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Prisoners of Geography Global Book Franchise Heads into 2021 with Sequel Title and New Partners…..

Prisoners of Geography Global Book Franchise Heads into 2021 with Sequel Title and New Partners…..

Independent publisher Elliott & Thompson’s Times best selling Prisoners of Geography book franchise continues to engage fans of maps and facts from 6 – 80 years with unprecedented and continued global sales success.  Author Tim Marshall’s sequel The Power of Geography, published 22nd April going straight in at #12 in the Amazon best seller chart.   After week one sales it’s at #2 on the Sunday Times bestseller list and #1 on the equivalent list in The Times; A huge achievement for a hardback title on geopolitics!

Since Prisoners of Geography’s was first published in 2015, it has been the best selling book on geopolitics, boasting a 210 consecutive week-run of selling 1000+ copies a week (only bettered by the Official Highway Code).  Combined global book sales are 1.75m+;  It has been published in over 30 languages and, in the UK alone since 2015, sales across all editions including the Childrens’ illustrated title (since 2019)  have surpassed 1 million.  Rights to the latter have now been acquired in the US (for Fall 21 publication) adding North America to the 18 international rights editions sold since 2019.    

The beautiful map images from the illustrated edition, packed with information, facts and stats are perfect for family focused edutainment merchandise such as board and quiz games, puzzles, apps, posters, gifts and stationery.   ‘Extending the franchise is a natural step forward for Tim’s books’  explains Maggy Harris from BlueSkye Licensing…’‘Prisoners of Geography fits perfectly into the huge demand for quality factual, fun family and digital entertainment which 2020’s lockdown world has accelerated.  We’re in meaningful discussion with partners for 2022 product launches and confirmation of the North American rights sale for the Childrens’ illustrated edition has seen increased interest from this all important market’ says Maggy!

Lorne Forsyth, Chairman of publisher Elliott and Thompson continues ‘It has been an astonishing long lasting hit in paperback and is acknowledged as the bestselling international geo-politics book of all time providing a gripping exploration of the power of geography to shape humanity’s past, present and future’.     

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Rebecca Ash

Rebecca is the Editorial Director at Total Licensing Ltd. She can be reached at

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