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Meet our Authors: Silvia Baučeková – April 2017 13 April 2017

Silvia Rosivalová Baučeková is Assistant Professor at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia. As a PhD candidate, she participated in a double-degree study programme and earned her doctorate from Universidad de Jaén in Spain and from Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in 2014.

Her current research focuses on the possibility of applying methods developed by the emerging field of food studies in the analysis of fiction. Her other research interests include 20th century English poetry, women’s studies, and popular fiction studies. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of British literature and on British popular fiction. She is a member of the Slovak Association for the Study of English.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Silvia has authored Dining Room Detectives: Analysing Food in the Novels of Agatha Christie, in which a structuralist approach to Golden Age crime fiction is complemented by methodology developed in the field of food studies in order to demonstrate the twofold role that food plays in Agatha Christie’s novels.

Silvia describes her experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

I worked with Cambridge Scholars on the publication of my very first book and I only have good things to say about the entire process, from the earliest stages through to the date of publication. The team at Cambridge Scholars was very understanding and sensitive to my needs as a novice author. The communication with everyone at Cambridge Scholars was prompt, easy and efficient. All of the editors I came into contact with were highly professional and knowledgeable, but also kind and willing to help. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam Baker and David Luscombe, who were extremely patient with me throughout the publication process, and provided me with the time and space necessary to produce a book that I am one hundred percent happy with. Furthermore, I was given the chance to have complete control over the design of the cover of my book, which I really appreciated. Whether you are an experienced author or you are just about to publish your first work, I can wholeheartedly recommend publishing with Cambridge Scholars.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Dining Room Detectives: Analysing Food in the Novels of Agatha Christie. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Mark Guscin – April 2017 13 April 2017

Mark Guscin obtained a first-class degree in Latin and Greek from the University of Manchester at the age of nineteen, and recently obtained his PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, which was also admitted by the University of Oviedo in Spain as an equivalent PhD in Spain.

Mark is currently an independent scholar and professional translator and interpreter in Latin, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, French, Portuguese and Italian. He has published various books related to medieval history and the Napoleonic Wars, as well as a prize-winning biography of Lady Hester Stanhope (in Spanish).

He has also worked as a television presenter on the National Geographic Ancient X-Files. He is a translator and interpreter in the Spanish engineering company Duro Felguera, and runs his own translation agency. He has lived in Spain since 1986.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Mark has authored The Tradition of the Image of Edessa, a study of the literature, paintings, icons and other aspects related to the Image of Edessa which “traces with erudition the long history of a Christian tradition known since the fifth century” according to Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London.


In describing his experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars, Mark underlines the quality of the finished product:

It was actually Cambridge Scholars who first approached me when I started my PhD, and we agreed that when the thesis was finished we would talk again. The decision was taken very quickly, I adapted the style to a slightly broader audience (after all, a thesis is written mainly for the examiners) and off we went. The publishing process was so smooth and easy that I kept thinking I must be forgetting something or doing something wrong - there was always someone there to help me with technical and typesetting doubts (and I had quite a few), and in the end my hopes were exceeded when I actually saw the book; the quality (especially that of the images) is truly excellent. This is a very significant point, as in my case, and no doubt in many others too, the images are an essential element in understanding what the written text actually says. If they are not printed clearly much of the argument is lost, or rendered unclear. Overall, what can often be a wearisome task (the part between delivering the manuscript and publication) was in this case most enjoyable.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Tradition of the Image of Edessa. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2017.


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International Day for Monuments and Sites - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 31 March 2017

This month, Cambridge Scholars joins ICOMOS in celebrating the International Day for Monuments and Sites on 18th April. This year the theme is ‘Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism’, which remains an important theme in the context of contemporary conservation, particularly in light of the exponential growth in global tourism. Questions concerning restoration, reconstruction and re-enactment have a central role in sustainable tourism and conservation decision-making in an era of post-truth and threats to authenticity.

The International Day for Monuments and Sites was established by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983, and has taken place annually ever since. This year’s theme of ‘Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism’ was chosen in relation to the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.


To mark the International Day for Monuments and Sites and the 2017 theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism’, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 related titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MONUMENTS17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April 2017.

The research methodology of Conservation in Earthen Heritage: Assessment and Significance of Failure, Criteria, Conservation Theory, and Strategies is based in a case study strategy analysing three World Heritage earthen sites, namely Chan Chan in Peru, Aït Ben Haddou in Morocco and Arg-e Bam in Iran. A combination of sources was also used, following a multi-method approach. This book suggests implementing standards for high quality intervention through the definition of criteria for decision-making and indicators of quality and best practice, as well as clarification concerning procedures in the methodology of intervention. It also stresses the importance of conservation theory in earthen heritage conservation, combining theory and practice. In addition, the book recommends an overall strategy in the conservation of earthen heritage, with particular emphasis on an approach that integrates education, awareness, research and preventive conservation.

Despite the increasing focus from juridical and social sciences perspectives, cultural heritage remains a subject insufficiently considered from a historical point of view. Based on a comparative approach, looking at a variety of experiences developed for the management of cultural heritage since the emergence of the protectionist movement, Cultural Heritage in a Comparative Approach: In the Name of Aphrodite analyses UNESCO cultural heritage legislation with regards to the socio-anthropological evolution of the concept of cultural heritage.

A burning global issue, the achievement of sustainable tourism, can never ignore the global south or developing regions of the planet where tourism is rapidly growing. The readership of Sustainable Tourism in the Global South: Communities, Environments and Management will be taken through a fascinating and comprehensive collection of writings on sustainable tourism, which brings together a compilation of profound conceptual and empirical research findings from diverse socio-economic and environmental settings in the developing South. The contributions of expert and new researchers review and interpret ideals and multiple realities concerning the concept of sustainability in the tourism development process. The comprehensive nature of the book, and its diversity, provides a holistic picture of sustainable tourism in the global South today.

This volume is a collection of contributions presented at the 4th YOCOCU Youth in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Conference, held in Agsu, Azerbaijan, in May 2014. The driving force behind YOCOCU 2014: Professionals’ Experiences in Cultural Heritage Conservation in America, Europe, and Asia was to transcend geographical boundaries and encourage every participant to define their contribution and role within the cultural heritage community. The book starts by reflecting on the present politics, strategies and methods of cultural heritage conservation, and demonstrates new ideas and multidisciplinary approaches to conservation needs. This is not only a creative and passionate examination of cultural heritage conservation but also examines how YOCOCU 2014 was, and continues to be, a vector for the development of young professionals, a bridge between cultures and different levels of expertise.


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Book of the Month - April 2017 31 March 2017

Our April Book of the Month is The Future of (High) Culture in America, edited by Daniel Asia.

This book brings together the proceedings of the inaugural conference of the University of Arizona Center for American Culture and Ideas (CACI), an institution dedicated to studying and promoting the arts, particularly investigating the relationship between the high arts and culture in America. The conference was titled “The Future of (High) Culture in America,” and was held in March 2014. Presenters and respondents included practicing artists, critics, educators and academics, curators, and art purveyors, all at the top of their game. Papers were presented, followed by comments from a panel of respondents and an audience question and answer period. The conference title can be read as both a statement and a question: Is there high culture in America, and if so, is it in jeopardy? This suggests an opportunity to consider what “culture” or “high culture” means. This book explores a range of subjects, including music, dance, the visual arts (particularly photography), and more general philosophical and psychological matters. As such, it offers a fascinating and provocative kaleidoscope of the position of arts and culture in America.


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 BOMAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April 2017.

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


“A heartfelt review of the American cultural scene by people who have come together to interrogate it. Full of insights and calls for renewal, with an impressive range of reference. Reading this book was a great learning experience, and its findings will surely bring a measure of hope to those who are concerned about the future of high culture in this country.”

—Sir Roger Scruton, Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center


“Daniel Asia and his friends are friends of (high) culture – which can use the friendship, and appreciation, and furtherance. This book is a remembrance of things past and a recommendation for the future.”

—Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor, National Review


“What is ‘high culture,’ and how is it related to ‘mass culture?’ Is its future uncertain in this information age, and how might life be different given dramatic changes in the arts – whatever their level? The intriguing essays in this book pursue these and other engaging questions, and will interest not only anyone who cares about the arts or crosscurrents in contemporary culture but also people in literature, aesthetics, and social criticism.”

—Robert Audi, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame


“Anyone interested in the fate of our civilization (let alone “high culture”) will want to read this sobering and informative book.”

—Roger Kimball, Editor and Publisher, The New Criterion


“This volume is a lively and learned collection of essays by critics at the center of their art forms. They don't waste time lamenting the slow and steady death of high culture in the United States. Instead, they speak of its survival within a democratic culture and among smaller, but fiercely devoted audiences. We hear the best of high culture experience without the grousing over its limited appeal and decay in mainstream media and on college campuses.”

—Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English, Emory University


“An important book for those who care about the state, and fate, of high culture.”

—Bruce Cole, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - April 2017 31 March 2017

This April, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Jon Nixon has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Jon has authored more than a hundred chapters and peer reviewed articles over the last thirty years, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jon’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April 2017.


Professor Jon Nixon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Education in a Society uncertain of its Values: Contributions to Practical Pedagogy

Author: Wolfgang Brezinka.

Uncertainty in value orientations also creates uncertainty in education. Are there ways to escape this dilemma? How can we achieve new clarity on the worldview and moral foundations of education? To what ends should we direct education? With what difficulties should we reckon? What tasks must parents fulfil and which should be assigned to teachers? This book deals with these topics.

We live in a time of immense uncertainty: a time characterised by ‘post-truth’ politics, civil and social unrest, and rabid fanaticism. Wolfgang Brezinka, Emeritus Professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany, has produced a splendid book that prompts us to share the educational and pedagogical implications of these troubled times. It is comprehensive, scholarly, accessible and thought-provoking. It also – notwithstanding its philosophical orientation – focuses on specific instances of educational and pedagogic practice. Readers may find themselves at odds with some elements of Brezinka’s analysis. I for one was unsympathetic towards the Christian orientation of some of the chapters. But the great virtue of this book is that it prompts the reader to take seriously one of the great challenges of our time – namely, how to prepare future generations to live together in a world of difference. This is an important book that will be of interest to all those involved in the education of young people.” 


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Featured Review - Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean 31 March 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Danyel Reiche’s review of Aris Petasis’ edited collection Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean. Danyel is an Associate Professor for Comparative Politics at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science.


"The nine chapters of Intractable Dilemmas deal with the timely topic of cooperation among the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin (EMB: Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece). It centers on their tumultuous past and their desperate need to find a new path. Colonialism, clashes of identities, and competition over economic resources have prevented them from resolving their historical conflicts, let alone fostering regional cooperation. Discoveries in recent years of significant hydrocarbon resources in the Nile Delta Basin and the Levantine Basin have found the EMB countries unprepared for collaboration. [...] [This] volume is a must-read for all who wish to learn about the complexities of exploiting Eastern Mediterranean natural resources."

–Danyel Reiche, Middle East Quarterly 24:1 (2017)


To find out more about Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean, click here. To read Danyel’s review for Middle East Quarterly in full, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email marketing@cambridgescholars.com.

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Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia – March 2017 09 March 2017

Santiago Sia has recently retired as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute (National University of Ireland). Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA.

His specialised fields are philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. He has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago has authored (or co-authored, together with Marian F. Sia) six titles with Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Ethical Contexts and Theoretical Issues: Essays in Ethical Thinking (2010), From Question to Quest: Literary-Philosophical Enquiries into the Challenges of Life (2010), Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: A Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge (2015), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and Those Distant Shores: A Narrative of Human Restlessness (2015). All six titles are available as both hardback and paperback editions.


Santiago explains why he has returned to publish on a number of occasions with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing have published my last six books, and my experience of working closely with them has been most positive as was indeed my experience with my other publishers. I found the staff here very attentive to my concerns and queries, and most helpful and prompt throughout the process of publishing. They have been truly professional. Given their own academic backgrounds and interests—unique in the publishing world—I chose them for my trilogy of scholarly books which represent the culmination of my research work and philosophical thinking carried out throughout my academic career. These are: Ethical Contexts and Theoretical Issues: Essays in Ethical Thinking; (with Marian F. Sia) From Question to Quest: Literary-Philosophical Enquiries into the Challenges of Life; and finally, Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society.

Moreover, their policy of respecting the experience and expertise of their established authors while insisting on strict academic standards resonated well with me. Also of particular interest to me was their openness to review and accept novel approaches to academic publishing. Their strong support encouraged my wife and me to venture into a more narrative way of communicating philosophical ideas. It resulted in the publication of our trilogy of philosophical novels: Those Distant Shores: a Narrative of Human Restlessness; That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: a Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge; and This Deep Pierian Spring: an Account of the Human Quest for Meaning.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the paperback and hardback editions of This Deep Pierian Spring. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Franka Kermer – March 2017 09 March 2017

Franka Kermer is a post-doctoral researcher (Kone Foundation, 2017–2021) in English Language and Culture at the University of Eastern Finland. She is particularly interested in the study of cognitive approaches to language structure, second language acquisition and corpus linguistics. Her current research focuses on cross-linguistic influence from the perspective of cognitive grammar and cognitive sociolinguistics. Franka has spent the last six months as a University teacher of English at Beijing Normal University, China. Prior to that, she taught English at the University of Eastern Finland, where she also completed her PhD.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Franka has authored A Cognitive Grammar Approach to Teaching Tense and Aspect in the L2 Context, which links cognitive grammar explanations to the area of second-language learning and instructed grammar teaching. This is her first book.

Franka describes her experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Before I completed my PhD in English Language and Culture, I received advice from a fellow researcher to consider sending my manuscript to Cambridge Scholars Publishing, due to their interest in supporting researchers at the early stages of their career. As this was my very first book publication, I was grateful for the professional and very supportive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, especially with Amanda Millar, who was always readily available when required and included me in each and every step or decision of the publishing process. I was also grateful for the editorial expertise, advice and, most of all, patience. I would wholeheartedly recommend Cambridge Scholars to any scholar, whether they are early career researchers or more experienced academics.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on A Cognitive Grammar Approach to Teaching Tense and Aspect in the L2 Context. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th April 2017.


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International Women’s Day 2017 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 February 2017

This March, Cambridge Scholars are proud to support International Women’s Day, which this year has #BeBoldForChange as its campaign theme. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won’t close until 2186 at its current rate, but International Women’s Day can be an important catalyst for driving greater change towards gender parity around the world.

This year the campaign theme of International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world. You can submit your #BeBoldForChange action via the IWD website.

Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organizations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.


To mark International Women’s Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles in the field of Women’s Studies. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code IWD17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2017.

Questions that concern gender and violence against women have been placed firmly on the agenda of interdisciplinary research within the humanities in recent years. Gender-based violence against women has increased exponentially in South Africa and in other countries on the African continent, particularly those with a history of political conflict. A Reflexive Inquiry into Gender Research brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to explore new terrains of knowledge production, interrogating the connection between the intellectual project of this kind of research and the process of its production. Overall, this book represents an important combination of scholarly insights, and provides multiple reflections about practical aspects of conducting gender research in the African context. The work of the contributors to the volume is situated within a post-structural feminist agenda, and, collectively, the chapters link scholarship and activism in a way that pursues a social change agenda in research on gender and gender-based violence.

During China’s “socio-economic transition period”, stretching from 1978 to the present day, the nation’s social structure underwent enormous changes, including the situation of Chinese women. Over recent decades, more equalitarian policies have made a great deal of difference, not only to women’s self-identification, but also to their social milieu. However, the female employment rate has gradually declined since the economic reforms began, meaning this period has had a major impact on the social status and conditions of Chinese women. These social transformations and differences between the genders have provided an unusual opportunity for scholars and researchers who are interested in social change. As such, Class and Gender examines the social structure of contemporary China, exploring how resources are distributed among the different social strata, and how these strata have transformed with the economic reforms and development. This title also allows readers to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the current Chinese social structure, and how it has transformed, as well as its influence on gender differentiation.

Daughters of the Nile seeks to highlight Egyptian women that the media have overlooked and ignored. It focuses on a sample of 38 pioneers, ground-breakers, and achievers in nearly all professions. Their successes in Egypt and elsewhere have been recognized and honoured by some of the highest national and international institutions and governments. Forgotten or unknown habits, practices, and historical events occurring in the twentieth century, both in Egypt and other parts of the globe, are also discussed in these stories. The objective of the book is three-pronged. It breaks the monolithic and unflattering stereotype of contemporary Egyptian women as victims, uneducated and uncivilized, dominated by men. The second is to make the world aware of modern Egyptian champions who are improving the quality of life in the societies and broader environments in which they live and work. The third purpose is to provide positive role models for new generations of women in Egypt and beyond, to inspire them to set their goals very high despite the obstacles they may encounter, and show them that the sky is not the limit.

Recent years have witnessed growing scholarly interest in efforts to advance women’s work and in exploring the implicit obstacles to gender equity – such as the “glass floor,” “glass ceiling,” and “glass walls” – that have persisted in most career fields. This interdisciplinary collection contributes to this new field of knowledge by curating scholarly essays and current research on gendered work environments and all the nuanced meanings of “work” in the context of feminism and gender equality. The chapters in Gender and Work represent some of the most outstanding papers presented at the Women and Gender Conference held at the University of South Dakota on April 9–10, 2015. The unifying focus of this collection is on the work-related intersections of gender, race, and class, which are investigated through a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Some of the essays provide historical and literary contexts for contemporary issues. Others use social-scientific approaches to identify strategies for making the contemporary Western workplace more humane and inclusive to women and other disadvantaged members of society.


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Book of the Month - March 2017 28 February 2017

Our March Book of the Month is Peter Pan and the Mind of J. M. Barrie: An Exploration of Cognition and Consciousness by Rosalind Ridley.


What is Peter Pan all about? Many of us realise that there is a bit more to the stories than a simple fantasy about flying away to a wonderful place in which to play, and that there is something psychologically rather dark about the events in the stories. But J. M. Barrie’s work has not previously been considered from the perspective of either the science of his time, or the insights of modern cognitive psychology.

This book explores the texts of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (1906) and Peter and Wendy (1911), and argues that Barrie describes the limited mental abilities of infants and animals in order to illuminate the structure of human adult cognition. Barrie’s work contains many insights into what is now referred to as mental representation and theory of mind, areas of cognitive psychology that have been examined scientifically only in the last few decades. Barrie also reflects on the nature of consciousness in a way that parallels modern interests.


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 BOMMAR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2017.

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


“Neuroscientist Rosalind Ridley, of Newnham College in Cambridge, claims in the just-published Peter Pan and the Mind of JM Barrie that the author’s work identifies key stages of child development. [...] In her book, she shows how the narrative of Peter Pan works on different levels. It is a coming-of-age story, a fantasy for children and adults, and the myth of a golden age, but was also invented by the author “essentially for himself in order to explore and perhaps make some sense of his own emotional difficulties, to investigate the interplay of the world of facts and the world of the imagination and to rediscover the heightened experiences of infancy”.”

—Alison Flood, The Guardian (2nd August 2016)


“In recent years, all the ‘Peter Pan’ texts have been subjected to biographical and psychoanalytical interpretations, but in this book Rosalind Ridley’s original contribution is to analyse the texts to demonstrate Barrie’s knowledge and use of scientific ideas. Barrie was acquainted with men of science and the ideas current at the beginning of the twentieth century. His stories of ‘Peter Pan’ are fictive investigations of the nature of consciousness and of the imagination, sometimes anticipating what scientists have later come to realise. Ridley’s book is a delight to read; the examples she gives are compelling and entirely clear to a reader who has not themselves a scientific background. I recommend it whole-heartedly both to lovers of literature and science.”

—Dr Pam Hirsch, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge


“Until recently, my knowledge of J. M. Barrie was limited to vague memories of seeing the pantomime of Peter Pan as a child. In this wonderful book, Rosalind Ridley reveals how much more there is to Barrie and his creation. Her analysis of the various versions of the story that preceded the play reveals that Barrie was extremely knowledgeable about the scientific developments of his time. Furthermore, many of his ideas can be found in scientific accounts of the brain and the mind that did not appear until several decades later. This accessible book not only provides a fresh insight into the mind of Barrie and a novel introduction to current neuropsychology, but also reminds us of the close ties between creativity in science and in literature.”

—Professor Chris Frith FRS FBA, Institute of Philosophy, University of London


“In Peter Pan and the Mind of J M Barrie: An Exploration of Cognition and Consciousness, neuroscientist Dr Rosalind Ridley unpacks the magic and oddity of the tales that have captivated audiences for generations. In doing so through the lens of her own expertise, she reveals that Barrie had an almost uncanny grasp of human cognitive development four to eight decades before psychologists began to work on similar questions about the way we develop thinking and reasoning skills.”

—University of Cambridge website (3rd August 2016)


“Throughout her sensitive and original readings of these two books, Ridley offers asides that go to the heart of current debates about “the hard problem” of consciousness, Turing’s test for whether a computer has intelligence, and whether some avian behavior demonstrates theory of mind.”

—Dr Terri Apter, Newnham College, Cambridge


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