To celebrate World Book Day, Liverpool University Press would like to give you the chance to win a copy of any of our books, from any of our subject areas, series, or partner presses.
This year, World Book Day will be held on Thursday 4th March 2021. The charity largely focuses on children, aiming to change their lives by promoting a love for books and reading. Their mission is to offer every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own, but a love for reading isn’t just for children! We want to extend this love for reading to all.
We know it can be hard to choose a favourite, so our editors have given us their recommendations. Here’s what they have to say:
“My recommendation is The Hangover: A Literary and Cultural History by Jonathon Shears, which explores literary representations of “the morning after” from Ben Jonson to Bridget Jones. It’s full of fascinating historical detail about the way attitudes to alcohol have changed over time. Curl up with a cup of tea (nothing stronger) and find out about the six varieties of hangover as delineated by Bertie Wooster: “the Broken Compass, the Sewing Machine, the Comet, the Atomic, the Cement Mixer and the Gremlin Boogie”.”
Christabel Scaife, Senior Commissioning Editor, Literary Studies & Irish Studies
“My LUP recommendation would be the forthcoming My Black Stars by French footballer and activist Lilian Thuram. Translated into English for the very first time by Laurent Dubois, My Black Stars will offer engaging histories of important black figures from Harriet Tubman to Malcolm X to Muhammad Ali. It is a really engaging book and I am really excited to help bring it to an Anglophone audience.”
Chloe Johnson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Modern Languages & Postcolonial Studies
“Ian Cooper’s Frightmares: A History of British Horror Cinema. Ian has a lovely writing style and his knowledge is beyond encyclopaedic. But he also has very good judgement, and his insights into a huge range of films come from a kind place, even when he’s being critical. Buy it for the Dr. Phibes in your life.”
John Atkinson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Auteur
“As we start to think about coming out of lockdown, a book I have been enjoying is Allan Brodie’s England’s Seaside Heritage from the Air, which we will be publishing soon for Historic England. With 150 stunning aerial photos telling the story of England’s seaside resorts from the 18th to the 20th centuries, this book is one to enjoy as we dream of a restriction-free summer.”
Alison Welsby, Editorial Director & Senior Commissioning Editor, History & Art History
“My favourite book is The Anarchy: War and Status in 12th-Century Landscapes of Conflict (Oliver Creighton and Duncan Wright); it very successfully combines archaeology and history, showing how many different types of evidence can be brought together to both synthesize and provide new insights; reviewers have called it a ‘pioneering work’ and praised its ‘multi-dimensional re-interpretation of King Stephen’s reign’. Featuring the landscape of battlefields and sieges, castles and settlements as well as a whole range of artefacts, this is a tour-de-force exploration of 12th-century British history.”
Clare Litt, Senior Commissioning Editor, Classics & Medieval Studies
“My recommendation would be, fittingly enough for Liverpool University Press, Jessica Moody’s The persistence of memory: Remembering Slavery in Liverpool, ‘slaving capital of the world’. As the title suggests it’s a look at the city’s place as the largest slave-trading port in Europe and is the first sustained study of Liverpool’s public memory of slavery. When now, more than ever, such legacies are being confronted so publicly, it’s an important and illuminating book, especially for those living and working in the site of its focus.”
Emma Burridge, Commissioning Editor, Eighteenth-Century Worlds and Liverpool Studies in International Slavery series
How to enter the giveaway:
To enter, simply reply to our tweet with your choice of LUP book and explain why you would like to win it. Entries are now open and will close on Thursday 4th March at 3pm. There will be one winner and this will be announced on Thursday at 4pm! Join us in celebrating World Book Day.