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Mary Tant A Deadly Plot

A Deadly Plot coverGarden restoration, archaeology, community tensions then murder and murder again. Mary Tant's tenth and latest Rossington classic crime novel weaves a realistic and chilling plot – will Anna, Mike and friends escape their lethal adversary in time? Available from all good bookshops.
See the extract on Mary's website.
Download the complete series leaflet (pdf 374kb)

R W Johnson's Look Back in Laughter
acclaimed by reviewers

cover_bill%20002Bill Johnson's Oxford memoir has been acclaimed in the TLS and The Economist. Read the reviews here. It's in the best bookshops, available on Apple iTunes as an eBook and at the Amazon store for your Kindle eReader.
Read extracts here. Read the extensive exclusive interview with Bill here, now including some searching questions about diversity and selection in Oxford. There's a recent interview with Bill on South Africa's Biznews.com website looking at his current interests here.

Bill Johnson's memoir: an intimate Oxford portrait

Bill at Magdalen 1975The controversial political analyst, well known to London Review of Books readers, remembers his Oxford, from the end of the postwar era in the 1960s – an era of intellectual and personal freedom and independence that now is as remote as the Brideshead 1920s.
A highlight in the galaxy of inside stories is the Thatcher honorary degree debacle. Among major figures profiled are Thomas Hodgkin, Philip Williams (Gaitskell's biographer), Ken Tite and A J P Taylor. See more about the book here.

Mary Tant The Theme is Death

The Theme is Death coverMary Tant doesn't pull any punches with her latest, the 9th, Rossington murder mystery.
It begins at a massive party marking the anniversary of the Spanish Armada where, apparently, not all the key players are guests: mayhem ensues.
The narrative, set across the heritage and natural beauty of the Westcountry is gripping – and won't disappoint her fans.
See the extract on Mary's website.
Download the complete series leaflet (pdf 423kb)

Acclaim for Stoodley’s Archaeology of Andover
now a Mac iBook

Andover_cover‘a real labour of love… It's a great tribute to Max [Dacre] and everyone who worked with him – I had no idea that so much was found. Publishing it in this way is enormously useful and just the sort of thing that Max would have wanted.’

This acclaimed book is now on Apple iBook for your iPad – ideal for the pics, plans and maps – at £12.99. See extracts here.

Threshold’s tribute to Hennis

9783406569364Shame on English newspapers for failing to publish an obituary of Wilhelm Hennis, who died at 89 in November 2012.
As a belated tribute, here is Keith Tribe's review of Stephan Schlak's Wilhelm Hennis Scenes from a History of Ideas of the Federal Republic. (The cover, right, shows Hennis)
Also a link to Keith Tribe's own site; he is translating Weber's Economy & Society Part One afresh for Harvard University Press, due in 2015.

Mary Tant's latest Rossington novel

The Witness cover From the off, when Anna and Mike’s midsummer garden adventure takes a sinister turn, the pace of action in The Witness doesn't slacken for a page.
In classic crime fashion, suspicion swirls around Hugh: just what is his involvement with the dangerous events at the priory? Who is the woman who seems to be at the heart of all this?. Read more here.

Rescuing Andover's archaeology

Andover_coverThreshold's latest book is the definitive story of the rescue archaeology of Andover, a campaign led by amateurs whose passionate enthusiasm saved so much evidence of previous cultures from the developers' bulldozers. Heavily illustrated with 51 line illustrations, including detailed plans of dig sites, and 60 colour pictures. Another 10 photos of society volunteers in action are presented on the cover of this large-format paperback. Read more here and extracts here.

The latest from Mary Tant

The Gathering Storm coverIn Mary Tant's 2013 classic murder novel The Gathering Storm, Rossington family affairs come to the fore. Lucy faces a life-changing choice; her idyllic restored farmhouse is the scene of an archaeological dig and dramatic conflict. Twists of plot, vivid characters and a beautiful setting are what readers have come to expect from the Rossington novels, down to the gripping dénouement.

Silver_deerMary has also released a Christmas story as an ebook. The Silver Deer with a Golden Nose is available now on Amazon Kindle and on Apple iTunes


Mary Tant's website now in full swing

Mary Tant's website has now been running for 18 months

She welcomes fans of her mysteries to the background to her writing, the books she enjoys and which have inspired her. There is a lively and regularly updated nature blog, as well as features on where to eat out at teatime, Border Collies and the Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey.

Mary Tant's sixth classic mystery

Don't Come Back coverDon't Come Back, Mary Tant's latest classic murder mystery is set in a remote moorland hamlet one New Year. Lucy and her friends find themselves enmeshed in a conflict between tradition, family loyalties and new ways of thinking, in which the unpredictable weather plays a significant part. This is the sixth title in the Rossington series. Mary Tant is launching a new website to keep readers up to date with her interests.

The latest Enhancing… book for HE best practice

Enhancing Learning through Assessment cover Enhancing Learning through Assessment gathers experiences of developing best practice for students and lecturers in business and accounting, finance, hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism. See the contributions and an extract from the introduction. With Enhancing Graduate Impact the Higher Education Academy series was concluded in Autumn 2011.

A farmer's wife in Jane Austen's Hampshire

Mary Bacon's World coverRuth Facer discovered Mrs Bacon's ledger in the Hampshire Record Office and her interpretation of Mary Bacon's writing, material circumstances, recipes for food and medicine, her domestic practices and mental world gives deep insight into the life of the 'middling sort' in the eighteenth century and the background for its literature. 'Delicious' said Gwyn Jones in the Farnham Herald; 'absorbing' echoed Prof Laurie Kaplan in JASNA News. Read an extract from Ruth's introduction to Mary Bacon's World.

Mary Tant's latest classic crime novel

Players and Betrayers coverWith Players and Betrayers Mary Tant’s series of murder mysteries set in the West Country reaches its fourth volume. The fascinating combination of heritage, archaeology, theatre and suspense makes this novel a worthy sequel to The Rossington Inheritance, Death at the Priory and Friends… and a Foe.

Student-centred Learning book launched

Student-centred cover Enhancing Student-centred Learning, edited by John Buswell and Nina Becket is the latest authoritative survey of innovation in HE teaching, learning and assessment in our series from the Higher Education Academy HLST and BMAF subject centres. Building on the foundation of Enhancing Graduate Employability, it looks at creating independent, autonomous and self-empowered learners. Read an extract from John's introduction.

Angels and Citizens featured
in TLS Nightingale review

F Nightingale c.1858 As if to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first publication, Anne Summers’ Angels and Citizens: British Women as Military Nurses 1854–1914 and its arguments are featured in a major TLS review by Gillian Sutherland of Mark Bostridge’s new biography of Florence Nightingale. Read more
Read Anne on Nightingale’s letters from The Guardian in 2007.

Can higher education deliver?

Can HE deliver? cover

That's the question posed by Angela Maher and Sarah Graves' second book from their FDTL project on graduate employability. The Hospitality Review's reviewer concluded that they had delivered:
…an excellent little book. It faces the debates and controversies head on, it engages with hard evidence about the human resource needs of the hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism sector, and it gives plenty of good advice for those who would like to develop a systematic approach to the development of graduate employability in the university curriculum. Liz Doherty

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