Alumni Services

May 2017

This month's eclectic mix includes an Edinburgh-based crime thriller, a fantasy tale of fallen angels, and a biblical study guide.



Hywel Clifford

Degree Music, Divinity

Companion to the Old Testament: Introduction, Interpretation, Application

This new companion provides intelligent enrichment for encounters with the first part of the Christian Bible. Written by an international team, there are five core chapters on the traditional canonical sections of the Old Testament.

They each follow a common format: an introduction to the significance and contents of each section in its ancient context, a discussion of sources (over 60 in all) from figures past and present that illustrate the interpretation and use of the Old Testament in the global history of Christianity (e.g. Origen, Aquinas, Calvin, Wellhausen, von Rad, Gutiérrez, Barton), and suggestions for how its texts apply to Christian ministry and mission. These areas are often treated separately, but this Companion offers an integrated overview that seeks to inform and inspire, and to serve the needs and interests of student and general readers alike. It opens with an introduction to the Old Testament, and concludes with extensive recommendations of resources for further study and reflection.

Companion to the Old Testament


Author Joshua Gamon
Degree Creative Writing

The Brothers Thanatos

In a fantasy that journeys from the crowded streets of Bombay to a soot-laden London, to Manhattan’s Grand Central Station, to Edinburgh, and to Hell and back again, Max Thanatos and the spirit of his dead brother Charlie encounter fallen angels, Theo Hardeen the brother of Harry Houdini, the vile Aleister Crowley, and even the Devil himself. They battle abhorrent horrors, witch-hunters, the police, and all-comers in an attempt to save Charlie from eternal damnation.

The Brothers Thanatos



Kaite Welsh

Degree English Literature

The Wages of Sin

An irresistible mystery set in 1890s Edinburgh, Kaite Welsh's 'The Wages of Sin' features a female medical student-turned-detective, and will thrill fans of Sarah Waters and Antonia Hodgson.

Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become a doctor, despite the misgivings of her family and society. As part of the University of Edinburgh's first intake of female medical students, Sarah comes up against resistance from lecturers, her male contemporaries, and – perhaps worst of all – her fellow women, who will do anything to avoid being associated with a fallen woman...

When one of Sarah's patients turns up in the university dissecting room as a battered corpse, Sarah finds herself drawn into Edinburgh's dangerous underworld of bribery, brothels and body snatchers – and a confrontation with her own past.

The Wages of Sin

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