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Mark Evans - Author

About the Author

Mark Evans has written really quite often for television and radio, including five series of Radio 4's Bleak Expectations, BBC2's The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff and That Mitchell and Webb Look. He is also the author of this book, the one you're holding or looking at now. He lives in North London with one wife, no dog and enough children, thank you, and can be bribed quite easily to do most things involving words.

Featured books by Mark Evans

Bleak Expectations

Bleak Expectations

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2014

Based on the beloved Radio 4 series, Bleak Expectations recounts the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to make his way in a world made all horrible by the machinations of his cruel guardian, Mr Gently Benevolent. Grim circumstances, mistaken identities, nightmarish court-cases, ridiculous names, convenient coincidences to resolve plot problems, over-sentimental death scenes and lots and lots of adjectives: Bleak Expectations is a novel like Charles Dickens might have written after far too much gin.

Other books by Mark Evans

Performance, Movement and the Body

Performance, Movement and the Body

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2019

Performance, Movement and the Body

Performance, Movement and the Body

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/02/2019

Movies, Moves and Music The Sonic World of Dance Films

Movies, Moves and Music The Sonic World of Dance Films

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/10/2018

Over the last 40 years, while the musical film has faded from its historical high-point to a more isolated and quirky phenomenon, the dance film has displayed refulgent growth and surprising resilience. A phenomena of modern movie-making, the dance film has spawned profitable global enterprises (Billy Elliot), has fashioned youthful angst as sociological voice (Saturday Night Fever, Footloose and Dirty Dancing) and acted as a marker of post-modern ironic camp (Strictly Ballroom). This modern genre has influenced cinema as a whole in the ways bodies are made dimensional, in the way rhythm and energy are communicated, and in the filmic capacity to create narrative worlds without words. Emerging as a distinct (sub)genre in the 1970s, dance film has been crafting its own meta-narrative and aesthetic paradigms that, nonetheless, display extraordinary variety. Ranging from the experimental, 'you are there' sonic explorations of Robert Altman's The Company and the brutal energy of David La Chappelle's Rize to the lighter 'backstage musical' form displayed in Centre Stage and Save the Last Dance, this genre has garnered both commercial and artistic success.Meanwhile, Bollywood has become a juggernaut, creating transportable memory for diasporic Indian communities across the world. This is an entire industry based on the 'dance number', where films are pitched around the choreography, where the actors are not expected to sing, but they must dance. This series of essays investigates the relationship between movement and sound as it is revealed, manipulated and crafted in the dance film genre. It considers the role of all aspects of sound in the dance film, including the dancer generated sounds inherent in Tap, Flamenco, Irish Dance and Krumping. Drawing on significant post-War dance films from around world, Movies, Moves and Music comprehensively surveys this mainstream genre, where image and sound meet in a crucial symbiosis.

Mark Evans Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/outside Of Ac/dc

Mark Evans Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/outside Of Ac/dc

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2018

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2018

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq presents a thorough overview and analysis of Jacques Lecoq's life, work and philosophy of theatre. Through an exemplary collection of specially commissioned chapters from leading writers, specialists and practitioners, it draws together writings and reflections on his pedagogy, his practice, and his influence on the wider theatrical environment. It is a comprehensive guide to the work and legacy of one of the major figures of Western theatre in the second half of the twentieth century. In a four-part structure over fifty chapters, the book examines: The historical, artistic and social context out of which Lecoq's work and pedagogy arose, and its relation to such figures as Jacques Copeau, Antonin Artaud, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Dario Fo. Core themes of Lecoq's International School of Theatre, such as movement, play, improvisation, masks, language, comedy, and tragedy, investigated by former teachers and graduates of the School. The significance and value of his pedagogical approaches in the context of contemporary theatre practices. The diaspora of performance practice from the School, from the perspective of many of the most prominent artists themselves. This is an important and authoritative guide for anyone interested in Lecoq's work.

Constable's Skies Paintings and Sketches by John Constable

Constable's Skies Paintings and Sketches by John Constable

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2018

John Constable is one of the greatest painters of the English weather. His depictions of the sky are essential components of all his landscape paintings, from famous works such as The Hay Wain and Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows to his numerous cloud studies painted on Hampstead Heath, culminating in paintings in which the landscape beneath the ever-changing sky is completely absent. Constable kept a weather diary and was endlessly fascinated by the sky. In a letter written in 1821 to friend John Fisher, Bishop of Salisbury, Constable commented, `That landscape painter who does not make his skies a very material part of his composition, neglects to avail himself of one of his greatest aids ... It will be difficult to name a class of landscape in which the sky is not the key note, the standard of scale, and the chief organ of sentiment.' Written by Mark Evans, a leading authority on the work of John Constable, Constable's Skies captures the artist's fascination with the sky and brings together his depictions of the English weather from throughout his career. It will appeal to a broad readership of museum visitors and art lovers, as well as practising landscape painters keen to learn new skills by studying the work of one of the most enduringly popular English artists of all time.

The Third Reading

The Third Reading

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2018

Jacques Copeau

Jacques Copeau

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2017

This book examines Jacques Copeau, a leading figure in the development of twentieth-century theatre practice, a pioneer in actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions. Noe reissued, Jacques Copeau combines: an overview of Copeau's life and work an analysis of his key ideas a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin - the opening performance of his influential New York season a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Copeau's working methods. As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

Jacques Copeau

Jacques Copeau

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2017

This book examines Jacques Copeau, a leading figure in the development of twentieth-century theatre practice, a pioneer in actor-training, physical theatre and ensemble acting, and a key innovator in the movement to de-centralize theatre and culture to the regions. Noe reissued, Jacques Copeau combines: an overview of Copeau's life and work an analysis of his key ideas a detailed commentary of his 1917 production of Moliere's late farce Les Fourberies de Scapin - the opening performance of his influential New York season a series of practical exercises offering an introduction to Copeau's working methods. As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

Bleak Expectations

Bleak Expectations

Author: Mark Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2017

The complete collected series 1-5 of the gloriously daft Victorian Romp, Bleak Expectations.Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip's poor Mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings! Follow the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the schemes of his evil and badly-named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher family. Immerse yourself in a timeless epic featuring terrifying schools, even worse prisons, opium dens, disguises, court-cases, shipwrecks, underwater squirrels and swash-buckling long-lost aunts. Revel in the many fine quips, characters and scenarios written by Mr. Mark Evans and produced by Mr. Gareth Edwards, previously renowned for their craftsmanship on the works of Messrs. Mitchell and Webb. Series 1: Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. Episodes: A Childhood Cruelly Kippered, An Adolescence Utterly Trashed, A Youth Utterly Crocked, A Young Adult Bitterly Dismantled, A Young Love Mercilessly Dismembered, A Life Sadly Smashed then happily restored A Bit. Series 2: A Happy Life Cruelly Re-Kippered, A Re-kippered Life Smashed Some More, A Recovery Made Miserable, A Restoration Re-Ruined Only Even Worse, An Already Bed Life Made Worse But Sort of on Purpose, A Happy Life Broken and then Mended A Bit. Series 3: A Lovely Life Re-Kippered Again Once More, A Now Grim Life Yet More Grimmified, A Sort of Fine Life De-niced Completely, A Horrible Life Un-ruined and then Re-ruined Again, An Evil Life Sort of Explined, Lives Lost, Ruined Wrecked and Redeemed.Series 4: A Tolerable Life De-Happified, A New-Spoiled Life Smashed Some More, A Wretched Life Made Much Much Sadder, A Painful Life Re-Miserablised, A Now Tricky Life Woefully Miseried Up, A Life Destroyed then Repaired and Re-Happied. Series 5: A Pleasant Yet Dull Life Re-Evilled, A Re-Excited Life Made Distinctly Dangerous, An Alrightish Life Savagely Frozen to Bits, A Writerly Life Made Dreadfully Different, A Terrifying Life Made Even Scarier a Bit Some More, A Loved-Up Life Potentially Totally Annihilated.

Under the Bearskin A junior officer's story of war and madness

Under the Bearskin A junior officer's story of war and madness

Author: Mark Evans, Andrew Sharples Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

'A fast-paced, thrilling account of British heroism, brave men surrounded and fighting against overwhelming odds. This is the real, sometimes shocking, and deeply personal story of modern warfare and PTSD.' Andy McNab 'This hugely timely book reveals in gripping detail the personal stories of its hidden victims - lest we forget.' Damien Lewis Trapped in an isolated outpost on the edge of the Helmand desert, a small force of British and Afghan soldiers is holding out against hundreds of Taliban fighters. Under brutal siege conditions, running low on food and ammunition, he experiences the full horror of combat. As the casualties begin to mount and the enemy closes in, Evans finds both his leadership and his belief in the war severely tested. Returning home, he is haunted by the memories of Afghanistan. He can't move on and his life begins to spin out of control. Under the Bearskin was previously published as Code Black.

Crossing the Empty Quarter In the Footsteps of Bertram Thomas

Crossing the Empty Quarter In the Footsteps of Bertram Thomas

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/12/2016

Arabia's vast Rub Al Khali desert is one of the world's most extreme and inhospitable environments, and in 1930 the race was on to become the first European to cross what is the biggest sand desert on earth. The potential hardship was not to deter Bertram Thomas, the intrepid British explorer who set out to travel from south to north in the winter of 1930-3, guided by Omani Sheikh Saleh Bin Kalut al Rashidi al Kathiri. Challenged by the unknown, they walked for nearly 1,300 kilometres from Salalah on the coast of Oman, through the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to Doha, the capital of Qatar; it was to be the first recorded crossing, dashing the hopes of Ibn Philby. Now, some 85 years later, leading British explorer Mark Evans has taken on the challenge again, accompanied by an equally intrepid Omani team and crossing the same stretch of desert. Pulling together extensive archive material with contemporary photography Evans presents a dramatic and highly readable account of those 49 days traversing the famous sand sea on foot and by camel - exploration in the grand tradition of the pioneers.

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2016

The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq presents a thorough overview and analysis of Jacques Lecoq's life, work and philosophy of theatre. Through an exemplary collection of specially commissioned chapters from leading writers, specialists and practitioners, it draws together writings and reflections on his pedagogy, his practice, and his influence on the wider theatrical environment. It is a comprehensive guide to the work and legacy of one of the major figures of Western theatre in the second half of the twentieth century. In a four-part structure over fifty chapters, the book examines: The historical, artistic and social context out of which Lecoq's work and pedagogy arose, and its relation to such figures as Jacques Copeau, Antonin Artaud, Jean-Louis Barrault, and Dario Fo. Core themes of Lecoq's International School of Theatre, such as movement, play, improvisation, masks, language, comedy, and tragedy, investigated by former teachers and graduates of the School. The significance and value of his pedagogical approaches in the context of contemporary theatre practices. The diaspora of performance practice from the School, from the perspective of many of the most prominent artists themselves. This is an important and authoritative guide for anyone interested in Lecoq's work.

Botticelli Reimagined

Botticelli Reimagined

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/02/2016

The Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510) is one of the greatest artists of all time. Renowned of the iconic Birth of Venus and Primavera, his work has become part of our collective visual memory, influencing product development, fashion design and artists as diverse as Andy Warhol, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Rene Magritte and Jeff Koons. But Botticelli's fame today was by no means a foregone conclusion. Quickly forgotten after his death, he was only rediscovered as an artist in the nineteenth-century - and much of what we know of his work has been pieced together from fragmentary evidence; only three of his works are signed or documented. Since then, `Botticelli' has been interpreted in many different ways and has led to many questions. How does a painter acquire international fame? What made Botticelli a pop icon? Why are his works considered timeless? What is it that makes him so `European' that his Venus appears on the 10 cent coin? What we can say-safely-is that Botticelli, more than any other Old Master, inspired and continues to inspire modern and contemporary art. This book traces the fascinating history of these shifting appropriations and re-evaluations right up to the present, and is the first to present the artist's work-a selection of more than forty originals by Botticelli-in the context of these adaptations and interpretations in a range of media that spans painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, fashion and design.

Movies, Moves and Music The Sonic World of Dance Films

Movies, Moves and Music The Sonic World of Dance Films

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2016

Over the last 40 years, while the musical film has faded from its historical high-point to a more isolated and quirky phenomenon, the dance film has displayed refulgent growth and surprising resilience. It has spawned profitable global enterprises (Billy Elliot), has fashioned youthful angst as sociological voice (Saturday Night Fever, Footloose and Dirty Dancing) and acted as a marker of post-modern ironic camp (Strictly Ballroom). This modern genre has influenced cinema as a whole in the ways bodies are made dimensional, in the way rhythm and energy are communicated, and in the filmic capacity to create narrative worlds without words. Meanwhile, Bollywood has become a juggernaut, creating transportable memory for diasporic Indian communities across the world. This is an entire industry based on the 'dance number', where films are pitched around the choreography, where the actors are not expected to sing, but they must dance.This volume investigates the relationship between movement and sound as it is revealed, manipulated and crafted in the dance film genre. It considers the role of all aspects of sound in the dance film, including the dancer generated sounds inherent in Tap, Flamenco, Irish Dance and Krumping. Drawing on significant post-War dance films from around world, Movies, Moves and Music comprehensively surveys this mainstream genre, where image and sound meet in a crucial symbiosis.

New Directions in the Study of Policy Transfer

New Directions in the Study of Policy Transfer

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/12/2015

Policy transfer analysis seeks to make sense of the cross-cultural transfer of knowledge about institutions, policies or delivery systems in an era of globalization. The purpose of this volume is to evaluate how useful policy transfer analysis is as a descriptive, explanatory and prescriptive theory of policy change. It provides both a response to its critics and it presents a variety of new directions for studying processes of policy transfer. The chapters proceed from an underlying assumption about the field of enquiry; that policy transfer analysis alone cannot provide a general explanatory theory of policy change but when combined with other approaches an empirically grounded account of policy change can be developed. Hence each of the chapters adopt a methodological pluralism in which complementary theories of policy development are combined in order to develop a theory of policy change that accounts for the role of particular agents of policy transfer in forging policy change. This is an important contribution to our understanding of the impact of globalization on domestic policy formulation. This book was previously published as a special issue of Policy Studies.

Practical Encyclopedia of Home Remedies & Natural Therapies

Practical Encyclopedia of Home Remedies & Natural Therapies

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2015

This practical guide to natural health-promoting treatments and techniques brings together the very best of traditional therapies for reducing stress, gaining vitality and inducing relaxation. The first half of the book looks at common ailments and how to treat them with aromatherapy oils, herbs, homeopathic medicine or dietary changes. The second half of the book explores a wide range of alternative therapies, giving the reader a thorough understanding of each one. Extended sections on aromatherapy, massage and yoga give detailed instruction on how to improve health and wellbeing by adopting these ancient disciplines into your lifestyle.

Concise Handbook of Alternative Therapies

Concise Handbook of Alternative Therapies

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

This is a practical guide to natural treatments and what they do. It includes choosing and using natural methods for physical and mental wellbeing. It explains exactly what the options in alternative therapy are, and how to choose the right one for you. It includes step-by-step routines for exercise, massage, reflexology, yoga, shiatsu, makko ho, meditation, hypnotherapy and moxibustion. It offers help and advice on how to combat the stresses and strains of modern life. It features over 300 photographs and illustrations. This book explores the natural techniques and methods we can use to counteract the strains of our busy, stressful lives and to strengthen our minds and bodies. All the main therapies are discussed - from herbalisn, naturopathy and stress management to yoga, shiatsu and meditation. All are explained in simple terms. This is a chance to explore and expand your knowledge of natural medicine and to acquire a basic understanding on which to build. Whichever therapy you feel you can relate to, this book will help you explore and utilize its benefits and become a healthier, more balanced individual with focused energies and a resilient constitution.

The Poohsticks Handbook

The Poohsticks Handbook

Author: Mark Evans, E. H. Shepard, A. A. Milne, Mark Burgess Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2015

'Poohsticks is, at its simplest, a game of sticks and rivers and bridges and friends and fun.' Playing Pooh Sticks is one the National Trust's 50 Things To Do Before You Are 11 and 3/4 - it is game beloved of adults and children alike. Mark Evan's charming and funny text guides us through the intricacies of Pooh Sticks - from a brief history of the game (invented, of course, by Pooh Bear himself in The House at Pooh Corner) to strategies that can help avoid a soaking. We find out what the perfect Pooh stick looks like, what the optimum location is and about notable games of Pooh sticks throughout history. The book ends with FAQ About Poohsticks, which Winnie-the-Pooh thinks stands for `Food Always Quitenice' The books features original illustrations by E.H. Shepard as well as newly commissioned illustrations by Mark Burgess. Look out for: Winnie-the-Pooh's Little Book Of Wisdom Winnie-the-Pooh: Eeyore's Little Book of Gloom Winnie-the-Pooh: Tigger's Little Book of Bounce Winnie-the-Pooh: Love from Pooh Milne's classic children's stories - featuring Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and, of course, Pooh himself - are both heart-warming and funny, teaching lessons of friendship and reflecting the power of a child's imagination like no other story before or since. Pooh ranks alongside other beloved characters such as Paddington Bear, and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage. Whether you're 5 or 55, Pooh is the bear for all ages.

Sounding Funny Sound and Comedy Cinema

Sounding Funny Sound and Comedy Cinema

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2015

Comedy has been a feature of cinema since its inception. From mickey-moused accompaniments to slapstick scenes, ironic musical statements, clever musical allusions and jokes, well-worn sound effects, and even laugh tracks, sound has been integral to the development of the comedy on screen. This volume covers all aspects of sound (including dialogue) and music as they have been utilised in comedy film. The volume looks at various subsets of the 'comedy film' from the post-War period, including black comedy, romantic comedy, slapstick, dialogue comedy, parody and spoofs. This volume aims to explore the way in which music and sound articulate humour, create comedic situations and direct comedic identifications for viewer/listeners.

Sounding Funny Sound and Comedy Cinema

Sounding Funny Sound and Comedy Cinema

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2015

Comedy has been a feature of cinema since its inception. From mickey-moused accompaniments to slapstick scenes, ironic musical statements, clever musical allusions and jokes, well-worn sound effects, and even laugh tracks, sound has been integral to the development of the comedy on screen. This volume covers all aspects of sound (including dialogue) and music as they have been utilised in comedy film. The volume looks at various subsets of the 'comedy film' from the post-War period, including black comedy, romantic comedy, slapstick, dialogue comedy, parody and spoofs. This volume aims to explore the way in which music and sound articulate humour, create comedic situations and direct comedic identifications for viewer/listeners.

The Actor Training Reader

The Actor Training Reader

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/2015

The Actor Training Reader is an invaluable resource for students and teachers of acting, offering access to a wide range of key texts that identify, explore, illuminate and interrogate the challenges, practices and processes involved in training the modern actor. A companion volume to the highly-acclaimed Actor Training (Hodge 2010), this book collects key writings by influential actor training practitioners of the twentieth century, introduced with essays from leading academics in the field of actor training. Key practitioners included are: Eugenio Barba; Anne Bogart; Bertolt Brecht; Peter Brook; Michael Chekhov; and Konstantin Stanislavsky. The book sets established, widely used texts alongside less well-known ones in order to trace the development of actor training from the pioneering advances of Eastern Europe to the acting games of Augusto Boal. The texts are grouped into thematic sections rather than chronologically in order to encourage a comparison of different approaches to similar aspects of the craft. Each section will have a specially commissioned introductory essay by an expert in that area of actor training, which will bring context, critical engagement and contemporary relevance to the extracts and offer provocations for further discussion.

Under the Bearskin A junior officer's story of war and madness

Under the Bearskin A junior officer's story of war and madness

Author: Mark Evans, Andrew Sharples Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/02/2015

'A fast-paced, thrilling account of British heroism, brave men surrounded and fighting against overwhelming odds. This is the real, sometimes shocking, and deeply personal story of modern warfare and PTSD.' Andy McNab Trapped in an isolated outpost on the edge of the Helmand desert, a small force of British and Afghan soldiers is holding out against hundreds of Taliban fighters. Under brutal siege conditions, running low on food and ammunition, he experiences the full horror of combat. As the casualties begin to mount and the enemy closes in, Evans finds both his leadership and his belief in the war severely tested. Returning home, he is haunted by the memories of Afghanistan. He can't move on and his life begins to spin out of control.

Under the Bearskin A junior officer's story of war and madness

Under the Bearskin A junior officer's story of war and madness

Author: Mark Evans, Andrew Sharples Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2015

Ex-Coldstream Guard, Mark Evans tells, for the first time, the incredible story of the Battle of Nad Ali in the Afghanistan conflict. On a patrol, Mark and his men are pinned down in a fire fight. Mark calls in air support but the Apache pilot makes a fatal error and opens fire on the British and ANA forces. Mark is one of the few to escape unscathed. Nad Ali is declared a 'black' zone with the RAF refusing to fly in and leaving Mark and his men without critical resources. Drawing on parallels with the famous battle of Rorke's Drift, that inspired the film Zulu, Code Black is a forthright account of modern warfare and the damaging effects of PTSD. Code Black reveals what it is like to fight on the front line and the challenges it presents to those it affects, not just as as soldiers, but as people.

Bleak Expectations

Bleak Expectations

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/05/2014

Based on the beloved Radio 4 series, Bleak Expectations recounts the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to make his way in a world made all horrible by the machinations of his cruel guardian, Mr Gently Benevolent. Grim circumstances, mistaken identities, nightmarish court-cases, ridiculous names, convenient coincidences to resolve plot problems, over-sentimental death scenes and lots and lots of adjectives: Bleak Expectations is a novel like Charles Dickens might have written after far too much gin.

The Words Always Sounded Better In My Head

The Words Always Sounded Better In My Head

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/01/2014

Poems about life and love, everything and nothing. Collected between 2011 and 2012. Self expression, self destruction, selfishness, and the illusion of all that we are. Learning, living, breathing, dying, and dealing. Wandering around to wherever we end up. Looking for answers, finding questions.

Ten-minute Yoga Stretches Instant Energy and Relaxation Exercises Using Easy-to-follow Yoga Techniques

Ten-minute Yoga Stretches Instant Energy and Relaxation Exercises Using Easy-to-follow Yoga Techniques

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2013

This title offers instant energy and relaxation exercises using easy-to-follow yoga techniques. It offers a clearly explained guide, illustrated with specially commissioned step-by-step photographs. Counteract the stresses and strains of today's hectic lifestyle with quick yoga sequences that leave you feeling calm and refreshed, supple and renewed. Exercises include tired and aching leg revivers; abdominal tension relievers; instant fatigue revitalizers; tension and backache relievers; flexibility enhancers; waking-up stretches; and exercises to relieve anxiety, aid breathing, increase blood flow and improve posture. Tried and tested ways to ease tension and restore energy whenever you need to, using simple exercises that are easy to perform in your everyday life. Over 200 photographs clearly show each yoga sequence in detail. Drawing on the ancient art of yoga, this clear and simple book guides you through a series of exercises to help you achieve a fit, supple body and relieve your body of strain and tension. The main part of the book consists of invigorating exercises that will stretch, tone, revive, enhance or relax different parts of the body, to leave you feeling calm, refreshed and better able to cope with stress. After a warm-up routine, special stretches are shown for a multitude of purposes and to treat a variety of aches, pains and ailments. The exercises are simple to do, and take around 10 minutes. Clear instructions, combined with step-by-step photographs, will guide you confidently through the quick-and-easy sequences. Whether you wish to counteract the pressures of a hectic daily routine, improve your posture and muscle tone or become more supple, this practical handbook will set you on your way.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2013

This is a concise guide to using essential oils for health, harmony and happiness, shown in 200 photographs. It explains the properties of many versatile essential oils, and advises on how to choose and blend them. It describes how to use oils to enhance your well-being: peppermint for an instant pick-me-up, sandalwood for a sensual massage, lavender for relaxation. It includes instant treatments and remedies for pain relief. It offers clear step-by-step massage techniques that show you how to apply the oils to ease tension, restore energy, and promote a healthy mind and body. People have been using scented products for thousands of years in massage, in the bath and for scenting the hair and body. Essential oils contain unique properties that can be used to relax, sedate, refresh or stimulate. This book guides you through the different types of essential oil, with detailed information on preparing, storing and blending them. It offers step-by-step techniques for all kinds of massage, and treatments for problems such as backache, muscle ache, headache, menstrual pain, digestive problems and travel sickness. With de-stressers, sleep-inducers and relaxers, as well as hair care, foot care, hand care and skin care, this handy guide to aromatherapy has all you need.

Security Arabic

Security Arabic

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2013

Your guide to current terms and concepts used in intelligence and security Arabic What is the Arabic term for 'sleeper cell'? How would you say 'hijacker'? Could you recognise the phrase 'operational planning'? Or 'money-laundering investigations'? This short, accessible vocabulary gives you ready-made lists of key terms in intelligence and security Arabic for translating both from and into Arabic. Key Features: * Terms grouped in thematic sections * Easy-to-learn lists to test translation * CD with audio files to help you check your pronunciation * Interactive online audio-visual e-Flashcards * Index Keywords: Arabic; Intelligence Studies; Security Studies; language; vocabulary

Transform Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Transform Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2012

Today, more and more people are seeking natural and traditional ways of bringing increased well-being and harmony into their lives, turning to tried and tested remedies and therapies from all over the world for the treatment of everyday problems. Illustrated with more than 1000 step-by-step photographs this book opens the door to a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Fourth Series

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Fourth Series

Author: Mark Evans Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/02/2011

The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin. Mark Evans, Richard Johnson, Tom Allen, Anthony Head and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast including James Bachman, Sarah Hadland and Susy Kane, as well as guest star David Mitchell as the Rev Godly Fecund. Series Four begins with Pip, who must enlist the help of his former nemesis to fight a new evil spreading terror and cake-crumbs through the streets of London. 'Bleak Expectations' is written by Mark Evans and produced by Gareth Edwards, whose other collaborations include 'That Mitchell and Webb Sound' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. Contains all six episodes from the fourth BBC Radio 4 series. 'A freshly minted comedy classic' - Guardian. 3 CDs. 2 hrs 49 mins.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Fourth Series

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Fourth Series

Author: Mark Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 24/12/2010

The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin. Mark Evans, Richard Johnson, Tom Allen, Anthony Head and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast including James Bachman, Sarah Hadland and Susy Kane, as well as guest star David Mitchell as the Rev Godly Fecund. Series Four begins with Pip, who must enlist the help of his former nemesis to fight a new evil spreading terror and cake-crumbs through the streets of London. 'Bleak Expectations' is written by Mark Evans and produced by Gareth Edwards, whose other collaborations include 'That Mitchell and Webb Sound' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. Contains all six episodes from the fourth BBC Radio 4 series. 'A freshly minted comedy classic' - Guardian.

Movement Training for the Modern Actor

Movement Training for the Modern Actor

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2010

This book is the first critical analysis of the key principles and practices informing the movement training of actors in the modern era. Focusing on the cultural history of modern movement training for actors, Evans traces the development of the `neutral' body as a significant area of practice within drama school training and the relationship between movement pedagogy and the operation of discipline and power in shaping the professional identity of the actor. The volume looks in detail at the influence of the leading figures in movement training - Laban, Alexander, Copeau and Lecoq - on twentieth century professional actor training, and is informed by interviews with students and staff at leading English drama schools. Mark Evans re-evaluates the significance of movement training in the professional drama school, offering a new understanding of the body as a site for performative resistance to industrialization. Despite the publication of a number of `how to' books on movement training for the professional acting student, this is the first text to look behind the curtain and write the unseen biography of the actor's body.

New Directions in the Study of Policy Transfer

New Directions in the Study of Policy Transfer

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2010

Policy transfer analysis seeks to make sense of the cross-cultural transfer of knowledge about institutions, policies or delivery systems in an era of globalization. The purpose of this volume is to evaluate how useful policy transfer analysis is as a descriptive, explanatory and prescriptive theory of policy change. It provides both a response to its critics and it presents a variety of new directions for studying processes of policy transfer. The chapters proceed from an underlying assumption about the field of enquiry; that policy transfer analysis alone cannot provide a general explanatory theory of policy change but when combined with other approaches an empirically grounded account of policy change can be developed. Hence each of the chapters adopt a methodological pluralism in which complementary theories of policy development are combined in order to develop a theory of policy change that accounts for the role of particular agents of policy transfer in forging policy change. This is an important contribution to our understanding of the impact of globalization on domestic policy formulation. This book was previously published as a special issue of Policy Studies.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Third Series

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Third Series

Author: Mark Evans Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/02/2010

The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin. Richard Johnson, Anthony Head, and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast including Tom Allen, James Bachman, Sarah Hadland, Susie Kane and Mark Evans - and guest starring Raquel Cassidy as Miss Sweetly Delightful, the nicest woman in the world, and Jane Asher as Mr Gently Benevolent's evil mother. Series Three begins several years after the death, for the second time, of Mr Gently Benevolent. All seems well as Pip Bin enjoys fame and wealth for his hugely popular invention, the bin, until... `Bleak Expectations' is written by Mark Evans and produced by Gareth Edwards, whose other collaborations include 'That Mitchell and Webb Sound' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. Contains all six episodes from the third BBC Radio 4 series.Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. 'A freshly minted comedy classic... balls-to-the-wall silliness with flourishes of surrealism' - Guardian Guide. 3 CDs. 2hrs 49 mins.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Third Series

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Third Series

Author: Mark Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2010

The epic Victorian comedy is back with more of the remarkable adventures of Pip Bin as he battles his evil ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent (Anthony Head) in six more chapters of tragedies and triumphs in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin. Richard Johnson, Anthony Head, and Geoffrey Whitehead lead a magnificent cast including Tom Allen, James Bachman, Sarah Hadland, Susie Kane and Mark Evans - and guest starring Raquel Cassidy as Miss Sweetly Delightful, the nicest woman in the world, and Jane Asher as Mr Gently Benevolent's evil mother. Series Three begins several years after the death, for the second time, of Mr Gently Benevolent. All seems well as Pip Bin enjoys fame and wealth for his hugely popular invention, the bin, until... 'Bleak Expectations' is written by Mark Evans and produced by Gareth Edwards, whose other collaborations include 'That Mitchell and Webb Sound' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'. Contains all six episodes from the third BBC Radio 4 series.Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. 'A freshly minted comedy classic... balls-to-the-wall silliness with flourishes of surrealism' - Guardian Guide.

Movement Training for the Modern Actor

Movement Training for the Modern Actor

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2009

This book is the first critical analysis of the key principles and practices informing the movement training of actors in the modern era. Focusing on the cultural history of modern movement training for actors, Evans traces the development of the `neutral' body as a significant area of practice within drama school training and the relationship between movement pedagogy and the operation of discipline and power in shaping the professional identity of the actor. The volume looks in detail at the influence of the leading figures in movement training - Laban, Alexander, Copeau and Lecoq - on twentieth century professional actor training, and is informed by interviews with students and staff at leading English drama schools. Mark Evans re-evaluates the significance of movement training in the professional drama school, offering a new understanding of the body as a site for performative resistance to industrialization. Despite the publication of a number of `how to' books on movement training for the professional acting student, this is the first text to look behind the curtain and write the unseen biography of the actor's body.

Movement Training for the Modern Actor

Movement Training for the Modern Actor

Author: Mark Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2008

This book is the first critical analysis of the key principles and practices informing the movement training of actors in the modern era. Focusing on the cultural history of movement training over the last one hundred and fifty years, it offers a conceptual framework for the understanding of key approaches to the training of the professional actor's body. The volume looks in detail at the influence of the leading figures in movement training - Laban, Alexander, Copeau and Lecoq - on twentieth century professional actor training, and is informed by interviews with students and staff at leading English drama schools. Mark Evans re-evaluates the significance of movement training in the professional drama school by examining the ways in which movement training shapes the student as a professional actor, as well as considering the extent to which it offers a new understanding of the body as a site for performative resistance to industrialization. Despite the publication of a number of 'how to' books on movement training for the professional acting student, this is the first text to look behind the curtain and write the unseen biography of the actor's body.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Second Series

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Second Series

Author: Mark Evans Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 09/10/2008

Join Anthony Head, Richard Johnson, Geoffrey Whitehead, Tom Allen, Sarah Hadland and David Mitchell in the second volume of this magnificent Dickensian comic epic first transmitted by the British Broadcasting Club's Radio 4. Volume two of `Bleak Expectations' follows Pip Bin as he ventures through Victorian Britain in constant battle with his evil and badly named ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent. On the way he builds a national railway network, blows up parliament, joins an East End gang, smokes a lot of opium, gets married twice and takes on the might of the Martian army. Revel in the many fine quips, characters and scenarios in these six glorious episodes written by Mr. Mark Evans and produced by Mr. Gareth Edwards, previously renowned for their craftsmanship on the works of Messrs. Mitchell and Webb. Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. 'enough one-liners to stock an entire series of most sitcoms... the comedy show of the year' - Times. 3 CDs. 2hrs 48 mins.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Second Series

Bleak Expectations: The Complete Second Series

Author: Mark Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2008

Join Anthony Head, Richard Johnson, Geoffrey Whitehead, Tom Allen, Sarah Hadland and David Mitchell in the second volume of this magnificent Dickensian comic epic first transmitted by the British Broadcasting Club's Radio 4. Volume two of 'Bleak Expectations' follows Pip Bin as he ventures through Victorian Britain in constant battle with his evil and badly named ex-guardian Mr Gently Benevolent. On the way he builds a national railway network, blows up parliament, joins an East End gang, smokes a lot of opium, gets married twice and takes on the might of the Martian army. Revel in the many fine quips, characters and scenarios in these six glorious episodes written by Mr. Mark Evans and produced by Mr. Gareth Edwards, previously renowned for their craftsmanship on the works of Messrs. Mitchell and Webb. Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. 'enough one-liners to stock an entire series of most sitcoms... the comedy show of the year' - Times.

War, Terror & Ethics

War, Terror & Ethics

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

Author: Mark Evans Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2008

Join Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, Richard Johnson and Geoffrey Whitehead in this gloriously daft Victorian romp in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin, first performed on the British Broadcasting Club's Radio 4. Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip's poor Mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings! Follow the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the schemes of his evil and badly-named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher family. Immerse yourself in a timeless epic featuring terrifying schools, even worse prisons, disguises, court-cases, shipwrecks, underwater squirrels and swash-buckling long-lost aunts. Revel in the many fine quips, characters and scenarios in these six magnificent episodes written by Mr. Mark Evans and produced by Mr. Gareth Edwards, previously renowned for their craftsmanship on the works of Messrs. Mitchell and Webb. Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. `A joy!' - Times. `We are amused' - Independent. 3 CDs. 2 hrs 48 mins.

Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

Bleak Expectations: The Complete First Series

Author: Mark Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2008

Join Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, Richard Johnson and Geoffrey Whitehead in this gloriously daft Victorian romp in the style of Charles Dickens after too much gin, first performed on the British Broadcasting Club's Radio 4. Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip's poor Mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings! Follow the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the schemes of his evil and badly-named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher family. Immerse yourself in a timeless epic featuring terrifying schools, even worse prisons, disguises, court-cases, shipwrecks, underwater squirrels and swash-buckling long-lost aunts. Revel in the many fine quips, characters and scenarios in these six magnificent episodes written by Mr. Mark Evans and produced by Mr. Gareth Edwards, previously renowned for their craftsmanship on the works of Messrs. Mitchell and Webb. Televised as 'The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff' on the BBC. 'A joy!' - Times. 'We are amused' - Independent.

To Trust and To Love

To Trust and To Love

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2007

Self-Realization Politics & the Good Life in Modern Times

Self-Realization Politics & the Good Life in Modern Times

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2007

Open Up the Doors Music in the Modern Church

Open Up the Doors Music in the Modern Church

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2006

There has been much passionate debate and emotion aroused by the introduction of contemporary music styles into the modern church. While these debates have rarely produced a victor, the detrimental effects of them have resonated throughout many Protestant churches worldwide. Rather than simply fuelling this debate further, Open Up The Doors represents an attempt to provide objective criteria and analytical frameworks by which the quality and function of contemporary congregational music can be assessed. The latest music from Hillsong, Soul Survivor, Parachute, Vineyard, Christian City and others is examined in order to reveal both the beneficial and dangerous trends occurring in modern church music. Open Up The Doors considers how well modern music is serving the modern church, and also how effectively it is operating as a musical form in the secular culture that surrounds it.

Open Up the Doors Music in the Modern Church

Open Up the Doors Music in the Modern Church

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2006

There has been much passionate debate and emotion aroused by the introduction of contemporary music styles into the modern church. While these debates have rarely produced a victor, the detrimental effects of them have resonated throughout many Protestant churches worldwide. Rather than simply fuelling this debate further, Open Up The Doors represents an attempt to provide objective criteria and analytical frameworks by which the quality and function of contemporary congregational music can be assessed. The latest music from Hillsong, Soul Survivor, Parachute, Vineyard, Christian City and others is examined in order to reveal both the beneficial and dangerous trends occurring in modern church music. Open Up The Doors considers how well modern music is serving the modern church, and also how effectively it is operating as a musical form in the secular culture that surrounds it.

Open up the Doors

Open up the Doors

Author: Mark Evans Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2006

There has been much passionate debate and emotion aroused by the introduction of contemporary music styles into the modern church. While these debates have rarely produced a victor, the detrimental effects of them have resonated throughout many Protestant churches worldwide. Rather than simply fuelling this debate further, Open Up The Doors represents an attempt to provide objective criteria and analytical frameworks by which the quality and function of contemporary congregational music can be assessed. The latest music from Hillsong, Soul Survivor, Parachute, Vineyard, Christian City and others is examined in order to reveal both the beneficial and dangerous trends occurring in modern church music. Open Up The Doors considers how well modern music is serving the modern church, and also how effectively it is operating as a musical form in the secular culture that surrounds it.

Just War Theory A Reappraisal

Just War Theory A Reappraisal

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2005

Despite the millennial hopes for peace wishfully harboured by so many, the opening years of the twenty-first century have seen the morality of war remain urgently central to political argument around the world. The just war tradition has provided one of the most beguiling frameworks for the question of when it is right to go to war, and how war ought to be conducted. However, criticisms of it are as old as the tradition itself and many now claim that the nature of contemporary warfare has made it truly redundant. This book addresses the criticisms and explores new angles to just war thinking, analysing its practical adequacy in the face of modern-day realities. It is written with the aim of stimulating debate, recasting or revivifying critical reservations, but also powerfully demonstrating how just war theory cannot be ignored if we take seriously the moral questions warfare forces upon us. Key Features * Focuses on individual elements of Just War Theory to clarify specific claims and explore very particular issues * Uses a clear, analytical writing style to ensure clarity for the reader * Raises new questions not addressed in other Just War literature * Focuses on contemporary moral applications of Just War theory * Shows how Just War theory can serve as a basis for anti-war movements

Just War Theory A Reappraisal

Just War Theory A Reappraisal

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2005

Despite the millennial hopes for peace wishfully harboured by so many, the opening years of the twenty-first century have seen the morality of war remain urgently central to political argument around the world. The just war tradition has provided one of the most beguiling frameworks for the question of when it is right to go to war, and how war ought to be conducted. However, criticisms of it are as old as the tradition itself and many now claim that the nature of contemporary warfare has made it truly redundant. This book addresses the criticisms and explores new angles to just war thinking, analysing its practical adequacy in the face of modern-day realities. It is written with the aim of stimulating debate, recasting or revivifying critical reservations, but also powerfully demonstrating how just war theory cannot be ignored if we take seriously the moral questions warfare forces upon us. Key Features * Focuses on individual elements of Just War Theory to clarify specific claims and explore very particular issues * Uses a clear, analytical writing style to ensure clarity for the reader * Raises new questions not addressed in other Just War literature * Focuses on contemporary moral applications of Just War theory * Shows how Just War theory can serve as a basis for anti-war movements

Policy Transfer in Global Perspective

Policy Transfer in Global Perspective

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/11/2004

The world of public policy is becoming increasingly small due to dramatic changes in global communications, political and economic institutional structures, and to nation states themselves. This book evaluates the implications of these changes and challenges for both the study and the practice of policy transfer, and provides a unique understanding of the relationship between systemic globalizing forces and the increasing scope and intensity of policy transfer activity. It provides: an explanation of policy transfer as a process of organizational learning; an insight into how and why such processes are studied by policy scientists; an evaluation of its use by policy practitioners; and the first published collection of policy transfer case studies between developed countries, from developed to developing countries, and from developing countries.

Ethical Theory in the Study of International Politics

Ethical Theory in the Study of International Politics

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2004

Constitution-Making and the Labour Party

Constitution-Making and the Labour Party

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2003

Since coming to power in 1997 the Labour government 's programme of constitutional reform represents an historic challenge to both British constitutional doctrine and Labour Party orthodoxy. Mark Evans examines the nature and extent of this challenge and argues that the New Constitutionalism is a key element of a policy agenda that in its most crucial aspects reflects the continuing transformation of the British industrial-welfare state into a competition state. Constitution-Making and the Labour Party analyzes key areas of reform under the Blair government from the perspective of Labour Party history and contemporary policy analysis.

The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism

The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism

Author: Mark Evans Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/07/2001

A major new reference volume - The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism is the premier collection of material on a comprehensive range of topics in contemporary liberalism. Liberal theory has been caricatured by its critics as an abstract, unworldly, trivial philosophical navel-gazing pursuit. The Companion counters this view by showing how liberalism can tackle wide-ranging practical concerns that urgently demand attention in twenty-first century politics. Rather than presenting contemporary liberalism simply and narrowly as a survey of what its main academic protagonists have said over the past 30 years, the guiding principle of the volume is to conceptualise it primarily as a set of themes and approaches informed by the challenges to the practice of liberal politics. Issues such as human rights, citizenship, nationalism, feminism, international communities, supranational orders, post-communism and ecocentrism take their place alongside the more familiar and well-worked themes of justice and justification as topics for liberal theorising. The reader is vividly shown the ways in which liberalism engages directly with the problems of practical political life today.This wide-ranging account of contemporary liberal thinking places the emphasis on agenda-setting, showing that contemporary liberalism is live - relevant, proactive, continuously engaged and adaptable - and that the problems faced by the liberal order are sufficiently complex and perplexing to demand the serious, rigorous philosophical reflection offered by contemporary liberal political theory. The Companion allows the reader to explore liberalism's contemporary relevance and to look to its likely future developments. With contributors including Will Kymlicka, Michael Freeden, Richard Bellamy, Rex Martin, Margaret Canovan, Diana T. Meyers, and Kate Soper, this large, definitive edition will be a must-buy for all libraries and a key reference tool for all those with an interest in contemporary liberalism.Key Features: * Major reference work - the only comprehensive reference work on contemporary liberalism * Shows how liberalism is relevant to practical issues such as human rights, citizenship, international communities and post-communism * Looks to the future development of liberalism * Contributions from the leading figures in the field of liberalism including Will Kymlicka, Michael Freeden and Rex Martin

The Sforza Hours

The Sforza Hours

Author: Mark Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/1992

The Sforza Hours, one of the finest surviving Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, has a fascinating history. Its lavish decorations were painted in two campaigns, the first around 1490 for Bona of Savoy, widow of Galeazzo Sforza, Duke of Milan. Her miniaturist Giovan Pietro Birago had completed and delivered part of the book when a substantial portion of the remainder was stolen, never to be returned. Thirty years later, in 1517-20, Bona's heir Margaret of Austria, Regent of the Netherlands, commissioned the Flemish painter Gerard Horenbout to execute sixteen additional miniatures to complete Birago's. Thus, what had been begun as a masterpiece of the Milanese late Quattrocento was completed in the vanguard of the Northern Renaissance. Appropriately, it was probably a gift for Margaret's nephew, the emperor Charles V. The manuscript is outstanding for its opulent decorative scheme and the unusual number of text pages with minutely detailed borders, initials and vignettes in deep blues, greens and rich reds, to match the many full-page miniatures.

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