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Oxford University Press to publish Budapest Scientific: A Guidebook, by István Hargittai and Magdolna Hargittai

March 26, 2015

- Serves as efficient guide for finding the memorabilia of science in Budapest

- Informative and entertaining description dotted with scientific gossip and anecdotes

- Can be enjoyed even without the reader's actual presence in the city

- Contains well over seven hundred photographs

Oxford University Press to publish Biocode: The New Age of Genomics, by Dawn Field and Neil Davies

March 26, 2015

DNA is a biological code elegantly composed of only four letters A, C, G and T. From this simplicity comes all the complexity of life on earth. Despite all the tremendous achievements already made, the era of genomics is just starting. We stand on the cusp of sequencing the Earth from genome to ecosystem, from our own guts to our oceans. And we have just the earliest, fuzziest insights into what questions we can use genomics to answer.’

Oxford University Press to publish Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction, by Karen Radner

March 26, 2015

The history of Assyria from city state to empire, from the early 2nd millennium BC to the end of the 7th century BC

Oxford University Press to publish A Dictionary of Geography, by Susan Mayhew

March 26, 2015

Over 3,100 clear, concise entries covering cartography, surveying, meteorology, climatology, ecology, population, industry, and development

Oxford University Press to publish Elizabeth I and Her Circle, by Susan Doran

March 26 2015

What was the true nature of Elizabeth's relationship with her father, Henry VII? How close was she to her half-brother Edward VI? Were relations with her half-sister Mary really as poisonous as is popularly assumed?

Oxford University Press to publish Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage, edited by Jeremy Butterfield

March 26, 2015

Why literally shouldn't be taken literally.

Is it OK to spell OK okay?

What's wrong with hence why?

Was Alanis Morrisette ever ironic?

Oxford University Press to publish Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide, by Thomas de Waal

March 26, 2015

Marking the centenary of the Armenian Genocide

The destruction of the Armenians of the Ottoman empire in 1915-16 was a brutal crime that prefigured other genocides in the twentieth century. More than a million were killed and the survivors were scattered across the world. Although a century has passed, the event is still a divisive and contested political issue.

Oxford University Press to publish Mastering the West: Rome and Carthage at War, by Dexter Hoyos

March 26, 2015

A complete narrative of all three Punic Wars

To say the Punic Wars (264–146 BC) was a turning point in world history is an understatement. This bloody and protracted conflict pitted two flourishing Mediterranean powers against one another, leaving one an unrivalled giant and the other a literal pile of ash.

Oxford University Press to publish The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature, by Daniel Hahn

March 26, 2015

The last thirty years have witnessed one of the most fertile periods in the history of children's books: the flowering of imaginative illustration and writing, the Harry Potter phenomenon, the rise of young adult and crossover fiction, and books that tackle extraordinarily difficult subjects. The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature provides an indispensable and fascinating reference guide to the world of children's literature.

Oxford University Press to publish Science in Wonderland, by Melanie Keene

March 26, 2015

Tales of science and imagination

Oxford University Press to publish Sophocles: Four Tragedies, a new translation by Oliver Taplin

March 26, 2015

Sophocles stands as one of the greatest dramatists of all time, influencing a vast array of artists and thinkers over the centuries. Disturbing and unrelenting, his tragedies portray what Matthew Arnold referred to as 'the turbid ebb and flow of human misery', allowing the audience to stand on the verge of the abyss and confront the waste and disorder of human existence.

Oxford University Press to publish The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth About Men, Women, and Mental Health, by Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman

March 26, 2015

A ground-breaking study which demonstrates that the true battle of the sexes isn’t between men and women, but men, women, and their mental health

Oxford University Press to publish Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction, By Peter Molnar

March 26, 2015

The 1960s revealed a new and revolutionary idea in geological thought: that the continents drift with respect to one another. After having been dismissed for decades as absurd, the concept gradually became part of geology's basic principles. We now know that the Earth's crust and upper mantle consist of a small number of rigid plates that move, and there are significant boundaries between pairs of plates, usually known as earthquake belts.

Oxford University Press to publish Privacy: A Very Short Introduction, By Raymond Wacks

March 26, 2015

Some would argue that scarcely a day passes without a new assault on our privacy. In the wake of the whistle-blower Edward Snowden's revelations about the extent of surveillance conducted by the security services in the United States, Britain, and elsewhere, concerns about individual privacy have significantly increased. The Internet generates risks, unimagined even twenty years ago, to the security and integrity of information in all its forms.

The Holberg Prize Names British Storyteller and Fairytale Critic Marina Warner as 2015 Laureate

March 12, 2015

(BERGEN, Norway)– Today, The Holberg Prize, the largest annual international prize awarded to outstanding researchers in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology, named British author, scholar and critic Marina Warner as its 2015 laureate.

Oxford University Press to publish A Room of One's Own and Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf, edited by Anna Snaith

March 12, 2015

Intellectual freedom depends on material things. Poetry depends on intellectual freedom. And women have always been poor...

- A new edition of Woolf's iconic essays, classics of feminist literature, in which she argues passionately for women's intellectual freedom and their role in challenging the drive towards fascism and war

Oxford University Press to publish The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know, by James Gelvin

March 01, 2015

What sparked the Arab uprisings? Where did the demands for democracy and human rights come from? And how appropriate is the phrase "Arab Spring"?

Oxford University Press to publish Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction, by Peter Atkins

February 26, 2015

Celebrating the importance of chemistry and demonstrating the vital place chemistry plays in cutting-edge development, this Very Short Introduction was first published in hardback as What is Chemistry? The infrastructure of the modern world.

Oxford University Press to publish Dante: A Very Short Introduction, by Peter Hainsworth and David Robey

February 26, 2015

Peter Hainsworth and David Robey take a different approach to Dante, by examining the main themes and issues that run through all of his work. They look at everything from autobiography to understanding God and the order of the universe. In doing so, Hainsworth and Robey highlight what has made Dante a vital point of reference for modern writers and readers, both inside and outside Italy.

Oxford University Press to publish Atheism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Michael Ruse

February 26, 2015

The first fully comprehensive treatment of the atheism issue, considering the topic historically, philosophically, theologically, sociologically and psychologically

Oxford University Press to publish Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, by Mark Blyth

February 26, 2015

Tackles one of the most important topics in world politics and economics in clear, trenchant language

One of the only accounts that successfully links together the political and economic aspects of the current crisis

Oxford University Press to publish Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination, by Greg Garrett

February 26, 2015

From U2 to Harry Potter: a fun and fascinating exploration of the places where heaven and hell meet earth in popular culture

Oxford University Press to publish The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist State, by Andrei Lankov

February 26, 2015

Andrei Lankov has gone where few outsiders have ever been. A native of the former Soviet Union, he lived as an exchange student in North Korea in the 1980s. He has studied it for his entire career, using his fluency in Korean and personal contacts to build a rich, nuanced understanding.

Oxford University Press to publish The Nuns of Sant' Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal, by Hubert Wolf

February 26, 2015

Scandal & cover-up at the heart of the Catholic church

The true story of a 19th-century convent in crisis

‘Makes for fairly amazing reading … . Wolf has not held anything back. The result is an account that reads a bit like a crime novel.’ Chris Clark, University of Cambridge, and author of The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914

Oxford University Press to publish Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction, by By Leslie Klenerman

February 26, 2015

A vast subject that includes a strange vocabulary and an apparent mass of facts, human anatomy can at first appear confusing and off-putting. In this Very Short Introduction Leslie Klenerman provides a clear, concise, and accessible introduction to the structure, function, and main systems of the human body, including a number of clear and simple illustrations to explain the key areas.

Oxford University Press to publish The Book of Margery Kempe, by Anthony Bale

February 19, 2015

“We are told in surprisingly frank language of her sexual desires and temptations, and often the Book provides intimate dialogue between Kempe and her husband, notably the discussion between them about chastity and sexual desire over a bottle of beer and a cake, one Midsummer’s Eve…” (From Anthony Bale’s Introduction)

Oxford University Press to publish Love Songs: The Hidden History, by Ted Gioia

February 12, 2015

For Valentines everywhere – the first comprehensive history of love songs

Oxford University Press to publish The Enlightenment: And Why it Still Matters, by Anthony Pagden

February 05, 2015

The story of how the modern, Western view of the world was born

A fascinating panorama of Enlightenment thought, taking the reader from the drawing rooms of eighteenth-century Paris to the islands of the South Pacific

Shows how - and why - the universal, cosmopolitan ideal became such a central part of the Western cultural and political imagination

Oxford University Press to publish The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill's World War II Speeches, by Richard Toye

February 05, 2015

The full story of Winston Churchill's classic speeches - now told for the first time

Overturns the national myth of how Churchill's oratory inspired Britain to victory over Nazi Germany, telling the more intriguing story of how his speeches were really received both at home and around the world

A book that will permanently change the way we think about Churchill's legendary speech-making

Oxford University Press to publish The Oxford Illustrated History of the Reformation Edited by Peter Marshall

January 29, 2015

The story of one of the most significant events in world history, covering both the Protestant and Catholic reform movements and tracing the Reformation from its explosive beginnings through to its profound legacy for the modern world

Oxford University Press to publish Psychotherapy: A Very Short Introduction, by Tom Burns and Eva Burns-Lundgren

January 22, 2015

Psychotherapy and counselling are now widely available to help people overcome emotional and psychological difficulties in their lives. They involve spending time with a professional in an emotionally safe and structured relationship to explore and express the issues that cause distress and difficulty. As a society, we now take this focus on talking through and understanding our identity and relationships for granted, but it is hardly more than a century old.

Oxford University Press to publish Ritual: A Very Short Introduction, by Barry Stephenson

January 22, 2015

Ritual is part of what it means to be human. Like sports, music, and drama, ritual defines and enriches culture, putting those who practice it in touch with sources of value and meaning larger than themselves. Ritual is unavoidable, yet it holds a place in modern life that is decidedly ambiguous. What is ritual? What does it do? Is it useful? What are the various kinds of ritual? Is ritual tradition bound and conservative or innovative and transformational?

Oxford University Press to publish Japan and the Shackles of the Past , by R. Taggart Murphy

January 22, 2015

Japan is one of the world’s wealthiest and most technologically advanced nations, and its rapid ascent to global power remains one of the most remarkable stories in modern world history. Yet it has not been an easy path; military catastrophe, political atrophy, and economic upheavals have made regular appearances from the feudal era to the present.

Oxford University Press to publish Ancestors In Our Genome, by Eugene E. Harris

January 22, 2015

The New Science of Human Evolution

- Traces the history of human evolution back to its earliest known point

- Written from the perspective of population genomics

Oxford University Press to publish Hall of Mirrors, by Barry Eichengreen

January 22, 2015

Did we learn?

The Great Depression of the 1930s and the Great Recession following 2008. Both featured loose credit, precarious real estate and stock market bubbles, suspicious banking practices, an inflexible monetary system, and global imbalances; both had devastating economic consequences. So did 21st-century policy-makers take any lessons from the Depression?

Oxford University Press to publish Stalin’s Agent: The Life and Death of Alexander Orlov, by Boris Volodarsky

January 22, 2015

This is the history of an unprecedented deception operation - the biggest KGB deception of all time. It has never been told in full until now

Oxford University Press to publish American Women’s History: A Very Short Introduction, by Susan Ware

January 22, 2015

What does U.S. history look like with women at the centre of the story? From Pocahantas to military women serving in the Iraq war, this survey chronicles the contributions, recognized and unrecognized, that women have made to the American experience. Committed to a multicultural approach to women's history, the narrative opens not with the European settlers who came to America but with the Native American peoples who were already there.

Oxford University Press to publish In God’s Path, by Robert G. Hoyland

January 15, 2015

Rewriting the history of the Arab conquests that shook the world

How was a collection of Arabian tribes able to overrun territory larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest, in a mere century after the death of Muhammad? The question has perplexed historians for centuries.

Oxford University Press to publish The History of Emotions: An Introduction by Jan Plamper Translated by Keith Tribe

January 08, 2015

The first book-length introduction to one of the fastest-growing fields of historical discipline, showing how genuine collaboration between history and neuroscience might be possible

Oxford University Press to publish The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories, Leo Tolstoy

January 08, 2015

Translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater

Edited by Andrew Kahn

‘…no one pitied him as he would have liked to be pitied’

- A new translation of one of Tolstoy's most famous novellas, with five other late, great stories

- A unique selection of tales on moral themes which together explore philosophical and social questions in the most powerful, universal fashion

Oxford University Press to publish Marine Pollution What Everyone Needs to Know by Judith S. Weis

January 08, 2015

An engaging overview of all facets of marine pollution

Covers events major historical instances of pollution, like the Exxon Valdez

Presents ideas on how to fix many of the pollution-related issues surrounding marine ecosystems

Oxford University Press to publish Sun Tzu and the Art of Modern Warfare, by Mark R. McNeilly

January 08, 2015

**Contains the full text of Samuel Griffith's popular translation of Sun Tzu's The Art of War**

Mark McNeilly brings with him a wealth of military experience, directly informing his discussion of how Sun Tzu's lessons can apply to modern warfare.

The book's discussion is up-to-date and relevant to today's military challenges.

Oxford University Press to publish Love: A Very Short Introduction, by Ronald de Sousa

January 08, 2015

Do we love someone for their virtue, their beauty, or their moral or other qualities? Are love's characteristic desires altruistic or selfish? Are there duties of love? What do the sciences - neuroscience, evolutionary and social psychology, and anthropology - tell us about love?

Oxford University Press to publish Corporate Social Responsibility: A Very Short Introduction, by Jeremy Moon

December 11, 2014

Is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) just window dressing or is it a contradiction in terms? In this Very Short Introduction, Jeremy Moon shows that CSR holds much more value than it first appears, and explores how it has come of age in recent years. Illustrating the sorts of CSR investments companies make, the ways in which they practice CSR, and the challenges this brings, Moon considers how the principles migrated from their US roots to become a global business phenomenon.

Oxford University Press to publish Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, edited by Michael H. Whitworth and The Waves, edited by David Bradshaw

December 11, 2014


Virginia Woolf

Edited by Michael H. Whitworth

978-0-19-965073-6 | Paperback | 11 December 2014

'I feel the need of an escapade after these serious poetic experimental books... I want to kick up my heels and be off.'

Oxford University Press to publish Fire and Movement, by Peter Hart

November 30, 2014

For the British the dramatic opening weeks of the Great War showed the British Army at its professional best: holding the line against impossible odds, and sacrificing itself to stop the last great German offensive of 1914. It is a great tale, and parts of it are even true. But, as Peter Hart reveals, the real story of the opening campaigns of the First World War is far different from the mythology that has come to surround it.

Oxford University Press to publish Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, by Joel Williamson

November 27, 2014

One of the most admired Southern historians of our time takes on one of the greatest cultural icons of all time

An eminent interpreter of Southern culture writes on a southern icon

Interprets Elvis' early life, musical career, and his female fans within the context of Southern culture

With foreword by Ted Ownby, Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi

Oxford University Press to publish Between Two Worlds, By Malcolm Gaskill

November 27, 2014

The story of modern America's first century - and how her English settlers became Americans

Oxford University Press to publish Poets and the Peacock Dinner, by Lucy McDiarmid

November 20, 2014

The Literary History of a Meal

On January 18, 1914, seven male poets gathered to eat a peacock. W. B. Yeats and Ezra Pound, the celebrities of the group, led four lesser-known poets to the Sussex manor house of the man they were honouring, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt: the poet, horse-breeder, Arabist, and anti-imperialist married to Byron's only granddaughter.

Oxford University Press to publish Bizet , by Hugh Macdonald

November 13, 2014

The first book on Bizet in English in nearly four decades – for opera and music fans alike

- The first book on Bizet in English in nearly four decades

- Takes into account recent scholarship, including the recent publication of large collection of the Bizet's own letters

- Identifies a number of previously unknown works by Bizet

- Emphasises the material and geographical aspects of his life in Paris during the Second Empire

Oxford University Press celebrates Anthony Trollope’s 2015 bicentenary with new editions of his Barsetshire novels

November 13, 2014

Publishing on 13 November 2014 are two more brand new editions of novels from Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire Novels: Doctor Thorne and Framley Parsonage.

OUP to publish The World of Saint Patrick, by Philip Freeman

October 30, 2014

The legend of Saint Patrick is irresistibly captivating-he drove the snakes out of Ireland, battled the druids, and used the three-leaf Shamrock to convert the pagan Irish to belief in the Christian Trinity. Yet, as so often happens, these stories are mere myths that fold under closer scrutiny. Snakes never plagued the Irish countryside, and the Emerald Isle's most beloved saint wasn't even Irish but a Briton of the Roman nobility. Fortunately, the truth is even more fascinating.

OUP to publish Forensic Shakespeare, by Quentin Skinner

October 30, 2014

Forensic Shakespeare illustrates Shakespeare's creative processes by revealing some of the intellectual materials out of which some of his most famous works were composed.

Announcing the publication of Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins, edited by Julia Cresswell

October 30, 2014

Did you know that coconut derives from the Spanish and Portuguese coco for 'grinning face'? Or that giraffes used to be called camelopards? Or that walrus has its origin in Dutch, meaning whale horse?

Oxford University Press to publish Philosophy Bites Again, by David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton

October 30, 2014

A brand new selection of interviews from the Philosophy Bites podcast series - over 20 million downloads to date!

Informal and animated discussions of major issues that affect us all, from pleasure, pain, and humour to consciousness and the self

Can be enjoyed by readers with no previous experience of philosophy

Features leading thinkers from Britain, North America, and Australia

Announcing the publication of Partisan Diary, by Ada Gobetti, translated by Jomarie Alano

October 10, 2014

The first available account in English of an Italian woman's participation in the Italian Resistance.

Announcing the publication of Horror Stories, edited by Darryl Jones

October 09, 2014

Classic Tales from Hoffman to Hodgson

“Her covering was torn from her face. It was a face that he knew. In spite of the protruding upper lip and that slobber of blood, it was a face that he knew. She kept on putting her hand up to the gap and screaming.” ‘The Case of Lady Sannox’ - Arthur Conan Doyle

Announcing the publication of Born in the GDR, by Hester Vaizey

October 09, 2014

The true stories of how the fall of the Berlin Wall changed the lives of eight people who once lived behind it

Announcing the publication of The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole, Edited by Nick Groom

October 09, 2014

A new edition of one of the earliest and most influential Gothic novels, the best introduction to the work that inaugurated a literary genre

Nick Groom's wide-ranging introduction explores the novel's Gothic context, helping to explain the novel's impact on contemporaries, its importance, and Walpole's pioneering innovations

Includes up-to-date bibliography and notes, drawing on the latest scholarship

Provides a useful chronology of Walpole and the Gothic context

OUP celebrates Anthony Trollope’s 2015 bicentenary with new editions of his Autobiography and his Barsetshire novels

October 09, 2014

Oxford University Press are delighted to announce the publication of a brand new hardback edition of An Autobiography and Other Writings by Anthony Trollope, along with new editions of all six novels in the Barsetshire series.

Oxford University Press to publish the 400th title in their Very Short Introductions series

September 25, 2014

The 400th title in the Very Short Introductions series will be Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction, by Jennifer Nagel and will be published on 25th September 2014.

Announcing the publication of Structural Engineering: A Very Short Introduction, by John Bowker

September 25, 2014

Have you ever wondered how it's possible to build a skyscraper, a big bridge, a jumbo jet, or a cruise liner?

Announcing the publication of God: A Very Short Introduction, by John Bowker

September 25, 2014

Who or what is God? How do different religions interpret His existence? How can we know God?

The new Oxford Dictionary of Quotations 8th Edition publishes today with hundreds of new authors and quotes

September 18, 2014

The new eighth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, edited by Elizabeth Knowles, publishes today with an abundance of new quotations. Filled with wit and wisdom, the new collection draws on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research programme with over 700 new quotes and 200 new authors added to the dictionary, making it the ultimate browser’s paradise.

Announcing the publication of It’s Been Said Before: A Guide to the Use and Abuse of Clichés, by Orin Hargraves

September 13, 2014

Orin Hargraves has a bee in his bonnet. As a lexicographer, he knows that clichés should be avoided like the plague, yet they keep sticking around. So instead of sitting on the fence, he bit the bullet and decided to get to the bottom of things. After all, it can’t be rocket science, right?

Announcing the publication of The Poetic Edda, Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Carolyn Larrington

September 11, 2014

'She sees, coming up a second time, Earth from the ocean, eternally green; the waterfalls plunge, an eagle soars above them, over the mountain hunting fish.'

Announcing the publication of Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, a major new translation by Rosamund Bartlett

August 28, 2014

“Rosamund Bartlett's riveting new translation of Anna Karenina brings the reader into Tolstoy's many-faceted worlds with an immediacy, majesty and clarity that no other translator of this great novel has ever achieved. Bartlett's Anna Karenina, with its brilliant introductory essay, explanatory notes and bibliography, will be the go-to English version of Tolstoy's – indeed the world's – precious masterpiece.”

Robin Feuer Miller, Brandeis University

Announcing the publication of Veiled Warriors, by Christine E. Hallett

August 28, 2014

Caring for the wounded of the First World War was tough and challenging work, demanding extensive knowledge, technical skill, and high levels of commitment.

Announcing the publication of New Hart’s Rules: The Oxford Style Guide Second Edition

August 28, 2014

For over a hundred years, Hart’s Rules has been the authority on style, helping writers and editors prepare copy for publication. The latest edition of this guide has been updated for the twenty-first century using the resources of Oxford Dictionaries and with the advice of publishing experts.

Announcing the publication of The New Oxford Spelling Dictionary

August 28, 2014

The New Oxford Spelling Dictionary is the authoritative reference for spelling and word division. Prepared in consultation with professional editors and proofreaders, it is an essential guide for a wide range of people who work with the written word, whether on paper or in electronic form.

Announcing the publication of The New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors

August 28, 2014

The New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors is the essential A to Z guide for everyone who works with words. Drawing on the expertise of the Oxford Dictionaries department, it provides authoritative advice on those words and names which raise questions time after time because of spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, and cultural or historical context.

Announcing the publication of Napoleon: The End of Glory, by Munro Price

August 07, 2014

Napoleon: The End of Glory tells the story of the dramatic two years that led to Napoleon's abdication in April 1814. Though crucial to European history, they remain strangely neglected, lying between the two much better-known landmarks of the retreat from Moscow and the battle of Waterloo. Yet this short period saw both Napoleon's loss of his European empire, and of his control over France itself.

Announcing the publication of Scotland: A Short History, by Christopher Harvie

August 07, 2014

The ideal short introduction to the life of a nation considering yet another turning point in its long history.

Announcing the publication of By the Spear, by Ian Worthington

July 31, 2014

Alexander the Great, arguably the most exciting figure from antiquity, waged war as a Homeric hero, conquering native peoples and territories on a extraordinary scale. Although many other kings and generals forged empires, Alexander produced one that was without parallel, even if it was short-lived.

Announcing the publication of Diary of the Dark Years: 1940 - 1944, by Jean Guéhenno, edited and translated by David Ball

July 31, 2014

Jean Guéhenno’s Diary of the Dark Years 1940-1945 is the book historians love to quote to describe both ordinary daily life and literary life in Paris under Nazi occupation. While it is a sharply observed record of day-to-day life in occupied Paris, this diary is far more than that: it is "a remarkable essay on courage and cowardice." (Caroline Moorehead, Wall Street Journal.)

Announcing the publication of Full of Hope and Fear, by Margaret Bonfiglioli and James Munson

July 24, 2014

A collection of private family letters from the First World War that lay forgotten for almost ninety years.

Announcing the publication of Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction, by Hugh Bowden

July 24, 2014

Alexander the Great became king of Macedon in 336 BC, when he was only 20 years old, and died at the age of 32, twelve years later. During his reign he conquered the Achaemenid Persian Empire, the largest empire that had ever existed, leading his army from Greece to Pakistan, and from the Libyan desert to the steppes of Central Asia.

Announcing the publication of Queen Anne, by James Anderson Winn

July 17, 2014

As the last Stuart monarch, Queen Anne (1665-1714) received the education thought proper for a princess, reading plays and poetry in English and French while learning dancing, singing, acting, drawing, and instrumental music. As an adult, she played the guitar and the harpsichord, danced regularly, and took a connoisseur's interest in all the arts.

Announcing the publication of Cataloging the World, by Alex Wright

July 10, 2014

In 1934, a Belgian entrepreneur named Paul Otlet sketched out plans for a worldwide network of computers that would allow people anywhere in the world to search through millions of books, newspapers, photographs, films and sound recordings. Today, Otlet and his visionary proto-Internet have been all but forgotten, however, the world has witnessed the emergence of a global network that has proved him right about the possibilities, and perils, of networked information.

Announcing the publication of The Race for Paradise, by Paul M. Cobb

July 03, 2014

In 1099, when the first crusaders arrived triumphant and bloody before the walls of Jerusalem, they carved out a Christian European presence in the Islamic world that remained for centuries. But how did medieval Muslims understand these events? What does an Islamic history of the Crusades look like? When seen from the perspective of medieval Muslims, the Crusades emerge as a dramatically different story from the Christian one we know from the European chronicles.

Announcing the publication of One Plus One Equals One, by John Archibald

June 26, 2014

Includes unique insights through interviews with 'insiders': research scientists working in the area

Explores an exciting area of development in molecular biology

Written by a leading researcher in comparative genomics

Considers the importance of our new understanding from this area of biology

Announcing the publication of The Fourth Revolution, by Luciano Floridi

June 26, 2014

Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is changing the answer to these fundamental human questions.

Announcing the publication of The Month that Changed the World

June 26, 2014

Recreated moment by moment – the days that led to the Great War

“During the centenary year an avalanche of books on the First World War’s origins will descend upon the public. Gordon Martel’s will stand out among them for its authoritative judgements and for its no-nonsense focus on the decisions that caused the conflict’s outbreak.” – David Stevenson, author of 1914-1918: the History of the First World War

Announcing the publication of The New Oxford Book of War Poetry, chosen and edited by Jon Stallworthy

June 26, 2014

The first new edition for thirty years

There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. Jon Stallworthy’s classic anthology spans centuries of human experience of conflict, from David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan and Homer’s Iliad to the finest poems of the First and Second World Wars, and beyond.

Announcing the publication of The Newton Papers, by Sarah Dry

June 26, 2014

A riveting and untold story, The Newton Papers reveals a man altogether stranger and more complicated than the genius of legend.

Announcing the publication of The Man in the Monkeynut Coat, by Kersten T. Hall

June 12, 2014

Introduces a previously forgotten pioneer who played a pivotal role in one of the most important scientific discoveries in history

Reveals that the vital information contained in 'Photo 51' taken by Rosalind Franklin had actually been discovered two years earlier by Astbury

Shows how it was thanks to Astbury that Watson and Crick were not beaten to the double-helix by their closest rival, the US chemist, Linus Pauling

Announcing the publication of The Scottish Question, by James Mitchell

June 12, 2014

Over half a century ago, a leading commentator suggested that Scotland was very unusual in being a country which was, in some sense at least, a nation but in no sense a state. The Scottish Question considers how Scotland has retained its sense of self, and how the country has changed against a backdrop of fundamental changes in society, economy, and the role of the state over the course of the union.

The William Walton Edition is now complete

April 04, 2014

Oxford University Press has published the final volume in its magnificent William Walton Edition, the only complete critical edition of a twentieth-century British composer’s oeuvre.

Oxford University Press to publish A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful, Edmund Burke, edited by Paul Guyer

Jan 08, 2015

In 1757 the 27-year-old Edmund Burke argued that our aesthetic responses are experienced as pure emotional arousal, unencumbered by intellectual considerations. In so doing he overturned the Platonic tradition in aesthetics that had prevailed from antiquity until the eighteenth century, and replaced metaphysics with psychology and even physiology as the basis for the subject.

VAPE is named Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year 2014

Nov 18, 2014

Today, Oxford Dictionaries announces vape as its international Word of the Year 2014. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that use of the word vape in 2014 has more than doubled compared to 2013.

Announcing the publication of Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, by David Crystal

September 08, 2014

If you lived in 1800, which words existed in English to let you talk about money or the weather? Or 1600? Or at any time in the history of the language? Would Thomas in Downton Abbey have said cheerio in 1912?

Announcing the publication of Women and the Vote: A World History, by Jad Adams

September 18, 2014

Before 1893 no woman anywhere in the world had the vote in a national election. A hundred years later almost all countries had enfranchised women, and it was a sign of backwardness not to have done so.

World premiere: Zhou Long’s Piano Concerto, Postures

July 5, 2014

On 4 July 2014, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, conductor Lan Shui, and pianist Andreas Haefliger present the world premiere of OUP composer Zhou Long’s Postures; a piano concerto commissioned by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and BBC Radio 3.