28 May 2016

Toppled Cornerstones - A Polemic Journey into the Past

Ancient West African Women is a short, crisp book which systematically explains how women in ancient West African tribes migrated from the Nile Valley in Egypt westwards to an area south of the Sahara, which we now know as West Africa. The book also polemically explores the lasting impact of chattel slave trading, colonization, Christianization and Islamization on the standing of West African women.
In this book we discover the shifting fortunes of women, as ancient African cultures encounter the encroaching world and these strong pillars of African society became TOPPLED CORNERSTONES!


The Author - Christiana Oware Knudsen
Born and brought up in Ghana West Africa. As a newly trained schoolteacher, she met the Danish medical doctor, Peder Christian Kjaerulff Knudsen, at Koforidua, Ghana, in 1955. They married and had three children. Later on they moved to Denmark to settle.  Christiana Knudsen holds a Cand Phil degree in Social Anthropology from Aarhus University, Denmark and a PhD degree in Medical Anthropology from Derby University, UK. Christiana has carried out anthropological and ethnographic research and has published several books, including one on female circumcision in Ghana, The Falling Dawadawa Tree: Female Circumcision In Developing Ghana (1994), and on tribal markings in Ghana, The Patterned Skin: Ethnic Scarification In Developing Ghana (2000). In 2010 she published the controversial book The Theologian Slave Trader. Now a mother, a grandmother and a great grandmother, she continues to research and write about a variety of anthropological and ethnographic issues.

“A keystone work” …publishedbestsellers.com




Bibliographic Information
  Title: Ancient West African Women - Toppled Cornerstones   |   Author: Christiana Oware Knudsen
  Genre: History, Slavery and abolition of slavery, Social and cultural anthropology, ethnography
ISBN: 9781782284154
Publication Date: July 2016
Edition / Formats:
1st / Print & eBook
Book Size: 203 x 133mm, 174pp
Price: UK £9.99
Imprint: Pneuma Springs Publishing

  Sales and Distribution:
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  Phone: +44(0)7944 352237

7 May 2016

The Folly Under the Lake’ by Salema Nazzal is a Whodunit in the classic style

A Review by Neal James
Replete with characters common to a host of murder mysteries, the novel presents the reader with a series of unmitigated cads, outrageous bullies, cowering wallflowers and the odd faceless servant to confuse the issue.
In a plot which moves around with, at times, bewildering speed, the reader is left wondering which way to turn as the story moves down a series of blind alleys in the search for a killer and his or her motive.
Inspector Thomas, much in the image of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, sifts expertly through a catalogue of evidence, hampered by the involvement of his son, but comes to the final conclusion with the boy’s help.
Salema Nazzal writes in a style easy to read, and wastes not a single word in drawing you in to her story. The settings and descriptive text are perfect for this style of crime novel, and in a surprise ending left me wondering what it was that I had missed.
A highly recommended read.

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