ROBIN BAKER
Robin Baker

ROBIN BAKER is a bestselling author in the field of sexual biology. His other non-fiction titles include BABY WARS (Fourth Estate 1997), SEX IN THE FUTURE (Macmillan 1999) and FRAGILE SCIENCE (Macmillan 2001). He is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster with over a hundred scientific papers and journalistic articles to his name. He now lives in the south of Spain with his family. He is currently at work on a non-fiction book about sex and religion provisionally entitled SEX BEFORE BELIEF: The Birth of the World's Religions which shows how our (mis)understandings about sex and procreation have created the tenets of the world religions.

 

www.robin-baker.com

 

'Robin Baker is a living legend in evolutionary science, especially for his groundbreaking research on sperm competition in humans... I always considered Baker one of the very best scientific writers. I now consider him one of my favorite fiction novelists. These are wonderful books, captivating. All three novels weave modern evolutionary science into modern-day whodunits.'

Professor Todd K. Shackelford, Chair of Psychology, Oakland University, Michigan

THE HITCHHIKER'S CHILD
The Hitchhiker's Child

A story of murder and mystery, love and sacrifice: a man gives a lift to an unusual hitchhiker, a woman who has been thrown bound and naked from a car. As he hears her bizarre but intriguing story, it seems that there is nobody who could be the father of her child, least of all her rich, powerful and vindictive husband. Mark de Vries teaches Zoology at an English University; the rest of his time he spends with his research team in the remote Kalahari Desert. Against his will, Mark is drawn into the mystery of the hitchhiker's child. A sequence of murders, rapes, intimidation and blackmail means that both his livelihood and survival depend on finding the answer. When the mystery is solved it becomes clear that what happened to the hitchhiker could happen to anybody. As in PRIMAL and CABALLITO, the innovative sexual science behind THE HITCHHIKER'S CHILD is real.

Sales

Hard Nut Books UK & US

Material: finished copy (239pp).

CABALLITO
Caballlito

Max, a young lecturer in anthropology, discovers a couple of handwritten pages written by a Victorian adventuress who once lived with an unknown tribe in the Amazon. Determined to discover more, Max is dragged into a world of mysterious suicides, pagan sects, child prostitution and police harassment, where cultures and moralities collide. CABALLITO is also a vision of an alternative society, one in which fatherhood and childhood innocence have no meaning, and where communities share everything, including each other. Once upon a time, it was how all people lived - a few still do.

Sales

Hard Nut Books UK & US

 

Material: finished copy (210pp).
primal
Primal

Lord of the Flies meets Lost meets The Beach. Presumed dead, a group of undergraduate students who go missing on a deserted Pacific island emerge one year later in two groups of ragged (and naked) survivors. All but one of the surviving women have conceived, and two students, plus their professor, are said to have died. In the glare of the world's media, every survivor sticks to the same unconvincing version of events. Piece-by-piece the narrator examines the evidence and conducts interviews with the survivors, to work out exactly what happened on the island during that year. Slowly, a disturbing picture emerges of feral humans driven by rivalry and sexual tension ...a scenario that tests the supposedly dead professor's theory that by nature people are no different from apes in the wild.

 

'Primal is a fascinating examination of what human nature really is.
Terrific stuff, and heads and shoulders above what most people come to expect from a publisher's 'horror line', and as such a fitting addition to a very high quality line of literary, intelligent works of edgy fiction.' British Fantasy Society Forum

 

'Wow, double wow. Primal is one of the best books I have read this year by far. Robin Baker sucks you into a world where you are ultimately amazed and perplexed by the story that unfolds. This is one book that will blow you away.' Coffee Time Romance and MoreUS

 

Essay: Evolutionary Psychology and the Shaping of PRIMAL

Sales

Virgin UK & US

 

Mistral/FMB NL

 

Kinneret Israel

 

JC Lattes France

 

Record Brazil

 

Metafora Czech Republic

 

Material: finished copies (384pp).

 

sperm wars
Sperm Wars

Now a modern classic of popular science writing, SPERM WARS is Robin Baker’s revolutionary thesis about sex. Evolution has programmed men to conquer and monopolise women, while women, without ever knowing they are doing it, seek the best genetic input on offer from potential sexual partners. He reveals the new facts of life: 10 per cent of children are not fathered by their ‘fathers’, less than 1 per cent of a man’s sperm is capable of fertilising anything, and a woman is far more likely to conceive through a casual fling than through sex with her regular partner.

 

Baker describes fictionalised scenes and then explains the science behind the actions to demonstrate how our everyday behaviour fits into a pattern of evolution.

 

Published to acclaim and controversy a decade ago, SPERM WARS turned centuries-old biological assumptions on their head.

 

‘The most entertaining science book of the year.’ Sunday Times

 

‘Riveting.’ The Times

 

‘Fascinating.’ Daily Mail

Sales

Thundersmouth Press/Perseus Books

UK & USA

 

Boyabooks China (simplified)

 

Rye-Field China (complex)

 

Limes Verlag Germany (Bastei paperback)

 

JC Lattes France

 

Record Brazil

 

Rebis Poland

 

El Paradiso Estonia

 

Issihia Misztikus Kozpont Hungary

 

Jota Czech Republic

 

Ehak Korea

 

Litera International Romania

 

Lac Hong Books Vietnam

 

Alpina Russia

 

Paloma Turkey

 

Kawade Shobo Japan


Published but out of print & rights reverted:

 

Macmillan UK

 

Basic Books USA

 

Arbeiderspers NL

 

Pecker Israel

 

Diana World Spanish

 

Kachi Korea

 

Baldini & Castoldi Italy

 

HarperCollins Canada

 

Forum Sweden

 

Borgen Denmark

 

Vega Portugal

 

Yuan Fang China (simplified

 

Material: finished copies (375pp).