The last bookshelf of 2017 is very full, and holds an eclectic and interesting selection of alumni-penned works.
|Degree||PhD Nursing Studies|
The Aesthetic Experience of Dying
Structured around a personal account of the illness and death of Adamson’s partner, Jane, this book explores how something hard to bear became a threshold to a world of insight and discovery. It looks at the notion of life as binary synthesis – that is, the dynamic and productive interplay between opposing pairs of concepts – as a way of coming to understand death. Struggling to balance reason with sense, thought with feeling, this book examines the experience of caring for someone from diagnosis to death. Creative and insightful, this book will appeal to those interested in the medical humanities as well as practising and student health professionals.
The Green Machine: The Story of Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds 1960-1970
The Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds club of the 1960s was one of the most successful Scottish cross country teams in the history of the sport. Many team victories were recorded in club, national and university events and, individually, two of their competitors between them won seven Scottish National cross country titles during their running careers. Two members of the team represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games and many others ran at international level, a unique achievement for a university sports club. This is their story.
To order a copy of ‘The Green Machine’ please send a cheque for £12, payable to Alistair Blamire, and a note of your full address, to Alistair Blamire, 97/5 East London Street, Edinburgh, EH7 4BF. A copy will be posted to you as soon as possible.
|Author||Douglas M. Charles|
Hoover's War on Gays: Exposing the FBI's Sex Deviates Program
The book explores the FBI's 40-plus year obsession with gays, lesbians, and their respective organizations, and the politics surrounding the issue of homosexuality. It also takes to the story up to the 1990s when the FBI became the unwilling trailblazer in ending Federal anti-gay employment discrimination.
The Kilmarnock Burns: A Census
Burns’s 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect' (1786) has long been recognized as one of the world’s great books, but this study is the first modern attempt to track down how many copies of Burns’s first book still survive. The 612 copies that were printed in the summer of 1786 on a wooden press by a local printer, John Wilson, in Kilmarnock, sold out almost immediately and launched Burns’s worldwide reputation. In time copies of the Kilmarnock, often splendidly rebound to indicate its importance and growing monetary value, became prized by book collectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
The book opens with an introduction, by Allan Young, about the project and its findings, with a list of important “lost” copies, followed byPatrick Scott's account of how the Kilmarnock was published and how it became a collector's item. The main sections then describe the present appearance of each of the surviving copies, including any manuscript inscriptions or annotations, and trace, as far as possible, their previous ownership and its significance. In addition, drawing on print and digital evidence from auction records, newspapers and memoirs, the study documents many copies for which there is now no known location, illustrating the larger story of public interest in Burns and Burns collecting from the early nineteenth-century to the present day.
Random Treasure – Antiques, Auctions and Alchemy
Random Treasure is a true account of adventures in the world of antiques. Roger Stewart looks back on six decades of discovering lost and forgotten objects in second-hand shops and local salesrooms. Among many enthralling tales of exceptional items, the two stars are a pottery jug and a wooden statue, both masterpieces made five hundred years apart. It's been a profitable hobby too, with a 10 year tally of £250,000 in auction proceeds from objects bought for just £1,500. Random Treasure shows how to identify and authenticate antiques, how they rise and fall in value, whether provenance matters, and how real-life auctions work. There's also a light-hearted investigation of behavioural aspects of antique collecting, making the book a perfect read for those interested in popular psychology. What qualities are needed by enthusiasts to make spectacular finds? Does it require the connoisseur's expertise or the alchemist's magic, or can anyone succeed? And how can collectors prevent an innocent hobby from slipping into all consuming obsession and compulsion?
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