Prize-winning Books

Many of our books have been recognised with prizes for the quality of their scholarship and the innovation of their presentation. Our award-winning titles are listed below.

Literature Against Criticism: University English and Contemporary Fiction in Conflict by Martin Paul Eve

Martin Eve was awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2019, and we are particularly proud that Literature Against Criticism formed a substantial part of his submission portfolio for the award. The Philip Leverhulme Prize recognises the achievement of outstanding researchers at an early stage of their careers, whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. We are delighted that Martin and Literature Against Criticism have been recognised in this way.

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A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900 by Andrew Hobbs

Winner of the 2019 Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize for best book on Victorian newspapers and periodicals – awarded annually by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.

A Fleet Street in Every Town positions the local paper at the centre of debates on Victorian newspapers, periodicals, reading and publishing. It reorientates our view of the Victorian press away from metropolitan high culture and parliamentary politics, and towards the places where most people lived, loved and read. This is an essential book for anybody interested in nineteenth-century print culture, journalism and reading.

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The Jewish Unions in America: Pages of History and Memories by Bernard Weinstein, translated and annotated by Maurice Wolfthal

Winner of the 2018 Choice Review's Outstanding Academic Title.

Newly arrived in New York in 1882 from Tsarist Russia, the sixteen-year-old Bernard Weinstein discovered an America in which unionism, socialism, and anarchism were very much in the air. He found a home in the tenements of New York and for the next fifty years he devoted his life to the struggles of fellow Jewish workers. The Jewish Unions in America blends memoir and history to chronicle this time.

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Piety in Pieces: How Medieval Readers Customized their Manuscripts by Kathryn M. Rudy

Winner of the 2017 Choice Review's Outstanding Academic Title.

Rudy considers ways in which book owners adjusted the contents of their books from the simplest (add a marginal note, sew in a curtain) to the most complex (take the book apart, embellish the components with painted decoration, add more quires of parchment). By making sometimes extreme adjustments, book owners kept their books fashionable and emotionally relevant. Piety in Pieces explores the intersection of codicology and human desire.

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Denis Diderot 'Rameau's Nephew' – 'Le Neveu de Rameau': A Multi-Media Bilingual Edition. Edited by Marian Hobson; translated by Kate Tunstall and Caroline Warman; music by Pascal Duc

Winner of the British Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies' 2015 Prize for Digital Publication.

Probably completed in 1772-73, Denis Diderot’s Rameau’s Nephew fascinated Goethe, Hegel, Engels and Freud in turn, achieving a literary-philosophical status that no other work by Diderot shares. This interactive, multi-media and bilingual edition offers a brand new translation of Diderot’s famous dialogue, and it also gives the reader much more. Portraits and biographies of the numerous individuals mentioned in the text, from minor actresses to senior government officials, enable the reader to see the people Diderot describes, and provide a window onto the complex social and political context that forms the backdrop to the dialogue. Links to musical pieces specially selected by Pascal Duc and performed by students of the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, illuminate the wider musical context of the work, enlarging it far beyond its now widely understood relation to opéra comique.

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The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts by David Atkinson

Winner of the 2014 Katharine Briggs Folklore Award.

This is the first book to combine contemporary debates in ballad studies with the insights of modern textual scholarship. Just like canonical literature and music, the ballad should not be seen as a uniquely authentic item inextricably tied to a documented source, but rather as an unstable structure subject to the vagaries of production, reception, and editing. While drawing on the time-honoured materials of ballad studies, The Anglo-Scottish Ballad and its Imaginary Contexts offers a theoretical framework for the discipline to complement the largely ethnographic approach that has dominated in recent decades.

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Awards for Open Book Publishers

OBP has won awards for our publishing output and activities as a whole. We have been shortlisted for the 2017 and 2014 WISE Awards, and we are proud to have achieved a 9/10 social impact score in the SE100 Rankings 2019. We won the 2013 IFLA/Brill Open Access award for initiatives in open access monograph publishing and the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) blue ribbon panel of industry experts selected OBP to be one of seven high-impact Open Access organizations, among journal publishers and content providers. The Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs (COPIM) project, in which OBP is a key partner, was awarded a £2.2 million grant from the Research England Development fund in June 2019 in order to build much-needed community-controlled, open systems and infrastructures to develop and strengthen open access book publishing.