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Many of our alumni have published books and we are happy to share their news with the wider Warwick community. If you have written a book that you would like us to include here, please send us an e-mail with details and a scan of the jacket.

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Mark Adler
Mark Adler (BA Philosophy 1968-71)
Clarity for Lawyers

The traditional style of legal drafting has been widely discredited over the last 40 years, and clear, modern English is now increasingly required by law and by clients. But few lawyers are able to produce it. Mark Adler debunks the myth that legalese is precise and explains, with many before-and-after examples, how lawyers can increase their efficiency, profits, and client approval while making their documents more reliable.

Afiniki Akanet (MBChB 2008-12)
Life without coffee: choosing happiness over stress

In this book, Dr Afiniki Akanet shares, in her friendly and motivational style, how she handles her multifaceted life without coffee. It is definitely not a book about coffee! This is a book for anyone that wants real and achievable ways of living a productive and happy life at home and at work. Dr Akanet enjoys encouraging people to achieve their goals and be happy. She is the director of Evasitters UK, the founder of Forte, Charity for Inspiration and a UK medical doctor.


David Ager (BA Economics and Politics 1977-80)

David has published two books for football professionals, The Soccer Referee's Manual and the Handbook of Football Club Management (the latter with his brother Andrew). The Soccer Referee's Manual is a reference guide for referees at all levels of the game and the handbook is everything you need to know about amateur football club management.

Regina Akel
Regina Akel (PhD English and Comparative Literary Studies 2003-07)
Maria Graham: A Literary Biography
This biography reconstructs Maria Graham’s literary image by means of significant passages of her work, memoirs, diaries, journals, and letters. The chosen texts are meant to illustrate salient features of her style and of her interaction with the prevalent ideologies of her time. The intention is to display a groundbreaking female intellectual who captured for her readers the ancient culture of India as deftly as she represented bloodthirsty bandits in the north of Italy or nascent countries in South America.

Claudio Alatorre (PhD Engineering 1989-94)
Low-Carbon Development for Mexico

Low-Carbon Development for Mexico identifies 40 interventions that would allow the country to help reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while producing other economic, environmental and social benefits. To reduce the risk of climate change impacts it is necessary for the world to lower the carbon intensity of economic development. Experts estimates the net costs, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions, and investment that would be needed to achieve a low-carbon scenario in Mexico to the year 2030.

Christine Ashford (BA Art History 1994-97 and MA History of Art 1998-99)
Spellbinding Bead Jewellery
Readers will achieve a uniquely stylish look by choosing from a wide range of spellbinding supernatural characters as the main focus of the beaded pieces. Over 20 stunning jewellery projects including magical chokers, bracelets and earrings are featured and each piece is perfect for day or evening wear. The projects feature a variety of popular beading methods including wired beads, bead embroidery and bead stitching which appeal to both new and experienced beaders. With simple step-by-step photography, clear instructions and handy hints and tips, magical results are guaranteed every time.

Steve Attridge
Steve Attridge (BEd 1974-78)
The Harrowing of Ben Hartley

Steve has written a dozen popular TV series including smash crime drama, The Bill, hit feature films, eleven children’s novels, a scholarly historical nonfiction book, has picked up two BAFTA nominations, the Gregory Award for Poetry and the Royal TV Society Award for best drama with his Queen’s Nose. Then Steve turned to novels with his debut, Bottom of the List, published in 2011. His latest book is a gritty fantasy called The Harrowing of Ben Hartley.

Colin Babb (MA Caribbean Studies 2009-11)
They Gave The Crowd Plenty Fun: West Indian Cricket and its Relationship with the British-Resident Caribbean Diaspora

They Gave The Crowd Plenty Fun is a lucid and comprehensive study of the impact of West Indian cricket on those of Caribbean birth and descent in Britain. It traces the history of the relationship between cricket and the Caribbean diaspora from the start of mass immigration to Britain from the Caribbean in the 1950s.

They Gave the Crowd Plenty Fun explores factors which have challenged cricket's position as a social force for the current British-born Caribbean diaspora. Colin Babb also reflects on his life, with a dose of humour, as a second generation West Indian boy in 1970s/1980s Britain. Find out more on the book's website:

John Baldacchino
John Baldacchino (MA Arts Education 1991-94)
In addition to being a Warwick alumnus and a former Warwick academic, John has published several books in the last few years, the latest being Art's Way Out (Sense 2012) as well as the first of his mediterranean Aesthetics Trilogy, Makings of The Sea (Gorgias 2010). Further information can be found on his website:

Douglas Bamford (PhD Politics & International Studies 2008-13)
Rethinking Taxation: An introduction to hourly averaging

This book presents a new proposal for calculating personal taxation, hourly averaging. The book also proposes a novel form of tax base, the acquired income tax base. This combines features of comprehensive income and consumption taxation in order to determine the value of the resources that everyone gets out of society before and after tax. This tax base complements hourly averaging very well and together these proposals can be referred to as the CLIPH-rate tax. CLIPH stands for Comprehensive Lifetime Income per hour, and the first two parts of the book explain and defends this proposal. The book sets out what the CLIPH-rate tax is, why it is such a good idea, and how to introduce it. As well as explaining the new proposals, the book anticipates some possible objections to the scheme and responds to these.

Pearl Bell (PG Cert Health Information Sciences 1985-87)
Let Me See the Stars
Sarah comes from a middle class family and against all opposition she marries Dan, a young miner, who she has fallen deeply in love with. Dan and Sarah share the same ambitions for their first child, Rob, but after his tragic death she is unable to demonstrate the love that she gave him to her other children. The Charlton family, their friends, and their neighbours face many years of hardship and Sarah's life is filled with sorrow but after the birth of her illegitimate granddaughter, Meg, Sarah once more experiences the joy and love she shared with Rob.

Jean Bews (née Colley) (BA Philosophy 1970-73)
Cauldron of Rebirth
Maye is trapped in a life she doesn't understand or like, despite the best efforts of dad. She wonders why she has never met her mother, why her father will never mention her, and why her friendships at school always seem to go wrong. She knows nothing of her counterpart, Maeve, living in a Celtic hill-fort two thousand years ago. But their lives are strangely intertwined… Magic and science interconnect as the author draws on authentic Celtic mythology and current scientific and ecological dilemmas, within the everlasting themes of quest and rebirth.

John Bird
John Bird (BA History & Politics 1973-76)
Aristocrat at Large
John has published his second novel, Aristocrat at Large, a comedy thriller set mainly in the western United States during the 1950s. His previously published and broadcast work includes plays, poetry, short fiction, television comedy material and non-fiction books.

Mark Blayney (BA Politics and International Relations 1982-85)
First Job? Coping with starting work, your first month survival guide
A survival guide for your first month at work. With a dozen key Dos, a list of definite Don’ts, and a checklist of practicalities you need to consider, First Job? will enable you to hit the ground running and able to cope while others around you may be struggling.

Michael C Boxall (BA English and American Literature 1969-72)
The Great Firewall

The Great Firewall is Michael's first published novel. It's a fast-paced and multi-layered thriller set in Shanghai which captures the jagged intersections of humanity and technology in the most exciting city in the world. The Great Firewall was described by one reviewer as "thoroughly modern, even futuristic in concept, yet beautifully written in the time-honored manner of fine fiction."

Rebecca Boxall (BA English and European Literature 1995-98)
Christmas at the Vicarage

It’s been fifteen years since Rosamunde last saw the vicarage in Potter’s Cove, the pretty coastal village where she grew up, experienced her first true love – and a heartbreak that changed her life forever. But now Potter’s Cove is calling her back: it’s time to make peace with the past and go home. Rosamunde’s return to the vicarage in the days before Christmas is a whirlwind of festive cheer and heartwarming reunions with friends, family and her loving father, the vicar. And while seeing the old place after all this time stirs painful memories of long-ago grief, it also reminds her of all the love she left behind. Fifteen years ago she vowed never to let herself be vulnerable again – but now that she’s back she’s not so sure. Is it possible that real happiness could strike more than once? Spanning three decades of family life, Christmas at the Vicarage is a warm, feel-good tale that examines what it means to love and to lose – and to be brave enough to try again.

Hannah Bradby
Hannah Bradby (Postgraduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education 2001-04)
Medicine, Health and Society
A contemporary account of why medical sociology matters today, which is engaging and accessible, while also covering substantive and theoretical material that is relevant to anyone who is interested in understanding the dilemmas of illness, healthcare and bodies in society.

Philena Bruce (BA Economics 1969-72)
Know That You Are Loved: Self-Healing Techniques for Everyone
This is a tool kit for self-healing by Philena Bruce, a world-renowned healer and palmist. After a life long battle with Trichotillomania, the book is based not only on her 30 years experience as a healer but on the trial and error of her own healing path. In this slim volume, Philena shares a simple secret to living a happy and fulfilled life.

Nicola Brunswick (PhD Psychology 1992-95)
Dyslexia: A Beginner’s Guide

Nicola has published and edited a number of books in recent years. According to Dyslexia: A Beginner’s Guide - around 5 to 15 per cent of speakers of alphabetic languages are dyslexic; around 4 per cent severely so. But what is dyslexia? Are there different types of dyslexia? Is it more likely to occur in boys than in girls? Is there a cure? This book answers these, and other, questions. Reading and Dyslexia in Different Orthographies provides a unique and accessible account of current research on reading and developmental dyslexia in different orthographies.

Business Plan
Lindsey Byrne (MBA)
The Business Plan Coach

By the end of this book you will have a brilliant business plan ready to present. Other books only tell you what to do, but Teach Yourself Coach books accompany you every step of the way with their engaging and interactive Workbook Method.

Peter Bysouth (PhD History 2002-09)
Hertfordshire's Icknield Way, 19th Century Migration Frontier and Marriage Obstacle

The book looks at the migration in connection with marriage in Baldock, Royston and the villages between them and south of the Icknield Way.

Fear the silence
Iain Cameron MBA 1988-92
Fear the Silence

A woman disappears after dropping her kids at school. She is former glamour model, Kelly Langton, and media interest is intense. Detective Inspector Angus Henderson of Sussex Police is reluctantly put in charge of the case, but soon realises she wasn't the type to run off unexpectedly and soon he leads a major murder enquiry without a body. Suspicion falls on Kelly's television producer husband, Brian, a larger than life character with an aggressive character to match but shortly after his arrest, another woman disappears in what Henderson believes are similar circumstances. There is a killer out there and he needs to catch him before he does it again but it won't be easy. The man he seeks stays low and out of sight - and his heart is filled with deadly intent.

Peter Campbell (BSc Engineering Science 1967-70 and Ph.D. Engineering 1970-74)
Permanent Magnet Materials and their Application
This book is a comprehensive design text on permanent magnets and their applications. It begins with a brief overview of the theory of magnetism and explains the behavior of the different classes of permanent magnets and the various production processes that lead to quite diverse material characteristics. The core of the book is a detailed treatment of the methods used to design permanent magnets, including assessments of the changes they experience under practical operating conditions. The volume also describes modern analytical techniques including the finite element method, with reference to the accurate simulation of permanent magnetic materials.

John Casson (BA English and European Literature 1971-74)
Sir Henry Neville was Shakespeare: The evidence

Who wrote the works of Shakespeare? Revealing newly discovered evidence Dr John Casson and Professor William D. Rubinstein definitively answer this question. They first present the case that William Shakspere of Stratford-upon-Avon simply did not have the education, cultural background and breadth of life experience, necessary for him to write the plays traditionally attributed to him. They then show that Sir Henry Neville did have all the necessary qualifications: a colourful Renaissance man, educated at Merton College, Oxford, his life span coincided almost exactly with that of William Shakspere and his experience precisely matched that revealed in the plays.


Jesus Cervantes (MSc Manufacturing Systems Engineering 2006-07)
Supérate y cree en ti: Tu familia y tu país te necesitan

Jesus Cervantes is a business consultant and speaker who is convinced of the potential that is in every person. For young people with a desire to excel, this book offers a clear perspective on succeeding through education; how to access it and especially, the critical experiences that will help you strengthen your courage in difficult times.

Benjamin Chatfield (BA French Studies 1993-96)
Mediterranean Homesick Blues: From Coventry to St. Tropez to Coventry

Benjamin's book, Mediterranean Homesick Blues, was published with the support of the British Council. It is a diary cum guidebook cum cultural smorgasbord about a year he spent split between a role as a language assistant in Cannes (whilst reading French Studies) and as a beachseller-waiter amidst the glamour of St. Tropez. It details how he refused to blame France for our inability to get along well all of the time and made it work in his own way, as an Englishman starting with nothing on the Côte d’Azur

Souvik Chatterji (LLM International Economic Law 2001-02)

Souvik is the author of a number of books including Law of Crimes, with an introduction to Criminology, Penology and Victimology, Human Rights and Comparative Criminal Law, Laws of Infrastructure Development in India, Law of Property in India, volumes 1 and 2 and Competiton Law in India and Cartels in India and the USA.

Jane Chipperfield (née Saunders) (BA Classical Civilisation 1978-81)
Devan’s Debt

Millions of dollars are given by governments to developing countries. Do all the funds reach the right departments or does a percentage line the pockets of well-placed individuals? Rick Devan takes a call from Lars, an old college friend and now, a journalist who is in fear of his life. Lars has stumbled onto a story which has set people after him. He fears he’s punching above his weight and calls on Rick for help. As the friends meet, a fatal bullet finds Lars; another shot wounds Rick before the killer escapes. The murder commits Rick to a pursuit which takes him to Paris and into a world of blackmail, high-level corruption and assassination For more information, go to

clarke cameron
James Clarke (BA Film and Literature 1990-93)
The Cinema of James Cameron: Bodies in Heroic Motion

This timely volume explores the massively popular cinema of writer-director James Cameron. It couches Cameron's films within the evolving generic traditions of science fiction, melodrama, and the cinema of spectacle. The book also considers Cameron's engagement with the aesthetic of visual effects and the 'now' technology of performance-capture which is arguably moving a certain kind of event-movie cinema from photography to something more akin to painting. This book is explicit in presenting Cameron as an authentic auteur, and each chapter is dedicated to a single film in his body of work, from The Terminator to Avatar. Space is also given to discussion of Strange Days as well as his short films and documentary works.

Audrey Collins
Audrey Collins (BA History and Politics 1972-75)
Birth Marriage and Death Records: a guide for family historians

Birth, marriage and death records are an essential resource for family historians, and this handbook is an authoritative introduction to them. It explains the original motives for registering these milestones in individual lives, describes how these record-keeping systems evolved, and shows how they can be explored and interpreted. The authors guide researchers through the difficulties they may encounter in understanding the documentation. They also assess the online resources that researchers can turn to for help in this crucial area of family history research. Further information is on the website of the publisher, Pen & Sword.

Audrey Collins is a family history specialist at The National Archives, and has researched extensively into the history of the General Register Office of England and Wales. She was a freelance researcher, speaker, teacher and writer on family history before joining The National Archives in 2002.

Ross Collins
Ross F Collins (MA History 1979-80)
Children, War, and Propaganda
A troubling development of the brutal century recently passed has been the growing use of children for war. But we have often ignored the wartime contributions of children. What were they expected to do? How did it contribute to the war? How did it affect their lives? This history attempts to respond to these questions, by examining activities of children in the United States during the first and second world wars. More information:

Trevor Cooper (MA Education 1990-92)
Who Goes There? A Challenge to Humanity
Berlin, East and West, crucible of contrasting cultural, economic and political ideologies. This was the setting for an exercise in reconciliation. This book represents a realistic moral and ethical appraisal of the social influences on the lives of human beings, albeit living in an extraordinary environment. But, when reading the daily news, today, in our increasingly interdependent world, the need for such a critique of societies generally would appear to be continually appropriate.

 Weight of Water
Sarah Crossan (BA Philosophy and Literature 1996-99)
The Weight of Water

Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.

Global Union
Richard Croucher (BA History 1967-70 and PhD Social History 1972-77)
Global Unions, Global Business (with Elizabeth Cotton)

Looks at a little-understood aspect of globalisation: the role of the Global Union Federations in international employment relations. The book outlines the way that trade unions at international level relate to multinational companies using detailed and up-to-date illustrations of their activities.

Lucy Cruikshank
Lucy Cruikshank (née Abbott) (BA Politics and Philosophy 2002-05)
The Trader of Saigon

In the chaos and corruption of post-civil war Vietnam, three seemingly unconnected lives are brought together in greed, fear and hope. As a US Army deserter, Alexander is a man without country; stuck in a life he no longer controls and embroiled in the dark business of trading women. His latest victim is Hanh, a poor rural girl living in Hanoi who dreams to escaping the inevitability of an impoverished future and for whom Alexander’s arrival seems like the answer to a prayer. Neither of them has ever met Phuc - a Vietnamese businessman who backed the wrong side in the war and is now unable to pay his financial and political debts to the Party. But his struggles are about to change both their lives. This fascinating tale of redemption and salvation in a post-war society is a thrilling and explosive debut novel.


Adam Dalton (BA English & American Literature 1989-92 and MA English Literature 1992-94)
Necromancer's Gambit: Book one of the Flesh and Bone Trilogy
Necromancer's Gambit is a work of metaphysical fantasy, revealing a world of epic scale as the backdrop to the intrigues and magic of the darker side of the human psyche. It is told with a vividness normally only expected of film. The action and pace leave the reader breathless, exhilirated and hungry for more.

Spirit House
Mark Dapin (BA Sociology with Social Policy 1981-84)
Spirit House
Long ago, Jimmy Reubens was a POW on the Thai-Burma Railway. For more than four decades, he has staved off the ghosts of his past by drinking too much, outstaying his welcome at his local RSL, and bickering with his three closest mates. But the past won't stay buried forever. When his thirteen-year-old grandson comes to stay after his parents' marriage breaks up, Jimmy has a chance to finally begin to lay his ghosts to rest, but first he has to tell their stories.

Nick Davidson (BA History and Politics 1990-93)
Pirates, Punks & Politics - FC St. Pauli: Falling in Love with a Radical Football Club

FC Sankt Pauli – the football club in the red-light district of Hamburg; a transvestite chairman; terraces populated by punks, pimps and prostitutes; a club run by anarchists, united under the skull and crossbones flag. This is the cliché that has been lazily peddled, one which attracts clueless stag parties from the Reeperbahn to the Millerntor stadium. But it’s not the real St Pauli. In Pirates, Punks & Politics Nick Davidson puts the record straight, intermingling the history of FC St. Pauli, and the district it represents, with an account of his own involvement with the club. This book goes beyond the stereotype to seek out the real St. Pauli – a club with a passionate, left-wing fan base that has made a stand against, fascism, racism, sexism and both in football and wider society. As the author and countless others have discovered, it also a place which welcomes with open arms fans seeking an alternative to the rabid commercialisation of football elsewhere, encouraging them to stay for hours after the final whistle and immerse themselves in the vibrant fan culture. Read this book and fall in love with a different kind of football.

Spinder Dhaliwal (BA Economics 1982-85)
The Millennial Millionaire:how young entrepreneurs turn dreams into business

The Millennial Millionaire enables you to share the experience of the highs and lows of being young and in business. With a foreword from Apprentice star Margaret Mountford and the founder of Cobra Beer, Lord Karan Bilimoria, the book is aimed at university students or young professionals looking to start a business.

Imagine having a £1 million turnover while you’re still under 30. The people featured in this book didn’t just imagine it; they’re working towards it. Through entrepreneurial skill, astounding levels of self-motivation and creativity, they are making the grade. Some of their businesses are traditional, some online and some downright quirky. All of their stories are compelling and inspirational. It charts their journey, showing how they started, who inspired them, how they financed their business and, above all, what young wannabes can learn from their stories.

Ruth Dugdall (BA English Literature & Theatre Studies 1990-93)
Nowhere Girl

When Ellie goes missing on the first day of Schueberfouer, the police are dismissive, keen not to attract negative attention on one of Luxembourg’s most important events. Probation officer, Cate Austin, has moved for a fresh start, along with her daughter Amelia, to live with her police detective boyfriend, Olivier Massard. But when she realises just how casually he is taking the disappearance of Ellie, Cate decides to investigate matters for herself. She discovers Luxembourg has a dark heart. With its geographical position, could it be the centre of a child trafficking ring? As Cate comes closer to discovering Ellie’s whereabouts she uncovers a hidden world, placing herself in danger, not just from traffickers, but from a source much closer to home.

Charles Eades (BA English and Theatre Studies 2011-14)

Reared in a laboratory and given extraordinary powers, three animals escape into the wild: a fire breathing dog, a mind reading raven and a cat who change his size and shape. Gifted with unusual intelligence alongside their abilities, the three try to understand why they were made like this, and to this end they travel to the big city to seek answers. But their creators are still out there, and the animals find themselves hunted by a powerful opponent who will stop at nothing to recapture them.

Effective Multi-Unit Leadership
Chris Edger (MBA 2003-08)
Effective Multi-Unit Leadership: Local Leadership in Multi-Site Situations

In Effective Multi-Unit Leadership Chris Edger advances an Integrated Model of Multi-Unit Leadership that elucidates how key activities (sales-led service, systems and standards – 3Ss) are driven through behavioural practices (commitment, control and change – 3Cs) underpinned by MUL personal characteristics (expertise, emotional intelligence and energy -–3Es). This book provides an essential guide to practitioners and academics on the art and science of Effective Multi-Unit Leadership.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards (BSC Engineering Science 1969-72)
Your Invitation, Living and Breathing the Psalms and Mercy - God's Covenant Assistance

Jim has published three sthree books this year via Amazon's CreateSpace. Your Invitation is a short novel, Living and Breathing the Psalms is a prayer-walk through the Psalms and Mercy - God's Covenant Assistance is a fresh look at the nature of God's Mercy.


Linda Farrar (BA Ancient History and Classical Archaeology 1990-93)
Gardens and Gardeners of the Ancient World, History, myth & archaeology

This book traces gardening and garden history, from the beginning of civilization to the fall of Byzantium in AD1453. It shows how gardens in each period were designed and cultivated. Evidence for garden art and horticulture is gathered from surviving examples of ancient art, literature, archaeology and the wealth of garden myths associated with certain plants. These sources bring ancient gardens and their gardeners back to life, and provide information on which plants were chosen as garden worthy, their setting and the design and appearance of ancient gardens. Plant lists for each period are included. Available from most bookshops or direct from Oxbow Books,

Ben Fergusson (BA English Literature 1998-2001)
The Spring of Kasper Meier

The 2015 winner of the Betty Trask Prize which is given to a first novel of outstanding literary merit by an author under the age of 35. This is a superbly atmospheric novel with a thrilling suspenseful revenge storyline running through it. Amid the rubble of post-war Berlin, characters scrabble to survive and to rebuild shattered lives. Damage is on view everywhere – devastated buildings, people damaged physically, psychologically and emotionally, legal and social structures in ruins… Ben Fergusson’s grittily evocative novel, historically knowledgeable and piercing in its scrutiny of morally ambiguous characters, political murkiness and a world quivering with suspicion and jeopardy, impressively recalls Graham Greene’s ‘The Third Man’.

Roshi Fernando (BA Philosophy and Literature 1985-88)

From a New Year's party to a family funeral, via ghetto blasters and growing pains, through 7/7 and the world according to Charlie Chaplin, life in all of its complexity happens to Preethi, Nil, Lolly, Rohan, and their tightly knotted Sri Lankan families in south London. Tracing the fine lines of politics, tradition and community, Roshi Fernando's stunning collection of linked stories pulls us back, back, to the knowledge of home.

Rebecca Finlayson (née Rosser, BA Classical Civilisation 2007-10)

Olivia Adonane has it all; remarkable intelligence, stunning beauty, and – as the daughter of the head of the Triad, Society’s top three Human Designers – immeasurable wealth. Yet, all is not as it seems. Olivia discovers a dark secret about her homeland, formerly known as Great Britain, where humans are designed in the womb, and she watches her best friend, Lily, die in a secret chamber below the Triad Building in London. From here on, she has a choice. Will she continue on her pre-designed path, following in her father’s footsteps to become the country’s most powerful Human Designer? Or will she seek to rebel against the government, attempting to expose and overthrow the seemingly-invincible regime so that her fellow citizens can be truly free?

 Go-away Bird
Warren Fitzgerald (BA English and Theatre Studies 1992-95)
The Go-Away Bird
Since graduating Warren has been a professional singer and has worked with children and adults with disabilities. He has undertaken several voluntary projects overseas including building a health centre in Kibungo, Rwanda (the setting for his new novel, The Go-Away Bird). In this, ten-year-old Clementine arrives in London from war torn Rwanda, having witnessed horrendous cruelty and unimaginable loss. Lonely, grieving and displaced in a daunting new city, she flees her abusive uncle and befriends Ashley, a middle-aged loner, for whom teaching singing is the only escape from his London life.

Martin Fletcher (BA Politics with International Studies 1992-95 and MA International Political Economy 1996-97)
Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire

Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award. On May 11 1985, fifty-six people died in a devastating fire at Bradford City's old Valley Parade ground. It was truly horrific, a startling story – and wholly avoidable – but it had only the briefest of inquiries, and it seemed its lessons were not learned.Twelve-year-old Martin Fletcher was at Valley Parade that day, celebrating Bradford's promotion to the second flight, with his dad, brother, uncle and grandfather. Martin was the only one of them to survive the fire – the biggest loss suffered by a single family in any British football disaster.

In later years, Martin devoted himself to extensively investigating how the disaster was caused, its culture of institutional neglect and the government's general indifference towards football fans' safety at the time. This book tells the gripping, extraordinary in-depth story of a boy's unthinkable loss following a spring afternoon at a football match, of how fifty-six people could die at a game, and of the truths he unearthed as an adult. This is the story – thirty years on – of the disaster football has never properly acknowledged.

Stella Fletcher
Stella Fletcher
BA History 1983–86, PhD History 1987-92

Stella Fletcher's most recent publication is A Very Agreeable Society: The Ecclesiastical History Society 1961–2011. Her previous books include histories of the English cardinals, the archbishops of Canterbury and Cardinal Wolsey. Her next book, on William Roscoe and Italy, is due to be published by Ashgate later in 2012. Copies of A Very Agreeable Society can be purchased directly from Stella.

Modern Workplace
John Forth (MA Industrial Relations 1994-95)
The Evolution of the Modern Workplace
Provides an analysis of the extensive changes that have taken place in employment relations within British workplaces over the past 25 years. It charts the decline of trade unions and the rising importance of the law. It also examines the growing diversity of British employment and changes in levels of job insecurity and stress.


Hannah Fox (BA History 2002-05)
Mother & Baby: Pregnancy Milestones

Pregnancy is such an exciting and life-changing experience - but it can also be quite scary and overwhelming. All the conflicting advice and information might be intimidating, but now you can feel at ease knowing you have the expertise of Mother & Baby magazine behind you, plus contributions from a wide range of specialists - including a GP, a midwife, a fertility specialist, a nutrition consultant and a clinical psychologist, amongst others. Overflowing with up-to-the-minute medical advice, helpful hints and invaluable tips, Pregnancy Milestones is the only resource you need to navigate your pregnancy with confidence.

James Franklin (PhD Mathematics 1977-81)
What Science Knows: And How It Knows It
To scientists, the tsunami of relativism, scepticism, and postmodernism that washed through the humanities in the twentieth century was all water off a duck’s back. Science remained committed to objectivity and continued to deliver remarkable discoveries and improvements in technology. What Science Knows explains in straightforward prose how science works its magic, but also where the limits of science lie.

Olivia in Twinkleland
Kavita Frary (MPhil Biological Sciences (HRI) 2003-07)

Kavita has started illustrating her children's poems to make them into illustrated books. You can find out more by checking them out here.

Annie Freud (BA English and European Literature 1967-70)
The Mirabelles
Annie was one of the poets shortlisted for the 2010 TS Eliot Prize for her collection The Mirabelles. The TS Eliot Prize for Poetry is awarded by the Poetry Book Society to "the best collection of new verse in English first published in the UK or the Republic of Ireland" in any particular year.


James Gardner (BA History and Sociology 1972-75)
A History of the Brighton Workhouses

The spectre of the workhouse haunted the old, the sick, the unemployed, the young and the vulnerable. Its buildings were not symbols of civic pride to adorn urban centres, but were cheap, bleak, grimly austere and oppressive to the poor. They were usually on the edge of town, much like the last standing Brighton workhouse in Elm Grove, now Brighton General Hospital. The book seeks to give a voice to those men, women and children who found themselves, not in the elegant seafront hotels of which Brighton has been so proud, but instead as inmates of its workhouses. This book is about their forgotten lives.



Sam Gayton

Sam Gayton (BA English & Theatre Studies 2004-07)

Sam has just published his second book for children, called Lilliput. It is the story of a girl, three inches tall with eyes like drops of dew. Her clothes are cut from handkerchiefs and stitched with spider silk. For half of her life she has been trapped in a birdcage while her giant kidnapper sits beside her, writing a leather-bound book the size of a house. Her name is Lily and tonight she is escaping. She is going home. To Lilliput.

Inspired by Gulliver's Travels, Lilliput is an exhilarating adventure filled with cunning escape plans, evil clockmakers and very talkative parrots. Join Lily as she travels over rooftops, down chimneys and into chocolate shops on a journey to find the one place in the world where she belongs . . . home.

Marco Genovesi (MA International Relations 2014-15)
Telegrams From the City Under Siege: Poems and Short Stories

According to the translator: 'Marco Genovesi, like many young writers in Italy, has sought inspiration in outside sources. While he draws on a wide variety of English-language authors, from Bukowski to Woolf, he has also turned to Japanese literature, especially the haiku poets and the novelists Kawabata and Murakami. In Genovesi’s poems and stories, their focused imagery and clipped phraseology run counter to the exuberant Anglo-American strain. By adroitly combining these disparate elements, he achieves a wholly original voice. ' This is a bilingual (Italian and English) edition from Odd Volumes.


Stuart George (BA English and European Literature 1993-96)
The Wine Box and 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die

Stuart has co-authored this new handy-format book which explains how to keep wine and how to serve and drink it for maximum enjoyment. It introduces the basic characteristics of all the main types and relates these to where and how the wine is made. It also provides you with up-to-date guidance on trends and developments in the range of everyday drinking and dinner-party wines, as well as classics from the old world and new. Stuart was also the largest contributor to the best selling 1001 Wines You Must Taste Before You Die.

Colin Green
Colin Green (BA English & Latin Literature 1984-87)
How to run a football club
How to run a football club is the ultimate reference guide to setting up, running and managing a football club. Suitable for both rural and urban clubs, and for both experienced and novice club secretaries and managers at all levels (up to semi-professional), this indispensable handbook includes information on how to set up a club from scratch, an easy-to-use guide to working with the football authorities, advice on finding a league to play in and checklists, advice, sample forms, addresses and so on - everything you need to organise the week-to-week running of a successful club.

Jonathan Green (BA Hons QTS 1990-94)
Jonathan is a freelance writer, well known for his contributions to the Fighting Fantasy range of adventure gamebooks. He has also written for such diverse properties as Sonic the Hedgehog, Doctor Who, Star Wars and Games Workshop's worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000. He is currently writing an ongoing series of novels set within the alternative steampunk universe of Pax Britannia, featuring the debonair dandy adventurer Ulysses Quicksilver. As well as his fiction work, he has also written a number of non-fiction books including Match Wits with the Kids and What is Myrrh Anyway? Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Christmas.

Cora Greenhill (BA English 1966-69)
The Point of Waking
In this slim volume of poetry, Cora bares her soul by engaging with the minutiae of life until something more than the obvious emerges, poems rich and sensual in life energies. A continuously clever use of words illuminates her life and the reader's experience in sharing her deeply connected vision.

Jane Harries (BA Sociology and Education 1983-86)
Eat to Beat Fatigue
Why do so many cookbooks assume we have endless energy and time? After a hard day’s work or when you’re under the weather, it’s too much effort to cook ‘properly’, so all too often we reach for the ready meals. This collection of recipes consists of a wide range of recipes from famous cooks such as Ainsley Harriott, Nigel Slater and Michael Barry and from people with ME. They can be adapted to be free of wheat, dairy products and sugar, to help those with food sensitivities and are approved by a qualified nutritionist.

Janet Harris (nee Dash) (MA in English Language Teaching for Young Learners 1995-96)
Frankly Speaking - 120 Matter-of-Fact and Thought-Provoking Readings

This book was born out of the author's attempts to encourage others (and herself) following the death of her mother in March 2015. What started out as broadcasting daily Bible verses via WhatsApp quickly blossomed into full length devotionals, some of which are autobiographical in nature. It is hoped that by sharing personal and everyday experiences with which many people can identify, readers will be encouraged as they face many of life's challenges.


Stuart Hill (BA Ancient History and Classical Archaeology 2005-08)
Threshold (as Gregory Figg)

The long, hot summer of 1295 is a time of intermittent war and economic desperation in Western Europe. The kingdoms of England and France find themselves increasingly embroiled in internal and external conflict that threatens to tear society and religion apart. A unique discovery made in the north of Wales sets in motion events that will impact kings and peasants alike; destiny and prophecy hang in the balance in a tale of intrigue, duty, revenge and love across the forests, mountains and cities of Europe.


man vs markets
Paddy Hirsch (BA French and International Studies 1986-89)
Man vs Markets

Here is an illuminating, insightful, and wonderfully witty journey of discovery through the often confusing financial markets, offering clear, relatable explanations and definitions of the system's various instruments, yet less simplistically than the popular ...for Dummies series. Man Vs. Markets is a must-read handbook for everyday investors, serious students of finance and economics, and everyone who wants to understand what they're reading when they open their newspapers to the business section.



Clive Holmwood (PhD Education 2006-12)
Drama Education and Dramatherapy Exploring the space between disciplines

Dramatherapy is increasingly being used in schools and educational establishments as a way of supporting young people’s emotional needs. This book examines the space between drama education and Dramatherapy exploring the questions: Does a therapist teach? When does the role of the drama teacher border on that of therapist? How do these two professions see and understand each other and the roles they play?

In Drama Education and Dramatherapy, Clive Holmwood draws on his experience as a Dramatherapist and examines the history of drama education and dramatherapy, exploring the social, political, therapeutic and artistic influences that have impacted these two professions over the last century. He also discusses how these fields are intrinsically linked and examines the liminal qualities betwixt and between them. The book considers two specific case studies, from the therapist's and teacher's perspectives discussing what happens in the drama class and therapy space including how the dramatic form is understood, explored and expressed both educationally and therapeutically. The ‘them and us’ mentality, which often exists in two different professions that share a common origin is also explored. The book contemplates how teachers and Dramatherapists can work collaboratively in the future, bringing down barriers that exist between them and beginning a working dialogue that will ultimately and holistically support the children and young people they all work with.

Kevin Houston (MSc Mathematics 1990-1991, PhD Mathematics 1991-94)
How to Think Like a Mathematician
Looking for a head start in your undergraduate degree in mathematics? Maybe you've already started your degree and feel bewildered by the subject you previously loved? Don't panic! This friendly companion will ease your transition to real mathematical thinking. Working through the book you will develop an arsenal of techniques to help you unlock the meaning of definitions, theorems and proofs, solve problems, and write mathematics effectively. The material has been tested by real students over many years so all the essentials are covered. With over 300 exercises to help you test your progress, you'll soon learn how to think like a mathematician.

Amy Hudson (BA Art History 1988-91)

Amy is the author of two novels. In The Quiet Deaths, deaths are occurring in Hipton, a small market town in England. Each time they are explained. But what if these deaths weren’t natural deaths after all? What if they were murder? Detective Chief Inspector Mark Morgan begins to unravel the cases and as he does so, he enters the dark and terrifying world of Agnes Brink. Why is she killing and can she be stopped before she kills again?

In All in the Line of Duty two young males are found dead; one in a hot, sun-scorched English valley, and one in Austria, it’s up to DCI Mark Morgan from Hipton, England, together with Chief Inspector Zweig, from Mayrhofen, Austria, to solve what is suspected to be a double murder.

Open Graves
Bill Hughes (BA Philosophy and Literature 1974-78)
Open graves, open minds: representations of vampires and the undead from the Enlightenment to the present day

This collection of interconnected essays relates the undead in literature, art and other media to questions concerning gender, race, genre, technology, consumption and social change. It follows Enlightenment studies of the vampire's origins in folklore and folk panics, the sources of vampire fiction, through Romantic incarnations in Byron and Polidori to Le Fanu's Carmilla. Further essays discuss the undead in the context of Dracula, fin-de-siecle decadence, Nazi Germany and early cinematic treatments. The rise of the sympathetic vampire is charted from Coppola's film, Bram Stoker's Dracula, to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight. More recent manifestations in novels, TV, Goth subculture, young adult fiction and cinema are dealt with in discussions of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and much more.

Modern Football is Still Rubbish
Shaun Hunt (BA History 1990-93) and Nick Davidson (BA History and Politics 1990-93)
Modern Football is Still Rubbish: Slinging Mud at What's Left of the Beautiful Game

Nick Davidson and Shaun Hunt were hoping that their first book Modern Football is Rubbish would put right all the ills of the present day game. But, amazingly the administrators at club and national level took no notice and the putrification of the beautiful game continued. So they are hoping that Modern Football is Still Rubbish will do what the first one couldn’t.

Julia Ipgrave (MA Religious Education 1994-97 and PhD Education1997-2002), Robert Jackson (MA Philosophy 1972-74), Joyce Miller (BEd 1965-69)
Religious Education Research through a Community of Practice
No fewer than nine Warwick alumni, working collaboratively as a community of practice, were involved in the publication of Religious Education Research through a Community of Practice. The book is part of a European-wide project on religion and education (known as the REDCo project) that has its basis in the Interpretive Approach to religious education, developed at Warwick by Professor Robert Jackson and his colleagues in Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit.


Yellow Book
Jayaraja (formerly Tom Mulligan, BEd 1981-85)
The Yellow Book of Games and Energizers: Playful Group Activities for Exploring Identity, Community, Emotions and More!

People of all ages learn important life skills through playing games, and recognising this can be the key to enhancing their social, educational and personal development. Incorporating play into teaching and training not only makes learning fun, but it can also open minds to the value of cooperation, communication and reflection. The book is a collection of tried and tested games for use in workshops, youth groups and the classroom, covering everything from icebreakers and group forming ideas, to brain-bending word games like Napoleon Has Lost His Pipe and hilarious high energy games like Group Juggle .

Chris Jones
Chris Jones (BA History 1969-72)
Tunbridge Wells in 1909
In 1909, King Edward VII gave permission for Tunbridge Wells to call itself ‘Royal’. It was a public relations coup for the town’s Advertising Association which was working to bring in more visitors. Chris Jones describes the procedures behind the granting of the prefix, and explains what else was happening in the town that year: Boy Scouts and suffragettes, ‘right to work’ marchers, débutantes presented at Court, a clergyman who denounced the ‘debased tastes’ of his congregation, and workhouse inmates who complained because they were served Grape Nuts instead of gruel for breakfast.


Evelyn Karungi LLB 2009-12
Homegrown Love

Homegrown Love is the short story collection you've always wanted, a gathering of beautifully observed, richly characterized, deftly plotted gems that focus on the tragedy and transcendence of everyday life. With humor, compassion, and appreciation for the resilience of the human spirit, these tales touch on a broad range of compelling topics, including the importance of holding on to hope and letting go of misguided love, integrating past hurts into a functional life, and how to cope with watching friends disappear as the golden years slip away. With warm and familiar narrative voices as your powerful yet gentle guides, you'll find space for your own revelations and reflections through reading about experiences that will resonate with your own life. Comforting and inspiring, heart-rending and hilarious, Homegrown Love is a garden of delights where you will want to linger.


 Rob Keeley
Rob Keeley (LLB Law 2000-03)
The (Fairly) Magic Show and other Stories
Following on from The Alien in the Garage and other Stories, children's author Rob's second collection continues to present a mixture of fantasy and everyday life in a storytelling realm where nothing can be taken for granted and little is ever quite what it seems. As with the first collection, this is a reading experience no child or adult should miss.

Steve Koerner
Steve Koerner (PhD Social History 1990-95)
The Strange Death of the British Motor Cycle Industry

One industry above all others is cited as the quintessential case study of post-war British decline and failure in manufacturing. For many years dominant around the world, the British motor cycle industry succumbed after a steadily accelerating downwards slide during the twenty years after 1950. Once technically advanced by world standards, British bikes came to be seen as antiquated and mechanically unreliable, and consumers deserted them in droves, deciding instead to buy a car, perhaps an Italian scooter, or one of a long series of more and more sophisticated and user-friendly Japanese bikes. How did this happen, and so quickly? Why did the whole industry die after such an apparently feeble struggle? Steve Koerner provides compelling reasons in this tightly argued narrative of industrial decline and failure.

Image and Representation
Nick Lacey (BA Film and Literature 1980-83)
Image and Representation (2nd edition)

Image and Representation is a clear and straight-talking introduction to two of the most important concepts in film and media studies. Exploring media language and representation throughout a variety of visual texts, the book offers a balanced, in-depth guide to the essential theories and key issues. Gradually building up the reader's knowledge to encourage independent thinking, this is an essential resource for students taking courses in media, cultural, communication and film studies at school, college or university.

Caroline Lea (BA English & Comparative Literature Studies 1999-2002)
When the Sky Fell Apart

It starts with the burning man on the beach just after the bombs land, obliterating the last shred of hope that Hitler will avert his attention from the Channel Islands. Within weeks, 12,000 German troops land on the Jersey beaches, heralding a new era of occupation. For ten-year-old Claudine, it means a re-education under German rule, and as she befriends one of the soldiers, she inadvertently opens the gateway to a more sinister influence in her home with devastating consequences. When the Sky Fell Apart is a heartbreaking chorus of the resilience of the human spirit. It introduces an exciting new voice in literary fiction.

Jason Lee
Jason Lee (BA Comparative American Studies 1988-91 and MA Cultural History 1992-93)
Unholy Days
Jason has published a number of books including The Psychology of Screenwriting and Unholy Days. In Unholy Days the mayor of Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz is desperate to regain his family's fortune which was lost centuries ago when the English invaded. He goes into business with the English criminal underworld but who is really running this mystical island that sits ninety miles from Africa? When Lisa Fenton's partner Nathan disappears the conclusion is that this is just yet another lost Englishman who has got his comeuppance. Lisa is visited by Julia and they find themselves in the trap of a racket as more and more bodies are discovered from several places of Tenerife. Were the conclusions about Nathan wrong or did he just know too much?

Frances Lennard
Frances Lennard (BA History 1977-80)
Tapestry Conservation: Advances in Practice

Textile Conservation: Advances in Practice demonstrates the development in the role and practice of the textile conservator and captures the current diversity of textile conservators’ work. The book focuses on the major factors which have influenced development in textile conservation practice since the 1980s. Textile Conservation is a reference manual for textile conservators, textile conservation students and museum and heritage professionals.

Michael Leyton (BSc Mathematics 1974-77)

Michael is a professor at Rutgers University in the US where he specialises in shape representation in CAD/CAM, robotics, human and computer vision; group-theoretic approach to software, mechanical and aerospace engineering, foundations of physics. He has published a number of books which touch on these subjects including A Generative Theory of Shape; The Structure of Paintings; Symmetry, Causality, Mind and Shape as Memory: A Geometric Theory of Architecture.

Brenda Littlewood (MA in Counselling 1992-94)
Urge to Kill

Brenda's first novel, Urge to Kill, a psychological thriller, written under the pen name of JJ Franklin, is now available from Amazon and bookshops. There is a paperback and Kindle version. The book is set in and around Stratford-upon-Avon and features DI Matt Turrell.

Retiring Lives
Caroline Lodge (née Riches, BA History 1967-70)
Retiring Lives
Presents fourteen personal real life stories from people at various stages of retiring. Each author recounts their own story about retiring, bringing together many aspects of the experiences: the social, psychological and practical. These inspirational and illustrated stories will encourage the reader to hold up these experiences to their own, learn from comparisons and similarities and extend their own thinking.

Arthur Lyons (MSc Molecular Sciences 1965-66)
Arthur was one of the first Warwick students, when Molecular Sciences was set up by Professor Malcolm Clark and Dr. David Hutchinson. The original Gibbet Hill site was unfinished when, as students, they arrived for the start of the academic year. However, the year was most enjoyable as the University was intimate and the VC frequently came to chat with them at the bar. Arthur has published a number of books including Materials for Architects and Builders which is now in its fifth edition as a standard text for diploma and degree-level students studying architecture, surveying, building construction and building conservation and The Architecture of the Universities of Leicester (now a second edition) which describes the campuses and buildings of the University of Leicester and De Montfort University within the city and environs of Leicester.


Smoked Meat 
Rowena Macdonald (MA English & Comparative Literary Studies 2003-04)
Smoked Meat

Smoked Meat is a collection of interlinked short stories set in Montreal where Rowena worked as a waitress and bartender for a year after graduating from her first degree at Sussex University. The short stories in Smoked Meat were critiqued by her fellow students and tutors while at Warwick and one of the stories in the collection, 'Secrets of Voodoo', won Warwick's Derek Walcott Prize for Writing in 2004. Rowena lives in London and, when not writing, works part-time as a secretary at the House of Commons and part-time as a lecturer in creative writing at Westminster University.

Simon Martin (BA History of Art 1998-2001)
John Tunnard: Inner Space to Outer Space and Colin Self: Art in the Nuclear Age

John Tunnard emerged in the 1930s as one of the most individual abstract painters working in Britain. The collector Peggy Guggenheim called him a 'genius'. Featuring over 100 colour illustrations and drawing on new research, it provides an overview of Tunnard's creative output and reassesses the legacy of this fascinating and original artist. Colin Self was hailed as one of the most original Pop artists when he appeared on the British art scene in the early 1960s. This book traces the development of Self's art from his early days as a student to the present day, and explores his engagement with modern culture in the Cold War era.

Stephen Massie
Stephen Massie (MBA 2001-06)
When Dreams Converge

When the dreams of wealth, power and freedom converge the nightmares begin. After a dramatic life changing event in the Dominican Republic, Luke, a keen amateur sailor, persuades his wife, Tina, to abandon their home in England. They set sail in their classic yacht to pursue dreams of adventure and freedom. As they plan for the future, a jewel thief escapes to sea with a precious medallion stolen from a ruthless terrorist leader. Buried deep in the jewel is a device which could have huge international consequences. A chance encounter with the thief thrusts Luke and Tina into a world of robbery, terrorism and murder of epic proportions.

The novel can be purchased on Amazon in either paperback or downloaded onto Kindle.

The Involvement of State Governments in US Foreign Relations
Samuel Lucas McMillan (MA International Relations 2002-03)
The Involvement of State Governments in US Foreign Relations

Offering conclusions for improving intergovernmental relations, determining international economic development strategies, and showing how many subnational governments are involved in world politics, this book examines how US states and governors connect to American foreign relations, tracing activities that began in the 1950s and have expanded with globalization. Chapters explain governors' foreign relations activities in political, economic, and defense contexts and how US states compete in the global economy. The book analyzes US states' ability to attract foreign investment and promote exports, making use of statistical analysis and personal interviews with state officials in the United States and posted abroad.

Chromatic Cinema
Richard Misek (MA Film and Television Studies 1999-02)
Chromatic Cinema: A History of Screen Color

Chromatic Cinema provides the first wide-ranging historical overview of screen color, exploring the changing uses and meanings of color in moving images, from hand painting in early skirt dance films to current trends in digital color manipulation.

Ramprasad Misra (Visiting Student, Chemistry 2011)
Physical Chemistry: A Problem Solving Approach

This book in 15 chapters covers a broad spectrum of topics for undergraduate physical chemistry. Units and dimension, mutual conversion of units and basic mathematical formula required to handle physical chemistry problems are discussed in the first chapter, followed by problems related to different states of matter (gas, liquid and solid), thermodynamics, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, colligative properties of dilute solutions, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, photochemistry and spectroscopy. This book contains multiple choice and descriptive type questions and Numerical problems covering the aforesaid topics.

In Oriente Primus
Jonathan Moffatt (BEd 1969-73)
In Oriente Primus
Latin for “First in the East,” In Oriente Primus was the motto adopted by some of military volunteer units in Singapore. This is a history of the volunteers from their 19th century inception to 1945. It includes a comprehensive biographical roll of European World War 2 volunteers and a roll of the honours and awards gained, supplemented by previously unpublished period photographs. Further details can be obtained from JonathanMoffatt at aol dot com.

Kate Moore (nee Gribble, BA English Literature 1998-2001)
The Radium Girls

The incredible true story of the American women from the Roaring Twenties who were poisoned by their work and courageously fought for justice. Exactly 100 years ago, a dial-painting studio opened in Newark, New Jersey, where military dials and timepieces were coated with luminous radium paint. Teenaged girls flocked to work there, drawn by the lucrative wages, a desire to ‘do their bit’ as the US soon entered the First World War and by the glamour of the glowing radium paint. Unbeknownst to them, with every watch they painted, their own time was running out.

For as the years passed the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. Yet the radium girls’ employers denied all responsibility and covered up the truth – they continued to put other women at risk. And so, in the face of death, these brave women refused to accept their fate quietly and instead became determined to fight for justice. Drawing on previously unpublished sources – including diaries, letters and court transcripts, as well as original interviews with the women’s relatives – The Radium Girls is the first-ever narrative account of their unforgettable true story.


William Morton
William Euan Morton (BSc Environmental Sciences 1977-80)
Two Plus Two = Five
According to the author, this book is a sometimes funny insight into the machinations of the mind during a typical day in 1994 from five in the morning till eleven at night. It describes just how the author gets through a day when actively seeking employment, preferably employment which is permanent as it was temporary work that was usually on offer in post-Thatcherite Britain. Hopefully the book will show that we are all individuals, unique beings that do not all live for the profit motive of big business.

Janet Moyles (MEd 1984-86)
Thinking about Play: Developing a Reflective Approach
This collection, edited by Janet, brings together play and reflective practice and supports practitioners in reflecting more deeply on the play provision they make for young children. This involves analysing and evaluating what makes quality play and learning experiences by considering how current research might impact on practice. This book supports early years students and practitioners in developing their own thinking, ideologies and pedagogies.

Sports Law
Urvasi Naidoo (LLM 1987-95)
Sports Law (4th edition)

Urvasi is co-author of this long established textbook on sports law. The new edition offers a comprehensive examination of the legal issues surrounding and governing sport internationally. Locating the legal regulation of sport within an explicit socio-economic context, this refocused edition is divided into four core parts: Governance & Sport; Commercial Regulation; Sports Workplace; and Safety in Sport.

Wim Naude
Wim Naudé (MSc Quantitative Development Economics 1990-91)
Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Promoting private sector development and entrepreneurship in particular, has become a defining feature of development policy in recent years. At a time when global development is being jeopardized by man-made and natural disasters, including financial crises and climate change, the need to integrate socially beneficial innovation and the pursuit of profit with the role of state and non-state actors, is becoming more urgent than ever. This volume brings together internationally leading scholars to explore the nature of economic development and its relationship with the various concepts of entrepreneurship.

Patricia A. Nelson (PhD Politics and International Studies 1997-99)
Japan's Politics and Economy: Perspectives on Change
For some time Japan has been under fire for adjusting too slowly to new realities. This book shows that although the challenges faced are great, Japan is changing in areas ranging from political leadership, education policy, official development assistance, peace building and security, to defence production, business associations and innovation policy. The book analyses processes of change, focusing on the dynamics of change - rather than structural change or institutional change per se - from four levels: the individual, domestic, regional and global.

Anything for money
Cambridge Onoh (LLB 1986-89 and MA Writing 2010-12)
Anything for Money

Cambridge has recently published her latest novel Anything for Money. After being betrayed by her husband and her best friend, desperate lone parent Rose Philips is fighting not just the bulge but also a myriad of debt collectors. A chance meeting with Emma Pitkins, an escort and exotic dancer, sets Rose back on the road to body-beautiful and financial heaven.

Cambridge runs her own self-publishing company and you can read more on her website.

Rhys Owen (BSc Mathematics 1971-74)
Mandarin Chinese – an introduction

Rhys taught English in China in the 1980s and has now produced an e-book that is designed to let an English-speaker start communicating in Mandarin Chinese. The Pinyin Romanisation and Chinese characters are introduced from the start with the help of a specially devised pronunciation crib. Words and phrases that will be of immediate use to a visitor to China are used to reinforce correct pronunciation. These phrases are accompanied by notes explaining points of pronunciation, grammar and usage. Further useful phrases to do with eating and drinking introduce more basic grammar. Also touched on are some of the four character phrases that can encapsulate nuggets of Chinese wisdom. The book culminates in a list of useful Chinese characters that is laid out in a way that makes it (relatively) easy to find a character. “Mandarin Chinese – an introduction” is available from Amazon.


closing time
Jeremy Page (BA French & Theatre Studies 1976-80)
Closing Time

Jeremy Page’s second full collection of poems in published by Pindrop Press. Catherine Smith says: ‘Past and present often co-exist in these fresh, unflinching poems; childhood merges with old age, as the gains and losses of life are explored with clear-sighted tenderness and Page's characteristic precise observation and luminous imagery.’


Harriet Paige (BA English and American Literature 1997-2000 and MA Writing 2004-05)
Man with a Seagull on his Head

Man with a Seagull on his Head is an insightful exploration of art, love and creativity. We follow Ray Eccles and his unlikely muse, their lives becoming intertwined with others as they advance on their bizarre journey through the London art scene. We meet Grace Zoob, an insecure heiress in search of meaning, validation and love; Amanda Parsons, an ambitious girl from the suburbs who suspects there’s more to life than marriage and children but finds herself consumed by both; and Grace’s daughter, Mira, a beautiful, damaged young woman. Five very different lives, linked by a common thread, for all have experienced the true and extraordinary beauty of life, bursting through the veil of daily existence, only to disappear again before it can be fully grasped.

Gaile Parkin
Gaile Parkin (MA Gender and International Development 2003-04)
When Hoopoes Go to Heaven

Gaile has published a number of books including Baking Cakes in Kigali and When Hoopoes Go to Heaven. Her latest book is the story of Benedict Tungazara, a ten-year-old boy in Swaziland who loves beautiful birds, his mother's cakes, and making people happy...

Tony Peake (BA History and Sociology 1973-76)
A Life of Philip K. Dick: The Man Who Remembered the Future

Anthony Peake is the author of five highly acclaimed books including Is There Life After Death?: The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When We Die, The Labyrinth of Time: The Illusion of Past, Present and Future and The Out of Body Experience: The History and Science of Astral Travel. He now turns his attention to one of the most influential writers of the second half of the twentieth century: the enigmatic Philip K. Dick. Philip K. Dick was a writer who drew upon his own life to address the nature of drug abuse, paranoia, schizophrenia and transcendental experiences of all kinds. More than 10 major Hollywood movies are based on his work including Blade Runner, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Minority Report and The Adjustment Bureau.

Jack Brutus Penny (BSc Psychology 2005-08)
From the Riddle Me Collection Volume One: A Stone's Throw

A collection of riddles that will test your grasp of the English language, your plasticity of mind, and whether your tongue is truly yours, the cat’s, or frightfully tied. With 200 riddles from the Riddle Me Collection, along with intricate illustrations, recitations, imaginations and agitations, you’ll be kept busy exercising your intellect until the cows are where the hart is. A beautifully presented body of original riddles for all to try.


Lost in Static
Christine Phillipou (BSc Economics 2000-03)
Lost in Static

Sometimes growing up is seeing someone else's side of the story. Four stories. One truth. Whom do you believe? Callum has a family secret. Yasmine wants to know it. Juliette thinks nobody knows hers. All Ruby wants is to reinvent herself. They are brought together by circumstance, torn apart by misunderstanding. As new relationships are forged and confidences are broken, each person's version of events is coloured by their background, beliefs and prejudices. And so the ingredients are in place for a year shaped by lust, betrayal, and violence...

The Last Supper
Sharon Plant (BA English and American Literature 1973-77)
The Last Supper

Sharon's most recent novel The Last Supper describes the fall from grace of the sitter who models as Christ for Leonardo da Vinci. The book sells in the Milan church where the famous painting is disintegrating on the refectory wall. Her next book, The Fisherwoman, will be published in 2011.

Judy Prescott
Judy Prescott (Exchange Student 1984)
Searching for Cecy: Reflections on Alzheimer’s

In this beautifully written and illustrated tribute, poet Judy Prescott reflects on her mother’s unexpected journey through the rough seas of Alzheimer’s and her own struggle to find peace. Each poem is paired with artwork contributed by members of the Prescott family. These pieces visually illuminate the uncertainty that prevails when a loved one braves a devastating illness. Prescott’s poignant and intimate words offer solace to those facing the challenges of Alzheimer’s today. A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine chapter. Find out more at

 If You
Siân Price (BA History 1994-97)
If You’re Reading This: Last Letters from the Front Line

In this profoundly moving collection of ‘farewell letters’ written by servicemen and women to their loved ones, Siân Price offers a remarkable insight into the hearts and minds of some of the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the past three hundred years. Each letter provides a heart-rending and enduring snapshot of an impossible moment in time – when an individual stares death squarely in the face. Amid these diverse voices, there is a surprising commonality to be found. Be it an epitaph dictated on a Napoleonic battlefield, a staunch, unsentimental letter written by a Victorian officer, or an email from a soldier in modern day Afghanistan, these voices speak eloquently and forcefully of the tragedy of war and answer that fundamental human need to say goodbye.

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Laura Quigley (MA Film and TV Studies 1991-92)
Bloody British History Plymouth

Laura's first book was so successful that the History Press asked her to contribute her stories of Plymouth's history to their popular series of Bloody British History. A sort of 'horrible histories' for grown-ups, the book includes dark tales of the likes of Sir Francis Drake, Captain Cook and Charles Darwin and hundreds of years of wars, pestilence and punishments. Already getting 5 star reviews, this entertaining and informative book is available now in print and also joins Laura's other books on kindle.

Oliver Quinlan (PGCE 2008-09)
The Thinking Teacher

Whilst 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 a 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.

When we genuinely help our teachers develop into being better thinkers we help our children to become better thinkers too. For teachers in primary or secondary schools who want to think deeply and question the way they do things.

Jeff Ralph (BSc Mathematical and Physics 1977-80; PhD Physics, 1981-84)
A Practical Introduction to Index Numbers

Many of the most important official statistics are represented as, or derived from index numbers, including consumer price inflation, gross domestic product and retail sales. Representing data in index number form is a valuable statistical technique for understanding and communicating change; it finds widespread application in both economic and social spheres. This book introduces the reader to the essential basics of both the theory and practice of index numbers.

Annie Ravenhill-Johnson (BA History of Art 1993-96)
The Art and Ideology of the Trade Union Emblem, 1850-1925

The Art and Ideology of the Trade Union Emblem, 1850–1925 is a groundbreaking book that considers trade union emblems and banners as art objects in their own right. It studies their commissioning, their designers and the social conditions and gender relations that they knowingly or unwittingly reveal

Mary Rensten
Mary Rensten (née Cynthia M. Morton, Certificate in Education 1948-50)
A Handful of Straw

Mary's new novel is based on the story of Jane Wenham of Walkern, who was tried as a witch at the Hertford Spring Assizes in 1712. All Jane wanted was a handful of straw, but when the farmhand refused to give it to her, he accused her of putting a spell on him. The villagers said she was a witch; they wanted her dead. So did Francis Bragge… and he was a man of God.

Justin Richards (BA English and Theatre Studies 1981-84)
Justin has written quite a few books now - mainly children's fiction and also Doctor Who (in his spare time he is Creative Consultant to BBC Books for all their Doctor Who publications). His most recent publications are The Chamber of Shadows: a terrifying new case for the Department of Unclassified Artefacts. Eddie, Liz, George and Sir William return to fight their greatest enemy yet in this nail-biting novel from the author of The Death Collector and The Parliament of Blood and Doctor Who: Apollo 23: the Doctor and Amy tackle a sinister plan to take over every human being on earth.

Claire Ridgway (B.A. (Qualified Teacher Status) 1989-993)
The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth about the Tudors
The Anne Boleyn Collection" brings together the most popular articles from top Tudor website The Anne Boleyn Files. Articles which have provoked discussion and debate. Articles that people have found fascinating. Written in Claire's easy-going style, but with an emphasis on good history and sound research, these articles are perfect reading for Tudor history lovers everywhere. Discover the REAL truth about the Tudors.


Andrew Roadnight (BA Comparative American Studies 1991-94, MA History 1994-95, PhD History 1995-98)
United States Policy Towards Indonesia in the Truman and Eisenhower Years

This analysis of US policy towards Indonesian nationalism concludes that Truman's support for independence was based on his Cold War priorities and not principled backing for self-determination. It reveals how Eisenhower's New Look led to a disastrous CIA-backed intervention in 1957-58 and propelled Indonesia towards the Soviet bloc. Exposing the extent of Australian influence on US policy, this account reveals how the personal prejudices of Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles undermined the notion of rational policymaking.

Marli Roode
Marli Roode (BA Philosophy and Literature 2002-05 and MA Philosophy and Literature 2005-06)
Call It Dog

Set against the backdrop of a country struggling to absorb its bloody history and forge a new democracy, Call It Dog asks whether justice and truth are more important than the bonds of loyalty and love, and explores what it is like to feel you no longer belong in the land of your birth - or to your own family.


Steve Rumsby (BSc Computer Science 1982-85)
Using SAP Screen Personas

50 percent click reduction, 20 tabs reduced to 4, training time down from 2 hours to 45 minutes—these are real numbers from live SAP Screen Personas customers. In this e-book, learn to simplify and beautify SAP GUI screens with step-by-step instructions and examples. From installation and configuration to editing screens and scripting, this is the SAP Screen Personas resource you need to make your SAP UI simple.


Anthony Sattin (BA English and American Literature 1976-79)
Winter on the Nile: Florence Nightingale, Gustave Flaubert and the Temptation of Egypt
Anthony has recently published Winter on the Nile: Florence Nightingale, Gustave Flaubert and the Temptation of Egypt which looks at the young Florence Nightingale's travels and romantic adventures while on a Nile cruise. By an extraordinary coincidence, taking the same boat was Gustave Flaubert. Where Nightingale sought out temples, Flaubert visited brothels and harems. Both of them were entranced, moved and liberated by the wonders of the Nile. As privileged early travellers, they saw an ancient landscape unchanged for centuries, and visited monuments still familiar to tourists today. And both wrote magnificently about the sights they saw.

Paul Scotting (BSc Microbiology and Virology 1980-83)
Cancer: A Beginner's Guide
Cancer is the second biggest killer in the world, but few of us understand how it works or how we treat it. In this introductory book, Paul Scotting explains the science behind the disease and explores why some of us are more likely to develop it than others. Arguing that we're in a new age of understanding that will revolutionise the fight against cancer, Scotting discusses cutting-edge developments and maps out the promising future strategies for its prevention, treatment, and cure.

Plain English
Kay Senior (Certificate in Education 1949-51)
Plain English

Plain English can be used by both students and teachers in conjunction with a course book or on its own. The book differs from other grammar books by identifying mistakes likely to be made and correcting them. The book is logically organised into four sections which, together with its comprehensive index, make it easy for students to find what they need. It is illustrated with cartoons, jokes and stories to make learning more enjoyable

Kibny'aanko Seroney (MA Translation Studies 2002-03)
From Strength to Strength: The Story of Peter Kipchumba Rono

Peter Rono won the 1,500 metres at the 1988 Summer Olympic games beating favourites Peter Elliott and Steve Cram becoming the youngest Olympic Champion in this event. Ambassador Peter Rono, is an only child who grew up in humble background in Nandi, Kenya. Armed with champion stories from his grandfather's successes and his mother's unrelenting faith in God he begins a journey of firsts. With energy Peter's story easily moves from strength to strength.


Carlos Serra (MSc Programme and Project Management 2011-13)
Benefits Realization Management: Strategic Value from Portfolios, Programs, and Projects

Benefits realization management (BRM) is a key part of governance, because it supports the strategic creation of value and provides the correct level of prioritization and executive support to the correct initiatives. Because of its relevance to the governance process, BRM has a strong influence over project success and is a link between strategic planning and strategy execution.

This book guides portfolio, program, and project managers through the process of benefits realization management so they can maximize business value. It discusses why and how programs and projects are expected to enable value creation, and it explains the role of BRM in value creation.

Raymond T. Shorthouse (PhD Philosophy 1995-2000)
Textual Narratives and a New Metaphysics
Drawing extensively upon recent developments in post-phenomenological philosophy, especially 'the textual turn' exemplified by Paul Ricoeur, Jacques Derrida and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, this book explores the role that textual narratives have in the possibility of reasonably affirming the intelligibility of the world. The author reveals how textual narratives can play a primary role in affirming rational meaning in a continuing hermeneutical process.

Umi Sinha (BA English and American Literature 1971-74)

Lila Langdon is twelve years old when she witnesses a family tragedy after her mother unveils her father’s surprise birthday present – a tragedy that ends her childhood in India and precipitates a new life in Sussex with her great-aunt Wilhelmina.

Umi Sinha’s unforgettable debut is an intense, compelling and finely wrought epic of love and loss, of race and ethnicity, of homeland – and of belonging.

Aesthetics of Wine
Ole Martin Skilleås (PhD Philosophy 1988-92) and Douglas Burnham (MA Philosophy and Literature 1987-88 and PhD 1988-92)
The Aesthetics of Wine

Ole and Douglas have co-authored a number of articles and in 2012 wrote a book entitled The Aesthetics of Wine. Collaborations like this are rare in the humanities and it is even more rare that two authors actually write all chapters together - changing each other's sentences and so on. Ole and Douglas can do this because they know each other very well and the Warwick connection is very clearly the basis there.


Di Slaney (Diane Spencer, BA English and European Literature 1984-87)
Reward for Winter

In 2005, Di Slaney abandoned her urban existence to become the custodian of an ancient farmhouse in Nottinghamshire, populating it with – at the last count – 150 animals, most of them rescued. Reward for Winter tells the story of her challenging yet enviable life change: the earthy triumphs and tribulations of a novice smallholder; the history of Bilsthorpe from Viking settlement through Civil War to coal mining in the 1920s; and the quirky and affecting biography of one of the farm chickens.

Di Slaney’s poems have won numerous accolades including first prize in the Four Corners International Poetry Competition 2015. Reward for Winter’s ‘Key’ was a runner up in Cinnamon Press’s Dark Interiors competition. This, her first full collection, has been praised as “beautifully crafted and very moving” by Jonathan Edwards, winner of the 2014 Costa Poetry Award. Di founded the Nottingham marketing agency Diversity and has co-owned Candlestick Press since 2010. She sells speciality yarn from her rare breed and rescued sheep under the name Hooligan Yarns. Valley Press is a thriving independent publisher based in Yorkshire.

Smith, James
James Smith (BA Film And Literature 1991-94)
How To Remember Equations And Formulae (with Phil Chambers)

A thorough guide for maths, physics, economics, accountancy and so on students. Offers all the best-known and most interesting memorisation techniques to help you remember equations, numbers and letters and for study. Includes a chapter showing how to combine the author's primary technique with the "Dominic" or "Person-Action System" - by far the authors' favourite method of working with and recalling strings of numbers (and even how to advance this system) - of eight times World Memory Champion Dominic O'Brien, who has endorsed the book, to recall specific equations or examples featuring these. Available from:, in a Kindle edition from and, from Apple’s iTunes bookstore and live on Google Play.

How to Remember Chemistry, Programming Languages, Acronyms Or Shorthand, Letter & Number Combinations, Number & Other Tables, Latin and Greek Roots, Books, Basic Synthesizer & Guitar Playing, & More

Second book by the author, available in both paperback and Kindle editions from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

Making games work
Nick Smith (BEng and MEng 1987-92)
Making Games Work - More Effective Learning In Teams

This is a broad brush reference work on games, aiming to be helpful and all-encompassing without getting bogged down in too much theory. It touches on the whole process of running a game, from the original learning outcome required, to the evaluation of how well it worked. Through it you will be prompted to consider all the aspects necessary for good running of games.

Making Games Work is for people who have never run games for learning but would like to, right across the spectrum to those who have used them frequently and want some new ideas to improve further.

Sarah Snyder (MA International Design and Communication Management 2010-11)
Skippit the Cricket

Skippit, like so many people you may have met, intuitively knows that the world around him is rich with meaning, rich with goodness. Not only is that so, but he knows in his little knower that he has a unique purpose and place in that world. Join Skippit as he bounces through his day, discovering the beauty of the world around him and within him.

Copies are available here.

Naomi Stanford (PhD Warwick Business School Doctoral Programme 1998-2002)
Organization Design: Engaging with Change (2nd edition)

Organization Design: Engaging with change looks at how to (re)design the organizational system in order to increase productivity, performance and value; providing the knowledge and methodology to design an agile organization capable of handling the kind of continuous organizational change that all businesses face. The book clarifies why and how organizations need to be in a state of readiness to design or redesign and emphasizes that people as well as business processes must be part of design considerations.

Martin Stannard (BA English and American Literature 1967-70)
Muriel Spark: The Biography
In 1992 Dame Muriel Spark invited Martin Stannard to write her biography, offering interviews and full access to her papers. Serialised in the Guardian and Radio 4's Book of the Week, this is the first biography of the author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Ballad of Peckham Rye.

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Ian Taylor (BSc Economics 1996-99)
The Poker Mindset

The Poker Mindset, published in 2007, is an in depth look at the psychology of poker players. It discusses the attitudes necessary to succeed at the game and identifies the most common causes of failure. It has been very well received by the industry and to date it has been translated into nine languages and has sold over 30,000 copies.

Teh Chi-Chang (BSc Accounting and Financial Analysis (1990-93)
UMNO-Nomics: the Dark Side of the Budget

Everything every Malaysian should know about the federal government budget, its shadow and the economic policies propounded by the opposing Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat coalitions is simply explained, creatively illustrated and skillfully organized in bite-sized chapters. Rigorously analysed and crisply written by Teh Chi-Chang, CFA, illustrated cleverly by Johnny Ong and endorsed by personalities from Nurul Izzah Anwar (among the Young Global Leaders named at the 2012 World Economic Forum) and Zunar (winner of the 2011 Cartoonists Rights Network International Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning) this book is a “brilliant step towards a society that makes partisan choices founded on well-argued, policy-based reasoning.

Brian Terry (PhD Industrial and Business Studies 1972-77)
Dark Pools

Dark Pools is a gripping novel revolving around the audacious attempt by China to completely annihilate the US dollar – literally in the blink of an eye, using ultra sophisticated computing power – and replace it overnight with the Chinese renminbi as the new world currency. Their provocative actions are deliberately choreographed to coincide with a riot-torn crisis in Hong Kong involving the Pro-Democracy movement, and the covert construction of a highly confrontational military airstrip in the South China Seas.

Dark Pools is a geo-political, fast-moving, financial thriller, sweeping across London, New York, Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. It will appeal to fans of speculative fiction, particularly those who are interested in contemporary issues such as cyber crime and currency wars.

Monstrous Organisation
Torkild Thanem (BSc Management Sciences 1993-96)
The Monstrous Organization

Published by Edward Elgar in August 2011, this book marks a shift in the way we think and feel about organizations. Radically reconsidering what we see as organizationally normal and abnormal, Thanem shatters the borders of convention to enable the becoming of a new and monstrously radical politics of difference. With reflexivity, sensitivity and courage, this politically and theoretically charged work offers an affirmative alternative to habituated organizational violence and oppression. It does so in the form of a monstrous ethics of organizations. Essential reading for those interested in the best of the latest advances in organization studies.

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Warwick University Ltd

Warwick University Ltd was a Penguin Education Special, published in April 1970 and edited by E.P.Thompson, then Reader in Social History at the University. It is now being republished, with a new introduction written by some of the original contributors.


Claire Trevien (BA English LIterature 2004-07)
Satire, prints and theatricality in the French Revolution

Following an account of the historical and social contexts of Revolutionary printmaking, the author analyses over 50 works, incorporating scenes such as street singers and fairground performers, unsanctioned Revolutionary events, and the representation of Revolutionary characters in hell. Through analysing these depictions as an ensemble, focusing on style, vocabulary, and metaphor, Claire Trévien shows how prints were a potent vehicle for capturing and communicating partisan messages across the political spectrum. In spite of the intervening centuries, these prints still retain the power to evoke the Revolution like no other source material.


Andrew Tristem (MSC Management Science and Operational Research 1992-94)
The Incidental Murderer

Is our character determined by nature or nurture – or is there a more powerful force which shapes us? Cub reporter Simon Turner goes on a dark journey as he tries to expose drugs and sex scandals at the heart of a criminal council in rural south Somerset.

Ghost Town
Catriona Troth (BSc Mathematics 1976-79)
Ghost Town

Catriona's novel, published in November 2013, is set in Coventry against a background of events that took place in the city during the time when she was a post-grad research student at Warwick. 1981, the city of Two Tone and Ska is riven with battles between skinheads and young Asians. Photographer Baz is capturing the conflict on film. Unemployed graduate Maia—serial champion of liberal causes—is pregnant with a mixed-race child. Neither can afford to let the racists win. They must take a stand. A stand that will cost lives.

Portia Tung (BA English and French 1994-98)
The Dream Team Nightmare

Management is ready to disband your new agile team and outsource your project. Can you save The Dream Team? The Dream Team started their journey 18 months ago. Since then, life has become a nightmare. Progress has ground to a halt. Morale is low. Quality has become taboo. You have five days to figure out how to get the team back on track. There will be conflict and maybe tears. One thing is for sure: there will be plenty of tough decisions to make.

Inspired by a classic gamebook series, this fun and interactive story has eight different endings designed to enrich and put your agile development knowledge and experience to the test. Packed with familiar scenarios an agile team faces every day, The Dream Team Nightmare offers you the chance to see what would happen if you could do things differently so you can change the way you do things for real with confidence.


Gunjan Veda (MA International Relations 2002-03)
Beautiful Country: Stories from Another India (with Syeda Hameed)

Beautiful Country chronicles the journey undertaken by two policy makers to see, hear and understand the India that lives in the crowded bylanes of choking cities, in the flooded villages of Thar desert, in the scattered habitations of remote Himalayan hamlets, in the seething Valley of its strife torn north-east and in the pristine forests of the Andaman islands. It compels you to experience the hope and despair, misery and triumph, failures and innovations of an India that does not make it to the front pages of newspaper and has not been captured by the roving cameras of 24x7 media channels- an India that continues to remain invisible.

Vincent & Pablo
Tony Warner (BA Philosophy 1965-68)
Vincent & Pablo

There are many books that chart the life of Vincent van Gogh and Picasso, but there are very few that discuss their early personal life. Vincent and Pablo: The Revised Version is a romantic fiction that explores what might have happened if both artists had arrived in London, as they both intended, at the same time.

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Graham Watts (BA Theatre Studies 1977-80)
Shakespeare's Authentic Performance Texts: The Case for Staging from the First Folio

There is an assumption that when we reach for a copy of a Shakespeare play what we have in our hands is a record of his writing. It isn't. Present day printings are an Editor's (often subjective) version of the script. Around 25% of any Shakespeare play will have been altered by modern Editors and this creates an enormous amount of confusion. The only authentic edition of Shakespeare's works is the First Folio , published by his friends and colleagues in 1623. Graham Watts makes the case for staging and printing the plays as set in the Folio . This edition preserved acting indicators that helped Shakespeare's Players to understand and perform a role. As well as a critique on the practices of modern Editors, Watts includes sections on analyzing and acting the text, how a complex character can be created by using the First Folio , a director's approach to rehearsing a Shakespeare play with various exercises useful for both professional and student actors, and a conclusion where all of the findings are applied to one play.

Lone Wolf
Len Webster (BEd English 1969-73)
Lone wolf: memoirs in the form of short stories

Gone are the days when memoirs were only written by retired generals and superannuated politicians. Len Webster's book tells of life in Smethwick in the second half of the last century and will remind many of just how much has changed over the years since the end of World War Two. As well as covering aspects of childhood and adolescence, the book deals movingly with issues of social change and the nature of history.



Ken Wharton (BA Politics 1972-74)
Bullets, Bombs and Cups of Tea: Further Voices of the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98

Ken's second oral history of the Northern Ireland troubles told from the perspective of the ordinary British soldier. This book looks deeper into the conflict, utilising stories from new contributors providing revealing and long-forgotten stories of the troubles from the back streets of the Ardoyne to the bandit country of South Armagh.

Paul Whiteside (BA Classics and Ancient History 1987-90)
The Blue House

Written in two parts The Blue House is a dark and chilling “gothic” love story of great emotional intensity. Its essence is of the obsessional and sometimes irrational search for eternal sexual happiness and love. It is surrealist in essence, owes a lot of its inspiration to the erotic power of dreams, and the dark works of Baudelaire.

Edward Willatt (BA Philosophy 1999-2002, MA Continental Philosophy 2002-2003)
Kant, Deleuze and Architectonics
The way in which we read Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason has profound consequences for our understanding of his thought in relation to the work of other thinkers. Kant, Deleuze and Architectonics presents a unified reading of this text in order to respond to the concerns surrounding the method and arguments Kant employs.

Bogusia Wojciechowska (BA History 1972-75 and MA Comparative Modern History 1975-76)
Waiting To Be Heard (The Polish Christian Experience Under Nazi and Stalinist Oppression 1939-1955)

The book is an attempt to give voice to those who found themselves exiled across the world. It contains many photographs and artifacts, and has a foreword by Ryszard Kaczorowski, former president of the Polish Government-in-Exile in London who, in 1990, was finally able to hand over the safeguarded State Insignia to the newly and democratically-elected president, Lech Walesa, in Warszawa. You can find out more at

Engines of War
Christian Wolmar (BA Economics 1967-71)
Engines of War: How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways

Christian's latest book spans more than a century and takes in all the engagements in which railways played a part, including the Crimean War, the American Civil War, the Boer War, both world wars, the Korean War, and the Cold War. It shows that the ‘iron road’ not only made armies far more mobile, but also greatly increased the scale and power of weaponry available. In doing so, it ensured that wars could be fought across wider fronts and over longer timescales, with far deadlier consequences. There's more about it on Christian's website.

Chris Worth MBA (2007-08)
Two Birds (under the pen name Mark Charteris)

Two Birds is the introductory novella featuring British-American problem-solver Gabe Rayner: the first business consultant action hero. Learn more about the character and books at

Vasileios Zeimpekis (MSc Engineering Business Management 2001-03)
Supply Chain Optimization, Design, and Management: Advances and Intelligent Methods
Vasileios has co-edited Supply Chain Optimization, Design, and Management: Advances and Intelligent Methods which presents computational intelligence methods for addressing supply chain issues. Emphasis is given to techniques that provide effective solutions to complex supply chain problems and exhibit superior performance to other methods of operations research.