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World Poetry Day 2018 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 28 February 2018

This month, we are pleased to support World Poetry Day, which takes place every year on 21st March. This day was first adopted by UNESCO in 1999, and while many countries celebrate their own national or international poetry days, World Poetry Day has the aim of “supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard”.

In the words of T.S. Eliot, “Our talking about poetry is an extension of our experience of it; and as a good deal of thinking has gone to the making of poetry, so a good deal may go to the study of it,” and at Cambridge Scholars we are proud to play a role in the continuing reading and discussion of poetry and poetic thought.

To celebrate World Poetry day we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on poetry and the study of poetry. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code POETRY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2018.

The present age has seen an explosion of verse novels in many parts of the world. A novel written in verse contradicts theories that distinguish the novel as essentially a prose genre. The boundaries of prose and verse are, however, somewhat fluid. This is especially evident in the case of free verse poetry and the kinds of prose used in many Modernist novels. The contemporary outburst may seem a uniquely Postmodernist flouting of generic boundaries, but, in fact, the verse novel is not new. Its origins reach back to at least the eighteenth century. A Genealogy of the Verse Novel investigates the status of the verse novel as a genre and traces its mainly English-language history from its beginnings. The discussion will be of interest to genre theorists, prosodists, narratologists and literary historians, as well as readers of verse novels wishing for some background to this apparently new literary phenomenon.

Autobiographical Poetry in England and Spain, 1950-1980: Narrating Oneself in Verse traces the founding critical theories of the autobiographical genre, from the Enlightenment period to the most recent developments. It offers an increased effectiveness of the poem to express the narrative purposes of autobiography, recognizing poetic writing that has the extraordinary ability to say what “the mortal language does not say,” to quote Leopardi. The works of Seamus Heaney, Thom Gunn, Carlos Barral and Jaime Gil de Biedma are analyzed here, and show an unveiling of the self through memories, places and objects that often characterize them and that allow, to whomever recalls one’s own experience through writing, the recovery and restoration of essential meanings to the reconstruction not only of subjective identity, but also of one’s own community.

Englishness and Post-imperial Space: The Poetry of Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes probes into the English mindset immediately after the British withdrawal from the colonies, and examines how the loss of power and global prestige affected contemporary poetry, particularly that of Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes. Frustration and disillusionment, even anger, characterised the era and many of the literary works the period produced. Most writers became insular and were obsessed with the ‘English’ elements in their writing. The great, international and cosmopolitan themes (of Eliot, for instance) were replaced by those of narrow domestic importance. It is in such a context, this book argues, that Larkin and Hughes returned to the old England, most notably to the themes of gradually vanishing pristine landscape and national myths and legends, to the archetypal English customs and conventions.

The early works of Paul Auster convey the loneliness of the individual fully committed to the work of writing, as if he were confined within the book that dominates his life. All through Auster’s poetry, essays and fiction, the work of writing is an actual physical effort, an effective construction. The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books studies the symbolism of the genetic substance of the world (re)built through the work of writing, inside the walls of the room, closed in space and time, though open to an unlimited mental expansion. Auster’s work is an aesthetic-literary self-reflection about the mission of writing. The writer-character is like an inexperienced God, whose hands may originate either cosmos or chaos, life or death, hence Auster’s recurring meditation on the work and the power of writing, at the same time an autobiography and a self-criticism.

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing expand subject coverage and open new representative offices 28 February 2018

Cambridge Scholars Publishing have launched an expansion programme in science and technology book publishing, building on their historic base in Humanities and Social Sciences.

This move has already gathered a number of proposals and submissions, details of which can be found in the Life SciencesHealth Sciences and Physical Sciences tabs on the publisher’s web page.

We always welcome your suggestions for new publications, whether in these new subject areas or in the established Social Sciences area, and invite you to submit a proposal. You can do so by visiting our dedicated proposal submission page here, completing a proposal form and submitting it to our commissioning editor, Camilla Harding.

The expansion into these subject areas is supported by the development of subject-based Editorial Advisory Boards. More than 200 of these boards are now in place across the full range of Cambridge Scholars’ book publishing activities.

If you are interested in joining an Editorial Advisory Board, we are accepting applications – please fill out the Advisory Board application form here (PDF) and submit this to

We are also delighted to announce the opening of new representative offices in Berlin and Barcelona. Authors and customers have their own dedicated email contacts: (Germany) and (Spain).

For further details on the new Cambridge Scholars representative offices, please visit the Contact Us page.

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Book of the Month - March 2018 28 February 2018

Our March Book of the Month is Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos by Apurva Bose Dutta.

The field of architecture has gradually evolved from being a mere profession to becoming a representation of the society in which we live. Architects form the voice of this profession, and an in-depth discussion with them allows a greater understanding of their theories, visions for architecture, and contributions towards the field, and how they are managing the non-linear societal evolution in a comprehensive manner.

The book will appeal to architectural and building industry practitioners and students of architecture, as well as the general reader, as it speaks about architecture as an integral part of building a nation. It traverses the architecture journey in India, and bestows a clarity on the directions still to be taken.

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 BOMMAR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2018.

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

“Architectural Voices contains the first-ever frank and honest narration made by the featured Indian architects about their journey and understanding of the profession and architectural practice, which is sure to go a long way in helping and directing the younger generation of architects in making appropriate choices in the profession. It must find appropriate place and should form an integral part of academic circles of the profession, especially the libraries of the architecture schools.”

—Professor Jit Kumar Gupta, Founder Director of College of Architecture, IET, Bhaddal

“Conducted and edited by Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta, this new publication offers a kaleidoscopic overview of post-independence architecture of India and a nearer view into the last three decades. [...] A must read for all students and young architects who are in need of direction for their own careers, this book can provide studied insights and critical thoughts.”

—Professor Sathya Prakash Varanashi, RV College of Architecture

“Architects and planners, being in a creative field in which imagination has no boundaries, reveal much diversity in their building genres, philosophies, theories, specialisations, visions and handling of core issues of architecture. This book not only celebrates this diversity but also builds a framework in which architecture and its various facets - its role, education standards, trending themes, the social responsibility of architects and the way forward - can be discussed.”

—L'Avenir Elevator Digest, December 2017

“The design dialogue between the author and the eminent design personalities makes an interesting read for not only those that are part of the design fraternity but also for a layman to understand the nuances of architecture and the scenario of urban development across the country. The language is fluid and easy to understand for the reader. [...] Architecture is indeed an integral part of everyone's daily life and irrespective of the on-going discussion on whether architecture shapes the society or the society influences the architects, the idea of writing about the architects who unlike their western counterparts seldom write about themselves or their work is worth appreciating.”

—BuildoTech, October-December 2017

“Apurva needs to be complimented on taking the road less travelled. Very few young architects would like to make a profession out of architectural writing—here is to a determined one!”

—Rajnish Wattas, Former Principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - March 2018 28 February 2018

This March, our Editorial Advisory Board member Narcís Bassols has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Narcís is currently a full-time lecturer and researcher in Tourism at the Universidad Externado de Colombia in Bogota, Colombia. He also has practical experience in his field, having worked for several years in the manufacturing industry as an export salesman as well as in the hospitality industry.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Narcís’ pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABMAR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2018.

Narcís Bassols’ ‘Recommended Read’:

Privileged Mobilities: Tourism as World Ordering

Editors: Mekonnen Tesfahuney and Katarina Schough.

Privileged Mobilities contributes to a growing school of critical studies of tourism. Mobility is about power and space. In this anthology, a series of questions are raised regarding privileged mobiles – who travels, where and whence, and why – not least from the standpoint of class, gender, ethnicity and citizenship.

This volume is a collective effort by Swedish researchers in the tradition of critical studies in tourism. The authors remind us that tourism can be a source of inequalities, exploitation and continued colonialism. The chapters address topics as varied as tourism in Africa and tourism and gender in order to prove how tourism has pervaded most (if not all) life compartments of today’s individual. Through this mobile individual, domination of the poorer countries has continued in many ways. Firmly grounded in sociological and anthropological traditions, particularly those of tourism, and showing the problems posed by the current understanding of tourism, the book is a clear call to those involved in the industry and the general public to build more equal and socially sustainable tourism.” 

For further information on Narcís, please click here.

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Meet our Authors: Elizabeth McNamer – February 2018 14 February 2018

Dr Elizabeth McNamer is Assistant Professor and holder of the Zarek Chair of Religious Thought at Rocky Mountain College, USA. She serves on the Board of the Bethsaida Excavation Project, and has authored the book The First Century of Christianity in Jerusalem as well as several articles on archaeology and scripture.

She has lectured all over the world, including in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, the UK, New Zealand, and across mainland Europe. She is the co-author of ‘Scripture from Scratch’ videos, a basic Bible study program, and was the editor of the pamphlet Scripture from Scratch (published by Saint Anthony Messenger Press) for 12 years.

Elizabeth has been featured on the History Channel and Public Television in several documentaries, including 'The Lost Years of Jesus: In Search of Christmas'; 'Search for the Historical Jesus'; 'The Fifth Gospel'; and 'The Land and Sea of Galilee'. She has also received numerous awards for community service and is a life time runner, and has run the Boston marathon.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Elizabeth has authored The Case for Bethsaida after Twenty Years of Digging: Understanding the Historical Jesus, and according to EDGE Media Network’s reviewer not only “covers all the archaeological evidence in her book, but also paints a vivid picture of Bethsaida”.

Elizabeth explains the background to her research and why she chose to publish the results of her work with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

For over 20 years I have participated in the Bethsaida archaeological excavations in Israel. My main interest is the historical Jesus. Much of the ministry of Jesus was carried out in this town, which was destroyed by an earthquake in the early part of the second century and never rebuilt. It was lost for 2000 years. Everything that is found here goes back to the time of Jesus, which cannot be said of any other place associated with him. I presented papers at many international conferences, where interest in Bethsaida grew, and I compiled these papers into a book: The Case for Bethsaida after Twenty Years of Digging: Understanding the Historical Jesus. Cambridge Scholars showed great interest in my project. They were courteous, attentive, responsive, and quick to answer any concerns. I was very pleased with the way they managed my project from start to finish.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the hardback and paperback editions of The Case for Bethsaida after Twenty Years of Digging: Understanding the Historical Jesus. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Goretti Faya Ornia – February 2018 14 February 2018

Dr Goretti Faya Ornia is a graduate in Translation and Interpreting (Spanish, English and German) from the University of Valladolid, Spain, and specialised in medical and technical translation from both the University Jaume I and the University of Seville.

Being a professional translator, she performed her doctoral thesis on the translation of medical brochures in the Department of English, German, and French Philology of the University of Oviedo, where she worked for six years. Simultaneously, she collaborated with the online University Isabel I and the online Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Currently, she is working as a lecturer and researcher in the Department of English Philology at the University of Valladolid.

Goretti has participated in a number of international conferences and research projects, and published several papers and books about medical language, communicative problems in the medical environment, translation and interpreting in healthcare contexts, text typologies, contrastive linguistics, and the use of corpora in translation. Because of her teaching experience, she is also interested in the area of English phonetics and phonology, and is currently conducting research in this field.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Goretti has authored Medical Brochure as a Textual Genre, which is “a book whose theoretical, methodological and descriptive sections can benefit both academics and practitioners of translation” according to Dr Patricia Rodríguez-Inés of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and, more recently, A Handout on Medical English for Health Professionals, co-authored with Héctor Hernández Lázaro.

Goretti explains her reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

I chose Cambridge Scholars because I wanted to publish the results of my research in an international and well-known publishing company, and at the same time I wanted to work with a clear and easy-to-contact company. I read carefully about Cambridge Scholars’ policies and research interests on their website, and as I liked their approach very much I went forward with publication. So far, I have published a couple of books with Cambridge Scholars, and I can say that they have proved to be a high-standard publishing company. Everything is very clear from the very beginning, and all the stages of the process are well-structured and well-organised. Cambridge Scholars have always complied with every single issue stated in the agreement as well as with the deadlines established in advance. They have always shown an excellent willingness to help (which I do really appreciate) and a great interest in getting a high-quality result (which, I think, has been achieved). Working with Cambridge Scholars has been a real pleasure and I will definitely recommend them to my colleagues!

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Medical Brochure as a Textual Genre. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAFEB18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th March 2018.

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