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Hilary Andrews (BA History 1965)
The Prioress is a gripping historical drama set amidst the political intrigue and religious unrest of 13th century London. An unpopular prioress is murdered and a young man is accused of the murder. His brother, a stone-mason, working on the nearby Westminster Abbey attempts to clear his name. The plot is widened by the underlying conflict between the King and the barons.
Wilfred Attenborough (Former Student 1963)
'Diagnosing Churchill: Bipolar or "Prey to Nerves" ?'
This pioneering book investigates how biographical evidence has been variously used, misused, or not used at all, by clinicians entirely reliant on biographical evidence for the influential posthumous diagnoses they have produced of Winston Churchill as a manic-depressive. Attention is paid, also, to the distinct question of Churchill and "nerves," otherwise known as neurasthenia. This question has a place alongside the manic-depression issue because, by ensuring there is a marked contrast between two lines of biographical inquiry, it facilitates a significant move in the direction of a more rounded, a more securely founded, understanding of how Churchill functioned psychologically, and how he did not.
Penny Avis (LLB Law 1989)
'Never Mind the Botox'
Co-written with her friend Joanna Berry 'Never Mind the Botox' is a series about four professional women all working on the sale of high profile cosmetic surgery business the Beau Street Group. Each book reveals how the women cope with one of the most glamorous but challenging deals of their careers, and the dramatic impact it has on their personal lives. With a briefcase in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, can they navigate their way through a surreal world of boob jobs by day and intrigue by night - and still keep their own love lives on track?
Link to books: avisberry.com
Simon Baynes (BSc Probability and Statistics 1979)
At the age of seven Simon was diagnosed with early onset diabetes. The title ‘Extreme Survivor’ relates to his citation in 2016 for a Joslin Medal, which is awarded to those who survive on insulin for fifty years from their diagnosis. This autobiography chronicles his life, including his studies at the University and his time as Chair of Trustees of the University of Sheffield Pension Scheme.
Link to book: www.simonbayneslimited.co.uk/services.php
Dr William Bedford (BA English Literature 1976, PhD English 1980)
'None of the Cadillacs was pink'
None of the Cadillacs Was Pink is a collection of short stories and memoir essays. Both stories and memoir essays deal with Bedford's early experiences of working on the east coast fairgrounds and fishdocks of Lincolnshire, and then living close to an American nuclear rocket base in North Lincolnshire.
For more information visit: www.williambedford.co.uk/
Brian Bennett (BA Russian 1970)
'The Last Dictatorship in Europe: Belarus Under Lukashenko'
Belarus is a European country denied democratic progress by a modern-day tyrant. Bennett traces Belarus's history from the collapse of the Berlin Wall to the eventual establishment of Lukashenko’s personal dictatorship in 2006. He writes of the hopes and excitement of the first presidential election in 1994 and Lukashenko’s swift consolidation of power through fraudulent referenda and elections, suspicious disappearances and the sidelining of opposition. He takes a close look at the enigmatic Lukashenko and hazards a guess as to how his regime will end.
Jeffrey Scott Bernstein (BA English Literature 1993)
'The Oresteia of Aeschylus'
The Oresteia, first performed in Greece in 458BC, has been celebrated as an exemplar of the highest literary art. The murder of King Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra, the bloody vengeance their son Orestes wreaks upon his mother, and the appearance of the goddess Athena to sort matters out, tells a foundation narrative of world drama. The trilogy traces a progression from personal blood feud to institutionalised justice, and in doing so celebrates, by the end, the triumph of democracy among the citizenry.
Link to book: www.carcanet.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer
Leandro Berti (PhD Chemistry 2010)
This work is a compendium of the latest information and international standards in the field of Nanotechnology. The result of an intense research work, this unprecedented text aims to beacon and guide the understanding and development of Nanotechnology, emphasizing the Safety by Design paradigm, in order to promote effective communication and integration between the industry and academia. The authors explore in a practical way the Nanosafety concepts and definitions, best practices for the manufacture of nanomaterials, how to measure nanomaterials properties, how to assess exposure, hazard and risk, and finally, how to assess the safety of nanomaterials.
Written in a clear and educational way, the book presents a technical text with a practial view, and immediately applicable both in industry and in academia. This book may also be useful for the creation of public policies and regulatory frameworks for research, use, production and manufacture of nanomaterials in general.
Link to book: www.apinano.org.br/pt/livro.html (in Portuguese)
Bridget Blankley (PG Dip Post 16 Education and Training Policy 2004)
'The Ghosts & Jamal'
The Ghosts & Jamal is an intriguing story, touching on religion, terrorism and Nigeria’s internal conflicts, following a young orphan who is negotiating an unforgiving society. Waking up in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, 14-year-old Jamal tries to piece together what has happened whilst simultaneously trying to evade capture by the attackers. It soon becomes clear that he has been living in a separate outhouse from his family on account of the “bad spirits” that plague him. As he wanders around his family’s compound, he comes across red canisters leaking yellow gas, which he works out were the weapon that killed his family, and he begins calling the gas “ghosts”. With his family dead, he begins to search for his grandfather who he hardly knows; when his grandfather turns him away he keeps walking. On his journey he passes out and is picked up by a patrolling soldier. He is taken to a hospital where he is treated for the “spirits”, or rather, his epilepsy. Jamal escapes and on doing so, he wanders bewildered around the city. On the way he meets prejudice, exploitation and friendship, before finally discovering that it is people, not ghosts, that have killed his family, and they have plans to keep on killing.
Katherine Blessan (MA English Literature 2000)
Lydia's quiet expat life in Cambodia is dramatically turned upside down by the sudden arrival of Song, a young & vulnerable Vietnamese girl, and the flattering romantic attentions of a handsome, dashing local man. Just as she settles into this new-found happiness, everything is shattered as Song is kidnapped and sold into the child sex trade. Broken, Lydia returns to the UK, confirmed in her doubts about 'God', only to find the most unexpected guest on her doorstep one night many years later with the most incredible story to tell of hope lost and innocence restored.
Link to book: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1909728195
Professor Max Blythe (BSc Botany 1968)
'Pioneering Physician: the Life of Charles Fletcher, 1911-1995'
The latest medical biography by Max Blythe is of Britain's first TV doctor, leading anti-smoking campaigner and first doctor to witness the amazing therapeutic powers of penicillin when trialling it at Oxford in 1941. Largely told in Fletcher's own words, recounted to Max Blythe through more than 20 interviews in the 1980s, the book provides eye-witness accounts of pneumoconiosis research which resulted in major advances in the prevention of the dust disease then afflicting tens of thousands of British coal miners; pioneering studies of chronic bronchitis; and the the publication of Smoking and Health, the historic 1962 report of the Royal College of Physicians, which had widespread national and international influence in early campaigning against smoking.
Dr Colin Bonnington (PhD Wildlife Conservation 2014)
'The Grey Tale of Mrs Sciurus'
Mrs Sciurus, is a mother grey squirrel, who was born in the countryside, but her ancestors weren't. And therein lies the problem, with some of her neighbours wanting the squirrel family gone. This story, written and illustrated by wildlife conservation scientist, Dr Colin Bonnington, parallels human social issues, including acceptance and prejudice.
Link to book: www.amazon.co.uk/Grey-Tale-Mrs-Sciurus/dp/1999939409/
Frances Booth (MA Print Journalism 2004)
‘The Distraction Trap’
If you're worried that you're losing the power to concentrate The Distraction Trap can help. Learn how you can easily release your life from the steely grip of modern technology where you're always available and always connected. Discover how you can radically boost your productivity by keeping your whole brain and both eyes on the task in hand. You may think you can do ten things at once, with a scattered thinking approach and expect to do everything well and on time. Well, you can't. The Distraction Trap will empower you to focus and prioritise, switch off your email, say 'no' to social media ruling your life and help you rediscover your lost powers of concentration. Your campaign to reclaim your life starts here and now!
Lucienne Boyce (BA Philosophy 1977)
'The Butcher’s Block: A Dan Foster Mystery'
The Butcher’s Block, the latest instalment of the Dan Foster murder mystery series by award-winning author Lucienne Boyce, features a society in upheaval, with divisions between Britain and Europe, calls for parliamentary reform, radical politics and the plight of the underclass.
James Brown (BA English Literature 2003)
Trixie’s friends think she’s batty as a vampire, so she needs Santa’s help to spread the Christmas joy. But when she visits Lapland HQ, Santa is nowhere to be seen, the elves’ shelves are empty and ALL WITCHES are on the Naughty List! Luckily, Trixie knows a spell or two that just might save Christmas for everyone.
Join Trixie, Rudy the cat, LOTS of elves and witches . . . and even Santa himself in this beautifully illustrated picture book by James Brown.
Link to book: Simon & Schuster
Dr Ian Bullock (BA Modern History of Government 1963)
'The Drums of Armageddon'
The outbreak of war in August 1914 was devastating for many people. None more so, however, than the British socialists who strongly believed, despite ‘German menace’ warnings, that war was a nightmare of the past and socialism was growing steadily around the globe. The Drums of Armageddon is a detailed and poignant exploration of the last peacetime and the first five wartime months of 1914 as presented on the pages of the three longest established socialist weeklies – Justice, the Clarion, and Labour Leader.
Dr Julian Burton (MB ChB Medicine 1994, MEd Teaching and Learning for University Lecturers 2002)
'The Hospital Autopsy: A Manual of Fundamental Autopsy Practice'
The Hospital Autopsy presents a clear and systematic approach to safe and effective modern autopsy practice for pathologists. It begins by discussing issues such as legislation governing autopsies, religious attitudes and ensuring safety, before covering the procedures of external examination, evisceration, dissection of internal organs and report writing.
Romasa Butt-Storey (LLB Law 1984)
Written by Law graduate Romasa Butt-Storey, this crime novel in essence, highlights domestic abuse, mental illness, police procedure and advocates changes to the law.
Link to book: www.amazon.com/The-Fit-Up-R-B-Storey-ebook/dp/B00EXB8LBM
John Case (MB ChB Medicine 1960)
'The Surgeons Apprentice'
This second book in John's semi-autobiographical series concerns his student life in Sheffield and postgraduate training elsewhere before emigrating to northern Alberta, Canada.
Link to John's website: www.johnbcase.com
Lee Child (LLB Law 1977, Hon LittD 2009)
'Killing Floor' (Jack Reacher 1)
Lee Child is one of the world’s leading thriller writers. He was born in Coventry, raised in Birmingham, and now lives in New York. It is said one of his novels featuring his hero Jack Reacher is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds. His books consistently achieve the number-one slot on bestseller lists around the world, and are published in over one hundred territories. He is the recipient of many prizes, most recently the CWA’s Diamond Dagger for a writer of an outstanding body of crime fiction.
Lee Child's official web page: www.leechild.com
Caroline Corcoran (BA English Literature 2002)
'Through the Wall'
Lexie loves her home. She feels safe and secure in it – and loved, thanks to her boyfriend Tom. But recently, something’s not been quite right. A book out of place. A wardrobe door left open. A set of keys going missing… Tom thinks Lexie’s going mad – but then, he’s away more often than he’s at home nowadays, so he wouldn’t understand. Because Lexie isn’t losing it. She knows there’s someone out there watching her. And, deep down, she knows there’s nothing she can do to make them stop… A compelling, heart-racing thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder long after you turn the last page. The perfect read for fans of Louise Candlish and Adele Parks.
Roger Croft (BA Economics 1955)
'The Wayward Spy'
In Roger Croft's explosive and mercurial espionage thriller, The Wayward Spy, he offers readers an idea of how the secret undercover spy world works-and how one might throw a wrench in it. Croft's take on things is part farce, complete irony, and unfettered action. When retiring newsman Michael Vaux returns to the neighborhood in Cairo where he grew up, he's reunited with former schoolmate Ahmed Abdul Kadri, who happens to be Syria's chief armaments buyer. With good reason, this piques the interest of the British Secret Service who orders him to tow his country's lines-and interests. Directed to pump critical intelligence from Kadri, who is presumably a bitter former official of the Syrian regime, when Vaux goes missing all bets are off. In a dynamic, masterfully crafted plot that takes readers from Geneva to Morocco, until the very end, it's nearly impossible to figure out the ruse or even, at times, what's at stake. Perhaps, when it comes down to it, there's nothing better than a willful spook.
Link to book: www.amazon.co.uk/Wayward-Spy-Roger-Croft/dp/1450590209
Nick Currie (BA English Literature 1995)
‘How to Run a Limited Company’
‘How to Run a Limited Company’ covers the entire life-cycle of a company, from formation and registration through core compliance tasks such as managing shares, meetings, and reports and accounts, through to wind-up and insolvency. The book will provide readers with the practical tools and resources required to successfully establish and operate a private limited company. The book is aimed at people who are new to the area so it’s a good resource for entrepreneurs, new business owners, those studying business law at degree or post-graduate level (or undertaking the Legal Practice Course) as well as trainees in the legal field – trainee solicitors and trainee accountants, for example.
R.J. Dearden (BA History 1996, MA History 1997)
'The Realignment Case'
Geneva, 2012. Disgraced lawyer Daniel Athley is hired by a shadowy international organisation with a secret it will kill to project - the past can be changed. Working for the enigmatic Counsellor Winter, Dan's role is to defend the status quo in The Court of Final Correction. Discovering a plot that could unleash chaos in a disordered future, he must choose a side in a murky world where the fate of the dead is decided.
Link to book: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1782796991
Steve Dickens (BA History 1983)
'Stretford & Old Trafford Through Time'
The districts of Stretford and Old Trafford are today best known for their sporting links to the football stadium of Manchester United FC and the Lancashire county cricket ground. However, as this book shows, their histories are much more extensive than these (admittedly more famous) connections. The town’s origins and that of its name can be traced to the Roman invasion and the latter’s construction of Watling Street, the Roman road between Manchester (Mamucium) and Chester (Deva Victrix). It developed alongside an important ford over the River Mersey at Crossford Bridge and became an essential area of agricultural production and pig farming, before the industrial development of Trafford Park led to urban growth. Stretford received its Charter of Incorporation in 1933. The photographs in this book detail the main historical changes of the last century and show the part that trade, industry and transport have played in the development of Stretford and Old Trafford. It is one of fifteen titles I have published covering areas of north west England and north Wales.
Jordi Doce (Erasmus student 1993 and former member of staff)
Nothing Is Lost: Selected Poems
Translated from Spanish by Lawrence Schimel. "This volume brings together poems from six collections originally published between 1990 and 2011. I have divided the selection into five sections that correspond, broadly, to the separate stages in which they were written. The final and briefest one includes five fragments from Perros en la playa[Dogs on the Beach], a miscellany of prose, poetry and aphorisms that I published in early 2011. In my opinion, a Selected should not solely contain poems that have been often anthologised or singled out for praise by critics and readers. It should give a more or less accurate view of the variety and development of one’s output over the years. Therefore, I have not shied away from including some youthful pieces or the odd experiment—not to mention poems for which one feels an immoderate fondness." —Jordi Doce
Amy Durrant (BA Journalism Studies 2013)
The year is DC12. The parallel worlds of Earth and Mara are wastelands of corruption, ruled by the unforgiving conference. Seventeen-year-old Faye finds herself thrown into the heart of rebellion with one aim; destroy the conference at any cost. In a dystopian tale of treachery, truth and travesty, ‘Prisms’ invites the reader to join Faye on a ride through a future not too far from now. But time is ticking and the Runners are coming. Can Faye win out before she loses herself forever?
Link to book: www.amazon.co.uk/Prisms-Amy-Durrant/dp/1937758117/
Peter Fox (MA Library & Information Studies 1973)
'Trinity College Library Dublin: A History'
The first comprehensive, scholarly history of Trinity College Library Dublin. It covers the whole 400 years of the Library's development, from its foundation in the seventeenth century to the electronic revolution of the twenty-first century. Particular attention is given to the buildings, the acquisition of the great treasures and the individuals who influenced the Library's development - librarians, politicians, readers, book collectors and book thieves. An important aspect is the comprehensive coverage of legal deposit from the beginning of the nineteenth century, viewed for the first time from the Irish perspective.
Duncan Froggatt (Studied MA in Historical Archaeology)
'Sheffield – A Civilised Place'
This book is a thematic history of Sheffield from pre-historic times to the present day. It explores the development of the city through the essentials of a civilised life, often putting local developments in a national or international context. It highlights notable buildings and places, from humble barns and cottages to factories and offices, to modern tower blocks, from churches to places of entertainment and recreation and diverse forms of transport and communication and other services. The book features some of the key people involved in the creating of these places.
Liam Gilliver (BA Journalism Studies 2018)
'We're Worried About Him'
When a troubled writer living in Venice falls deeply for an upcoming singer, he has to decide how much he is willing to sacrifice in the name of love. How does life on the open road differ to nights of the Italian summer? We're Worried About Him is a book about falling in love as much as it is heartbreak: about self-discovery as much as it is self-torment.
Link to book: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1728615054
Dr Jonathan Glazzard (MA Education 2004, EdD Education 2013)
'Teaching Systematic Synthetic Phonics Early English'
The text addresses the specifics of teaching English in the early years and importantly places systematic synthetic phonics within the context of early English as a whole. It starts by examining the fundamental role of communication and language in laying the foundations for literacy development. It explores the importance of early sound discrimination, rhyme, alliteration, oral blending and oral segmentation, as well as the importance of developing children's visual discrimination skills. The text critically examines the role of systematic synthetic phonics as an approach for teaching children to read, and its application in both reading and writing is fully covered. Other key chapters include literacy through the wider learning environment, supporting children with literacy difficulties and assessing English in the early years.
Agnes Grunwald-Spier (MA Holocaust Studies 1998)
'Who Betrayed the Jews?'
Who Betrayed the Jews? is a groundbreaking study that examines the various ways Jews were betrayed by their fellow countrymen during the Second World War. In Who Betrayed the Jews?, historian Agnes Grunwald-Spier reveals, among other accounts, the story of the slave labourers who toiled for German firms and international companies; the plight of Jewish Olympians who were murdered; and the impact of Nazi policies on Agatha Christie, Margaret Thatcher and Coco Chanel.
Stephen Guscott (BA History 1994, MA History 1997, PhD History 2001)
'Humphrey Chetham 1580-1653: Fortune, Politics And Mercantile Culture In Seventeenth-century England'
Humphrey Chetham (1580–1653) was the most successful gentleman merchant of seventeenth-century Lancashire. He was born in Crumpsall, near Manchester, and made a fortune in the fustian and woollen trade in a hugely successful partnership with his brother George. He was also a shrewd and successful moneylender, and in the 1620s began to purchase land and property in the Manchester area.
Chetham’s wealth brought him into the public domain, and in 1634 he became Sheriff of Lancashire, being responsible for the collection of the deeply unpopular Ship Money rate. During the Civil War, he continued to fund the Parliamentarian war effort and purchased the mortgages of several Royalist estates in the North West.
For many years before his death Chetham attempted to make provision for a large charitable scheme. Towards the end of his life he began to pay for the education and maintenance of twenty-two boys from the Manchester region, as well as providing chained libraries of godly books for parishes in Manchester and Bolton. He died unmarried on 20 September 1653 at the age of 72, and was buried amid much pomp and ceremony at the Collegiate Church of Manchester. Today, his bequest lives on in the internationally famous institutions of Chetham's Library and Chetham's School of Music.
Link to book: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1858251915
Judith Haire (BA Politics 1981)
‘Our Encounters with Suicide’
This is the second in the Encounters series, the first ‘Our Encounters with Madness’ was published in 2011 and the third title ‘Our Encounters with Self Harm’ is due to be published in October 2013.
‘Our Encounters with Suicide’ comprises a range of writings on the theme of suicide – by those who have been suicidal, alongside the friends, family and staff who have lived and worked with them. The ‘Our Encounters with…’ series collects together unmediated narratives by service users past and present, carers and survivors. These stories of direct experience are intended to be helpful for people who may have had similar encounters and for those who care for them personally or professionally.
Jacob Halpin (MA International Studies 2006)
'Thirteen Ways to Make a Plural: Preparing to Learn Arabic'
Arabic is one of the world's most complex and fascinating languages, but many students dive into it without first understanding what they are aiming for, much less knowing how they will get there. Thirteen Ways to Make a Plural: Preparing to Learn Arabic provides essential guidance on making a success of learning Arabic, drawing on the author's personal experience of having been there and done it, along with the insights and advice of countless other students and teachers.
Sarah Healey (née Grant) (LLB Law 1992)
'The Night Watch'
"It's Bedlam here tonight. You'll wish you'd rung in sick." So starts Sergeant Nick Toft's night shift, an eight hour rollercoaster of crisis and tragedy that threatens to throw him right out of the safe, sensible life he's carefully crafted for himself. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Rose Olding is trying to solve a shocking suburban murder with very little evidence, plenty of blood and three suspects all blaming each other... Sarah Healey worked for ten years as a criminal defence lawyer before becoming a writer. She now uses all her experience of working in police stations big and small, at all hours of the day and night, to create a gritty and atmospheric police drama.
Link to Amazon Author page: www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Healey/e/B0181E2HGQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
John Hemsley (MEng 1966, PhD Mining 1968)
‘Elastic analysis of raft foundations’
This monograph explains the flexural analysis of plain raft foundations and related ground-bearing structures. It illustrates the basic principles of this difficult subject and includes many topics ranging from the distortion of an elastic half-space to the analysis and design of complex raft foundations using computer-based methods. It also contains extensive numerical results, and examines the practical effects of soil-structure interaction by means of several case histories.
Link to book: ICE Virtual Library
Lauren Ho ()
Last Tang Standing
Crazy Rich Asians meets Bridget Jones’s Diary in this funny and irresistible debut novel about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one’s thirties intact, and opening oneself up to love.
Sarah Holt (BA Philosophy & Psychology 2005)
'Love and Eskimo Snow'
Our dictionaries tell us that love can be defined as ‘a strong feeling of affection’. But that’s not Missy’s experience of love. For her, affection and passion play second fiddle to commitment and pledges. It’s not Elizabeth’s sense of the word, either; she’s got it pegged as intimacy and confidences.
Then there’s Claire, for whom love is bed, and Bea, who has spent a lifetime pondering the true meaning of love But is it ever possible to pick genuine, ‘true’ love out in an identity parade? Or is love more like the Sami Eskimo concept of snow: summed up only in two hundred different words, and never
falling the same way twice?
Razvan Hoinaru (BA International History and International Politics 2009)
'New Models of Financing and Financial Reporting for European SMEs'
This book looks at the 23 million registered Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that make up 98 per cent of the EU economy. Addressing the high end of SMEs in terms of new models for SME funding and financial reporting, this merged way of looking at SMEs reveals a ‘myopic’ thinking in terms of net present value and (future) cash flows generating short-termism and low risk appetite for business. This is not an accounting issue, but rather a preference toward certain financial tools. A segment of SMEs, the ones that seek new ways of funding possibilities, as well as modern technologies (MTFs listing, blockchain, ICOs, etc.) do require, even without knowing, IFRS for SMEs. This book reveals how market conditions impact the financial performance and sustainability of SMEs and also generate innovative policy interventions and financing strategies for SME integrity and efficiency. The authors frame their arguments in the context of the Capital Markets Union, looking at the Innovation Triangle, SME growth ecosystem and business models. They conclude by advocating for closing the circle of financing and financial reporting for SMEs, while considering if new financial models of financing and financial reporting are good for all the SMEs or only for some.
Link to book: www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783030028305
Steve Howell (BA Economic History 1977)
'Over the Line'
Megan Tomos, poster girl for the Rio Olympics, is only 21 and already a millionaire celebrity popular with fans and sponsors. But what is she hiding? And why do the police want to interview her about the death of an old school-friend, Matt, who used steroids for body-building?
Suspicion grows when it emerges she’s still in touch with an ex-boyfriend, Will, who was present when Matt died and who’s been banned from rugby after failing a drugs test. As media pressure intensifies, Megan disappears. The police suspect she’s been less than truthful – and lying never looks good when there’s a corpse involved.
Order via Amazon or www.steve-howell.com
R Alison Hunter (BSc Geology 1971, Cert Botanical Illustration 2003)
'Sorby's Legacy: Geology at the University of Sheffield'
The year 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Department of Geology at the University of Sheffield. Sheffield had one of the largest geology teaching departments and an international reputation for its fields of research. The demise of the Department has puzzled not only alumni but also the wider geological community. The book details the history of the Department from its founding, the many achievements and eventual closure. University Archives provided the basis for the book, which was augmented by documents, personal memories and many photographs submitted by former staff and alumni.
Link to book: www.geologyatsheffield.co.uk
Jake Hunton (BA Modern Foreign Languages 2003)
'Exam Literacy: A guide to doing what works (and not what doesn't) to better prepare students for exams'
This book focuses on the latest cognitive research into revision techniques - proven procedures which actually work. In the light of the recent decision to make all subjects at GCSE linear, so that students will be tested in one-off exams, it will be even more important to prepare students effectively for exams. Accordingly, this book concentrates on what works more effectively in terms of revision strategies: practice testing, distributed practice, elaborative interrogation and self-explanation, whilst setting out what doesn't work as effectively: re-reading, highlighting, summarising, etc. Uniquely, it also includes some subject-specific examples based on the new specification content, showing how these proven revision strategies could work alongside subject content.
Link to book: www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1785831984
Nick Hurst (BA History 1998)
'Falling From the Floating World'
When Ray is sacked from his job in London, he goes to Japan hoping to start his life afresh. Things begin well: he lands work as an English teacher and strikes up a relationship with the beautiful, intriguing Tomoe. But his world is turned upside down when Tomoe’s father is found dead. Convinced that his death was a murder, Tomoe sets out after the killers, and when she goes missing Ray is forced to act. In his quest to find her he’s dragged into the ‘floating world’ – a place of corrupt politicians, yakuza, sumo wrestlers and call-girls – living out an adventure that echoes his dreams of Tokyo’s feudal past. It’s a search guaranteed to bring further loss of life, and Ray is pulled into a desperate chase to ensure it won’t be his.
Steve Johnson (BSc Computer Science 2000)
'Penhall: Speedway World Champion'
The illustrated biography of the former Speedway World Champion Bruce Penhall, who not only won everything individually in a career that established him as one of the all-time great riders, but also turned Cradley Heath into League Champions.
Link to book: The History Press
William Jones (BMet Metallurgy 1968)
'MindWealth: building Personal Wealth from Intellectual Property Rights'
Author William A. Jones explores the UK and global environment in which people can build personal wealth from IP. In MindWealth, he illuminates the relationships between building personal wealth and intellectual property rights. He describes the ecosystem within which people generate and exploit IPR, using many examples, snapshots, and observations, as well as structured disciplines.
Link to book: www.iprology.com
Victoria Kellaway (BA Journalism 2004)
'Colombia a comedy of errors'
Colombia a comedy of errors tells the story of all forty-eight million Colombians, examining the country's history, people, culture, colombianomics and justice. It is a funny, full-colour book that became a bestseller in Colombia in the first month of its release. The book was written by British journalist Victoria Kellaway and Brit-Colombian artist Sergio J. Lievano and reveals the secrets behind a nation that has drama and comedy seeped into its bloodstream.
This lively, humour-filled book has a serious heart and makes for an ideal gift or travel companion. It contains more than160 illustrations, caricaturing famous faces (including Shakira, Bolivar, Botero and Uribe) as well as all those Colombians fighting to survive their country's daily contradictions. Colombia a comedy of errors is an inspiring journey into the very depths of the Colombian gene and what it means for Colombians everywhere. For more information visit: www.bananaskinflipflops.com or find the book on Amazon
Peter Kent (BSc Geography and Geology 1978)
'SEO for Dummies'
Packed with tips, tricks, and secrets, SEO For Dummies shows you how to create and maintain a website that ranks at the top of search engines and drives high-volume traffic. Using plain-English explanations and easy-to-follow instructions, this friendly guide helps you come to grips with search engine basics—what they are, which ones are important, and how to get started—and build a search-engine-friendly site.
Find more about this and Peter's other books on his Amazon Authors page.
Geoff Kerr (BA French, German & Hispanic Studies 1968)
'Yorkshire Joint Omnibus Committees'
For forty years the Joint Omnibus Committees in Sheffield, Huddersfield, Halifax and Todmorden, jointly owned by the Corporations and the railways, were a unique feature of UK bus operations. Geoff Kerr describes how and why the railways came to own shareholdings in these four undertakings, how they influenced the development of bus services in Yorkshire and how, following the transfer of the railway shares to the National Bus Company, the Joint Omnibus Committees were wound up during a period of major change in the bus industry. 112 pages with around 160 illustrations including some colour.
Click here for a link to the book
Mark Lain (BA French Language and Literature 1998)
'Destiny's Role 0: Zero To Hero'
Zero To Hero is the introductory book from a new series of adventure gamebooks in the classic 1980s style entitled Destiny's Role. The intention is that many more gamebooks will be released in this series. This first book features four different examples of interactive fiction ranging from high fantasy to a modern noir-style detective story.
Link to book - Amazon
Eli S LeJeune (BA Accounting and Finance 1959)
'The Story of Humankind'
The Story of Humankind is a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the scientific accounts of the creation of the universe, the physical origins and evolution of mankind, and the continuous search for spiritual fulfilment.
It clearly sets out the most recent scientific discoveries concerning the creation of the universe and physical origins of life without drowning the reader in jargon. The author conveys the wonder and mystery of the process by which a few small bundles of self-replicating cells have evolved – over billions of years – into all forms of life on this planet, including of course, Homo Sapiens, all the while considering the spirituality that encompasses it all.
Link to publisher: www.austinmacauley.com
Thomas Lockley (PGCE 2006)
'Yasuke: The true story of the legendary African Samurai'
The remarkable life of history's first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society.
When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already travelled much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child, he had ended up a servant and bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia, with whom he traversed India and China learning multiple languages as he went. His arrival in Kyoto caused a commotion. Most Japanese people had never seen an African man before, and many saw him as the embodiment of the black-skinned Buddha from local tradition. Among those who were drawn to his presence was Lord Nobunaga, head of the most powerful clan in Japan, who made Yasuke a samurai in his court. Soon, he was learning the traditions of Japan's martial arts and ascending the upper echelons of their society.
Yasuke presents the never-before-told biography of this singular figure of the sixteenth century, one whose travels between countries, cultures and classes offers a new perspective on race in world history and a vivid portrait of life in medieval Japan.
Scott Lomax (BA Archaeology & Prehistory 2004)
'The Home Front: Sheffield in the First World War'
Much has been written about the First World War and the involvement of the people of Sheffield on the front line. However, never before has a book been written about life in Sheffield during this period and how the war affected the city and those living in it. The book details the human experiences, thoughts, concerns, fears and hopes of Sheffield during one of the most important periods in the city’s history. And how the war helped make Sheffield what it is today. Every aspect of life in Sheffield is featured in this well illustrated book, which is 258 pages in length.
Katharine Lowrie (BA Landscape Design with Planning 2000)
'Running South America - with my Husband and other animals'
Running marathons back-to-back, sleeping by the side of the road, giving presentations to remote schools that had never been visited by their own kinsfolk let alone a pair of gringos emerging barefoot from the forest spattered in brick-red Amazon mud and pulling a bright orange bamboo trailer, this is the remarkable story of personal endurance that gives an engrossing insight into the people and wildlife of South America.
Hilary Mantel (BJur Law 1973, Honorary LittD 2005)
Hilary Mantel is the author of thirteen books , including A Place of Greater Safety, Beyond Black, and the memoir Giving up the Ghost. Her two most recent novels, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring up the Bodies have both been awarded The Man Booker Prize – an unprecedented achievement.
Link to Hilary Mantel's official web page: hilary-mantel.com
Dr Helen Mathers (BA History & Politics 1974, PhD History 1980)
'Steel City Scholars'
Written with warmth, style and humor, this book is a compelling account of the development of the University of Sheffield from its earliest days to the present, richly illustrated from the Archive. The book draws on the reminiscences of hundreds of present and former staff and students, whose insights bring colour to the narrative of great personalities and events. Student life is featured in every chapter and there are pen portraits of many famous University men and women who made major advances in their chosen fields of endeavour
The appendices include statistics and chronologies detailing the development of the University, its facilities, departments and student body. Link to book: onlineshop.shef.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp
Richard Mayson (BA Geography 1983)
'Madeira: The Islands and their Wines'
Richard is an expert on Madeira, Port and Portuguese wines, and is the author of five books on wine, among them Port and the Douro (also published by Infinite Ideas) and The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal which won the André Simon Award in 2003.
His latest book 'Madeira: The Islands and their Wines' covers the history of the island, as well as examining the physical character of the archipelago, the state of the vines and vineyards, and the way in which the wines are made. Sections are also included on current producers, tasting, and information on buying, keeping and serving the wines.
Richard McMaster (BSc Psychology 1999, MSc Occupational Psychology 2002)
'Grasping the Moment: Sensemaking in Response to Routine Incidents and Major Emergencies'
The ways in which organizations make use of information available to them to make decisions and manage activity is an essential topic of investigation for human factors. When the information is uncertain, incomplete or subject to change, then decision making and activity management can become challenging. Under such circumstances, it has become commonplace to use the concept of sensemaking as the lens through which to view organizational behavior. This book offers a unique perspective on sensemaking through its consideration of the variety of ways in which Incident Response is managed by the Police.
Link to book: www.crcpress.com/p/book/9781472470805
Dr Colin Miller (BSc Physiology & Zoology 1983)
'Medical Imaging in Clinical Trials'
This book provides a hands-on text for those involved in clinical trials and having to assimilate medical imaging end points or biomarkers. The critical aspects of clinical trial methodology including ethics, radiation dosages, the end points commonly used for the different trial phases, acquisition and analysis techniques, as well as the logistics management of medical imaging and the role of the central imaging core lab (ICL) are covered. Furthermore this text delves into the details of the major therapeutic areas where medical imaging plays a primary or secondary efficacy or safety end point.
Verieux Mourillon (MEd Continuing Education 1996)
'Revitalising the Caribbean with Action Learning'
This is a compelling account of how over 20 organisations in 11 Caribbean countries are using the power of Action Learning to transform their organisations. Participants will learn about breakthrough solutions achieved in problem areas such as: post-merger culture integration, leadership development, building high performing teams, stakeholder management, customer service excellence, addressing resource conflicts and growing revenue.
Dave Musson (BA French & Linguistics 2008)
'Forward! Inside the Coventry Bears’ Twentieth Anniversary Season'
COVENTRY BEARS’ record-breaking twentieth anniversary season is set to be immortalised in a new book – a publication that will also raise money for charity at the same time.
Forward! Inside the Coventry Bears’ Twentieth Anniversary Season takes readers through the entirety of the club’s history-making 2018 season, which saw the side record their first-ever victories over traditional heartlands clubs, go further than ever before in the Challenge Cup, put together their longest-ever winning streak in League 1 and break their attendance record twice in the same season.
It also highlights what life is like running, playing for and supporting an expansionist rugby league club that is based outside of the sport’s northern heartlands.
Link to book: covbearspodcast.com/book
Geoff Nelder (BEd Education 1973, MSc Climatology and Air Pollution 1979)
Geoff's new book is a surreal science fiction strangely entitled Suppose We. He brings back the sense of wonder and adventure in sci-fi by crash-landing a spaceship on a faraway planet. They need help from the locals, but they are a million years ahead of Earth and ignore them. How do they survive and persuade the superior natives to help them?
Suppose We is as far as we know the only science fiction written by a long-time vegan with a vegan main character on a planet free from predators larger than insects!
Link to book - www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RQW5LHR/
Robert O'Connor (BA History & Philosophy 2011, MA Print Journalism 2015)
Blood and Circuses: A Football Journey Through Europe’s Rebel Republics
In Blood and Circuses, O’Connor embarks on an odyssey through the conflict zones of Eastern Europe’s rebel republics to investigate the role that football has played in the bloody inter-ethnic wars in eight of the region’s disputed territories. He discovers how in this part of the world the beautiful game has served as a platform for the expression of identity and an outlet through which to escape the hail of bullets and the iron fist of repression.
Link to book: www.bitebackpublishing.com/books/blood-and-circuses
Babatunde Olatunde Olorunfemi (M Med Sci Restorative Dentistry 1993)
'The Player – Target: The Executive Suite'
The book provides inspirational insights and career advancement strategies on how young graduates entering the workforce can exploit the values in workplace culture for personal advancement. In an easy-read style, the book describes how people management principles of recognize, respect and connect propel a prepared personality to the office of the chief executive irrespective of the size of the business or industry.
The book’s webpage is www.adtoolsconcepts.com/the-player where details about various formats, translations and offers continue to be updated.
Alan O’Rourke (MB ChB Medicine 1986, MSc Information Management 1995)
'The North Kerry Line'
The book provides a detailed history of the construction and operation of the railway lines from Limerick to Tralee, Foynes and Fenit from the 1850s to the current day. Based on ten years of original research,it includes 275 pages, over 30 maps and diagrams and over 70 photographs, very few ever published before. The book has been produced with the generous support of the Great Southern Trail (www.southerntrail.net), which has saved the track bed from Rathkeale to Abbeyfeale as a long distance walking and cycling route. The book is available from: Alan O’Rourke (email@example.com)
Wendy Ouali (BA English Literature & Language 1968)
'An Englishwoman In Algeria'
The author had just turned eighteen years old when she met her future husband while studying at the University of Sheffield. He was an Algerian student sent to Britain by his government to study for an engineering degree. After nearly four years together, he was recalled to Algeria, forcing them to take the most important decision of their lives. She chose to return to Algeria with him. Here is her unique account of her life there; the difficulties of adapting to a new culture and the slow slide of the country she had grown to love into Islamist terror and civil war.
For this and Wendy's other books please visit her Amazon listing.
Kit Loong Oung (BEng Chemical Process Engineering with Fuel Technology 1997, MSc(Eng) Environmental and Energy Engineering 1998)
'Energy Management in Business'
The business benefits of lower energy consumption are clear: lower energy costs, energy tax avoidance, selling excess CO2 credits, immediately adding savings to the bottom line and improved competitiveness. However, with a need to focus on day to day business management activities, implementing energy reduction programmes stretches the capabilities and know-how of responsible managers.
For more information on this, and Kit's other books on energy management please visit his Amazon page
Professor Martin Price (BSc Natural Environmental Science 1978)
'Mountains: A Very Short Introduction'
In this Very Short Introduction, Martin Price outlines why mountains matter at the global level, and addresses the existing and likely impacts of climate change on mountain, hydrological and ecological systems.
For more information and a link to the book please see: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199695881.do# or click here to see Martin's other recent publications
Dr Jeff Pursglove (Executive MBA 1999)
'Techniques for Physiques: Practical tools to get you the body you want'
Techniques for Physiques was written to help adults of both sexes who want to lose a few pounds from their waist and hips and get a bit of muscle tone. That sounds like an easy thing to do, but the fact that so many men and women are uncomfortably overweight proves that it isn’t. The approach is that techniques used to analyse and improve the performance of a business can be modified and used to analyse and improve your physique. Techniques for Physiques doesn’t just look at the effect that your dietary and exercise regimes are having on your physique, it also delves deeper to investigate the underlying psychological factors that are involved.
Link to book on Amazon
Oliver Quinlan (BA History 2006)
'The Thinking Teacher'
Whilst the importance of good teaching is widely reported as the number one key to raising achievement in any classroom, educating teachers in the art and science of teaching is an expensive business. Simply training them to deliver a curriculum, on the other hand, is whole lot less troublesome. But we need teachers who can think – who can reflect on the process of learning, on pedagogy, on the nature of children and on the role of the professional 21st century educator and, in doing so, seek to improve their profession on a daily basis.
For more information and a link to the book:www.oliverquinlan.com/blog/thethinkingteacher/
Ana Sampson (BA English Literature 1999, MA English Literature 2000)
'She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women'
A stunning gift book containing 150 bold, brave and beautiful poems by women - from classic, well loved poets to innovative and bold modern voices. From suffragettes to school girls, from spoken word superstars to civil rights activists, from aristocratic ladies to kitchen maids, these are voices that deserve to be heard. Collected by anthologist Ana Sampson She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women contains an inclusive array of voices, from modern and contemporary poets.
Available from Waterstones
Milagros Santos-Ong (MA Information Studies 1982)
'Legal Research And Legal Citations For The Philippines'
An up-to-date book on Legal Research and citations. It is aligned with the revised curriculum of the Legal Education Board wherein the subject, Legal Research, now includes Thesis Writing. Includes both printed and electronic citations universally accepted in the legal community
Link to book: RexEstore
Gerald Steele (BA Economics 1967, MA Economics 1971)
'The Economic Thought of Henry Calvert Simons'
Drawing on years of research, Gerald Steele delves into the diverse ideas of Henry Simons, a neglected economist whose work in the 1930s on monetary and financial instability is extremely relevant to today’s debates about commercial bank credit, the interdependence of fiscal and monetary policy, and financial regulation.
Amy Stone (BA English Literature 2008)
'The Raven Wheel'
The Raven Wheel follows three troubled teenagers as they struggle to seize control of their lives.
Wayward Tye wants to finally make his father proud. Bright but awkward Kian is desperate to reconnect with his estranged mum. Impulsive rebel, Ria, harbours a secret desire to murder her father. Their lives intertwine as they strive to succeed and find themselves in too deep, too late...
Lucy Strange (BA English Literature 1999)
'The Secret of Nightingale Wood'
The Secret of Nightingale Wood was published in October 2016 and was immediately made the Waterstone's Children's Book of the Month. It was described as 'Startlingly good' by The Daily Telegraph and placed at Number 10 in their Top 50 books of 2016. Set in the English countryside during the long, hot summer of 1919, The Secret of Nightingale Wood is a beautifully tangled story of friendship, fairy tales and family secrets. Suitable for book-lovers from 9 to 90 years old.
Available from Amazon
Dr Robert Tansey (Certificate Archaeology 2010)
'A County Guide to Pre-Reformation Monasteries of England and the Monastic Way of Life (The County of Nottinghamshire)'
This handy little guide gives details of the remains of these religious houses, how to find them and what facilities there are on site such as shops, eating places, entrance fees etc. It also gives a brief history of each site along with a history of the origins of each religious order. An introduction to the monastic way of life is also included.
Gillian F Taylor (BA Ancient History and Archaeology 1988)
Sheriff Alec Lawson had no choice. He had to abandon his undercover role in order to rescue the young woman who had been kidnapped by the outlaws he was trying to capture. Now he and Lacey Fry have to flee through the snowy Colorado mountains, in country he doesn't know, while being pursued by the vengeful outlaws. Outnumbered and effectively alone, Lawson must coax Lacey to ride as never before, and out-think his enemies as he fights to get them both to safety.
To read about this and her other novels please visit Gillian's website: www.gillian-f-taylor.co.uk
Anthony Thiselton (PhD Biblical Studies 1977)
'A Lifetime in the Church and the University'
These recollections of a life-time in the Church and in different universities give rise to a diverse series of anecdotes, which provide, first, some entertaining humor, second, a glimpse into both academic and church life, and third Anthony's attempted contributions to Christian theology.
A former student and staff member at the University, this book includes a chapter about his time as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Sheffield, from 1970 to 1985, including many photographs from the era.
Professor David Titterton (BSc Physics 1969, PhD Physics 1973)
'Military Laser Technology and Systems'
This new resource provides an insight into the physical principles of the device technology that underpins many laser-based military systems in one form or another. From this knowledge a deeper understanding of the fundamental requirements and the potential performance, as well as limitations of such systems may be assessed, given the appropriate operational parameters.
For more details and a link to the book see the Publisher's Listing
Ian Thornton (BA Business Studies & History 1990)
'The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms'
On his first day as the chauffeur to Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, Johan Thoms will make one wrong turn and change the course of history - setting off the disasters of the twentieth century and separating himself from his one true love, Lorelei.
For more details and link to book: www.johanthoms.com
Dr Helen Tookey (BA Philosophy 1990)
According to the seventeenth-century herbarium The Garden of Eden, a ‘missel-child’ is a mysterious being found beneath a mistletoe-covered tree – a changeling, perhaps, ‘whereof many strange things are conceived’. This book uses the figure of the missel-child as a starting point to explore the various archaeologies of identity, place and language. The poems range from syllabics to collage, from the elegiac to the mythic, but unifying them all is a commitment to the poem as a space within which language works to enable something not only to be said, but also to be shown.
For more details: helentookey.wordpress.com/
João Ventura (MSc Chemical Engineering & Fuel Technology 1978, PhD Chemical Engineering 1981)
'Tudo Isto Existe'
From the author's dispersed short fiction, a selection of short stories, some fantastic, some science fiction, a few just plain weird.
Link to book: https://divergencia.pt/loja/tudo-isto-existe/ (in Portuguese)
Ciaran Ward (MA Librarianship 1999)
'In Complete Circles'
A comic and at times irreverent memoir of school life and adolescence in a Northern Irish town during the 1980s and early 1990s with accompanying rants on the absurdities of modern life, nostalgic reminiscences on the news events and popular culture of the era and the subsequent fulfillment of youthful ambitions through travelling, sometimes verging on the surreal. This book is part memoir, part travelogue. The chapters alternate between episodes from the author's school days and subsequent travel writings (incorporating the Balkans, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Spain and Morocco) from several years later - but always with a connecting theme linking the two eras.
Dr Garth Weston (PhD History 1969)
'The Stonehenge Map'
Fresh research reveals that the builders of Stonehenge and other stone circles accurately positioned their structures in relation to the highest hilltops and major directions. At many rings the position of the largest megalith or the orientation of the axis indicates the same concerns. The fixations on commanding summits and the major directions explain the transportation of stones from south-west Wales to Stonehenge. This research offers exciting insights into the beliefs and technical abilities of the circle-builders.
Read more about the research at: www.thestonehengemap.co.uk
Shalini F Wickremesooriya (PhD Human Communication Sciences 2012)
The book is a collection of stories that reflects the lives of disabled individuals across the globe.
Each story is narrated by a courageous individual who refused to be defined and shaped by a label or a medical diagnosis. These individuals chose life and living instead of doom and gloom. They are not international superstars but are stars nevertheless because they valiantly defied limitations imposed on them despite the odds that were stacked against them.
Link to book: www.shalinifwickremesooriya.com
Tim Woods (BSc Geography 1999)
'Love in the time of Brit Pop'
Set at the University of Sheffield, and loosely based on the author's experiences there in the 1990s, Love In The Time Of Britpop is an "unromantic comedy" about the Cool Britannia era, life in a big city and finding your feet in the first days of adulthood.
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