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Social Work book reviews

Posted: November 19 2020

Student & staff projects, Social Work

Interested in Social Work and want to learn more about the subject? The book reviews written by our Social Work students and staff help you identify the best literature to advance your learning.

Last updated: 13 September 2021

Mothers accused and abused: Addressing complex psychological needs by Coster, reviewed by Dr. Yohai Hakak

Mothers Accused and Abused is an important book about women and mothers who were accused of harming and sometimes killing their children. 

Women, Abuse, and the Bible: How scripture can be used to hurt or heal by Catherine Clark Kroeger and James R Beck, reviewed by Pamela Aben

This book is a compilation of papers written by therapists, sociologist, pastors, theologians, biblical scholars, survivors, and an abuser and read at the conference on Women, Abuse, and the Bible organised by Christians for Biblical Equality. It was written to raise awareness of the increasing rate of violence and abuse in the church and home and the need for clergy and other professionals to collaborate to address the problem.

Broken lives: A social worker’s tale by Teresa Devereux, reviewed by Hannah Gborie

Broken lives’ is a powerful story which gives the reader an insight into the difficult situations social workers face in their work. Although this book is fictional, the author takes the reader through some of the experiences she faced as a children and family social worker. 


Anti-oppressive social work practice by Prospera Tedam, reviewed by Joe Burns

Prospera Tedam is an assistant professor of social work at UAE University and a visiting fellow of social work at Anglia Ruskin University. Her 23 years of invaluable experience really show through in what is an accessible, user-friendly guide to a topically relevant area of practice and social work education.

Social Work for Lazy Radicals by Jane Fenton, reviewed by Karen Maria Layne MA social work student

Jane Fenton is a Reader in Social Work at the University of Dundee, and head of Taught Post Graduate Programmes for the school. Her research and teaching interests are Teaching and Values, Neoliberalism and Risk and Decision.

Days in the Lives of Social Workers by Linda May Grobman, reviewed by Gabrielle Smith, MA social work student‘

Days in the lives of Social Workers’ is an exploration of the diversity, humours and challenges of the social work profession. Through 62 narratives, insight is provided into the scope and perspectives of the many specialisations and career opportunities for prospective or current social workers

My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay, reviewed by Agnes Conteh & Corin Fraser-Brown

‘My Name Is Why’ is a memoir written by Lemn Sissay, a BAFTA-nominated, award-winning writer, poet, performer, broadcaster, and chancellor of the University of Manchester. The book ‘My Name Is Why’ tells the story of Lemn during his time spent at foster homes.

Diary of a Prison Officer by Josie Channer, reviewed by: Naema Hussein, MA in Social Work student

Josie Channer’s book, ‘Diary of a Prison Officer’ is a narrative publication which is set as diary entries which alternate from her past experiences as a prison officer and present experiences of backpacking throughout Africa.

How to Thrive in Professional Practice by Stephan J Mordue, Lisa Watson, and Steph Hunter, reviewed by: Joyce Ngoma, MA Social Work student

This book begins with the authors’ Stephen, Lisa and Steph sharing their life stories in the introduction chapter. Individually, they tell their story reflecting on their life journey as a practitioner and their reality of self-care. In the book it was stated that the authors have several years of experience in social work and working in health and social care settings throughout their career.

Introducing Social Work by Jonathan Parker, reviewed by: Natalia Phillips, MA Social Work student

‘Introducing Social Work’ is a book edited by Jonathan Parker, a professor of Society and Social Welfare at Bournemouth University, who is a leading figure in social work research and practice. This book brought together over 30 academics and experts in the field and its aim is to provide an introduction and overview of contemporary social work.

Book cover of Diversity and Cultural Awareness in Nursing Practice book

Diversity & Cultural Awareness in Nursing Practice by Brathwaite B. (ed.), reviewed by: Dr Dmitri Guskov

This textbook is published by Learning Matters, a publisher of materials for professional and vocational courses in education, nursing, and social work.

Collaborating Against Child Abuse by Susanna Johansson, Kari Stefansen, Elisiv Bakketeig and Anna Kaldal (eds), reviewed by: Dr Alison Cocks

Barnahus as a model of practice is gradually being adopted in countries beyond the Nordic region, so there exists a timeliness in the publication of a book which comprehensively explores how it is defined and analyses the ways in which the model is evolving. The editors' aim is to bring together researchers in the field to provide a comprehensive research‐based critique which incorporates policy and practice.

Intercultural parenting and relationships by Dharam Bhugun, reviewed by: Petra Navratilova, Brunel MA Social Work student & Dr Yohai Hakak, Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Dr. Dharam Bhugun is an Australian Psycho-Social Therapist and Counsellor, author and writer, as well as a Guest Lecturer at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, Australia. His latest book Intercultural Parenting and Relationships: Challenges and Rewards provides a balanced overview of the challenges as well as the strengths and resiliencies of intercultural parents living in Australia.

Transnational Social Work by Allen Bartley and Liz Beddoe, reviewed by: Glory Alade, Social Work MA student 

This book brought together 21 leading researchers in the field to explore the current state of transnational Social Work (TSW) in five countries that share English as a common language.