Archive for the ‘THE WORLD OF THE BOOKS’


Author :  Martha Batalha

Publisher : Oneworld

‘Zesty’ Daily Mail

‘A real gem of a book’ Stylist

A wickedly funny tale of two rebellious sisters in 1940s Rio de Janeiro

‘Why Euridice and Antenor married, no one knows for certain.’

Euridice is bright and ambitious. But this is Brazil in the 1940s, and society expects her to be a loving wife and mother. While Antenor is busy congratulating himself on his excellent catch, Euridice spends her spends her humdrum days ironing his shirts and removing the lumps of onion from his food, dreaming of the success she could have made of herself - as a writer, dressmaker or culinary whizz - in another life.

Her free-spirited sister Guida, on the other hand, is the kind of person who was More …


Posted by AT on Jeudi 12 juillet 2018


Author :  Eugene Vodolazkin

Publisher : Oneworld

A man wakes up in a hospital bed, with no idea who he is or how he came to be there. The only information the doctor shares with him is his name: Innokenty Petrovich Platonov.

As memories slowly resurface, Innokenty begins to build a vivid picture of his former life as a young man in Russia in the early twentieth century, living through the turbulence of the Russian Revolution and its aftermath. Soon, only one question remains: how can he remember the start of the twentieth century, when the pills by his bedside were made in 1999?

Reminiscent of the great works of twentieth-century Russian literature, with nods to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Bulgakov’s The White Guard, The Aviator cements Vodolazkin’s position as the rising star of Russia’s literary scene.


Eugene Vodolazkin was born in More …


Author:  Andrew Monaghan

Publisher : Manchester University Press

The book explores the Russian leadership’s strategic agenda and illuminates the range of problems it faces in implementing it. Given these difficulties and the Russian leadership’s concerns about an unstable and increasingly competitive world, the Russian official and expert community often use the term ‘mobilisation’ to describe the measures that Moscow is increasingly resorting to in order to implement its agenda. The book explores what this means, and concludes that many of the terms used in the Western debate about Russia both misdiagnose the nature of the challenge and misrepresent the situation in Russia. At a time when many of the books about Russia are focused specifically on the war in Ukraine and the deterioration in relations between the Euro-Atlantic community and Russia, or are biographies of Vladimir Putin, it offers a new and unique lens through which to understand how Russia works and how Russian domestic and foreign politics are intimately linked.

About the author:

Andrew Monaghan is Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security at the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre, based in Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Bibliographic Details

Pages: 112

ISBN: 978-1-5261-2641-2



Author :  John Ashton

Publisher : Birlinn Ltd

Megrahi himself speaks for the first time in a powerful defence of his innocence. New evidence, never before published, destroys the prosecution case. Huge public interest in this case which has had a dramatic impact on international relations. The release of Megrahi on compassionate grounds sparked controversy and headlines worldwide. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi does not receive any financial profit from the publication of this book. ‘You know me as the Lockerbie bomber. I know that I m innocent. Here, for the first time, is my true story: how I came to be blamed for Britain s worst mass murder, my nightmare decade in prison and the truth about my controversial release. Please read it and decide for yourself. You are now my jury.’ Abdelbaset al-Megrahi For the first time the man known as the Lockerbie bomber tells his story. This long-awaited book argues that, far from being an unrepentant terrorist, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was the innocent victim of dirty politics, a flawed investigation and judicial folly. Based on exclusive interviews with Megrahi himself, and conclusive new evidence, it destroys the prosecution case and puts the Scottish criminal justice system in the dock. Megrahi: You Are My Jury makes a compelling argument that the murderers of the 270 Lockerbie victims were acting on behalf of an entirely different government, rather than Colonel Gadafy and Libya.


John Ashton (1964- )

Pages: 512

ISBN: 9781780270159


# EIPA – CONFRONTATIONS / Superhero Snap !

Posted by AT on Mardi 8 mai 2018


Author :  Jason Ford

Publisher : Laurence King Publishing

BAM! POW! SNAP! This simple and fun card game based on Jason Ford’s brilliant superheroes and dastardly villains is a must for all superhero fans. With the cards divided equally and held face down, players turn over their top cards into a pile in the middle. When players turn over matching superheroes or villains, the first player to shout ‘SNAP!’ wins all the cards in the middle. The winner is the first player to collect all the cards. Suitable for two or more players. Contains fifty-two cards, featuring thirteen different superheroes and villains in matching sets of four.


Jason Ford has worked as a freelance illustrator since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1989. A diet of Tintin and Marvel comics as a child, and a continuing love of French and Belgian bandes dessinées have contributed to his approach to image making. His work has been commissioned by clients including Royal Mail, the New York Times, American Airlines, Orange, Penguin Books, Random House and the Guardian.

Format (cm): 8*11

ISBN: 978-1-78627-134-1



Author :  Robert Wenley, Nina Cahill, Rosalie Van Gulick

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

Jan Steen (1626-1679) is widely admired as one of the most engaging and technically brilliant painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Accompanying an exhibition that is the first anywhere to be devoted to Steen’s Old Testament subjects, this publication takes as its focal point his magnificent Wrath of Ahasuerus (c.1668-70), one of the highlights of the Barber’s collection. The interconnections with Jewish history in Steen’s Old Testament scenes are explored, as well as the influence of Dutch theatre on his compositions, and the critical response to them since the seventeenth century.


Robert Wenley (Barber Institute of Fine Arts) explores the popularity of the story of Esther and other Old Testament subjects in Dutch culture - in plays as well as paintings - and the possibility of Jewish patrons for Steen’s Old Testament paintings.

Nina Cahill (National Gallery, London) puts forward new research about how Steen adopted the gestural language of contemporary Dutch theatre, amateur and professional, in order to represent the key figures in these scenes and to convey the pivotal dramatic moments. In some instances, Steen may have been quoting from an actual production of a play based on the Biblical story.

Rosalie van Gulick (formerly, The Maurtishuis, The Hague) considers how Steen’s Old Testament scenes have been received and understood over the years. She investigates how the apparent farcical character of these scenes has been understood over the centuries and why they have prompted adversely critical responses from some modern art historians.

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Format (cm): 21*21

Pages: 84

ISBN: 978-1-911300-09-0



Author :  Karin Serres, Barnaby Wright, Merlin James

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943) was one of the most significant modern painters in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s. During this period, he produced a series of extraordinary portraits of cooks, waiters, bellboys and other staff from France’s golden age of grand hotels and fashionable restaurants. These paintings have long been considered some of the artist’s most iconic works. Soutine posed his sitters in their distinctive uniforms, from cooks in whites to bellboys in vibrant reds.

Through his remarkably vivid brushwork, Soutine contrasted their professional attire with a deeply felt sense of their individual characters and the toil of their working lives. He was the only artist to make these quintessentially modern workers a major subject of avant-garde painting. This catalogue is the first publication devoted to this important portrait series and accompanies the exhibition Soutine’s Portraits : Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys at The Courtauld Gallery, London.

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Format (cm): 21*26


ISBN: 978-1-911300-21-2



Author :  Jacqueline Riding

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

Joseph Highmore (1692-1780) is best known as a portrait painter of the Georgian middle class. During the 1740s, however, his art radically shifted, reflecting his involvement with London’s new Foundling Hospital - of which he was a governor - and its mission as a refuge for ‘exposed and deserted young children”. Through his art and writings Highmore explored the circumstances - from the trauma of sexual assault to the terror of public disgrace - by which parents, particularly unmarried mothers, would be driven to abandon or even murder their new-born infants.

This culminated in a work of exceptional power, The Angel of Mercy, the centrepiece of this book.

Bibliographic Details:

Format (cm): 21*26

Pages: 128

ISBN: 978-1-911300-28-1



Author :  Max Bryant

Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing

The depth of history at Queen Anne’s Gate is unusual even in London, and few houses resonate with more memories than the extraordinary No. 14. The story of the house over the centuries features political revolutionaries, occult initiations, clandestine war meetings, and a severed head. It begins, however, as a museum of Roman sculpture, unrivalled outside Italy, designed for the connoisseur and virtuoso Charles Townley (1737-1805).

Townley embodied Enlightenment values perhaps more completely than any other figure in the art world of eighteenth-century Britain - his portrait by Johann Zoffany is one of the iconic paintings of the period - yet remarkably he has never been the subject of a major publication.

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 22*26

Pages: 127

ISBN: 978-1-911300-32-8



Author :  Cyril Orji

Publisher : James Clarke and Co

A Semiotic Approach to the Theology of Inculturation argues that though it is a difficult and delicate task, inculturation is still a requisite demand of a World Church and that without it the Church is unrecognisable and unsustainable. The book also suggests that the past failures of inculturation experiments in Africa can be overcome only by critically applying the science of semiotics, which can serve as an antidote to the nature of human knowing and reductionism that characterised earlier attempts to make Christianity African to the African.

Drawing from the semiotic works of C.S. Peirce, Clifford Geertz, and Bernard Lonergan, Cyril Orji shows why semiotics is best suited to an African theology of inculturation and offers ten pinpointed precepts, identified as ‘Habits’, which underline the attentiveness, reasonableness, and responsibility required in a semiotic approach to a theology of inculturation. The ‘Habits’ are also akin to the imperatives inherent in the notion of catholicity - that catholicity is not identified with uniformity but with reconciled diversity, and also that catholicity demands different forms in different places, times, and cultural settings.


Cyril Orji is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Core Integrated Study at the University of Dayton. He is the author of The Catholic University and the Search for Truth (2013) and Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa: An Analysis of Bias and Conversion Based on the Works of Bernard Lonergan (2008).

Bibliographic Details

Format (cm): 23 * 15

Pages: 234

ISBN: 9780227176610