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Book of the Month - April 2018 28 March 2018

Our April Book of the Month is This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning by M.F. Sia and S. Sia.

Questions about the meaning of life and the nature of our being are as old as philosophy itself. In this acclaimed work M.F. Sia and S. Sia entwine philosophical themes with a narrative, storytelling approach to probe these longstanding questions.


Picture of This Deep Pierian Spring

Fundamental questions about life arise in various contexts, making us wonder about the real worth of living. However, it is certainly a sign of our times when one is alerted to the fundamental question about the meaning and significance of life by an ominous text message. The main character of this book, Professor Enrique de los Reyes, receives such a warning: the onset of super-typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever to hit landfall, and the impending danger to his friend and his relatives in the Philippines. As he anxiously awaits more news, he recalls and reviews in the context of this tragedy his philosophical wanderings throughout a long academic career in pursuit of the meaning of life. He wonders how these could now be reconciled with the urgent need for him to attend to this particular situation. The response to his query comes from a most unexpected source as he assesses Alexander Pope’s advice to drink deeply from the Pierian spring and realises its import for one’s conduct in life.


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


“It draws the reader into such an interesting world of literature and ideas, into the lives of the fictional characters and into the imaginative contexts in which the authors place them […] a narrative of a journey: the one which we all must take, from being an observer of things, to becoming, in some sense, co-creator of all human values.”

—Rev. Dr Celia G. Kenny, Research Associate, Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University, UK


“What is the meaning of it all? What is life all about? The authors know how to address these questions and how to bring them to life. They do it with great candour and mildness — and with a philosophical depth only a life-long search, both professionally and personally, can bring forth. A brilliant philosophical novel!”

—Emeritus Professor André Cloots, Philosophy, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium


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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.


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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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Book of the Month - February 2018 31 January 2018

Our February Book of the Month is Land Writings: Excursions in the Footprints of Edward Thomas by James Riding.

Whilst out walking one day in the shade at the age of thirty-six, with the First World War looming, Edward Thomas decided to become a poet. In the few years that followed, believing he belonged nowhere, he tramped across rolling chalk downland, stitching himself to the landscape. Gently slanting from the door of his stone cottage, the South Downs – a range of chalk hills that extend across the southeastern coastal counties of England from Hampshire in the west to Sussex in the east – became day by day the mainspring of his poetry. As a perennial poet and essayist of the South Downs, Edward Thomas remains an enduring presence a century later in the downland he trampled daily, treading and documenting a series of paths around the village of Steep, East Hampshire, where he lived until enlisting. Arranging itself around a number of journeys in pursuit of the early twentieth century poet and nature writer, this book provides a personal and moving tale of encountering literature in landscape, retreading Edward Thomas’s footprints from the beginning of his epically creative final four years, to the site where he died in 1917, during the Battle of Arras.


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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 BOMFEB18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2018.

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


“Elegant, scrupulous and excitingly experimental, James Riding’s walking-acts find new ways back into – and out from – Edward Thomas’s life and work. His book, Land Writings, sets out the political worth of being artistic in an era when the humanities are under widespread pressure.”

—Robert Macfarlane, Reader in Literature and the Geohumanities, University of Cambridge


“Riding offers us a strikingly original take on Thomas, and at the same time delivers a very different way of writing geography imaginatively. Journeying by stages and phases, the worlds his words evoke are anguished, eloquent, tormented, candid, addled, claustrophobic, schizoid, snarky, scabrous, enigmatic, dizzying, difficult, daring, grotty, crotchety, conversational, melancholic, sensational, and magical. And that’s not the half of it.”

—Hayden Lorimer, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Glasgow


“This is a complex, rich and risk-taking piece of work - a fascinating read. It is memorable, 'gets you', and makes theoretical arguments current in human geography about landscape, poetics, authorship, embodiment, memory and experience. What really struck me was its swooping quality, whether it was swooping through Thomas' poetry and life from tranquil rural England to the hell of trench warfare, being swept through the streets of central London in a peaceful protest met by police violence, or just freewheeling down a hill on a bike at dangerous speed.”

—Ian Cook, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Exeter


“As he trails Edward Thomas and leads us hand in hand, James Riding’s questing and questioning reflections in, on and about the British landscape - personal, sceptical, celebratory, performative - help to refashion our attitudes to notions of place once more. A significant and provocative addition to new writing in geography, in a challenging range of registers that wear their scholarship easily.”

—Mike Pearson, Emeritus Professor of Performance Studies, Aberystwyth University


“As he journeys in imaginary fellowship with Thomas, Riding goes to the heart of a landscape methodos: a mode of thinking about place that is also a way of travelling through it, linking the walk to the peripatetics of memory and mood, intimation and association. A quiet and beautiful book, Thomas’s poetry is never far away from this most personal of engagements.”

—Jessica Dubow, Reader in Cultural Geography, University of Sheffield


“In this breakthrough text, James Riding establishes himself as a significant land writer and voice in contemporary cultural geography. Riding’s work arrives at a time when there is much discussion and debate regarding ‘creative turns’ in cultural geography. In this context, Land Writings offers a sustained, full-throttle engagement with traditions of narrating landscape, selfhood, memory and travel, and one that is notably shorn of the timidity and qualifying that often accompanies academic ventures into creative registers. From the start, you hear a confident, original voice, and as the chapters unfold, so does a story quite different from the one you might imagine.”

—John Wylie, Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Exeter


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Book of the Month - January 2018 21 December 2017

Our January Book of the Month is American Self-Radicalizing Terrorists and the Allure of "Jihadi Cool/Chic" by Caroline Joan "Kay" S. Picart.


This book provides a critical legal analysis of how American self-radicalizing terrorists become what they are by analyzing, in detail, the stories of Colleen LaRose, America’s first Most Wanted Female Terrorist, and the Tsarnaev brothers, Tamerlan and Jahar (Dzhokhar), the Boston Marathon Bombers. Drawing from the analytic tools of cutting-edge studies on terrorism by global experts, as well as the latest news reports, policy papers, Congressional Hearings, and legal documents, the book illustrates how the internet provides the means through which a self-activating terrorist may first self-radicalize through some imaginary or sympathetic connection with an organized terrorist network. It includes an analysis of “America’s Most Watched Trial,” United States v. Tsarnaev, as it moved through its “guilt” and “penalty” phases, and its culmination in Jahar’s being sentenced to death by lethal injection as America’s youngest self-radicalizing terrorist.


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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 BOMJAN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2018.

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


“Caroline Picart's book offers both illumination and analytic clarity. Setting riveting narratives into powerfully explanatory theoretical contexts, she provides case studies of three notorious terrorists, in each case detailing the role of the Internet in creating an alluring rhetoric of 'jihadi cool' that induced these troubled individuals to commit monstrous acts on behalf of violent movements with which they had little organizational contact.”

—Harry Keyishian, Professor Emeritus of English, Fairleigh Dickinson University


“Picart's timely book sets out the problems of any blanket preventative strategy by outlining the different factors at play through detailed and thorough case studies. The work provides not only a theoretical overview but also demonstrates the importance of individual circumstances and the role of high quality audio visual production values to create 'jihadi cool', both of which problematize a blanket policy approach. A valuable contribution to the field.”

—Steve Greenfield, Deputy Head, School of Law, University of Westminster


“This excellent book provides readers with key insights into the radicalization of the Tsarnaev brothers and Colleen LaRose (a.k.a. Jihad Jane). Using a wealth of diverse artefactual materials from legal, cultural, media, and other sources, the author does a masterful job of explaining the evolutionary nature of some jihadist movements. This is essential reading for anyone interested in self-radicalized terrorists and the mediated coverage of global jihadism.”

—Marouf A. Hasian, Jr., Professor of Rhetoric and Communication, University of Utah


“Picart masterfully explores the enigma of self-radicalization by employing cutting-edge theories and methods. By lucidly exposing the roots of home-grown terrorism, this book reveals the challenges ahead for our society and legal system to address the origins of this violence. Picart's disturbing narratives lead us to an unsettling conclusion. Right now, we are indeed our own worst enemy.”

—M.C. Mirow, Professor of Law, F.I.U. College of Law, Miami


“This impressive and thought-provoking book explores a topic that so far has been largely neglected and overlooked - namely, how and why terrorists become terrorists. Through a detailed study and multi-layered analysis of the causes and processes of so-called 'self-radicalized terrorism', Picart's book provides a critical eye-opener not only to the disciplines of criminology and law studies but also to American society as such. Quite simply, a must-read, must-understand and must-use book for anyone trying to come to terms with our contemporary age of terrorism.”

—Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Professor of Sociology, Aalborg University


“How and why do some of us become 'monsters'? Devoid of sentimentalism, rage, judgment or moralizing, this captivating, thought-provoking book offers a richly detailed account of renowned cases of American self-radicalization that culminated in murderous acts of terror. As in a truly gripping thriller, even as all is systematically revealed, the horror remains.”

—Orit Kamir, Professor of Law and Culture, The Israeli Center for Human Dignity


“Caroline Picart's American Self-Radicalizing Terrorists and the Allure of Jihadi Cool/Chic is a fascinating look into the world of lone wolf terrorism. Through meticulous research and an engaging writing style, Picart unravels the dynamics of this growing threat. The case studies included in the book are compelling and provides new and important insights into how and why certain individuals become lone wolf terrorists. Definitely a book everyone should read.”

—Jeffrey D. Simon, Author of Lone Wolf Terrorism: Understanding the Growing Threat


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Book of the Month - December 2017 30 November 2017

Our December Book of the Month is A World Beyond Global Disorder: The Courage to Hope, edited by Fred Dallmayr and Edward Demenchonok.


A world which, like ours, has been ravaged by some sixty wars in recent decades, can rightly be described as the scene of global disorder. Even today, the same world is traumatized by hot and cold wars, proxy wars, and repeated outbursts of blood-filled mayhem, not to mention the threat of a nuclear holocaust unleashed by big power rivalries. These are not mere statistics, but wounds in the body of humanity, calling for healing and reconciliation. In biblical terms, human beings are not meant to be the owners or the destroyers of the world, but rather its custodians or caretakers.

This collection is a summons to responsible care-taking, and it approaches the subject from an intercultural perspective in a variety of fields, including religion and politics. The topics covered range from accounts of major global calamities today to explorations of possible political, economic and societal reforms, and to the invocation of basic religious and philosophical resources needed for the recovery of a world beyond global disorder.


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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 BOMDEC17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd January 2018.

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


“I am glad to learn about the book. The topic could hardly be more timely and important.”

—Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


“This is an outstanding collection of original essays by distinguished scholars from the East, Middle East, and West. While it moves increasingly towards its theme of hope despite the global disorder of the present, it is anything but saccharine in its approach: It views the disorder, much of it born of serious past malfeasances by state actors, as very real, and it insists, from its title onwards, that transformative hope requires considerable courage under the circumstances.”

—William L. McBride, Immediate Past President, International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP)


“The volume analyzes the present system of hegemonic globalization with deep insight and offers much-needed hope for resisting and possibly transforming it. As such, it issues an urgent call both for sober attention and transformative praxis.”

—Joseph Prabhu, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, California State University-Los Angeles, USA


“The superb contributions to this volume illuminate our current global disorder comprehensively and trenchantly, from the spiritual to the material and beyond. They are imperative reading for anyone seeking a truly global understanding of today's global crises and the utter futility of unipolar solutions based on monological reasoning.”

—David B. Ingram, Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, USA


“The editors have assembled a collection of top international scholars who analyze why we live in a world of so much violence, domination, and disorder. They propose ways to overcome that disorder and to nurture a sustainable world of greater justice and peace.”

—Douglas Allen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Maine, USA


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Book of the Month - November 2017 31 October 2017

Our November Book of the Month is Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge by Antony Lentin.


According to the Law Journal in 1932, ‘No present-day figure on the Bench is of greater interest than Mr Justice McCardie’. A High Court Judge from 1916 to 1933, no twentieth-century judge was more conspicuous or controversial.

To his critics, he was a ‘rogue judge’ whose headline-hitting pronouncements often angered his fellow judges, called down the ire of the Churches, provoked calls in Parliament for his removal and earned a public rebuke from the Prime Minister.

To his admirers, he was ‘a Crusader on the Bench’, a pioneer who denounced outdated laws, strove to make the law meet the needs of modern society and boldly championed women’s causes, birth control and abortion.

The Law Quarterly Review described him as ‘one of the most interesting men in the history of the English Bench.’


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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 BOMNOV17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th November 2017.

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“[F]rom the pen of Antony Lentin comes this definitive and scholarly but most entertainingly readable biography of McCardie. There are surprisingly few really good, scholarly, biographies of English judges and this is one of the very best. He makes extensive and fascinating use not merely of the law reports but of a wide range of public and private papers, including McCardie's surviving papers. [T]his is a book to be savoured by anyone with an interest in either the history of the English judiciary or the history of family law in the twentieth century. I cannot recommend it too highly.”

—Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court; Family Law Journal


“This is a gem of a book. Under 200 pages in length it is very fully and carefully researched and for the student, however amateur, of the development of English Jurisprudence during an era of massive social change following the close of the Victorian era, a cameo performance of profound insight and quality. For someone who has experienced the unique cloistered and sometimes claustrophobic ambience of the Law courts, Barristers chambers and the Temple it plunges you straight into the early twentieth century world of Bar and Bench with all its professional tittle-tattle and with which we are all still familiar!”

—Sir Paul Coleridge, Chairman of the Marriage Foundation, retired judge of the High Court of England and Wales


“In these post-Brexit vote days when the independence of the judiciary is a hot topic, Antony Lentin’s biography of one of the most controversial judges this country has ever seen is timely. Few have ever publicly expressed themselves with such personal conviction as did Mr Justice McCardie and few have engendered such divided emotions, veering from contempt to something approaching veneration. Lentin leans towards the latter, though like all good lawyers he is scrupulous in recognising the strengths of the other side’s argument and ultimately leaves it to the reader to decide which of the two camps to join.”

—Sally Smith, QC, The Times


“Perhaps the most surprising feature of this lucid and suspenseful biography is that its author – an authority on the lives of eminent British lawyers – comes down heavily in favour of this apparent monster. Yet one comes to the end of this remarkable book with a feeling of gratitude that “Mac” never remotely achieved the kind of power to which he so evidently aspired.”

—W. Sydney Robinson, Wolfson College, Cambridge; Times Literary Supplement


“Lawyers, academics and general readers interested in all things judicial – and their effects on social change – will be especially fascinated. For details read this book, which the author has copiously researched using many original sources.  The result is an absorbing narrative which fills in any number of blanks in the story of Mr Justice McCardie and which therefore makes an important contribution to English legal history.”

—Phillip Taylor, MBE, Barrister-at-Law


“Antony Lentin’s life of Henry Alfred McCardie, published in the centenary year of his appointment to the High Court Bench, offers a fascinating portrait of a judicial figure whose reforming judgments have stood the test of time rather better than some of the public pronouncements that brought him fame and notoriety in his own day.”

—Paul Magrath, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England & Wales


“This well-researched study of an interesting character (and the not-too-distant legal past) ... offers fascinating insights.”

—David Pickup, The Law Society Gazette


“The eccentric judge – reformer, feminist and gambler – gets a sensitive hearing in Anthony Lentin’s biography.”

—Michael Beloff QC, The Spectator


“This excellent biography by Antony Lentin takes a detached and fascinating look at a very controversial figure. Lentin has combined deep scholarship with vivid imagery, creating a fitting tribute to an extraordinary and populist figure, whose personality and achievements deserve to be remembered. I strongly recommended this striking portrait.”

—Nigel Pascoe QC, Counsel Magazine


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Book of the Month - October 2017 29 September 2017

Our October Book of the Month is The Unity-Based Family: An Empirical Study of Healthy Marriage, Family, and Parenting by H.B. Danesh and Azin Nasseri.


Getting married, forming a family, and parenting are among the most consequential tasks we undertake in our lives. This book is about creating loving and united marriages, nurturing and happy families, and rearing healthy and successful children.

It provides dramatically new concepts and practical strategies on how to achieve these noble objectives in our rapidly changing and challenging world.

Based on current scientific research, original conceptual formulations, and intensive clinical studies, The Unity-Based Family is, at once, groundbreaking, enlightening, helpful, and profound.


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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 BOMOCT17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2017.

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


“The Unity-Based Family is a must read for anyone who wants to raise intellectually, emotionally, morally, and spiritually healthy children. As a developmental psychologist, I was particularly attracted to, and edified by, the chapters concerning the dynamics of personal development and parenting. I wish I had had the knowledge and wisdom imparted in this book when I started my family forty years ago! Now, I will settle for using it to help my undergraduate students of developmental psychology understand how to create family unity and why that unity is both the foundation of health and the means of healing for families.”

—Rhett Diessner, Professor of Psychology, Lewis-Clark State College


“Once again, in his characteristic style, Dr H. B. Danesh has achieved a lucidity and beauty in his writing that makes difficult concepts not only easy but also a delight to digest. In reading almost every paragraph, one gets a sense of being nourished and challenged at the same time. I found this book to be both an enlightening and aesthetic experience. As a psychologist and educator who has systematically studied the development of life purpose for more than fifteen years, I have found frameworks in this book that I have yet to find articulated in the same way anywhere else.”

—Jenni Menon Mariano, Associate Professor, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee


“The Unity-Based Family is an inspiring book, demonstrating that unity, once translated into action, will meet most of the personal, interpersonal, and collective challenges faced by humanity today. It deals with the concept of unity in the context of the family as the fundamental unit of society, but this book is not only about the family: it is about our life and how to substantially improve its quality.”

—Julio Savi, MD, Author of A Nest on the Highest Branch: Reflections on Human Success, Prosperity and Happiness


“Dr Danesh is a master at breaking down a complex phenomenon into highly understandable elements. In this book, he brings a wonderful clarity to the challenging issues of marriage and family and, in doing so, raises our vision to the beauty and potential of human life.”

—Brian Kirsh, MD, FRCP (C), Department of Psychiatry, University Health Network, Toronto


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Book of the Month - September 2017 31 August 2017

Our September Book of the Month is Laughter and War: Humorous-Satirical Magazines in Britain, France, Germany and Russia 1914–1918 by Lesley Milne.

War is no laughing matter. During a war, however, laughter can play a vital role in sustaining morale, both in the armies at the Front and in their homelands. Among wars, the 1914–18 conflict has left a haunting legacy, and remains a central topic in modern European history. This book offers a comparative study of the impact of the war in four countries, and breaks new ground by exploring this through the medium of what their respective populations laughed at. By searching the pages of four humorous-satirical magazines, Punch in the UK, Le Rire (France), Simplicissimus (Germany), and Novy Satirikon (Russia), all of which supported the national war efforts, it examines the ways in which humour made an important contribution to the propaganda war. All four magazines were famous for their cartoons, a selection of which is included, but much of the humour was expressed through the written word, in skits, squibs, comic tales, and light verse. Translated into English, these snapshots of the moment are brought together to chart the responses on both sides of the conflict to issues and unfolding events, identifying the stories that nations liked to tell about themselves and also the ones they liked to be told.


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 BOMSEP17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd October 2017.

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


“[T]his book must be complimented for its vast array of commentary and analysis. Milne has undertaken a massive task in making a comparative analysis of the four nations by focusing on one of each of their important satirical comic journals. A great deal of material and themes are covered, and this perhaps explains the author’s foreword that it was a book ‘a long time in the making’. [...] [T]he achievements of the volume in providing a detailed, interesting and clear comparison of humour across the combatant nations is clear and significant.”

—Pip Gregory, University of Kent; Reviews in History


“The major strength of this work is the variety of sources positioned in transnational comparison. It also includes a number of reproductions of the images used in these wartime publications, including a number of beautiful color plates. As such, it provides a very valuable resource, a kind of compendium of published humor related to the war and its peripheral effects, especially for individuals who do not have command of the requisite languages. [...] The book is a welcome addition to the growing field of cultural studies of the war and is particularly valuable for its transnational approach.”

—Laurie Stoff, Arizona State University; The Russian Review


“There are many small delights in Lesley Milne's book, of fine satirical material to gladden the connoisseur's heart. [...] The verbal snapshots, jokes, sketches, cartoons, caricatures and comic verse from all four nations are undeniably witty, but now feel desperately sad.”

—Kate Macdonald, Visiting Fellow, University of Reading; Times Higher Education


“[This] is in every way an original and fresh contribution to the abundant literature on the First World War.”

—Anthony Cross, Professor Emeritus of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge; Journal of European Studies


“This book stands out as a highly original piece of historical research. [...] Anyone embarking on a study of what is still sometimes called the Great War will not want to be without it.”

—Tony Mason, Professor Emeritus, International Centre for Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University, Leicester


“... a splendid book ... wise in its judgements and sparklingly written ... a terrific achievement.”

—Trevor Royle, Military historian


“Lesley Milne’s comprehensive and well-structured compendium of First World War satirical publications is broadly researched and draws on an excellent corpus of primary sources, material from which is used effectively and convincingly throughout. [...] [A] great strength lies precisely in [the author's] teasing out of the key differences in satirical representation, not only across the Allied-Germany divide, but also between attitudes in the Russian, British and French magazines. Overall, given this ‘separative’ discussion, she succeeds in achieving a nuanced and worthwhile analysis.”

—Philippa Read, University of Leeds; The Humorous Times


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Book of the Month - August 2017 31 July 2017

Our August Book of the Month is Art in the Age of Emergence by Michael J. Pearce.

This book delivers sensible emergent aesthetics, explaining the processes that happen in human minds when we share ideas as works of art, skewering the orthodoxies of contemporary art with pragmatic wisdom about why representational art thrives in the new millennium.

Art in the Age of Emergence has captured the imaginations of thinkers and artists alike. This is an indispensable read for those who want to understand representational art in the 21st Century.


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 both the hardback and paperback editions of this title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st August 2017.

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


“[A] hugely enjoyable, intelligent and well-written book. Pearce has that rare ability of writing with both erudition and wit. He uses the science and literature of emergence and complexity to reinvigorate the discussion of what art is, but he manages to take us with him, captivating the reader with his encyclopedic knowledge of art, his poetic reflections on nature and life, and on what it is to be human. Pearce does more than talk about emergence; he gently enchants us with his wisdom and kindness, which ultimately offers something of an emergent experience in itself. This is a text that every artist ought to read.”

—Alan J. Lawson, American Arts Quarterly


“Michael Pearce's book is the first major effort to use emergence as a model for aesthetic theory. Partly a personal meditation, but also an exploration of scientific and philosophical ideas, Art in the Age of Emergence is intended to challenge the current orthodoxies of contemporary aesthetics. […] Art in the Age of Emergence is a dense book that is ultimately quite optimistic, and a genuine conversation-starter.”

—John Seed, Huffington Post


“Michael Pearce is that rare phenomenon – a practicing artist who knows art from the inside and an intellectual versed in what the cognitive sciences teach us about why we make art. This book – part personal meditation, part philosophical exploration, and part scientific survey – is rewarding reading.”

—Stephen R. C. Hicks, Author of Explaining Postmodernism


“The slow but steady return of representational art to the mainstream cannot – and should not – be complete until it is examined, like all worthy artistic phenomena, by learned and incisive commentators who can place it in its proper philosophical contexts. With Art in the Age of Emergence, Michael Pearce has provided just such an analysis, one that is both welcome and accessible to anyone who wants to understand how and why this important development is underway.”

—Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine


“An author’s greatest joy is to see his life’s work brilliantly applied to new fields. The new paradigm of emergent complexity that is revolutionizing the sciences has indeed launched us into a new “age of emergence.” With penetrating insight and provocative examples, Michael Pearce builds a new theory of art upon “emergent experiences” and the artworks that inspire them. This is aesthetics in the grand tradition – after reading it you won’t see mind, matter, or art in the same way again.”

—Philip Clayton, Author of Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness


“Michael Pearce’s Art in the Age of Emergence is one of those rare things – a genuinely constructive work. Drawing on resources from philosophy, spirituality and neuroscience, as well as his own engagement with the world of representational art, Pearce both acutely diagnoses the aesthetic bottle-neck of our times and points a way forward to a more aspirational and authentic form of art creation. Though some hackles will be raised by his deft puncturing of postmodern shibboleths, more will cheer. This is a book that is likely to influence and inspire artists for some time to come.”

—Nathan Tierney, PhD, author of Imagination and Ethical Ideals


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Book of the Month - July 2017 30 June 2017

Our July Book of the Month is Restoring the Balance: Using the Qur’an and the Sunnah to Guide a Return to the Prophet’s Islam by John Andrew Morrow.


Restoring the Balance is a penetrating reflection upon the reality of Islam in the modern world. Addressing a myriad of pressing issues that impact Muslims in the East, West, North, and South, it tackles topics that are both difficult and troubling, threading its way through a mine-field of religious, cultural, and ideological issues with courage, balance, caution, and concern.

In a world of extremes, which pits religious fundamentalists against radical reformists, it calls upon Muslims to maintain the middle ground, using the Qur’an and the Sunnah to guide to a return of the Prophet’s Islam.


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 BOMJUL17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 31st July 2017.

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


“An invaluable and much needed contribution to our national dialogue and our near term future under a Trump administration, "Restoring The Balance" is a critically important and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library collections in general, and Islamic Studies supplemental reading lists in particular.”

—Midwest Book Review, 15:12 (December 2016)


“‘Bold’ and ‘courageous.’ Those are the two words that best summarize Restoring the Balance. John Andrew Morrow once again challenges Muslims and non-Muslims to re-think Islam in universalistic terms. He not only tackles bigotry and radicalism head-on, but he also highlights the anti-racist and egalitarian underpinnings of core Islamic teachings. This highly accessible book of short essays will be of interest to academics, intellectuals, students, teachers, and lay-readers; basically, to people of all backgrounds who want to learn more about the real message of Islam. Restoring the Balance has the potential to restore your faith in humanity.”

—Dr Craig Considine, Lecturer of Sociology at Rice University and co-author of Islam and the People of the Book: Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet


“In his latest book, Dr John Andrew Morrow holds a mirror to Muslims to see where they have erred. He touches on many sensitive issues that Muslims would do well to understand and, therefore, rectify. An excitingly informative book that will benefit both the scholar and the lay person.”

—Zafar Bangash, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Islamic Thought; President of the Islamic Society of York Region, Toronto


“Though Muslims invented the university, traditional Islamic scholarship was often informal and personal: You would hear about a teacher of the subject you wanted to learn, travel to meet him or her, and join the ‘classes’ that began after prayer time in the corner of the local mosque. In Restoring the Balance, a leading authority on Islam, Dr John Andrew Morrow, speaks informally, but with great erudition and – most importantly – wisdom. For those of us who can’t go sit in the mosque with him, this book is the next best thing.”

—Dr Kevin Barrett, Editor of 9/11 and American Empire v.2: Christians, Jews and Muslims Speak Out and We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11; author of Truth Jihad and Questioning the War on Terror


“This is a book of passionate pleas to reason, and it raises ideas that are at once unpopular and urgent.”

—Barbara Castleton, Co-author of Arabic, Islam, and the Allah Lexicon and Global English and Arabic: Issues of Language, Culture and Identity


“Dr Morrow stresses the middle way of Islam as he conveys the hypocrisy of Islamic fundamentalism. Each chapter stands on its own—a must-read for critical thinking.”

—Dr Bridget Blomfield, Author of The Language of Tears: My Journey into the World of Shi‘i Muslim Women


“Inspired, witty and refreshingly honest. As a Muslim convert and a Westerner, I found that Dr Morrow handed a mirror to those very issues which have gnawed at me—this dichotomy in between Islam and some Muslims’ interpretation of Islam. A book of reason and reasoning, Restoring the Balance echoes Dr Morrow’s profound love for Islam, people and knowledge.”

—Catherine Shakdam, Author of Arabia’s Rising: Under The Banner of The First Imam; Director of Programs at the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies


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