19th September 2019

Bonnier Books UK triumphs in nine-way auction for “defining” book on the climate crisis

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Bonnier Books UK triumphs in nine-way auction for “defining” book on the climate crisis

Bonnier Books UK is thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac.

UK and Commonwealth Rights were bought from Doug Abrams at Idea Architects via Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein in a nine-way auction. Erroll MacDonald pre-empted for Knopf, Penguin Random House in the US.

The book is the launch title of Bonnier Books UK’s new literary fiction and non-fiction imprint, Manilla Press.

“We know that climate change destruction is every day more evident. What we have not yet realized is that we still have the opportunity to not only protect ourselves and our children, but actually create a much better world for all.  This book shows how we can do that.”

Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

The Future We Choose is a passionate call to arms, written by former Executive Secretary for Climate Negotiations Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac, who was her political strategist at the UN, and who worked with her in leading the negotiations for the Paris Agreement of 2015. Together, they outline for us two possible scenarios for our future: how life on Earth will be by 2050 if we fail to meet the Paris climate targets; or, how it will look and feel to live in a carbon neutral, regenerative world. They ask each of us to confront the crisis head on, with determination and optimism. Practical as well as empowering, the book will feature the ten things each of us can do today, to make a difference. The Future We Choose will be a book for everyone: from teenagers to adults, for all of us who know there is an emergency looming but feel powerless to stop it.

“The team at Bonnier Books UK are immensely proud to be the publishers of this defining book on the most important issue of our times … As Christiana and Tom say, this could be our final hour – but it can also be our finest hour.”

Margaret Stead, publisher, Manilla Press

Authors Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac said: “We know that climate change destruction is every day more evident. What we have not yet realized is that we still have the opportunity to not only protect ourselves and our children, but actually create a much better world for all.  This book shows how we can do that.”

Margaret Stead, publisher, Manilla Press said: “The team at Bonnier Books UK are immensely proud to be the publishers of this defining book on the most important issue of our times. The Future We Choose is the book on the climate emergency that all of us have been waiting for. It shows us that all is not lost, and what each of us can do to secure the future world for ourselves and for generations to come. As Christiana and Tom say, this could be our final hour – but it can also be our finest hour.”

“The Paris Agreement was a landmark for humanity. In this timely and important book, two of the principle creators of that agreement show us why and how we can now realise its promise.”

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, said: “The Paris Agreement was a landmark for humanity. In this timely and important book, two of the principle creators of that agreement show us why and how we can now realise its promise. I hope it is widely read and acted on.”

Manilla Press is planning a major marketing campaign for the book, which will be amongst their biggest of 2020, and have committed to using completely sustainable materials across the entire publication. To find out more, visit www.wechoosethefuture.com.

The Future We Choose will publish in hardback, eBook and audio on 25 February 2020.

About Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac

Christiana Figueres was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) 2010-2016 and the public face of the most pivotal climate agreement in history, the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015. Tom Rivett-Carnac was Christiana’s political strategist at the UN. Together, they are the co-founders of Global Optimism, an organisation focused on bringing about environmental and social change. They are taking part in the UN Climate Summit on 23 September 2019, and work closely with key campaigners on climate, among them Greta Thunberg, Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall and David Attenborough.