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Many of our alumni have published books and the alphabetical list below gives further details. If you have written a book that you would like us to include on the website, please contact



David Abbott (BEd Newman College, 1975)


My View of Hinckley 1950s to 2010


Like so many persons of Hinckley born immediately after the war, my birth certificate records that I entered the world at the Market Bosworth maternity home. My early years were then spent living in the prefabricated accommodation of Middlefield Place, prior to moving into a bungalow in Hollycroft.

All the other situations in life are in the pages in this book from boyhood to manhood.



Dr Munawwar Alam (MBA Public Service, 2004)


Managing Change in Local Governance, 2006, with Andrew Nickson

Decentralisation has become an integral part of local government reform programmes in recent years. But how to put these changes into effect? This book explores the reasons for making these changes, and applies recent thinking in change management to the particular challenges facing all those who are seeking to make their local governance systems more responsive.

Alan Alford (BCom IEBS, 1982)


The Midnight Sun: The Death and Rebirth of God in Ancient Egypt, 2004, Eridu Books
Pyramid of Secrets: The Architecture of the Great Pyramid Reconsidered in the Light of Creational Mythology, 2003, Eridu Books

The Atlantis Secret: A Complete Decoding of Plato's Lost Continent, 2001, Eridu Books
Three earlier titles published by Hodder & Stoughton are now out of print.

The focus of Alan's most recent books is Ancient Egyptian religion and the role of the Pyramids therein. Although not an Egyptologist, his ideas have attracted national publicity, e.g. The Daily Mail and the Richard & Judy Show (2003), and his books have been well received by academics. Alan was invited to present his ideas at the British Egyptology Congress in 2005, and is regularly invited as a guest lecturer by Ancient Egypt and historical societies across the UK.


Graham Allcott (BA Cultural Studies & Sociology, 2001)


How to be a Productivity Ninja, 2012, READ Press


In the age of information overload, managing attention and information not time is the key to staying sane and being productive. It's time to think like a Ninja! - Graham Allcott. Are you... Overloaded by your growing email inbox? Feeling stressed by your to-do list? Spending your days in frustrating and unproductive meetings? Secretly procrastinating? (Shhh.) There is another way. Whether you re in need of a complete productivity makeover or just a few good tips and tricks to improve what you're doing well already, this powerful, practical book will help you develop Ninja-level productivity. Learn how to keep your email inbox at zero, develop to-do lists that really work, unleash the power of checklists and transform your meetings. It's time to discover the Way of the Productivity Ninja.
Richard Kareem Al-Qaq (BSocSc Political Science, 1998)


Managing World Order:United Nations Peace Operations and the Security Agenda, 2008, London: I B Tauris

The mongraph examines the reorientation of the United Nations around peace operations since the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. As well as looking at the internal process of programmatic reform that this has entailed for the UN, it also looks in detail at the wider international politics of UN peace operations in three seminal cases of the 1990s, in Somalia, Rwanda and Angola respectively. It argues against seeing these activities as a neutral, impartial or value-free set of activities and suggests that they are best seen as very specific political and ideological practice designed to manage social change at the margins of the world system.


Eli Anderson (Cert Community and Youth Studies 1986)


Vircheu and the Bow, 2009, EnK Books


This is Vircheu's first in a series of adventures. In this story, Vircheu as a boy, learns the secrets of his father's skills, the Grand Master Bowman. As little Vircheu struggles, he also learns why this skill is so important to the village and the family. Vircheu's father proudly teaches his son the secrets of the world around him.


Graham Astbury (BSc Chemical Engineering 1972)


Three Phase Conversion - Workshop Practice Series No 47, 2010, Special Interest Model Books, Poole



Often, model engineers buy industrial workshop equipment, such as lathes, drilling machines and milling machines, which usually require a three-phase electricity supply. Although ready-built phase converters are available, they can often cost as much or even more than the equipment purchased. This book provides a source of practical guidance on how model engineers can find out the type of electrical equipment they have, and convert it to allow it to run on a single-phase supply.


Whilst many books on the subject give just some ideas on methods of conversion, this one provides exact calculations for each method to ensure that the best performance is achieved, without compromising safety or risking burning out motors or other equipment. Step-by-step instructions with photographs and diagrams make simple what would be thought of as difficult or complex. Worked examples of the few required calculations are given and cover electricity supplies in America, Europe and the rest of the world. Explanations of what test equipment is needed are given, along with instructions on how to build it at low cost. Finally, it advises on which equipment cannot be converted at all.


The Author graduated from the University of Birmingham and is a Chartered Engineer, who has recently retired after a career in the chemical industry providing expertise on the prevention of fires and explosions. With a lifelong interest in both model and electrical engineering, he started re-winding motors and transformers whilst still at school, and has spent the last few years researching into phase conversion methods for his own workshop. He now lives in Skipton, North Yorkshire.

Professor Emeritus Colin Baker (BA Geography, 1953)


A Fine Chest of Medals: the Life of Jack Archer, 2003, Mpemba Books

From the thoughts of Jack Archer, this military biography provides an absorbing account of such battles as Mashonaland (1896), Ladysmith (1899-1900) and Cambrai in the First World War.

Graham Barker (BA German Studies, 1971)


A Better Mousetrap: The business of invention


A highly readable step-by-step guide to invention, 'A Better Mousetrap' tells first-time inventors how to evaluate their idea's prospects, protect their intellectual property, and get their invention to market. Approved by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. Available from

Alan Baxendale OBE (MA History, 1954)

Has converted his MPhil thesis into a book for which, with the support of Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill's official biographer, he hopes to find a publisher.
It is an account from original and little known sources of how Churchill, when Home Secretary in 1910/11, sought to solve prison treatment and sentencing problems not unlike those with which our country has to deal in the present day. There are valuable lessons to be learnt from it.

(Frank) Jim Bernhard (MA English, 1961)


Words Gone Wild, 2010, Skyhorse Publishing Co


Subtitled "Fun and Games for Language Lovers", it's about wordplay, with copious examples of puns, puzzles, anagrams, palindromes, lipograms, tongue-twisters, mondegreens, spoonerisms, malapropisms, limericks, clerihews and other comic verse. Web site:


Porcupine, Picayune and Post: How Newspapers Get Their Names, 2007, University of Missouri Press

Why a Gazette? When one stops to think about it, Times or News is easy to understand, but why do some newspapers have strange names such as Jimplecute or Bazoo? Word sleuth Jim Bernhard stopped to consider such questions and began a quest that resulted in the only book-length account of the history of newspaper titles. Cataloging names from the most common to the most bizarre, Porcupine, Picayune and Post explores the history and eymology of newspapers' names - names that, by their very peculiarity, cry out for explanation.

Celia Bibby (Celia Bibby (MSc(Eng) Work, Design and Ergonomics 1989)


Autism - A Conditioned Response to Biochemical Toxicity?


This scientific paper was accepted and placed on the research database of the US Congress Committee on Government Reform and Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness.

The Business of Learning to Relax, 2007, Bibby Publishing

The ten chapters of this book covers all aspects of stress from work performance, business, travel, problems related to smoking, alcohol and drugs, diet, exercise, family stress, male health problems, redundancy and retirement, Type A Personality, stress and the woman executive, the office environment. It condenses a full executive stress management course into ten weekly sessions with Instruction in Deep Relaxation Technique being given by Celia on the accompanying audio. With this book you too can learn to RELAX and become more calm, confident and really able to enjoy life again.

Expert Witness, 2009,

Focuses on the role of medical professionals, court experts and the judiciary in issues of public interest.


Dr Kenneth Birkin (MA Music, 1973; PhD Music 1982)


Richard Strauss: "Arabella" (Cambridge Opera Handbooks), Cambridge University Press, 1989


This is the first comprehensive guide to Richard Strauss's Arabella. The opening chapters explore the literary background of the work, and examine the Strauss-Hofmannsthal collaboration. Arabella is seen as the culmination of specific ideas and techniques: an attempt to win something of the subtlety of the spoken theatre for the operatic stage and to find a balance between words and music. A full synopsis of the work provides an insight into the psychological motivation of the drama and an impression of the musical shape and substance of the opera. More detailed analytical comment considers Strauss's 'long-range' tonal procedures and his use of key and Motiv for characterisation, allusion and particular expressive purposes. Special features of this guide are a comentary on one of the Strauss Arabella sketchbooks and an investigation of a series of as yet unpublished letters from Strauss to Böhm, Krauss and Fanto.


Hans von Bulow - A Life for Music, Cambridge University Press, 2011


Drawing upon an extensive selection of rare letters, reviews and memoirs, Kenneth Birkin sets Hans von Bülow's work as a recitalist, chamber-music artist and orchestral conductor at the centre of a disturbed and eventful life. Bülow's Zukunftsmusik advocacy and ruthless criticism of performance standards in Berlin and Munich antagonised a musical 'establishment' nonetheless spellbound by his keyboard and orchestral mastery. Birkin pays particular attention to the Tristan and Meistersinger premieres, Cosima's desertion, the European and American tours and operatic activities in Hamburg and Hanover, as well as Bülow's pedagogic activities and forays into musical journalism. The book makes liberal use of Bülow's correspondence, published and unpublished, which personalises the narrative. Contemporary comments and reviews, translated here for the first time, give the reader an insight into the critical and public reaction. An extensive Appendix records the dates and venues of all Bülow's public appearances, both as pianist and conductor.


Stefan Zweig-Joseph Gregor Correspondence 1921-1938, Otago German Studies, 1991

Philip Bladon (ACE Education, 1992)


A Dictionary of International Units: Metric-Matters Words and Symbols, 2005

A reference source for scientists and students, this book enables Trivia and Scrabble buffs to enrich their vocabulary and symbologists and symbolists to ponder over character sizes.

Ed Bowater (BSocSc Political Science & International Studies 2000)


Money is the Route, 2006, Athena Press

The Harper family has been torn apart since being deprived of their former material wealth. When they win the lottery, however, it looks like all of their troubles are over. But there is just one problem: a twist of fate means they will receive just half the jackpot...


James Brogden (BA English 1991)


The Narrows, 2012, Snowbooks


There are places where the skin of the world is thin. Here, miracles walk the streets, and nightmares haunt the alleyways. Welcome to the Narrows.

Bex belongs to a hidden society of misfits, homeless, and runaways who live in the Narrows - the hidden paths that lie behind even the darkest of alleyways. For years they have lived invisibly alongside ordinary city-dwellers, with their own allegiances, their own dreams and deaths, loves and wars. Except that the Narrows are closing, and nobody knows why, and the things that hunt them have begun to chase them onto the daylight streets.

Andy Sumner lives a perfectly conventional life, but a chance encounter with a wounded and pursued Bex leads him into a world where the very laws of space and time are malleable. But how much of his life is truly governed by chance? Why does he seem to be able to control the Narrows? And what secrets were inscribed in the energy meridians of his own flesh by the dark figure that now hunts them both?

The search for answers will take Andy and Bex far beyond the spheres of reality that either of them have known, and to a confrontation with evil upon which hangs the fate of an infinity of possible worlds.

Dr Adalene Buckland (nee Garvin), (BA English 2003)


Novel Science:Fiction and the Invention of Nineteenth-Century Geology, 2013, University of Chicago Press


"Novel Science" is the first in-depth study of the shocking, groundbreaking, and sometimes beautiful writings of the gentlemen of the "heroic age" of geology and of the contribution these men made to the literary culture of their day. For these men, literature was an essential part of the practice of science itself, as important to their efforts as mapmaking, fieldwork, and observation. The reading and writing of imaginative literatures helped them to discover, imagine, debate, and give shape and meaning to millions of years of previously undiscovered earth history. Borrowing from the historical fictions of Walter Scott and the poetry of Lord Byron, they invented geology as a science, discovered many of the creatures we now call the dinosaurs, and were the first to unravel and map the sequence and structure of stratified rock. As Adelene Buckland shows, they did this by rejecting the grand narratives of older theories of the earth or of biblical cosmogony: theirs would be a humble science, faithfully recording minute details and leaving the big picture for future generations to paint. Buckland also reveals how these scientists - just as they had drawn inspiration from their literary predecessors - gave Victorian realist novelists such as George Eliot, Charles Kingsley, and Charles Dickens a powerful language with which to create dark and disturbing ruptures in the too-seductive sweep of story.



Colin Bull (BSc Physics, 1948, PhD Physics, 1951)


Innocents in the Arctic - The 1951 Spitsbergen Expedition, 2005, University of Alaska Press


An engrossing account of the University of Birmingham Spitsbergen Expedition, 1951, of which the author was a member. Ten young members of the University set off in a highly unreliable and unsuitable vessel, Miss Mabel, to carry out geological investigations on a remote, nearly uninhabited, ice-covered northern land.


Kenneth Campbell, MSc (Clin Onc)


Infectious Causes of Cancer: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals, 2010, Wiley-Blackwell


Over 99% of the world's population is infected with at least one potentially cancer-causing organism. It is vital for nurses and other healthcare professionals to be aware of the extent of infection-associated cancer and of how they can contribute to prevention of such cancers.


Infectious Causes of Cancer, aimed principally at nurses and other healthcare professionals, considers the epidemiology and biology of infectious causes of cancer. It examines each of the infectious agents associated with an increased risk of cancer discussing epidemiology of the infection and cancer, pathophysiology of the cancer, mechanisms, associated risk factors, and prevention of the infection and of the associated cancer.


Key Features:

  • A comprehensive and accessible guide to infection associated cancer and how to contribute to prevention
  • A must-have for students or healthcare professionals working in oncology, primary care or health promotion
  • Brings together all the up-to-date science, evidence and research related to infections and cancer in one publication


Helen Chandler (Mrs Ableman), (PG Dip Health Care Management, 2005)


Two for Joy, 2013, Hodder and Stoughton


Julia and Toby have been friends for years, but apart from a couple of drunken snogs in their university days, there's never been anything more than friendship between them. It's only when Toby goes through a dramatic break up with his gorgeous ballerina girlfriend Ruby, that he and Julia realise they're meant to be together.

 Then Ruby drops a bombshell - she's pregnant - and though he feels to rn in two, Toby feels he has to give their relationship another chance.

 Heartbroken Julia is left to lick her wounds in her little Walthamstow home, thinking she has lost Toby forever. But things soon become much more complicated . . .


David Clayton (BA Hispanic Studies/Physical Education, 1963)


David has written 43 fiction and non-fiction books for children including:

2002 - Fingers Finnigan ( OUP Web Spiders) ISBN 0199175314

2005 -  Sport is Fun! (OUP Treetops nf)

2007 –  Against the Odds (OUP Treetops) Sporting comebacks and bravery

2008 –NASCAR (TickTock Publishing)nf

2008 - F1(TickTockPublishing)nf

2008 -  Dark Windmills of Time [with Andrei Bystrov] (Fantasy – in Russian)


Dr Matthew Cole (PhD Modern History, 2006)


Richard Wainwright, The Liberals and Liberal Democrats, 2011, Manchester University Press


Richard Wainwright was a Liberal MP for seventeen years during the Party’s recovery, but his life tells us about much more than this. Wainwright grew up in prosperity, but learned from voluntary work about poverty; he refused to fight in World War Two, but saw war at its cruellest; he joined the Liberal Party when most had given up on it, but gave his fortune to it; lost a by-election but caused the only Labour loss in Harold Wilson’s landslide of 1966. He then played a key role in the fall of Jeremy
Thorpe, the Lib-Lab Pact and the formation of the SDP-Liberal Alliance and the Liberal Democrats; he represented a unique Yorkshire constituency which reflected his pride and hope for society; and though he gave his life to the battle to be in the Commons, he refused a seat in the Lords.
Richard Wainwright is central to the story of the Liberal Party and sheds light on the reasons for its survival and the state of its prospects. At the same time this unique book is a parable of politics for anyone who wants to represent an apparently lost cause, who wants to motivate people who have been neglected, and who want to follow their convictions at the highest level.

Dick Copland (BSc Physics, 1949, CertEd,1950)


Lessons in Class - A Fresh Appraisal of Comprehensive Education, 1998, TUPS Books.


Ryhope School in Sunderland was a battleground of comprehensive education in the 1970s, The heart of this book is a documented account by its then head of the fight to uphold comprehensive principles in the teeth of attacks and misrepresentations. Summarising the history of teaching methods and activities, and of school organisation, Lessons in Class describes the educational and political context in which comprehensive schools were introduced and exist today.

Gillian Court (MLitt Theology 1995)


Heart of Flesh: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A study in Christian prophecy, 2007, CTBI Publications.

Gillian Court, author of Heart of Flesh, presents the role of the prophetic in Bonhoeffer's life and work, comparing his message with the message of the Hebrew prophets of the 6th century BC. The lessons to be learned continue to resonate in the climate of the 21st century, at a time of change, shaking and dismantling of established structures and the resultant confusion among the people of God. Bonhoeffer's vision, passion and love for God continue to move and inspire in equal measure. A new, thorough and frank perspective on Bonhoeffer and the truth of a heart of flesh.


Andrew Craig (BSocSc Economics/Political Science 1997)


Own The World, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013


Have you been meaning to sort your finances out but kept putting it off? Perhaps you have had a bad experience with financial advice in the past? Own The World shows you why you can and should invest your own money and highlights the significant advantages you have over most finance professionals. The knowledge needed to make a huge difference to your money is not that complicated, just very poorly distributed throughout the population. You will see how successful investment can turn hundreds into millions thanks to the power of compound interest, something Einstein described as "The Eighth wonder of the world". It has never been more important to take charge of your financial affairs. Fortunately the tools available to you have never been more powerful or inexpensive. Own The World shows you where to go and what to do to make the very best of your personal finances...

Brian Darvell (PhD Medicine, 1975, DSc Dentistry 2006)


Materials Science for Dentistry, 7th Edition, 2002, Self published
A conceptual approach to the explanation of structure and properties, and thus the handling of all clinical and laboratory materials.

A Glossary of Terms for Dental Materials Science,9th Edition, 2006, Self published
About 4000 headwords provide succinct meanings for terms in the book and elsewhere.

Emma Darwin (BA Drama & Theatre Arts, 1986)


The Mathematics of Love, July 2006, Headline Review

Two stories – one historical, one contemporary – are linked by the elusive figure of a small, lost boy. From the gentle Suffolk countryside to the battlefields of Waterloo and the old Basque towns of Spain, this is a profoundly moving account of war and the pain of loss, the heat of passion and the redemptive power of love.


Martin Davies (BSc Mathematical Sciences, 1975)


The Hammer of Thor, 2010, published under pen-name Martin D Kendall, Xlibris Corporation


Two children have come to stay in Ilkley. They discover that the Town Mayor, Albert Lockey, who is, in fact, Loki, intends to ruin Ilkley Moor by development on it. They also are told the legend of Giant Rombald walking between the two outcrops of Almscliff Crag and the Cow Rock, breaking off the Calf and his Wife dropping a Skirtful of Stones on the Moor. The children discover a set of riddles, which enables them to find both a Cup and a Ring on Ilkley Moor, and they, in turn, wake up ancient magic surrounding the ancient cup-and-ring stone carvings on the Moor. The magic helps them find the Thor's Hammer, which has been hidden from him on the Moor by Odin. They meet Thor, who tells them they must get the Hammer to Almscliff Crag by sunrise. The local Police are in league with Loki and capture the Hammer. The children have only that night to get the Hammer back from Loki, and, avoiding the Police, get the Hammer to Almscliff Crag and defeat Loki..." Starts slowly, but builds to a tremendous climax, at the end. Suit children 12-16.


Jonathan Dennis (BA Medival & Modern History, 1996)


The good die and the bad live on, Authorhouse UK 2012


The good die and the bad live on is a love story many of us will recognise - you love someone, they love you, you know you love them more........ Matt Malone is a first year student struggling to meet his academic commitments and kick start a stilted love life. His first date with Liv ends with a shocking, violent attack on them both. They are only saved by Liv's unnatural ability to remain calm and take drastic, conclusive action on their attacker. What they've shared draws them together, their relationship evolves quickly and Matt can barely retain even rudimentary focus on anything else. But it feels unbalanced - Matt can't shake the feeling that the beautiful, self-confident Liv is too good for him and that there's something she's holding back. Liv's frequent fierce flashes of temper do little for his peace of mind. The story takes a seminal turn when Liv finally reveals her secret and a devastating attack on Matt's life and friends leaves him to slide towards insanity.

Narinder Dhami (BA English, 1980)


Bollywood Babes, 2004, Corgi Children

Amber, Jazz and Geena are the sassiest sisters around. Their school is desperate for money and their young auntie has volunteered to do some fundraising with an end-of-term Bollywood party. What could be more glamorous than a real, live Bollywood film star at the party?


Dr Darrell Ezell (PhD Theology & Religion, 2010)


Beyond Cairo: US Engagement with the Muslim World, 2012, Palgrave Macmillan


The US's once-enthusiastic commitment to restore trustworthy relations with the Muslim world has dwindled considerably since president Barack Obama's 2009 'New Beginning' address in Cairo, Egypt. Beyond Cairo examines US diplomacy in the years following this speech and explores Washington's lagging engagement with the Muslim world. This book tackles the problems with public diplomacy as the US has been practicing it and provides a roadmap for the US to re-engage the Muslim world over the coming years.


Dr Steven Fawkes (BSc Science of Resources, 1980)


Outsourcing Energy Management, May 2007, Gower Press.


This book is designed to assist organisations looking to address their energy problems, particularly rising costs and the need to reduce emissions, through outsourcing some or all of their energy management functions. The book argues that to address the new energy market realities a new approach to outsourcing is needed that combines all aspects of energy management, including supply and demand.


Dr Andrew John Fielding (BA History 1983; PhD History 1989)


The Diary of Robert Woodford 1637-1641, 2013, Cambridge University Press


Woodford's diary, here published in full for the first time with an introduction, provides a unique insight into the puritan psyche and way of life. Woodford is remarkable for the consistency of his worldview, interpreting all experience through the spectacles of godly predestinarianism. His journal is a fascinating source for the study of opposition to the Personal Rule of Charles I and its importance in the formation of Civil War allegiance, demonstrating that the Popish Plot version of politics, held by parliamentary opposition leaders in the 1620s, had by the 1630s been adopted by provincial people from the lower classes. Woodford went further than some of his contemporaries in taking the view that, even before the outbreak of the Bishops' Wars, government policies had discredited episcopacy and cast grave doubt on the king's religious soundness. Conversely, he regarded parliament as the seat of virtue and potential saviour of the nation.


Claire Fletcher (MSc Medical and Radiation Physics, 2004)


Acheron, 2006, Publish America

In this science fiction novel, the residents of Earth believe they have ridded themselves of all their problems by exiling the criminal population to the plant Acheron. Over the centuries, the descendants of the exiles have evolved and are demanding to come home, even if it means launching a war that could destroy both planets.

Dr Geoffrey Gibbons (LLB 1948)


The Political Career of Thomas Wriothesley, First Earl of Southampton, 1505-1550, Henry VIII's last Chancellor, Edwin Mellen Press 2001 (ISBN No 0-7734-7415-3) as part of their ongoing series, Studies in British History.


Tony Giles (MA American and Canadian Studies, 2003)


Seeing the World My Way:A totally blind and partially deaf guy's global adventures, 2011, Silverwood Books


Seeing the World My Way follows Tony Giles’ journey of hedonism and thrill-seeking adventure as he travels across North America, Asia and Australasia. Full of drama, danger and discovery, this fascinating travel biography is a young blind man’s view of the world as he sets out to achieve his dream, dealing with disability whilst living life to the limit.

From bungee jumping in New Zealand to booze filled nights out in New Orleans, Seeing the World My Way is a no-holds-barred account that is certainly not for the faint hearted. Travel the world in a whole new way with Tony Giles’ frank, honest and exhilarating romp through one adrenaline-fuelled experience after another.


John Gillard (BA History 1998)


The Creatives Writer's Notebook, 2015, Metro Books



The Creative Writer’s Notebook is the perfect journal for anyone interested in the art of good writing. It features profiles of 20 important fiction writers from the past century, plus numerous activities and exercises to help develop a distinctive writing style. Profiles of the most influential authors include: • Franz Kafka • Virginia Woolf • Vladimir Nabokov • Margaret Atwood • J. M. Coetzee Covering the key elements of fiction writing, including character, setting, dialogue, and tone, The Creative Writer’s Notebook presents the techniques used by some of the most celebrated authors in modern times.


Professor John Gold (MSocSc Urban & Regional Studies 1972, PhD Urban & Regional Studies 1987)


The Practice of Modernism, 2007, Routledge

In this sequel to his widely-acclaimed book The Experience of Modernism (1997), John Gold continues his detailed enquiry into the Modern Movement's involvement in urban planning and city design. The Practice of Modernism provides an important new analysis of the role played by modern architects in the recent transformation of cities that will interest urban and architectural historians, urban geographers, planners and all concerned with understanding the recent history of the contemporary city.


The Making of Olympic Cities, 4 vols, 2012, Routledge


In the first forty or so years following its revival at the end of the nineteenth century, the burdens placed on cities hosting a modern Olympic Games were relatively modest. However, as the Games have grown in size and stature, morphing from a small-scale summer festival into an intensively mediated global lollapalooza, demands on host cities have massively increased, resulting in the construction of vast and expensive new stadia, Olympic villages, and associated infrastructure. Moreover, after the Second World War, host cities have increasingly used the Olympics as a means to achieve ambitious non-sporting policy goals.

Edited and introduced by two leading scholars, this new four-volume collection from Routledge brings together key primary-source materials and the best scholarship and serious commentary to elucidate and explore the planning, making, and generation of Olympic cities. The gathered materials (some of which are reproduced in facsimile to give users a strong sense of immediacy to the original texts) cover topics such as how cities have embraced the Olympics into their town-planning strategies; built new stadia and sports facilities; and constructed new transport and other communications networks. From what is widely seen as the paradigm of Olympics-led urban regeneration (Barcelona, 1992) to the planning disaster of Montreal, 1976, issues around the short-term impact, and longer-term legacy, of the Olympics on various cities are also closely interrogated.

Fully indexed and with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editors, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, The Making of Olympic Cities is an essential work of reference. It is destined to be welcomed as a vital one-stop research tool.

Margaret Gold (BA Geography 1970)


Olympic Cities - Edited by John Gold and Margaret Gold, 2007, Routledge

Olympic Cities provides the first full overview of the changing relationship between cities and the Olympic events since 1896. With eighteen specially commissioned and original essays written by a team of distinguished authors from the UK and overseas, it explores the historical experience of staging the Olympics from the point of view of the host city. As controversy over the growing size and expense of the Olympics continues unabated, this book's incisive and timely assessment of the Games' development and the complex agendas that host cities attach to the event will be essential reading not only for urban and sports historians, urban geographers, planners and all concerned with understanding the relationship between cities and culture, but for anyone with an interest in the staging of mega-events.

Richard Gray (BSc Psychology 1991, MSc Psychology 1994)


The Importance of Being Drunk, Pen Press Ltd of Brighton, 2008

Businessman Alan Bland is facing retirement and has devised an ingenious plan for the future of the family firm. The question is: how do Eddie and Martin - his drunken, layabout sons and heirs - fit into his manipulative plot? In drinking holes from Brighton to Newcastle this hilarious story follows Eddie and Martin on their endless benders - where breakfast is the contents of a hipflask and, many pints later, dinner is a packet of crisps and a pickled egg.
This is a funny yet tragic tale of family ties, corporate tricks and lives dominated by alcohol.

Gregory Hadley (MA, English 1997)


Field of Spears: The Last Mission of the Jordan Crew, 2007, Paulownia Press

What happens to ordinary people in times of war? This question is explored through the true story of a B-29 crew shot down over a rural Japanese village on 20 July 1945. Presented in narrative form, Hadley weaves a gripping tale drawn from recently declassified historical documents, never before seen photographs, and interviews with both Japanese eyewitnesses and survivors of the B-29 crew. Field of Spears is not simply the story of an incident that took place over half a century ago. It is a chilling reminder of what awaits today’s soldiers when they fall into the waiting arms of terrified and angry civilians.

Margaret Handford (BMus 1987)


Sounds Unlikely: Music in Birmingham? Brewin Books, 2006

Birmingham's present musical eminence is principally associated with Simon Rattle's brilliant seasons with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1980-1999. This exciting and very prestigious development was in fact a transformation, based on a solid musical foundation built up through the endeavour of many interesting and active musicians and music lovers over a period of several centuries. Moving through the ages, from the chantries of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, to the busy eighteenth century organists whose enterprise led to the great nineteenth century Musical Festivals and culminating in the age of the orchestra in the twentieth, the book describes how the foundation was laid. This is an account of how, with no single architect but many men of vision, the present day much admired edifice has been established.

Peter Handford (LLB 1968)


Limitation of Actions: The Australian Law, Lawbook Co, 2004

This book deals with the rules governing time limits on starting legal proceedings, bringing together the differing laws of all eight Australian states and territories.

Mullany and Handford's Tort Liability for Psychiatric Damage, 2nd Edition, Lawbook Co Sydney, 2006

Dr John Heathcote (PhD Geological Sciences 1981)


Natural Inorganic Chemistry in Relation to Groundwater, Clarendon Oxford, 1985, with J W Lloyd

An introduction to the use of groundwater chemistry in understanding water resources, from the background to the things that are measured, to their significance in deducing the origins of water and thus sustainability. The book is aimed at engineers and hydrogeologists. The School of Earth Sciences at Birmingham led major developments in the understanding of major British and overseas aquifers in the 1970s and 80s using the ideas presented in this book.

Urban Rivers - Our Inheritance and Future, IWA Publishing, 2002, with G Petts and D Martin

This is a highly illustrated book aimed at the general public, the publication of which was commissioned by the Environment Agency. It considers how the water cycle, from rainfall to sewer outfall, interacts with our urban environment. The pollution of past times is described together with the improvements that have been made more recently. The role of the public, regulators and technologists is producing a sustainable future for our urban rivers is explored.


Professor Clive Harber (PhD Education 1982)


Isn't That Dangerous? African Travels among Academics and Other Wild Animals - Educational Heretics Press, 2009


Clive Harber spent over twenty years working, researching and teaching in Africa, always keeping detailed accounts of his experiences. After publishing several academic books, he has changed tone and produced a humorous travel book on sub-Saharan Africa.


Details of Africa’s culture, education, recent history, wildlife and social issues are woven into an absorbing memoir-style narrative that is not only informative but humorous, entertaining and thought provoking, perfect for armchair travel as well as questioning tourists. This is not a contrived study but a portrayal born of genuine inspiration and affection for the place and its communities


Dr Ruth Hellier-Tinoco (BA Music Drama and Dance 1983)


Embodying Mexico:Tourism, Nationalism and Performance, Oxford University Press 2011


Embodying Mexico focuses on The Dance of the Old Men and Night of the Dead of Lake Pátzcuaro, examining them in light of the fascinating web of political and poetic signification associated with their roles as icons of Mexicanness.

The author examines multiple contexts in Mexico, the USA, and Europe including: the transnational perspective of a 1938 event in San Antonio, Texas that promoted notions of cross-border identity and nation-as-people; photographic representation in Mexican Folkways magazine; official performances following the 1968 massacre in Mexico City, including at the Olympic Games; proliferation of the dance through ballet folklórico ensembles in Mexico and the USA; and a 3D interactive film exhibition at EXPO 2000, the world's fair in Germany, essentializing the "soul of Mexico."

Embodying Mexico expands and enriches our understanding of complex processes of creating national icons, dance repertoires, and tourist attractions, drawing on wide-ranging ethnographic, archival, and participatory experience. This extensive companion website illustrates the author's arguments through audio and video. 



Wendy Henningsson (BA German Studies 1957)


Home Hills & Beyond, Nork Books 2004

An interest in learning to speak foreign languages decided the path Wendy's life would take. However, she did not know at the age of nine when she sat with her father on the Home Hills overlooking the North Sea, that one day she would settle in a land beyond that horizon. Based on diaries, letters and photo-albums, Wendy here describes her childhood in England and how she adapted to life in Sweden.


Dr Julie Hepworth (PhD Psycology 1993)


The Social Construction of Anorexia Nervose, Sage Publications


In this wide-ranging book, Julie Hepworth casts a critical light on our contemporary understanding of anorexia nervosa. She locates contemporary discourses of anorexia nervosa within their historical context, showing how current practices continue to be influenced by medicine, psychology, ideology and politics. She argues that anorexia nervosa must be considered within the political, social and gendered relationships that continue to contribute to its definition. The book demonstrates the need for a new conceptualization of anorexia nervosa which would draw on the insights of discourse theory, feminism and postmodernism to create new understandings of anorexia nervosa within contemporary health care practices.



Brian Hirst (BPhil(Ed) Education 1979)


Rag-Oyle Town Family, YPD Books 2011


In this funny and moving memoir, Brian Hirst pays tribute to his family, and the community in which he was raised, portraying the struggle they faced – and still face – maintaining their culture and sense of worth and dignity, sometimes against fearsome odds.


He vividly recalls a world that has disappeared – the world of “lower working class” people in the shoddy mill town of Batley, West Yorkshire, and brings us up-to-date with life in the family and community today.


(Thah bits feh posh fowk teh ree-erd. This bits feh tuthers. Us lot dint call em “shoddy mills.” Wi called em “rag-oyles.” Thall ave teh look et glossary thoo-er, if yeh doo-ernt knaw whah “oyles” mee-erns.)


In his next book, Brian tells the story of his childhood and adolescence, living and growing up in Batley.



Jennifer Hope (BA Creative Writing 2005)


Petrolhead, Oversteps Books, 2010


Petrolhead is a collection of poems by Jenny Hope, an administrator at the University of Worcester, who's taken a degree in creative writing.

Her poems are about everything from tarmac to nature, and in particular, trees.

The book has endorsements from David Hart and Roz Goddard, both former Birmingham Poet Laureates.


Reginald Horsman (BA History 1952)


Feast or Famine, University of Missouri Press, 2008

When settlers began advancing across North America, they endured great hardships but for the most part did not go hungry. With a seemingly inexhaustible supply of wildlife and an abundance of vegetation, even the poorest lived comfortably.
Feast or Famine is the first comprehensive account of food and drink in the winning of the West, describing the sustenance of successive generations of western pioneers. Drawing on journals of settlers and travellers - as well as a lifetime of research on the American West - Reginald Horsman examines more than one hundred years of history, from the first advance of explorers into the Mississippi valley to the movements of ranchers and farmers onto the Great Plains, recording not only the components of their diets but food-preparation techniques as well.

Jessica Howe (BA Byzantine & Ottoman Studies 1996)


One Stop Wedding Kit, 2007

Hailed by the New York Times as "Unquestionably the source of information for any bride and groom to be", The One Stop Wedding Kit is the stand-alone guide that reveals all you need to plan and accomplish the perfect wedding. It's chock-full of insider tips for organising every aspect of your big day but still small enough to fit in your handbag so you can carry it to appointments. For more details see:


Wayne Howell (BSc Physics 1984)


Rock Solid Ethernet, Entertainment Technology Press


In his Preface, John Drummond Montgomery says: "Rock Solid Ethernet is actually a great read. Intuitively, a textbook on Ethernet should not be a great read and I pondered this seeming anomaly for the five days it took me to read this book. One reason Rock Solid Ethernet is a great read is precisely because it is not a ‘textbook on Ethernet’, it is the ‘Bible on Ethernet’, written in the form of a discussion between colleages about really interesting and relevant concepts concerning the place and use of Ethernet in the entertainment and industrial setting."

The book is intended for all those involved in the use of Ethernet in a harsh environment, and the bulk of it is aimed at Entertainment Technology – one of the harshest environments available. It will be useful for both the experienced network engineer and the DMX512 tech making a first exploration into networks, and it is intended to address this new subject at a number of levels.

It is relevant to end users and system specifiers, system installers, manufacturers and developers, and has been organised in such as way that each group of users has a specific chapter but can dip into other sections for additional reference.


Control Freak - Entertainment Technology Press


In this book Wayne Howell explains the subject of control protocols in words and language that make the complex topics he deals with clear and understandable. In his preface, Mike Wood says: Clarity is important. If there s one thing we need right now with lighting control it s clarity. The world of entertainment lighting is in a period of significant change; moving lights have become ubiquitous and we have two simultaneous disruptive technologies the introduction of LEDs as truly viable light sources and the slow inexorable merger of video and lighting. The consequence is that new and improved control standards have become essentials rather than nice-to-haves. Those standards have issued but just because a piece of paper with standard written on it exists doesn t mean that anything will actually happen. It needs developers to adopt those standards and incorporate them into products; it needs users to connect those products together in a rig and make them work; and finally it needs everything to come together in a show that achieves the designer s artistic vision. Control protocols are an essential enabling technology to help achieve that artistic vision that s what it s all about and why we are all so passionate about this industry. The author says: Control Freak is intended to provide a more in depth discussion of the subject than simple protocol standards guidance booklets. It is intended to prove useful to both users and product designers whilst also offering an introduction to those who simply require an overview of the subject.


Trevor Iskander (MBChB, 1954)


When Fears Frustrate Contentment, Gegensatz Press 2012


Self-help for conquering stress, anxiety, and fear.
"The Desensitization Hierarchy Method, described in this book, is a tool for managing change, but its users will always be in charge of deciding both what changes they want to make, and how much they want to do at any one time. The method is a bit like an automobile, a means of travel, the driver deciding where to go, and at what speed."

Isobel Jackson (BSc Zoology, 1943)


A History of University House

This book tells the complete story of University House, from its origins in Hagley Road right up to its closure as a student hall of residence in June 2002. All proceeds to UH Association Funds.


Ashok Kumar Jain (Development Administration, 1991)


Delhi Under Hammer - the crisis of Sealing and Demolition, Rupa & Co, 2010


When in 2006, the Supreme Court directed the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to demolish certain illegal properties in Delhi, no one imagined that this would snowball into a major human and political crisis. It rattled the masses, the businessmen, the Parliament and the Assembly. There were unprecedented confrontations between the people, the judiciary and the government.


Dimitrios Kioukias (PhD Political Science, 1991)


European Political Systems and Interest Groups, 2006, Athens, I Sideris public
Please see or (under the name Kioukias) for further details.



Martin Knox (BSc Chemical Engineering 1967)


The Grass is Always Browner, Zeus 2011


Australia has four times more land area than neighbouring Bhakaria, with only one tenth of the population.  The author stretches forward the raw elements of Australian civilisation —territory, climate and resources - to 250 years in the future, relating them to the populations of the two nations.

The scene is set in Meannjin, an almost deserted and flooded Australian city.


Most of the population has dispersed to self-sufficient rural communes after a century of wars over coal and famine. They are governed locally with only a tiny national  government, headed by an Aboriginal  dynasty.


Abajoe is Australia's Prime Minister. He has a rare genetic mutation for sharing.  His Messianic vision is of devolved and diversified lifestyles, in a nation where science has  priority over religion and politics.  He predicts Australia's relationship with Bhakaria by experimenting with a  genetically modified animal, the rossit.


The political situation is tense, as Abajoestrives to renew a moribund political party from within. His ban on immigration is opposed by his lover in a  tempestuous  romance. His ban is also  opposed by his political adversary, who gains government, outlaws his party and plans for free immigration. He leads a resistance   movement against the government, which is aligned with Yamism, areligion, in an epic struggle with a dramatic climax.'

The political situation is tense, 


Dr Kwame Kwarteng (PhD Centre for West African Studies 2008)


A History of the Elephant in Ghana in the Twentieth Century, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing 2011


The Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission of Ghana notes, 'the history of elephants in Ghana has yet to be written....'This admission does not mean that there are no studies of the elephant in Ghana.However,little of this has been historical in focus; almost all have been carried out from biological,wildlife,ecological, environmental,economic and anthropological perspectives. This book therefore sets out to give a chronological historical account of the African elephant, highlighting on the main factors that have been responsible for the decline of the elephant population in historical times.It does so by employing multi-disciplinary and qualitative research techniques to examine the history of the African elephant with the spot light on the decline of the species in Ghana and demonstrates how the interplay of factors such as climate change and drought, ivory trade, habitat loss, migration, human population increase, civil wars, proliferation of arms, poaching and control killings have been responsible for the dwindling of the number of the African elephant generally.The book will be useful for conservationists, NGOs, Governments,Historians and the general reading public.


Dr Dimitra Koutsantoni (PhD English 2003)


Developing Academic Literacies:Understanding Disciplinary Communities' Culture and Rhetoric, 2007, Oxford, Peter Lang

This book combines a social constructionist view of academic writing with a pedagogical orientation seeking to explore the dialogic relationship between the culture of academic discourse communities and their rhetoric, and provide a comprehensive analysis of variation across disciplines, genres and national intellectual cultures.

Valerie Langfield (PhD Music, 2004)


Roger Quilter, His Life and Music, 2002, Boydell Press

This is the first full-length book about Roger Quilter (1877-1953), whose songs are still frequently sung and recorded, and draws substantially on unpublished source documents, particularly letters from his friend Percy Grainger.


Dr Roman Laskowski BSc Physics, 1977)


The Ultimate Inferior Beings, 2012, Cogwheel Press


While at Birmingham I found a little time to write a sci-fi comedy called The Ultimate Inferior Beings. It has now been published under the pseudonym Mark Roman. Birmingham gets a mention in the frontispiece. I hope all my former professors will not be too upset at the (deliberately) dodgy physics in the book. I really was paying attention in lectures, honest.



Professor Rona Laurie (BA English 1938)


My War Years in London (Diary of An Actress)


This is the story of Rona Laurie as a young actress before and in particular during the Second World War. The many extracts from her diary provide intriguing glimpses of civilian and theatre life during that time. Which of us knew that when there was an air-raid warning, the audience would often be told "if you feel you must go, depart quietly and without excitement"? She writes with humour and perception and pays tribiute to the giants of the theatre whom she saw on stage. Her vivacity is such that many readers will wish that the book extended to later years.


Sarah Leavesley (nee James) (Cert HE Creative Writing 2003)


Into the Yell, 2010, Circaidy Gregory Press


A former Birmingham University student has something to yell about after the recent publication of her first full-length poetry collection. The award winning poet, short story writer and journalist was shortlisted in Templar Poetry Pamphlet and Collection Competition 2009 and had two poems in the shortlist for The Plough Prize 2009 (open category)

Kirsten Lees (BA English/French 1986)


Let Go Of My Leg! How to get the working life you want after children, 2006, Prentice Hall

It is the second edition, the first being for the Australian and New Zealand market where Kirsten spends much of her time. Editions are out in Russia and Greece with publishers from 15 other countries having taken out an option to consider. This is Kirsten's second book. Book number three is on its way.


Nim Chi Lo (BSocSc 1983)


The Renminbi Rises; Palgrave Macmillan, 2013


Until recently the world has been relying on the US dollar and the Euro to lubricate the flow of global trade and finance. A newcomer, the Renminbi (RMB) or Chinese Yuan, joined the global monetary system in 2000. The rise of the RMB is both an indicator and a result of the evolution in the global macro landscape that shifts economic weight from the developed markets, led by Europe, Japan and the US, to the emerging markets, led by China.
Research on RMB internationalisation is difficult because events have been unfolding fast, with frequent shifting regulations. Most financial market research is sales-driven, shallow and without serious investigation into the structural underpinning of events. Most crucially, there has been insufficient systematic research on the structural realities behind the RMB internationalisation exercise.  No-one has openly questioned the credibility of the RMB as an international currency.
This is the first book to address these issues by focusing on the structural factors behind the rise of the RMB. It uses a critical approach, questioning conventional wisdom and the status quo to anslyse China's currency ambition in the post-subprime world. Discussions combine rigorous research thoughts, data, facts and economic logic with real world issues to elaborate on the arguments and make them reader-friendly.

David Long (BSC Psychology 1983)


Rip the Rescue Dog, 2014, Faber & Faber


Marking the centenary of the Great War, Faber & Faber's lead title for children is a non-fiction account of many extraordinary stories of animals in wartime. News and reviews of Long's books can be found at



Dr Catherine Loomis (MA Shakespeare Studies 1993)


The Death of Elizabeth I:Remembering and Reconstructing the Virgin Queen, 2010, Palgrave Macmillan


The book is a study of the literary response to the death of Queen Elizabeth I, and includes an unusual manuscript account of her death written by Elizabeth Southwell, a maid of honour to the Queen, who reports that, during Elizabeth's wake, the queen's corpse exploded.


Dominic Luke (BA History 1988)


Aunt Letitia, 2012, Robert Hale


‘I hated my father. Absolutely loathed him,’ said the old lady. The policeman wondered if the old dear was right in the head…

In the autumn of 1940, 91-year-old Letitia Warner is determined to take her secrets with her to the grave. All that matters to her now is her dearly loved great-nephew, Hugh. As the war progresses and London is ravaged by bombs, Hugh’s chance meeting with a girl he knew years before weakens Letitia’s efforts to subdue her own long repressed memories of her husband and hated father, the Bishop of Chanderton. Should she tell? Or keep silent and try to cling on long enough to see Hugh happy and settled before she dies.


Christopher Stuart MacGregor (BSc Psychology 1995)


My Daddy's Going Away


Whether a soldier, sailor, airman, businessman, oil-rigger, truck driver, doctor, actor or sportsman - all Dads have to go away sometimes and temporary separation affects the whole family. Whatever he does, and no matter why Dad has to leave home, it is hard on all the family. If Dad's departure is understood, his absence is more likely to be accepted and this will reduce anxiety. The book My Daddy's Going Away and the website will help you and your children talk through the stressors of paternal separation and find ways to lessen the anxiety that is often felt across the family. Take a look at


Peter Mason (MSc Civil Engineering 1981)


The Pit Sinkers of Northumberland and Durham, 2012, The History Press Ltd


Shaft sinking for the extraction of minerals has taken place for centuries. Coal mining has been carried out using various methods of sinking from shallow bell pits to deep shafts. Newcastle and the collieries along the banks of the River Tyne had a tradition of exporting coal to London. Following the invention of steam engines, sinkers were quick to use them in coal mining, and these innovations were to benefit many engineering developments. However with deeper mines, explosive gases were to cause the death and injury of many miners. Miners had always lived in close communities, and this was especially so for the sinker families in the north-east. The sinkers were recognised as being the 'elite of miners'. With previously unpublished photographs, this book is a must for those interested in the region's industrial heritage.

Lorelei Mathias (BA English 2001)


Step on It Cupid, 2006, Little Black Dress


Amelie’s life is arranged just how she likes it. Brilliant job, great social life, and on-off love-life. So it’s a shock when she realises one day that everyone she knows seem to be happily coupled up – getting married even. Is it time she thought about settling down?

Assigned an awful project in work – writing the ad campaign for Britain’s biggest speed-dating company – she is forced against her will into plenty of market research. And with her best mate Duncan, her annoying boss Joshua and her ex-boyfriend Jack all causing havoc in her life, maybe a speed-dating romance could be her salvation…


Lost for Words, 2007, Little Black Dress


Sweet-natured Daisy, assistant at a large publishing house, has two wishes in life. One, to discover the ‘next big thing’ in books and two, for her gorgeous, philandering boyfriend Miles to finally commit.

But soon work starts looking up. When the thoughtful and witty Elliot Thornton comes in for a temporary placement, Daisy quickly forms a close friendship with him. But she’d never want to leave Miles for him, would she? Then, one day, while glancing through her rejection pile, she comes across the intriguing first pages of a novel. With spine-tingling excitement she emails the mysterious author straightaway and as chapter by chapter slowly filter through to her, she becomes completely spellbound. But somehow, there’s something very familiar about the heroine and her story…

An enchanting romance about a girl who knows she’s in love – she just doesn’t know who with…


Dr John Matlin (PhD American & Canadian Studies, 2009)


Truth to Power, 2014


 It is 1924. After a hasty departure from his previous employer, journalist, David Driscoll, arrives in the Midwest city of St. Luke to start a new job at the town’s foremost newspaper, The Bugle.

He wastes no time in looking up his old boyhood friend, and one-time playground protector, Mike Doyle, who has made it big since those school days. Doyle is now a popular politician and leader of the city council. He has power, glamour, and seems to be the kind of man that always gets exactly what he wants.

Ever the journalist, Driscoll wants to know exactly how Doyle does it and what is going on behind the scenes, and Doyle could use a newspaper-man on his side at election time. They rekindle their acquaintance as they are both strategically useful for each other. But then things take a turn for the personal as Driscoll gets closer and closer to exposing Doyle as a fraudster.

What follows is a cat and mouse game, set across the political and criminal backdrop of Prohibition America in the Midwest, New York and Washington D.C. as each man tries to best the other.

Release date: 21st February 2014

£3.99/$6.99 Available from Amazon,

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Anita Mays (BA English, 1983)


Flygirl Adventures:An Autoflyography, Austin & Macauley Publishers Ltd, 2011


A candid, funny heart-warming account of one girl s struggle to achieve her dream to fly! And it s all here the agonies and ecstasies of failure and triumph. A sparkly and captivating read. Initially rejected for the job of an air hostess, she then learned to fly, became a flying instructor and subsequently an executive jet pilot for the world s rich and famous and thereby offers us a unique glimpse into the world of private jet travel. She s done the lot airline, freight, filming and corporate VIP, so with her knack for breezy yet vivid description, she paints a lively and comprehensive picture of this dynamic industry. She uses her passion and sensitivity to reflect, not only on the mysterious beauty of our planet, but on the many quirky characters on her journey around it! From Siberia to the south of France, from Bulgaria to Bangkok, and from Africa to the Arctic circle, she s flown there and takes you with her on a truly global romp, told from a bird s eye view. We get impounded in Siberia, ferry a WW2 bomber over the Atlantic, depressurize at night in the USA, and fly rock stars round Europe. So buckle up and enjoy this very special ride cause you re cleared for take off.


Haseen Mazhar (BSc Chemical Engineering, 1976)


HEAL:Healthy, Educated and Lawful, CreateSpace, 2010


This book assesses the continued ability of the United States to leave a better world for the next generation, and to keep serving the promise of the American dream. The author notes the built-in features of the human body to heal and recover from daily fatigue, physical wounds, emotional trauma, and illnesses, and we make use of these natural features everyday without even thinking or knowing about it. These processes of natural healing, the lifeline of human existence, depend on three basic facts. First, the bodily organs must remain healthy to perform specific functions in order to sustain a normal quality of life; second, we must remain educated about the rules that keep the bodily organs healthy and functional; and third, we must have the discipline to obey these rules to protect against self-inflicted damage. These three basic facts about the on-going healing process in our own bodies are instructive in identifying the basic factors that are necessary to heal a nation. Simply put, a nation cannot continue its journey on the path of human progress if its people are not Healthy, Educated, And Lawful. In fact, these interrelated basic factors address the essence of human existence in a free, prosperous, and civilized society. The book will focus on the founding principles of the United States and take a candid look at current facts to answer three questions: Are we healthy? Are we educated? Are we lawful? Let us see how we fare. President George Washington warned us "against the baneful effects of the spirit of party" and said, "A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume." Are we paying attention to his warning?

Jed Mercurio (MBChB 1991)


Bodies, 2004, Vintage

Inside every hospital exists a world no outsider has been allowed to see, not even the idealistic young man who has come to start a career in medicine. What awaits him is a life of institutionalised cynicism and pitch-black humour and soon it changes him more terribly than he could ever have feared.

Clare Morrall (BMus Music, 1974)


Astonishing Splashes of Colour, 2003: Tindall Street Press

Shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize, the novel focuses on Kitty, who faces the loss of a child and tackles issues of identity struggles in a large family and the optimism of an eccentric, loving marriage.

David A Munford (BSc Civil Engineering, 1976) 


Seven books, each cataloguing games I played along with the 'book' lines. You can see where either I or my opponent varied, and the consequences, as seen by a typical club strength player, all available from


Chess - King Pawn Openings (excluding Sicilian Defence) - My 1st Ten Moves

Chess - Sicilian Defence - My 1st Ten Moves 

Chess - Double Queen Pawn Openings - My 1st Ten Moves
Chess - Indian Openings - My 1st Ten Moves
Chess - English Opening - My 1st Ten Moves

Chess - Miscellaneous Opening - My 1st Ten Moves

Chess - The First 40 Years - My 1st Ten Moves

David Newport (MSc(Eng) Work Design and Ergonomics 1994)


Foundations of Relaxation, 2009, Redfilbert

Our modern, fast paced, technological and commercialised world is full of pressures. The tendency is to succumb and let this life control you, or to vainly fight against it. The outcome is an over-stressed population prone to escapes and violence. Where is the solution for you? It is within your own evolved physiology. The questions addressed are: what is it? How can you access it? How can you derive value from it?

This book explores the patterns that lead to excess stress, the choice of less helpful escapes, and the value that can be found in your in-built relaxation response. It then takes you through the core skills and techniques to really access and use your relaxation response. The end point is that you can then control how you respond to life, the level of energy and calmness you have, including getting better sleep, and setting yourself up for life.

Richard Newton (BSc&BCom Mechanical Engineering, 1986)


The Project Manager, Mastering the Art of Delivery,Financial Times Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition April 2009; (1st Edition April 2005)


Project management, Step by Step:How to Plan and Manage a Highly Successful Project, 2006, Prentice Hall
Applicable to both the new and experienced project manager, this book answers three important questions for anyone involved in projects: "what is successful delivery"; "what makes a great project manager"; and "how do you ensure success on a project".


Managing Change Step by Step, Prentice Hall, June 2007


The Project Managers Book of Checklists, Prentice Hall, 1st edition Oct 2008; (2nd edition Nov 2010)


The practice and theory of project management, delivering value through change, Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 2008


The Management Consultant, Mastering the Art of Consultancy, Financial Times Prentice Hall, Feb 2010


Financial Times Briefing:Change Management, Financial Times, Nov 2010


The Management Book, Financial Times, September 2011

Winner of the CMI’s Management Book of the Year 2013
Winner of the CMI’s Practical Management Book 2013


Soon to be published:


The Project Management Book, Financial Times, April 2013


Dream it, Do it, Live it, Capstone, July 2013

Co-authored with Ciprian Rusen


Judith Niechcial (nee Skempton) (BA English 1963)


Mother to Hundreds (The Life of Lucy Faithfull), 2010, Aldersmead Publishing


A life-long and passionate campaigner for children, Baroness Lucy Faithfull, (1910-1996), was one of the most eminent social workers of the twentieth century. She was a Tory life peer, but she opposed, and persuaded others to oppose, so many of the measures which the Party supported in relation to the welfare of children, that the Tory whips gave her the nickname of 'Lady Faithless'.

She never married or had children of her own, but as Children's officer for Oxford City, she made a difference, directly or indirectly, to the lives of very many children and families. She was one of the first to realise that, in order to re-united families where sexual abuse had taken place and to protect children from further abuse, effective treatment of the abusers was necessary. She helped to found, and gave her name to the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which pioneered intensive therapeutic rehabilitation for sex offenders, and is still acknowledged as a leading criminal justice charity. An account of her life is a history of child care in the twentieth century.


Dr Letitia Eva Obeng (BSc Zoology 1952, MSc Zoology 1961)


A Silent Heritage, 2010


A Silent Heritage, a life story which spans over 80 years has been written in response to a special request.

It records vivid memories of the author growing up against a background of the pleasures and setbacks of rural life in the British African colony, the Gold Coast and recounts a series of transitions, sometimes awe-inspiring, but often also, hilarious. The author moves through colonial rural and urban schools to graduate studies in distant lands with strange cultures; she undertakes challenging employments, enters exciting married life, experiences the pleasures, hopes and tragedies of family life, thrills to children's education and successes and formally retires at sixty from a stimulating and fulfilling international professional responsibility.

A Silent Heritage is based on a rich life experience resulting from extended interactions with a large number of people - family, friends, acquaintances - worldwide, in a variety of situations and places.


Anne Page (BA English, 1975)


School-Parent Partnerships, Family and Parenting Institute, 2009


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Changing Minds:personal stories of living with mental health difficulties, 1999, Gaskell Press


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Paul Oppenheimer (MSc Thermodynamics, 1955)


From Belsen to Buckingham Palace, 2002, Beth Shalom

This is a fascinating life-history of the experiences of a Jewish family, before during and after the Holocaust.

Dr Elena Partida (MA Ancient History & Archaeology 1993, PhD Ancient History & Archaeology 1998)


The Treasuries at Delphi - an architectural study, SIMA 160, Jonsered, 2000

The author investigates 30 buildings in the ancient oracular sanctuary at Delphi, to define their composite function, to establish their chronology and to determine the donors and the workshops responsible for construction. Archaeological evidence is juxtaposed to historic sources and travellers' accounts. Physical remains and spolia help us identify the provenance of the architects, as well as the city-state that dedicated each one of these votive monuments. Furthermore we gain an insight into the role of the sanctuary's officers and the pattern of administration as regards sacred monuments. One of the conclusions of this collective examination is that the treasuries at Delphi can be ultimately interpreted as a stimulus to the development of Classical architecture.

Delphi - Torch and Channel of Civilisation, Cultural Foundation of the Bank of Cyprus, Athens, 2004

This monograph epitomises the outcome of recent archaeological research at Delphi. A synthetic approach of architecture and monumental topography combined with geology, mythology and religion. An attempt at justifying the reputation of this oracular site in antiquity and it diachronic significance for humanity.

John Passmore (MSc Transportation & Highway Engineering 1968)


Accounting for a Better Life, Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2007

A new approach to home and personal accounting, sub-titled Gain Control of Personal Finances.

James Ian Patterson (BA Theology 1985)


The Thick Blue Line, GET Publishing

Light-hearted memories of Ian's policing career from the 1960s and 1970s. The time of indelible pencils - not computers, of push bikes - not cars.

From Lucker Street to Wongawilli, GET Publishing

Ever since the First Fleet set sail for Australia back in 1787 with its motley crew of sailors, marines and prisoners, that huge desert continent has exerted an influence over our families in Northern Britain. Some followed the transported prisoners looking for gold; to escape the debtor's prison: others - too many - to escape the TB, deprivation and hopelessness after the 1st World War. Successive generations followed until the 1970s; followed to the 'Lucky Country' which still offers one thing above all else: Hope - Hope for a better future.
The stories of our ain' folk, their journeys, the people, the places are all to be found in From Lucker Street to Wongawilli.

Dr Frank Pearce (BCom Economics and Statistics, 1949)


Under the Red Eagle, 2005, Woodfield of Bognor Regis

This auto-biographical account, which in now in the Royal Archives, details the author's military experiences oversees, including postings Italy and France, with the 239 Wing, the famous fighter-bomber Winbg of the Desert Air Force.


Anna Peel (BA French, 1996)


Disasters and Miracles: How it Might Have Been, 2009, Bridge House Publishing

Anna, who writes under the pen-name of Elise Harter, has had her first story published in the anthology of alternative Bible stories, Disasters and Miracles: How it Might Have Been. Her story, ‘Noah and the Caterpillars’ is an adaptation of Noah’s Ark narrated by one of the Ark’s inhabitants, Charlie the Caterpillar. It is on sale at Amazon (UK).

All of Elise’s personal proceeds for this venture will be split equally between the Butterfly Conservation and the Green Belt Movement.

For more information, visit


Tasmina Jayne Perry - nee Butt (LLB Law, 1990)


Private Lives, 2011, Headline Review



Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller Tasmina Perry delivers the ultimate summer blockbuster: a jet-setting, rollercoaster ride set around a glamorous media law firm riddled with secrets, scandals and danger...

Anna Kennedy loves her career. A young associate with a top media law firm, she's the lawyer to the stars, hiding their sins from the hungry media. When Anna fails to prevent a damaging story being printed about heart-throb movie star Sam Charles she finds herself fighting to save not only his reputation, but also her own. But Anna is about to uncover a scandal more explosive than even Sam's infidelities. A party girl is already dead and those responsible are prepared to silence anyone who stands in their way. Not least a pretty young lawyer who knows too much...

Dr Anthony Reddie (BA Medieval and Modern History, 1987, PhD, Education, 2000)


Acting In Solidarity: Reflections in Critical Christianity, 2005, London: DLT

This is a lively resource book of original sketches and studies suitable for groups of all ages, cultures, communities and contexts, designed to kick-start a process of thinking creatively and critically about the Christian faith.

Marilyn Rice (PGDip Tourism & Leisure Services, 1991)

Since leaving University I have become a writer and have written and published four novels:
Time & Tide; Stay in Touch; No Regrets; Look After Each Other

Moises Enrique Rodriguez (MSc Computer Science 1987)


Freedom's Mercenaries: British Volunteers in the Wars of Independence of Latin America, 2006, Hamilton Books

Enrique spent almost 25 years researching the experiences of the 10,000 volunteers who joined the fight for American independence between 1817 and 1824. The result is this book, split into two volumes, which focuses mainly on the military aspects of the British soldiers' and sailors' lives in Latin America. He can be contacted at or 0041 79 4148250.


Professor Stanley Salmons (PhD Anatomy 1968)


NH3, 2013, Rickshaw Publishing


Physicist Terry McKinley finds his favourite fishing river polluted and all the fish dead.  Determined to find out what has happened he enlists the help of Maggie Ferris, a biologist. Together they make a terrifying discovery that take them across the globe in a desperate search for a solution.  As time runs out, so do the options. How far will they go to save the world?


The Man In Two Bodies, 2014, Fingerpress Ltd


Mike Barratt looks up Rodge Dukas, an old college friend, finds him conducting unusual research in a damp basement lab, and gets involved. Together they make an astounding discovery. Mike perceives the dangers, but also the possibilities of what they’re doing, and before long the two are busy making themselves rich—to the complete bafflement of the police. So why do we find Mike attending a memorial service for Rodge? And where is Suzy, the attractive girl who moved in with them?



Janet T Sawyer (BA History, 1959)


Jess of Roos Hall, 2006, Halsgrove Publishing

Roos Hall, in Suffolk, is reputed to be haunted by several ghosts, among them the pale face of a small girl peering out from the topmost gable window. In the lane which passes the house witnesses have seen the spectre of a black carriage and horses driven by a headless coachman. Black Shuck, the phantom dog of the East Anglian marshland, is also known to frequent this ancient road.
While the principal characters in this book are fictitious, the story is based on historical fact: scenes of rural, social, naval and colonial life in the late 18th and 19th centuries are combined with the story of the Jarvis family of Beccles, Suffok, and the lives of two orphans.

Elizabeth Schafer (MA Shakespeare Studies 1983)


Lilian Baylis: A Biography, 2006, Hertfordshire Publications2007 marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Lilian Baylis, legendary manager of the Old Vic and Sadler's Wells theatres. This new biography of Baylis sheds new light on this complex and inspirational woman who, in 1934, received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Birmingham in recognition of her outstanding work in music and theatre.

Anthony Scrase (MA Ancient History and Archaeology, 1978)


Wells Corporation Properties Somerset Record Society (Vol 87) Taunton, 2002, (with Joan Hasler), ISBN 0 901732 36 2. Wells Corporation was the largest landowner in the city and has an excellent archive of property records from the thirteenth century onwards. This work sets out key records from 1427 to the Restoration. It has an introduction explaining how to work with such material and what it can tell you. It ends with individual plot histories and maps.

Medieval Town Planning:A Modern Invention, UWE Bristol, 2002, ISBN 1 86043 294 8. Traditionally medieval towns having been classed as planned or organic, the former being characterised by rectangular layouts. This approach is questioned given the fact that the term 'town planning' and its European equivalents only emerged 1860 to 1914.

Somerset Towns:Changing Fortunes 800-1800, Tempus, Stroud, 2005, ISBN 0 7524 3423 3. Somerset has always been a county of small towns with no single dominant place to parallel Worcester or Lincoln. It has also seen dramatic shifts in fortune. Thus Ilchester was its second town at Domesday but had collapsed by 1377 and is now a village on the edge of Yeovil.

Wells: A Small City, Tempus, Stroud 2006, ISBN 0 7524 3595 7 Wells has excellent archives which have attracted much attention over the last 30 years. However, its last comprehensive history dates from 1908. This is an attempt to produce an up-to-date comprehensive account.


Govind Narayan Sinha (Law LLM 2003)


Strengthening Indian Environmental Laws: New Lessons and Approaches. 2010


This book combines the insights of a professional forester and a UK trained lawyer. This book argues for restructuring the Indian environmental law regime by drawing suitable lessons from the UK's and the European Union's environmental law regimes. This book is premised on the fact that similarities are greater within a given programme across national boundaries than among different programmes within a country.


This well researched book on strengthening Indian environmental laws is interwoven with fabrics drawn from sociology, political science and contemporary public policy. This is a thought provoking book which deals with evolving a sound legal and policy framework for improving environmental governance and sustainable development in India.


Professor (Vivian) Alycia Smith-Howard (MA Shakespeare Studies 1990, PhD English 1998)


The Food of Love:The Taste of Shakespeare in Four Seasons. 2012, Graficas Books. Witten with co-author, Chef Alan Deegan.


A fascinating and a very "must have" new cookbook by Master Chef Alan Deegan, with Shakespearian textual references by Alycia Smith-Howard.

Beautifully presented, The Food of Love gives information on seasonal celebrations and foods including soups, salads, fish, meat, sweets, bread and cheese and the culinary use of flowers and beverages. In addition, the explanations of culinary techniques and simple cooking methods will help to bring more pleasure to kitchen tasks.
The Food of Love is a hardback, 160 page, full colour cook book. Design and photography by Graficas Design, with over 80 photographic images of the recipes.

Professor Satya Sood (MBChB 1961)


Victoria's Tin Dragon: A Railway That Built a Nation, Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd, 2007, ISBN 9781843862741

This vivid account describes the centuries old relationship between the countries along the rim of the Indian Ocean and the eastern coast of Africa. It details the background of the Indian 'coolies' who were employed by the British as indentured labour to fulfil a Victorian dream to build a telescopic Uganda Railway - the 'Tin Dragon' - in order to consolidate and safeguard the British sphere of influence in this territory. It portrays their courage, determination and grit and the co-operation that was required in this harsh era between the people of three different continents to battle the forces of nature, disease, the inhuman working conditions and the creatures of the wild to achieve this goal.


Amy Maria Spurling (BA Russian Language & Literature 1996)


My Soviet Kitchen, Roastbooks 2010




Memory loss, homo sovieticus, and a wandering phD student. This is  Neo-chick lit. with a darker side, a vodka twist and a generous slice of post-Soviet living.


It’s 1994 and English Ph.D student, Ivy Stone, wakes up in a Moscow flat with a hangover and a vague sense of unease…


Unable to remember what she did last night or why there is a cryptic Post-It note on her fridge, she begins an emotional, alcohol-fuelled journey via an Uzbek wedding, an Estonian sauna, and a Georgian serenade. What dark past haunts her new Russian man? And will she ever find the author of the mystery Post-It note?




Professor Anthony Stewart (MPH Public Health & Epidemiology 1998)


Basic Statistics and Epidemiology, 2010, Radcliffe Publishing Ltd


An excellent introductory text for beginners of all disciplines...Overall, an outstanding text on basic statistics and 5 2011 BMA Medical Book and Patient Information Awards epidemiology in a clear, easy to understand and very well-presented book. Winner of the Basis Of Medicine category in the BMA Medical Book awards.


Roger Stubbs (BSocSc Mathematics, Economics and Statistics 1967)


Bhumdi and Beyond, 2006, Pegasus


Having funded 'gap years' for their kids, Pam and Roger decided they themselves deserved their own gap year. Great trekkers, a Himalayan expedition through the mountains and rivers of Nepal provided the centre-piece to their adventures. This is a personal and humorous account of eight separate trips, from Nepal to Colorado, Egypt to the Great Barrier Reef, and New Zealand to the Caribbean.

Caroline Sylge (BA English, 1992)


Body & Soul Escapes, 2007, Footprint


Caroline's energising full-colour travel guide is a must for anyone wanting to get more info on a wide array of spas, healing retreats and yoga holidays worldwide, covering over 450 journeys to take and places to stay with honest and entertaining first person reviews. The entries range from well-known 5 star resorts to lesser-known hideaways that you would never find out about without this guide.


John Talbot (BA Geography 1953)


Training in Organisations  A Cost-Benefit Analysis, 2011, Gower Publishing


For many organisations, training and development remain an aspiration rather than fundamental to their business, and the consequent investment is subject to reductions or reallocations when times get tough. Yet increasing pressures from business globalisation mean that organisations are absolutely dependent on the skills of their workforce if they are to remain competitive.

John Talbot's Training in Organisations: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, provides the basis for measuring and analysing the cost and value associated with training. It looks both at manual skills and management training analysis to explore the various approaches for costing training, controlling those costs and applying value analyses to the investment that is being made. Also included is a series of international comparisons across a variety of industry sizes and types which provide organisations with an important benchmark for their own spending.


Michael Tefula (BSc Accounting & Finance, 2010)


How to Get a First: Insights and Advice from a First-class Graduate


 A lively and original perspective on gaining an outstanding degree from a recent first-class graduate. Combines personal experience, scientific research and motivational anecdotes from students to create a comprehensive guide to academic success, with strategies to immediately boost grades and improve confidence.

Martin Thomas (BSc Chemistry 1979, MSc Analytical Chemistry 980m, PhD Chemistry 1989)


Characterization of Porous Solids: Surface Area, Pore Size and Density by Lowell, Shields, Thomas & Thommes, Springer, 2005

This book gives a unique overview of principles associated with the characterization of solids with regard to their surface area, pore size and density and will appeal both to students and to scientists in industry.


Keith Thomson (BSc Zoology, 1960)


A Passion for Nature: Thomas Jefferson and Natural History, 2009, Self published

A visiting fellow at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's Robert H Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies in 2007, Keith is Professor Emeritus of natural history at Yale University and senior research fellow of the American Philosophical Society. Author of twelve other books on evolution, paleontology, and the history of science, he was previously professor and dean at Yale, president of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, and university scientist-in-residence at the New School for Social Research.

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Peter Tomlinson (BPhilEd 1978)


The Petronicus Legacy:The Voyages of Delticus, Bewrite Books


THEY ARE FOUR - the scribe, the outcast, the stranger and one only half human.

But the storm-lashed little band in its pathetic wooden boat is the last hope of a dying people devastated by plague and famine and ravaged by a desperate army of marauding cutthroats.

Delticos, Kadrik, Bantius and the Man Half Made battle tyranny and lies, epidemic and dark superstition armed with only raw courage and the wisdom of ages to save a doomed race from extinction.

Peter Tomlinson throws us back into the mists of memory when the earth was young, yet old; simple, yet complex; gentle, yet violent, in a satisfyingly self-contained novel that is also the pinnacle of his acclaimed Petronicus Legacy series.

The Voyages of Delticos closes a circle of a ten-generation saga in which sages and warriors stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a war against ignorance and savagery to save the ancient world from an eternal dark age.


The Petronicus Legacy: The Time of Kadrik, Bewrite Books


The Time of Kadrik is a terrible time.

The land is ravaged by plague and famine, savaged by desperate, starving renegades, terrorised by the mysterious race of Men Half-Made, and in the grip of crippling superstition.

Here, fatherless Kadrik grows to manhood and to the chilling realisation that he - armed only with ancient stories he has committed to memory and a few shards of strangely marked broken pottery - holds the clue to salvation.

In this self-contained sequel to his acclaimed THE STONES OF PETRONICUS, Peter Tomlinson sets his second tale in the saga ten lifetimes on when, after a long, dark age of stagnation, the land is in its death throes and Kadrik must break the hold of a powerful but backward brotherhood of scribes to save it.

Tomlinson follows Kadrik, with his insatiable thirst for knowledge, through a troubled young adulthood as precocious apprentice to the wise men of his community to the discovery of jealously guarded secrets … and on a perilous mission to reveal the hidden truths that are his people's only slim chance of survival; secrets sealed by the death of his mysterious and legendary ancestor in the mists of tribal memory.


The Petronicus Legacy:The Stones of Petronicus, Bewrite Books


When Sir Humphrey Myles Pinkerton Strange, huntin' shootin' and fishin' Squire of Batch Magna, goes to his reward (doubtless to find God as true-blue British as his more recent but equally worthy ancestors), his rambling but rotting estate passes to distant relative Humph, a hapless dollar doodler in New York.

With $$ in his eyes, Humph decides to make a killing by transforming the sleepy backwater of Batch Magna into a theme park image of rural England - a vacation paradise for free-spending US millionaires.

But while the village's threadbare businessmen see the plan as a windfall, the tenants of the estate's dilapidated houseboats are above any consideration of filthy lucre and stand their ground for tradition's sake … and because they consider eviction notices not to be cricket.

Each disgruntled faction sees the other as the unwelcome cuckoo chick in the family nest!

So, lead by randy pulp-crime writer Phineas Cook and Lt-Commander James Cunningham DSO, DSC and Bar, RN (ret) - a man with a glass eye to suit every occasion (and all painted with naval battle scenes where the Union Jack flies triumphant) - the motley crew takes on Wall Street … broadside to broadside.


Dr Malcolm Tozer (BSc Physics 1965)


Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools. 2012. John Catt Educational Ltd


Dr Malcolm Tozer (Birmingham University, physics 1965; athletics blue) taught at Uppingham School for 23 years before becoming headmaster at Northamptonshire Grammar School and then Wellow House School in Nottinghamshire. Now retired, he lives in Cornwall.


The UK’s independent schools lead the world in showing how physical activity can be harnessed for its educational worth and personal development values. More than 700 of their former pupils have represented their country at sport at senior international level since 2000.


As HRH The Princess Royal writes in the foreword, this collection of essays seeks to help schools to review their current practice, question its purpose and assess the outcomes, so enabling governors, heads and senior managers to examine their schools’ contribution to the nation and ask what improvements can be made.


Contributors include former Olympic medallists Roger Black and Jonathan Edwards; Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward; Baroness Campbell, Chair of UK Sport; multi gold medal winning Paralympian Baroness Grey-Thompson; England cricket selector James Whitaker; rugby legend Roger Uttley; and serving heads and directors of sport in 10 UK schools.


Gopal Shankar Upadhyaya (MSc Physical Metallurgy 1962)


Materials Science and Engineering, 2006, Viva Books Private Limited

This book is mainly written for engineering students who seek an easy, understandable and enjoyable introduction to the properties of materials and the structure relations which govern them.


Men of Metals and Materials:My Memoirs, 2011, iUniverse, Bloomington


The book is first in English highlighting the memoirs of a world famous powder metallurgist, who retired from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur as a professor. In all 36 Indian and 47 overseas persons of eminence are covered in the book.In addition numerous persons have been mentioned in the side line. Many are no more alive and the book gives a rare chance to know not only their scientific achievements , but also the social aspects of the interaction. The author is well travelled person around the world in connection with lecturing and attending conferences. Currently he is a consultant and lives in Varanasi (India).


Dr (Henry) Russell Walden (PhD Theology, 1978)


Triumphs of Change - Architecture Reconsidered, 2011, Peter Lang


This book is born out of a sense of scepticism with self-indulgence in architecture. It seeks a new prescription for readdressing architecture as an expression of human need. Sense, Sagacity and the Sublime define the architectural realities of its organizing principle, while Gods and Goddesses; Princes and Prelates; Corporate Clients and Citizens identify strategic shifts in Western Civilization. The book carries the judgment of democracy derived from Greek Goddess Athena. This is followed by the measured building world of Le Thoronet which advances unswervingly towards the Paris Opera - the greatest processional triumph of the 19th Century. The finale deals with Frank Lloyd Wright at «Falling Water», Le Corbusier at Ronchamp, Renzo Piano at Kansai Airport, Japan, and Santiago Calatrava's winged vehemence at Milwaukee, USA.
The book concludes with a thoughtful reminder - emphasizing the values of human engagement while providing philosophical support for the social contract in architecture

Ann Widdecombe (BA Latin, 1969)


An Act of Peace, 2005, Weidenfeld & Nicolson

This is the story of Klaus-Pierre Dessin, the illegitimate son of a young French woman and a high-ranking German soldier, who fall in love in Paris during the Nazi occupation in WWII. He goes to university in Heidelberg and England where he discovers that people are similar regardless of nationality. And he falls in love...


Robert Widders (MSocSc Heritage Management, 1997)


The Emperor's Irish Slaves: Prisoners of the Japanese in the Second World War, History Press, 2012



Sister Mary Cooper died in a Japanese prison camp on 26 June 1943, from the combined effects of starvation, brutality, and tropical diseases. Timothy Kenneally and Patrick Fitzgerald tried to escape from a slave labour camp on the Burma Railway: They were caught, tortured – probably crucified – and then executed on 27 March 1943. And Patrick Carberry spent the summer of 1943 cremating the emaciated corpses of his comrades, who had died from cholera.


These people had two things in common: they were Irish citizens serving in the British armed forces; and they were amongst more than 650 Irish men and women who became prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army in 1942. Nearly a quarter of them died whilst in Japanese captivity – this is their story.


(Anthony) Graham Wilding (BDS Dentistry, 1986)


The Real Top Gun:A novel adaptation of the war years of Spitfire Ace Johnnie Johnson, 2013, Wilding Press Ltd


‘Johnnie’ Johnson was once a heartthrob and household name throughout Britain and North America. News reel films of him were shown in cinemas and he was followed around by teenage fans.

During World War Two he was put 
in charge of a wild and tough bunch of Canadian pilots and together they became one of the most successful Spitfire wings in history. By day they fought hard alongside the bombers of the mighty American Eighth Air Force and by night they played like there was no tomorrow . . .


The contest of guile and airmanship between dog fighting pilots kept nerves and reflexes on the edge. It was not about the man inside the other aeroplane and the victor felt neither pride nor pity. But the heightened euphoria of staying alive was a sensation like no other.


Franziska Wittenberg (nee Salzberger) (BCom Industrial Economics & Business Studies, 1949)


Experiencing Endings and Beginnings, 2013, Karnac Books


Throughout life we undergo many changes in our circumstances, beginnings and endings of relationships, gains and losses. This book highlights the emotional turmoil which, to a greater or lesser extent, accompanies these changes. It considers the nature of the anxieties aroused by a new situation and the ending of a previous state at various stages in life. Endings and beginnings are shown to be closely related, for every new situation entered into, more often than not, involves having to let go of some of the advantages of the previous one as well as losing what is familiar and facing fear of the unknown. The author shows how all these aspects of change evoke primitive anxieties, stemming from our earliest experiences of coming into this world. While beginning life outside holds the promise of a wider, more enriching existence it involves the loss of the known, relative safety of life inside mother's body. Moreover, the human newborn is at first utterly helpless, totally dependent on others to keep him alive. It leaves him terrified of being abandoned and left to die. The loss of what is familiar, the fear of the unknown as well as the fear of being unable to manage on our own remain in the depth of our psyche throughout life and are re-evoked at times of life-changing events and to some extent by any ending and beginning. The book stresses the importance of examining the way these anxieties are dealt with by different individuals and those who look after them and what promotes or undermines mental, emotional and spiritual growth. Freud, as well as stressing the importance of the 'work of mourning' when someone we love and/or depend on dies, drew attention to the fact that mourning occurs in other situations, such as losing one's country, or an ideal. The author describes how bereavement affects young children, adolescents, young and old people. She also looks at all the ordinary endings in life such as the separation from mother when the child begins to go to nursery, leaving home to go to college, losing one's place of work at retirement, losing one's youth. She stresses how important it is to prepare and work through these and other losses for it is only if we continue to value and internalise the good aspects of the experiences we have had - rather than remain angry about what we have lost - that we are able to internalise and carry them within our heart and mind to sustain us through life, and remain open to appreciate the preciousness of living in the present.



Dr Nicholas Yablon (BA History 1994)


Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity 1819-1919, University of Chicago Press, 2010


American ruins have become increasingly prominent, whether in discussions of  “urban blight” and home foreclosures, in commemorations of 9/11, or in postapocalyptic movies. In this highly original book, Nick Yablon argues that the association between American cities and ruins dates back to a much earlier period in the nation’s history. Recovering numerous scenes of urban desolation—from failed banks, abandoned towns, and dilapidated tenements to the crumbling skyscrapers and bridges envisioned in science fiction and cartoons—Untimely Ruins challenges the myth that ruins were absent or insignificant objects in nineteenth-century America.


Dr Maurice Yacowar (PhD English 1968)



Maurice Yacowar (PhD English, Shakespeare Institute, 1968) has two books appearing in November. Wayne State University Press is republishing his 1977 study, Hitchcock's British Films. Athabasca University Press is publishing his Roy and Me: This is Not a Memoir, a work of creative non-fiction recalling his relationship with the controversial British war hero, Roy Farran, when Farran published a Calgary community weekly and Yacowar was his cub reporter, 1958-61. The work draws on David Cesarani's study, Major Farran's Hat.





2WWR: Robert Widders' The Emperors Irish Slaves


Invention advice: Graham Barker's A Better Mousetrap




Jefferson and Nature: Keith Thomson's A Passion for Nature



First book published: Author Anna Peel





Untimely Ruins - Nick Yablon 

 Vircheu and the Bow (Vircheu's Adventures)

First in a series of adventures - Vircheu and the Bow

by Eli Anderson


DELHI UNDER HAMMER:The Crisis of Sealing and Demolition


A K Jain - Delhi Under Hammer





Amy Spurling: First book published My Soviet Kitchen




Sarah Leavesley (James): First full length Poetry Collection



Jenny Hope: First poetry collection


Words Gone Wild 

Jim Bernhard: Words Gone Wild



Rona Laurie War Years

Rona Laurie:My War Years in London



 B2B Flyer Thumbnail



Celia Bibby: The Business of Learning to Relax




Celia Bibby:Expert Witness




David Abbott: My View of Life in Hinckley




Judith Niechcial: Lucy Faithfull:Mother to Hundreds




Catherine Loomis:The Death of Elizabeth I



Dr Letitia Obeng:A Silent Heritage


Haseen Mazhar: HEAL



Peter Tomlinson:The Voyages of Delticus




Peter Tomlinson:The Time of Kadrik




Peter Tomlinson:The Stones of Petronicus


Kwame Kwarteng: A History of the Elephant in Ghana



Dr Matthew Cole: Richard Wainwright



Tony Giles:Seeing the World My Way



Tasmina Perry: Private Lives




John Talbot:Training in Organisations




Brian Hirst: Ray-Oyle Town Family




Ruth Hellier-Tinoco:Emboyding Mexico:Tourism, Nationalism and Performance




Martin Knox:The Grass is Always Browner





Wayne Howell: Rock Solid Ethernet





Wayne Howell: Control Freak



Anita Mays:Flygirl Adventures:An Autoflyography



Russell Walden:Triumphs of Change



Dr Kenneth Birkin:Richard Strauss:




Dr Kenneth Birkin:Hans von Bulow - A Life for Music




Julie Hepworth:The Social Construction of Anorexia Nervosa



Lorelei Mathias:Lost for Words



Lorelei Mathias:Step on it, Cupid



Anthony Stewart:Basic Statistics and Epidemiology



Graham Astbury:Three Phase Conversion





Roman Laskowski:The Ultimate Inferior Beings





Dominic Luke:Aunt Letitia



Gopal Upadhyaya:Men of Metals and Materials



Malcolm Tozer:Physical Education and Sport



Peter Mason:The Pit Sinkers of Northumberland and Durham



Graham Allcott:How to be a Productivity Ninja




Trevor Iskander:When Fears Frustrate Contentment



James Brogden: The Narrows



Andrew Craig: Own The World



Helen Chandler: Two for Joy



Anne Page:Changing Minds



Franziska Wittenberg:Experiencing Endings & Beginnings



Martin Davies (aka Martin D Kendall):The Hammer of Thor



Adalene Buckland:Novel Science:Fiction and the invention of 19th century geology



Alycia Smith-Howard:The Food of Love



John Gould:The Making of Olympic Cities



Dr Darrell Ezell:Beyond Cairo



Dr J.S. Matlin: Truth to Power



Graham Wilding:The Real Top Gun



Stanley Salmons: NH3



Stanley Salmons:The Man in Two Bodies


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