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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - November 2019 31 October 2019

For November’s 'Recommended Read', two distinguished colleagues from our Archaeology Advisory Board provide their thoughts on a comprehensive collection of essays released in 2017, The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory: Sourcing, Processing and Distribution. Between them, Dr Vladimir Doronichev and Dr Liubov Golovanova have around 75 years of experience in the study of Prehistoric Archaeology.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on their choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABNOV19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2019.

Vladimir has worked as Director of the Laboratory of Prehistory, an autonomous non-profit organisation in St. Petersburg, since 1999. He has co-directed fieldwork with Liubov at numerous sites in the Caucasus, and has been the Principal Investigator in research projects supported by grants from the Russian Humanities Scientific Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and the National Geographic Society, amongst others. The results of his research have been reported at Harvard University, the University of California in Berkeley, the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Since defending her PhD thesis in 1986, Dr Liubov Golovanova’s career has followed a similar trajectory. In 1999, she became the Deputy Director and Researcher at the Laboratory of Prehistory, where she has worked ever since. She has published more than 200 papers in Russian, English and French in a number of prestigious journals such as ScienceNature, the Journal of Human Evolution, the Journal of World Prehistory, and L’Anthropologie.

The volume they’ve chosen to review, The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory: Sourcing, Processing and Distribution, edited by Telmo Pereira, Xavier Terradas, and Nuno Bicho, merges archaeology, anthropology, geology, geography, physics and chemistry to reconstruct the complexities of past human behaviour.

The multidisciplinary reach of the collection is highlighted in Vladimir and Liubov’s review, which you can read below:

“The Exploitation of Raw Materials in Prehistory is of interest not only for experts in prehistory, but will be stimulating as a kind of guide for all academics and scholars involved in studying the primitive societies and human survival strategies of the past, as well as for all readers who are interested in the lives of people in the Stone Age. The expansive collection of forty-three essays written by a large corpus of specialists from different countries in Europe, America and Africa, and studying various periods of prehistory affords the reader an in-depth view on the exploitation of stone and other non-organic raw materials in the Stone Age, providing details for a comprehensive understanding of specific scientific issues of this large research field.

The innovative approach that was applied by the editors is based on an intimate merging of archaeological, anthropological, geological, geophysical, and geochemical data to reconstruct human social behaviour, economy, technology, and ecology, and ultimately show the social and mental complexity of various human populations and cultural groups in the Stone Age. The book gathers original, up-to-date research results in the field of human exploitation of stone and other non-organic raw materials in prehistory, starting from the Middle Palaeolithic of Israeli and Russian plains, up to the Iron Age in Europe and the Near East, and ending with the late prehistoric people of North and South America.

Most of the chapters in the collection present modern methodological and analytical approaches that are applied to the study of issues related to human procurement and exploitation of stone used for manufacturing of stone tools and producing blanks for tools. In addition, some of the essays presented are devoted to the investigation of ochre used by prehistoric people as mineral pigments, to the techniques of bead making from various kinds of stone, and to the technology and manufacture of stone cooking slabs, grinding stones, and Neolithic pottery. The book ultimately shows how the data acquired from studies of various non-organic raw materials help to identify traits of past human behaviour, such as cognition, territoriality, social organisation, adaptation to natural environments, and technology.”

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Book of the Month - November 2019 31 October 2019

Our 'Book of the Month' for November 2019 is Humanity at the Heart of Practice: A Study of Ethics for Health-Care Students and Practitioners. You can get a 60% discount on the text until December.

Humans are the only beings in the world who are concerned with the morality of their actions. They perceive the impact of another human’s behaviour as good or evil, moral or immoral. Healthcare, at its core, is a morally virtuous act; it is humans caring for other vulnerable humans. However, it is also an arena in which life and death decisions must be made. As a consequence, ethical principles are vital in deciding what the good choice is. Humanity at the Heart of Practice is a study which unites ethical principles with healthcare practice to identify ‘the good choice’, and shows how to accurately apply it in difficult situations.

Co-authored by Beverly J. Whelton and Jane Neuenschwander, the book begins by considering values and good reasoning, then discusses what it is to be a being in the world, looking at both nature and human nature and considering both the professional and the patient. The volume moves on to explore making good ethical choices and the use of theoretical ethics to evaluate how such decisions should be formed. It also details issues at the beginning and end of life and concerns related to healthcare as a business.

Dr Catherine Greene, as Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Rockhurst University, Kansas City and current Chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society, is well placed to judge the value of the volume. For Dr Greene, the strength of the text – in addition to its discussions of medieval, modern, and contemporary philosophy – lies in its use of humanity as its organising structure:

The text situates ethical problems in the midst of an interaction between two or more human persons, reasoning that a good understanding of what it means to be a person, along with an understanding of the basic principles and theories of person-centered virtue ethics, gives students the basic tools with which to begin to address ethical problems and to confront moral dilemmas in both the work place and in personal life.

Beverly J. Whelton, was recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who®, is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University, USA, and teaches online at Gonzaga University, USA. She has published articles in journals such as Linacre Quarterly, Nursing Philosophy, and Nursing Science Quarterly, and was Vice-Chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society from 2005 to 2018.

Her co-author Jane Neuenschwander is a life-long educator who, amongst other significant roles, has worked as a NASA Educator Resource Manager with responsibilities in the area of educational professional development. She currently teaches in the Department of Education at Wheeling Jesuit University, USA.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this exceptional title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMNOV19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2019.

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

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Universal Children's Day 2019 31 October 2019

November 20th 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of “the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history”: the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. A landmark agreement, the Convention establishes the fundamental human rights of those under 18 years of age and seeks to ensure that all children—without exception—have access to basic services, are protected from harm, and can develop and grow as fully as possible in a harmonious environment.

In conjunction with Universal Children’s Day we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles related to children and childhood studies.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code CHILDREN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2019.

The Death of Childhood: Reinventing the Joy of Growing Up, Victor Strasburger (2019)

Written by an international expert on the effects of media on children, The Death of Childhood provides a fascinating—and sobering—look at what it means to grow up in America today. Despite billing itself as ‘an obituary to childhood’, the book shows that there is still hope, and offers solutions to restore the charm and innocence of growing up.

“It is a much different world for children today. The Death of Childhood helps us navigate this complex terrain. [It is a] must-read for educators, parents, researchers, and policy makers.” (Ed Donnerstein, PhD, Dean Emeritus, University of Arizona.)

“[The book is] a powerful, well-documented argument for rethinking childhood and our approach to it from the parenting to the educational perspectives.” (David Elkind, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Child Development, Tufts University.)

Putting Sleep Problems to Bed: Solutions for Children, Ages 0-18, Lisa Medalie and David Gozal (2019)

Dr Lisa Medalie is a board-certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine Specialist and Director of the Pediatric Insomnia Program at the University of Chicago. She is one of the very few board-certified, formally-trained Pediatric Insomnia specialists in the world.

Her co-author Professor David Gozal is an international expert in the field of sleep medicine and is currently the Director of the Department of Child Health at the University of Missouri. He is known worldwide as a pioneer in childhood sleep, and continues to practice sleep medicine and engage in active and innovative research.

Parents will love and enjoy their informative guide to fixing sleep problems in children. It provides up-to-date, evidence-based behavioral treatment strategies, and uses entertaining stories to show how sleep problems not only impact the child, but also affect the parents.

Digitising Early Childhood, Lelia Green, Donell Holloway, Kylie Stevenson, and Kelly Jaunzems (2018)

Focusing on the digital lives of children aged eight and under, and paying attention to their parents and educators, this volume brings together insights from education, media studies, sociology, cultural studies, physiotherapy, and communication studies.

Covering both positive and negative perspectives, it contributes to existing research on young children’s online interactions. The book is of interest to students and researchers in early years’ care and education, media, communication and cultural studies, human-computer interaction and technology studies, and the sociology of childhood and the family.

British Children’s Adventure Novels in the Web of Colonialism, Nilay Erdem Ayyıldız (2018)

This volume fills a remarkable void in literary studies which has escaped the attention of many researchers. It interrogates the extent to which nineteenth-century children’s adventure novels justify and perpetuate the British Imperialist ideology of the period.

In doing so, it begins with providing a historical background of children’s literature and nineteenth-century British imperialism. It then offers a theoretical framework of postcolonial reading to decipher the colonial discourse employed in a selection of children’s adventure novels, including R. M. Ballantyne’s The Coral Island (1858) and H. R. Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines (1885).

It will appeal to students, academics and researchers in fields such as postcolonialism, children’s literature and British Imperialism.

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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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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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