Stan Deaton, Professor at the Georgia History Library in Savannah, gives an excellent short summary of the life of Button Gwinnett (who signed the American Declaration on Independence) in this short clip, referring in complimentary terms to Button Gwinnett by Colin Gwinnett Sharp, published by YouCaxton Publications.
Well worth a listen:
The Memoirs of Eva Gillies are now due to be published before Christmas. As mentioned in our previous post, Eva Gillies’s remarkable career spanned many of the most important events of the latter half of the Twentieth Century and involved, among many other such things, the French withdrawal from Vietnam. The editor, who has written a foreword, is Wendy James, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford.
Books in the News
Dial M for Murdoch by Labour MP Tom Watson and journalist Martin Hickman was first published in 2012, a vivid and entertaining disclosure of the phone-hacking scandal and of the strange moral vacuum at the heart of the Murdoch media empire.
This New York Times piece gives a good straightforward account of the genesis of the book
Books in the News
With all the talk of Trojan Horse plots in Birmingham schools, we thought it might be useful to look back at the original. This edition was published by Penguin Classics in 1998 with Robert Fagles (Translator) and Bernard Knox (Introduction).
Virtual Women: Ladyboys, Changing Sex in Thailand by Anne Beaumont is due for publication shortly and we’re very pleased to add this intelligent and thoughtful book to the YouCaxton list.
Why do some people reject the sexed bodies they were born into and transform themselves into women? Are the brains of men and women different? Is gender identity fixed at birth, is it learned behaviour or is it socially constructed? In this scholarly work, social anthropologist Anne Beaumont shows us that the answers to these prickly questions lie as much in the sphere of cultural difference as in that of science, and she constructs a new framework for gendering the body – one that centres solely on the individual.
Virtual Women takes us from England to Thailand, to the twilight zone of the bars where genders blend into a human hybrid – the Ladyboys (Kathoey) of Thailand who live betwixt and between in sex. Drawing on extensive empirical research and on interviews with Kathoey and with British transsexual women and with the surgeons and psychiatrists involved, Virtual Women brings a new understanding of the transgender phenomenon.
We have just published a new edition of Professor Philip Dark’s 670-page anthropological work Craftsmanship and Art. The work was left uncompleted when Professor Dark died some years ago and it was a labour of love to complete it. One of the strengths of this unique book is that much of the research was conducted in the period 1955-1980 and many of the practices it describes have since been abandoned. The following from the index gives a brief glimpse of its breadth and originality:
currency of dessicated fingertips 440
hair of women 411
pack oxen 294
stretching of children’s limbs 403
Professor Dark was a remarkable man, a hero of the wartime raid on St. Lazare. It was while in prison camp in Germany that he first became interested in anthropology.
We have just published a new edition of Why Darwin Matters to Christians, Adrian Bailey’s take on the appropriate response of Christians to the scientific revolution and to Darwinism in particular. Adrian is Chaplain of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. This well-argued book has proved to be of interest to many, both Christian and non-Christian.
The obituary of Sue Townsend in the Independent describes how Richmal Crompton’s William became the inspiration for Adrian Mole.