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Frankie Mace - MA Book History and Publishing Culture 2012-13

Frankie Mace (currently Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury) writes:

I had initially intended to come to Brookes to study on the mainstream Publishing course, but I was concerned that I would not enjoy some of the more vocational or technical elements. I was really excited when I realised that I could take the Book History MA, study the modern history of publishing in a more academic way, and still take all of the elective courses and business elements that had appealed to me in the first place.

I found the MA reading engaging and fascinating, discovering a rich world of cultural, historical and sociological topics, which gave me a firm understanding of the economic and political history of the publishing industry, along with insight into the present day, and future, business of books. For anyone who enjoys writing creatively and undertaking their own research, I cannot recommend the course highly enough. The access and resources available are incredible, with excellent support from the academic faculty and the assignments encourage innovation and originality; I particularly enjoyed creating, along with my peers, our own online journal, in which we each published an article on a 20th Century publishing topic of our choice.

For me the MA was a life changing experience. I feel that the Book History MA equipped me with all the abilities I needed to enter into the job market and gave me the confidence to pursue a career in publishing. I was able to move straight from studying into an editorial position at an independent publisher in London and, thanks to the course, I believe that I was given a competitive edge.

Posted on 30 May 2014 around 8am

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Jonathan Roscoe - MA Book History and Publishing Culture

After many years of working in publishing in a marketing capacity, I was keen to look at the discipline from an academic point of view. I'd considered doing a Publishing MA in the past, but it felt a little too close to my day job, so when the Book History & Publishing Culture MA was offered in 2010 I jumped at the chance. In many ways it's my perfect postgraduate course because it enables me to mix publishing with other areas of academic study that really interest me, such as English Literature and Social History. Plus it also gave me the freedom to pursue academic interests of my own. By doing it on a part-time basis I've been able to combine it with continuing to work full-time in academic publishing, which has been hard work, but rewarding The staff have been excellent - supportive and helpful - especially as prior to starting I had been out of academia for a while. All in all it's been a great experience - the best of all possible worlds you might say.

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 around 2pm

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Ashley Hayden - MA Book History and Publishing 2011-12

Ashley Hayden - MA Book History and Publishing 2011-12

I’m a 27 year old with a passion for books; after studying for a BA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes I knew I wanted to take this passion further. After spending three years working in the industry I decided to leave the rat race and go back to university. I had known since graduating in 2008 that I wanted to find a route back into academia and when I saw the MA in Book History and Publishing Culture advertised, I knew that this was my chance.

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Posted on 22 Mar 2012 around 2pm

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Cathy Hurren - MA Book History & Publishing Culture 2011-13

Cathy Hurren - MA Book History & Publishing Culture 2011-13

I completed my undergraduate degree in publishing at Brookes in 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed it; I especially loved the module on the history and culture of publishing so when I discovered that it was possible to study an MA in book history I knew I had found exactly what I wanted to study next.

The MA is extremely interesting, covering print history in terms of cultural, economic and political aspects and provides opportunities to explore library archives and carry out studies in the areas you are most interested in. The course leader and visiting lecturers are highly knowledgeable, very supportive and full of enthusiasm for the subject.

Posted on 22 Mar 2012 around 2pm

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