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Meet the Publisher: Sean Howley 16 December 2019

Visitors to our website will be familiar with our ‘Meet our Authors’ section. We have always tried to put our authors first in everything we do and will continue to do that. However, we also want to tell you a little about the people who help to transform an idea and a manuscript into a published title.

In this month’s ‘Meet the Publisher’, we’d like to introduce the eagle-eyed proofreader Sean Howley. Sean is our Reviews Editor and heads our prepress department. He joined the company full time in 2012 after graduating from Northumbria University, where he enjoyed studying literature from a philosophical perspective.


His academic research focused on the evolution of tragedy in American writing of the ‘30s and ‘40s, specifically examining the difference between pre- and post-Second World War works. His penchant for American literature and culture becomes clear by a cursory glance at his bookshelf. Taking pride of place is the sprawling and encyclopaedic tome, Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace.

Explaining his love for the book, Sean notes that “it’s an unconventional novel which draws on classics such as The Odyssey and Hamlet, as well as tennis and absurdist humour. It is both deeply funny and moving, and centres around the theme of addiction in its various guises (as well as featuring a germophobic President previously better known for his work in the entertainment world) … It’s still a highly relevant text to this day.”


When asked to choose a highlight from the extensive Cambridge Scholars catalogue he has worked on, he plumped for Bruce Springsteen’s America: A Dream Deferred by Alessandro Portelli.  “Striking a balance between academic research into one of the most prominent (and socially conscious) figures of late 20th (and early 21st) century rock music and a fan’s genuine passion for The Boss,” he explains, “the author’s enthusiasm for the subject shines through, and will be sure to connect with the reader.”

Sean lives in Newcastle with his partner Kate, is an avid Celtic F.C. fan, and – injuries permitting – keeps in better shape than many professional athletes. He is currently training for next year’s Great North Run.




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Meet the Publisher: Rebecca Gladders 14 October 2019

Visitors to our website will be familiar with our ‘Meet our Authors’ section. We have always tried to put our authors first in everything we do and will continue to do that. However, we also want to tell you a little about the people who help to transform an idea and a manuscript into a published title. As such, in this new segment, we’d like you to ‘Meet the Publisher’.

We begin the series with Rebecca Gladders, our Senior Commissioning Editor. Rebecca joined the company in the summer of 2018, and leads our editorial team, liaising with authors and providing support and mentorship to the commissioning department.


She graduated from Newcastle University in 2018, where she specialised in early English and lexical development. Her dissertation focused on the lexical and contextual change of ‘happy’ and ‘happiness’ from Old English to present-day English, with emphasis on the influences of Old Norse. 

Aside from intellectual curiosity, the research had a more personal motivation: her surname can roughly be considered a scion of ‘glæd’, the Old English term for ‘bright’ or ‘shining’. The word went on to become ‘glad’ (a synonym of ‘happy’), meaning—with just a little creative license—that her name is an extension of happiness.


Her favourite book (at this moment in time) is Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis. In Rebecca’s words: “It collates the remarkable histories, opinions and escapades of some incredible women while being hugely funny and relatable, refraining from straying into sanctimony throughout.”

One of her favourite experiences here at Cambridge Scholars was her involvement with Anna Cornelia Beyer’s book Health and Safety for Spirit Seers, Telepaths and Visionaries: Self-help for Schizophrenia. It’s a “refreshingly positive take on mental health and is written by a phenomenal woman who has never let her schizophrenia diagnosis hold her back.”

Rebecca lives with her fiancé and son in Newcastle, and—in addition to her thankless support of Middlesbrough Football Club—is an avid foodie, reader and coffee aficionado.




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