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More success for our alumni authors including Suzanne Stewarts (English, 1973) with her young adult novel Rowan the Dreamweaver. 

April: Celebrating our Alumni authors

Massive congratulations to our alumni authors who have had their books published.

Take a look at the latest books available from our alumni authors:

Peter Hancock (Education and History, 1984) has recently published Engaging Miss Laura – The Life and Times of a Lady in Mid-Victorian Britain.

Engaging Miss Laura explores the life and times of a young woman living in mid-Victorian Plymouth. In her letter to the editor of the Western Morning News, published in the inaugural edition of 3 January 1860, she asked if an Engagements column might be included besides the traditional Births, Marriages and Deaths. The charming and persuasive correspondence touched on a number of contemporary issues, and these are explored in greater depth in the book. By interweaving different historical elements - personal, local, national and international – the significance of the period 1859/60 will be appreciated. The letter was simply signed LAURA. But just who was Laura, and what impact, if any, did she make on her times? The story reveals a lost social world, a physical world that would largely be destroyed by the Plymouth Blitz, and sheds light on the life of the Engaging Miss Laura.

This book is available to purchase online.


Rebecca Hill (French & Greek/Roman Studies, 1995) is soon to be launching her first book co-authored with her friend and former colleague, Mike Mister. It's called From Work Life to New Life: Reinventing Retirement for Smart Professionals.

Why do some professionals thrive when they retire while others struggle and even go into decline? Often, we are ill-prepared to make the life-changing transition from full-time employment, whether we leave by choice or not. Our professional work is an important part of our identity and filling that void and making productive use of our time and skills can be a major challenge. Mike Mister and Rebecca Hill explore alternatives to the traditional “rules” of retirement in this practical guide for busy, mid to later-career professionals making the transition out of large organisational life. Your encore can be the most exciting time of your life. From retraining in a new career path to making an impact by mentoring others or volunteering, a wealth of interesting possibilities awaits you!

This book is available to purchase online and they will be holding a virtual book launch on 1pm GMT on 18 May 2022 if you'd like to join get in touch with them via email.


Shaun Hill (English, 2017) has recently published his debut poetry collection warm blooded things.

Shaun’s debut poetry collection, warm blooded things is a radical and intimate encounter with boyhood, sexuality, and violence, love, desire and solitude. Wandering the nocturnal city streets, through random encounters, co-opting space and capturing conversations in a multitude of voices, this collection evokes alienation whilst longing for tenderness. The agile poems are alive to fear, loss, danger – and to the possibility of other ways of being, other, better stories that we can write. The poems also explore a uniquely queer archive of time and place, the legacy of AIDS, and draw strength from giving voice to unheard histories. Seeking sanctuary and alternatives to a capitalist reality, these precise, humane poems gesture towards hope, survival and the necessity to be responsible for one another.

This book is available to purchase online.

Dr Gaye Manwaring (Zoology, 1966) has recently published her new book Learning My Living: Reflections on Teaching in Higher Education for Over Fifty Years which includes a chapter about her time studying at Exeter.

As the old saying goes, “If you are determined to learn, no-one can stop you.” With a long and decorated career in higher education, there are few people who could claim to know that fact better than Dr Gaye Manwaring. In this book, Gaye reveals the many ways in which the world of education has changed and developed over the past few decades. Drawing on examples from her varied experiences in the field, she considers how approaches to learning have evolved by examining not just the education sector in the UK, but in several different countries across the world. From her own formative experiences in the British education system through to her award-winning university career, Gaye explains the vital importance of lifelong learning and explores the changing ways that education is continuing to empower lives and encourage exciting new approaches. 

This book is available to purchase online. 


Shaun McCrindle (English Literature and Fine Art, 1991) has recently published the e-book Journey of Song: A memoir of songwriting from the margins of Rock 'n' Roll which contains an early chapter on his time at Exeter University, collaborating with Thom Yorke.

Since the mid-1980s, Shaun McCrindle has kept sane by writing songs. In this candid and revealing account, the Bristolian songwriter reflects on the motivation and stories behind 47 original songs, written between 1985 and 2018. Solo work and collaborations (with Blind Mice, Thom Yorke, John Matthias, and the Blue Aeroplanes) are considered, offering unique insights into some of the musical personalities of Essex, Exeter and Bristol. The second part of the eBook is devoted to a personal commentary on 100 songs that have influenced the author. The eBook is complemented by online resources that are freely available through a bespoke website where readers can access audio recordings and video footage that is referred to throughout the text.

This book is available to purchase online and you can also read an article from Shaun called 'Remembering Exeter University in the late 1980s' on our website.


Dr Phil S Moore (DClinPsy. 2009) has contributed to, and co-edited, the recently published Neuropsychological Aspects of Brain Injury: A Handbook for Lawyers and Clinicians.

This accessible handbook focuses on the importance of neuropsychological evidence and the role of the neuropsychologist as expert witness in brain injury litigation. This thorough, evidence-based resource fosters discussion between the legal profession and expert neuropsychological witnesses. The chapters reflect collaborations between leading personal injury lawyers and neuropsychologists in the UK. Combining the scientific and legal background with practical tips and case examples, this book is valuable reading for legal professionals, particularly those working in personal injury and clinical negligence, as well as trainees, students and clinicians in the field of neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation and clinical psychology.

This book is available to purchase online.


Suzanne Stewarts (English, 1973) has recently published her first young adult novel Rowan the Dreamweaver. 

People go to festivals for different reasons… Rowan, a caring and courageous young woman from a complicated home background, wants to prove herself as a weaver to people from all over Britain. But why doesn’t her mother want her to make friends with anyone from the powerful Hawk tribe - which includes attractive Kelvan, who wants to be a full-time harpist, and forget he’s the High King’s grandson – and his friend Sparrow, who’s on a quest to find a husband, and a volcano? As the Autumn Solstice festival week goes by, Rowan, supported by her lynx friend Kezzie, ends up finding out more about life, love – and who really killed her father! The first of a trilogy, set 4,000 years ago, but with modern twists, this is a novel for anyone of 13 and upwards who enjoys history, fantasy, adventure, romance, humour…or music!

This book is available to purchase online.

Date: 21 April 2022

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