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#BrunelBooks for your winter holidays (week 3)

Posted: December 12 2021

Brunel University London

Looking for a good book for your winter holidays? Follow our countdown as we recommend you 24 books from Brunel students, alumni and staff. #IamBrunel

12. Empire of Sand by Robert Ryan

A sweeping epic historical novel about Lawrence of Arabia, one of the most compelling characters in British history, from bestselling author and MSc in Environmental Pollution Science alumnus Robert Ryan.

Published by Headline Review. 

11. Stranger than Fiction: The Life of Edgar Wallace, the Man Who Created King Kong by Neil Clark

Our Government and politics alumnus' book about the life of Edgar Wallace, the illegitimate son of a travelling actress, rose from poverty in Victorian England to become the most popular author in the world and a global celebrity of his age. Famous for his thrillers, with their fantastic plots, in many ways Wallace did not write his most exciting story: he lived it.

Published by The History Press. 

10. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri 

Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University. The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a Unicef supported refugee centre in Athens.

Published by Manilla Press.

9. Notes From Other Worlds: A Series of Dramatic Monologues by Susan Gray

Dealing with futuristic themes such as post-humanism, mass interstellar transit, physical invulnerability and a crime scene of hiveminds, our MA Creative and Professional Writing alumna's book delves into the ever-changing idea of the character, the human, the individual and the state in our present and future.

Published by Playdead Press.

8. The DI Hamilton Series by Tara Lyons

Four gripping crime thrillers and gritty mysteries featuring London police detective Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton, tasked with finding brutal murderers stalking the streets, written by English literature alumna Tara. 

Published by Bloodhound Books.

7. Slay That Dragon: Life Just Got Easy by Dr. Angus I McLeod 

Applied chemistry alumnus' book, Slay That Dragon gives you easy-to-use ideas that give you new choices for how you live and how you experience your life.

Published by Kindle Original.

6. Saragarhi: The Forgotten Battle by Jay Singh-Sohal

This book is about the story of the battle of Saragarhi in September 1897, when 21 Sikh soldiers stood firm to the last against thousands of Pathan tribesmen. Politics and social policy alumnus Jay Singh-Sohal's book narrates this historic event using primary sources and never-before-seen images.

Published by Dot Hyphen Publishers.