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Celebrating the 125th Birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 23 December 2016

This January marks the 125th (or twelfthty-fifth) birthday of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University and one of the most famous authors of the 20th century. Tolkien’s influence on fantasy writing can still be seen in contemporary literature, particularly in works of high fantasy, and Peter Jackson’s successful film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have helped to bring his most famous works to a new generation.

To mark his 125th birthday, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on Tolkien and fantasy literature.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code TOLKIEN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.

C. S. Lewis and the Inklings is a unique collection of two of the Inklings and their literary associates’ views on the negative impacts of technology in various areas of life and the resolution of these impacts through fellowship with others and faith in the Creator. Some of these essays offer suggestions on how ensnarement by social media and surrender to modern technology can be countered by surrender to God. Other essays also demonstrate how the significant literary craft of these authors can enchant readers and invite them into fairylands from which they return empowered and with a keener spiritual vision to tackle universal and present concerns.

One wonders whether there really is a need for another volume of essays on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Clearly there is. Middle-earth and Beyond: Essays on the World of J. R. R. Tolkien takes new directions, employs new approaches, focuses on different texts, or reviews and then challenges received wisdom. The entries on sources and analogues in The Lord of the Rings, a favorite topic, are still able to take new directions. The analyses of Tolkien’s literary art, less common in Tolkien criticism, focus on character—especially that of Tom Bombadil—in which two different conclusions are reached. But characterization is also seen in the light of different literary techniques, motifs, and symbols. A unique contribution examines the place of linguistics in Tolkien’s literary art, employing Gricean concepts in an analysis of The Lay of the Children of Húrin. And a quite timely essay presents a new interpretation of Tolkien’s attitude toward the environment.

Fear and horror are an inextricable part of Tolkien’s great mythology and his use of medieval sources for his evocations of fear and horror contribute to the distinctive tone of his work. The Mirror Crack'd: Fear and Horror in JRR Tolkien's Major Works shows how his masterly narrative techniques transform his sources, both familiar and unfamiliar, so that hitherto benign characters, objects and landscapes, as well as his famous monstrous creations, engage with deeply rooted human fears. While some of the essays presented here turn to modern science, psychology, and anthropology to deepen their analyses of fear and horror, they all add depth to our appreciation of Tolkien’s most famous and frightening creations by defining their relationships to ancient and culturally significant images of fear and horror.

What if there is much more to the Harry Potter saga than a simple tale of adventure and fantasy for kids? “Yes, there is much more,” is the guiding premise of the annual, academic gatherings at Edinboro University known as The Ravenclaw Conferences. Since 2011, faculty and students have met in Edinboro to deliver papers and discuss the many intellectual and ethical issues raised in this story of an orphan boy’s journey from being a nobody to becoming the Chosen One of prophecy. In The Ravenclaw Chronicles, the reader will find select articles developed from these conferences, most from professors, but a few from student presenters. There is even one original short story of Harry Potter fan fiction. These reflections come from diverse perspectives: namely, philosophy, history, English literature, media studies, and world languages.

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Book of the Month - January 2017 23 December 2016

Our January Book of the Month is Ancient Warfare: Introducing Current Research, Volume I, edited by Geoff Lee, Helene Whittaker and Graham Wrightson.

This volume provides chapters on current research into ancient warfare. It is a collection with a wide-range, covering a long chronological spread, with many historical themes, including some that have recently been rather neglected. It has wide academic relevance to a number of on-going debates on themes in ancient warfare. Each topic covered is coherently presented, and offers convincing coverage of the subject area. There is a high standard of scholarship and presentation; chapters are well documented with extensive bibliographies. It is readable and successful in engaging the reader’s attention, and presents subject matter in an accessible way. The book will particularly appeal to professional historians, students and a wider audience of those interested in ancient warfare.

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving:

Overall, this volume on ancient warfare contains a healthy mix, not only of different aspects of ancient warfare, but a mix of new research, different perspectives. Most importantly, it contains a blend of under-researched and obscure topics that, given their importance to ancient warfare research, should have been treated much earlier than 2015. Perhaps surprisingly, there has been a continuous rise in edited volumes on ancient warfare in the past few years, but one would be wrong in expecting that the present volume might get lost in this sea of ancient warfare volumes. Ancient Warfare: Introducing Current Research offers a refreshing and innovative perspective on an already very popular field of study, and perhaps it is fitting that the volume has appeared now when there are others contesting for the top spot in ancient warfare. Seeing that this is the first volume, we should look forward to future ones.”

—Carlos Villafane, University of Liverpool; Bryn Mawr Classical Review

“Due to the varied nature of the content presented in this volume, there is bound to be something for almost anyone interested in ancient warfare within its pages. This is a collection of quality works that will force many of us to see aspects of ancient conflict in new ways, introduce us to unfamiliar areas, and, in some places, challenge currently accepted ideas. This volume should find a place on the bookshelf of academics, students, and laypersons alike. I am very much looking forward to volume 2.”

Christopher Matthew, Australian Catholic University; American Journal of Archaeology

What this book succeeds in most is the presentation of innovative research within the field of ancient military history. With topics ranging from the 'killing' of iron age swords (M. Lloyd), to ancient military medicine (J. Laskaris), via modern attempts to reconstruct catapults (A. Schofield), it becomes clear how widespread the interests of the contributors are, and each paper deals in some way with ongoing controversies within the respective fields.”

—Owen Rees; Ancient Warfare, 10:3 

Combining archaeology, war studies, and social history, this volume would be a very useful addition to any library on warfare and provides an invaluable update on the latest research with coverage of oft-neglected topics which give a deeper insight into the full impact of warfare in the ancient world. […] Highly recommended and Volume II is eagerly awaited.”

—Mark Cartwright; Ancient History Encyclopedia 

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Connect With Cambridge Scholars Publishing On Social Media 23 December 2016

As part of our commitment to promoting our titles as widely as possible, we are delighted to be adding to our social media presence at the start of 2017 with three new platforms.

In addition to finding us on our website, Twitter and Google+, you can now connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and our new blog. With 1.79 billion monthly active users, Facebook provides huge potential for promoting titles to friends, family and wider connections, and the professionally-oriented social network LinkedIn recorded another increase in users in the last quarter of 2016 to 467 million members.

Facebook and LinkedIn offer excellent opportunities to publicise Cambridge Scholars titles, and these channels will be used in close conjunction with our new blog. This is designed to provide the ideal platform for announcements about new titles, to publicise book reviews, and to provide notifications of any book launches, calls for papers and conference announcements to an interested audience.

We are excited to be extending our presence to these social media platforms, which will vastly increase our titles’ exposure and help to publicise our authors and their work on a bigger stage. Publicising our books through social media will also help to increase awareness of our titles to the lay audience, to improve page rankings (enabling the books to be found more easily through Google or other search engines) and to increase sales.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - January 2017 23 December 2016

This January, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Terri Apter has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Terri is a psychologist and writer, and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her research focuses on family dynamics - between parents and children at various stages of development, among siblings, and between families connected by marriage.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Terri’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.

Dr Terri Apter’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Need for Sleep: Daybeams - Moondreams - New Schemes

Author: Lisa Pavlik-Malone.

This book explores the influence of fairytale details and imagery on adult cognition. It presents an exploration of possible changes in an individual’s schematic representations that reflect certain artistic re-interpretations of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, including works of performance art, fiction, and film.

Our need for sleep means that for a third of our lives we have no protection from predators. For this to make sense in evolutionary terms, the benefits must be considerable. In Need for Sleep, Lisa Pavlik-Malone explores the power of both dreams and day-dreaming on our urge to make sense of love, life, death and sexual awakening. In the tradition of Bruno Bettleheim, who drew critical attention to the uses of fairytale on a child's imagination, Lisa Pavlik-Malone challenges common notions of sleep as a passive state, and presents it as a space for transformation and growth. This model is of great interest to psychologists and educators, as well as those of us who continue to value dreams and daydreaming.” 

For further information on Dr Apter, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Farzana Moon – December 2016 14 December 2016

Farzana Moon is a teacher, poet, historian and playwright with a Masters in Education. She has published work on Sufi poetry, historical and biographical accounts of the Moghul emperors, and has written plays based on stories from religion and folklore.

Her publications on the Moghul emperors include: Babur: First Moghul of IndiaThe Moghul ExileDivine Akbar and Holy IndiaThe Moghul HedonistGlorious Taj and Beloved ImmortalThe Moghul Saint of Insanity; and Poet Emperor of the Last of the Moghuls: Bahadur Shah Zafar.

Her other non-fiction publications include Holocaust of the East, an account of the partition of India and Pakistan, and works on religion and spirituality, including Irem of the Crimson Desert, Prophet Muhammad: The First Sufi of Islam and No Islam but IslamFarzana has also published works of fiction, such as Romance Quartet, and her play Osama the Demented had a stage reading in Stockholm. 

She has a new book about the Quran forthcoming, and is currently writing another book, The American Queen (a work on Ora Ray Baker, the wife of Hazrat Inayat Khan, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico).

Farzana describes the experience of publishing multiple titles with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“Academic publishing is a niche within the wider publishing market, and I was given the opportunity to publish my first scholarly work, Holocaust of the East, by Cambridge Scholars. CaroI Koulikourdi was the friendliest of editors, and it was a rare delight to work with someone so affable and helpful. I was moved by her kindness and expertise, and decided to publish two more titles with Cambridge Scholars: No Islam but Islam and The Moghul Saint of Insanity. Despite the diversity of subjects, the editors’ knowledge extended widely across the various disciplines. I applaud their patience and dedication as they stayed loyal to the high standard of their scholarly vision admired by university presses in America. All of my titles are much sought-after by scholars and universities, and I am very grateful to have published with Cambridge Scholars.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Moghul Saint of Insanity. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th January 2017.

You can find out more about Farzana and her work at her website by clicking here, or watch a video of her poem Politico 2016 being recited by actor Kaleb Alexander below.

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Meet our Authors: David Butler – December 2016 14 December 2016

David Butler was born in Tamworth, Australia, before relocating to the University of Queensland in Brisbane to study religion and psychology. Whilst teaching basic and advanced courses in psychology, he obtained his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2013. He has published in, and been a reviewer for, several psychological journals, such as Trends in Cognitive Science. He currently lives in Kyoto with his dog, Elvis, as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, where he is researching the developmental and evolutionary origins of prejudice.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, David has authored Four Questions on Visual Self-recognition: Development, Evolution, Function, and Mechanisms, which was developed from his PhD thesis.

David describes the experience of publishing his thesis with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars have been fantastic collaborators in producing my book 'Four Questions on Visual Self-recognition: Development, Evolution, Function, and Mechanisms'. Rather than appearing as separate papers in various journals, here was an opportunity to present my work as a whole as I originally envisioned. From the initial communication regarding the publication of my PhD thesis to the day I received my personal hard copy of the finished product, they were helpful, practical, and, above all, polite. Busy as I was, being able to make my own timeline and receiving patient understanding when required meant that publication was a non-stressful event. In short, Cambridge Scholars Publishing gave me the pleasant means of fulfilling my ambition to produce a piece of writing that I hope may be of some benefit to those who need it. Now if I can only produce enough material to do it all over again!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Four Questions on Visual Self-recognition: Development, Evolution, Function, and Mechanisms. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th January 2017.

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