New Books Network

Sasha Abramsky, “Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar” (Akashic Books, 2020)
Today we are joined by Sasha Abramsky, author of Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar (Akashic Books, 2020). Lottie Dod is not a familiar name among casual sports fans but should be. She won the first of her five Wimbledon titles when... Read More
A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polymath Robert Eisler. Episode 9: Vanity of Vanities
In this episode, I look at Eisler’s last days in England, where he found that the Oxford readership he had been promised before being sent to Dachau was taken by someone else, a paper shortage had put a stop to academic publishing, and that foreign Jews without visas were being... Read More
Anton Howes, “Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Over the past 300 years, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has tried to improve British life in every way imaginable. It has sought to influence education, commerce, music, art, architecture, communications, food,  and every other corner of society. Arts and Minds: How the Royal... Read More
Nicholas B. Miller, “John Millar and the Scottish Enlightenment: Family Life and World History” (Voltaire Foundation, 2017)
During the long eighteenth century the moral and socio-political dimensions of family life and gender were hotly debated by intellectuals across Europe. John Millar, a Scottish law professor and philosopher, was a pioneer in making gendered and familial practice a critical parameter of cultural difference. His work was widely disseminated... Read More
Martin James, “State of Base: The Origins of Jungle/Drum and Bass” (Velocity Press, 2020)
The reissue and revision of Martin James’ State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/Drum & Bass (Velocity Press, 2020) examines the origins and progression of British Junglism in the 1990s. Rave culture’s clashes with UK government and police drove the scene into a dark space, but jungle/drum & bass emerged... Read More
Olivia Weisser, “Ill Composed: Sickness, Gender, and Belief in Early Modern England” (Yale UP, 2015)
On this episode of New Books in History, Jana Byars talks with Olivia Weisser, Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, to talk about her 2015 Yale University Press release, Ill Composed: Sickness, Gender, and Belief in Early Modern England.  Olivia Weisser can be described as... Read More
Nadine El-Enany, “Bordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire” (Manchester UP, 2020)
How can we understand the legacy of colonialism within contemporary society? In Bordering Britain Law, Race and Empire (Manchester University Press, 2020), Nadine El-Enany, a senior lecturer in law at Birkbeck School of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law, historicises immigration law and ideas... Read More
Pritipuspa Mishra, “Language and the Making of Modern India: Nationalism and the Vernacular in Colonial Odisha, 1803-1953” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
The province of Odisha, previously “Orissa,” was the first linguistically organized province of India. In Language and the Making of Modern India: Nationalism and the Vernacular in Colonial Odisha, 1803-1953 (Cambridge University Press, 2020), Pritipuspa Mishra explores how the idea of the vernacular has a double effect, serving as a... Read More
Junior Tomlin, “Junior Tomlin: Flyer and Cover Art” (Velocity Press, 2020)
Junior Tomlin: Flyer & Cover Art (Velocity Press, 2020) showcases the artwork of Junior Tomlin. Featuring flyers and record covers Tomlin has created for the rave scene starting in the late 1980s, this is the first book which comprehensively and cohesively documents his work in this important UK subculture. Raised in... Read More