New review of Robert Letellier’s new book Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète, by Robert Gibson

We are delighted to share a new review of one of Robert Letellier’s latest books with us, the brilliant Meyerbeer’s Le Prophète: A Parable of Politics, Faith and Transcendence. Please see below for the full review, authored by Robert Gibson, and don’t forget you can grab 60% off Letellier’s The Bible in Music for the duration of January by clicking here. Continue reading


The Inaugural International Day of Education – Cambridge Scholars Publishing

On the 24th of January, join Cambridge Scholars Publishing in marking the inaugural International Day of Education. On the 3rd of December 2018, the United Nations adopted a resolution to create this unique day, which acknowledges the importance of working to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels – early childhood, primary, secondary, tertiary and distance education, including technical and vocational training – so that all people may have access to lifelong learning opportunities.

At Cambridge Scholars we publish a wide range of books connected to Education – books that span the Health, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences and which encompass textbooks as well as specialist titles on the theory and practice of teaching and learning.

To celebrate the first of many International Days of Education, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on four of our best-selling titles in Education. To find out more about each title, click on the image below. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EDUCATION19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2019.

From Education to Life: A Review of Its Role and Tasks contributes to ongoing discussions on the important role of education and on the challenging tasks facing educators today. Drawing on their long, vast and varied experience as educators, administrators and scholars, the authors deal specifically with certain fundamental issues with a view to engaging those involved in education in an examination of what underlies educational theory and practice. The book shows that education is not simply about attending school, academic institutions or any other establishment of learning or training, but, rather, is a process that looks further than the time spent learning lessons, attending lectures, doing research, acquiring knowledge, honing skills, or developing competence, important and crucial as these activities are to human development. Its greatest challenge and purpose come, instead, from life itself.

Intercultural Communicative Competence in English Language Teaching in Polish State Colleges provides a strong theoretical introduction to the field of intercultural communication, offering practical examples of classroom activities, as well as presenting empirical research which demonstrates that intercultural communicative competence (ICC) can be developed effectively in specially tailored courses adjusted to the needs of learners. A thorough analysis of the empirical material collected from participant observation, the administered questionnaires and interviews allowed the most common values and attitudes held as components of intercultural sensitivity to be identified. The obtained findings are subsequently analyzed to predict the potential areas of communication misunderstandings and failures between Polish learners of English and representatives of other cultures.

How do we make sense of our world? How does giving an immediate, intuitive response impact its quality, what are its features, and how is this related to misconceptions? Who is afraid of misconceptions? Despite cognitive ability and information being accessible like never before, learners often provide incorrect, intuition-based responses to science and mathematics questions. Based on comprehensive research, combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies, Misconceptions in Science Education: Help Me Understand suggests a paradigm shift into an “empathic space” in which students, elementary and middle school, pre-service teachers and researchers can utilize misconceptions as a learning tool.

Bridging the gender gap in higher education is fundamental throughout India. Education is the yardstick by which the growth and development of a country are delineated, and it helps to discipline the mind, sharpen the intellect and refine the spirit. There has been a phenomenal growth in the number of women enrolling in higher education in India since the country gained independence, with around 45% of female admissions to such institutions in recent years. Women in Higher Education in India: Perspectives and Challenges explores the role of women in higher education, their emergence as a strong force for social change, and the implications of this on society. It also discusses technology’s impact on women’s education, constraints on women in higher education, and issues and challenges for women in the workplace.

To find out more about the International Day of Education, please click here.

Book of the Month – January 2019

Our first Book of the Month of 2019 is The Bible in Music, by Robert Letellier.

Robert Letellier is Cambridge Scholars Pubishing’s most prolific author, with over 100 titles to his name. Many of these titles are on French Grand Opera and more specifically the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer. However, Robert is also deeply interested in the wider intersection of religion and music, particularly as it pertains to Christianity.

This book explores the relationship between the Bible and the world of music, an association that is recorded from ancient times in the Old Testament, and one that has continued to characterize the cultural self-expression of Western Civilization ever since. It surveys the history of this relationship from the end of the Roman Empire to the present day, and contains a detailed bibliography, an iconography, and an index of biblical and musical references, themes, and subjects.

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 BOMJAN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2019.

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

“Robert Ignatius Letellier has set himself a daunting task in this substantial volume: a detailed look at music inspired by the Bible. […] Letellier has diligently covered as much as possible over the course of 550 pages … [and] the overall result is impressively informative.”

–George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, December 2017

“The text despite the complexity of the subject is interesting and readable and includes beautiful illustrations. Its significance as a reference work is underlined by its comprehensive bibliography combined with 11 indices covering topics such as composers, themes, librettists and works. This work complements the author’s earlier text Bible and Art. It is of use to music lovers as well as those interested in both Christianity and European culture.”

–Robert Gibson

“This must be a unique reference book as few scholars can write authoritatively on both the Bible and music. Dr Letellier is a scholar of both. […] This book is beautifully written … and I was personally intrigued by his insights into Meyerbeer. I would highly recommend this book.”

–Ian Rogers

“Robert Letellier’s productivity and his wonderful understanding of music, history, religion and context of time and place with regards to composition is brilliantly brought to the fore in this beautifully produced book, which offers such a wealth of easily digestible information. It is also a superior reference book for anybody interested in the topic at hand. In the five chapters he covers biblical themes in music, pulling out for example characters from the Old and New Testament, representations of choral music, and oratorical and dramatic music with biblical themes in opera and ballet. Throughout the text many pieces are selected for detailed description and the myths that relate to the music often explained: sections of the libretti are also given where helpful. This is an astonishing repository of knowledge, utterly user friendly and so well organised that anybody interested in music, but particularly in sacred music, opera and oratorio should have it on their bookshelves. Cambridge Scholars Publishing have produced another book of outstanding quality and have included in the middle a section of 258 largely coloured images to augment a very professional book.

–Michael Trimble

Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – January 2019

For our first ‘Recommended Read’ of 2019, our Editorial Advisory Board Member Dr Spiros Paramithiotis has chosen a new book that breaks fresh ground in the study of the links between health, food science, and society. Spiros graduated from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition of the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece, in 1996, and has worked at the Laboratory of Food Quality Control and Hygiene within the Agricultural University of Athens’ Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition as a member of their scientific personnel since 2003.

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Spiros’ pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABJAN19 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st February 2019.

Dr Spiros Paramithiotis’ ‘Recommended Read’:

Dying to Eat: Health, Heresy and Hysteria

Author: Michael David Trevan

This book examines our oft emotional relationship with food; the way science has been used and misused by those who govern, provide advice to the public, or try to sell food; and why we tend to believe the statements about healthy eating that we wish were true, rather than those which are true.

This is not an ordinary food science textbook. Professor Trevan, with an amazing ability for narration, guides the reader through every aspect of contemporary food science. From food chemistry and microbiology, human nutrition and physiology, to government agencies and the media, he depicts the links between health, food, and society in a delightful way. In addition, by providing historical perspectives and discussing numerous scientific publications in a critical and unique way, Professor Trevan facilitates an understanding of the current state of knowledge in the field and identifies further gaps that are worth researching. Reading this book feels like attending a lecture that you do not want to end. It is a highly informative and enjoyable text, necessary for anyone that studies or is merely interested in food science.”

Dr Spiros Paramithiotis

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Featured Reviews – Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism

At Cambridge Scholars Publishing, we work hard to ensure that our books are read and reviewed in the largest and most influential scholarly journals. We recognise that having respected scholars engaging with our authors’ work is one of the most important parts of the publication process. This month, we are delighted to share news of two new reviews of one of our best-received books from 2018: Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism.

Authored by renowned Nietzsche scholar and Professor Emeritus of Moral Philosophy at Radboud University, Paul van Tongeren, this book is set to become the new standard work on Nietzsche’s understanding and theorisation of nihilism. However, the book is much more than this, and offers nothing less than a critical, detailed history of nihilism for the early days of Christianity to the present.

The book has recently been reviewed in The Agonist and The Journal of European Studies. Here is what the reviewers had to say:

“Van Tongeren packs quite a lot into this relatively thin monograph, resulting in a dense text best suited for slow, focused reading. Given the incredibly wide scope of the work— his account begins with a “pre-history” of nihilism founded in Christianity, moves through the Anglophone reception of Nietzsche in works as recent as Reginster’s The Affirmation of Life (2006), and locates manifestations of nihilism not only in philosophy and political history but also, appropriately, in literature – it is a happy surprise to discover the project itself still treats its topics with precision and in sufficient detail. This ability to distill such a vast amount of information into clear, pithy sentences is a true virtue of the work, and surely results from van Tongeren’s lifelong engagement with Nietzsche’s thought.”

–Kaitlyn Creasy, The Agonist (Fall 2018)

“This book offers nothing less than a concise yet comprehensive introduction to a vast topic in Nietzsche’s thought, spreading the fruits of his course at Nijmegen to a wider audience. As the choice of cover illustration (Albrecht Dürer’s Ritter, Tod und Teufel) reminds us, Nietzsche used this work in The Birth of Tragedy as an emblem for Schopenhauerian philosophy: like Dürer’s knight, Schopenhauer ‘lacked all hope, but desired truth’ (§20). How the transformation wrought when ‘the desert of our exhausted culture’ is changed when touched by ‘the Dionysian magic’ (§20) can be transferred into one’s experience of everyday life lies, understandably enough, outside the scope of this study.”

–Paul Bishop, Journal of European Studies (2018)

Not only this, a review will shortly be published on the acclaimed Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, written by Matthew Meyer. The book itself 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.

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.