MUP’s Best Books of 2021

Posted by Becca Parkinson - Tuesday, 14 Dec 2021


We’ve compiled a selection of our award-winning, best reviewed and most acclaimed books of the year. Congratulations to everyone involved in these brilliant books, click the ‘buy now’ buttons to find out more and treat yourself to a copy.

Beef, Bible and bullets

Imperial nostalgia

One of the Financial Times‘ Top 10 Politics Books of 2021.

‘So often, there is a lack of context brought to news reporting of today’s Brazil. Lapper masterfully brings us that necessary context, weaving first-hand accounts from primary sources together with a rigorous chronicle of the country’s recent history and politics. One of the clearest pictures of Brazil in 2021 and how it got there. A must-read for anyone covering Latin America.’ – Lucinda Elliott, The Times

One of The Guardian‘s Best Books of the Year – as chosen by Sathnam Sanghera.

‘It can feel, at times, that the culture wars aimed at sowing division in Britain are going to tear us apart. Peter Mitchell’s fantastic new book, however, provides grounds for optimism and teaches us that the answer is to be informed. And there is no better, no more elegant, and no more erudite guide than Mitchell. An essential book for these disconcerting times.’ – Sathnam Sanghera

One of BBC History Extra’s Books of the Year 2021 – Best Books for History Lovers.

Germany’s Russia Problem

Rebel women between the wars

One of the Times Literary Supplement‘s Books of the Year.

‘I have found John Lough’s Germany’s Russia Problem an ideal book as we contemplate the source of energy we will draw on for heat and light in the decades ahead.’ – TLS

As featured in the Times Higher Education Supplement, chosen by June Purvis, Professor Emerita of Women’s and Gender History at the University of Portsmouth.

‘This interesting book explores the lives of some determined women who, between the wars in 20th-century Britain, were keen to make their mark in the masculine public sphere. Informative and absorbing, this book adds much to our knowledge of how some neglected women in the 1920s and 1930s dared to break free from social convention.’ – June Purvis

Counter-terrorism and civil society

Sonic ethnography

Recognised by the ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies, selected from the distinguished works of their list of fellow and graduates.

Winner of the 2021 John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography.

Winner of the 2021 ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music) Book Prize.

‘This is a sublime and exhilarating work. Its multi-faceted, multi-media approach is truly breath-taking; the photography itself conveys sound just as much as the text and sound files do.’ – Judging panel, 2021 ICTM Book Prize

The War on the Uyghurs

One of Foreign Affairs’ Best of Books 2021.

Named by the LSE Review of Books as one of their most-read new reviews of 2021.

‘Giving voice to the Uyghurs themselves and drawing attention to this crisis, The War on the Uyghurs is striking, empathetic and deeply informative. Providing detail that only an expert can offer, Roberts documents what is perhaps today’s worst tragedy. Ultimately, Roberts’s contribution serves as a vital testament to the Chinese government’s strategic brutality in Xinjiang, the Uyghurs’ perilous position and the world’s failure to live up to its promise of “ever again.”‘ – LSE Review of Books

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