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Experiencing Exile
Dr David van der Linden
The persecution of the Huguenots in France, followed by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, unleashed one of the largest migration waves of early modern Europe. Focusing on the fate of French Protestants who fled to the Dutch Republic, Experiencing Exile examines how Huguenot refugees dealt with the complex realities of living as strangers abroad, and how they seized upon religion and stories of their own past to comfort them in exile.
Elephant Complex
John Gimlette
No one sees the world quite like John Gimlette. As the New York Times once noted ‘he writes with enormous wit, indignation and a heightened sense of the absurd’.  Writing for both the adventurer and the armchair traveler, he has an eye for unusually telling detail, a sense of wonder, and compelling curiosity for the inside story. This time, he travels to Sri Lanka, a country only now emerging from 26 years of civil war.  Delving deep into the nation’s story, Gimlette provides us with an astonishing multifaceted portrait of the island today. 
Thomas and Charity Rotch, The Quaker Experience of Settlement in Ohio
Barbara K. Wittman
This study of New England transplants Thomas and Charity Rotch to Ohio country,explores their roles in the transformation of the frontier environment from wilderness to a prosperous market town. The book uses a wide selection of archival sources to provide insights into early community building in Ohio. The letters of Charity Rotch suggest that Quaker women forged particular sorts of relationships that encouraged their interconnections and interdependence. Women also recognized the significance of gender int their lives as they defined themselves collectively as women.
The God Book
A WHOLE NEW TAKE ON ATHEISM AND RELIGION.  Which is right, atheism or organised religion? Answer: Neither.  What’s wrong with atheism?  The intolerant radical “New Atheists” of today champion the theory of evolution by natural selection, which may help to explain small changes and variations in living things but can’t explain the origin of the universe or the origin of life – because natural selection needs life to kick-start it into action.  No life, no natural selection!
The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction: Popular US Novels, Modernism, and Form, 1945–75
Tom Perrin
The Aesthetics of Middlebrow Fiction examines the critically acclaimed, popular novels that were labeled "middlebrow" in the US during the Cold War. This period saw a vogue for the term 'middlebrow,' with articles on the topic in magazines like Harper's and Life; there was even a song about "Middle Brow" taste in Touch and Go, a 1949 Broadway revue. The project treats the middlebrow novel not as marginal but as central to the tradition of American literature.
The Show Must Go On!
John Mullen
Using a collection of over one thousand popular songs from the war years, as well as around 150 soldiers’ songs, John Mullen provides a fascinating insight into the world of popular entertainment during the First World War.  Mullen considers the position of songs of this time within the history of popular music, and the needs, tastes and experiences of working-class audiences who loved this music.  To do this, he dispels some of the nostalgic, rose-tinted myths about music hall.
Test & First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War
Nigel McCrery

While cricket remains hugely popular with all age groups today, at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, it was the national game.

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan cover image
Peter Frankopan

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westwards on its axis, it now turns to the east...For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west - in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches.

Cover image of The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
Laura Barnett

The Versions of Us is a love story told three ways. A young man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their lives.

The Mays - Twenty Three
Emily Fitzell (Editor) Quentin Blake & Alison Turnbull

Founded in 1992, THE MAYS publishes an annual selection of the best and most exciting new writing and artwork from students at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.