1. It was only officially released today, so if you buy it now, you’ll probably be the first kid on your block to have one!
2. It has seven pictures inside, a very respectable ratio of 1 for every 34 pages.
3. It has the word ‘God’ in the title, making it slightly more likely to be accidently recommended by your local Christian reading group.
4. It has a picture of Satan on the cover, making it slightly more likely to be accidently black-listed by your local Christian reading group.
5. Barack Obama called it ‘…the best book I’ve ever read on later Stuart economic culture…’ and Nelson Mandela said it was ‘… longer than I expected …’ (NB: Not actual quotes. Please don’t sue me!)
6. It has footnotes, not those horrible endnotes.
7. It cites a hell of a lot of broadside ballads.
8. I can’t think of a number eight.
9. It uses paper that apparently derives from ‘natural, recyclable products made from wood grown in sustainable forests’. You’re practically saving polar bears just by reading it.
11. I can’t think of a number eleven either.
12. I’ve heard that ‘this book explores the economic implications of many of the era’s key concepts, including Christian stewardship, divine providence, patriarchal power, paternal duty, local community, and collective identity. Brodie Waddell draws on a wide range of contemporary sources – from ballads and pamphlets to pauper petitions and guild regulations – to show that such ideas pervaded every aspect of social and economic relations during this crucial period.’
UPDATE (19/10/12): I’ve only just discovered that it’s also available as an over-priced ebook. If you’d like a sample from the text, I’ve uploaded the table of contents, introductory sections, bibliography and index.
UPDATE (12/11/12): There is now a preview on googlebooks too.