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10th Anniversary of Afghan Democracy 26 September 2014

This October marks the 10th anniversary of the first democratic elections in Afghanistan, when Hamid Karzai won 21 of the 34 provinces, defeating his 22 opponents and becoming the first democratically elected leader of Afghanistan. Many interpreted this victory as a symbolically important ‘new beginning’ for the war-torn nation. Whilst Karzai has carved out a reputation as a shrewd statesman, the enormous challenges faced by Afghanistan (including government corruption, Taliban insurgents, and severe poverty) have made his work difficult.

Professor Emeritus David Weir, the Chair of our Editorial Advisory Board, has worked extensively as a consultant in risk and crisis management in the Arab Middle East. He explains the challenges facing Afghanistan:

“It is indeed a decade since the ‘first democratic elections in Afghanistan’ placed Karzai in the President’s office in Kabul. It is something to celebrate, but the next decade must see significant progress towards solving the underlying issues of poverty, inequality, women’s rights, corruption and the gross urban-rural divide that scar the social landscape of Afghan society, or else the democratic impulse will be frustrated. Here, and elsewhere in the Near and Middle East, improved access to global communications is part of the answer, but, at present outside of Kabul, many remote areas are still without Internet coverage and, though fibre optic cables are currently being built, progress is slow and coverage is patchy.”

To commemorate this anniversary, and to reflect the cultural, social and economic diversity of Afghanistan, Cambridge Scholars is offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling titles. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code AFGHAN14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2014.

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New Distribution Partnership with CoInfo 26 September 2014

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is very pleased to announce a new partnership with CoInfo, the academic and specialist book distributor based in Australia.

Cambridge Scholars CEO, Graeme Nicol, said: “CoInfo is a well-established and successful distributor, with excellent partnerships within the academic, professional and library markets in Australia, NZ, Fiji and PNG. As part of the Co-op, Australia’s largest provider of educational, professional and learning resources, with over 50 stores at university campuses, CoInfo have an excellent network in this region. We are delighted to be working in closer collaboration with CoInfo, broadening the outreach of Cambridge Scholars Publishing titles and offering greater exposure for our authors.”

CoInfo General Manager, Stephen Mason, added: “At CoInfo we partner with publishers from across the globe to deliver the best content to the Australian and New Zealand academic community. Our new partnership with Cambridge Scholars Publishing allows us to offer our customers high quality academic content from an excellent portfolio in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. We are proud to represent Cambridge Scholars Publishing and look forward to a successful partnership in the future.”

For further information on CoInfo, please click here.

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Book of the Month - October 2014 26 September 2014

Our October Book of the Month is Sound Musicianship – a leading-edge exploration of the general trends that influence musicianship in the twenty-first century, such as an increased reliance on digital media, greater awareness of the neurological basis for musical behaviour, a renewed interest in connections between bodily movements and musical expression, and increased cultural plurality resulting from more frequent travel, increased levels of migration and ubiquitous telecommunications. This book has a deliberate focus on the developmental aspects of musicianship, which will benefit those hoping to advance their own music learning practices or those of others.

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 BOMOCT14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2014.

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


“This book is a magnificent exploration and meditation on sound musicianship. It is an invitation and challenge to educators to consider what sound musicianship could, and should, be in the 21st century.”

—Pam Burnard, Reader, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge


“Sound Musicianship provides a cutting-edge dissection on the nature and application of musicianship within contemporary musical practice. The line-up of expert authors from many varied backgrounds is simply amazing, as is the rainbow of topics addressed. Each of the contributions challenges readers to update and redefine their conception of musicianship through explanations that are both intellectually enlightening and practically viable. Few publications are able to transform thinking in ways that enhance and impact on future practice. This is definitely one of them!”

—Gary McPherson, Ormond Professor and Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music 


“This is an outstanding book that boldly reviews contemporary musicianship from a technical, psychological, physical, cultural and educational perspective. It is not for the faint-hearted.”

—Samuel Leong, Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, Hong Kong Institute of Education



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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - October 2014 26 September 2014

This October, three of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Professor Mark Lemon, Professor Brian Sturgess and Professor David Weir, have chosen their ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on the Board’s picks. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd November 2014.


Professor Mark Lemon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Human-Environmental Interactions in Cities: Challenges and Opportunities of Urban Land Use Planning and Green Infrastructure

Editors: Nadja Kabisch, Neele Larondelle, Angela Reeve, and Martina Artmann

“The foreword to these conference proceedings recognises that urbanisation is a fundamental global phenomenon, and that cities are complex adaptive systems embedded within even more complex ecosystems. This is of considerable importance when we consider the impacts on ‘colonised’ natural landscapes and the life experiences, and health — physical and mental — of those already within the urban environment, and those migrating to it. There is a great temptation to try and understand urban growth through the lens of social, biological and physical disciplines, and in so doing to lose sight of the emergent and interconnected nature of that change. This book highlights an important and emerging approach to research and planning practice, and is an extensive, contemporary and very useful resource for those wishing to embark upon this multidisciplinary journey.”


Professor Brian Sturgess’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Brian Sturgess is a Consultant to the Islamic Development Bank

Islamic Banking and Finance

Editors: Mondher Bellalah and Omar Masood

“This comprehensive book of readings provides not only an introduction to the rapidly growing field of Islamic finance, but also supplies practical examples of how it has developed in various countries. The editors rightly point out that there is little accurate data on the size and growth of Islamic banking, but with current global estimates of US$1.3 million trillion in Shari’ah compliant assets, the importance of this book needs no justification. The Islamic banking industry, with its emphasis on ethics, asset-backing and risk-sharing, is growing rapidly and attracting both Muslim and non-Muslim clients and participants. Growth creates new challenges, and the editors note that the industry needs to develop instruments that enhance liquidity and transparency in order to avoid in-built systemic problems as it evolves from niche to mainstream.”


Professor David Weir’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Work and the Challenges of Belonging: Migrants in Globalizing Economies

Editors: Mojca Pajnik and Floya Anthias

“Migration and the translocation of skilled and unskilled workers is the iconic process of the global world. The studies in this book range from temporary movements like au pair work, through in-and-back expatriation, to once-in-a-lifetime, permanent relocations into other cultures. The roles of intermediary institutions like social networks and the personal tragedies implied in “not belonging” are described, and the studies illuminate the danger that sources of useful information can mutate into mechanisms (sometimes imprisoning) of social control.”


For further information on Professor Mark Lemon, please click here.

For further information on Professor Brian Sturgess, please click here.

For further information on Professor David Weir, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Lynn Zubernis - September 2014 10 September 2014

Dr Lynn Zubernis is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is also Area Chair for Stardom and Fandom for the Southwest Popular Culture Association and the Associate Editor of The Journal of Fandom Studies

Lynn’s interest in the emerging area of fan studies was ignited by the ground-breaking cult television show ‘Supernatural’ and its equally ground-breaking ‘fandom’. Along with her co-author, Katherine Larsen, Lynn’s close relationships within the fan community allowed an intimate behind-the-scenes examination of fan psychology, passion, motivation, and shame. Lynn and Katherine have now authored a number of books on fandom, two of which have been published under Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Fandom At The Crossroads: Celebration, Shame and Fan/Producer Relationships, and Fan Culture: Theory/Practice. In addition to her work in fandom research, Lynn teaches graduate courses in human development, group dynamics, counselling techniques and theory.


She explains her reasons for choosing to publish with Cambridge Scholars and emphasises our commitment to innovative research:

“As a clinical psychologist, I jumped into the new and exciting world of fan studies research uncertain of whether there was a market for what I wanted to write. Would there be an audience for a book about the psychology of being a fan that didn't come from the perspective of pathology? Finding a publisher was daunting, as the field was new and there were few psychologists writing in fan studies, especially from such a perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing took a chance and threw their support behind the project. Cambridge's encouragement and belief in ‘Fandom At The Crossroads’ was invaluable as we finished the research and as the manuscript came together. That support continued in the final stages of preparation, with professional and high quality editing and help with everything from permissions to high resolution photographs. Our cover graphics were a collaboration with an amazing graphics editor; four published books later, it remains my favourite cover ever.

I would highly recommend working with Cambridge Scholars, who are not afraid to take a chance on an exciting new project and are skilled at providing assistance with all phases of the publication process.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Lynn’s books published with Cambridge Scholars Publishing. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2014.


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Meet our Authors: Magdalena Grabias - September 2014 10 September 2014

This month’s ‘Young Scholar’ is Dr Magdalena Grabias-Żurek. Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Magdalena has authored: Songs of Innocence and Experience:Romance in the Cinema of Frank Capra

Magdalena is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. She specialises in film studies, American studies, literary translation and music journalism. Her publications include a review of Janina Falkowska’s book on Andrzej Wajda, “Wajda widziany przez ocean” (2009), a post-conference article, “Frank Capra’s Bedford Falls as Axis Mundi” (2010), as well as numerous reviews of music releases, concerts and theatre shows.


She describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“I have been a long time reader and admirer of Cambridge Scholars Publishing's vast and versatile catalogue. So, to get my PhD thesis published by them was a priority and a dream come true. While preparing the manuscript, I faced a lot of problems and difficulties, which I would not have been able to tackle and solve without the help and experience of the ever-so-friendly and professional team at Cambridge Scholars. It has been the most enjoyable and rewarding experience you can hope for! “


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Songs of Innocence and Experience Romance in the Cinema of Frank Capra. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP14 during checkout.  Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st October 2014.


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Lady Stephenson Library 01 September 2014

We are delighted to announce the new headquarters of Cambridge Scholars Publishing – the historic Lady Stephenson library in Newcastle upon Tyne. The majestic building was commissioned in 1908 by Sir William Haswell Stephenson, a local industrialist and benefactor who was the city’s mayor a total of seven times. He dedicated the library to the memory of his wife, Lady Stephenson, who died in 1901. Having been at the heart of its community for 100 years, it’s a wonderful space, which we are renovating to restore it to its former glory.

We recently wrote about donating books from our back catalogue to the region’s libraries, here in the United Kingdom. The lifelong education of the public is a worthy cause, close to our hearts, not least because of our love of the printed word, but also in light of the sweeping local government budget cuts, which have resulted in the closure of many of our local libraries throughout the UK. As such, we are particularly proud to be inhabiting this historic building and to be continuing the legacy of books and education.

We have also created a dedicated author room, for all of our existing authors, editors and contributors to use when visiting, so that they can utilise our resources and enjoy their own office space. For more information on booking this space, please contact us.

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Scottish Independence Referendum 01 September 2014

This month, the Scottish independence referendum is looming alarmingly, with the Scottish people going to the polls on 18th September. If you have been following European, and especially British, media, you cannot have failed to notice the importance of this historic event for the United Kingdom. For, if more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’, Scotland will become the newest country in the world and the 307-year-old political union with England will come to an end. 

The official unification with England took place in 1707, and at the time it was thought that the Scots who put their names to the Act of Union were bribed. This suggestion inspired Robert Burns, to write: "We are bought and sold for English gold. Such a parcel of rogues in a nation." The current Scottish government, led by First Minister Alex Salmond, now hopes to write a new chapter in Scotland’s history.

What are your thoughts on the prospect of Scottish independence? We would love to hear your thoughts.

To commemorate this historic event, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on four of our newest titles related to the Scottish nation, and the issues of devolution and independence. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SCOTLAND14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th September.


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Book of the Month - September 2014 01 September 2014

Our September Book of the Month is a unique collection of twenty-five personal stories of Jewish peace activists from Australia, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. The stories in Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists, focus on the complex and intensely personal journeys of these individuals. Edited by Avigail Abarbanel, and with a Foreword by the philosopher Sara Roy, this book offers a fresh and unusual angle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and is a unique contribution in a field where political analysis is common, but where the personal angle is often lacking.

To find out more about this book, 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 BOMSEP14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th September 2014.

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


“'Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists' by Avigail Abarbanel is an important, must-read anthology of the views of 25 anti-racist Jews, who variously, from positions ranging from pro-Zionism to a-political apathy, overcame my-lot-right-or-wrong tribal loyalty and came to realize the immense crime being committed against the Palestinian people and their obligation to speak out for Palestinian human rights.''

- Dr Gideon Polya, 19 January, 2013, Countercurrents.org.

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Editorial Advisory Board's Recommended Reads - September 2014 01 September 2014

This September, two of our Editorial Advisory Board members, Professor Tim Connell and Professor Jon Nixon, have chosen their ‘Recommended Reads’: a handpicked selection of our best-selling titles, which are noteworthy for the contribution they make to their field.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on the Board’s picks. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABSEP14 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th September 2014.


Professor Tim Connell’s ‘Recommended Reads’:

Language Education and the Challenges of Globalisation: Sociolinguistic Issues

Editors: Martin Solly, Edith Esch

This book covers language policy and planning, the role of language in communities and the revitalization of indigenous languages. A critical topic is the position of English as a lingua franca within education, in a globalised post-colonial world. The case studies are broad, ranging from Cameroon to Mexico, and so provide some interesting perspectives on language policy and provision, based on both research and practical experience. This title will be of interest to people working in global education or those who have an interest in socio-linguistics in an educational context.”

Teaching Translation and Interpreting: Advances and Perspectives

Editors: Łukasz Bogucki, Mikołaj Deckert

“Translation and interpreting are still not fully regulated professions. The authors look at training, quality provision and the increasing use of computers in both fields, as part of teaching and delivery. The book includes student surveys and also looks at provision by the largest user of all – the European Union and its respective agencies. This title makes interesting reading not only for trainers and practitioners, but also for the increasing number of people who find that they need translating and interpreting services in their own field of work.”


Professor Jon Nixon's ‘Recommended Read’:

Strong Starts, Supported Transitions and Student Success

Editors: Andrew Funston, Miguel Gil, and Gwen Gilmore

“How can we facilitate the transition of new student groups into higher education? This is the crucial question addressed by the contributors to this book, all of whom are deeply committed to ensuring that higher education is open, accessible and participative. All of the contributions to this important book are scholarly and thoughtful, while at the same time providing positive ways forward. The editors have done a superb job in producing a coherent and timely volume that helps us understand how institutions can meet the challenges of a mass higher education system through policies and practices designed to promote widening access and increased student participation."


For further information on Professor Tim Connell, please click here.

For further information on Professor Jon Nixon, please click here

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