HOV BOOKS OVERVIEW Hearing Others' Voices books provide accessibly written (often illustrated and internet-linked) introductions to the latest insights into such perpetual topics as mental health, sounds of the universe, storms, voices of the Christian west, dance, our awesome minds and bodies, and more. They also reveal something of the wisdom of the too often dismissed traditions of, for example, Amazonia, native Australia, and Africa, bringing a wider understanding and ownership of who and how we and the world have come to be as they are.
With some similarities to the Oxford University Press ‘Very Short Introductions’ (but shorter and more immediately readable) and the much-loved English Ladybird books for a younger age group, but more interactive and personally challenging than either, the books will be particularly suitable for young adults’ school and personal reading and a perfect resource for mind-opening sixth-form general studies. They are designed to stimulate curiosity and provide the material and the insights to start filling important gaps in awareness. The suggestions for further material for those who want to take their understanding further will be an invaluable tool for readers, including those at or preparing for university.
A particularly valuable feature is the interactive element in the discussion questions, suggested mini projects, a link to a series-specific Facebook page with interactIve discussion, and in many cases audio-visual and other web links. The aim of all this is to bring the material home to the personal interests and involvements of each reader whoever and wherever they may be.
Each book is by an acknowledged expert (international authority, fellow of a national academy, emeritus professor, or the like, together with the brightest of younger scholars and practitioners) – authors who are eager to communicate outside the too often closed realms of academe. General readers will find much to interest them, set out in straightforward but not simplistic terms. But it is above all to the eager young that the series is directed – the generation who will soon hold our precious earth and its resources and peoples in their hands and be responsible for it.
Ruth Finnegan FBA
Balestier Press publishes the best and most original voices in Contemporary World Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences.