The Real Press

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The Real Press publishes fiction and non-fiction with a historical edge. We publish short books, ebooks and print-on-demand books that fit with our values and philosophy, and which seem likely to encourage debate about what really matters. These are available on Amazon and elsewhere, but also here in our shop.

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David Boyle writes: I had a revelation some years ago, as I sat in the office of the publishing director of one of our dwindling number of mainstream publishers. I looked up at the shelves behind her head with all her most successful output and achievements over the months and years, and saw in an instant what publishing had become. Very few of the titles there – not the sporting or theatrical memoirs, nor the misery stories, nor the celebrity cookbooks – had been written by the names on the covers.

This orgy of ghostwriting may have been a fascinating venture into mass media, but it wasn’t what I would call publishing. As a ‘midlist’ author, as they used to say when there was a list to be at the middle of, this seemed to be the writing on the wall for my authoring career.

As it turned out, I need not have worried. As the big players have consolidated, so there is now a multiplicity of minnows – not exactly nipping at their heels; they are doing something different – but taking on the mantle of publishing.

It was one of the main reasons why I wanted to start the Real Press.

But there is another problem for us minnows. The big publishers still enjoy a stranglehold over the book trade. To succeed, all too often you have to accept their genre definitions and demarcations. Are you a thriller writer or a historical author, or do you produce ‘chick-lit’? It has to be one of a small number of acceptable genres and definitely not more than one at a time.

That has been a problem for me since my second book, a travelogue about new kinds of money (Funny Money) that I believed and hoped would set people free, was unfortunately defined by Waterstone’s as ‘accountancy’! It is also a problem for any of us who hold onto our right to be our own authentic selves, outside the conventional definitions if we want to be.

For those of us who cling to the idea that we are not machines for processing, not clones, not IT programmes nor pixels, this matters. Because the new truths and insights, the new breakthroughsemerge in the cracks between conventional demarcations. They come to life when the conventional definitions are allowed to spark off each other. That is what makes real, emotional, creative human progress possible.

That is the raison d’être of the Real Press. To publish history, yes, but in its broadest possible sense, between genres and tried and tested definitions. To see history where nobody else does. To break new ground and push at boundaries of genres. To be comfortable in the discomfort we cause to the conventional, the staid and the dyed-in-the wool.

The Real Press – really independent history publishing. We try to break out of silos. Do you?

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The Real Press publishes fiction and non-fiction with a historical edge. We publish short books, ebooks and print-on-demand books that fit with our values and philosophy, and which seem likely to encourage debate about what really matters. These are available on Amazon and elsewhere, but also here in our shop.

Articles

The Day They Pardoned Turing
“Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows: 1 Statutory Pardon of Alan Mathison Turing.”Introduction to the draft law, introduced into the House of Lords, July 2013It was unusually ...
Inside an Enigma: Turing at Bletchley
“It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”Winston Churchill’s speech on Russia, 1939It was the first action in the war at sea.  A few hours after the declaration of war between Germany, Britain and France, the German submarine U-30, under Captain Fritz-Julius Lemp, torpedoed and sank the Cunard liner Athenia, with the loss of 117 lives. 
Partnership and Politics
As we are being reminded by the public enquiry into the pandemic, that period in recent history was a nightmare for many. But for some of us lockdown provided the time and peace to write. In this case the subject is the decade beginning 2010: a period which included the aftermath of the financial crisis, the rise to – shared - power of the Lib Dems  in the Coalition government and their ...
Historical Heroes: Robert Oppenheimer
"The atomic clock ticked faster and faster. We may anticipate a state of affairs in which two great powers will each be in a position to put an end to the civilisation and life of the other, though not without risking its own. We may be likened to two scorpions in a battle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life... This prospect does not make for ...
Saving Munich: The Story of Rupprecht Gerngross
It is more than thirty years since I first heard of a small group of German army officers rising up against Hitler in the dying days of the Nazi regime. I was a foreign correspondent sent to Berlin within days of the Wall being torn down, and had been tracking the rise of neo-Nazi groups springing up in covert, underground cells across the forlorn expanses of the overnight defunct German ...