Trapeze Wins Four-Way Auction for Arthanayake’s Phrasebook


Trapeze signed “the changing game” by Nihal Arthanayake Let’s Talk: How to Have Better Conversations following a four-way bid.

Publisher Shyam Kumar has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to Nick Walters at David Luxton Associates in association with Emily Rees Jones and Alex Fisher at M&C Saatchi Merlin. Let’s talk will be released in hardback, paperback, e-book and audiobook formats on August 18, 2022.

Arthanayake has built a platform of 1.2 million weekly listeners on BBC Radio 5 Live “who regard him as one of the best people of his generation at having public conversations”, the publisher said. His book aims to understand how he developed his skills and how he can teach us to have better interactions in our daily lives.

The editor wrote: “Let’s talk blends Nihal’s experiences as an acclaimed interviewer with expert and celebrity opinion on the secrets and psychology behind successful communication. Nihal addresses conversational authorities including international bestselling author Johann Hari, hostage negotiator John Sutherland, journalist and bestselling author Matthew Syed, social interaction professor Elizabeth Stokoe, presenter Lorraine Kelly and many more to find out why a good conversation has eroded over time and how we can fix it.

Kumar commented, “Growing up with my father, a self-proclaimed Del Boy on Petticoat Lane Market, I was always impressed with his gift for small talk. Unsurprisingly, I jumped at the chance to work with Nihal on this extremely fascinating topic. Let’s talk unlike any professional development book you’ve read. By answering questions such as “How do you talk to the people who tried to kill your family?” With practical advice for your personal and professional life, Nihal’s book is an accessible and invigorating toolkit for having better conversations with anyone, anytime.

Arthanayake added: “The reason I wanted to write this book was because when I came to 5 Live, three months after the EU referendum, it seemed to me that the world was becoming more and more polarized and that I was worried about our inability to have good conversations. . Many listeners said I liked your interviews because they are conversations. I never understood or thought about what I was doing and that made me thinking, if I can figure it out, are these transferable skills that other people can learn as well?”


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