Yale University Press London launches its Spring / Summer 2012 Seasonal Catalogue

Yale's Spring / Summer 2012 Catalogue

Yale’s Spring / Summer 2012 Catalogue

Yale’s Spring / Summer seasonal catalogue is now available now to order and download. Today we take a quick look at some of the fantastic books available next year.

It has been an exciting few months for Yale University Press books, with titles in our current Autumn / Winter 2011 season gaining media attention and selling well in bookshops across the country. Nigel Warburton’s A Little History of Philosophy has gained enormous critical acclaim for its light-hearted and accessible approach to philosophy, having been described as a ‘classic’ and a ‘triumph’ by the Observer and Guardian. Losing Small Wars by Frank Ledwidge has also atrracted attention for its controversial attack on the British military institution and its failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, with Andrew Marr calling it ‘one of the most devastating books on British policy I have read.’

On the art side of the list, Yale has published many beautiful and acclaimed art titles, including Vauxhall Gardens: A History (‘a magnificent book, as sumptuous and surprising as its subject’ – Sunday Times)  and the recent National Gallery exhibition catalogue Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan (‘the new gold standard of Leonardo scholarship’ – The Telegraph), which follows hot on the heals of the Metropolitan Museum’s beautiful Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton

With this success in mind, hopes are high for Yale’s Spring / Summer 2012 season, which has just been announced. There are plenty of fascinating, beautiful, quirky and intelligent books to look forward to. You’ll have to read the catalogue to find out more about Yale’s new titles, but highlights include a new book on literature from the indomitable philosopher Terry Eagleton (p1), a sumptuous book on the London square from acclaimed architectural writer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan (p2), a fascinating biography of artist and hellraiser August Strindberg by Sue Prideaux (p3) and a Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics, an accessible guide transporting the reader back to classical Greek times (p7).

Yale’s acclaimed current affairs list continues to grow, with new titles on Libya and the fall of Qaddafi (p4), the rise of the Arab Spring (p5), the future of China (p8), jihadists in South Asia (p9) and the growing prevalence of military conflict (p8). Other intriguing titles include a history of life in cosmopolitan London (p10), a complete history of Opium (p12), and a biography of modernist potter Lucie Rie (p11).

There are simply too many titles to mention here (and I haven’t even covered the fantastic range of new art books from The National Gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Some books are even available now, like the beautiful new book on the photography of punk legend Patti Smith (read yesterday’s blog piece).

Order or download the catalogue and see for yourself, Spring and summer 2012 looks like it will be a very exciting publishing season indeed.

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