July: Monthly Special Offers!

It’s a new month and a new selection of monthly special offers. As you may already be aware each month we offer three titles at 10% off and one title for 20% off on our website:

The regular special offers are:

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C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme
By Jerry Root
An examination of C.S. Lewis’s ethical thought, in particular his critique of subjectivism, as explored through his fictional writings.
Paperback available at £24.25 £21.83

Critique of Heaven
By Arend Theodoor van Leeuwen
The first series of van Leeuwen’s Gifford Lectures examining the young Karl Marx’s developing thought, of importance to those studying Marx and those involved in Marxist-Christian dialogue.
Paperback available at £21.75 £19.13

English Classical Scholarship: Historical Reflections on Bentley, Porson and Housman
By C.O. Brink
An authoritative study of the development of English classical scholarship from the 16th century to the 20th, concentrating on the three giants in the field: Richard Bentley, Richard Porson, and A.E. Housman.
Paperback available at £21.25 £19.58


And June’s monthly 20% offer is for:

Mystical Element of Religion: Volume I
By Friedrich von Hügel

Mystical Element of Religion 1 9780227172612


Was £32.75 £27.84
The first volume of the classic study of spirituality and mysticism in the Western religious tradition, focusing on the life of Catherine of Genoa. Also available as a two volume set.

Are there any titles you’d like to see on offer from James Clarke & Co soon? Let us know in the comments.


‘An Unexpected Light’: Remembering Sir Geoffrey Hill

At James Clarke & Co. we are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Sir Geoffrey Hill yesterday evening. The British Poet, best known for Mercian Hymns in 1971, published over twenty volumes in his lifetime and was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 2010-2015.

We have had the pleasure of working with the award winning writer’s work in discussing the invaluable nature of poetry in developing and communicating theological insights. Within David C. Mahan’s book, An Unexpected Light: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail and Geoffrey Hill  the writer explores favourites such as “Pitch of Attention” and “Poetic Kenosis” in The Triumph of Love; drawing together notions of poetry and theology into their own combined discourse.


An Unexpected Light: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail, and Geoffrey Hill by David C. Mahan

“This book shows how poetry and theology can come together to light up the great questions of human life today. Above all, his profound engagement with three fascinating poets – O’Siadhail, Williams, and Hill – will expand the circle of those who recognize their great significance for the twenty-first century”
David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

An Unexpected Light comes highly commended by prominent scholars in the literature and theology field. … we have cause to celebrate the remarkable explicatory gifts on display here, and to thank the author for inspiring us to discover or to appreciate anew three poets of rare significance.”
Robert Rhys, in The Glass, No 23


“Relevant” Exegesis

A wonderfully positive review from Larry Hurtado of one of our most recent titles: A Relevant Way to Read by Margaret G. Sim.

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In a recent book, Margaret Sim lays out an approach to exegesis of the Greek NT that draws upon the insights of linguistics, especially what is known as “relevance theory”:  A Relevant Way to Read:  A New Approach to Exegesis and Communication (Cambridge:  James Clarke, 2016).

Sim is herself an expert in linguistics and completed her PhD here with a fine work that likewise applied “relevance theory.”  The published form = Marking Thought and Talk in New Testament Greek:  New Light from Linguistics on the Particles ἱνα and  ὁτι (James Clark, 2011).  In her more recent book, Sim widens the scope to address verbal irony (and how to detect it), several “small words” such as those addressed in her earlier book, conditional sentences, and several other matters, one of them being “verbal aspect.”

The first couple of chapters lay out in simple terms what “relevance theory” is in linguistics, and how it offers…

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The Secrets of Glastonbury

As waves of modern music and culture roll over Glastonbury for the increasingly popular Glastonbury Festival, we can’t help but reflect on the fascinating history and mythology surrounding this city.

We have here at James Clarke & Co two books of particularly fascinating interest by Katherine Maltwood, who claimed discovery of the Glastonbury Temple of the Stars. In her books she explores her evidence and theories behind what is known as a landscape zodiac.

Landscape Zodiacs are formed using features in the landscape across a large area, roads and streams and so forth to create a diagram of the traditional zodiac over the landscape. Known as The Temple of the Stars the idea has been given a life of its own and found connections in Glastonbury’s other tales, such as the Holy Grail, Avalon and Glastonbury Thorn.

Fact or fiction there is no denying that Glastonbury’s Temple of the Stars presents some fascinating food for thought and can only enhance an understanding of mythological ideas and constructs.

Copies of Katherine Maltwood’s books can be ordered from our website: http://www.jamesclarke.co

A Guide to Glastonbury’s Temple of the StarsTemple of Stars 0227678672
By K.E. Maltwood
ISBN: 9780227678671

An account of the author’s discovery of prehistoric man-made ground patterns in the Glastonbury area and their zodiacal significance.




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King Arthur’s Round Table of the Stars
By K.E. Maltwood
ISBN: 9780227678329

A collection of essays tracing the ideas and history behind the great Zodiac of Glastonbury, bringing together sources from religion, mythology and history to weave a complex and fascinating story.