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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Miriam describes the experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing:

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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


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Meet our Authors: Morna Ramday – November 2016 14 November 2016

Morna Ramday holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews and presently teaches at Silverstone University Technical College, where she most enjoys supporting sixth formers to research and write in preparation for going to university. At present, she is planning further pieces focusing on Dracula, the Gothic novel, and the libertine in Victorian literature.

With Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Morna authored her first book, Man Up: A Study of Gendered Expectations of Masculinities at the Fin de Siècle, which critically explores insights into the ways male authors responded to major upheavals demanded by New Woman authors and how masculinities could successfully negotiate these changing gender dynamics.

Morna explains her reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing approached me as I was nearing the completion of my PhD and, after talking with an editor about my thesis and how to adapt it into book form, I took them up on the opportunity to publish with them. From then until the book was published, they were both patient and supportive throughout the whole procedure. Their advice and help through the adaptation was invaluable as I was completely inexperienced regarding this processEach part of the undertaking is guided by an expert in that section, and is completed by the design department who helped to create the eye-catching cover. Each person is always accessible and they respond swiftly and knowledgeably to every query. The finished book is something I can be proud of.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Man Up: A Study of Gendered Expectations of Masculinities at the Fin de Siècle. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2016.


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Meet our Authors: Daniel Cojocaru – November 2016 14 November 2016

Daniel Cojocaru received his DPhil from Oxford University in 2011, and has since taught English Literature at the University of Oxford and the University of Zurich.

His research focuses on contemporary fiction and film, literary theory, and literature and the Bible. He currently teaches English at the Kantonsschule Zürcher Oberland, Switzerland.

Daniel contributed to Dystopia(n) Matters: On the Page, on Screen, on Stage with Cambridge Scholars before writing his first book, Violence and Dystopia: Mimesis and Sacrifice in Contemporary Western Dystopian Narratives, which “exemplifies responsible, searching scholarship” according to Dr Andrew Bartlett of Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Daniel explains how he came to publish his first book with Cambridge Scholars and describes the experience:


I first became aware of Cambridge Scholars Publishing when, in the early days of my doctoral thesis, I was reading the Cambridge Scholars-published City Visions: The Work of Iain Sinclair. The range and quality of the essays substantially helped furthering my own research. A few years later one of my own articles was published in a collection of essays with Cambridge Scholars – a collection that featured work by leading scholars of utopian studies (Dystopia(n) Matters On the Page, on Screen, on Stage). The volume had quite an impact on the field and thus increased the visibility and reach of my own work.

“Remembering these very positive experiences, Cambridge Scholars was my first choice when I was looking for a publisher for my doctoral thesis. As I had not published a book before, I was unfamiliar with the necessary steps of publication. The professional and friendly staff at Cambridge Scholars (Sam Baker, Amanda Millar, David Luscombe, Anthony Wright and Victoria Carruthers deserve special mention here) guided me through all the steps from preparing the manuscript to the cover design. The many queries I had were often answered within a day or less. I also appreciated the author-led schedule of the publication process.

“Less than a year after Cambridge Scholars accepted my proposal I held my first book in my hands – the elegant material product of a successful collaboration. Since then the book has been very favourably reviewed and has been acquired by libraries from all around the world – a testimony to Cambridge Scholars’ widespread distribution network and professional marketing campaign.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Violence and Dystopia: Mimesis and Sacrifice in Contemporary Western Dystopian Narratives. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOANOV16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th December 2016.

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Meet our Authors: Charles Cawley – October 2016 14 October 2016

After a career as in-house counsel with a US multinational, including overseas postings in France, Hong Kong, the US, Malaysia, and Belgium, Charles Cawley retrained as a historian with Oxford University’s Advanced Diploma in Local History.

He has worked primarily as a specialist in medieval history, and is the author of Medieval Lands: a prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, hosted by the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Charles has authored Colonies in Conflict: The History of the British Overseas Territories, which “should be of interest to anyone who studies contemporary developments in these territories” according to Dr Peter Clegg, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of the West of England.


Charles explains his reasons for publishing with Cambridge Scholars:

I came to authorship late after a career practising law. I do not belong to an academic institution and have no long history of publications. Other publishers were rejecting my submissions without even reading the manuscript, presumably because of my untypical CV. Cambridge Scholars, by contrast, read my sample chapters and were ready to take the risk. They replied quickly and appointed a single point of contact who coordinated everything. Imposing a strict word count required considerable editing of the manuscript, but as I acted as my own editor I retained complete control of the process and improved the book enormously. Cambridge Scholars made each stage simple, from preparing the final manuscript to proposing a striking book cover. All my contacts with them were helpful and friendly. Best of all, the book was published only five months after submitting my initial proposal.


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Meet our Authors: Muslih Irwani – October 2016 14 October 2016

Muslih Irwani grew up in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and he completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Sociology at Salahaddin University. He received his PhD in Social Policy and Administration from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, in 2014. After previously working as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Salahaddin University, Irwani is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Policy in the Department of Public Policy at the American University of Kurdistan in Duhok.

He has published a number of research papers and books in both Kurdish and English, including “Beneficiaries Do Matter: The KRG’s Experience in Implementing Social Security Programme” in Perspectives on Kurdistan's Economy and Society in Transition: Volume II, published by Cambridge Scholars in 2013. Apart from training and teaching, he is highly engaged in research and analysis on KRG’s social policies, and his other research interests cover areas such as social security, socio-economic development, education, political diversities and minorities.

Muslih is the author of Clientelism and Implementing Social Security Programmes in Post-conflict Iraqi Kurdistan Region, which is a revised version of his doctorate research. Dr Tony Fitzpatrick of the University of Nottingham says the book “cuts through many complexities and helps readers not only to understand the past, but to appreciate what is at stake in the future”.


Muslih describes the experience of publishing both a paper in an edited volume and his first English monograph with Cambridge Scholars:

I received a suggestion from Cambridge Scholars to publish my PhD thesis as a book with them back in 2013 while I was drafting when I was studying at the University of Nottingham. I have published many books in Kurdish, but my only experience of publishing in English has been with Cambridge Scholars. I first wrote a chapter entitled ‘Beneficiaries Do Matter: The KRG’s Experience in Implementing Social Security Programme’ in Perspectives on Kurdistan's Economy and Society in Transition: Volume II, published in 2013. During my second experience of publishing Clientelism and Implementing Social Security Programmes in Post-conflict Iraqi Kurdistan Region, I have received nothing but a warm welcome and patience from Cambridge Scholars throughout the process of publication, from drafting to the final formatting and design of the book. After the experience I have had with Cambridge Scholars’ staff in the last four years, I cannot think of other alternative options for my next publication.”


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Meet our Authors: Robert Ignatius Letellier – September 2016 14 September 2016

Robert Ignatius Letellier was educated in Grahamstown, Cambridge, Salzburg, Rome and Jerusalem. He is a member of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Meyerbeer Institute Schloss Thurnau, the Salzburg Centre for Research in the Early English Novel, the Maryvale Institute, and the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall at the University of Cambridge.

He has over 100 publications to his name, including books and articles on the late-seventeenth-, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novel, the Bible, and European culture. He has specialised in the Romantic opera, especially the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer, and has also written on Daniel-François-Esprit Auber, as well as Ludwig Minkus and the Romantic Ballet.

Robert is Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific author, having published the majority of his titles with us in the fields of literature, music and Scripture, sometimes in collaboration with other scholars, and always in the interests of expanding historical understanding and new interpretation. He explains why he has returned to publish so many of his works with Cambridge Scholars and describes how the publication process has been refined over the years.


My association with Cambridge Scholars began in 2003, at the very inception of this company. From the outset the hallmarks were openness and innovation. The company has distinguished itself by undertaking projects that others might have regarded with caution or even scepticism. The result was the ground-breaking publication of the complete libretti of the operatic master Giacomo Meyerbeer, which led in turn to a unique and unprecedented musical catalogue in Romantic opera and ballet.

Further books and scores emerged, covering a comprehensive survey of the composer's life and work: a guide to research, a reader, a discography, facsimiles of original manuscripts, sheet music of his sacred music, songs, cantatas and music for festive occasions. Work on Meyerbeer relates to other studies in opera: Daniel-François-Esprit Auber, with source books on the opéra-comique and the operetta. The books on ballet saw the first ever life and works of the neglected and now resurgent Ludwig Minkus, a comprehensive reproduction of his chief scores, as well as work on the French Romantic Ballet, Cesare Pugni, and Romualdo Marenco.

At a wider level, this openness to ideas has forged the way for the creation of a broad and exploratory back catalogue, covering a gamut of subjects across the board, with perspectives of a wide and original nature. The books which emerged from the beginning in both hard and soft covers were produced using the latest digital technology, with arresting cover design, and characterised by close consultation and cooperation with the authors.

Over the years, and with stimulating regularity, new, effective and attractive technology is being used to introduce striking presentation, especially in the sphere of illustration. Here, for example, new techniques are allowing for marvellous colour centrefolds—an aspect of production that is transforming the style, nature and potential of publishing. My recent work on Scripture has been given a fascinating new perspective through these centrefolds, providing a vibrant iconography that offers an alternative historical-pictorial dimension to the concepts of exegesis and hermeneutics.

Openness to ideas and innovation in production technique are the hallmarks of a dynamic company at the service of knowledge and education, and at the forefront of new publishing ideas. Cambridge Scholars is an agent in the spread of knowledge and the liberating enlightenment that can come with it—principally by encouraging scholars of every kind, offering them hope and potential, whether this is in rediscovery of the new in the old, or in pushing forward the limits of perception and understanding of the world around us.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both volumes of Robert’s most recent project: The Bible as Revelatory Word: 1 Scripture as Oracular Text (The Prophetic and Wisdom Traditions) and The Bible as Revelatory Word: 2 Scripture as Providential Text (Late Old Testament Narrative). To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th October 2016.


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Meet our Authors: David Mathew – September 2016 14 September 2016

David Mathew is the author of Fragile Learning: The Influence of Anxiety (2015) and seven full-length works of fiction. He works at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and as an independent researcher and occasional journalist.

He also publishes under the name Tom Lockington, and in either guise he enjoys travelling, music, literature and hiking. His research interests often circle around psychoanalysis, pathologies, education and systems of control. In addition, he edits the Journal of Pedagogic Development and teaches academic writing.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, David has authored The Care Factory, a book that invites the reader to form an opinion on what care happens to be, and which Paul Meloy—author of The Night Clock and psychiatric nurse—describes as “a tour de force—readable, post-modern and knowing.”


David describes the experience of publishing The Care Factory with Cambridge Scholars:

I had ten books published – mostly fiction, under two different names, and with several different publishers – before I submitted my second academic book, The Care Factory, to Cambridge Scholars. When I was looking around for a suitable publisher, I was impressed by what I saw on the website, not least by the credentials of the members of the Editorial Advisory Board. The match felt right, and publishing is often a matter of instinct and intuition. I was not proved wrong. In fact, working with Cambridge Scholars on the publication of The Care Factory has been the most seamless publishing process of my career. The team is dedicated and extremely professional; what might otherwise, with a different publishing house, have taken a year to achieve, Cambridge Scholars achieved in a fraction of this time, but with care and dedication, and with no short cuts. Furthermore, I have been involved in every stage of the production and design processes. I was delighted to receive the image of my front cover because it was very close to what I had envisaged. Overall, I enjoyed the publication of The Care Factory almost as much as I enjoyed writing it!


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