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Meet our Authors: Zekeh Gbotokuma – January 2017 13 January 2017

Dr Zekeh Gbotokuma is a polyglot and a US citizen of Congolese descent who refers to himself as a cosmocitizen. After twelve years of education and work in Europe, he is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the founding President of Polyglots in Action for Diversity, Inc. He is the former Director of the Center for Global Studies at Morgan State University.

His “extraordinary commitment to global learning and international understanding” made him the recipient of the prestigious Dr Sandye Jean McIntyre, II International Award 2008.

His publications include Global Safari (2015), OBAMÆNON (2011), A Pan-African Encyclopedia (2003), and Dizionario Italiano-Lingala/Lingala-Italiano (1990).

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Zekeh has authored Global Safari: Checking In and Checking Out in Pursuit of World Wisdoms, the American Dream, and Cosmocitizenship and A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

Zekeh describes the publishing experience and why he chose to publish both a memoir-travelogue and a multilingual reference work with Cambridge Scholars:


In 2009, I travelled back to my native land, the Democratic Republic of Congo, after 31 years in Europe and the USA. Upon my return to the United States, I decided to write a memoir-travelogue. I had a positive collaboration with Cambridge Scholars, and the main reasons for my satisfaction with the publishing process are the following. Firstly, Cambridge Scholars allowed me to find a proofreader, whose professionalism allowed him to deal with a manuscript that contains so many words and phrases in French, Italian, and German. Secondly, their punctuality in correspondence. Thirdly, I appreciated how flexible they were in allowing submission deadlines to be extended. Finally, I noted a serious commitment to quality control, not only in the publication of the memoir, but also in the most challenging publication of the multilingual reference work, A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian.

I am definitely grateful to Cambridge Scholars for publishing a memoir by an author who is not (yet) famous. This fact suggests, I suspect, that the long-term academic worth of the work is more important than financial considerations. For this reason, I commend Cambridge Scholars for their attention to the importance of multilingualism in the process of acquiring international competence in a spider’s web-like world. The recent publication of A Polyglot Pocket Dictionary of Lingála, English, French, and Italian constitutes an important postscript to Global Safari. To some extent, the multilingual glossary is the best possible way of telling stories about my life experiences, to which I also refer as a series of transits, transitions, and translations.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Zekeh’s memoir-travelogue Global Safari. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2017.


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Meet our Authors: Miriam Doran – January 2017 13 January 2017

Miriam Doran is a Lecturer in Education at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests include student educational experience, pedagogy and science education at primary, secondary and third level. Miriam previously worked in two national teacher support services in Ireland with responsibility for continuous professional development of primary and post-primary science teachers. Prior to that, she taught at post-primary level for over twenty years.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Miriam has authored An Ethnography in an Irish Girls Secondary School: Exploring how Hegemony and Power Mediate Agency and Structure, which explores the cultural experiences of a group of Irish 6th year girls and is based on an ethnographic study. This book is adapted from a PhD thesis and is Miriam’s inaugural academic book publication.

Miriam describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

Following completion of my PhD in education, I received advice from an experienced academic to consider Cambridge Scholars Publishing, due to their interest in helping early career researchers revise their doctoral thesis and bring it through to publication. As this was an inaugural book publication, I was grateful for the prompt and professional support and advice that was readily available when required. Cambridge Scholars were more than happy to facilitate my partial personalised design of the jacket and collaborated effectively on visual adjustments of the front cover during this process. I was involved throughout all aspects of the publishing process and have learned a considerable amount for future projects. I believe a reliable testimony to any company is the quality of the product. I am regularly complemented on the quality and finish of the book, and would wholeheartedly recommend Cambridge Scholars to other prospective authors.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on An Ethnography in an Irish Girls Secondary School. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2017.


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Celebrating the 125th Birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 23 December 2016

This January marks the 125th (or twelfthty-fifth) birthday of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford University and one of the most famous authors of the 20th century. Tolkien’s influence on fantasy writing can still be seen in contemporary literature, particularly in works of high fantasy, and Peter Jackson’s successful film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit have helped to bring his most famous works to a new generation.

To mark his 125th birthday, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on 4 of our best-selling titles on Tolkien and fantasy literature.

To redeem your discount, simply add the book(s) to your basket and enter the promotional code TOLKIEN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.

C. S. Lewis and the Inklings is a unique collection of two of the Inklings and their literary associates’ views on the negative impacts of technology in various areas of life and the resolution of these impacts through fellowship with others and faith in the Creator. Some of these essays offer suggestions on how ensnarement by social media and surrender to modern technology can be countered by surrender to God. Other essays also demonstrate how the significant literary craft of these authors can enchant readers and invite them into fairylands from which they return empowered and with a keener spiritual vision to tackle universal and present concerns.

One wonders whether there really is a need for another volume of essays on the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Clearly there is. Middle-earth and Beyond: Essays on the World of J. R. R. Tolkien takes new directions, employs new approaches, focuses on different texts, or reviews and then challenges received wisdom. The entries on sources and analogues in The Lord of the Rings, a favorite topic, are still able to take new directions. The analyses of Tolkien’s literary art, less common in Tolkien criticism, focus on character—especially that of Tom Bombadil—in which two different conclusions are reached. But characterization is also seen in the light of different literary techniques, motifs, and symbols. A unique contribution examines the place of linguistics in Tolkien’s literary art, employing Gricean concepts in an analysis of The Lay of the Children of Húrin. And a quite timely essay presents a new interpretation of Tolkien’s attitude toward the environment.

Fear and horror are an inextricable part of Tolkien’s great mythology and his use of medieval sources for his evocations of fear and horror contribute to the distinctive tone of his work. The Mirror Crack'd: Fear and Horror in JRR Tolkien's Major Works shows how his masterly narrative techniques transform his sources, both familiar and unfamiliar, so that hitherto benign characters, objects and landscapes, as well as his famous monstrous creations, engage with deeply rooted human fears. While some of the essays presented here turn to modern science, psychology, and anthropology to deepen their analyses of fear and horror, they all add depth to our appreciation of Tolkien’s most famous and frightening creations by defining their relationships to ancient and culturally significant images of fear and horror.

What if there is much more to the Harry Potter saga than a simple tale of adventure and fantasy for kids? “Yes, there is much more,” is the guiding premise of the annual, academic gatherings at Edinboro University known as The Ravenclaw Conferences. Since 2011, faculty and students have met in Edinboro to deliver papers and discuss the many intellectual and ethical issues raised in this story of an orphan boy’s journey from being a nobody to becoming the Chosen One of prophecy. In The Ravenclaw Chronicles, the reader will find select articles developed from these conferences, most from professors, but a few from student presenters. There is even one original short story of Harry Potter fan fiction. These reflections come from diverse perspectives: namely, philosophy, history, English literature, media studies, and world languages.


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Book of the Month - January 2017 23 December 2016

Our January Book of the Month is Ancient Warfare: Introducing Current Research, Volume I, edited by Geoff Lee, Helene Whittaker and Graham Wrightson.

This volume provides chapters on current research into ancient warfare. It is a collection with a wide-range, covering a long chronological spread, with many historical themes, including some that have recently been rather neglected. It has wide academic relevance to a number of on-going debates on themes in ancient warfare. Each topic covered is coherently presented, and offers convincing coverage of the subject area. There is a high standard of scholarship and presentation; chapters are well documented with extensive bibliographies. It is readable and successful in engaging the reader’s attention, and presents subject matter in an accessible way. The book will particularly appeal to professional historians, students and a wider audience of those interested in ancient warfare.


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 BOMJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.

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


Overall, this volume on ancient warfare contains a healthy mix, not only of different aspects of ancient warfare, but a mix of new research, different perspectives. Most importantly, it contains a blend of under-researched and obscure topics that, given their importance to ancient warfare research, should have been treated much earlier than 2015. Perhaps surprisingly, there has been a continuous rise in edited volumes on ancient warfare in the past few years, but one would be wrong in expecting that the present volume might get lost in this sea of ancient warfare volumes. Ancient Warfare: Introducing Current Research offers a refreshing and innovative perspective on an already very popular field of study, and perhaps it is fitting that the volume has appeared now when there are others contesting for the top spot in ancient warfare. Seeing that this is the first volume, we should look forward to future ones.”

—Carlos Villafane, University of Liverpool; Bryn Mawr Classical Review


“Due to the varied nature of the content presented in this volume, there is bound to be something for almost anyone interested in ancient warfare within its pages. This is a collection of quality works that will force many of us to see aspects of ancient conflict in new ways, introduce us to unfamiliar areas, and, in some places, challenge currently accepted ideas. This volume should find a place on the bookshelf of academics, students, and laypersons alike. I am very much looking forward to volume 2.”

Christopher Matthew, Australian Catholic University; American Journal of Archaeology


What this book succeeds in most is the presentation of innovative research within the field of ancient military history. With topics ranging from the 'killing' of iron age swords (M. Lloyd), to ancient military medicine (J. Laskaris), via modern attempts to reconstruct catapults (A. Schofield), it becomes clear how widespread the interests of the contributors are, and each paper deals in some way with ongoing controversies within the respective fields.”

—Owen Rees; Ancient Warfare, 10:3 


Combining archaeology, war studies, and social history, this volume would be a very useful addition to any library on warfare and provides an invaluable update on the latest research with coverage of oft-neglected topics which give a deeper insight into the full impact of warfare in the ancient world. […] Highly recommended and Volume II is eagerly awaited.”

—Mark Cartwright; Ancient History Encyclopedia 


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Connect With Cambridge Scholars Publishing On Social Media 23 December 2016

As part of our commitment to promoting our titles as widely as possible, we are delighted to be adding to our social media presence at the start of 2017 with three new platforms.

In addition to finding us on our website, Twitter and Google+, you can now connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and our new blog. With 1.79 billion monthly active users, Facebook provides huge potential for promoting titles to friends, family and wider connections, and the professionally-oriented social network LinkedIn recorded another increase in users in the last quarter of 2016 to 467 million members.

Facebook and LinkedIn offer excellent opportunities to publicise Cambridge Scholars titles, and these channels will be used in close conjunction with our new blog. This is designed to provide the ideal platform for announcements about new titles, to publicise book reviews, and to provide notifications of any book launches, calls for papers and conference announcements to an interested audience.

We are excited to be extending our presence to these social media platforms, which will vastly increase our titles’ exposure and help to publicise our authors and their work on a bigger stage. Publicising our books through social media will also help to increase awareness of our titles to the lay audience, to improve page rankings (enabling the books to be found more easily through Google or other search engines) and to increase sales.

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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - January 2017 23 December 2016

This January, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Terri Apter has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Terri is a psychologist and writer, and Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge. Her research focuses on family dynamics - between parents and children at various stages of development, among siblings, and between families connected by marriage.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Terri’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJAN17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st January 2017.


Dr Terri Apter’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Need for Sleep: Daybeams - Moondreams - New Schemes

Author: Lisa Pavlik-Malone.

This book explores the influence of fairytale details and imagery on adult cognition. It presents an exploration of possible changes in an individual’s schematic representations that reflect certain artistic re-interpretations of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale, including works of performance art, fiction, and film.

Our need for sleep means that for a third of our lives we have no protection from predators. For this to make sense in evolutionary terms, the benefits must be considerable. In Need for Sleep, Lisa Pavlik-Malone explores the power of both dreams and day-dreaming on our urge to make sense of love, life, death and sexual awakening. In the tradition of Bruno Bettleheim, who drew critical attention to the uses of fairytale on a child's imagination, Lisa Pavlik-Malone challenges common notions of sleep as a passive state, and presents it as a space for transformation and growth. This model is of great interest to psychologists and educators, as well as those of us who continue to value dreams and daydreaming.” 


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Meet our Authors: Farzana Moon – December 2016 14 December 2016

Farzana Moon is a teacher, poet, historian and playwright with a Masters in Education. She has published work on Sufi poetry, historical and biographical accounts of the Moghul emperors, and has written plays based on stories from religion and folklore.

Her publications on the Moghul emperors include: Babur: First Moghul of IndiaThe Moghul ExileDivine Akbar and Holy IndiaThe Moghul HedonistGlorious Taj and Beloved ImmortalThe Moghul Saint of Insanity; and Poet Emperor of the Last of the Moghuls: Bahadur Shah Zafar.

Her other non-fiction publications include Holocaust of the East, an account of the partition of India and Pakistan, and works on religion and spirituality, including Irem of the Crimson Desert, Prophet Muhammad: The First Sufi of Islam and No Islam but IslamFarzana has also published works of fiction, such as Romance Quartet, and her play Osama the Demented had a stage reading in Stockholm. 

She has a new book about the Quran forthcoming, and is currently writing another book, The American Queen (a work on Ora Ray Baker, the wife of Hazrat Inayat Khan, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico).


Farzana describes the experience of publishing multiple titles with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

“Academic publishing is a niche within the wider publishing market, and I was given the opportunity to publish my first scholarly work, Holocaust of the East, by Cambridge Scholars. CaroI Koulikourdi was the friendliest of editors, and it was a rare delight to work with someone so affable and helpful. I was moved by her kindness and expertise, and decided to publish two more titles with Cambridge Scholars: No Islam but Islam and The Moghul Saint of Insanity. Despite the diversity of subjects, the editors’ knowledge extended widely across the various disciplines. I applaud their patience and dedication as they stayed loyal to the high standard of their scholarly vision admired by university presses in America. All of my titles are much sought-after by scholars and universities, and I am very grateful to have published with Cambridge Scholars.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Moghul Saint of Insanity. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th January 2017.


You can find out more about Farzana and her work at her website by clicking here, or watch a video of her poem Politico 2016 being recited by actor Kaleb Alexander below.



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Meet our Authors: David Butler – December 2016 14 December 2016

David Butler was born in Tamworth, Australia, before relocating to the University of Queensland in Brisbane to study religion and psychology. Whilst teaching basic and advanced courses in psychology, he obtained his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2013. He has published in, and been a reviewer for, several psychological journals, such as Trends in Cognitive Science. He currently lives in Kyoto with his dog, Elvis, as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, where he is researching the developmental and evolutionary origins of prejudice.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, David has authored Four Questions on Visual Self-recognition: Development, Evolution, Function, and Mechanisms, which was developed from his PhD thesis.

David describes the experience of publishing his thesis with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars have been fantastic collaborators in producing my book 'Four Questions on Visual Self-recognition: Development, Evolution, Function, and Mechanisms'. Rather than appearing as separate papers in various journals, here was an opportunity to present my work as a whole as I originally envisioned. From the initial communication regarding the publication of my PhD thesis to the day I received my personal hard copy of the finished product, they were helpful, practical, and, above all, polite. Busy as I was, being able to make my own timeline and receiving patient understanding when required meant that publication was a non-stressful event. In short, Cambridge Scholars Publishing gave me the pleasant means of fulfilling my ambition to produce a piece of writing that I hope may be of some benefit to those who need it. Now if I can only produce enough material to do it all over again!


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Four Questions on Visual Self-recognition: Development, Evolution, Function, and Mechanisms. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th January 2017.


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Human Rights Day 2016 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 November 2016

On 10th December, people around the world will come together to observe Human Rights Day. At Cambridge Scholars we are pleased to support this important annual event, as continued respect for human rights is a growing concern in the globalised modern world.


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Human Rights Day is observed on 10th December every year. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack. We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference: in the street, in school, at work, in public transport, in the voting booth, on social media.


To mark Human Rights Day, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on four of our most relevant titles. To find out more about each title, click on the image.

Images and Human Rights explores issues of creation, distribution, and control of images through official and unofficial sources, asking what impact that has had on human rights and what the ethical implications are. The volume includes research from healthcare advocates, human rights scholars and activists, photographers, and visual anthropologists who see a need for more careful contextual interpretation of images in global and local settings. It represents diverse forms of scholarship and the ever-changing field of research methodologies, and it examines how human rights issues take advantage of visual methodologies and how the visual works to communicate these issues with the public. As such, this collection will be useful for researchers studying in the fields of visual culture and human rights.

The 1980s saw one of the largest social movements in US history, as activists fought to change the Reagan Administration’s policy of supporting right-ring terror and oligarchy in Central America. Despite the size and diversity of the movement, however, it remains understudied. Fight and Flight examines the campaigns of three US NGOs, namely Amnesty International USA, the National Lawyers Guild, and the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador. By analysing the ways in which the NGOs ameliorated the effects of human rights violations in Central America, primarily through their refugee assistance programs, this research demonstrates that the movement was more effective than is generally reflected in the existing literature. Of particular interest for academic students of human rights and social movements, as well as activists interested in strategies of social change, this book offers a nuanced reading of a critical movement for human rights and international justice.

The primary concern of Private Military and Security Companies is the application of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law in addressing the business conduct of Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) during armed conflicts, as well as state responsibility for human rights violations and current attempts at international regulation. The book discusses four interconnected themes. First, it differentiates private contractors from mercenaries, presenting an historical overview of private violence. Second, it situates PMSCs’ employees under the legal status of civilian or combatant. It then investigates the existing law on state responsibility and what sort of responsibility companies and their employees can face. Finally, the book explores current developments on regulation within the industry, on national, regional and international levels.

Repressive regimes, regardless of their nature and geographic location, have a destructive and dehumanizing effect on people’s lives. Oppression and political violence shatter victims’ identities, their relationships, communities and the meaning of their world as a safe and coherent place. However, while some people suffer traumatising long term effects, others become stronger and more resilient, able to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of tragedy. Reconstructing Trauma and Meaning is an invitation to revisit, bear witness and listen to the stories of suffering and healing of survivors of apartheid repression in South Africa. This work is an exploration of the life trajectories of former victims of gross human rights violations during apartheid and their creative ways of reconstructing meaning after trauma. Their life narratives, shaped by social, political and cultural realities, are a valuable contribution to the collective memory of the nation, as an intrinsic part of the continuous process of reconciliation and transformation in South Africa.


To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code HUMAN16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 3rd January 2017.


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Book of the Month - December 2016 30 November 2016

Our December Book of the Month is Timeless Experience: Laura Perls's Unpublished Notebooks and Literary Texts 1946-1985, edited by Nancy Amendt-Lyon.

For years, psychotherapists have known that Laura Perls was actively involved in the development of what today is known as Gestalt therapy. Her professional publications are succinct and appreciated, but they are not numerous. The present volume, comprising Laura Perls’s heretofore unpublished writing, including journal entries, letters, poems, translations, short stories, and drafts for lectures and publications, offers a very personal perspective on one of the founders of Gestalt therapy. The extensive interview that Daniel Rosenblatt conducted with Laura Perls in 1972, published here for the first time in English, complements her literary texts, and provides valuable background information. The rich cultural background from which Laura Perls benefited and the authors whose works inspired her resonate in her literary texts, a treasure chest of personal reflections during the decades of her life from 1946 to 1985. In addition, a general overview of her life is provided, her theoretical and practical contributions to the origins and development of Gestalt therapy are described, and her legacy to the field of Gestalt therapy is elucidated.


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 BOMDEC16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 3rd January 2017.

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


How moving it is to enter Laura Perls’s intimate world and discover her essays, short stories, thoughts, poetry! And what a gift from her editor to give us such a precise and detailed context to Laura’s writings. This book is a treasure: we learn more about the history, theory and practice of Gestalt therapy, and its essence and aesthetics are revealed more brightly.”

—Jean-Marie Robine; Institut Français de Gestalt-thérapie


“Laura Perls’s published writings reflected her psychotherapeutic work, but never—until now—the colors of the rainbow that was Laura, the person. This book is a parting of the clouds that illuminates a hidden land of her creativity, artistic depth, humanity, thoughtfulness, kindness, vulnerability, and mischievousness. Those of us trained by her will find in her emerging personhood support for what we learned from her. Those who want to know more about the history of Gestalt therapy will find documents that anchor our history in the life of a brilliant founder—intellect, artist, friend, and mother. Nancy Amendt-Lyon has done us all a great service.”

—Dan Bloom; Past President of the New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy


I found this book—devoted to understanding and elucidating the diaries of Laura Perls—fascinating. Amendt-Lyon has taken a lifetime of Laura’s writings—many personal and previously unpublished—and woven them into a wider narrative that encapsulates the therapeutic and cultural environment in which Laura lived. Consequently, we get to know Laura, not only as a creative, talented, and respectful therapist and theoretician, but also as a vulnerable, passionate, and multidimensional woman ahead of her times. It is a must-read, not only for Gestaltists, but for anyone who might enjoy a captivating biography.”

—Joseph Melnick; Founding Editor of the Gestalt Review; Co-Chair of the Cape Cod Training Program, GISC


“Timeless Experience: Laura Perls’s Unpublished Notebooks and Literary Texts, 1946–1985 is a tour de force, giving the reader a comprehensive look into a woman of extraordinary depth, courage and expertise, and who offered unique contributions to the field of psychotherapy. Professionals in the world of therapy—particularly Gestalt therapy—know well of Laura’s expert contributions (working individually in a group setting, emphasizing personal support and contact, highlighting differences between wanting and needing, etc.). Much less is known about her personal history: fleeing from the Nazis, her creativity both in writing poetry and prose, playing music, dance, her personal struggles with anxiety, health issues, intimate relationships, Judaism, or her political fervor. Nancy Amendt-Lyon has done a masterful job of bringing Laura Perls to life by revealing the more delicate aspects of her world, her musings, her unpolished thoughts, and her compassion for others. Bravo!”

—Rita F. Resnick, PhD; Faculty Chair, Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles


Here is a story of commitment between three women, starting with a daughter’s dream and ending in a precious book on the founder of Gestalt therapy, Laura Perls. A talented Gestalt therapist and eloquent writer herself, Amendt-Lyon’s editing and annotations allow the beauty of her former teacher’s ability as both clinician and author to explode with color and three-dimensionality. This book is a must! This is not only the transcription of Laura’s notebooks; it is a comprehensive, vibrant narrative of her theoretical, clinical, and aesthetic legacy, a whole that well describes the everlasting implicit value of Gestalt therapy.”

—Margherita Spagnuolo Lobb; Istituto di Gestalt HCC Italy


“Passed on to us from Laura Perls’s own daughter, Renate, we are invited to have intimate insights into Laura’s legacy, her captivating account of the beginnings of Gestalt therapy, her work as a therapist, writer, and poet. Credit must be given to Nancy Amendt-Lyon for her tremendous effort to bring this into an easily accessible form, a source of inspiration for generations of Gestalt therapists to come.”

—Beatrix Wimmer; President-Elect of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy; Vice-President of the Austrian Association for Gestalt Therapy


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