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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.

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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.

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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.


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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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Book of the Month - August 2019 31 July 2019

Our August ‘Book of the Month’ is Yea, Alabama! The Uncensored Journal of the University of Alabama (Volume 3 - 1901 through 1926) by David M. Battles.

This book provides a wonderful insight into the history of education, and one of the United States' great universities.


The University of Alabama (UA) is one of the most prominent universities in the US. Volume One of this series explored UA’s birth, formative years, its burning by Union soldiers, and its rebirth in 1871. Volume Two noted the adolescent years of the school, rebellion by the students against the military system of government, the rise of a student culture via the admission of women, and a nascent men’s sports program.

This third volume explores rising enrollment and a new style of student governance. The book investigates how UA dealt with student smoking, cursing, and hazing. It covers how UA became nationally respected academically, the rise of a successful sports program, the first use of the phrase “Crimson Tide,” the history of the Million Dollar Band and how “Yea, Alabama” became the school fight song, the UA/Auburn rift, and the UA response to WWI and to the women’s rights movement.


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 BOMAUG19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2019.

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


"Vance (Alabama) native and University of Alabama graduate, David M. Battles, is enjoying the best of both worlds today. Besides getting the opportunity to utilize his extensive research and writing skills, he is also telling the story of the school that is near and dear to his heart - in a unique, informative, and intriguing fashion. [...] The books are very readable for high school age through the best scholars, and is replete ... with thousands of footnotes. In his series, Battles also dissolves a lot of myths about the University... and tells his readers what really happened omitting no interesting detail."

Druid Cities Living, Vol. 3, Issue 10 (2016)

"I can highly recommend David Battles as a true adventurer into the vast historical visage that has laid claim onto The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa since he began his research through the maze of long forgotten notes of meetings, people, times, social mores and recreants of generations so long ago forgotten and thought to be buried forever beneath mounds of crumbling, decaying stacks of papers blatantly stating the opinions and decisions made by leaders who though so well respected and thought in high regard as university leaders, community as well as state leaders were in fact so mistaken and misguided by social norms and customs so strongly ingrained in their own social and educational development that many people thought these decisions that left their marks on future generations of students who innocently came as young men and women seeking the truth but found shadows of lies and untruth in every aspect they turned toward. Only now has someone like David spent hours upon hours searching through the tombs of archive material that has mainly been left to rot, decay, and dissolve into barely readable sludge from moldy shelves to search out the truths that lay for ages buried in the long ago glory days of our Southern Heritage."

Charlene Luckie-Coburn, M.Ed, D.Ed


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Book of the Month - July 2019 28 June 2019

Our July ‘Book of the Month’ is Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere by Roy Hay.

This book will revolutionise the history of Indigenous involvement in Australian football and cricket in the second half of the nineteenth century. Exploring the emergence and the suppression of their sporting talent, the work shows how their successors did not come from nowhere.


This book will revolutionise the history of Indigenous involvement in Australian football in the second half of the nineteenth century. It collects new evidence to show how Aboriginal people saw the cricket and football played by those who had taken their land and resources and forced their way into them in the missions and stations around the peripheries of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. They learned the game and brought their own skills to it, eventually winning local leagues and earning the respect of their contemporaries. They were prevented from reaching higher levels by the gatekeepers of the domestic game until late in the twentieth century. Their successors did not come from nowhere.


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 BOMJUL19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2019.

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


“This is a vitally important book of Australian sports history. It deserves to be read by a wide audience and by Aboriginal people in particular, among whom it is hoped historians will emerge to explore a vast range of stories in local communities.”

- Bernard Whimpress, The Newtown Review of Books, 2019


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Book of the Month - June 2019 30 May 2019

Our June ‘Book of the Month’ is The Death of Childhood: Reinventing the Joy of Growing Up by Victor Strasburger.

Strasburger provides a sobering look at what it means to grow up in America today. It is both an obituary to childhood and a work which offers solutions on how to restore the charm and innocence of youth. 


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. Following in the footsteps of Neil Postman, Marie Winn, and Mary Pipher, this riveting and heart-breaking book is an obituary to childhood, exploring its origins and tracing its progress to what could be its bitter end in the early 21st century—if we don’t act now to resuscitate it.

No longer are we raising children in the idyllic world that many of today’s grandparents and parents remember—a world filled with kick-the-can, unsupervised bike adventures and dog-walking, and the freedom to explore. Now, thanks to the Internet, new technology, and social networking, the complexion of childhood has changed and there are no adult “secrets” anymore—the answer to every question exists a fingertip’s reach away in cyberspace. It’s not just technology and media that are changing, childhood is also suffering the effects of underfunded schools, inattentive parents, a plethora of guns, and a hostile society. Despite all of that, this book shows that there is hope, and offers solutions to restore the charm and innocence of childhood.


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 BOMJUN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th June 2019.

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


“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

“Raising children is probably the most important job parents have, but it is a tough job (to say the least). Parents want to get it right, but often don’t know where to turn for valid and reliable information about how to raise their children. I suggest that they turn to Dr. Victor Strasburger’s book, The Death of Childhood. This is a well-documented book that provides parents useful and accurate answers to their most important questions (such as, how much media is too much?)."
Brad Bushman, PhD
Professor of Communications, Ohio State University

“I found [this book] impressively researched and documented... [It 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 of Child Development Emeritus, Tufts University

“This book is timely, easy to read, [and] is well-researched. It will greatly benefit parents and grandparents who read it and children in the care of such people. Anyone who cares about children or the future of our society also should pay close attention to the key public policy issues raised in this book. How do we teach and socialize children into adolescence and into a physically and emotionally healthy young adulthood? How do we regulate digital space in ways that foster positive growth and an accurate understanding of the world and our place in it? How can we reclaim a positive historical role for childhood, one that keeps the fun and enjoyment of learning and growing with others and that simultaneously uses modern technologies to enhance childhood rather than destroying it? Vic Strasburger hits on these issues in an engaging, often humorous, way.”
Craig A. Anderson
Editor-in-Chief, Aggressive Behavior; Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University

“The Death of Childhood boldly explains the myriad challenges and threats facing kids and teens today. From our gun culture to the obesity epidemic (and so much more!), Dr Strasburger’s insights are seen through his unique lens as an expert on media. This book will inform the knowledge, attitudes, and response of parents, educators, mental health experts, pediatricians and other healthcare providers, as well as policy makers.”
Marjorie Hogan
Former Chair, AAP Committee on Communications; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, USA

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Book of the Month - May 2019 30 April 2019

Our May 'Book of the Month' is The Da Vinci Globe by Stefaan Missinne.

Leonardo Da Vinci is renowned as being one of the greatest artists, inventors and diversely talented individuals to have ever lived. The 2nd May 2019 is the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci's death, and this book celebrates his life as it brings the reader through a fabulous journey of scholars, maps, riddles, rebuses, iconographic symbols and enigmatic phrases to illuminate the da Vinci globe.


A chance discovery at a distinguished London map fair in 2012 by a Belgian globe collector produced the most unique of finds: a distinct globe with mysterious images, such as old ships, sailors, a volcano, a hybrid monster, pentimenti, waving patterns, conic individualised mountains, curving rivers, vigorous coastal lines, chiaroscuro and an unresolved triangular anagram, which remains an enigma. The globe is hand-engraved in great detail on ostrich egg shells from Pavia by a left-handed Renaissance genius of unquestionable quality. It shows secret knowledge of the map world from the time of Columbus, Cabral, Amerigo Vespucci and Leonardo da Vinci. Central and North America are covered by a vast ocean. The da Vinci globe originates from Florence and dates from 1504. It marks the first time ever that the names of countries such as Brazil, Germania, Arabia and Judea have appeared on a globe. The da Vinci globe now takes its rightful place, surpassing the Lenox globe, its copper-cast identical twin, as the most mysterious globe of our time. As such, this monograph is an essential text in Leonardo studies and in the history of cartography.


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 BOMMAY19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st May 2019.

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


“Dr. S. Missinne‘s thorough research on the da Vinci Globe has been of great personal interest and an update of the newest most convincing evidence took place last August during our meeting in Rome and the Vatican. Dr. Missinne's detailed investigations provide irrefutable arguments towards the conclusion that the Ostrich Egg Globe and it’s twin are from the hand of nobody else than Leonardo da Vinci.“

Johan Ickx, Università Europea di Roma and Head of the Archive in Vatican City

“A gigantic, six-year labor of love, with hard to find research, proofs, and new information on Leonardo da Vinci! As a great canvas painting artist, da Vinci's technique was also engraved in intaglio style, to even the smallest detail. The Da Vinci Globe traces the history of an ostrich egg (a symbol of great wealth ) to a garden, where ostriches were kept five hundred years ago in Italy, and upon which a map has been engraved, which only could be made by left-handed engraving typical to Da Vinci - the engravings are also paste-print, two dimensional, of great optical quality, and interesting in science, and map reading/navigation. […] Missinne, a student of Pedretti, lives up to the knowledge and analysis with a fun, fact-filled research tome which is generational in quality and academic research. It takes one thing to know a Da Vinci but it is quite another to prove one. And in this, Missinne’s book provides a great read to the world. Here, European artists are shown to be expert in more than one field, proficient in more than one area. This greatly enlarges our view of European art history and illuminates new paths of knowledge.”

J. Constable, Italian Renaissance Expert, Cambridge, USA

“One of the first globes ever made and it was by Da Vinci. This book is a thoroughly documented and researched proof that not only proves that this amazing globe is one the first to exist but that is also was made by DaVinci! Kudos to the author for a job well done.“

B. Gordon, Globe and Historical World Map Expert, New York

“Based on a very sound methodology, Missinne offers irrefutable evidence for Da Vinci´s authorship of the so-called ‘Ostrich Egg Globe’ dating from 1504 and for its identical twinn, the Lenox globe a the New York Public Library. By investigating in detail the miniature globe engraved on the ostrich egg, Missinne extends his analysis not only to the technical peculiarities of Leonardo da Vinci but also to the geographical and social context in which this artifact was conceived. [...] Missinne´s valid interdisciplinary methodical approach supported by numerous international scholars, will certainly draw a large readership. I enjoyed this book very much and I therefore recommend it to anybody interested in the life and of this universal Italian genius author of the oldest globe to depict the new World.“

Elisabetta Gnignera, Specialist in Italian Renaissance Dress History

“Leonardo's intellectus is far from being completely explored: we have now to face an unexpected discovery, casting new light on the genius from Vinci. Prof. Missinne not only found, but deeply studied and researched what was considered a lost creation, a terrestrial globe that Leonardo had made for himself, tracing its surface according to Amerigo Vespucci’s latest discoveries, including a map of South America. This astonishing item has been analyzed from a historical, physical, chemical, iconographic, stylistic and symbolic point of view: all findings neatly demonstrate that this globe is his, and moreover that it is the model from which the famous Lenox Globe was cast. More intriguing than a novel, prof. Missinne’s volume accompanies the reader, page after page, to the final conclusion that this little treasure, made from two ostrich shells, appeared unnoticed to the antiquarian market a few years ago, does really come from the hands and from the mind of the most celebrated among Renaissance geniuses.“

Marisa Addomine, Italy, Horological researcher and historian

“The account that Professor Missinne has presented on his remarkable discovery is absolutely overwhelming, so much so that I sincerely believe that it will soon become acknowledged as one of the most significant discoveries of the 21st century. Through his hard work and great enthusiasm, Professor Missinne was able to gather extremely important and enlightening information concerning this unique and mysterious sphere. As settled in this book, due to his arduous in-depth and meticulous research, there is indeed credible evidence that the Globe here presented to the world is a work of the unrivaled greatest artist of the Renaissance times, Leonardo Da Vinci himself!”

António de Almeida Ribeiro, Ambassador of Portugal to Austria

“From old ships, sailors, waves, and monsters, to the meandering courses of the rivers, the clearly-outlined mountain ranges, the isolated peaks of the volcanoes: a very high quality item, such a perfect one it was suspected that behind it it could not be the work of a cartographer, but it would have been made by an extremely gifted artist. So it came to pass that in 2012, a Belgian collector, Stefaan Missinne, scholar of the renowned late professor Carlo Pedretti, the most important expert on Leonardo da Vinci’s life and works, suspected that the little precious globe, beyond being the oldest cartographic evidence of Southern America on a globe, it might have been produced by the genius hand of Leonardo himself. The discovery had international resonance, but now, after several years of deep research, it is presented again to a wider public with a full repertoire of documents and proofs. The analysis of the engraving techniques showed that the maker was left-handed (as Leonardo was); Carbon 14 testing was done to identify its age; the breeding place of the Ostriches from where the eggshells originate was with the highest probability the garden of the Viscounts of Pavia, and a number of details, cross checked and confirmed by several experts on Leonardo’s production and Renaissance cartography scholars, like Professor Leonardo Rombai from the University of Florence, all confirmed professor Missinne’s´ thesis. The research needed an interdisciplinary approach: The Renaissance world was an interdisciplinary one as well! The author has been crossing data from mathematics, art history, cartography, iconography, physics, cosmology, engraving techniques, graphology, not to mention all the most modern methods he appropriated (from electron microscopy to CTs). This globe is actually the oldest engraved globe and Leonardo could make it thanks to geographical information he obtained first hand from his friend, Amerigo Vespucci. Professor Missinne also spotted a drawing by Leonardo, kept at the British Library, and formerly classified as a representation of the Moon surface: he demonstrated that the drawing is a prepatory one for this globe. Symbols, enigmas and an anagram – not yet solved – are engraved on this wonderful globe. The whole research is well described in Missinne’s book The Da Vinci Globe, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; a book to be read while waiting for the celebrations of Leonardo’s´ five hundred year anniversary in 2019.“ 

Francesca Grego News Editor, (c) 2018 ARTE.IT Rome

“Missinne demonstrated (2013) quite convincingly that the Ostrich Egg Globe (OEG) was actually the original pattern (lost for 500 years) for the mold in which the Lenox globe was cast.""And now, five years later, after what has clearly been a huge research undertaking in which he travelled widely and apparently spared no expense, he is back to proclaim that Leonardo da Vinci was, in fact the one and only author and fabricator. There is a good deal to be praised here: Dr. Missinne has obviously devoted himself to his task, tracking down many obscure sources, subjecting the globe to many scientific tests, and providing dozens of high-quality photographs of both the OEG and the Hunt-Lenox globe, as well as numerous color photographs from Leonardo’s notebooks and manuscripts. The microphotography is superb....""" The book positively bristles with documentation, as if every citation, no matter how little it bears on the OEG, serves to bolster the case for Leonardo as author.""Dr. Missinne is a very lucky man." "I’m not an expert on ostrich egg art, but I’ve looked at a great many early maps and to my curatorial eye, it “looks right.” "I see no explanation for the uncanny concordance of the OEG and the Lenox globe other than a cast made directly from the OEG before the halves of the egg were cemented together. I even find the argument for Leonardo’s authorship pretty convincing, especially given his known experiments with casting metals and the extraordinary depiction of waves (quite unlike the water on any other map I know of, and reminiscent of his other depictions of water and human hair).“ 

Robert W. Karrow Jr (map curator (retired) Newberry Library) The Portolan, Spring 2019 pp. 60-63


"Most grateful for his visit and with warmest congratulations for his Leonardo studies."

Univ. Prof. Dr. Carlo Pedretti (1928-2018), Former Armand Hammer Chair in Leonardo Studies at the University of California, Former Member of the Permanent Commission for the National Edition of the Manuscripts and Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.  


"A fascinating discussion of a 1504 global map by Leonardo da Vinci, engraved on ostrich egg shell, displaying the artist´s knowledge of recent geographical discoveries."

Award winning Author University Prof. Dr. Margaret L. King, Expert in Italian Renaissance (the classical tradition), Graduate Center of the City University of New York, History, Emirita


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Book of the Month - January 2019 21 December 2018

Our first Book of the Month of 2019 is The Bible in Music, by Robert Letellier.


Robert Letellier is Cambridge Scholars Pubishing’s most prolific author, with over 100 titles to his name. Many of these titles are on French Grand Opera and more specifically the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer. However, Robert is also deeply interested in the wider intersection of religion and music, particularly as it pertains to Christianity.  

This book explores the relationship between the Bible and the world of music, an association that is recorded from ancient times in the Old Testament, and one that has continued to characterize the cultural self-expression of Western Civilization ever since. It surveys the history of this relationship from the end of the Roman Empire to the present day, and contains a detailed bibliography, an iconography, and an index of biblical and musical references, themes, and subjects. 


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 BOMJAN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2019.

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


"Robert Ignatius Letellier has set himself a daunting task in this substantial volume: a detailed look at music inspired by the Bible. [...] Letellier has diligently covered as much as possible over the course of 550 pages ... [and] the overall result is impressively informative."

--George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, December 2017

"The text despite the complexity of the subject is interesting and readable and includes beautiful illustrations. Its significance as a reference work is underlined by its comprehensive bibliography combined with 11 indices covering topics such as composers, themes, librettists and works. This work complements the author’s earlier text Bible and Art. It is of use to music lovers as well as those interested in both Christianity and European culture."

--Robert Gibson

"This must be a unique reference book as few scholars can write authoritatively on both the Bible and music. Dr Letellier is a scholar of both. [...] This book is beautifully written ... and I was personally intrigued by his insights into Meyerbeer. I would highly recommend this book."

--Ian Rogers

"Robert Letellier's productivity and his wonderful understanding of music, history, religion and context of time and place with regards to composition is brilliantly brought to the fore in this beautifully produced book, which offers such a wealth of easily digestible information. It is also a superior reference book for anybody interested in the topic at hand. In the five chapters he covers biblical themes in music, pulling out for example characters from the Old and New Testament, representations of choral music, and oratorical and dramatic music with biblical themes in opera and ballet. Throughout the text many pieces are selected for detailed description and the myths that relate to the music often explained: sections of the libretti are also given where helpful. This is an astonishing repository of knowledge, utterly user friendly and so well organised that anybody interested in music, but particularly in sacred music, opera and oratorio should have it on their bookshelves. Cambridge Scholars Publishing have produced another book of outstanding quality and have included in the middle a section of 258 largely coloured images to augment a very professional book."

--Michael Trimble


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Book of the Month - November 2018 31 October 2018

Our November Book of the Month is Islamic Law and Human Rights: The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by Moataz El Fegiery.

For many, the Muslim Brotherhood was merely part and parcel of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt; Mohamed Morsi becoming Egypt’s first president to take office following an election in 2012. However, in this courageous and carefully constructed book El Fegiery proposes that the Brotherhood has exacerbated, rather than diminished, the tensions and contradictions between Islamic law and human rights in Egypt. In 340 pages of measured prose, he unfolds an argument that the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideal of the Shari’a state cannot bring the peace and prosperity that the people of Egypt deserve.


The Muslim Brotherhood and its scholars have drawn on hard-line juristic opinions and reinvented certain concepts from Islamic traditions in ways that limit the scope of various human rights, and advocate for Islamic alternatives to international human rights. Their practices in opposition and in power have been consistent with its literature. As an opposition party, it embraced human rights language in its struggle against an authoritarian regime, but advocated for broad restrictions on certain rights. However, its recent and short-lived experience in power provides evidence of its inclination to reinforce restrictions on religious freedom, freedom of expression and association, and the rights of religious minorities, and to reverse previous reforms related to women’s rights. Ultimately, the book explores the prospects for certain constitutional and institutional measures to facilitate an evolutionary interpretation of Islamic law, provide a baseline of human rights and gradually integrate international human rights into Egyptian law.


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We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this important and bold book. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMNOV18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st December 2018.

Books such as this one can draw polarised responses, but see below for some of the praise El Fegiery’s work has received:


"Moataz El Fegiery’s book is a well-researched study that provides useful insights to comprehend the role of Islamists around the world. It is a remarkable treatise that addresses some of the crucial matters with respect to the influence of religious laws on the structure and content of a country’s constitution and analyzes it within a broader international framework of human rights."

--Sania Ismailee, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online, 5:12 (2017)

"Offering an important and insightful examination of Egypt's agonizing struggles to define the Islam-state relationship, El Fegiery probes the political and legal dimensions of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood's campaigns for Islamization and their implications for human rights. The Brotherhood's calls for upholding Islamic law are assessed as being misleading, the underlying goal being more a determination to resist Western culture and uphold a distinctive vision of Islamic identity than an actual concern to implement Islamic teachings. The Brotherhood's recent claims to respect human rights are debunked, with El Fegiery citing its attempts when in power in 2012-2013 to impose a retrograde version of Islamic law at the expense of human rights—at the same time that some other Islamic institutions were moving towards accommodating human rights. How can Egypt move beyond a stalemate where liberals and the Brotherhood press irreconcilable agendas, aggravating hostilities and polarization? Offering what is sure to be a controversial proposal, El Fegiery argues that it is counterproductive to insist on secularization or to exclude the Brotherhood from politics, calling for allowing the Brotherhood's continued participation, and he advocates retaining constitutional references to Islam – albeit ones balanced by strong constitutional protections for human rights. For readers in fields like Middle Eastern politics and history, contemporary Islam, constitutionalism in Egypt, and human rights, the assessments are sure to be of great interest."

--Ann Mayer, Associate Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

"Though the focus of this book is on Egypt and on the experience of the Muslim Brotherhood, it is a highly topical and interesting study of interest for all those engaged in the study of democracy and human rights under the conditions of the popular call for the implementation of Shari‘a by Islamist movements. The study of El Fegiery matters to all who try to understand the nature of Islamist movements worldwide."

--Professor Bassam Tibi, University of Goettingen

"This book offers a thorough analysis of the conceptual and theoretical issues about religion and human rights in general and studies major issues such as the supremacy of Sharia, political pluralism, freedom of opinion, minority rights, conversion and apostasy, and family law. [...] The book is a valuable contribution to recent critical analyses of Islamism as it is not linked to its ideology. Taking human rights and Islamic law as the context of the Islamist discourse, it has been able to observe the significant tension between idealism and activism."

--Muhammad Khalid Masud, Former chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Dawn, 26.02.2017

"The Foreword to the book, written by the eminent contemporary political scientist, Bassam Tibi, excellently reflects the crux of Fegiery’s work and endorses both his arguments as well as his findings. The subsequent nine chapters of the book successfully portray the ambivalence in the thought and practice of the world’s most influential Islamist movement towards various aspects of human rights.The significance of the book lies in its examination and exposition of how human rights language is exploited at the hands of Islamists to oppose an existing regime and then violated when they themselves rise to power."

--Gowhar Quadir Wani, Aligarh Muslim University, Islam and Civilizational Renewal 9/1 (2018)


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Book of the Month - October 2018 27 September 2018

Our October Book of the Month is Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours: The Adventures of an Enquiring Mind by Prasanna Gautam.

In a previous life, Prasanna Gautam was a distinguished physician and teacher of medicine at the University Group of Hospitals in Aberdeen, Scotland. Now he is pursuing his lifelong interests in Aryan history, ancient Sanskrit, and philosophy, and in March of this year published Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours: The Adventures of an Enquiring Mind with Cambridge Scholars, an extraordinary journey through the deepest and most subtle philosophical crypts. Gautam has also translated the Rig Veda into English, and has written, edited, and translated widely across Nepali, Hindi, Sanskrit, and English.

Although embedded firmly within philosophical traditions, the book is akin to the great musings of Seneca or Marcus Aurelius, one that takes us by the hand and guides us gently through topics such as superstition, religion, sexuality, and happiness. It invites us to consider how we can live better lives, not by telling us what that our lives should be, but by encouraging us to think more deeply about the question ourselves.  


This book is a unique presentation of common but highly important issues that affect us all deeply. These are illustrated with personal anecdotes to which the readers can relate and compare with their own experiences in life. Each chapter is independent and presented in a conversational manner which makes reading easy. The book deals with a wide range of subjects, such as sex and sexuality, euthanasia, self-confidence, superstition, religion, evolution, parenting, conflicts, leadership, and the interpretation of scriptures, among others.

In addition to presenting the essence of many philosophical concepts and contrasting them with scientific evidence, the book asserts that our world has never before been richer and more technically advanced, but that our unthinking brains have precipitated unhappiness, conflicts, poverty, greed, crime and selfishness. A book of huge interest generally, this is also useful as a handy source of information for the students of humanities, the linguists and translators of ancient languages. 


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 book throughout October. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

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


"This is an impressive book covering a very wide range of topics. In reading this book you will be both entertained and stimulated. The author tries successfully to marry the informal with the formal and succeeds in producing a text which gains your attention and retains your interest. In my view, the overriding objective of the author is to stimulate the reader to think. Yes, he has things to say, points to make and theses to argue for which he thinks are important and hopefully you will agree with, but more fundamentally he wants to ignite enquiring minds, prepared to engage in rational debate and discussion. The author does not want disciples but fellow travellers, who see value in challenging conventions and commonly held beliefs and refuse to live the ‘unthinking life’."

--Dr Terry McKnight, Ulster University

"How often is it that we do things because that was the done thing, followed because everyone else has?  We automatically say or do things without thinking about it and rarely listen with attention. Dr Guatam has asked the questions that have often been at the back of our minds. This well researched book makes us think about the why and the so what. We may not necessarily agree with all the ideas, but they give rise to deeper thinking of our own truths and principles."

--Hema Kamath

"[T]his book is a must to read for everyone who desires to know what life is all about. It is lucid and inspirational."

--Dr. K.S.Sangunni, Former Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

"What should a good non-fiction book provide?  Interest, information, education (for those willing to accept it), entertainment, food for thought  –  to mention but a few. In this book, Prasanna Gautam meets all the above criteria, and many more, and tackles a formidable bank of questions and themes via such media as personal experience, common sense, history, religion and culture."

--William Burnett

"Once I started reading the book, I had difficulty putting it down. The flow and compelling arguments that Prasanna Gautam has made, chapter after chapter, albeit exploring different issues, makes it informative, interesting and educative. It is filled with knowledge synthesised through the centuries. [...] The author has succeeded in tying many loose ends and wild assumptions about ancient Indian literature and Aryan civilisation. The book makes an interesting reading and a great learning experience particularly because of the way the author entwines his own personal experiences in different phases, different circumstances and different places about many common issues, e.g. sex, paradoxes related to our brain, retirement, superstition, euthanasia, the reality about rebirth and so on." 

--Prakash Khanal

"Every now and then in our reading we come across a book which is like no other we have read but makes us pause and become aware that it has changed our perceptions in some way usually for the better. Dr Gautam’s  ”Reflexions on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours” is just such a book. [...] The “reflections” which the author expresses are frequently accompanied by questions which invite the reader to answer and perhaps re-exam his own standpoint. Although, for the most part, I agreed with most of Dr Gautam’s views there were times when I encountered those different from mine but I was quietly led to change my views and scarcely noticed it. It is a pleasant “adventure” to do so and a necessary one to embark upon.  As Plato recalls Socrates speech at his trial “The unexamined life is not worth living”."

--Ronald Caie

"Something of an absorption of thought and practice, Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours is a rewarding read. Within its gentle confines, Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours drops us bit by but into a significant bundle of important life events and issues―retirement―euthanasia―healing and violence, among them. The book discusses not just the attitudes of today, but looks far over our shoulders, and most especially into the disparate hymns and other writings from ancient India. Prasanna Gautam does a good job in capturing all that he can in as many light brush strokes as he does, for this must be the only way to try and gather the multifold and endless material that encompasses contemporary and ancient life. The sample size is fair as he covers a lot of ground! That is why the book possibly travels away from the experiences that are more commonly yours and mine―which it does very well―and becomes a more personal journey, the author’s own road to discovery."

--Peter Burnett


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