"I have always been a Geographer and have always believed that the state of geography in universities depends on attracting good sixth formers to become undergraduates."
My latest solo authored book comes out today. I've had copies for a week, and colleagues and some of those who contributed to the book have been receiving copies as well. Family copies are earmarked and I'm delighted with the finished product, which is part of a growing series of books asking the same question for different subjects.
There's already been interest from a number of countries including the USA and Turkey, and I'm hoping for further reviews in addition to the ones that the publishers have already elicited from geographical journals and organisations, and individuals who can help the book reach its intended markets.
It is called 'Why Study Geography' and is published by the London Publishing Partnership.
Here they are opposite on the Contents page.
The final chapter contains links to over 50 resources to support your exploration of geography including films, books, websites, podcasts and others.
It explores all aspects of the subject and is unashamedly 100% geography.
There are so many people who have helped me out with the book in various ways. These include colleagues from the GA and the RGS, along with teaching colleagues. It includes vignettes from a number of people including Kit Racklet, Corinna Hawkes and Ben Hennig. There are details of how the subject developed, and more on academic geography. It finishes by exploring the reasons why geography matters now more than ever - mirroring the theme of this year's GA Conference under the Presidency of Gill Miller.
Copies will be available from additional outlets soon including bookshops, online outlets, Book Depository and others.
I would suggest it would make a good book for a number of different groups of people:
- students - of different ages
- UCAS tutors / careers advisers
- geography teachers - both ECT and experienced teachers
- teacher educators - ITE colleagues from a number of different routes
Look out for lots of tweets with the hashtag #whystudygeography over the next week or so as we try to make as many people as possible aware of the book and its potential value for their work.
Also available on Wordery, Blackwells, Waterstones and as a Kindle or Kobo e-book version for convenience.