Thursday, 13 December 2012

MUP author shortlisted for prestigious award

The shortlist for the Longman/History Today Book Prize 2013 has been announced. The award is given for an author’s first or second work of history published between October 2011 and September 2012. The winning book will have contributed significantly to making its subject accessible and rewarding to the general reader of history. 

This year the judges this are: Jeremy Black, Professor of History at the University of Exeter; Juliet Gardiner, author of The Thirties: An Intimate History of Britain (HarperPress); Paul Lay, Editor of History Today; and Miri Rubin,  Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. The winner will be announced on January 9th, 2013 at the Royal Society, London.

The shortlist is:

Alun Withey, Physick and the Family: Health, Medicine and Care in Wales,1600-1750 (Manchester University Press).

Keith Lowe, Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II (Penguin/Viking).

Hannah Newton, The Sick Child in early Modern England, 1580-1720 (Oxford University Press).

Glyn Parry, The Arch Conjuror of England: John Dee (Yale University Press).

Andrew Preston, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy (Knopf).

Bill Schwarz, Memories of Empire. Vol. I The White Man’s World (Oxford University Press).

Caroline Shenton, The Day Parliament Burned Down (Oxford University Press).

Ian P. Wei, Intellectual Culture in Early Medieval Paris, c. 1100-1330 (Cambridge University Press).

Alison Winter, Memory: Fragments of a Modern History (Chicago University Press).
Thomas Wright, Circulation: William Harvey’s Revolutionary Idea (Chatto & Windus).

Ilan Danjoux takes his book on tour

MUP author, Ilan Danjoux, has been busy at the Vancouver and Calgary Jewish Book Fairs' over the last few weeks. He hosted various events, focusing on his new book Political cartoons and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ilan talked about his 'Meet the author' session at the Calgary Book Fair on YouTube last month.

The book can be purchased through The University of British Columbia Press in Canada.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The Times Literary Supplement 'Book of the Year 2012'

PAUL MULDOON highlighted The End of Ulster Loyalism? as one of his  'Books of the Year 2012' in last weeks The Times Literary Supplement.
PAUL MULDOON: "I was greatly taken with Kevin Barry’s Dark Lies the Island (Cape), a collection of hilarious and, often, hair-raising short stories that range from an account of a day trip to Llandudno by a bevy of Real Alers to an unlikely take on “The Mainland Campaign” and the “nordy” world picture. One aspect of the Northern Irish milieu is also explored with admirable dexterity in Peter Shirlow’s The End of Ulster Loyalism? (Manchester University Press). 
 This is a highly fraught subject, of course, with the ongoing investigation of alleged collusion between the police and senior members of the Ulster Volunteer Force. The idea that some UVF men were police informers would not be lost on John Honeyman. Born like myself in Armagh and, like myself, a resident of Griggstown, NJ, Honeyman is reputed to have been a spy for George Washington. Honeyman, like myself, has a walk-on part in Robert Sullivan’s haunting documentary, My American Revolution (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).