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Praise for Pariahs

26 Jan 2017

Read the FT's new review of Matt Nixon's Pariahs here.

Praise for 'Along the Way'

22 Oct 2016

Robert France's wonderful book 'Along the Way' has received another glowing review. This one is from the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage:

This is a magnificent thought provoking work, one that succeeds in weaving a historical and contemporary literature review into a travelogue, coupled with an evocative photographic record of the journey. The reader is challenged to reflect on the depth and meaning of the ‘Camino’ against the expertise or ‘Camino Cultural Capital’ of the author.

Robert France completes an exhaustive literature review of previous studies and commentaries on the ‘Camino’, past and present, and continuously emphasises how this publication is unique in approach, beginning with the route chosen to complete, the time of year to do it and how the book is written using a thematic approach. The attention paid to architectural detail, coupled with a photographic record, produces something of ‘distinct scholarship’. The keenness of the author’s observation and the images he uses to convey this are reminiscent of the approach taken by Christopher Alexander - the respected American thinker and architect in his book A Pattern Language. The style of writing is a constant weaving of knowledge, facts, personal thoughts, emotions and criticism into a pattern of themes such as adventure, joy, contact and contemplation. The book skilfully combines profound observations with personal reflection so that the author’s journey goes beyond the spiritual and physical. The author quotes Walter Starkie on how a pilgrim tries to collect his memories as a ‘backward journey through time and a forward journey through space’.

The reader is constantly aware of Robert France’s ‘Camino / Cultural Capital’ be it in Architecture, Landscape, Literature, Art, Food, Film, Music or Electronic Games. The details of observations given, often crafted into stories, engage all the senses, which provokes a transcendental reflection or meditation on the places and artefacts and how they came to be. This inspires interest and curiosity to follow the route. Occasionally, the critique by the author borders on cynicism leaving the reader disillusioned as to what would satisfy him. Yet, eventually Robert France allows himself to express emotions such as the ‘most moving experiences of the entire pilgrimage and one of the most spiritual moments I have ever felt inside a church’. Frankly, he admits he prayed for the first time in years. This allows for a wider audience to participate in what is powerful about the ‘Camino’ and in particular this book. Robert France’s dedication and determination is never-ending, evidenced in particular, when four years after the pilgrimage he engaged in the ‘Portal of Glory’ ritual with a replica of it in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ‘The long pilgrimage of places and pages is over.’

By: Frances McGettigan. Lecturer in Tourism, Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Studies, Athlone Institute of Technology, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Ireland.
© International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage ISSN 2009-7379
Volume 4(1) 2016, Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/ijrtp/


Praise for Elvis Style

28 Sep 2016

Forthcoming Titles

16 Aug 2016

Please look out for our recently published and forthcoming titles.

'Elvis Style' by Zoey Goto is now available and selling out fast. See some of the reviews below. 

'Risky Business' by Anna and Mark Withers draw on decades of research in the fields of psychology, behavioural economics and neuroscience to explain why so-called rational brains are frequently fooled by over 100 powerful unconscious biases. The authors provide a straightforward framework everyone can use, where these biases are embodied into eight memorable characters that help us to avoid these pitfalls and make better decisions. 'Risky Business' is available from 1st September.

Chris Edger, highly regarded author of 'Professional Area Management' and 'Effective Brand Leadership' has wrotten a new book, 'Retail Area Management' which provides pictorial models and frameworks that help Area Managers make sense of their environment and provide route-maps for greater effectiveness. This book is available from mid-September. 

Erik De Haan has revised and updated the highly successful 'Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Coaching Room' and the second edition was published in June. 'Behind Closed Doors' provides a unique view into a coach's highly personal practice, and offers transformational insights into the coach's reflections and experiences, into the evolving relationships between coach and coachee, and into the effects and outcomes for clients. The book shows executive coaches how they can dramatically increase the value they bring to organisations and individuals alike by creating better, deeper client relationships. It shows how practising executive coaches can be more effective in building the relationship with their clients, in reviewing this relationship and in achieving more meaningful and significant coaching outcomes.

'Games for English Literature' is a great new resource for anyone teaching literature at 'A' or Degree level. Written by David Roberts and Izabela Hopkins, the book contains a variety of games designed to be adaptable to different levels of study of English Literature. Some are more likely to appeal more to ‘A’ level students than to undergraduates, and vice versa. They draw on a common stock of materials that can be bought and adapted at little cost, and in some cases they map directly onto the kind of questions that typically get asked when students face assessment. Many of the games can be played without a teacher being present, although many also assume that someone will be there to draw together threads of discussion. If nothing else, these games are a great way of overcoming that horrible problem, the wall of silence that confronts every teacher of literature at some stage in his or her career.

'Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design', by Bill Caplan, offers a new approach to the process of conceiving architectural design that considers the interactions of the built environment with people and the natural environment. The text is supported by detailed examples of recently built buildings that fail to meet their intended goals, as well as examples of buildings that do. The book highlights the obvious – that buildings are built for people, a fact that seems to have been overlooked in the last half-century. It is fully illustrated with Bill's stunning photographs. 

The authors of 'Closeness at a Distance' have written a new, cutting-edge guide for managers who lead in highly complex organisations. 'Leading in Hyper-Complexity' is now available.

Matt Nixon's 'Pariahs', which published in March deals with the hubris that leads some companies to overstep the moral boundaries acceptable to the public and become 'Pariah' organisations.  Robert France, specialist in environmental policy and watershed management, brings out a new work exploring the phenomenon of 'Integrated Agricultural Urbanism' - a thoughtful book about re-imagining urban living, urban livelihoods, and urban culture through urban agriculture. This is now available to buy.