Alumni authors: A-C

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David Abbott (BEd Newman College, 1975) a

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 pre-fabricated 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 are 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, 2010.

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.

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Graham Barker (BA German Studies, 1971)

A Better Mousetrap: The business of invention2007. 

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 http://www.abettermousetrap.co.uk/

 

Alan Baxendale OBE (MA History, 1954)

Before the Wars: Churchill as Reformer (1910-11)

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: www.wordsgonewild.net

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 (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, LULU.com

cuses 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.

  

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 and 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.

 

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.

 

James Bunting (BA English and Philosophy, 2011)

James had his first book, Rhyming Thunder: The alternative book of young poets, Burning Eye Books, 2012, published last year after being asked to compile and edit a collection of young performance poets into the first anthology of its kind.

 

He is now writing his own book.

 

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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. 

Helen Ableman (née Chandler), (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 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) non-fiction 

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

2008 –NASCAR (TickTock Publishing) non-fiction 

2008 - F1 (TickTockPublishing) non-fiction

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 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...