Divine she was awarded the Vondel Translation Prize in 2005.

Giuseppe Laterza runs the publishing house of the same name together with his cousin Alessandro. Founded in 1901, the business has been passed from father to son across four generations. Laterza publishes school books, university texts and trade books, ranging from history to philosophy, from sociology to political science, and from architecture to psychology. Among his own initiatives in the international arena are the History of Women series edited by Georges Duby and Michelle Perrot and the Making of Europe series, directed by Jacques Le Goff and devised together with Basil Blackwell, Editions du Seuil, Beck Verlag and Editorial Critica.