Find out more about the books that have been published online this month:
- The English Language: A Very Short Introduction, by Simon Horobin, investigates how we have arrived at the English we know today, and celebrates the way new speakers and new uses mean that it continues to adapt.
- The European Union: A Very Short Introduction (new edition), by Simon Usherwood and John Pinder, covers a range of topics, adding information on the migrant crisis, the UK’s decision to leave, and how it continues to attract new members.
- Fairy Tale: A Very Short Introduction, by Marina Warner, draws on classics and modern-day realizations in order to define a genre, and evaluate a literary form that keeps shifting through time and history.
- The History of Physics: A Very Short Introduction, by J. L. Heilbron, tells the 2,500-year story, exploring the changing place and purpose of physics in different cultures; highlighting the implications for humankind’s self-understanding.
- Lakes: A Very Short Introduction, by Warwick F. Vincent, introduces lake science, discussing the importance of sustaining these ecosystems, and the impact on climate, seasons, salinity, and sedimentation.
- Monasticism: A Very Short Introduction, by Stephen J. Davis, discusses the history of monasticism from the earliest evidence for it, and the different types that have developed.
- Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction, by Sean Teuton, traces its evolution from the ancient role of bringing rain and healing the body, to its current place, confronting dominance while celebrating indigenous lives.