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The Bookseller is reporting that publisher Free Press has bought the U.S. rights to Richard Dawkins’ next book, “for a reported $3.5m” and UK rights have gone to Transworld for a “substantial sum” (I think I’m converting to atheism before writing my next book…). The new book from Dawkins is said to explore creationism and the evidence for evolution:

The as-yet-untitled volume will be published in 2009, a year that will feature a double anniversary for Charles Darwin—the 200th anniversary of his birth in February, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species in November.

Gaminara said: “He is arguably the science writer most closely associated with Darwin and in my view it would be strange not to have a book by Richard Dawkins in this anniversary year.

“He feels that never in his lifetime has there been such a belief in creationism, in the US and also creeping into the school curriculum in this country, and as the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford, he feels it is his duty to write a book that sets the record straight on the evidence for evolution.”

Should be another good read from Mr Dawkins, who certainly isn’t shy of expressing his opinion…