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Featured Review - Byron and the Best of Poets 31 July 2018

Whether poetry or prose, at Cambridge Scholars we are proud to publish texts that are critically reviewed in the best scholarly journals focusing on language and literature. This month, we are delighted to share an especially noteworthy review published in the latest issue of The Byron Journal.

Cambridge Scholars has published numerous texts on Byron to great acclaim, many of them authored by the late Peter Cochran. In 2016 we welcomed a new author on Byron to the fold, Nicholas Gayle, and his Byron and the Best of Poets has now joined the long list of our titles to break new ground in the study of the great romantic poet. In his review, David Woodhouse of the Byron Society comments:


“One of the charming features of this charming book is the way in which Nicholas Gayle takes ‘the passionate sincerity of Byron’s defence of Pope’ at face value […] Although Gayle provides a good flavour of the Pope/Bowles Controversy in his opening chapter, he finds it by turns ‘curious’, ‘frustrating’ and ‘sterile’. Instead, his equally ambitious project—the first full-length study of Byron’s ‘lifelong interaction with Pope’—focuses almost exclusively on ‘verse intertexts’ while draws upon ‘elements of biography and psychology’. […] Gayle’s finest comparison of Pope and Byron concentrates on ‘a particular quality of conversational tone’ in the portrayals of Pitholeon and Raucocanti. He demonstrates how the caricature of Pope as a poet of uniform pace and pause was such a wilful (if in many ways understandable) Romantic misreading. He also helps us begin to see how keeping ‘tune and time’, the anxious burden of the post-Augustan heroic couplet, becomes a relished part of the performance in anglicised ottava rima. Applause, in spite of faults, is due this book for the passionate sincerity with which Nicholas Gayle champions Byron and Pope and for his insistence that ‘the poetry is the thing’.”   

–David Woodhouse, The Byron Journal 46/1 (2018)


Woodhouse concludes that “Gayle has his own distinctive voice and his own original insights”, and that the book is a significant contribution to Byron studies. The full review is available here (requires subscription).

Gayle’s second book with Cambridge Scholars, Byron and the Sea-Green Isle, is available until the end of August for a cut-price £29.99. Please click here to purchase it.

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Featured Review - Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality 29 June 2018

At Cambridge Scholars we know that the printing of a book is just the beginning, rather than the end, of the publication process. We work hard to ensure our authors’ titles receive the critical acclaim that they deserve, and we are proud that our books are consistently and positively reviewed in prominent, peer-reviewed academic journals with high impact factors.

This month we are delighted to share a particularly striking review published in Men and Masculinities, the flagship journal of the emerging field of men and masculinities studies. The latest issue features a review of Michael Flood and Richard Howson’s 2015 edited collection Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality by Cliff Leek. Leek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado, and a renowned expert on the connections between men, masculinities, violence, and gender equality. He summarises that “readers will be hard-pressed to find a text that confronts the current debates and controversies in the movement to engage men in gender equality as thoroughly and judiciously as this contribution from Flood and Howson.”:


“Not only do the editors successfully pair the conceptual with the practical through the overall structure of the volume, but most of the contributions also bridge that divide as well. The case studies presented tie their findings to broader debates and issues in the field and the conceptual contributions about those debates and issues describe the impact those theoretical discussions can or should have on the tangible work being done. The ways this is done in the volume are genuinely impressive, given how common it is for theoretical and applied contributions in edited volumes to feel very disconnected from one another. The ambitious scope of topics the volume takes on pays off and makes this a meaningful read for everyone active under the gender equality umbrella whether their work is on violence, health, the workplace, the family, or theory.”

– Dr Cliff Leek, University of Northern Colorado


Moreover, Leek notes that Flood’s introduction is “the best primer on this work that I have seen in that it simultaneously maps the field—providing an overview of what we know—and refuses to shy away from points of political contention.”  The full review is available here (subscription required). To find out more about Engaging Men in Building Gender Equality, please click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

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Featured Review – Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi 31 May 2018

At Cambridge Scholars we see first-hand the time and effort that goes into our authors’ books, and we are proud that many of our publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars working at their forefront of their fields. Praise for our authors appears in the very best scholarly journals, and this month we would like to highlight an especially striking review.

We are delighted to share Ioannis M. Konstantakos’ review of Katia Savrami’s Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi, published in The Classical Journal. Konstantakos is Associate Professor at the University of Athens, where he teaches, researches, and writes about Greek literature and culture. He described the book as offering “a wealth of pragmatic information and penetrating analyses”:


“Savrami’s book is the first substantial monograph to be published on Nikoloudi’s oeuvre […] It is a first-rate contribution to the study of the modern reception of ancient theatre, valuable for classical scholars, drama critics, and artists alike. Above all, it is a reminder of the cardinal importance of music and dance for the emotional effect of an ancient play. Directors of the avant-garde should take particular heed of it.”

–Ioannis M. Konstantakos, Associate Professor at the University of Athens


The review is open access, and can be read in full here. To find out more about Ancient Dramatic Chorus through the Eyes of a Modern Choreographer: Zouzou Nikoloudi, please click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

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Featured Review - The Quest for Streetcar Unionism in the Carolina Piedmont, 1919–1922 28 March 2018

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Robert Weldon Whalen’s review of Jeffrey M. Leatherwood’s book The Quest for Streetcar Unionism in the Carolina Piedmont, 1919–1922. Whalen is Professor in the History department at Queen’s University of Charlotte, and has published five books stretching widely across European and American history. Writing in The North Carolina Historical Review, Whalen described the book as “nuanced, rigorously researched, and engagingly written”:


"The Quest for Streetcar Unionism in the Carolina Piedmont, 1919–1922, based on a wide range of secondary sources and a surprisingly rich collection of primary sources, including interviews, focuses on the dramatic 1919 streetcar strike in Charlotte. […]Who would have guessed that the humble streetcar had such tales to tell! Leatherwood’s account is nuanced, rigorously researched, and engagingly written. It is an important contribution to our understanding of economic development, southern labor history, and the paradoxes peculiar to the New South."

–Robert Weldon Whalen, Queens University of Charlotte


To find out more about The Quest for Streetcar Unionism in the Carolina Piedmont, 1919–1922, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

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Featured Review - Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge 31 January 2018

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase David Foxton, Q.C.’s review of Antony Lentin’s title Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge, which was recently featured as our Book of the Month. David has been consistently ranked as a leading commercial barrister by professional directories, and is currently both a Deputy High Court Judge and a Visiting Professor in Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. In his review, David judged that “Lentin argues his cause with a passion and skill of which his subject would have been proud.”


"The book is written with verve and enthusiasm, and with exceedingly few errors […] The breadth of research is very impressive. The personal papers of judges generally offer thin gruel, and McCardie’s are no exception. Lentin overcomes this by very thorough research of more extensive collections to glean the passing references to McCardie, and by extensive reliance on contemporary newspapers (national, local and even the boxing periodical The Ring). […] While Lentin and the reviewer hold very different views on McCardie’s merits as a judge, and perhaps on what makes a good judge, Lentin argues his cause with a passion and skill of which his subject would have been proud."

–David Foxton, Q.C., Law Quarterly Review (2017)


To find out more about Mr Justice McCardie (1869-1933): Rebel, Reformer, and Rogue Judge, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

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Featured Review – Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice 21 December 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Joshua Collins’ review of Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice, edited by Jamie L. Callahan, Jim Stewart, Clare Rigg, Sally Sambrook and Kiran Trehan. Dr Collins is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, specialising in Critical HRD, and highlighted how this edited collection “provides a truly impressive depth of insight”.


"As a collection of chapters penned by an international group of well-respected scholars and practitioners, the book’s principal success is in its prioritization of highly experienced critical voice. A thorough and thoughtful reading of this text would be helpful to any scholar or practitioner of HRD, as it provides a truly impressive depth of insight into how to move beyond merely identifying problems of injustice and inequity in organizations and in the field of HRD. [...] It is with great delight that I recommend this book to others. I believe that this book has the potential for wide appeal – practitioners, scholars, and students of HRD and/or organizational behavior and management. I believe this book could be used in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in other similar cultural contexts to further the already well-developed dialogue about critical HRD practices. However, I also believe it could be helpful on a more global scale and useful even to those who are situated in countries and cultures that are in the earlier stages of their critical awareness and action. This book gives scholars and practitioners the language they need to have difficult conversations, regardless of whether they already consider themselves to be critical or not."

–Dr Joshua C. Collins, Human Resource Development International, 19:4 (2016)


To find out more about Realising Critical HRD: Stories of Reflecting, Voicing, and Enacting Critical Practice, click here. To read the review in full, click here (requires subscription).

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

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Featured Review - Frontiers in American Children’s Literature 30 November 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar’s review of Frontiers in American Children’s Literature, edited by Dorothy Clark and Linda Salem, which was published in International Research in Children's Literature earlier in 2017. Taraneh is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Northern Iowa, USA, and praised this title as a “masterful collection of critical essays”.


"Frontiers in American Children’s Literature is a remarkable collection of essays culminating in a dialogue on various scholarly strands in children’s literature, highlighting ‘triumph over trauma, transformational borders, and moral vision’ (x). The lucid analysis of different frontiers in children’s literature, as presented by the authors, offers an excellent scaffold for reading about traumatic struggles, violence, brutality and oppression. Each of the chapters propagates tolerance, equality and freedom and suggests a scholarly focus on the sensitive position of the voiceless in children’s literature. A careful and different visioning of what it means to be voiceless seems very appropriate and important for the current cultural and historical moment. [...] This masterful collection of critical essays creates a thorough scholarly landscape and marks a significant contribution to the field of frontiers in American children’s literature, in particular ‘the frontier of race and language’ (1). Frontiers in American Children’s Literature is engaging and enticing not only for children’s literature scholars, but also for anyone who cares for children’s books, multicultural education and issues of diversity."

–Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, International Research in Children's Literature


To find out more about Frontiers in American Children’s Literature, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

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Featured Review – Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean 29 September 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Aris Petasis’ review of William Mallinson’s book Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean, published in the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies. Aris is an independent scholar and strategy consultant based in Cyprus, and authored Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean with Cambridge Scholars in 2016.


"In his illuminating book Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus, William Mallinson employs his background as an academic, historian and former diplomat to produce the latest informative piece of academic work on Kissinger. He decomposes with great care the fictional Henry Kissinger and offers us the information and evidence we need to make up our minds as to the true Kissinger. Though Mallinson refers to what others had said about Kissinger, he relies heavily on evidence, documentation and archival material to make his point. As such, he writes as a true historian using primary material that he painstakingly collected to help us understand Kissinger. Mallinson makes us think whether Kissinger is an insatiable and ruthless egomaniac in search for attention or a man of conscience."

–Aris Petasis, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies


To find out more about Kissinger and the Invasion of Cyprus: Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is available in both hardback and paperback, click here. To read the review in full, click here (requires subscription).

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

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Featured Review: The Care Factory 31 May 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Dr Mike Dines’ review of David Mathew’s title The Care Factory. Mike is an independent scholar who is currently researching the subversive relationship between music and protest, with an edited anthology of the anarcho-punk scene forthcoming.


"The book’s strength lies in the interaction between reader and chapter; Mathew sets up a dialogue whereby his writing raises questions that are both stimulating and confrontational, where the author extends ‘an invitation to the reader to form an opinion on what care happens to be. What do we mean by care, and how do we know it when we see it, when we feel it, or when we miss its presence?’ (p.1). [...] I would contend that Mathew’s writing works on a number of different levels. On the one hand, The Care Factory is readable yet informative. On the other its cross-disciplinary approach cannot help but challenge the reader, encouraging them to take part in the unfolding narrative. For me, its varied subject matter, underpinned by the notion of care, provides a critique of a world beset by neoliberal ideology. As education, the NHS and other ‘caring’ professions become closer to privatization and, as the growing isolationism found in the rhetoric of Brexit and Trump hangs large, the notion of ‘caring’ becomes more important than ever. What is important about this book is that Mathew takes the machination of care from the workplace and places it where it should be: in the creative, the cultural and the everyday."

–Dr Mike Dines, Culture, Pedagogy & Society


To find out more about The Care Factory, click here. To read the review in full, click here (requires subscription).

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

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Featured Review - Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean 31 March 2017

At Cambridge Scholars, we are very proud that many of our authors and their publications are critically acclaimed by eminent scholars in their respective fields. We put our authors at the centre of everything we do, and this month we would like to take this opportunity to highlight a particularly noteworthy review.

This month, we are delighted to showcase Danyel Reiche’s review of Aris Petasis’ edited collection Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean. Danyel is an Associate Professor for Comparative Politics at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science.


"The nine chapters of Intractable Dilemmas deal with the timely topic of cooperation among the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Basin (EMB: Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece). It centers on their tumultuous past and their desperate need to find a new path. Colonialism, clashes of identities, and competition over economic resources have prevented them from resolving their historical conflicts, let alone fostering regional cooperation. Discoveries in recent years of significant hydrocarbon resources in the Nile Delta Basin and the Levantine Basin have found the EMB countries unprepared for collaboration. [...] [This] volume is a must-read for all who wish to learn about the complexities of exploiting Eastern Mediterranean natural resources."

–Danyel Reiche, Middle East Quarterly 24:1 (2017)


To find out more about Intractable Dilemmas in the Energy-Rich Eastern Mediterranean, click here. To read Danyel’s review for Middle East Quarterly in full, click here.

We are always very happy to hear from authors with reviews of their titles and have published an ever-increasing number of reviews on our website. Being well-reviewed is a strong selling point for any book, and at Cambridge Scholars we have a number of ways in which we can help authors and editors to this end.

In the first instance, following publication our dedicated Reviews Editor will contact individuals and publications from our wide-ranging list of contacts. We have up to 20 review copies to send directly to any interested scholars or publications as standard. We appreciate that our authors have specialist knowledge in their subject areas, and we always welcome suggestions of potential reviewers both during and after publication.

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