Announcing the paperback publication of “How To Make The World Add Up”

12th April, 2021

I’m delighted to announce that the paperback edition of “How To Make The World Add Up” is imminent – it will be published on 6th May in the UK as well as Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa , and indeed anywhere else outside the US and Canada.

(Your daily reminder, with my apologies, that in the US & Canada the same book has a different title: The Data Detective.)

The book tries to distill everything I’ve learned in fifteen years of writing columns and nearly that long in presenting More or Less. I argue that numbers are an essential tool for making sense of the world – and every one of us has the ability to make sense of the statistical claims all around us. By asking a few simple questions of the numbers, and of ourselves, we can make the world make sense.

The book is full of stories and examples, from the nurse who started a public health revolution with a pie chart to the forger who fooled the experts – and the Nazis.

I’m very proud of the book and was delighted with how the hardback edition was received – it was the number one Sunday Times business bestseller in December. A Christmas Number One!

Alas, the bad news is that the hardback sold out over and over again. Lots of people who were interested in buying the book will, I fear, have shrugged and given up. So the paperback launch feels like a second chance for them, for me and for the book.

I know that you’re thinking, “Tim, what can I do to help?”

I’m really glad you asked. Pre-orders are incredibly helpful in prodding bookshops to stock up, and in pushing the book onto the all-important bestseller lists. So if you plan to buy the book, please do it straight away! You can pre-order on Bookshop or Amazon – or stroll down to your local bookshop (they re-open TODAY in the UK) and place an order.

If you bought the hardback and enjoyed it, thank you so much – and consider pre-ordering a paperback for a friend. Or just spread the word. Thank you.

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