Chris Beckett - Author

About the Author

Chris Beckett is a former social worker and now university lecturer who lives in Cambridge. Beckett has written over 20 short stories, many of them originally published in Interzone and Asimov's. In 2009 he won the Edge Hill Short Story competition for his collection of stories, The Turing Test.

Featured books by Chris Beckett

The Holy Machine

The Holy Machine

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/2013

George Simling has grown up in the city-state of Illyria in the Eastern Mediterranean, an enclave of logic and reason founded as a refuge from the Reaction, a wave of religious fundamentalism that swept away the nations of the twenty-first century. Yet to George, Illyria's militant rationalism is as close-minded and stifling as the faith-based superstition that dominates the world outside its walls. For George has fallen in love with Lucy. A prostitute. A robot. She might be a machine, but the semblance of life is perfect. And beneath her good looks and real human skin, her seductive, sultry, sluttish software is simmering on the edge of consciousness. To the city authorities robot sentience is a malfunction, curable by periodically erasing and resetting silicon minds. Simple maintenance, no real problem, its only a machine. But its a problem for George, he knows that Lucy is something more. His only alternative is to flee Illyria, taking Lucy deep into the religious Outlands where she must pass as human because robots are seen as demonic mockeries of God, burned at the stake, dismembered, crucified. Their odyssey leads through betrayal, war and madness, ending only at the monastery of the Holy Machin.

Other books by Chris Beckett

Eden's Story

Eden's Story

Author: Chris Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

The fascinating Eden trilogy, now, for the first time, collated as one e-bookDark EdenYou live in Eden. You are a member of the Family, one of 532 descendants of Angela and Tommy, two marooned explorers. Sheltering beneath the Forest's lantern trees, slowly starving, the Oldest recount legends of a time when men and women made boats that could travel between worlds. One day, they will come back for you. You are John Redlantern. You will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. You will be the first to venture into the Dark and the first to discover the truth about Eden.Mother of EdenGenerations after the break up of the human family of Eden, the Johnfolk emphasise knowledge and innovation, the Davidfolk tradition and cohesion. Both claim to be the favoured children of a long-dead woman from Earth known as Gela, the mother of them all.When Starlight Brooking meets a strange, powerful man, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no idea that she will be a stand-in for Gela herself. And she has no idea of the enemies she will make, no inkling that a time will come when she, like John Redlantern, will choose to kill...Daughter of EdenA dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie Redlantern must flee withher family to the place where it all started, the stone circle where the people from Earth first landed, where the story of Gela - the mother of them all - began.It is there that Angie witnesses the most extraordinary event, one that will change the history of Eden forever. It will alter their future and re-shape their past. It is both a beginning and an ending.

Daughter of Eden

Daughter of Eden

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2017

Angie Redlantern is the first to spot the boats - five abreast with men in metal masks and spears standing proud, ready for the fight to come. As the people of New Earth declare war on the people of Mainground, a dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie must flee with her family across the pitch black of Snowy Dark to the place where it all started, the stone circle where the people from Earth first landed, where the story of Gela - the mother of them all - began. It is there that Angie witnesses the most extraordinary event, one that will change the history of Eden forever. It will alter their future and re-shape their past. It is both a beginning and an ending. It is the true story of Eden.

Daughter of Eden

Daughter of Eden

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Angie Redlantern is the first to spot the boats - five abreast with men in metal masks and spears standing proud, ready for the fight to come. As the people of New Earth declare war on the people of Mainground, a dangerous era has dawned for Eden. After generations of division and disagreement, the two populations of Eden have finally broken their tentative peace, giving way to bloodshed and slaughter. Angie must flee with her family across the pitch black of Snowy Dark to the place where it all started, the stone circle where the people from Earth first landed, where the story of Gela - the mother of them all - began. It is there that Angie witnesses the most extraordinary event, one that will change the history of Eden forever. It will alter their future and re-shape their past. It is both a beginning and an ending. It is the true story of Eden.

Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

Author: Chris Beckett, Hilary Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/04/2016

What is it that determines what sort of person we become? Is a child's future personality already determined at birth, or is a newborn baby like a blank sheet, waiting to be written on by life? Is our personality determined by anything, or do we choose for ourselves who we are, create ourselves out of nothing? This bestselling introduction to emotional, psychological, intellectual and social development throughout the lifespan will help you explore these questions and many more. Written for students training for careers in the helping professions, including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers and counsellors, the book covers topics which are central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils. Following the shape of a human life, beginning with birth and ending with death, it combines theoretical concepts and reflective learning to help you develop an understanding of what makes human beings grow and change over their lives to inform your decisions and professional practice.

Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development

Author: Chris Beckett, Hilary Taylor Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2016

What is it that determines what sort of person we become? Is a child's future personality already determined at birth, or is a newborn baby like a blank sheet, waiting to be written on by life? Is our personality determined by anything, or do we choose for ourselves who we are, create ourselves out of nothing? This bestselling introduction to emotional, psychological, intellectual and social development throughout the lifespan will help you explore these questions and many more. Written for students training for careers in the helping professions, including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers and counsellors, the book covers topics which are central to understanding people whether they are clients, service users, patients or pupils. Following the shape of a human life, beginning with birth and ending with death, it combines theoretical concepts and reflective learning to help you develop an understanding of what makes human beings grow and change over their lives to inform your decisions and professional practice.

Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

Author: Chris Beckett, Nigel Horner Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/12/2015

Focusing on what students really need to know, this book breaks down all of the key social work theory covered across a students' training, demystifying complex concepts by demonstrating their application to real-life practice. Multiple case studies highlight applied theory in different practice settings and across issues and challenges that students might face, while self-assessment exercises, practice notes, concise chapter summaries and discussion points help to consolidate their understanding. New chapters bring the book right up to date and include Relationship-based Work, The Importance of Language, Political Perspectives and Environmental Intervention. Written by two well-established and expert authors, this is the 'must-have' theory text for all social work students.

Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

Author: Chris Beckett, Nigel Horner Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2015

Focusing on what students really need to know, this book breaks down all of the key social work theory covered across a students' training, demystifying complex concepts by demonstrating their application to real-life practice. Multiple case studies highlight applied theory in different practice settings and across issues and challenges that students might face, while self-assessment exercises, practice notes, concise chapter summaries and discussion points help to consolidate their understanding. New chapters bring the book right up to date and include Relationship-based Work, The Importance of Language, Political Perspectives and Environmental Intervention. Written by two well-established and expert authors, this is the 'must-have' theory text for all social work students.

Mother of Eden

Mother of Eden

Author: Chris Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2015

';We speak of a mother's love, but we forget her power.'Civilization has come to the alien, sunless planet its inhabitants call Eden. Just a few generations ago, the planet's five hundred inhabitants huddled together in the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees, afraid to venture out into the cold darkness around them. Now, humanity has spread across Eden, and two kingdoms have emerged. Both are sustained by violence and dominated by men and both claim to be the favored children of Gela, the woman who came to Eden long ago on a boat that could cross the stars, and became the mother of them all.When young Starlight Brooking meets a handsome and powerful man from across Worldpool, she believes he will offer an outlet for her ambition and energy. But she has no inkling that she will become a stand-in for Gela herself, and wear Gela's fabled ring on her own fingeror that in this role, powerful and powerless all at once, she will try to change the course of Eden's history.Read by:Jayne Entwistle Bruce Mann Heather WildsSuzan Crowley Nicholas Guy Smith Lucy Rayner Hannah Curtis Katharine McEwan Emma Bering

Marcher

Marcher

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2014

Dark Eden

Dark Eden

Author: Chris Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2014

On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest sayand the Family must only wait for the travelers to return. But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Darkand discover the truth about their world.Already remarkably acclaimed in the UK, Dark Eden is science fiction as literature; part parable, part powerful coming-of-age story, set in a truly original alien world of dark, sinister beauty--rendered in prose that is at once strikingly simple and stunningly inventive. Reader List:"e;John Redlantern"e; Read by Matthew Frow';Tina Spiketree' Read by Jayne Entwistle';Sue Redlantern' Read by Ione Butler';Gerry Redlantern' Read by Robert Hook';Gela Brooklyn' Read by Heather Wilds';Mitch London' Read by Nicholas Guy Smith';Carolyn Brooklyn' Read by Hannah Curtis';Jeff Redlantern' Read by Bruce Mann

Ethiopia Boy

Ethiopia Boy

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2013

Chris Beckett grew up in 1960s Ethiopia, a country he describes as a 'barefoot empire, home of black-maned lions ...old priests decked out like butterflies and blazing young singers of Ethio-jazz'. Ethiopia Boy plunges the reader into praise poems that sing and boast and glory in the colours and textures of this extraordinary country. Here is a world of feasting on spicy kikwot and of famine sucking the water from rivers, of lion buses and a prayer child, where Earth sings greetings to the feet that walk on her. Haunted by the memory of his friend Abebe, the cook's son, Beckett celebrates and laments a lost boyhood in poems of vivid immediacy. Cover painting: Isao Miura , Crossing the Water (oil on canvas). Reproduced by kind permission of the artist.

Dark Eden

Dark Eden

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/2012

You live in Eden. You are a member of the Family, one of 532 descendants of Angela and Tommy. You shelter beneath the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the forest lie mountains so forbidding that no one has ever crossed them. The Oldest recount legends of a time when men and women made boats that could travel between worlds. One day, they will come back for you. You live in Eden. You are a member of the Family, one of 532 descendants of two marooned explorers. You huddle, slowly starving, in the warmth of geothermal trees, confined to one barely habitable valley of an alien, sunless world. You are John Redlantern. You will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. You will be the first to kill another, the first to venture into the Dark and the first to discover the truth about Eden.

Assessment & Intervention in Social Work Preparing for Practice

Assessment & Intervention in Social Work Preparing for Practice

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2010

Chris Beckett's new book on assessment and intervention in social work practice covers the core topics for qualifying social work students. The book provides a thorough understanding of the issues and skills essential for effective practice. Each of the nine chapters defines a key concept, including Assessment; Intervention; Risk and Efficacy. Case studies and 'practice questions' throughout make the connections between theory and practice explicit. Suggestions as to further reading are made at the end of each chapter. This important book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate social work students throughout all three years of their training, but it will be particularly useful for students who are on on placement, or who are reflecting on their experiences on placement. It is also a useful resource for practice teachers who need a framework for discussing practice with students they supervise on placement.

Assessment & Intervention in Social Work Preparing for Practice

Assessment & Intervention in Social Work Preparing for Practice

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2010

Chris Beckett's new book on assessment and intervention in social work practice covers the core topics for qualifying social work students. The book provides a thorough understanding of the issues and skills essential for effective practice. Each of the nine chapters defines a key concept, including Assessment; Intervention; Risk and Efficacy. Case studies and 'practice questions' throughout make the connections between theory and practice explicit. Suggestions as to further reading are made at the end of each chapter. This important book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate social work students throughout all three years of their training, but it will be particularly useful for students who are on on placement, or who are reflecting on their experiences on placement. It is also a useful resource for practice teachers who need a framework for discussing practice with students they supervise on placement.

The Turing Test

The Turing Test

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/07/2008

Child Protection

Child Protection

Author: Chris Beckett Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2008

`All readers will be drawn to the style of the book as well as its content. The structure will make sure that it is not just a "e;one-off"e;, being read as part of a course of study, but a book which is used frequently as a source of reference' - Child Abuse Review`[Child Protection provides] a clear explanation of the Department of Health definitions of child abuse and suggests signs which may arouse suspicion. The exercises interspersed within the text would each provide opportunity for lively debate and indeed Beckett encourages this in his ensuing discussion' - Accident and Emergency Nursing Journal `This book is clearly written and would be a useful reference for professional wishing to gain information about protecting children from child abuse. The author makes extensive use of case examples to illustrate points and this adds to the clear style of the book' - Community Practitioner`Professionals who have regular contact with children (e.g., teachers, psychologists, or general practitioners) could benefit from the author's very practical approach to indentifying and responding to suspected child maltreatment. In addition to being a useful resouce in itself, this text could be used successfully in a classroom setting with social work students or as a professional development tool for new and experienced child-protection social workers' - Journal of Family StudiesChild Protection provides a very readable introduction to child protection work. It is for social work students, experienced and non-experienced social workers and the whole range of professionals - nurses, police officers, teachers, doctors - who are following up concerns about the abuse and neglect of children. It is based on the author's 18 years of experience in practice as well as his current work as a social work teacher.The material is presented in a fresh and accessible way. Chris Beckett makes extensive use of case examples to illustrate points and encourage readers to test their own thinking. He provides clear introductions, summaries and conclusions and invites the reader to reflect on what is being discussed and to relate these points to specific situations that might be encountered in practice and everyday life. Part One outlines the job of a child protection social worker - what it entails and the demand made on social workersPart Two looks at the different ways in which children can be abused and neglected and considers the indicators and warning signs as well as the long-term consequences.Part Three considers the causes of abuse and neglect. What leads adults to mistreat their children or fail to provide the care and protection they need?Part Four explores some of the difficulties and dilemmas involved in child protection social work.This is an excellent, clear and inspiring book and is a must for anyone embarking on or already involved in child protection work.

Child Protection An Introduction

Child Protection An Introduction

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2007

Praise for the First Edition: `All readers will be drawn to the style of the book as well as its content. The structure will make sure that it is not just a one-off , being read as part of a course of study, but a book which is used frequently as a source of reference' - Child Abuse Review The Second Edition of this best-selling textbook provides students and practitioners with a broad introduction to, and critical analysis of, the complex issues involved in child protection work. Beckett unpacks these complexities in a clear and engaging way, all the time encouraging reflection and debate through such features as case examples and interactive exercises. The book is fully comprehensive, considering key topics such as: the consequences for children of abuse and neglect; the reasons why some adults abuse and neglect children; the personal challenges involved in doing child protection work; and the organizational framework within which child protection work takes place. Other key features of this thoroughly revised Second Edition include: Fully updated content: the book has been revised to incorporate new literature, research, legal and policy developments, including the recent Working Together guidelines Two new chapters: these comprise a chapter on domestic violence in families, and a chapter on bringing about change Interprofessional appeal: the author addresses all the professionals involved in child protection work, ensuring relevance across a range of disciplines and professions. The new edition of this highly successful textbook will be required reading for students studying social work and allied subjects, and an essential resource for all professionals involved in child protection work. Chris Beckett is based at the Division of Social Work and Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of three best-selling SAGE textbooks: Human Growth and Development; Values and Ethics in Social Work (with Andrew Maynard); Essential Theory for Social Work Practice. Find out more about Chris Beckett at the Anglia Ruskin University website

Child Protection An Introduction

Child Protection An Introduction

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/04/2007

Praise for the First Edition: `All readers will be drawn to the style of the book as well as its content. The structure will make sure that it is not just a one-off , being read as part of a course of study, but a book which is used frequently as a source of reference' - Child Abuse Review The Second Edition of this best-selling textbook provides students and practitioners with a broad introduction to, and critical analysis of, the complex issues involved in child protection work. Beckett unpacks these complexities in a clear and engaging way, all the time encouraging reflection and debate through such features as case examples and interactive exercises. The book is fully comprehensive, considering key topics such as: the consequences for children of abuse and neglect; the reasons why some adults abuse and neglect children; the personal challenges involved in doing child protection work; and the organizational framework within which child protection work takes place. Other key features of this thoroughly revised Second Edition include: Fully updated content: the book has been revised to incorporate new literature, research, legal and policy developments, including the recent Working Together guidelines Two new chapters: these comprise a chapter on domestic violence in families, and a chapter on bringing about change Interprofessional appeal: the author addresses all the professionals involved in child protection work, ensuring relevance across a range of disciplines and professions. The new edition of this highly successful textbook will be required reading for students studying social work and allied subjects, and an essential resource for all professionals involved in child protection work. Chris Beckett is based at the Division of Social Work and Social Policy, Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of three best-selling SAGE textbooks: Human Growth and Development; Values and Ethics in Social Work (with Andrew Maynard); Essential Theory for Social Work Practice. Find out more about Chris Beckett at the Anglia Ruskin University website

The Dog Who Thinks He's a Fish

The Dog Who Thinks He's a Fish

Author: Chris Beckett Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2004

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