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Hardie Grant acquires second Clive Hamilton book on China; sells rights in four territories

Hardie Grant Books has acquired world rights to a new book by Clive Hamilton on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) international influence.

The book, titled Hidden Hand: Exposing how the Chinese Communist Party is reshaping the world, will be the first exposé of the CCP’s network of influence and interference operations in Europe and North America, according to the publisher. It will be co-authored by Mareike Ohlberg, a research associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin.

Scheduled for publication in May 2020, Hardie Grant has already sold US and UK rights to Hidden Hand to Oneworld, with German-language rights going to DVA/Random House and Dutch-language rights to Karakter.

Publisher Arwen Summers said: ‘Few understand the breadth and scale of the methods used by the CCP to expand China’s power. Hamilton and Ohlberg bring their considerable experience to this rigorously researched book that will be a must-read—the first global investigation of the CCP’s covert assault on democracy.’

Oneworld senior commissioning editor Alex Christofi said: ‘Many of us in the West are only just beginning to understand the extent of China’s efforts to reshape the world in its own image, not just stifling free speech behind the Great Firewall, but in our great democracies. This is a big geopolitical story, and as Hamilton and Ohlberg show, we’ve missed a lot of warning signs.’

Hamilton is the author of eight books, including his most recent, Silent Invasion: China’s influence in Australia, which Hardie Grant published after Hamilton’s long-time publisher Allen & Unwin declined to publish it, citing the threat of legal action. The book made number two on the Australian nonfiction bestsellers chart in the month after its release, and has now been published in a Chinese translation.



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