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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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Book of the Month - August 2018 31 July 2018

Our August Book of the Month is Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World by Mohammed Hashas.

Geopoetics is a movement and creative project concerned with reconnecting human beings to the natural world and reinvigorating our understanding of the spaces and places in which we dwell. Largely associated with the Scottish poet Kenneth White and his Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, this project has spawned a vast, interdisciplinary body of scholarship that draws upon science, philosophy, and literary theory to push the latent possibilities of our relationship with the earth, and with each other. 

Amongst this scholarship, Hashas’ book stands out as a landmark contribution. Hashas not only provides a critical overview and analysis of geopoetics, but also shows how White’s writing points us towards a more harmonious, fulfilling future. In the words of Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of White’s Scottish Centre for Geopoetics, it is no less than “the book we have been waiting for; a template for taking geopoetics further.”


This work introduces Kenneth White’s geopoetics as a radical, postmodern interdisciplinary and intercultural project that reclaims the return to communication with the earth, nature, wo-man, and the self as part of a cosmic unity approach. It traces geopoetics’ beginnings, key concepts, territories and trajectories, aims, and perspectives. Geopoetics is shown here to be a cosmopolitan project for a more open and harmonious world, which buries narrow-mindedness and offers new horizons.


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 August. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:


“Hashas’ reading of Kenneth White’s project is a worthwhile contribution to laying the foundation for a better understanding between cultures, namely the Arab-Islamic culture and Western culture.”

--Khalid Hajji, President of the Brussels Forum of Wisdom and World Peace

“White’s geopoetics deserves our attention in this hasty world that is losing values, connectedness, and humanness, and Hashas renders us this service intelligently in this work.”

--Francesca M. Corrao, Professor of Arabic Language and Culture, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome

“Kenneth White’s exploration of Arabic culture has been less developed than that of Asia and of the Inuit in the West. Hashas, who has been initiated to geopoetics by a former student of Kenneth White, seems naturally destined to pursue the path of the Poet and Thinker as developed also by the International Institute of Geopoetics.”

--Michèle Duclos, Retired Senior Lecturer, Bordeaux Montaigne University, France; author of Kenneth White, nomade intellectual, poète du monde (2006).

“Enthusiasts of White’s ground-breaking synthesis of science, philosophy and poetry have long felt the need of a thorough academic structural outline of his thinking that would not only serve as a commentary on White’s oeuvre, but also provide a template for taking geopoetics further. In Intercultural Geopoetics, Mohammed Hashas has written the book we have been waiting for; it is a considerable achievement.”

--Elizabeth Rimmer, poet and member of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics

“Intercultural Geopoetics in Kenneth White's Open World represents a valuable contribution to the study of space, intersecting in a homogeneous and harmonious way the different literary, philosophical and geocultural perspectives that a meticulous study of geopoetics requires.”

--Simone Sibilio, Reset, 30/01/2018


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Book of the Month - July 2018 29 June 2018

Our July Book of the Month is Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World, edited by Samia I. Spencer.

We hear much about Egyptian queens and princesses in popular culture. From the glistening figure of Cleopatra, whose legacy survives in countless forms of contemporary art, theatre, and literature, to the goddess Isis, worshipped by Egyptians and Greeks alike for her solemn role shepherding souls to the afterlife, ancient Egyptian history is awash with women. Yet in the modern age, we hear far more of Gamal Abdel Nasser, founder of contemporary Egypt, and Hosni Mubarak, who was famously deposed in the Arab Spring. This book asks a simple question: what of ordinary Egyptian women, and how do they navigate and transform both their country and the world? Daughters of the Nile: Egyptian Women Changing Their World is the vivid and timely story of the lives and experiences of modern Egyptian women – told from their own perspective in a reflective and passionate way.To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on both the hardback and paperback versions of the book throughout July, taking the price of the paperback to only £14.99. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUL18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st August 2018.

Please see below for highlights of the praise this book has been receiving from academics, journalists, and government officials alike:


"The vividly narrated chapters, all in the first-person, hold many memorable phrases and much candour. The story in each becomes not only that of the individual woman narrating her experience but also the history of a society and a country. Through the eyes and documents of these women, we see pressing Egyptian issues coming to the fore. [...] For those interested in Egypt or women’s progress, or those who enjoy engaging and well-written autobiography, this book is a must."

--Aziza Sami, Al-Ahram Weekly, 03.03.2017

"This book is long overdue. It is high time that modern Egyptian women stand side-by-side with their brilliant ancestors."

--Yvette Roudy, France’s Minister of Women’s Rights (1981-1986)

"This outstanding book is a must-read. Many influential Egyptians share personal, telling stories about their achievements, shattering stale myths about Egyptian women. In their marvelously detailed narratives, they strive to make the world a better place, resulting in a much-needed Egyptian humanity. Their stories warmed my heart; so much so that I want to meet and thank each and every one of them for their passion, wit and courage."

--Jack G Shaheen, Author of Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People

"Working on Rule of Law programs, in Egypt and Jordan, with judges from the region, I observed first-hand the valuable contribution women make to the discussion of today’s important issues. So for me, the professional achievements chronicled in this book, although remarkable are not surprising. Narratives that mothers and daughters can read together, and that all of us can admire. What fine examples the authors set for women everywhere!"

--Justice Joseph P. Nadeau, New Hampshire Supreme Court (Retired)

"Stereotypes are unidimensional stories about a category of other, largely devoid of fact. The strongest antidote to stereotyping are stories that offer counter-narratives about real people living rich, full lives of substance. This book is a wonderful example of just such counter-narratives."

--Mary Ellen Kondrat, Dean and Retired Professor, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

"This book is a stark and important reminder of the power of women, their accomplishments against many odds, and their resilience to overcome, lead, and be a force to reckon with in their country and beyond. Egyptian women have a strong and rich tradition of leadership, and this is yet another example of their strength—an excellent and inspiring read."

--Mohammad Naciri Regional Director, Arab States Regional Office, UN Women, Cairo, Egypt



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Book of the Month - June 2018 31 May 2018

Our June Book of the Month is An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology by C. Nadia Seremetakis.

“Culture is the subject matter of anthropology”, reads the first sentence of the book. Since the birth of the discipline in the second half of the nineteenth century anthropologists have strove to investigate the relationships between people, place, and culture across the world. However, the original mission of anthropology was interwoven with colonialism and its privileged, Eurocentric ways of looking at the ‘uncivilised’ parts of the globe, and it has since changed beyond recognition to the vibrant field it is today. Seremetakis’ book is a critical introduction to all of this and more, and is an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand the state of cultural anthropology today.    


This book engages young scholars, teachers and students in a critical dialogue with past and present directions in cultural-historical studies. More particularly, it prepares prospective anthropologists, as well as readers interested in human cultures for understanding basic theoretical and methodological ethnographic principles and pursuing further what has been known as cultural anthropological perspectives. The book discusses key, field-based studies in the discipline and places them in dialogue with related studies in social history, linguistics, philosophy, literature, and photography, among others.


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 essential text in both its hardback and paperback versions, an offer which takes the paperback price to £18.80. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJUN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st July 2018.

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


"This invaluable textbook introduces cultural anthropology while also setting this American approach within a global context where there are competing national traditions of anthropology. Still more importantly, American-trained, yet intimately familiar with Europe, professor and fieldworker Seremetakis is both an insider and an outsider to Cultural Anthropology proper, and this makes her presentation unusual and most insightful."

—Charles Stewart, Professor of Anthropology at University College London, UK

"This book is a stunningly original and important introduction to contemporary cultural anthropology. Written in clear and compelling prose, this work places anthropology squarely within its powerful historical context. Seremetakis demonstrates powerfully how prominent anthropologists from Franz Boas to Michael Taussig have variously told the tale of social and cultural differences that have made a difference in our comprehension of the human condition. In these troubled times, Seremetakis has produced a work that shows students how anthropologists produce works that mark a path toward a better life, a path toward wisdom."

—Paul Stoller, Professor of Anthropology at West Chester University, USA, and the recipient of the 2013 Anders Retzius Gold Medal Laureate in Anthropology

"Exceptionally well written, organized, and presented, An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology would well serve as a basic text book for introductory courses in cultural anthropology and is to be considered as an essential, core addition to community, college, and university library Anthropology collections and supplemental studies reading lists."

Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch Volume 12, Number 9 (September 2017)


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Book of the Month - May 2018 27 April 2018

Our May Book of the Month is The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive by Gillian M. E. Alban.

The Greek monster Medusa is arguably the original stuff of nightmares – countless venomous snakes for hair and a gaze that turned all who looked at her to pure stone. Her legend lives on in fiction, poetry, film, and art. Yet as this book by Gillian M.E. Alban suggests, the figure of Medusa is one that helps reveal much about the contemporary desires and frustrations of women.


This book offers striking insights into the desires and frustrations of women through the narratives of impressive contemporary novelists. Crafting its analysis on the gaze as presented by Lacan and Sartre, the book demonstrates how the subject creates her own ego against her alter egos or hostile others in the mirrors facing her, offering insight into women’s powers and weaknesses. The first two chapters trace the women stalking its pages under a panoptic gaze, as they learn how to revert their look defiantly back onto others. Some win assurance through their own assertive gaze; others are stared down, reduced to psychic trauma, madness and even suicide. The book then goes on to show how androcentric views such as Freud’s perceive Medusa mothers as monstrous, splintering them from their daughters in the Electra syndrome. The efforts of mothers to nurture their children may be slighted as inadequate, with the mother’s nurture condemned as devouring. The following pair of chapters present Medusa and inspiring goddesses motivating and reverting evil through the ‘evil eye’ of their powerful gaze or inspirational force. These literary discussions illuminate women’s force in the writings of Angela Carter, Toni Morrison, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood, and others.


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page.

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title in both its hardback and paperback versions. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMMAY18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2018.

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


"This book offers many insights as the reader is taken through multiple literary works. It could be a journey through hellish places you have been, or quandaries you have known, and how your spirit intuitively coped, put strategies in place to ensure your survival. [...] The Medusa Gaze is an empowering reflection on the complexities of woman’s situation, across diverse cultural experiences and personal particularities, gazing as it is from within female eyes, thus speaking a truth – which could change the world, as small particles may."

—Glenys Livingstone, PhD, co-editor of Re-visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom

"This book demonstrates how a focus on the various interpretations of what one is tempted to call, in formalist terms, the Medusa function, can be applied to enrich our readings of literary works. In such discussions one may find a woman character who is presented as, for example, a producer of the Medusa gaze, as a ‘monstrous and terrifying Medusa’ or as an ‘icon of worship’. This book introduces, explores and persuasively argues about the significance of the conflicting, troubling, powerful and fascinating Medusa roles of women in modern and contemporary fiction."

—Margaret J-M Sönmez, Middle East Technical University

"[O]ver time, there have been many interpretations of Medusa that have emerged and invite further examination. Enter Gillian Alban whose research and writing are creating a dialogue that extends beyond [the] narrow viewpoint of the Medusa woman as monstrous and petrifying, to include a spectrum of attributes from maternal to redemptive. [...] For such a multi-layered subject, the book is a very accessible and portable read."

—Monisha Kar, Lale: Magazine of the International Women of Istanbul

"Filled with beautiful original artwork, The Medusa Gaze threads together several marvelous and diverse women authors, providing a sustained and attentive close reading of the female characters’ lives and psyches as girls, friends, lovers, and mothers. In so doing, the book invites a wholesale re-evaluation of the power and beauty of the ancient Medusa myth. If some of the works examined seem to beg for further analysis or investigation into the function or purpose of this mythical figure in contemporary literature, this leaves the door open to future scholars to take up the lens Alban has offered and see what insights about the feminine it may reveal."

—Misty Urban, femmeliterate


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Book of the Month - April 2018 28 March 2018

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

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


Picture of This Deep Pierian Spring

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


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMAPR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st May 2018.

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


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

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


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

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


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Book of the Month - March 2018 28 February 2018

Our March Book of the Month is Architectural Voices of India: A Blend of Contemporary and Traditional Ethos by Apurva Bose Dutta.


The field of architecture has gradually evolved from being a mere profession to becoming a representation of the society in which we live. Architects form the voice of this profession, and an in-depth discussion with them allows a greater understanding of their theories, visions for architecture, and contributions towards the field, and how they are managing the non-linear societal evolution in a comprehensive manner.

The book will appeal to architectural and building industry practitioners and students of architecture, as well as the general reader, as it speaks about architecture as an integral part of building a nation. It traverses the architecture journey in India, and bestows a clarity on the directions still to be taken.


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMMAR18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd April 2018.

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


“Architectural Voices contains the first-ever frank and honest narration made by the featured Indian architects about their journey and understanding of the profession and architectural practice, which is sure to go a long way in helping and directing the younger generation of architects in making appropriate choices in the profession. It must find appropriate place and should form an integral part of academic circles of the profession, especially the libraries of the architecture schools.”

—Professor Jit Kumar Gupta, Founder Director of College of Architecture, IET, Bhaddal


“Conducted and edited by Ar. Apurva Bose Dutta, this new publication offers a kaleidoscopic overview of post-independence architecture of India and a nearer view into the last three decades. [...] A must read for all students and young architects who are in need of direction for their own careers, this book can provide studied insights and critical thoughts.”

—Professor Sathya Prakash Varanashi, RV College of Architecture


“Architects and planners, being in a creative field in which imagination has no boundaries, reveal much diversity in their building genres, philosophies, theories, specialisations, visions and handling of core issues of architecture. This book not only celebrates this diversity but also builds a framework in which architecture and its various facets - its role, education standards, trending themes, the social responsibility of architects and the way forward - can be discussed.”

—L'Avenir Elevator Digest, December 2017


“The design dialogue between the author and the eminent design personalities makes an interesting read for not only those that are part of the design fraternity but also for a layman to understand the nuances of architecture and the scenario of urban development across the country. The language is fluid and easy to understand for the reader. [...] Architecture is indeed an integral part of everyone's daily life and irrespective of the on-going discussion on whether architecture shapes the society or the society influences the architects, the idea of writing about the architects who unlike their western counterparts seldom write about themselves or their work is worth appreciating.”

—BuildoTech, October-December 2017


“Apurva needs to be complimented on taking the road less travelled. Very few young architects would like to make a profession out of architectural writing—here is to a determined one!”

—Rajnish Wattas, Former Principal of Chandigarh College of Architecture


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Book of the Month - February 2018 31 January 2018

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

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


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMFEB18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 28th February 2018.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Book of the Month - January 2018 21 December 2017

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


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


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMJAN18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2018.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

—Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Professor of Sociology, Aalborg University


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

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


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

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


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Book of the Month - December 2017 30 November 2017

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


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

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


To find out more, please click here to read a sample extract and contents page. 

We are offering all of our readers a generous 60% discount on this best-selling title. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code BOMDEC17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 2nd January 2018.

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


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

—Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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