Alumni authors: D-F

Many of our alumni are published authors. If you have written a book and would like to appear on these pages, please let us know via alumnicommunications@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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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.

Emma Darwin (BA Drama and 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.

Jonathan Dennis (BA Medieval and Modern History, 1996)

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

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?

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Ljubica Erickson (BA English, 1957)

The Eastern Front in Photographs, 2001. Carlton

Ljubica worked with her husband to write The Eastern Front in Photographs, published by Carlton, 2001. She and her son edited Russia: War, Peace and Diplomacy: Essays in Honour of John Erickson, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2005.

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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 world view, 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.

Brian Fish (BSc Mining,1942)

Words for Weighing: Essays and Leaders, 2012, Pen Press

The first half of the book comperises essays of various style and content, including the author's war stories including active service in Burma,

In the second half are reproduced seventy of the leaders which the author composed while he was managing editor of technical journals. They cover the period early 1961 to late 1984, and offer a lively commentary on current affairs.

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.

David Fletcher (BSc Chemistry, 1970)

David moved on from chemistry to accountancy immediately after graduating, but he has now moved on to writing.  He has produced a trilogy of humorous sci-fi books and is currently engaged in the production of a series of humorous travel books.  These are based on his experiences in such diverse places as Namibia, Borneo, Cape Verde and Syria – and on his desire to inform, provoke, amuse and entertain, in more or less equal measure.  His next book, Strip Pan Wrinkle (in Namibia and Botswana) is due to be published in January 2014.  Full details of this and of all his books can be found on his website at: www.davidfletcherbooks.co.uk.