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Hearing Others’ Voices – A new book series by Balestier Press


March 2018

Balestier Press announces an invigorating new interdisciplinary and transnational series to challenge and inspire, for general readers, undergraduates, as well as the teenagers of today, the holders of the world tomorrow.

‘Hearing Others’ Voices.’ A transcultural and interdisciplinary series edited by anthropologist Ruth Finnegan and physicist Roh-Suan Tung, designed, in simple and straightforward language, to inform and engage general readers, undergraduates and, above all, teenagers (young adults) in recent advances in thought, unaccountably overlooked areas of the world, and key issues of the day.”

In more detail;

A series designed for general readers, undergraduates and, above all, teenagers/ sixth formers

The books in the series provide accessibly written (often illustrated or internet-linked) introductions to the latest thinking on such perpetual topics as pain, mental health, voices of the Christian west, new ways in physics, the link between ideas and emotion, and much more. They also communicate something of the insights that can be found in the too often dismissed traditions of the peoples of, for example, Amazonia, NativeAustralia, or Africa.

With some similarities to, e.g. the Oxford University Press ‘Very short introductions’ but more interactive and immediately readable, the books will be particularly suitable for school and home use and a perfect resource for sixth-form general studies. They are designed to stimulate readers’ curiosity and provide the material and the insights to start filling important gaps in awareness. The carefully chosen suggestions for further reading 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 will be their interactive element in the form of discussion questions, suggested mini projects and in some cases an associated audio-visual web link, a blog on the publishers’ website to which readers are invited to contribute.. All this aims to bring the material home to the personal interests and involvements of each reader wherever they may be situated.

Each book is by an acknowledged expert (international authority, fellow of a national academy, senior professor or the like, together with the brightest of younger scholars) – authors who are eager and able to communicate outside the too often closed realms of academe. Most general readers will find at least something to interest them set out in straightforward but not simplistic terms. But it is to the eager young in sixth forms that the series will be especially valuable – the young adults who will soon hold the world in their hands and be responsible for it.

Less textbooks than sites for reflection and challenge, the series gives readers a unique route into greater awareness of our wonderful world, far and near, east and west, past and present.

Hearing Other’s Voices book series:

The general editors:
Ruth Finnegan FBA, prize-winning author, publisher, grandmother and anthropologist ( and
Roh-Suan Tung (physicist, publisher, parent, and citizen of the east and west ( and