Free Read Friday - Zachary Macaulay 1768-1838

Posted on December 03, 2015 by Heather Gallagher

It's our last #FreeReadFriday of the year, folks! Make sure you don't miss your chance to download this month's chose ebook free for a limited period of 24 hours this Friday! We went ahead and chose for you...

Zachary Macaulay 1768-1838
The Steadfast Scot in the British Anti-Slavery Movement
by Iain Whyte

In 1833 Thomas Fowell Buxton, the parliamentary successor to William Wilberforce, proposed a toast to ‘the anti-slavery tutor of us all. - Mr. Macaulay.’ Yet Zachary Macaulay’s considerable contribution to the ending of slavery in the British Empire has received scant recognition by historians. This book seeks to fill that gap, focussing on his involvement with slavery and anti-slavery but also examining the people and events that influenced him in his life’s work. It traces his Scottish roots and his torrid account of years as a young overseer on a Jamaican plantation. His accidental stumbling into the anti-slavery circle through a family marriage led to formative years in the government of the free colony of Sierra Leone dealing with settlers, slave traders, local chiefs and a French invasion. His return to Britain in 1799 began nearly forty years of research, writing, and reporting in the long campaign to get rid of what he described as ‘this foul stain on the nation.’ James Stephen rated him as the most feared and hated foe of slave interests. His weaknesses and failures are explored alongside his unswerving commitment to the cause to which he gave his energy, sacrificed his business interests, and saw as a natural result of his strong religious faith. This book is a result of extensive research of Macaulay’s own prolific writings and seeks to illustrate the man behind them, his passions and his prejudices, his steely resolve and his personal shyness, above all his willingness to work unremittingly in the background, generating the power to drive the engine of anti-slavery to victory.

This is an overdue, fascinating and carefully researched account of one of Scotland’s unsung heroes.
  Lord David Steel, former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament

A solidly researched and well written book that provides a much needed modern critical biographical study on the forgotten abolitionist, Zachary Macaulay.
Catherine Hall  University College London


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Previous #FreeReadFriday titles have included:

-Language and Literary Form in French Caribbean Writing by Celia Britton

-Labour and the Caucus by James Owen

-Assia Djebar: Out of Algeria by Jane Hiddleston

-The Politics of Memoir and the Northern Ireland Ireland Conflict by Stephen Hopkins

-The Time Machines: The Story of the Science-Fiction Pulp Magazines from the Beginning to 1950 by Mike Ashley

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Liverpool University Press to publish Studia Hibernica from 2016

Posted on December 03, 2015 by Chloe Johnson

Liverpool University Press is delighted to announce that from 2016, it will be publishing the journal Studia Hibernica, edited from St Patrick’s College in Dublin.


Founded in 1961, Studia Hibernica is devoted to the study of the Irish language and its literature, Irish history and archaeology, Irish folklore and place names, and related subjects. Its aim is to present the research of scholars in these fields of Irish studies and so to bring them within easy reach of each other and the wider public. It endeavours to provide in each issue a proportion of articles, such as surveys of periods or theme in history or literature, which will be of general interest.

Clare Hooper, Head of Journals at LUP, said, “LUP has a strong record in publishing in Irish Studies, and we are delighted that Studia Hibernica will be coming to us in 2016”


Subscriptions to Studia Hibernica will be managed worldwide for Liverpool University Press by Turpin Distribution. For ordering information contact: 

Turpin Distribution

Pegasus Drive

Stratton Business Park


SG18 8TQ

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1767 604977

Fax: +44 (0) 1767 601640.

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❅ 12 Days of Christmas - Young Kim Philby ❅

Posted on December 03, 2015 by Heather Gallagher

On the second day of Christmas LUP gave to me...

Young Kim Philby
Soviet Spy and British Intelligence Officer
By Edward Harrison

Next up on in our 12 Days of Christmas event is our offer of this book for £60 £20!

Kim Philby is perhaps the most notorious traitor in British History and the archetypal spy: ingenious, charming and deceitful. The reluctance of the British and Russian governments to reveal full details of his career meant that for many years a shortage of evidence fuelled controversy. Was Philby an ideological spy, working for the Soviet Union out of Communist conviction, or was he prompted by a personality defect to choose a life of treachery? Was Philby the perfect agent, the ‘KGB masterspy’, or just plain lucky? In this new biography, Edward Harrison re-examines the crucial early years of Philby’s work as a Soviet agent and British intelligence officer using documents from the United Kingdom National Archives, and private papers. He shows how Philby established an early pattern of deceit and betrayed his father St John Philby. But the book also demonstrates how in all the major decisions Philby slavishly sought to emulate his father. This contradicts the myth of independence Philby sought to propagate in 'My Silent War' (his memoirs), along with other deceptions. Later chapters offer the first detailed study of Philby’s work as a counter-espionage officer during the Second World War, examining his rapid promotion and providing a substantial explanation of why he was appointed head of the anti-Soviet section of the British Secret Intelligence Service. Harrison also explains that Philby was never wholly trusted by the Soviet secret service.


Edward Harrison’s account of the life and career of Britain’s most infamous traitor, Kim Philby, is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the secret world of Anglo-Soviet intelligence history. … The Young Kim Philby, it will be a most welcome addition to this field of study.
  European History Quarterly, Volume 44, No. 1

This remarkable, intriguing, and highly detailed study of Philby in his early years answers many of these questions. Harrison has done the historical record a favor by going through recently declassified SIS records and matching what they tell about Philby with Russian academic research into those parts of the NKVD archives that became available to scholars after 1991.
David Aikman   The Weekly Standard, Vol. 18, No.. 43

Such a lot has been written about Kim Philby and the Cambridge spy ring that people may be forgiven for thinking that's enough. They would be wrong. There remains much, ranging from the exotic to the banal, to make the story of the Cambridge spies of perennial interest.
Richard Norton-Taylor   The Guardian, Defence and Security Blog

Edward Harrison’s study of Kim Philby’s early career as a Soviet spy is original and, by turns, unsettling, revealing and tragic. It is also much more than a biography of what, in French parlance, would be called the emotional and intellectual formation of a traitor.
Martin Thomas  

Use discount code PHILBY40 at the checkout here to purchase this title for only £20.


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❅ 12 Days of Christmas - Manchester: Making the Modern City ❅

Posted on December 01, 2015 by Heather Gallagher

Throughout December LUP will be hosting our very own 12 Days of Christmas event. Today's special is for forthcoming title;

Manchester: Making the Modern City edited by Alan Kidd and Terry Wyke 

A visually stunning book on Manchester, the first industrial city and arguably the first modern city. Written by leading experts with numerous insights and unexpected stories, this profusely illustrated book with many rare images from the archives on the history of Manchester is essential for an understanding of what Manchester has been and what it can become, as well as to mark Manchester as European City of Science in 2016.

For our Christmas event we are offering the opportunity to purchase the Limited Edition of the book as a gift, where you can have a your own or another's name placed exclusively within the book and once published, the finished title will be beautifully bound and presented in a customised box.

With affiliates and sponsors such as Corridor Manchester, including Manchester City Council, The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Bruntwood, with Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP), ARUP and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) this is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a publication that celebrates Manchester's contribution to the world.

You can order your exclusive copy of Manchester through our website, or email Janet McDermott (

Please note - there will be no discount code available for this item, any applied will be cancelled at checkout. 


Similar titles include:

Liverpool 800 Character, Culture, History 

Edited by John Belchem

Belfast 400 People, Place and History Belfast 400

Edited by S. J. Connolly

You can use the following codes for discount on Belfast 400!

Paperback £14.95 £5 -  belfast400 

Hardback £30 £15 -  belfast400HB

Limited Edition £100 £25 -  belfast400L



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'Clubbing Together' wins Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award!

Posted on November 27, 2015 by Katherine Pulman

We are thrilled to congratulate LUP author Dr Tanja Bueltmann on winning the Saltire Society Research Book of the Year Award for Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930, awarded in a ceremony on Thursday 26th November 2015. To celebrate this achievement, we're offering 40% off this book through our website, using the code CLUBBINGTOGETHER. You can find more information about the book here.

We also wanted to share Tanja's insights into the book and what conclusions she was able to draw from extensive research. So read on! 


  • What prompted you to write this book?

Ethnic associationalism - the habit of migrants from the same ethnic background to 'club together' in a group - has been, since the late 17th century, a critical component of life in the Scottish diaspora. Despite its importance, however, Scottish ethnic clubs and societies had not yet been explored in detail, and existing work was largely lacking a wider transnational perspective. My motivation to write the book, therefore, stemmed largely from this gap in knowledge. My interested in Scottish ethnic associationalism was driven too, however, by the fact that it is often cast as a simple romantic wallowing in memories. While this may, at times, have played a role, it was clear to me that Scottish clubs and societies fulfilled much wider roles in diverse communities around the world, ranging from the large-scale provision of support for Scottish migrants in distress to the organization of Caledonian Games.  I wanted to look at these wider roles to bring them to the fore of our discussions about the Scots abroad and their legacies. Another motivation for me to write the book was that Clubbing Together is my first book after the one stemming from my PhD, and, as such, writing it was an entirely different experience — one shaped by new freedoms, being liberated from the constraints of thesis regulations and requirements. Partly as a result of that freedom I consider Clubbing Together a bolder book, one in which I pushed the boat out more in terms of developing my ideas about the meaning of diaspora and the evolution and function of Scottish ethnic associations around the world. That holds true all the more because the book is, and in no small part, a real labour of love—not only in terms of the writing process and finished book, but also because it has been shaped significantly by my experiences in present-day Scottish communities around the globe, by how they have welcomed me, and shared their family stories and materials with me. While these are not necessarily part of the book itself, they give my work, and therefore also this book, much deeper meaning.

  • What is the main argument of the book?

Clubbing Together provides the first global study to capture the wider relevance of the Scots’ associationalism. Its principal argument is that associations and formal sociability are a key to explaining how Scottish migrants negotiated their ethnicity in the diaspora, while also using it to connect to social structures in diverse settlements. Moving beyond the traditional nineteenth-century settler dominions, the book offers a unique comparative focus, bringing together Scotland’s near diaspora in England and Ireland with that in North America, Africa, and Australasia to assess the evolution of Scottish ethnic associations, as well as their diverse roles as sites of memory and expressions of civility. Ultimately, the book reveals that the structures offered by Scottish associations engaged directly with the local, New World contexts, developing distinct characteristics that cannot be subsumed under one simplistic label — that of an overseas ‘national society’.

  • Did you find that the associationalism of the Scottish diaspora helped or hindered their integration into their new homelands?

There were always cases where Scots did not integrate well into the societies in which they settled. Sometimes those affected by this lack of integration used ethnic clubs and societies to counter their isolation. By and large, however, Scottish ethnic associations aided the integration of Scots around the world. This was the case because these associations, although replete with many Scottish cultural markers and drawing on Scottish traditions, usually also served a range of wider roles in communities and wider society. As a result, those Scots who were actively engaged in ethnic associations were able to use their ethnicity for wider civic purposes, which greatly aided their standing and also their level of integration.

  • Where there any marked differences in the activities of those Scots who resettled within the UK, compared with those who travelled further afield?

There were always cases where Scots did not integrate well into the societies in which they settled. Sometimes those affected by this lack of integration used ethnic clubs and societies to counter their isolation. By and large, however, Scottish ethnic associations aided the integration of Scots around the world. This was the case because these associations, although replete with many Scottish cultural markers and drawing on Scottish traditions, usually also served a range of wider roles in communities and wider society. As a result, those Scots who were actively engaged in ethnic associations were able to use their ethnicity for wider civic purposes, which greatly aided their standing and also their level of integration.

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