Alumni authors: S-U

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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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 Publications

2007 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.

 

Govind Narayan Sinha (LLM Law 2003)

An Introduction to the Delhi Ridge, 2014, Department of Forests & Wildlife

The book presents an overall view of the Delhi Ridge, including its history, management, flora and fauna. It positions the Delhi Ridge in the broader context of the evolution of a statutory framework, discusses management interventions for conservation of natural resources that were initiated during the British regime, and traces the same afterwards. The flora and fauna of the Delhi Ridge are quite unique, and display characteristics of ecological changes due to their position in a transition zone of two contrasting ecosystems.

It was because of these imperatives that the Delhi Ridge received some degree of protection during the regime of the Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Kings and British rulers for strategic, aesthetic and environmental considerations.

 

 

Professor Anthony Stewart (MPH Public Health and 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 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 more than 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.

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John Talbot (BA Geography, 1953)

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

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.

Qaiser M Talib (BA History, 2002)

Salah Ad Din and the Crusades, 2012, Ta-Ha Publishers.

http://www.tahapublishers.com/salah-ad-din-and-the-crusades~259

I know what you did last Ju'mah, Emerald Publishers, 2011

http://www.theislamicestablishment.com/1-7342-1-i-know-what-you-did-last-jum-ah.aspx

Eric Taub (BSc Psychology, 1967)  

I live in Los Angeles, where I earn a living as a writer and corporate consultant for such companies as Panasonic, IBM, and Apple. For 20 years, I've been a contributor to The New York Times, writing mostly about the intersection of technology and society. I've written two best-selling books: Taurus: the Making of the Car that Saved Ford and Gaffers, Grips, and Best Boys: Who Does What in the Making of a Motion Picture In addition, I've contributed to two New York Times books.

My next book, Does This Plug into That? Simplify Your Electronic Life will be published in the UK and the US in February 2014. 

Michael Tefula (BSc Accounting & Finance, 2010)

How to Get a First: Insights and Advice from a First-class Graduate, 2012. 

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, 1980; PhD Chemistry, 1989)

Characterisation 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 characterisation 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 12 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.

Peter Tomlinson (BPhilEd, 1978)

The Petronicus Legacy:The Voyages of Delticus, 2007. Bewrite Books.

The Petronicus Legacy: The Time of Kadrik, 2006.  Bewrite Books.

The Petronicus Legacy:The Stones of Petronicus, 2004.  Bewrite Books.

Dr Malcolm Tozer (BSc Physics, 1965)

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

Dr Malcolm Tozer  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.  

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Gopal Shankar Upadhyaya (MSc Physical Metallurgy, 1962)

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

The book is the 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 longer 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 travelled around the world in connection with lecturing and attending conferences, and is currently a consultant living in Varanasi (India).

Metal Science: Past, Present and Future, 2013. Trans Tech Publications.

The present book, to the best of the author’s memory, is the first attempt to present the history of metal science in one volume, covering both extractive and physical metallurgy. The book is aimed as a supplementary text book for students in metallurgy and materials science and also selectively for general readers. History of science always uncovers how the thinking of scientists evolved with time.