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Canto Classics draws from the most successful titles published by Cambridge over the past half-century and more, bringing them together in a newly-designed paperback series that offers the very best, most influential and most enjoyable books from the breadth of Cambridge publishing. This catalogue showcases the titles in the Canto Classic series to date.




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The Decipherment of Linear B

Classical Studies

2nd Edition


John Chadwick The languages of the ancient world and the mysterious scripts, long undeciphered, in which they were encoded have represented one of the most intriguing problems of classical archaeology in modern times. not only an account of a ‘ …startling piece of philological and archaeological research, but a simple, moving human story.

The Spectator Review of previous edition. 978-1-107-69176-6 £12.99 $19.99




English Literature


An Experiment in Criticism

Image and Imagination

C.S. Lewis

Essays and Reviews

Amid the complex welter of current critical theories, C. S. Lewis’s wisdom is valuably down-to-earth, refreshing and stimulating in the questions it raises about the experience of reading.

C. S. Lewis, Edited by Walter Hooper

978-1-107-60472-8 £12.99 $19.99

A collection of the literary-critical essays and reviews by C. S. Lewis, most of them previously uncollected, and one essay, ‘Image and Imagination’, published for the first time. The volume concerns a wide range of literary topics and includes Lewis’s reviews of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. book delivers a surprising ‘ This taste of C. S. Lewis beyond the more familiar “Lewis Canon” ’ Professor Dennis Danielson

978-1-107-63927-0 £12.99 $19.99




Selected Literary Essays

Something of Myself and Other Autobiographical Writings

C. S. Lewis, Edited by Walter Hooper This volume includes over twenty of C. S. Lewis’s most important literary essays, written between 1932 and 1962. Common to each essay are the lively wit, the distinctive forthrightness and the discreet erudition which characterise Lewis’s best critical writing. is no essay by C. S. Lewis on ‘ There any writer that does not provoke attention and inspire awe at his energy and clarity of mind. Claude Rawson, Yale University 978-1-107-68538-3 £12.99 $19.99



Rudyard Kipling, Edited by Thomas Pinney Rudyard Kipling’s last work reflects on his life and the basis of his art. Illustrated with Kipling’s own satirical drawings from the manuscripts, and brought together with his other autobiographical writings (some previously unpublished), this fascinating book sheds new light on the intriguing relationship between Kipling’s life and work. 978-1-107-69350-0 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook


Spenser’s Images of Life C. S. Lewis, With Alastair Fowler This book was compiled by Alastair Fowler from notes left by C. S. Lewis at his death. It approaches The Faerie Queene as a majestic pageant of the universe and nature, and argues that conventional views must be modified if the poem is to be fully enjoyed and understood. 978-1-107-69113-1 £12.99 $19.99

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature C. S. Lewis, Edited by Walter Hooper This entertaining and learned volume contains book reviews, lectures and hard-to-find articles from the late C. S. Lewis, whose constant aim was to show the twenty-first-century reader how to read and how to understand old books and manuscripts. 978-1-107-65892-9 £12.99 $19.99




Studies in Words 2nd Edition C. S. Lewis Language – in its communicative and playful functions, its literary formations and its shifting meanings – is a perennially fascinating topic. C. S. Lewis’s Studies in Words explores this fascination by taking a series of words and teasing out their connotations using examples from a vast range of English literature.

The Allegory of Love A Study in Medieval Tradition C. S. Lewis A classic study of the allegorical power of love in literature, traced through major works of the medieval and Renaissance periods, by one of the major literary critics of the twentieth century. 978-1-107-65943-8 £12.99 $19.99

978-1-107-68865-0 £12.99 $19.99




The Discarded Image An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature C. S. Lewis Paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, providing the historical and cultural background to the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This, Lewis’s last book, has been hailed as ‘the final memorial to the work of a great scholar and teacher and a wise and noble mind’. 978-1-107-60470-4 £12.99 $19.99

Think On My Words Exploring Shakespeare’s Language David Crystal So how can we better understand Shakespeare? David Crystal provides a lively and original introduction to Shakespeare’s language, making his plays easily accessible to modern-day audiences. is a linguist [David Crystal] ‘ Here who knows not only how words work but how they work in theatre. Anyone who cares for Shakespeare will be informed and entertained by this intriguing and wide-ranging study.

Stanley Wells 978-1-107-61768-1 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook







An Interpretation

Liberty before Liberalism

Inga Clendinnen

Quentin Skinner

Inga Clendinnen’s account of the Aztecs recreates the culture of the city of Tenochtitlan, magnificent centre of the Aztec empire, in its last unthreatened years before it fell to the Spaniards and their Indian allies.

This extended essay by one of the world’s leading historians seeks, in its first part, to excavate and to vindicate, the neo-Roman theory of free citizens and free states as it developed in early modern Britain.

‘ This is an outstanding book …’

978-1-107-68953-4 £10.99 $16.99

Times Higher Education Supplement

Other available formats: eBook

978-1-107-69356-2 £12.99 $19.99




Medieval Women Eileen Power, Foreword by Maxine Berg The lectures of medieval historian, Eileen Power, are brought together to provide a lively narrative on special women representative of the period and give an accessible and clear snapshot of the life and work of women in medieval times from the nunnery to the town to the castle. 978-1-107-65015-2 £12.99 $19.99

Nations and Nationalism since 1780 Programme, Myth, Reality 2nd Edition E. J. Hobsbawm Nations and Nationalism since 1780 is Eric Hobsbawm’s widely acclaimed and highly readable enquiry into the question of nationalism. This second edition has been updated in light of those events, with a final chapter addressing the impact of the dramatic changes that have taken place. fails, great historian ‘ …thatnever he is, to supply the essential absorbing material. ’ Michael Foot, The Guardian

978-1-107-60462-9 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




Science and Religion Some Historical Perspectives

The Great War in European Cultural History

John Hedley Brooke John Hedley Brooke offers an introduction and critical guide to one of the most fascinating and enduring issues in the development of the modern world: the relationship between scientific thought and religious belief. Brooke stands back from general theses affirming ‘conflict’ or harmony’. arguably the most important ‘ …historical analysis of science and religion since Andrew Dickson White’s History of the Warfare of Science and Theology in Christendom (1898).



Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning Jay Winter This powerful study of the ‘collective remembrance’ of the Great War offers a major reassessment of one of the critical episodes in twentiethcentury cultural history. A book of seminal importance for the attempt to understand the course of European history during the first half of the twentieth century. one interested in the broad ‘ No impact of the First World War, or the cultural history of the twentieth century, can afford to neglect this book.

Ronald L. Numbers, Metascience

Times Literary Supplement

978-1-107-66446-3 £12.99 $19.99

978-1-107-66165-3 £12.99 $19.99


The British Isles A History of Four Nations 2nd Edition

The Conquests of Alexander the Great

Hugh Kearney

Waldemar Heckel

This new edition endeavours to recognise and examine contemporary multi-ethnic Britain and its implications for ‘four-nations’ history, making it an invaluable case study for European nationhood of the past and present.

Tracing the rise and eventual fall of one of the most successful military commanders in history, Heckel engagingly and with great detail shows us how Alexander earned his appellation, The Great.

978-1-107-62389-7 £12.99 $19.99

has given us a well‘ Heckel written and sensible book, with a good selection of facts and problems having to do with Alexander’s reign and the wars he fought.

Classical Journal

978-1-107-64539-4 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




The Fall of Constantinople 1453 Steven Runciman This classic account shows how the fall of Constantinople in May 1453, after a siege of several weeks, came as a bitter shock to Western Christendom. 978-1-107-60469-8 £10.99 $16.99

The Invention of Tradition Edited by Eric Hobsbawm & Terence Ranger This book addresses the complex interaction of past and present, bringing together historians and anthropologists in a fascinating study of ritual and symbolism which poses new questions for the understanding of our history. 978-1-107-60467-4 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




The New Knighthood A History of the Order of the Temple

The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe 2nd Edition

Malcolm Barber

Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

Malcolm Barber’s lucid narrative separates myth from history in this full and detailed account of the Order, from its origins, flourishing and suppression to the Templars’ historical afterlife.

This edition discusses the changes introduced by the establishment of printing shops and how printing affected major cultural movements: the Renaissance, the Reformation and the rise of modern science. It also demonstrates that the cumulative processes created by printing are likely to persist despite the development of new technologies.

evolved into ‘ …onetheofTemplars the most powerful military forces of the Middle Ages. The story of their rise and sensational fall is the subject of this splendid book. The Observer

978-1-107-60473-5 £12.99 $19.99

is a good and important ‘ This book … the author’s clear and forceful style makes it a pleasure to read.

The New York Review of Books 978-1-107-63275-2 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




The Sicilian Vespers A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century Steven Runciman This is an excellent guide to the historical background to Dante’s Divine Comedy, forming almost a Who’s Who of the political figures in it and providing insight into their placement in Hell, Paradise or Purgatory. 978-1-107-60474-2 £12.99 $19.99

The Trial of the Templars 2nd Edition Malcolm Barber Finding resonances between the fourteenth-century trial and contemporary events, Barber’s classic account endeavours to tackle the unresolved controversies surrounding the consequences of the trial and includes discussions in the context of new work on the crusades, heresy, the papacy and the French monarchy. narrative of ‘ …thethislastdetailed days of the Order of the Temple has deservedly established itself as the standard account in a major European language.

Journal of Ecclesiastical History 978-1-107-64576-9 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




The Theft of History

What was History?

Jack Goody

The Art of History in Early Modern Europe

Jack Goody, one of the world’s most distinguished anthropologists, raises questions about theorists, historians and methodology and proposes a new comparative approach to cross-cultural analysis which allows for more scope in examining history than an East versus West style.


Anthony Grafton This book is a powerful and imaginative exploration of themes in the history of European ideas. Elegant and accessible, it is a deliberate evocation of E. H. Carr’s celebrated Trevelyan Lectures, What Is History?.

978-1-107-68355-6 £12.99 $19.99

978-1-107-60615-9 £12.99 $19.99

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History Language and Linguistics


English as a Global Language

The English Language

2nd Edition

2nd Edition

David Crystal

Charles Barber, Joan Beal & Philip Shaw

Written in a detailed and fascinating manner, this is a book written by an expert both for specialists in the subject and for general readers interested in the English language. perfect introduction ‘ …by the an acknowledged linguistic expert. ’ Observer

978-1-107-61180-1 £10.99 $16.99 Other available formats: eBook

This bestselling text by Charles Barber, with updating contributions from Joan C. Beal and Philip A. Shaw, recounts the history of the English language from its remote ancestry to the present day. readable introduction ‘ Atoclear, language … the layers of vocabulary are dealt with brilliantly …

Good Book Guide

978-1-107-69393-7 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




Mathematics History


A Mathematician’s Apology G. H. Hardy, Foreword by C. P. Snow G. H. Hardy was one of this century’s finest mathematical thinkers, renowned among his contemporaries as a ‘real mathematician … the purest of the pure’. This is a unique account of the fascination of mathematics and of one of its most compelling exponents in modern times. provides an amazing ‘ Hardy insight into the mind of the mathematician. ’ Marcus du Sautoy, The Week

978-1-107-60463-6 £11.99 $16.99 Other available formats: eBook




Philosophy History


Mortal Questions

An Introduction to Ethics

Thomas Nagel

Bernard Williams


Bernard Williams’s remarkable essay on morality confronts the problems of writing moral philosophy and offers a stimulating alternative to more systematic accounts. 978-1-107-60476-6 £10.99 $16.99 Other available formats: eBook

Thomas Nagel’s Mortal Questions explores some fundamental issues concerning the meaning, nature and value of human life. This original and illuminating book aims at a form of understanding that is both theoretical and personal in its lively engagement with what are literally issues of life and death. 978-1-107-60471-1 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




The Two Cultures C. P. Snow, Introduction by Stefan Collini

Politics History


This 50th anniversary printing of The Two Cultures and its successor piece, A Second Look (in which Snow responded to the controversy four years later) features an introduction by Stefan Collini, charting the history and context of the debate, its implications and its afterlife.

Collini’s introduction and ‘ Stefan annotation of this new edition of the lecture not only help to contextualize and rehabilitate it but also bring to the surface ideas that have relevance today as academics and educationalists try to address the increasing division between science and the humanities.

Yvone Lysandrou, Morning Star 978-1-107-60614-2 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




Two Cultures? The Significance of C. P. Snow F. R. Leavis, Introduction by Stefan Collini This is the first annotated edition of F. R. Leavis’s famous critique of C. P. Snow’s theory of the ‘two cultures’. In a comprehensive introduction Stefan Collini describes what was at stake in the dispute, reappraises its literary tactics and evaluates the purpose of Leavis’s brand of cultural criticism.

introduction cogently ‘Collini’s restores the debate to its proper setting, and shows how many of its central issues, such as the effects of celebrity status and market values on intellectual life, are still urgent.

Simon Schaffer, University of Cambridge 978-1-107-61735-3 £10.99 $16.99 Other available formats: eBook




Psychology History


Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older How Memory Shapes our Past Douwe Draaisma Draaisma applies a blend of scholarship, poetic sensibility and keen observation in exploring the nature of autobiographical memory, covering subjects such as déjà-vu, near death experiences and memory recall. A highly accessible and personal read, this book will not fail to touch or provoke thought in its readers.

one finishes the book with ‘ …a heightened awareness of the complexity and the fickleness of human memory, and a genuine sense of pleasure at having encountered such a subtle, entertaining, and illuminating guide to the territory. Times Literary Supplement

978-1-107-64626-1 £10.99 $16.99 Other available formats: eBook




Science History


Information and the Nature of Reality

Mr Tompkins in Paperback

From Physics to Metaphysics

George Gamow, Foreword by Roger Penrose

Edited by Paul Davies & Niels Henrik Gregersen

Since his first appearance over sixty years ago, Mr Tompkins has become known and loved by many readers as the bank clerk whose fantastic dreams lead him into a world inside the atom. This classic provides a delightful explanation of the central concepts in physics, from atomic structure to relativity.

Many scientists regard mass and energy as the primary currency of nature. In this book, eminent scientists, philosophers and theologians chart various aspects of information, from quantum information to biological and digital information, to understand how nature works. is the anthology we have ‘ This been waiting for … ’ Professor Sir Brian Heap, President, European Academies Science Advisory Board, German Academy of Sciences 978-1-107-68453-9 £12.99 $19.99



recommended ‘ Enthusiastically to both scientific and general readers. ’ The Guardian

978-1-107-60468-1 £11.99 $16.99 Other available formats: eBook


On Growth and Form

On Space and Time

D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson Edited by John Tyler Bonner

Edited by Shahn Majid, With contributions by John Polkinghorne, Roger Penrose, Andrew Taylor, Alain Connes, Michael Heller

Analysing biological processes in their mathematical and physical aspects, this historic work, first published in 1917, has also become renowned for the sheer poetry of its descriptions. It is now available for a wider readership including a foreword by one of today’s great populisers of science. 978-1-107-67256-7 £12.99 $19.99

This unique volume brings together world leaders in cosmology, particle physics, quantum gravity, mathematics, philosophy and theology, to provide fresh insights into the deep structure of space and time. Subjects ranging from dark matter to the philosophical and theological implications of spacetime, ensuring that the issue is thoroughly explored. 978-1-107-64168-6 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook




Quantum Physics

The Dating Game

Illusion or Reality? 2nd Edition

One Man’s Search for the Age of the Earth

Alastair Rae

Cherry Lewis

This new edition has been revised throughout to take into account developments in this field over the past fifteen years, including the idea of ‘consistent histories’ to which a completely new chapter is devoted.

In this book, Cherry Lewis skilfully blends the history of gauging the age of the Earth with a biography of Arthur Holmes, a British geologist who was a pioneer of geochronology. Both fascinating and touching, this book appeals to a broad readership of both geologists and science enthusiasts.

book can be strongly ‘The recommended to all who are interested in this fascinating subject, which remarkably demonstrates that physics and philosophy are not two separate disciplines.

Peter J. Bussey in Contemporary Physics 978-1-107-60464-3 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook



a gripping tale to tell … ‘ …I would recommend it … to anyone who has the slightest interest in how our planet came to be the way it is.

John Gribbin, The Sunday Times 978-1-107-65959-9 £12.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook


The Golem

The Golem at Large

What You Should Know About Science 2nd Edition

What You Should Know about Technology 2nd Edition

Harry M. Collins & Trevor Pinch

Harry M. Collins & Trevor Pinch

The very well-received first edition generated much debate, reflected in a substantial new Afterword in this second edition, which seeks to place the book in what have become known as ‘the science wars’.

In this follow up to their earlier book, The Golem: What You Should Know about Science, the authors now consider the Golem of technology. Using the same successful format, in a series of case studies they demonstrate that the imperfections in technology are related to the uncertainties in science.

extraordinarily ‘ …wellit succeeds in this task of portraying and assessing the real fabric of scientific research, based on the insights of modern scholarship. Bernard Dixon, former Editor, New Scientist 978-1-107-60465-0 £11.99 $19.99 Other available formats: eBook

impressive texts ‘ Ofthattheusemany case studies to convey ‘what you should know about technology’, The Golem at Large is the clearest and simplest. Barry Barnes, Nature 978-1-107-68828-5 £12.99 $19.99




What is Life? With Mind and Matter and Autobiographical Sketches Erwin Schrödinger, Foreword by Roger Penrose Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger’s What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. The philosopher Karl Popper hailed it as a ‘beautiful and important book’ by ‘a great man to whom I owe a personal debt for many exciting discussions’. 978-1-107-60466-7 £11.99 $16.99 Other available formats: eBook




Series listing History


A Mathematician’s Apology

Mr Tompkins in Paperback



An Experiment in Criticism

Nations and Nationalism since 1780


Aztecs 978-1-107-69356-2

English as a Global Language 2nd Edition


Image and Imagination 978-1-107-63927-0

Information and the Nature of Reality

Something of Myself and Other Autobiographical Writings 978-1-107-69350-0

2nd Edition

Spenser’s Images of Life



On Growth and Form

Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature


On Space and Time 978-1-107-64168-6

Quantum Physics 2nd Edition


Selected Literary Essays


Studies in Words 2nd Edition


The Allegory of Love 978-1-107-65943-8

The Discarded Image 978-1-107-60470-4

The Decipherment of Linear B 2nd Edition


The English Language

The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe 2nd Edition


The Sicilian Vespers 978-1-107-60474-2

2nd Edition

The Theft of History



The Fall of Constantinople 1453

The Trial of the Templars



The Golem

The Two Cultures

2nd Edition


2nd Edition


Think On My Words


The British Isles

The Golem at Large

Science and Religion




The Conquests of Alexander the Great

The Invention of Tradition

Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older


Two Cultures?

The New Knighthood

Mortal Questions




The Dating Game


Liberty before Liberalism 978-1-107-68953-4

Medieval Women 978-1-107-65015-2

Morality 978-1-107-60476-6


Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning 978-1-107-66165-3

2nd Edition

2nd Edition





What is Life?


What was History? 978-1-107-60615-9



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