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Meet our Authors: Santiago Sia - October 2018 11 October 2018

Santiago Sia was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy of Milltown Institute at the National University of Ireland prior to his retirement. Author and editor of several books and articles, and an international lecturer, he was previously Professor of Philosophy and Director of Ethical Studies for several years at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. His specialised fields are the philosophy of religion, ethics, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, he has been closely associated with the academic and research programmes of various universities and professional institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA.

Santiago is one of Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific and renowned authors, with titles such as Society in its Challenges: Philosophical Considerations of Living in Society (2014), This Deep Pierian Spring: An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning (2016), and most recently The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance (2017). His books eschew traditional divides between philosophy, fiction, poetry, and academic writing, and are consistently and positively reviewed in journals around the world.


Santiago reflects on his ongoing experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars:

“Publishing with Cambridge Scholars Publishing has been, for me, a most positive and highly energising experience. The editorial team and administrative staff have always been thoroughly professional, highly supportive and invariably efficient. One can always rely on their prompt attention to queries and requests. While insisting on the traditional high standards for scholarly publications and on rigorous peer review they have also been encouraging of innovative methods and in the imaginative content of one’s academic output. Scholarship demands selective productivity, but it also expects courage to forge into new territories, to test less familiar fields, and to gather together one’s findings so as to share them with others.  In this respect, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, living up to their name as publishers of scholarship, have shown themselves to be reliable guides and intrepid leaders. Not surprisingly, therefore, they have continued to be the publishers of choice for a number of established scholars in various fields throughout the world.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both the hardback and paperback variants of Santiago’s latest book, The Christian Message as Vision and Mission: Philosophical Considerations of its Significance. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2018.

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Meet our Authors: Anna Gadd Colombi - October 2018 11 October 2018

A former professional swimmer, Anna Gadd Colombi has been teaching and coordinating units of Translation Studies, Italian Studies and Spanish Studies at The University of Western Australia since 2012, and is a NAATI certified translator from English into Italian. She attended Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid whilst competing internationally. After her BA and MA studies, from 2011 to 2015 she held a scholarship for doctoral studies at The University of Western Australia, where she completed a thesis in Italian Studies and Translation Studies. In doing so, she attended and presented at translation and language teaching and learning conferences in Australia, Europe and Canada.

In July of this year, she published her maiden monograph with Cambridge Scholars, entitled Translation as Criticism: Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle. A revised version of her doctoral thesis, the book is an in-depth analysis of the themes, places, characters and voices of the novelist Elizabeth Jolley’s acclaimed Mr Scobie’s Riddle.

Publishing your first book can be a daunting endeavour, and Anna explains her experiences of working with Cambridge Scholars on hers:


"I came across Cambridge Scholars Publishing through a colleague in the School of Italian Studies at The University of Western Australia. My colleague showed me his recently published doctoral thesis, which is a milestone for many young academics. Soon after completing my own PhD in Italian Studies and Translation Studies I received an email from Cambridge Scholars and decided to review my thesis to create a manuscript on translation as criticism, as analysis of an existing work, in particular, on Elizabeth Jolley’s Mr Scobie’s Riddle. I am incredibly happy I went with Cambridge Scholars Publishing as they were very attentive and punctual throughout the publishing process.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Translation as Criticism: Elizabeth Jolley's Mr Scobie's Riddle. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th November 2018.

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Friedrich Nietzsche's Birthday - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 27 September 2018

On the 15th of October, join Cambridge Scholars in marking the birthday of one of the most important philosophers ever to have lived – Friedrich Nietzsche. Born on this day in 1844 in the small town of Röcken in Germany, Nietzsche went on to become one of the towering figures of European philosophy towards the end of the nineteenth century. His concepts of slave morality, the will to power, and the Übermensch remain enormously influential in a number of academic disciplines, and his shadow continues to loom large in a number of debates within analytic and continental philosophy.

At Cambridge Scholars we are proud to be at the forefront of new, innovative interpretations of Nietzsche’s oeuvre. Not only do we publish the acclaimed Nietzsche Now series, but over the last twelve months we have published a number of books that have broken new ground in the study of his thinking and its contemporary relevance. We are therefore offering a 50% discount on five of these titles in October. Not only this, throughout the month our authors and Editorial Advisory Board members will be posting short articles on Nietzsche on our blog. We were also delighted to sponsor the 24th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society at Newcastle University last month, which you can read more about by clicking here.

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code NIETZSCHE18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism is a thorough study of Nietzsche’s thoughts on nihilism, the history of the concept, the different ways in which he tries to explain his ideas on nihilism, the way these ideas were received in the 20th century, and, ultimately, what these ideas should mean to us. It begins with an exploration of how we can understand the strange situation that Nietzsche, about 130 years ago, predicted that nihilism would break through one or two centuries from then, and why, despite the philosopher describing it as the greatest catastrophe that could befall humankind, we hardly seem to be aware of it, let alone be frightened by it. The book shows that most of us are still living within the old frameworks of faith, and, therefore, can hardly imagine what it would mean if the idea of God (as the summit and summary of all our epistemic, moral, and esthetic beliefs) would become unbelievable. 

Nietzsche and Phenomenology brings together original essays on a wide variety of topics in the broad area of ‘Nietzsche and Phenomenology’. Some of these papers take a thematic approach, thinking through key issues that connect or divide Nietzsche and phenomenology, while others approach the conjunction of the title via an encounter between Nietzsche and one of the central figures of the phenomenological tradition or other relevant philosophers. In either case, new and often surpising connections are uncovered in many of these essays, while others bring out the profound differences and discontinuities between aspects of Nietzsche’s project and the projects of phenomenologists.

Nietzsche and Transhumanism: Precursor or Enemy? deals with the question of whether Nietzsche can be seen as a precursor of transhumanism or not. Debates on the topic have existed for some years, particularly in the Journal of Evolution and Technology and The Agonist. This book combines existing papers, from these journals, with new material, to highlight some of the important issues surrounding this argument. The collection addresses a variety of issues to show whether or not there is a close connection between transhumanist concerns for progress and technology and Nietzsche’s ideas.

Nietzsche's Will to Power: Eagles, Lions, and Serpents represents a contribution to Nietzschean scholarship in its analysis of the concept of power as preliminary to addressing Nietzsche’s psychological version of will to power. It advances a fresh interpretation of will to power that connects it to the meaning of human life, and, in so doing, the author addresses major questions such as: What does will to power designate? What is its status, epistemologically and metaphysically? How persuasive is will to power as an explanation of human instincts and as the lynchpin of a way of life? As all human beings embody will to power, the book concludes that we should distinguish three varieties: robust, moderate, and attenuated will to power. Only by doing this, can we understand and evaluate will to power concretely.

In an age of ecological decay, Western ontological and epistemological assumptions have to be revisited. The Places of God in an Age of Re-Embodiments: What is Culture? offers such a revision. It opens with a critical analysis of the paradigm of sustainable development and problematically situates it within the ecocidal trajectory of Western metaphysics. In search of some tools for examining the ecological conundrum, the book develops a pool of new categories of knowledge called “transpositions”. Though of cross-disciplinary nature, this work must be situated within the tradition of the post-Kantian critique of reason. To develop its own framework of analysis, it relies heavily upon Nietzsche’s oeuvre and that of part of his entourage. Major inputs also come from the work of the ecophilosopher of science Patrick Curry and ecofeminism at large.

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Book of the Month - October 2018 27 September 2018

Our October Book of the Month is Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours: The Adventures of an Enquiring Mind by Prasanna Gautam.

In a previous life, Prasanna Gautam was a distinguished physician and teacher of medicine at the University Group of Hospitals in Aberdeen, Scotland. Now he is pursuing his lifelong interests in Aryan history, ancient Sanskrit, and philosophy, and in March of this year published Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours: The Adventures of an Enquiring Mind with Cambridge Scholars, an extraordinary journey through the deepest and most subtle philosophical crypts. Gautam has also translated the Rig Veda into English, and has written, edited, and translated widely across Nepali, Hindi, Sanskrit, and English.

Although embedded firmly within philosophical traditions, the book is akin to the great musings of Seneca or Marcus Aurelius, one that takes us by the hand and guides us gently through topics such as superstition, religion, sexuality, and happiness. It invites us to consider how we can live better lives, not by telling us what that our lives should be, but by encouraging us to think more deeply about the question ourselves.  


This book is a unique presentation of common but highly important issues that affect us all deeply. These are illustrated with personal anecdotes to which the readers can relate and compare with their own experiences in life. Each chapter is independent and presented in a conversational manner which makes reading easy. The book deals with a wide range of subjects, such as sex and sexuality, euthanasia, self-confidence, superstition, religion, evolution, parenting, conflicts, leadership, and the interpretation of scriptures, among others.

In addition to presenting the essence of many philosophical concepts and contrasting them with scientific evidence, the book asserts that our world has never before been richer and more technically advanced, but that our unthinking brains have precipitated unhappiness, conflicts, poverty, greed, crime and selfishness. A book of huge interest generally, this is also useful as a handy source of information for the students of humanities, the linguists and translators of ancient languages. 


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 book throughout October. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

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


"This is an impressive book covering a very wide range of topics. In reading this book you will be both entertained and stimulated. The author tries successfully to marry the informal with the formal and succeeds in producing a text which gains your attention and retains your interest. In my view, the overriding objective of the author is to stimulate the reader to think. Yes, he has things to say, points to make and theses to argue for which he thinks are important and hopefully you will agree with, but more fundamentally he wants to ignite enquiring minds, prepared to engage in rational debate and discussion. The author does not want disciples but fellow travellers, who see value in challenging conventions and commonly held beliefs and refuse to live the ‘unthinking life’."

--Dr Terry McKnight, Ulster University

"How often is it that we do things because that was the done thing, followed because everyone else has?  We automatically say or do things without thinking about it and rarely listen with attention. Dr Guatam has asked the questions that have often been at the back of our minds. This well researched book makes us think about the why and the so what. We may not necessarily agree with all the ideas, but they give rise to deeper thinking of our own truths and principles."

--Hema Kamath

"[T]his book is a must to read for everyone who desires to know what life is all about. It is lucid and inspirational."

--Dr. K.S.Sangunni, Former Professor, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

"What should a good non-fiction book provide?  Interest, information, education (for those willing to accept it), entertainment, food for thought  –  to mention but a few. In this book, Prasanna Gautam meets all the above criteria, and many more, and tackles a formidable bank of questions and themes via such media as personal experience, common sense, history, religion and culture."

--William Burnett

"Once I started reading the book, I had difficulty putting it down. The flow and compelling arguments that Prasanna Gautam has made, chapter after chapter, albeit exploring different issues, makes it informative, interesting and educative. It is filled with knowledge synthesised through the centuries. [...] The author has succeeded in tying many loose ends and wild assumptions about ancient Indian literature and Aryan civilisation. The book makes an interesting reading and a great learning experience particularly because of the way the author entwines his own personal experiences in different phases, different circumstances and different places about many common issues, e.g. sex, paradoxes related to our brain, retirement, superstition, euthanasia, the reality about rebirth and so on." 

--Prakash Khanal

"Every now and then in our reading we come across a book which is like no other we have read but makes us pause and become aware that it has changed our perceptions in some way usually for the better. Dr Gautam’s  ”Reflexions on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours” is just such a book. [...] The “reflections” which the author expresses are frequently accompanied by questions which invite the reader to answer and perhaps re-exam his own standpoint. Although, for the most part, I agreed with most of Dr Gautam’s views there were times when I encountered those different from mine but I was quietly led to change my views and scarcely noticed it. It is a pleasant “adventure” to do so and a necessary one to embark upon.  As Plato recalls Socrates speech at his trial “The unexamined life is not worth living”."

--Ronald Caie

"Something of an absorption of thought and practice, Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours is a rewarding read. Within its gentle confines, Reflections on Contemporary Values, Beliefs and Behaviours drops us bit by but into a significant bundle of important life events and issues―retirement―euthanasia―healing and violence, among them. The book discusses not just the attitudes of today, but looks far over our shoulders, and most especially into the disparate hymns and other writings from ancient India. Prasanna Gautam does a good job in capturing all that he can in as many light brush strokes as he does, for this must be the only way to try and gather the multifold and endless material that encompasses contemporary and ancient life. The sample size is fair as he covers a lot of ground! That is why the book possibly travels away from the experiences that are more commonly yours and mine―which it does very well―and becomes a more personal journey, the author’s own road to discovery."

--Peter Burnett


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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - October 2018 27 September 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Dr Michele Fontefrancesco has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’ – a very special autobiographical reflection published in 2015 by Gerald Mars. Michele is a social anthropologist who currently serves as a Research Fellow at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy. His research analyses local development in rural and urban communities, with a particular interest in the relationship between the global economy and local areas. He has argued for the importance of cultural heritage, crafts, and local production specialisation as fundamental elements in the definition of local resilience. In 2013 he published The End of the City of Gold? Industry and Economic Crisis in an Italian Jewellery Town with Cambridge Scholars, a culmination of many years work into these topics.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Michele’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABOCT18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st November 2018.

Dr Michele Fontefrancesco’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Becoming an Anthropologist: A Memoir and a Guide to Anthropology

Author: Gerald Mars

Mars’ graphic and often vivid narrative can be read simply as the anecdotal memoirs of an anthropologist. The experiences he recounts are sometimes hilarious, touch occasionally on the dangerous, and are always sensitively and expertly explored.


"This book is the story of a life and a brilliant career that proceeds from a simple question, which many students ask when they start their studies in anthropology: ‘how can a person become an anthropologist?’

Each of us who work in academia and who lead new cohorts of students in the exploration of anthropology struggle to form a decent and straightforward answer to this question. We know it is not a matter of academic degrees, erudite readings, or sitting on a comfortable armchair. As Gerald Mars shows, it is primarily the result of everyday practice and experience churned with deep reflexivity. Mars’ autobiographical narration shows the experience gained after youth, and how it creates the fertile ground on which anthropological thought can mature.

The book also offers a number of examples for better appreciating the application of anthropological analysis in the contemporary world. The autobiography, in fact, becomes a form of self-ethnography, within which Mars discusses his upbringing and lived social contexts – from the streets of Manchester and Blackpool, to the Army, to different academic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic.

The book will suit the tastes of less experienced readers and students, those who want to better understand what anthropology is and how it can be useful in comprehending our contemporary societies. It will also be of use to trained scholars who want to deepen their own anthropological educations." 


For further information on Dr Fontefrancesco, please click here.


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Featured Review - The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive 27 September 2018

Publishing with Cambridge Scholars is not an end in itself; instead, we recognise that the publication of a book is only the beginning of its long lifespan. Books not only need to be read, but they need to be appreciated, commented upon, and used as springboards for further research. As a result, we work hard to ensure that reviews of our books appear in cutting-edge, high-impact factor academic journals.

This month we are delighted to share news of a new review published in Contemporary Women’s Writing, a journal devoted to critically assessing writing by women authors who have published from 1970 to the present day. It is a journal that seeks to highlight the new and provocative in women’s writing, and it is therefore entirely appropriate that they have reviewed Gillian Alban’s The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive. Recently published in a new paperback edition, the book is a kaleidoscopic analysis of the different appearances of the figure of Medusa in historical and contemporary writing.

Written by Mine Özyurt Kiliç from the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, the conclusion of the review reads as follows:


"What makes the study exceptional is the passionate voice of a feminist scholar who wants to reach those outside academia. Apparently, with such an intention in mind, Alban often inserts quick explication of the complex theories and discussions she employs in her reading, as well as helpful yet sometimes digressive plot summaries. [...] At times, the writer’s focus shifts from a comprehensive study of a theme through various texts to an analysis of a single work; however, that each subsection starts and ends with a comparative outlook at the texts under discussion provides a consolidation of her intense writing. With the titans of the contemporary women’s writing in her cup, Alban not only offers a kaleidoscopic view of the Medusa figure but also gives her reader a kaleidoscope through which s/he can delve into the myriad ways s/he is constructed in this patriarchal culture."

– Mine Özyurt Kiliç, Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, Contemporary Women's Writing (2018)


Alban’s book is available until to purchase now directly from Cambridge Scholars. Please click here to see more, and to read a 30 page excerpt from the book including the table of contents.

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.

For more information on the post-publication process, please visit our dedicated Post-Publication page by clicking here or email marketing@cambridgescholars.com.

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Meet our Authors: Tetiana Dombrovan - September 2018 12 September 2018

Tetiana Dombrovan is Professor at Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine, where she teaches English grammar, the history of the English language, and linguistic synergetics. She received her PhD in the grammatical classification of the English verb and her DSc in the synergetic modelling of English language development from Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University in 1996 and 2014, respectively.

In February 2018, Tetiana published her first book with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, An Introduction to Linguistic SynergeticsThe book is an explication of a new multidisciplinary approach to language studies that views human language as an open, dynamic, non-linear, and self-organising system.

Special emphasis is laid on a variety of change rates on different language levels, and as a result the book sheds new light on language development and permits better descriptions of phase transitions, or reconfigurations, of language as a synergetic megasystem.


Tetiana describes her experience of working with Cambridge Scholars, having previously published a number of books with other publishers:

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Cambridge Scholars Publishing for their warm welcome, politeness, and patience throughout the whole process of turning my manuscript into a wonderful book.  It was a great pleasure to work with CSP, indeed, from the very beginning. The team are dedicated, helpful, understanding, and extremely professional, making each stage of the publication process extremely pleasant and seamless. I am sincere in saying that the publishing process has been beyond all of my expectations, as I have already published three books with other publishers.  I must say, CSP is the best and I am happy to recommend Cambridge Scholars Publishing to all of my colleagues.  I wish all the best to CSP and look forward to further cooperation.”


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on Tetiana’s book, An Introduction to Linguistic Synergetics. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th October 2018.


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Meet our Authors: Kleio Akrivou - September 2018 12 September 2018

Kleio Akrivou is Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School in the United Kingdom. She is also Visiting Scholar at the University of Navarra’s institutes for Business and Humanism and Culture and Society in Spain. She holds a PhD with a cross-disciplinary focus on moral psychology, adult learning and development, and behavioural science from Case Western Reserve University in the United States. Kleio’s current work focuses on non-representational theories of knowledge and how to approach and understand the self and action, with the aim of integrating moral psychology with classical philosophical works on the self, knowing, and life.

In May of this year Kleio published The Inter-Processual Self: Towards a Personalist Virtue Ethics Proposal for Human Agency with Cambridge Scholars, alongside her co-authors José Víctor Orón Semper and Germán Scalzo. The book showcases her current interdisciplinary research, defending a personalist approach to ethics through an analysis of self and action.

Kleio reflects on her experience of working with Cambridge Scholars on the book:


"My co-authors and I worked very harmoniously with CSP in the production of our book. I found that all steps of the work involved (from the final editing of the book to typesetting, cover design, and marketing) to be of high quality in both the process and in terms of the eventual outcome.  I am impressed with the discrete albeit respectful way we have been supported in marketing and communicating the new book to various audiences.  Academics in various disciplines may work for years or even decades to bring a theoretically rigorous and practically relevant new idea or theory to life. The work we do is so dense and intensive that we often lack the experience or a tacit understanding of how to increase our visibility and reach different audiences who may truly benefit by becoming aware of our work. I was impressed by how CSP has been an immensely valuable collaborative partner in this effort of ours, and I am very thankful to all CSP team members for their personal work and the ongoing support they provide to us." 


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Inter-Processual Self: Towards a Personalist Virtue Ethics Proposal for Human Agency. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th October 2018.


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Banned Books Week - Cambridge Scholars Publishing 30 August 2018

Between the 23rd and 29th of September, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing in marking the hugely important Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a number of threats facing the freedom to read, and it brings together the entire book community – librarians, archivists, booksellers, authors, publishers, teachers, and of course readers – to support freedom of expression. More than this, the week is a celebration of those who, both now and in the past, have voiced opinions and written books so challenging to societal norms that they have been purged, both literally and figuratively, from existence. It pays homage to those who have insisted upon the right to read, without coercion or censorship, throughout history.

At Cambridge Scholars we are proud to be joining the book community in celebrating Banned Books Week. We are unwaveringly committed to allowing our authors to freely express their arguments in their books, especially if their work introduces challenging new ideas or critiques deeply embedded trends within different academic disciplines or the wider world. We are therefore offering our readers a 50% discount on four of our most recent titles that speak to the themes of censorship, freedom of expression, and the right to read. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BANNEDBOOKS18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st October 2018.

Images of book burning have become widely associated with the fascist dictatorships of the twentieth century, which used brutal censorship and intimidation to control the messages that reached the population. Amongst this, however, were widespread practices of resistance and subversion from anti-fascist writers and activists. Foreign Women Authors under Fascism and Francoism: Gender, Translation and Censorship highlights the cultural features and processes which characterized translation practice under the dictatorships of Benito Mussolini (1922-1940) and Francisco Franco (1939-1975). The nine chapters presented here are not a global study of the history of translation in those black times in contemporary culture, but rather a collection of varied cases, small stories of publishers, collections, translations and translators that, despite many disappointments but with the occasional success, managed to undermine the ideological and literary currents of the dictatorships of Mussolini and Franco.

Throughout history, it is not just books that have been subjected to the whip of suppression. Controversial Renaissance art and science also garnered the attention of the long arm of censorship, with the Catholic Church in particular hacking off the genitalia of nude sculptures and slandering the scientific achievements of Copernicus and Galileo. Leonardo Da Vinci did not escape this treatment – his Leda and the Swan was likely deliberately destroyed, and more recently an educational centre in Israel covered up the genitals of his Vitruvian Man to not offend religious schoolchildren. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, of course, also drew the ire of the church. Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks: One Painter, Two Virgins, Twenty-Five Years is the first complete analysis of one of Da Vinci’s little known paintings, and celebrates the cheeky and brilliant way that Da Vinci transformed the world of art in his lifetime.

Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is probably the best known example of a contemporary banned book. Burned at numerous demonstrations around the world subsequent to its publication in 1988, it catapulted Rushdie to fame while also generating heated debates on freedom of expression and the right to offend. Mapping out the Rushdie Republic: Some Recent Surveys is a balanced yet often critical take on Rushdie’s writing and legacy. The contributions raise pertinent issues and questions that invite the perceptive reader to enter into a meaningful dialogue with the views of a range of formidable academics of national and international repute. The significant act of mapping out the Rushdie republic makes this a must-read for those who find the Rushdie phenomenon an interesting one as part of ongoing debates and discussions.

The Persecution of Professors in the New Turkey: Expulsion of Excellence – A Facebook Book tells the story of an American academic, Clyde R. Forsberg Jr., living and working in the AKP heartland of Turkey. A distinguished Professor in the Department of Western Languages and Literatures at Karabük University at the time, having relocated his entire family to Turkey two years prior, the Forsbergs were forced to flee the country after he was detained by the police and tried for “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization” following his posting of a poem on Facebook critical of the ruling party in Turkey. Subsequently found innocent of all charges, Forsberg was nonetheless sacked, forced to clear out his office as University cameras rolled, adding insult to injury. The book is thus an essential account of modern persecution which asks hard questions of the role of social media in the preservation of democratic freedoms.

To find out more about Banned Books Week, please click here. The banner artwork used on the front page of our website is courtesy of the American Library Association, whose support and cooperation we gratefully acknowledge.

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Book of the Month - September 2018 30 August 2018

Our September Book of the Month is Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect by Malcolm Millais.

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), better known as Le Corbusier, is widely considered one of the fathers of modern architecture. No less than seventeen of his constructions have UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and his name is now synonymous with the beginning of the modernist movement in contemporary architecture. However, his work is not without its critics. Indeed, as Malcolm Millais argues in Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, Corbusier was ultimately a failure in both the personal and professional spheres, his work and its influence contributing to the social and economic urban inequality that still haunts the present.

The book exposes the myths that surround Le Corbusier, detailing the endless failures of his proposals and his projects. These were due to his profound dishonesty, both as a person and as an architect. His legacy was an architectural profession that believed, and still believe, they were designing buildings based on logic, functionality and honesty whereas they were doing the opposite.


This is not a book for architects, but for all those that have suffered, consciously and unconsciously, from modern architecture and have wondered how it came about. This was largely due to one man, an architect called Le Corbusier.

For some he was a genius, but the truth is he was a sham, a fake, a charlatan whose only gift was for self-publicity. He was the most influential architect of the second half of the twentieth century; his influence overwhelmed the architectural profession on a global scale, who swallowed his publicity whole, and still hold him in awe. For the rest of the world, the mere mortals, his influence was disastrous, as traditional buildings were destroyed and replaced by featureless boxes of varying sizes, imposing a dreariness hitherto unimagined.

As usual, it was the poor who suffered most as they were herded into tower-blocks. These were often grouped into estates that ringed many towns and cities, which then degenerated into high-rise slums with all the well-known attendant social problems.


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 book throughout September. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMSEP18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st October 2018.

Revisionist books such as Millais’ often receive a difficult reception, but the book has been widely acclaimed in architectural circles. Please see below for examples of the praise it has been receiving:


"[This] is a brave book and a necessary book, a vital step toward truth in architecture today. [...] [The] book is chock-a-block with a multitude of examples, each explained in detail from an engineering as well as an architectural perspective. [...] With Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, Malcolm Millais has helped to pull the world, and maybe even the world of architecture, back toward a path of sanity about architecture’s reigning icon."

--David Brussat, Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts; Member of the Board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Architecture Here and There, 05.11.2017

"Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, by structural engineer Dr. Malcolm Millais, is a refreshing analysis of a towering figure who shaped the architecture of our time. [...] This excellent book by Malcolm Millais should have been around for the last fifty years. It might have saved us from architectural and urban design mistakes, now ingrained in architectural and planning cultures. As Millais says, “This is not a book for architects.” No revelation—no matter how shocking—can tarnish this hero’s reputation among architectural true believers. Yet we need to delete Le Corbusier’s ideas from practice if our world is to become healthy once again. I’m glad that a book such as this one is finally available for concerned citizens to read, and then to marvel at (or be appalled by) human credulity."

--Nikos Angelos Salingaros, Professor of Mathematics, University of Texas at San Antonio, New English Review, January 2018

"A book has just been published—Le Corbusier, The Dishonest Architect, by Malcolm Millais—that reads like the indictment of a serial killer who can offer no defense (except, possibly, a psychiatric one). The author shares with me an aesthetic detestation of Jeanneret, and also of his casual but deeply vicious totalitarianism; but, unlike me, the author both has a scholarly knowledge of his subject’s life and writings, of which the perusal of only a few has more than sufficed for me, and is a highly qualified structural engineer. [...] By rights, every architect, town planner, and structural engineer in the world ought to have a copy of Mr. Millais’ book by him, as a vade mecum of architectural, planning, building, and even moral pathology."

--Theodore Dalrymple, Author of Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality, Taki's Magazine, 04.11.2017

"Malcolm Millais' book Le Corbusier, the Dishonest Architect, which appeared in 2017, seems to finally question the mythology of one of the most extolled figures of modern architecture and urbanism of the last century. The author of this extraordinary book is an English architect, an internationally renowned building construction specialist. [...] Malcolm Millais has written a deeply insightful book that should be read by anyone who wants to understand why, in the second half of the 20th century, cities across the world became more and more like cloned ghettos...."

--Almantas Samalavičius, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Kultūros barai, 2018 (1)


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