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Alumni bookshelf

The University of South Wales is proud to have many alumni who have gone on to successful literary careers. Our graduates have published fiction, monographs and academic books across a wide range of genres and subject specialisms. Check out some of the authors on our alumni bookshelf.

Alumni bookshelf

The University of South Wales is proud to have many alumni who have gone on to successful literary careers. Our graduates have published fiction, monographs and academic books across a wide range of genres and subject specialisms. Check out some of the authors on our alumni bookshelf.

Fresh Apples
Rachel Trieze (BA English 2000)

Set against the backdrop of young people growing up in the Rhondda Valley, this collection of short stories contains wry and defiant statements on the power and the beautiful transience of youth. Fresh Apples was Rachel’s debut collection of short stories and the title won her the inaugural Dylan Thomas Prize in 2006.

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Faithfully Parenting Autism
Nicola Maybury (BA Animation, 1999)

Faithfully Parenting Autism was written as a response to being unable to find a book on practically parenting a child with autism from a Christian perspective. Nicola wrote this book to help other Christian parents struggling with the issues she had. The information provided in this easily readable guide has already helped numerous parents to better understand their child and therefore parent in a more effective way; not excusing bad behaviour because of autism but helping parents to more easily recognise where autism ends and bad behaviour starts.

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The Boy with Two Hearts – A Story of Hope
Hamed Amiri (BSc Computer Science, 2011)

The Boy with Two Hearts – A Story of Hope explores the humanity of refugeeism. This is not only a tale of a family in crisis, but a love letter to the NHS, which provided hope and reassurance as the Amiri family sought asylum in the UK and fought to save their loved ones.

When Hamed was ten years old he watched his mother give a speech in his home town of Herat, Afghanistan, speaking out for women’s rights and education, and against the ruling Taliban.  That night, an order was given for her execution. The family packed up their most precious belongings and escaped in darkness, starting what would be a long and dangerous journey.  But his mother’s was not the only life in danger. Hamed’s older brother suffered a rare heart condition, and this escape offered a chance of life-saving treatment in the West. Received to critical acclaim in summer 2020, The Boy with Two Hearts was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

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Empire of Dirt
Thomas Stewart (BA English, 2013)

Empire of Dirt is an unflinching debut interrogating toxic masculinity and the male body. This collection of poetry exposes issues of mental health and grief, while the darker aspects of nature—the rotting flowers, taunting moths and cracked conkers—are the means of freedom. Within these poems we uncover the violence brought to nature as well as the violence within ourselves. Described by Philip Gross, winner of the T.S.Elliot Prize as having ‘an edge of violence … but is not gratuitous. These are the cracks that open in the surface of the world under Thomas Stewart’s concentrated gaze. What they disclose is a deep sadness and a tenderness, alongside the slight scent of blood.’ 

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Cybersafe – how to protect your online life
Patrick Acheampong (BSc Computer Studies, 1992)

From keeping your kids and finances safe on the internet to stopping your business being held to ransom by cybercrooks, the Cybersafe book provides examples and practical advice on cybersecurity and how to stay safe online. The world of cybersecurity tends to be full of impenetrable jargon and solutions that are impractical for individuals and small businesses. Cybersafe the book aims to demystify the world of cybersecurity and make it easy to protect yourself online from increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals.

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The Insomnia Museum
Laurie Canciani (BA English and Creative Writing, 2012)

Anna lives in a flat with dad. He is a hoarder, and together they have spent the last 12 years constructing the Insomnia Museum, a labyrinth built from dead TVs, old cuckoo clocks, stacks of newspapers and other junk Dad has found. 

Anna is 17. She can’t remember ever having seen outside the flat, but noises penetrate her isolated world: dogs bark in the walls; music plays in the floor, and a ship sails through the canyons between the tower blocks. Then one day dad falls asleep and won’t wake up, and Anna must leave the museum and try to survive in a place that turns out to be stranger and more dangerous than she could have imagined. 

In this dazzlingly original debut novel, Laurie Canciani has created a world that is terrible, magical, and richly imagined.

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Glorious Wrestling Alliance: Premium Special
Josh Hicks (BA Film and Video, 2013)

Follow the behind-the-scenes goings on at the world’s most glorious wrestling promotion, as the cast of literally tens of wrestlers, bookers and hanger-ons navigate the pitfalls of life between the ropes. See them bicker, argue, weep, curl up into little balls on the floor (happens three times), bicker some more, throw things, throw each other. See it all! It’s a comedy! A deluxe hardback long comic collecting the entirety of Josh Hicks’ Glorious Wrestling Alliance saga, including an all new 26-page chapter.

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My Sisters and Me
Lisa Dickenson (BA Media Practice, 2005)

They’re fixing up their childhood home. It’s going to get messy. When Willow Lake asks her daughters for help renovating the family home, each has a reason to hesitate about returning to Maplewood. 

For quiet and bookish Emmy going back to the town that ridiculed her fills her with dread. The youngest Noelle is perfectly comfortable in herself now, but once wanted to fit in so badly that she walked away from her first love. A first love who still lives in Maplewood. And outspoken Rae is painfully aware of how much the townspeople hurt her little sisters growing up. She didn’t protect them then, but there’s no way she’ll let history repeat itself.

The sisters agree to go home and make the best of it. After all if they’ve changed over the years, it’s possible the townspeople have too . . . isn’t it?

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I consider myself working class: The Sociology of Punk Rock
Ashley Evans (BSc Sociology, 2011)

Punk rock was a phenomenon that started in the mid 1970s and is still with us today. More than just a musical genre, it developed in to a full sub-culture. A subculture that had its own fashion, literature, art, social values and moral codes. Punk was a direct reaction to a hegemonic post-war society that had left its working class youth feeling disillusioned. It is argued that the philosophy of punk is just as relevant today, with record youth unemployment and opportunities denied to working class young people. This book discovers the origins of Punk as a social movement and the impact it had on society. It also looks at what certain academics have written on the subject which include articles on feminism, racism and political debate as well as issues about sexuality, drug abuse and violence. The book also features people who were actually there at the time, an intentional contrast to how Punk was represented in the media. A must for students studying sociology with an emphasis on youth culture, moral panics, folk-devils and marginalisation.

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The Inn of Waking Shadows
Karla Barding (BA Creative and Professional Writing, 2012)

Emlyn has always stood out at school, and living at the Skirrid Inn doesn’t help. Other kids live with siblings or pets – but Emlyn shares his home with ghosts! Or so they say. Emlyn doesn’t believe the stories that his home is the most haunted inn in Wales – that is, until he rings a servant’s bell and accidentally summons Fanny Price. Fanny’s presence disturbs some of the Inn’s angrier residents – namely ‘Hanging’ Judge Jeffries, a much older and more powerful ghost who is determined to add Fanny to his collection of feeble spirits. With flesh-and-blood bullies making his school life miserable, and a ghostly one making his home life down right dangerous, will Emlyn be strong enough to help Fanny move on? And if he does… will he have lost his only friend?

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