Alumni Services

October 2014

This month’s shelf includes a hiking guide to the the Great Smoky Mountains, a children's book about leprosy and an Edinburgh set novel about the secrets of a lost Indian treasure.


Author Ken Wise
Degree Divinity BD (1974), Divinity MTh (1975)
Book Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains

Ken Wise’s new book is part trail guide, part field guide, part literary guide and part spiritual resource guide. Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains is an essential guide to one of America’s most breath taking and rugged national parks.

The second edition of this compellingly readable and useful book is completely updated, giving outdoor enthusiasts the most current information they need to explore this world-renowned wilderness.

A seasoned outdoorsman with more than thirty years of experience in the area and co-director of the Great Smoky Mountains Regional Project at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Wise brings an exceptional depth of knowledge to this guide.

Hiking Trails of the Great Smoky Mountains on Amazon


Author Mia Hadrill
Degree Social Anthropology with South Asian Studies (2012)
Author Jessica Kettle
Degree Illustration MFA (2014)
Book Bela

Learn about leprosy and Bela's story in her new book by Mia Hadrill, illustrated by Jessica Kettle available to buy now from The Leprosy Mission Scotland. Bela is a lovable, fun and brave little girl who lives with her friends in South India. When Bela discovered she had leprosy her life changed.

Bela's story has it's origin in Mia's travels in India where she met people affected by leprosy and saw the incredibly difficult situations they face as a result of their disease. Inspired by this, in 2012 Mia took up an internship with The Leprosy Mission Scotland and was inspired to write her first book to help raise awareness of leprosy and its effects.

Bela on the Leprosy Mission Scotland website


Author Gigi Pandian
Degree Visiting Student (1996)
Book Artifact

When historian Jaya Jones receives a mysterious package containing a jewel-encrusted artifact from India, sent by her ex-lover the same day he died in a supposed accident in the Highlands of Scotland, she discovers the secrets of a lost Indian treasure may be hidden in a Scottish legend from the days of the British Raj. But she’s not the only one on the trail.

Gigi Pandian fell in love with Scotland when she was brought on a research trip with her mother, aged ten. When she had the opportunity to do an exchange program during college she looked into the University of Edinburgh and found a course which was the perfect fit. After living in Edinburgh, she knew she wanted to set a novel there.

Artifact on Gigi Pandian's website

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