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Meet our Authors: Boštjan Videmšek 14 October 2019

"Boštjan Videmšek is much more than one of the leading journalists and reporters of his generation […] The deep engagement of his writing makes him a kind of living fossil: they simply do not produce journalists and non-fiction writers like him anymore."

- Slavoj Žižek

The above words from Žižek reveal one of the main strengths of Boštjan Videmšek’s work: the profound engagement of his prose. This engagement no doubt stems from his personal experiences over the past two decades – whether from the Mosul front in Iraq or from the border of South Sudan and Uganda in 2017, Boštjan has reported on all of the major global conflicts of the 21st century. His articles and stories have been published in The New York Times, Politico, Le Figaro, Der Spiegel, Aftenposten, El Periodico, the Sydney Morning Herald, Middle East Eye, and Atlantic Post, among others.

In addition to his war-correspondence, the Slovenian born journalist is also an author, playwright, and ultra-marathon runner. He has written multiple books about wars, conflicts, migration, refugees, the Arab Spring, and the Greek financial crisis, including his most recent text published with Cambridge Scholars: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage. It is a timely and above all necessary book, which combines the dying art of reportage with an insightful and humanistic examination of the defining socio-political issues of our era.

After 20 years of war-correspondence, his desire to explore what defines our times has prompted Boštjan to completely re-focus his work. His current literary and journalistic output centres on what he calls “our common and ultimate front line”: the climate crisis.

Boštjan wrote the following about publishing the work with Cambridge Scholars:

“My experience with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was super smooth, effective and free(d) of any kind of usual (pre)publishing stress. Working with the editors was rewarding. Not a second was lost. I would recommend CSP to all authors who are looking for a 100% reliable and fantastically responsive publisher with a strong personal touch.”

As part of the ‘Meet Our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2019.

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Meet our Authors: Michael Baum 14 October 2019

“One of Britain’s most distinguished surgeons; a lifetime of experience and empathy makes him the ideal guide and advisor.”

- Marcelle Bernstein

Professor Michael Baum is an internationally acclaimed surgeon who has held Chairs of Surgery at such prestigious institutions as Kings College London, the Institute of Cancer Research, UK, and University College London. His numerous innovations and achievements in advancing the treatment of breast cancer across half a century have earned him the Skinner Medal (awarded by the Royal College of Radiologists), the Gold Medal (of the International College of Surgeons) and the Ernest Miles Medal (from the Royal College of Surgeons).

Throughout his illustrious career, he has written and edited seven books and over 500 papers on cancer, the philosophy of science and the medical humanities. He has also written two novels, and, since retiring, has retrained as a painter, working from a studio in his attic.

His most recent publication is The History and Mystery of Breast Cancer, which was released by Cambridge Scholars in August 2019. Provoked by two instances of breast cancer in his family—one tragic and one positive—the book is a fascinating story that touches on the history of medicine, the philosophy of science, and the introduction of the humanities into medical education. He uses his vast experience to answer many of the most pressing questions about the disease. It is “intensely personal yet contains sophisticated science”, notes Dr Margaret Spittle OBE: “the book deserves a wide audience.”

Professor Baum was a recent guest on the Liz Earle Wellbeing podcast, where he spoke about the book and breast cancer more generally. You can listen to the podcast by following this link.

Below, he describes his experience of working with Cambridge Scholars:

“I have published many books over the years, linked to my academic interests, as should not be surprising for a Professor at University College London. Not all of these were easy or happy journeys. In contrast, my experience with Cambridge Scholars has been like a walk in the park. My new book, The History and Mystery of Breast Cancer is, in my own words, a difficult book to categorise. It’s an attempt to introduce a difficult subject for the education of both medical students and the lay public. It is not meant as a self-help handbook, there are too many of these, but as a way of introducing the concepts of medical humanities and the arts in order to appreciate the tragic history of breast cancer, [and] to explain the complexity of the challenge. Furthermore, much of it is semi-biographical. By chance, no sooner had I finished the task [than] one of the editors of Cambridge Scholars approached me with an opening for the publication of a controversial book. Thereafter, the process proceeded like a well-oiled machine. The team agreed that this was an important book and I was allocated editorial staff and a skilled design team. We all worked well together and the final product was available within 6 months. It is an object of beauty that makes me proud.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The History and Mystery of Breast Cancer. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2019.

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World Mental Health Day 2019 26 September 2019

First initiated in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health, World Mental Health Day – which falls on October 10th every year – is an opportunity to promote understanding, education, and awareness of the effects mental illness have on people worldwide. This year’s theme focuses on suicide and its prevention, in an attempt to draw the attention of governments and prioritise the issue in public health agendas on a global scale. To learn more about the project’s aims, you can visit the World Federation for Mental Health’s website.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing are committed to furthering the dialogue surrounding mental health, and – in accordance with World Mental Health Day – have selected a number of recent and relevant titles on which a 50% discount is available.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code MENTALHEALTH19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2019.

From Depression to Happiness: A Positive Psychiatry Prescription for Life after Depression, Erick Messias (2019-08-27) 

Psychiatry has developed a number of tools to help manage symptoms of mental disorders, broadly categorized as psychotherapy, or “talk therapy”, and psychopharmacology, or “medications”. One question left open in this regard, though, is what to do after those symptoms are controlled? How can those with depression be helped to build a better life after the remission of symptoms? Weaving together Positive Psychology and Aristotelian philosophy, this book details an approach to creating a path towards a flourishing life.

The Creative Advantages of Schizophrenia: The Muse and the Mad Hatter, Paul Kiritsis (2019-04-16)

The aphorism that madness and creative genius are opposing sides of the same coin predates contemporary psychiatry and has existed since the time of Aristotle. How, though, are schizophrenia and creative illumination related? Using new empirical findings, this book sheds new light upon the age-old assumption and explains how creative potential can be channelled in individuals with this diagnosis. Mental health practitioners will find the book both intriguing and useful. Indeed, mental health clinician, art therapist, and scholar, Donna Betts (George Washington University) was “most impressed by Kiritsis’ well-informed recommendations for clinical practice related to impact on overall quality of life for persons with schizophrenia and their activities of daily living”, noting that the “illuminating’ book is ‘a must-read for all.”

Psychotherapy, Ethics, and Society: Another Kind of Conversation, Michael Briant (2018-04-13)

Michael Briant is a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists and an associate member of the Cambridge Society for Psychotherapy. Most of his experience as a therapist has been in various parts of the education system – for the last 30 years at Cambridge University and for several individual colleges. Drawing on psychoanalytic thinking from over a century and the author’s three decades of experience, this text asks whether psychotherapy can offer insight into a more inclusive kind of ethics, and, if so, whether it can glean any guidance on how such an ethics may be furthered.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - October 2019 26 September 2019

Michele Filippo Fontefrancesco is a social anthropologist specialising in the field of economic anthropology. Currently, he is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, having studied at the University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy), Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), and Durham University (UK).

Michele published the monograph The End of the City of Gold? with Cambridge Scholars in 2013 and has written several books in Italian, as well as numerous articles in journals such as Social AnalysisProgress in Development Studies, and Anthropological Notebooks.

His research analyses local development in rural and urban communities, with a particular interest in the relationship between the global economy and local areas. This specialism positions him perfectly as an authority on this month’s ‘Recommended Read’: Encountering Entrepreneurs. An Ethnography of the Construction Business in the North of Italy

Encountering Entrepreneurs. An Ethnography of the Construction Business in the North of Italy 

The book, by Elena Sischarenco (Lancaster University, UK), shows the daily life of businessmen in Lombardy, providing insights into their entrepreneurialism and revealing their plans, ideas, hopes, and failures during a time of economic recession. In Michele’s words, the work “explores what entrepreneurship means in terms of lived experience” and makes “a novel contribution to a complex debate that has animated the social sciences since the nineteenth century.”

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Michele’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2019.

Read Michele’s review below:

“The book is based on Sischarenco's fieldwork in Lombardy, carried out among entrepreneurs in the building sector between 2013 and 2014. The ethnography challenges the idea, rooted in social sciences, of the entrepreneurs as rational market actors committed to finding the best use of the means of production. The ethnography shows how entrepreneurial activity is shaped by feelings, social relationships, personal knowledge, and fortuitous circumstances.

The narration and ethnographic analysis focus on the inevitable contradictions experienced in everyday life by Lombard entrepreneurs. In so doing, the book cracks the fulgid image of the entrepreneur as a post-modern hero of security and determination, showing the profound human nature of the work and role.

The volume is a good starting point for better understanding entrepreneurship in its complexity and opens questions concerning the role of gender, class and the impact of socio-economic change in how the profession is embodied and enacted. In particular, it contributes to a better understanding of the impact of the 2009 global economic crisis, and how it affected the very way in which entrepreneurship is understood by society in post-Credit Europe.”

For further information on Michele, please click here. Click here to purchase Encountering Entrepreneurs. 

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Book of the Month - October 2019 26 September 2019

October’s ‘Book of the Month’ is the product of a collaboration between John Mcevoy and Jim Malone, entitled Mystery and the Culture of Science: Personal Insights for the 21st Century.

Concerning the relationship in contemporary society between two often antagonistic forces, the study is an insightful exploration of the reconciliation of faith and science and why bringing the two forces together could result in a mutually beneficial relationship.

It is unbiased and respectful in its approach, and according to Sean Goan (Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin) the study demonstrates both “the importance and the limitations of scientific method and highlights why people of faith must never shy away from the hard questions or the evidence they don’t want to consider.”

For Patsy McGarry, the Religious Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times, the text’s message of reconciliation is incredibly timely given the rise of religious fundamentalism on an international scale. McGarry writes that the book “makes clear that there is no necessary conflict between science and faith” but instead elicits “how each can illuminate and enhance the other. For that to happen now, however, the polar opposites of today’s world must be open to one another.” The authors of this work have made a significant contribution as to how such a reconciliation can happen.

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 BOMOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2019.

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

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - September 2019 16 September 2019

For September, our Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ comes from Dr Julia Fischer, Assistant Professor of Art History at Lamar University (USA). Julia is an art historian who specialises in Greek and Roman art; currently, her research focuses on the iconography, reception, and propaganda of Roman Imperial cameos.

Julia is the author of the introductory art appreciation textbook How to Speak Art: Understanding Its Language, Issues, and Themes. She is also the editor of More Than Mere Playthings: The Minor Arts of Italy and Breaking with Convention in Italian Art, which were published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016 and 2017 respectively. She contributed chapters to both books, most notably "A Woman's Weapon: Private Propaganda in the Imperial Cameos of the Early Roman Empire" in More Than Mere Playthings and “Establishing an Augustan Date and Interpretation for the Tazza Farnese” in Breaking with Convention in Italian Art.

In 2016, Julia was named Lamar University's Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon a Lamar University faculty member and one that is reserved for outstanding teachers and scholars.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Julia’s choices. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABSEP19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th October 2019.

Dr Julia Fischer’s ‘Recommended Reads’: 

Patterns in the Production of Apulian Red-Figure Painting by Edward Herring

Most of the previous scholarship on Apulian red-figure pottery has focused on the cataloguing of collections and stylistic matters. Herring takes a different approach by identifying patterns in the decoration of Apulian vases that cast light on the choices made by vase-producers.

Dr Fischer notes how this approach separates the book from its predecessors:

“Previous scholarship of Apulian vase-painting tends to concentrate on cataloguing, attribution to specific painters and potters, iconography, or the study of the shapes of the vessels. Having no provenance or archaeological context for these Apulian red-figure vases has made it difficult to do more than these types of studies, though most of the vessels were discovered in tombs. But Herring utilizes a different methodology in his new book, in which he first creates a database of over 13,500 South Italian vases. By doing so, his goal is ‘to examine certain issues around the production, design and use of the Apulian red-figure across its entire history.’ Consequently, Herring arrives at a more nuanced understanding of the ways in which the ancient people of South Italy commemorated their dead.

Herring’s book is a valuable resource for scholars of Greek art, especially those who specialize in vase-painting. Using a holistic methodology and approach, Herring tracks the patterns of production of Apulian red-figure vases and is able to cite the changes that occur in the iconography, which leads to a better understanding of the tastes of the South Italian consumers of these vases and the ways in which they utilized these vessels in a funerary context.”

Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World: Discourses, Practices, and Images edited by Elias Koulakiotis and Charlotte Dunn

As with Edward Herring’s volume, the aspects which distinguish this collection from previous scholarship are also significant.

“Koulakiotis and Dunn are doing something different here: they and the contributors are trying to ‘diversify our understanding of political religions by assembling new, original research that investigates the political conceptualizations and implementations of religious practice.’

The volume, which has the work of fourteen leading scholars in various areas, from linguistics to political science to art history, investigates the intimate connection between religion and politics in Greece and Rome from the 7th century BCE to the 4th century CE.

The book is a valuable contribution to the study of religion, politics, and the ancient world. Unlike other recent compendia like The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions and The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World encompasses both Greece and Rome and focuses exclusively on expanding the scholarship of political religions.”

For further information on Dr Fischer, please click here.

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Book of the Month - September 2019 04 September 2019

Our September ‘Book of the Month’ is The Fashion Industry and Eating Disorders: The Dangers of the Catwalk by Nikolett Bogár, Ferenc Túry.

This text investigates the excessive ideal of slimness and its dangers for industry representatives.

The world of fashion models is attractive for everybody. For the average audience, a fashion model’s life is glamourous, elegant and enviable, and many young women aspire to follow such ideals. Today, in the age of modern information technologies, there are endless tools for communicating with the world related to fashion.

The daily lives of fashion models can be followed by the masses on social media platforms; they have become influencers, and millions follow the image they represent. However, in the background, there is stress and tension. The fashion industry creates fierce competition, and the models are under intense pressure concerning their body shape. Slimness is a fundamental requirement. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk of eating disorders: fashion models are more prone to develop anorexia or bulimia like symptoms.

The book investigates the role of the representatives of the fashion industry in the excessive ideal of slimness and in the enhanced risk of developing eating disorders. Ensuring the health of the models must be a fundamental aspect of the industry.

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 BOMSEP19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st September 2019.

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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2019 04 September 2019

September 16th was designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. This designation was made on December 19, 2000, in commemoration of the date in 1987 on which nations signed the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. For more information about the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer click here.

To mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles that are related to sustainability and environmental sciences.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code PRESERVATION19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st September 2019.

Sustainability as a Trend for Competitiveness ChallengesMihaela Ștefănescu (2019-08-15) 'Defining a future development pathway through the lens of sustainability and competitiveness is a unique trademark of any free market. Going beyond this aspect, this book is an invitation to identify relevant correlations between the circular economy, trade, adaptation to climate change, land degradation neutrality, fair-trade, corporate social responsibility, culture, and gender. Among all of these sectors, we are currently witnessing various types of synergies. The key is to distinguish those adaptive solutions which are applicable to real-time changes. This volume scrutinizes the role played by the sustainability agenda in international negotiations, and proposes new perspectives on sustainable management. Through all its chapters, the book focuses on the possibilities to broaden our perspectives when defining policy recommendations.'

Cascading Challenges in the Global Water Crisis, Gerard Magill, James Benedict (2019-02-13) 'This edited book is a collection of essays presented at the 3rd annual endowed conference held at Duquesne University, USA. The conference series addresses emerging concerns and threshold problems about the sustainability of our planet. The contributions gathered here highlight the inter-relation of topics and expertise from the perspectives of science and policy, religion and ethics, and pivotal global issues. The book concludes with an ethical analysis of the multiple and over-lapping challenges to paramount concerns that require urgent attention and long-term resolution.

The book is written for scholars and students in a variety of disciplines and fields that deal with the earth’s current survival and future flourishing.'

Searching for Sustainable Development and Its Purpose: The Human Story, Pavel Nováček, (2018-11-23) 'This book provides a synthesis of sustainable development, formulating and promoting a lifestyle that would facilitate the reasonable satisfaction of the needs of all people throughout the world, be environmental friendly, and not exceed the carrying capacity of ecosystems. It details the “big picture” of the human story, discussing cultural evolutions and current global issues, including the influence of humans on the environment.

The text is, above all, a comprehensive and future-oriented study, mapping the potential opportunities and threats associated with development. It discusses phenomena that are both easily demonstrable and those which are harder to prove.'

The Perils of Climate Risk: The People and the Science, Carole LeBlanc, (2019-04-12) ‘This book provides the average person with something to do about climate change. Based upon the contributing authors’ years of technical expertise, and their participation in a second international workshop on climate risk, it concludes with a list of action items for the old and young alike. With a ‘systems thinking’ approach, the book captures the latest developments in climate change science, atmospheric data, and public policy from leaders in their fields, including a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and a Fulbright Scholar. The book continues the discussion from the first workshop, detailed in Demystifying Climate Risk Volumes I and II (2017), on environmental, health and societal implications; and industry and industrial infrastructure implications, respectively. While the news about the future of climate change is not good, widespread adoption of these principles could literally transform the world!'

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Meet our Authors: Bartłomiej Biegajło - September 2019 15 August 2019

Bartłomiej Biegajło is an early-stage researcher working within the field of translation studies. His interests span from linguistics and literature to cultural studies. He is especially interested in carrying out research within the framework of Natural Semantic Metalanguage—a powerful tool for investigating the meanings of words. Recently, he has been drawn into research related to legal studies seen from the perspective of linguistics and translation studies. He is an Associate Professor at Siedlce University, Poland, where he teaches a variety of subjects related primarily to translation studies. He has published a number of articles, and this is his first book, based on his PhD thesis defended at the University of Warsaw in December 2015.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Bartłomiej has authored Totalitarian (In)Experience in Literary Works and Their Translations: Between East and West.

Bartłomiej describes his experience of working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“This is the first time I am publishing a major monograph at a major publishing house. The experience I had with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was an all-round positive cooperation. All the competent people working there guided me through every single step of the publication process and they were all extremely helpful with the suggestions and prompts in an attempt to ensure a quality result. It obviously testifies enormously to their practical experience and hands-on approach. I would especially point to the reviewers who stood out as a team of highly meticulous readers offering their remarks and corrections in a very professional manner. I will definitely return to Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the future.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Totalitarian (In)Experience in Literary Works and Their Translations: Between East and West. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th October 2019.

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Meet our Authors: Nils Clausson - September 2019 15 August 2019

Nils Clausson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Regina (Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada), where he taught from 1984 to 2014. He specialized in Victorian and early twentieth-century British literature. One of the courses he taught was a history of detective fiction, which led to his book on the fiction of Arthur Conan Doyle, a study shortlisted for the 2019 H. R. F. Keating Award. Writers on which he has published articles include Benjamin Disraeli, Matthew Arnold, H. G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, and Arthur Conan Doyle. His non-academic interests include theatre, and that passion led him to direct several plays for Regina Little Theatre (an amateur community theatre) in the 2000s.  

Nils' literary criticism also includes over 35 articles on Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, G. K. Chesterton, Siegfried Sassoon, George Orwell, and Wilfred Owen, as well as on such topics as genre theory, detective fiction, the poetry of the Great War, and fin-de-siècle aestheticism. His articles on Conan Doyle have appeared in The Victorian Newsletter, Journal of Narrative Theory, English Literature in Transition, and the Journal of Popular Culture.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Nils has authored Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction: A Revaluation.

Nils outlined his experience working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the following words:

“I have found my relationship with Cambridge Scholars a rewarding and satisfying one. The editors provided guidance at every stage of the publishing process, and were quick to respond to my queries. I have no hesitation in recommending CSP, especially to first-time authors who may find the publishing process a little daunting.” 

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction: A Revaluation. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th October 2019.

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