This year, World Book Day will be held on Thursday 3rd March 2022. 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, to spark an interest in reading from a young age. So, to celebrate this initiative, we want to extend this love for reading to all by offering 25% off all our books (excluding OSE texts) for one day only on Thursday 3rd March using the code WBD25 at checkout on the Liverpool University Press website.
To add to the celebrations, Liverpool University Press is also offering you the chance to WIN an LUP book of your choice. This can be any book from any season, and from any of our subject areas, series, or partner presses. Simply tell us which one you’d like to win by replying to our twitter competition and on Friday 4th March we will announce the lucky winner.
It can be difficult to pick a favourite, so we’ve asked our editors to give us a brief roundup of their favourite titles from our most recent lists to give you some inspiration:
Italy Is Out by Mario Badagliacca and Derek Duncan
“I would recommend Italy Is Out which was published at the end of last year. The book displays a collection of portraits and photographs by Mario Badagliacca where the subjects of the portraits were invited to bring along three objects representing their attachment to Italy. The collection reflects the diversity of the Italian experience and is a timely documentary on migration and belonging.” Chloe Johnson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Modern Languages & Postcolonial Studies
“My pick would be Jessica Stacey’s Narrative, catastrophe and historicity in eighteenth-century French literature, published in February 2022 as part of the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment book series in collaboration with our partners at the Voltaire Foundation. Following barbarians, bastards, usurpers, prophets and revolutionary martyrs through eighteenth-century French stories of catastrophes both real and imagined, the book offers an important historical perspective on the question of how communities use such narratives to explain their own origins, imagine their future and work for their survival. In doing so, it speaks vividly to our own tumultuous present.” Ally Lee, Commissioning Editor, Eighteenth Century and Slavery Studies
Possession by Alison Taylor as part of the Devil’s Advocate series
“Devil’s Advocates is a series of books about horror cinema, but Possession (1981), the subject of the most recent addition, is very much sui generis – a seriously odd film that to some degree is a mirror to the paranoid, schizophrenic circumstances of its own production. Filmed in West Germany at the height of the Cold War, and in the shadow of the Berlin Wall (East German troops observed production from their vantage point), it’s a crazed combination of marital drama, spy flick and gross-out monster movie, an auteurist vision screened at Cannes that would later be outlawed in the UK as a work of ‘obscenity’. Alison Taylor covers all these angles in her love letter to a film like no other.” John Atkinson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Auteur
Poetry & Money by Peter Robinson
“My suggestion is the wonderful Poetry & Money: A Speculation by poet and academic Peter Robinson. Drawing on a wide range of examples from Chaucer to the contemporary, this is an intricate, multi-layered exploration of ideas about art, culture and value. Although informed by the author’s deep familiarity with poetry stretching back to the middle ages, this is a book for our times: I thought of it just the other day when I saw an article about poems being sold as NFTs. Highly recommended.” Christabel Scaife, Senior Commissioning Editor, Literary Studies & Irish Studies
Shaping the City to Come by Deborah Lewittes
“At a time when refugees are urgently seeking shelter across Europe, my book recommendation is one that looks at the rich contribution made by refugees and the émigré community in England after the Second World War. Shaping the City to Come: Rethinking Modern Architecture and Town Planning in England, c. 1934-51 is an outstanding work on the ideas and debates surrounding modern architecture and town planning in mid-twentieth-century England, with fascinating insights on the vibrant contributions made by refugee and émigré architects and planners who had a major impact on the architecture and English culture in this period.” Alison Welsby, Editorial Director & Senior Commissioning Editor, History & Art History
The Life and Times of Takabuti in Ancient Egypt edited by Rosalie David and Eileen Murphy
“I’m recommending a book that is that rare breed; a book that presents pioneering academic work in a genuinely accessible and readable way. The Life and Times of Takabuti in Ancient Egypt condenses some serious scientific research on the remains of Takabuti, an ancient Egyptian woman, whose mummy is housed in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. The full colour paperback reveals information on her lifestyle, health, diet and ultimately a murder mystery at her untimely death.” Clare Litt, Senior Commissioning Editor, Classics & Medieval Studies
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 3th March at 4pm. There will be one winner and this will be announced on Friday 4th at 4pm! You can also get 25% off ALL* books for one day only on Thursday 3rd March using the code WBD25 on the Liverpool University Press website.
*excluding OSE titles.