Books By Alumni

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05 December 2018

Of Such Things

By Molly Poulter, ( Bedford College - History, 1955 )

Molly calls herself ‘an everyday woman of the twentieth century’ but that is an understatement. With humorous anecdotes and pertinent comments about the state of society, her Memoirs cover a crowded and unconventional life spanning 83 years.
She describes her early years in suburban Bromley, visiting rich relatives with live-in maids, and sleeping in a reinforced room under a Morrison shelter with bombs falling all around. Evacuation to the country in 1944 to escape the flying bombs led to an idyllic time living with a shepherd and his wife. With changes in education, hers were the first years of the Eleven Plus and A levels, and she was one of only 2% of women to go to university. She studied History, then Archive Administration, and worked as an archivist in the India Office Library. Marriage, the arrival of children, and the purchase of a derelict oast house with a voracious appetite led to taking on Bed and Breakfast and adult education while the need for a new carpet found her working in a secondary modern school in an Urban Priority Area which led to many innovative and unconventional ways of teaching. Her Christian faith led to involvement with a hospice project in Maidstone, and she was soon its main organiser, raising £1.3 million to build and equip it. Retiring in 1993 at the age of 60, she embarked on fund raising for several Grade 1 listed mediaeval churches in Kent while continuing her many involvements in the local community. She divides her spare time between writing, painting, and her children and six grandchildren.

Oast Publishing

05 November 2018

The Life-changing Magic of Numbers

By Bobby Seagull, ( Economics & Mathematics, 2007 )

If you found maths lessons at school irrelevant and boring, that’s because you didn’t have a teacher like Bobby Seagull.

***As seen on BBC 2's Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain***

Long before his rise to cult fandom on University Challenge, Bobby Seagull was obsessed with numbers. They were the keys that unlocked the randomness of football results, the beauty of art and the best way to get things done.

In his absorbing book, Bobby tells the story of his life through numbers and shows the incredible ways maths can make sense of the world around us. From magic shows to rap lyrics, from hobbies to outer space, from fitness to food – Bobby’s infectious enthusiasm for numbers will change how you think about almost everything.

Told through fascinating stories and insights from Bobby’s life, and with head-scratching puzzles in every chapter, you’ll never look at numbers the same way again.

06 September 2018

A Little Bird Told Me

By Marianne Holmes, ( Classics, 1988 )

Besides, if you were one half evil, wouldn’t you want to know about the other half?
In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home. As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets… Twelve years later, Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer. And atone for the part she played in it.

'A Little Bird Told Me' is Marianne Holmes’ debut novel.