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Featured Review - Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer 04 December 2018

At Cambridge Scholars, we recognise the importance of work that strives to cut across disciplinary boundaries and shine fresh light on older, well-worn topics. In particular, we welcome and encourage scholarship that bridges the gaps between the Health, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences, and we are delighted to share news of a new review of a recent book that does precisely this.

Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer looks to The Iliad and The Odyssey by the legendary Greek poet Homer for inspiration in rethinking contemporary medicine. Jointly authored by Robert Marshall and Alan Bleakley, the book promotes a new kind of medicine and medical education fit for the 21st century, but envisages this through the ancient lens of Homer’s two epics. This year, the book has been reviewed in the latest issue of Medical History by Neil Vickers of King’s College London, and below is Vickers’ summarising thoughts:


"We need more books like this one: books that revel in the moral complexity of clinical work and that initiate fruitful dialogues across disciplines to explore it. Marshall and Bleakley see medicine as an art as well as a science and use Homer as a model of what style, presence and refinement might mean in a clinical context. Their book is a salutary intervention at a time when medical education is increasingly laying on algorithmic habits of mind. They evoke the human dimension of medical practice as skilfully as the best physician writers: Rita Charon, say, or Jerome Groopman. At a time when the humanities are in retreat in medical schools, this book offers much-needed food for thought to anyone wanting a detailed account of how the humanities might contribute to clinical training."

Neil Vickers, King's College London

Medical History 62/3 (2018)


The book is available 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.

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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.

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Featured Review - Emerging Europe and the Great Recession 30 August 2018

At Cambridge Scholars, we recognise that knowledge is not an end in itself, but a vehicle for transforming and inducing positive change in the world. Our authors strive to provide deeper understandings of various aspects of the Health, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences so that their work might have a positive impact beyond the academic sphere. This month, we are delighted to share a new review of a book that is already causing much debate in policy circles in the European Union.

Authored by Daniel Dăianu, Emerging Europe and the Great Recession analyses the ongoing crisis in the Eurozone from the perspective of someone who has been in the trenches at national and international levels and who has extensive policy and academic experience. The book has been reviewed in the latest issue of the Journal of Economics and Management by Daniel Palotai, Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Magyar Nemzeti Bank in Hungary. The review is available open access here, and below is an excerpt of Palotai’s thoughts:


We are living in uncertain times. The world economy is transforming rapidly due to technological changes, the turning tide of globalization and shifts in geopolitical power. The financial crisis accelerated the transformation and drastically changed the global status quo in many ways. It is clear that the pre-crisis world cannot (and should not) be restored. The decline in resilience of economic systems may prevail, as the overcomplexity and interconnectedness of the world economy is increasing. […] As [Dăianu] has extensive policy and academic experience both at international and national level, his insights are a valuable contribution to the existing literature. He studies the global and European challenges from various angles and elaborates extensively on the outlook of European emerging economies in the changing global environment. The book comprises and revises important pieces of previous works of Dăianu.

–Daniel Palotai, Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Hungary


Dăianu’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.

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

– Dr Cliff Leek, University of Northern Colorado


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

–Robert Weldon Whalen, Queens University of Charlotte


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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