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December 2019 book reviews

book novel publication Lynda La Plante Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen | By Lynda La Plante | Publisher: Zaffre, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK  | ISBN: 9781499862119
The fifth book in the Tennison series, following Jane Tennison in the early years of her policing career.
     April 1980 and Jane is the first female detective to be posted to the Met’s renowned Flying Squad, commonly known as the ‘Sweeney’. Based at Rigg Approach in East London, they investigate armed robberies on banks, cash in transit and other business premises. 
     Jane thinks her transfer is on merit and is surprised to discover she is actually part of a short-term internal experiment, intended to have a calming influence on a team that likes to dub themselves the ‘Dirty Dozen’. 
     The men on the squad don’t think a woman is up to the dangers they face when dealing with some of London’s most ruthless armed criminals, who think the only ‘good cop’ is a dead cop. Determined to prove she’s as good as the men, Jane discovers, from a reliable witness, that a gang is going to carry out a massive robbery involving millions of pounds. 
     But she doesn’t know who they are, or where and when they will strike… 
     Lynda La Plante’s novels have all been international bestsellers. She is an honorary fellow of the British Film Institute and a member of the UK Crime Writers Awards Hall of Fame.

book novel publication how fear works frank furedi

How Fear Works: Culture of Fear in the Twenty-First Century | By Frank Furedi | Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum | ISBN: 9781472947727
In 1997, Frank Furedi published a book called Culture of Fear. It was widely acclaimed as perceptive and prophetic. Now, Furedi returns to his original theme, as most of what he predicted has come true. In How Fear Works, Furedi seeks to explain two interrelated themes: why has fear acquired such a morally commanding status in society today and how has the way we fear today changed from the way that it was experienced in the past? 
     Frank Furedi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of 14 books, including Why Education isn’t Educating (2010), The Politics of Fear (2007), Where Have All the Intellectuals Gone? (2005), Therapy Culture (2003) and Paranoid Parenting (2001). Furedi’s books offer an authoritative yet lively account of key developments in contemporary cultural life, with a particular interest in precautionary culture and risk aversion in the West. He is the UK sociologist most widely cited by the UK media and his books have been translated into eleven languages. He appears frequently on television and radio in the English speaking world and beyond and he publishes regular articles with a range of newspapers.

book novel publication Psychology for Busy People

Psychology for Busy People | By Joel Levy | Publisher: Michael O’Mara Books | ISBN: 9781789291001
Explore the fascinating world of the human psyche with this accessible and concise guide to the fundamentals of psychology. 
     Broken down by subject, from the psychology of ageing to the psychology of relationships, happiness to mental illness (and everything in between), this book brings together all the major theorists and arguments you should know, ranging back in time to the ancient Greeks – who practised a form of dream therapy 2 500 years before Freud and Jung – all the way up to the present day. 
     Additionally, being organised by theory, it presents a potted overview of the development of the study of psychology and shows how theories from many years ago are still relevant to our lives today.
     Jam-packed with all the important ideas but also highly accessible and informative, Psychology for Busy People is perfect for those who enjoy the study of the mind and human behaviour.
     Joel Levy is a journalist and author specialising in science and history. He has written over a dozen books, including Scientific Feuds, Lost Histories, Poison: A Social History and Freudian Slips.

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