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Shakespeare At 400 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 March 2016

On April 23rd, people around the world will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. This anniversary, a moment of international cultural significance, will be marked by a plethora of tributes to Shakespeare and his work from institutions not just in the UK but around the world, with 850 events taking place over the course of 2016 in Chicago alone.

To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and to celebrate his life and work, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 3 of our best-selling Shakespearean titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

William Shakespeare explores political survival as a question of interaction at court in King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. Through a discussion of authority as an element that is distinct from power, Royal Power and Authority in Shakespeare’s Late Tragedies offers a new perspective on the importance of acts of persuasion and the contribution the late tragedies make to Shakespeare’s portrayal of monarchy. It argues that the most productive uses of the material power to judge or reward are those that reinforce royal authority and establish the monarch at the centre of the web of noble relationships. In the late tragedies, rulership is exercised at court. It acquires a nature of its own as the interaction of powerful and potentially powerful individuals among the nobility. The persuasive exercise of authority complements the tangible power that is founded on the monarch’s material resources, so that consent to the monarch’s supremacy is obtained through various discourses of justification and the performance of the monarch’s social role.

Shakespeare’s Verbal Art is a profoundly important study of the newly rediscovered anagrams that lie hidden below the surface of all Shakespearean texts. It explains the essential role played by these concealed figures in Classical and Renaissance poetry, demonstrating the revelatory function of anagram by reference to the close analysis of a wide range of examples. Special attention is given to Shakespeare’s use of these sub-textual devices to clarify meaning and intention. The focus is first on Shakespeare’s Sonnets of 1609, and secondly on Hamlet, Othello and Twelfth Night, all of which are found to be composed around the concealed anagrams that render these works self-interpreting. A new kind of language use is revealed, in terms of which pre-Enlightenment text is envisaged as existing in two distinct dimensions – the overt and the covert – both of which must be read if any particular poem or play is to be fully understood. In effect, a wholly new set of Shakespearean texts is made available to the reader, who will find Shakespeare’s Verbal Art an essential guide to the new discoveries.

The Shakespeare Project and Ensuing Essays consists of three parts: the seminar essay-syllabi; a collection of close readings of Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, Henry VIII, Timon, and The Sonnets; and a series of footnotes intended as mini-master essays on minutiae. The Shakespeare Project is grounded on the originary definition of scholarship as studying in school, and offers a revisionary reading of three “minor” characters in Shakespeare’s tragedies (Emilia, Albany, Siward), in the process of contending for a sensible coalescence of ‘old-fashioned’ character criticism with New Critical and Poststructural perspectives. The text also formulates criteria for responsible reading via triple vision – perceiving the work as at once reality, poem, and play – a method forwarded through addressing ethical matters in the works: faith in Hamlet; conscience in Henry VIII; stewardship in Timon of Athens. The Shakespeare Project models reinfusing Shakespeare as terrain for critical thinking that affects everyday life.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code SHAKESPEARE16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st May 2016.

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Book of the Month - April 2016 30 March 2016

Our April Book of the Month is Building Stronger Communities with Children and Families, edited by Karl Brettig.

This book captures the essence of how communities that better support healthy child development can be built. It includes a look at key elements of the Australian Communities for Children initiative, using a collaborative approach that takes into account community, government and family. How can the voices of children be heard in decision-making processes that impact their futures? How can the avalanche of electronic games, the information superhighway, and social media be negotiated to support, educate and protect children living in an online world? What does it mean to use a whole of community approach to supporting families? This kind of holistic viewpoint is necessary if we are to redesign inadequate, siloed approaches and build family friendly urban villages that deliver improved outcomes for children. Services need to consider how they can work with individuals and community groups to develop the kind of social environment that enables families to flourish. This is not an easy task, and, drawing on research and practical experience, this book looks at some of the key ingredients needed by those individuals and organisations who dare to attempt it.

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 BOMAPR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st May 2016.

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

“Building Stronger Communities with Children and Families clearly highlights the need for a collective response in the development of lasting social change given the complexities of modern life. This publication provides us with an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the efficacy of whole of community, coordinated and collective approaches to build family friendly communities. I commend the authors of this book in the documenting of the practice journeys of a number of organisations and services in the early intervention/prevention arena as a valuable tool which shares learnings, practice wisdom and evidence to support the critical importance of “working together” to improve outcomes for communities and the families and children who reside in them.”

—Jenny Chaves, Program Manager, Mission Australia Communities for Children Inala to Ipswich and Circles of Care

“Over many years as a licensed family therapist, I have become increasingly concerned about the breakdown of family and community, and am convinced that this is the source of many personal and social problems. I have read this publication with interest and excitement. I see in this book a real working blueprint to build healthier families and communities. I especially like the emphasis of diverse groups within the community working together as a team. This can make things happen by using the ‘power of we’. Our children need this!”

—Dr David J. Ludwig, Professor of Psychology, Lenoir-Rhyne University

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Never Mind About the Bourgeoisie: Australian Book Review Book of the Year 2015 30 March 2016

Cambridge Scholars are delighted to announce that Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995 has been named as one of the Australian Book Review’s Books of the Year for 2015.

The Australian Book Review (ABR) is one of Australia’s leading cultural magazines, which publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing. It aims to foster high critical standards, to provide an outlet for fine new writing and to contribute to the preservation of literary values and a full appreciation of Australia’s literary heritage.

42 major authors and critics nominated their favourite titles for the ABR’s Books of the Year for 2015, and Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie was selected by Brian Matthews, who said of the book:

“Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 5/14) is a fascinating, endearing meeting of two brilliant, maverick minds. Medlin's wit and Furphy-like evocations of the Australian bush and Murdoch's loving encounter with Australian vernacular ('Dearest Brian, dear mate') mixed with her philosophical digressions are a sublime, offbeat treat.”

The book was originally reviewed in the ABR by Jane Sullivan, who said of the volume:

I began reading these letters without any strong interest in Medlin; I wanted to rediscover my delight in Murdoch’s writing, and was confident I would find much to illuminate my memories. [...] I finished the book feeling sad but privileged, and grateful that the editors had done such a diligent job (there is a helpful introduction, and for the first time the full text of a review that Murdoch wrote of Medlin’s monograph Human Nature, Human Survival [1992] published in a shorter form in The Age in 1993.) ‘Australia needs you to tell about her,’ Murdoch wrote to her friend; and she was right. We do."

To celebrate this award, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Never Mind about the Bourgeoisie: The Correspondence between Iris Murdoch and Brian Medlin 1976-1995. To redeem your discount, simply enter the promotional code AWARD16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st May 2016.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - April 2016 30 March 2016

This April, our Editorial Advisory Board member Margaret Exley CBE has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Margaret is well known as an expert on change management and business growth and is frequently retained as an advisor to UK boards and government departments. She is currently chairman of SCT Consultants and Associate Director and founder of Stonecourt.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Margaret’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAPR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st May 2016.

Margaret Exley’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective

Editors: Demetris Vrontis, Georgia Sakka and Monaliz Amirkhanpour.

This book consists of various chapters which focus on the wider contexts of management innovation, entrepreneurship, and human resource management practices. Furthermore, the contributions are authored by scholars from all over the world, allowing the book to adopt a truly global perspective.

This is a fascinating book which works across a huge canvas. The editors have pulled together a very interesting set of research papers on various aspects of innovation and organisation which together add some really interesting perspectives for senior leaders and academics in the field. The book consists of a series of chapters which are very wide ranging, including a chapter for example on how to manage innovation in retailing, others on Sicilian wineries and their websites, one on competitive intelligence and how to organise it, and a paper on marketing universities. What they have in common is that they are evidence based, analytical and seek to go beyond current understanding to add real value to the field. This is a helpful book of readings for anyone interested in innovation and new developments in the organisational aspects, with particularly interesting case studies on the wine industry and retail.” 

For further information on Margaret Exley CBE, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Dimitrios Kassis – March 2016 14 March 2016

Dimitrios Kassis holds a PhD from the Faculty of English Studies of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He received his Master’s degree in Education Studies (with Distinction) from Roehampton University in London, and he also obtained a Master's degree in Translation Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His research interests concern fields such as nineteenth-century travel literature, translation and education. He is currently working as a primary school teacher.

With Cambridge Scholars, Dimitrios has published his PhD thesis as Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature. Efterpi Mitsi, Professor of English at the University of Athens, has acclaimed this publication as “a valuable contribution to the areas of travel criticism, as well as Victorian Studies”.

Dimitrios describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars, and explains why he has chosen to return and publish a second title with us:

So far, my experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars has been an extremely positive one! I am delighted to have managed to publish my doctoral dissertation after years of research. Moreover, I should stress that I felt actively involved in the publication process thanks to my constant communication with the staff. I strongly recommend Cambridge Scholars to young scholars who aspire to have their work published! After having published my first monograph, 'Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature', I have chosen Cambridge Scholars once again for my second book, 'Icelandic Utopia in Victorian Travel Literature'. This proves how satisfied I have been with the overall outcome.”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Representations of the North in Victorian Travel Literature. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th April 2016.

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Meet our Authors: William Mallinson – March 2016 14 March 2016

William Mallinson, Professor of Political Ideas and Institutions at Università Guglielmo Marconi, is a former Member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service who left to study for, and was awarded, his PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Following a period working in business as European Public Affairs Manager at ITT’s European headquarters in Brussels, he turned his attention to the academic world, playing a pivotal role in introducing Britain’s first Honours degree in Public Relations.

Since 1994, when he was awarded a Greek Government scholarship, he has been perusing British Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence, Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet archives, under the general rubric of Anglo-Greek relations during the Cold War, including Cyprus. He has also published several articles in the press, and spoken at numerous conferences. He is an occasional lecturer at the Greek National Defence School, particularly on Britain and Russia/USSR. He speaks, reads and writes French, German, Italian, Dutch, and Greek.

William has authored Behind the Words: The FCO, Hegemonolingualism and the End of Britain's Freedom with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, which, in the opinion of Professor Alan Sked of the LSE, offers a “quite unique” take on the decline of English within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the concomitant decline of Britain’s influence. In addition, he has also just released Thrice a Stranger: Penelope’s Eastern Mediterranean Odyssey and has previously written another eight books, two of which have been published in Greek.

A returning author, William explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

I was being treated in a slightly sloppy and procrastinatingly frustrating fashion by a traditional publisher about a book that I was writing when, thankfully, a friend recommended Cambridge Scholars, having found them courteous, fast and effective. I checked their site, and found it refreshingly clear and instructive. They acted efficiently from day one, answering queries with alacrity. In particular, I appreciated their almost embarrassingly tough insistence on quality, especially during the proofreading process, as I did their flexibility in considering paperback as well as hardback editions. I also found their royalties well above the norm. My book 'Behind the Words: the FCO, Hegemonolingualism and the End of Britain’s Freedom' was nicely produced, which is why I submitted to them my next book, 'Thrice a Stranger: Penelope’s Eastern Mediterranean Odyssey'. I have therefore recommended Cambridge Scholars to two friends, whose collections of essays have since been accepted. Carpe diem!”

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the paperback and hardback editions of Behind the Words: The FCO, Hegemonolingualism and the End of Britain's Freedom. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAMAR16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th April 2016.

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