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Meet Our Authors: Per Aage Brandt 17 February 2020

Per Aage Brandt is retired a Danish professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. Per’s most recent work, the co-authored essay collection The Music of Meaning: Essays in Cognitive Semiotics, was published by Cambridge Scholars in late 2019.

During his hugely successful career Per founded the Center for Semiotics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, as well as the journal Cognitive Semiotics.

Listing all of Per’s numerous accomplishments is a task that falls far beyond the parameters of this article - this prolific scholar is the author of over 20 books and 300 articles across multiple disciplines including philosophy, semiotics, general linguistics, philology, literature, aesthetics, and music. As well as all this, he is also a recognized poet, translator, and an active jazz pianist and composer.

In 2002 he was awarded the Grand Prix de Philosophie of the French Academy. Of his many studies and projects, he considers the unification of cognitive and semiotic studies of meaning to be his most important.

Here’s what Per had to say on his time working with Cambridge Scholars:

"I was invited to publish at the Cambridge Scholars, and as my daughter Line Brandt very successfully had published her great work The Communicative Mind: A Linguistic Exploration of Conceptual Integration and Meaning Construction here, I was immediately convinced that this would be the right place for these essays.

I had seen how carefully the Cambridge Scholars editors managed to handle even extremely complicated texts, including its complicated graphic illustrations, and now I was again to experience an impressively smooth, competent, professional and even very quick process of production involving good human contact and cooperation. I must say I am very happy with this experience and ready to recommend this dynamic academic publishing company to anyone who appreciates solid editorial performance."


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Per’s The Music of Meaning: Essays in Cognitive Semiotics. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BRANDT50 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on the 17th March 2020.


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Meet our Authors: Antonio Fontana 14 February 2020

Cambridge Scholars were delighted to publish Antonio’s debut monograph, Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution, late last year.

An emerging scholar with an incredibly bright future, Antonio holds an MA in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Modern Intellectual History from CUNY Graduate Center, USA, in 2012. His primary area of research concerns 19th and 20th century German Romantic and English Victorian literature. He is especially interested in the aestheticisation of political violence and political terror in Germany and Europe during World War II, and processes of political, social, and cultural dehumanization and their relation to aesthetics, aesthetic theory, and art. He is also interested in post-colonial theory and critical race theory, as well as neo-and post-Marxian analyses of literature and art.

Cambridge Scholars were delighted to publish Antonio’s debut monograph, Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution, late last year. The work combines genealogical and historical investigation with analysis of Nietzsche’s life-long philosophical and ideological struggle against the forces of modernity.

Antonio has kindly shared his thoughts on his experience while working with Cambridge Scholars, which you can read below:

“In the course of my online research for scholarly publishing outlets that would be suitable for publishing my work, Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution, I stumbled upon Cambridge Scholars Publishing. As a consequence of further research and a thorough review of the works it has published, I decided to publish my work under its aegis.

My experience in publishing with Cambridge Scholars has been nothing short of wonderful. The editorial team were an immense help in facilitating the process, and were extremely kind, helpful, and considerate throughout. Specifically, they were instrumental in providing me with a workable framework within which I was able to submit and resubmit my manuscript, and to make the necessary editorial corrections.

Cambridge Scholars have also successfully been able to secure my work for notable universities, scholarly institutions, and libraries all around Europe and the U.S. In fact. I hope that Cambridge Scholars will continue to promote and circulate my work with even more scholars, academics, and institutions of higher learning, and scholarly research. I intend to continue to work with Cambridge Scholars in the future.”


As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Nietzsche and the Critique of Revolution. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code FONTANA50 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th March 2020.


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Meet our Authors: Mamta Mantri 15 January 2020

Dr Mamta Mantri’s research explores the idea of ‘space’ through different media, in both theory and praxis. A resident of Mumbai and a graduate of its University, the focus of Mamta’s work is inevitably drawn to explaining the city and its residents’ positions within it, of identifying its place in art and culture (particularly in theatre and cinema). Her recent publication Bombay Novels: Some Insights in Spatial Criticism takes a slightly different approach, analysing four novels and their visions of the city and exploring Mumbai as both an architectural and a literary space in the process.

Mamta’s articles have featured in prominent Indian journals, including Cinemaya, Muse India, and The Criterion. She has also worked as a research lead for various historical and architectural engagements, including scenographic museums and heritage conservation projects in India. Following her belief that ‘space’ is also a personal and creative expression, she has created engaging living spaces using Indian craft and design sensibilities.

To learn more about Mamta’s experience with us, you can read her testimonial below:

Bombay Novels is my first book and I am very glad that I published it with Cambridge Scholars.

What a fabulous publishing house to work with! CSP made the journey a joyous one in three ways: firstly, the legal and royalty engagements were so smooth (no fees whatsoever! I just had to say yes to everything!); secondly, by bearing a certain cost for proofreading by an independent professional (it was lifesaving as I was going through a financial crisis at that time); and thirdly by positioning the book in some the best libraries in the world.

Cambridge Scholars were equally patient with me in answering all my queries (since it was my first book). They gave me all the time in the world to ensure that I delivered the best book I could. I strongly recommend upcoming authors to connect with CSP.”


As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Bombay Novels: Some Insights in Spatial Criticism. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAJAN20 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2019.


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Meet our Authors: Beverly J. Whelton and Jane Neuenschwander 15 January 2020

Humanity at the Heart of Practice: A Study of Ethics for Health-Care Students and Practitioners, released in the summer of 2019, was a book which took more than a decade to come to fruition.

Originally the project of Beverly J. Whelton, an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University (USA), the book is centred on ethical decision-making in healthcare and uses the idea of humanity as its organising structure. Rejected by a number of publishers due to its multidisciplinary nature, the lifelong educator Jane Neuenschwander came on board as an editor and co-author and the philosophical heart of the book was supplemented by her pedagogical expertise.

The final product is a volume which unites ethical principles with healthcare practice to identify ‘the good choice’ in a multitude of difficult situations.

Aside from her position at Wheeling Jesuit University, Beverly teaches online at Gonzaga University, USA. She received her MSN and PhD from the Catholic University of America, and lectures nationally and internationally on human life itself as a foundation for practice. She has published articles in journals such as Linacre Quarterly, Nursing Philosophy, and Nursing Science Quarterly, among others, and was Vice Chair of the International Philosophy of Nursing Society from 2005 to 2018. In August 2019 she was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.

After years of teaching in public schools, Jane Neuenschwander moved into the area of curriculum and instruction, working for the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling, West Virginia. She also worked as a NASA Educator Resource Manager with responsibilities in the area of educational professional development. She earned an MA in Elementary Education from West Virginia University and an EdD in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University, USA. She currently teaches in the Department of Education at Wheeling Jesuit University, USA.

Here’s what Beverly had to say about her experience of working with us:

Many people at Cambridge Scholars Publishing were instrumental at guiding these novice authors to publication. Over the years, many publishers had been contacted about this manuscript, but the work did not seem to fit.  I was writing a philosophically-based, health-care ethics text with lessons drawn from living examples, stories, and personal experience. It was not purely health science, social science, or medical humanities (physician oriented). However, that all changed when Cambridge Scholars encouraged us with their interest in our work.

My friend, an educator, offered to edit my work for intellectual accessibility, and we submitted our proposal. We rejoiced to receive a note that the proposal was being passed along to the review board. We soon had a contract. Before we signed the contract, we consulted a colleague, an accomplished author and a full professor in the Business Department, Dr Ed Younkins (name used with oral permission). He was thrilled for us to have a contract from the ‘prestigious’ Cambridge Scholars Publishing, a solid ‘class act’ press.

The full manuscript was submitted March 9th, 2019 and was accepted for publication March 29th, with a slight title change. We were asked for our vision of cover art, and the artists did a brilliant job translating our ideas into the perfect image for the cover. Cambridge Scholars had a clear and timely approach for getting the manuscript turned into a published book.

After many years of writing, my life’s work was born June 14, 2019. It took the acquisition of a co-author to make my ideas digestible to undergraduate students and numerous people at Cambridge Scholars to believe in and guide us through the process of publishing this book. We wrote after we saw our first copies, ‘Jane and I would like to thank you for the beautiful book you created from our manuscript…the art and quality of workmanship are stunning.’”


For more information about the text, about the authors, or to read an extract, you can click here. Cambridge Scholars are offering a 50% discount on Humanity at the Heart of Practice until February 15th. Just use the promotional code ‘MOAJAN20’ at the checkout on our website. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th February 2019.


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Meet our Authors: Alex Burkhardt 16 December 2019

Alex Burkhardt was born in the north west of the United Kingdom in 1983 to a German father and English mother. His grandfather, Hans, had been a German prisoner of war interned at Preston who decided to remain in the UK after 1945.

It was perhaps inevitable, then, that he would go on to study history and specialise in 20th century Germany. In 2013, he won one of the University of St. Andrews' prestigious 600th anniversary scholarships to write his PhD on the rise of the Nazis in the small Bavarian town of Hof – the town where his Grandfather was born. 

This thesis eventually became his first book, Democrats into Nazis: Middle Class Radicalisation in a Single German Town, 1918-1924. The study examines, through a targeted case study, how millions of middle-class Germans came to support extreme nationalist and anti-democratic groups during the Weimar Republic. It is a detailed and disturbing assessment into the rise of the Nazis and the processes of popular radicalisation and is essential reading for students and scholars of modern history.

Alex is currently an early career researcher who teaches History and International Relations at the University of Marburg, Germany. His work has appeared in both English and German in a range of publications, including Central European History, German History, the Weimarer Schriften zur Republik, and the German Historical Institute London Bulletin.

Alex relates his experience of working with Cambridge Scholars:

"I was looking for the most timely and efficient way to get my book published, because I've had some bad experiences with other publishers dragging the review process out for months and being unresponsive to my attempts to contact them. Cambridge Scholars were the opposite; all of their staff responded promptly to emails and guided me carefully through the process, which they completed rigorously but with impressive alacrity.

They also proved themselves to be very flexible, delaying publication when I requested extra time to put together an index. Overall, I was happy with the process and pleased with the result. Early career researchers in particular should take a very close look at them."


As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Democrats into Nazis: Middle Class Radicalisation in a Single German Town, 1918-1924. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th January 2019.


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Meet our Authors: William Magnusson 16 December 2019

William (Bill) Magnusson was born in Australia, but has spent the last 40 years living in the Brazilian Amazon. He is the author of over 250 publications related to biodiversity, and has published a book on statistics. He is a certified wildlife biologist and member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

He has written three popular books on the study of vertebrates: The Eye of the Crocodile, The Fish and the Frogs, and Snakes and Other Lizards. His interest in the motivations that lead to a science or conservation career led him to try to integrate information from psychology, economics, biology and physics, with the surprising conclusion that practitioners of different scientific disciplines start with divergent and often contradictory assumptions. That led to his book produced by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Diversity, Freedom and Evolution

There is an enormous literature about science and evolution in particular, but all previous authors have missed the point that evolution gives us basic tenets that are not situation- or culture-dependent. The book shows that the potential for evolution is based on the tenets of diversity and freedom, which also underlie most of the ethical and moral values that people cherish, whatever their beliefs. Those values can apply to everything that has evolved or will evolve, whether they are humans, other organisms, machines or memes.

Bill outlined his experience working with Cambridge Scholars Publishing in the following words:

“I wanted my book to be available to a wide audience, but with freedom to innovate. Cambridge Scholars Publishing provided the guidance I needed to get the book into print, and helped me get the book to a wider audience by means of promotions and other advertising approaches. I recommend CSP to academic authors that want their works to reach a wide audience.” 


As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Diversity, Freedom and Evolution. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOADEC19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 16th January 2019.


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Meet our Authors: Gianmarco Vignozzi 14 November 2019

Gianmarco Vignozzi holds a PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Pisa, Italy, where he teaches English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Law. His areas of specialisation and research interests lie in English for specific purposes (ESP) and corpus linguistics, ranging from political discourse and filmic discourse analysis to corpus stylistics and audio-visual translation.

His latest research works focus on the representation of spoken medical discourse in TV medical dramas and on the potentiality of multimodal stimuli to teach figurative expressions to foreign learners of English.

He published his first monograph with Cambridge Scholars earlier this year. Assessing the Language of TV Political Interviews analyses the most distinctive linguistic features defining the genre of British and American TV-mediated political interviews.

Gianmarco describes his experience of publishing his first academic book with Cambridge Scholars:

“Being a novice academic and deciding to publish a monograph immediately after a PhD could be very tough and chaotic. That is why choosing the right publisher is key to having a successful experience. From the very beginning, after getting in touch with the commissioning editor who provided me with all the essential information – from what should be in the book proposal to the submission of the full manuscript – I felt I was in good hands.

This initial feeling was confirmed by the professionalism, seriousness and celerity with which the proposal was assessed by the advisory board, the manuscript was proofread by the prepress department, and the formatting completed by the typesetting team. The book cover was another thing that I appreciated very much. The fact that the publishing house has its own design team ready to satisfy the author’s requests leaves much space for customisation.

For these reasons, I can say that publishing my first scholarly book with Cambridge Scholars was a wonderful experience that I would not hesitate to recommend to all my colleagues looking for a publisher to take care of their research.”


As part of the ‘Meet our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Assessing the Language of TV Political Interviews. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2019.


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Meet our Authors: Malcolm Tozer 14 November 2019

Reading Tozer is stimulating. Like all good authors, when he doesn’t have the answer, he sets the reader the right question.”

- Dr Joseph Spence

Malcolm Tozer taught physics and physical education at Uppingham School in Rutland from 1966 until 1989. For six years from 1989 he was the founding headmaster of Northamptonshire Grammar School in Northampton and then headmaster of Wellow House School in Nottinghamshire for a further ten years from 1995.

Since 2005 he has led inspections for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, served for ten years as a governor at Repton School and Foremarke Hall, both in Derbyshire, and promoted partnerships in physical education and sport between state and independent schools.

He is the author of The Ideal of Manliness (2015) and Education in Manliness (2018) and the editor of Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools (2012). In spring this year, he published the volume Edward Thring’s Theory, Practice and Legacy: Physical Education in Britain since 1800 to much critical acclaim (some of which you can read here).

Sport in History review noted that: Those familiar with Malcolm Tozer’s previous works on Thring will not be surprised to know that this very readable, elegantly produced and delightfully illustrated book fully meets its author’s goal of furthering our understanding of Thring, his practice and his legacy. [The work] provides an important and timely re-evaluation of the role of physical education at Thring’s Uppingham, while further examining the legacy of that role in the present practice of physical education.


Malcolm described his experience with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

It was a pleasure to receive the invitation from Cambridge Scholars Publishing to prepare a new and expanded edition of my earlier book on physical education at Uppingham School in the nineteenth century and to incorporate the legacy of its innovative theory and practice within a broad history of physical education in Britain from 1800 until the present day.

Advice from colleagues at CSP on how to produce the book to the publisher’s specifications was always swift and helpful; the final typesetting was most attractive; and the eye-catching design of the cover exceeded my expectations. The marketing of the book could not have been better – whether informing scholars in the field and university departments of the book’s date of publication or arranging for announcements and reviews to be published in a dozen educational newspapers and academic journals. If the book does not sell, it will not be the fault of CSP.”


To celebrate Malcolm Tozer’s work, we’re offering a 50% discount on Edward Thring’s Theory, Practice and Legacy until December 15th. To claim your discount, simply enter the code ‘MOANOV19’ when purchasing the book on our website.


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Meet our Authors: Boštjan Videmšek 14 October 2019

"Boštjan Videmšek is much more than one of the leading journalists and reporters of his generation […] The deep engagement of his writing makes him a kind of living fossil: they simply do not produce journalists and non-fiction writers like him anymore."

- Slavoj Žižek

The above words from Žižek reveal one of the main strengths of Boštjan Videmšek’s work: the profound engagement of his prose. This engagement no doubt stems from his personal experiences over the past two decades – whether from the Mosul front in Iraq or from the border of South Sudan and Uganda in 2017, Boštjan has reported on all of the major global conflicts of the 21st century. His articles and stories have been published in The New York Times, Politico, Le Figaro, Der Spiegel, Aftenposten, El Periodico, the Sydney Morning Herald, Middle East Eye, and Atlantic Post, among others.

In addition to his war-correspondence, the Slovenian born journalist is also an author, playwright, and ultra-marathon runner. He has written multiple books about wars, conflicts, migration, refugees, the Arab Spring, and the Greek financial crisis, including his most recent text published with Cambridge Scholars: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage. It is a timely and above all necessary book, which combines the dying art of reportage with an insightful and humanistic examination of the defining socio-political issues of our era.

After 20 years of war-correspondence, his desire to explore what defines our times has prompted Boštjan to completely re-focus his work. His current literary and journalistic output centres on what he calls “our common and ultimate front line”: the climate crisis.


Boštjan wrote the following about publishing the work with Cambridge Scholars:

“My experience with Cambridge Scholars Publishing was super smooth, effective and free(d) of any kind of usual (pre)publishing stress. Working with the editors was rewarding. Not a second was lost. I would recommend CSP to all authors who are looking for a 100% reliable and fantastically responsive publisher with a strong personal touch.”


As part of the ‘Meet Our Authors’ campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2019.


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Meet our Authors: Michael Baum 14 October 2019

“One of Britain’s most distinguished surgeons; a lifetime of experience and empathy makes him the ideal guide and advisor.”

- Marcelle Bernstein

Professor Michael Baum is an internationally acclaimed surgeon who has held Chairs of Surgery at such prestigious institutions as Kings College London, the Institute of Cancer Research, UK, and University College London. His numerous innovations and achievements in advancing the treatment of breast cancer across half a century have earned him the Skinner Medal (awarded by the Royal College of Radiologists), the Gold Medal (of the International College of Surgeons) and the Ernest Miles Medal (from the Royal College of Surgeons).

Throughout his illustrious career, he has written and edited seven books and over 500 papers on cancer, the philosophy of science and the medical humanities. He has also written two novels, and, since retiring, has retrained as a painter, working from a studio in his attic.

His most recent publication is The History and Mystery of Breast Cancer, which was released by Cambridge Scholars in August 2019. Provoked by two instances of breast cancer in his family—one tragic and one positive—the book is a fascinating story that touches on the history of medicine, the philosophy of science, and the introduction of the humanities into medical education. He uses his vast experience to answer many of the most pressing questions about the disease. It is “intensely personal yet contains sophisticated science”, notes Dr Margaret Spittle OBE: “the book deserves a wide audience.”

Professor Baum was a recent guest on the Liz Earle Wellbeing podcast, where he spoke about the book and breast cancer more generally. You can listen to the podcast by following this link.


Below, he describes his experience of working with Cambridge Scholars:

“I have published many books over the years, linked to my academic interests, as should not be surprising for a Professor at University College London. Not all of these were easy or happy journeys. In contrast, my experience with Cambridge Scholars has been like a walk in the park. My new book, The History and Mystery of Breast Cancer is, in my own words, a difficult book to categorise. It’s an attempt to introduce a difficult subject for the education of both medical students and the lay public. It is not meant as a self-help handbook, there are too many of these, but as a way of introducing the concepts of medical humanities and the arts in order to appreciate the tragic history of breast cancer, [and] to explain the complexity of the challenge. Furthermore, much of it is semi-biographical. By chance, no sooner had I finished the task [than] one of the editors of Cambridge Scholars approached me with an opening for the publication of a controversial book. Thereafter, the process proceeded like a well-oiled machine. The team agreed that this was an important book and I was allocated editorial staff and a skilled design team. We all worked well together and the final product was available within 6 months. It is an object of beauty that makes me proud.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The History and Mystery of Breast Cancer. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2019.


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