Friday, 23 March 2012

Woman's Hour investigates Modern Motherhood

Manchester University Press author, Angela Davis, was today one of Jenni Murrays guests on BBC Radio 4's Woman’s Hour.

Much of the lively discussion surrounding the anniversary of ‘Fifty Years of Motherhood Manuals’ centred around Angela’s findings taken from her book ‘Modern motherhood’, published last week.

Find out more about Modern motherhood.

Listen Jenni Murray’s interview with Angela Davis on iPlayer.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Have you got the stomach for fighting?

Have you started a new diet that you’re struggling to stick to? Or, perhaps you’ve given up a foodie vice (chocolate is always the big one at Manchester University Press!) for lent.

As a nation, historically, we’ve more often faced the problem of food deficit rather than a food surplus. This has been particularly true in times of war. This week sees the publication of the latest book in our series, Cultural History of Modern War.
The Stomach for fighting by Rachel Duffett is all about diet, nutrition and food supplies in the First World War. Food is central to morale and physical performance, but also fundamental to emotional and social identities. While the British army provided more food than many soldiers ate as civilians, calories do not address the central complexity of eating, which is rarely about nutrition alone and comes freighted with emotions that have little to do with psychological need. The stomach for fighting is brilliantly written and gives an insight into the hardships facing soldiers at the front as well as the deprivations at home.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Launch for Workers, State and Development in North East Brazil

Workers, State and Development in North East Brazil, by Ben Selwyn, will be launched at the Agrarian Change Seminar on 8th March, 5.15 - 7.00pm. The seminar, and launch event, will be held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

If you would like to attend, please email

Launch details
8th March 2012, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, London 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Wales since 1939 publishes today on St David's Day and Wold Book Day

Today, on Sta David's Day and World Book Day 2012, Manchester Univeristy Press publishes Wales since 1939 by Martin Johnes.

This ground-breaking book examines the story of Wales since 1939, giving voice to ordinary people and the variety of experiences within the nation. Martin Johnes contributes to the current BBC1 (Wales) TV series, The Story of Wales.

To read to read more about Wales, the book and Martin Johnes follow this link