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The list of women who inspired and uplifted the golden eras of 20th-century Hollywood is long and filled with household names. Marilyn Monroe, Vivien Leigh, Doris Day, and Elizabeth Taylor all come to mind before the protagonist of the new romantic film, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

Following the last days of Gloria Grahame, the underappreciated former star of stage and screen, the film shadows Grahame (Annette Bening) as she succumbs to illness before a performance and returns to Liverpool to seek comfort from an old flame, Peter Turner (Jamie Bell). Based on Turner’s memoir of the same name, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is a touching look at the tumultuous life of a forgotten Hollywood icon.

It might be considered serendipitous for the film to be released in this cultural moment, following the revelations of industry-wide mistreatment and abuse of women in film, and the social media storm that these stories have inspired. Decades earlier, Grahame had herself been a victim of Hollywood’s dark side – forced into plastic surgery, attacked by lawyers and the press during her divorces, and physically beaten in films such as Human Desire, Grahame’s experiences bear a poignant relevance today.

Grahame was a talented and multi-faceted actress, working in genres ranging from noir to blockbuster musical, and her comprehensive career is explored in Robert J. Lentz’s Gloria Grahame, Bad Girl of Film Noir, published by McFarland. Compiling her feature film roles, including It’s a Wonderful Life and Oklahoma!, alongside a multitude of made-for-television productions, TV series appearances, and stage performances, Lentz explores the relationship between these roles and her turbulent personal life.

Though her legacy may have been superseded by icons of Old Hollywood glamour, this book and the new film both seek to reclaim Grahame from the depths of cinema history – giving her life and career the time in the spotlight that it deserves.

Music in the 1980s was a cacophony of genre. From rap – and artists such as Grandmaster Flash and Run DMC – to R&B, New Wave, and heavy metal, the decade was filled with musical innovation and success – and in no genre more so than dance pop.

Dance pop in the 1980s represented a fusion of musical style, an exciting new take on popular music that used electronics to create anthemic songs, which have endured well into the present day. From Dead or Alive to Milli Vanilli, the musical legacy of 1980s pop music transcended its time and is still widely adored today.

The lasting power of these songs, as well as the creative minds, lifestyles, and work processes behind them, are the focal point of McFarland author James Arena’s new title, Europe’s Stars of ‘80s Dance Pop. Comprised of original interviews with 32 of the industry’s most widely adored creatives, ‘80s Dance Pop deconstructs the music and careers of some of the most celebrated ‘80s stars, gaining personal insight into the workings of the pop industry in its best-remembered era.

This new text is filled with fascinating dialogues with industry professionals, such as Yasmin Evans (of Yazz fame):

“Success in the music industry is a powerful, emotive road to be on; that’s for sure. The nature of the beast of success is that it wants to be maintained, nurtured and kept going. It’s simply not happy to have one hit; there have to be more. […] I couldn’t believe it—the pressure was so intense early on. You are number one pretty much all over Europe and other continents, and it felt like it happened too quickly—way too quickly."

It also includes in-depth, personal interviews with some of the 1980s’ biggest music stars, including Pete Burns, of Dead or Alive:

"I’m really not interested in what people think of me, especially the negativity. As a living human being, I’ve refused to pay any attention to it. […] With the music, I’ve said before that you’re buying the record, not me. Thank you for buying the record, but you haven’t bought me.”

Europe’s Stars of ‘80s Dance Pop also features special forewords by Dallas star Audrey Landers and Academy Award-winning legend Mel Brooks, who discusses his 1983 film To Be or Not to Be – and its controversial accompanying song:

"They wouldn’t play it on the radio or television in America. They thought the video was a little too sexy and a little too out there. […] But the Germans did have something I believe was called the cinema club, sort of an underground movie theater circuit, and there must have been a thousand of those places all throughout the country. If we made any money from the film, it was there.”

This new McFarland title is available to order now from the Eurospan Bookstore, along with a wider selection of James Arena's titles, which provide in-depth perspectives on a multitude of musical styles across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 September 2017, titles published by the American Educational Research Association are now available worldwide, excluding North America.

Founded in 1916, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. AERA's more than 25,000 members include faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research. They work in a range of settings from universities and other academic institutions to research institutes, schools, testing companies, and non-profit organizations. Its publications include the bestselling titles Standards for Education and Psychological Testing and Handbook of Research in Teaching.

Citizenship Education and Global Migration
Implications for Theory, Research, and Teaching
Edited by James A. Banks
This groundbreaking book describes theory, research, and practice that can be used in civic education courses and programs to help students from marginalized and minoritized groups in nations around the world attain a sense of structural integration and political efficacy within their nation-states, develop civic participation skills, and reflective cultural, national, and global identities.
Handbook of Research on Teaching
Fifth Edition
Edited by Drew H. Gitomer & Courtney A. Bell
This fully-updated edition fifth edition is an essential resource for students and scholars dedicated to the study of teaching and learning. It covers a vast array of topics ranging from the history of teaching to technological and literacy issues. In each authoritative chapter, the authors summarize the state of the field while providing a conceptual overview of a critical aspect of research on teaching.
Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association & the National Council on Measurement in Education
Written for the professional and the educated lay person, this work constitutes a valuable reference for professional test developers, sponsors, publishers, users, and students in the fields of education and psychology. It provides guidelines on constructing performance tests, questionnaires, and structured behaviour samples.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian musician, fashion designer, and humanitarian. With over 190 awards to her name and a net worth of $230 million, she is arguably the most commercially successful Caribbean artist in history.

Rihanna’s status as a cutting edge cultural icon has been reinforced by the recent launch of her much anticipated make up line, Fenty Beauty, a collection whose USP is that it boasts forty shades of foundation, explicitly catering to women whose complexions have been long neglected by the beauty industry.

Image courtesy of Fenty Beauty


The announcement of Fenty Beauty was met by much excitement and has already received rave reviews by beauty bloggers and social media pundits alike, leaving most cosmetics brands scrambling to catch up. However, while the release of this line emphasises her entrepreneurial spirit, it, more importantly, demonstrates her commitment to women of colour worldwide.

The Bajan artist has been unwavering in publicly articulating her national and regional belongings. Notably, her Caribbean pride has manifested itself in her humanitarian efforts in the region; she recently built a state-of- the-art centre for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados and in 2012 founded the non-profit Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries. These contributions led to her receiving Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year award in 2017.

However, despite these achievements, Rihanna has still been subject to both local and international moral scrutiny. Editors Hilary McD. Beckles and Heather D. Russell look to challenge this with Rihanna: Barbados World Gurl in Popular Culture, published by the University of the West Indies Press. The essays in this pressing collection purposely seek to de-centre the dominance of the Euro-American gaze, focusing instead on considerations of the Caribbean artist and her oeuvre from a Caribbean postcolonial corpus of academic inquiry. To this end, Rihanna: Barbados World Gurl in Global Popular Culture brings together U.S. and Caribbean based scholars to discuss issues of class, gender, sexuality, race, culture, and economy.

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