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David Bell - Author

About the Author

David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Cemetery Girl was David Bell's first novel - The Hiding Place is his second.

Featured books by David Bell

Cemetery Girl

Cemetery Girl

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day Caitlin vanished without a trace. For a while they grasped at every false hope and followed every empty lead, but the tragedy ended up changing their lives, overwhelming them with guilt and dread, and shattering their marriage. Four years later, Caitlin is found alive-dirty and dishevelled yet preternaturally calm. She won't discuss where she was or what happened. Then the police arrest a suspect connected to her disappearance, but Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice: Let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands. And when Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, he finds that nothing that has happened yet can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

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Gone for Good

Gone for Good

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Elizabeth Hampton has not spoken to her mother in weeks when she gets the phone call. Her mother has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. But who would want to kill a kind old woman who stayed at home to care for her son Ronnie's special needs? And why did her mother recently change her Will? The police tell Elizabeth that this is not only a murder investigation - her brother Ronnie is the prime suspect. Desperate to prove her brother's innocence, Elizabeth begins to unravel dark family secrets, double lives and the shocking truth behind her own identity.

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The Hiding Place

The Hiding Place

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/02/2013

Sometimes it's easier to believe a lie...Twenty-five-years ago, four-year-old Justin Manning disappeared. Two months later his body was found in a shallow grave in the woods, shocking the small town of Dove Point, Ohio. Janet Manning has been haunted by her brother's death since the day she lost sight of him in the park. Now, a detective and a reporter are asking questions, raising new suspicions and opening old wounds. But if the man jailed for the murder is innocent, who did kill Justin? At the same time a stranger appears at Janet's door claiming to know the truth and a high school friend returns, with his own confused memories of what happened. Janet thought she'd put the past and guilt behind her. But now the truth about her brother is heartbreakingly close - has she the courage to find it? Immerse yourself in David Bell's wonderfully gripping UK debut The Hiding Place and unravel the truth which lies buried in Janet's past...David Bell is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University. He received an M.A. in creative writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Ph.D. in American Literature and creative writing from the University of Cincinnati. Cemetery Girl was David Bell's first novel - The Hiding Place is his second. Praise for David Bell's Cemetery Girl : Reads like a collaboration between Michael Connelly and the gothic fiction of Joyce Carol Oates...A winner on every level . (Will Lavender). Cemetery Girl grabbed me by the throat on page one and never let up...the work of a master . (John Lescroart). A haunting meditation on the ties that bind parent to child, husband to wife, brother to brother. An absolutely riveting, absorbing read not to be missed . (Lisa Unger).

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Other books by David Bell

Leicestershire Ghost Stories Shiver Your Way from Melton to Ashby de la Zouch

Leicestershire Ghost Stories Shiver Your Way from Melton to Ashby de la Zouch

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2013

Living on the Border Psychotic Processes in the Individual, the Couple, and the Group

Living on the Border Psychotic Processes in the Individual, the Couple, and the Group

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

This book centres on the problem of psychosis, understood from a psychoanalytic perspective, as it manifests itself in different contexts and different levels of organisation: from the individual psychoanalytic session, through work with couples, groups and institutions and wider levels of social organisation. Beginning with a discussion of the psychoanalytic approach to psychosis centring on the work of Freud, Klein and the Post-Kleinians, it goes on to cover individual, couple and group therapy with psychotic patients. It draws on clinical material and theoretical discussion to explore the links between psychotic processes on different levels. This work is aimed at different professionals working within the psychodynamic frame of reference: individual psychotherapists, couple and family and group psychotherapists; organisational consultants and trainees in different therapies. As well as this it will be a useful resource to nurses, doctors and social workers who work with very disturbed patients and wish to learn about psychotic processes. Contributors: David Bell, Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Tim Dartington, James Fisher, Caroline Garland, Francis Grier, R.D. Hinshelwood, David Kennard, Julian Lousada, Mary Morgan, Aleksandra Novakovic, Salomon Resnik, Margaret Rustin, Hanna Segal, Wilhelm Skogstad, Margot Waddell

Hiding Place

Hiding Place

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2012

Twenty-five years after a child's murder shocks a small Ohio town, new evidence forces everyone to question what they believe in this tense thriller from the bestselling author ofSince She Went AwayandCemetery Girl. Janet Manning has been haunted by the murder since the day she lost sight of her four-year-old brother in the park. Now, with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justin's death looming, a detective and a newspaper reporter have started to ask questions, opening old wounds and raising new suspicions. Could the man convicted of the murderwho spent more than two decades in prisonreally be innocent? Janet's childhood friend and high school crush, who was in the park with her that day, has returned to Dove Point, where he is wrestling with his own conflicted memories of the events. And a strange man appears at Janet's door in the middle of the night, claiming to know the truth. Soon, years of deceit will be swept away, and the truth about what happened to Janet's brother will be revealed. And the answers that Janet has sought may be found much closer to home than she ever could have imagined.

Short Stories Based on Elvis Song Titles

Short Stories Based on Elvis Song Titles

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/04/2012

Fictional Stories Based On Elvis Song Titles

Cemetery Girl

Cemetery Girl

Author: David Bell Format: eBook Release Date: 04/10/2011

A missing child is every parent's nightmare. What comes next is even worse in this riveting thriller from the bestselling author ofSince She Went AwayandSomebody I Used to Know.Tom and Abby Stuart had everything: a perfect marriage, successful careers, and a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter, Caitlin. Then one day she vanished without a trace. For a while they grasped at every false hope and followed every empty lead, but the tragedy ended up changing their lives, overwhelming them with guilt and dread, and shattering their marriage.Four years later, Caitlin is found alivedirty and disheveled, yet preternaturally calm. She won't discuss where she was or what happened. And when the police arrest a suspect connected to the disappearance, Caitlin refuses to testify, leaving the Stuarts with a choice: Let the man who may be responsible for destroying their lives walk away, or take matters into their own hands. And when Tom decides to try to uncover the truth for himself, he finds that nothing that has happened yet can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

Ways of Writing Critical Essays on Zakes Mda

Ways of Writing Critical Essays on Zakes Mda

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2009

Ways of Writing is the first volume of essays devoted to a critical appraisal of Zakes Mda, the award-winning South African novelist and playwright. In his plays and novels, which draw on both Western and indigenous performance traditions, Mda engages with the history of southern Africa during and after apartheid. Writing from a position of exile, as well as from within his native country, he examines the lives of ordinary people and the ways in which they come to terms with the effects of apartheid. Mda has distinguished himself not only as a playwright and novelist, but also as a literary and cultural theorist and activist. He is a significant voice among the many in contemporary South Africa that exploit innovative forms to explore a culture in transition. This book demonstrates the wide range of both Mda's work and its critical reception, with discussions of his fiction and drama by scholars from South Africa, Europe and the USA. The essays reinforce the impression of an original and challenging writer whose creative skills have been used to focus attention on the plight of the underprivileged. This volume provides stimulating reading to anyone with an interest in Zakes Mda, in particular, and in South African writing in general.

Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste

Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste

Author: David Bell, Joanne Hollows Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

Lifestyle media - books, magazines, websites, radio andtelevision shows that focus on topics such as cookery,gardening, travel and home improvement - have witnessed anexplosion in recent years.Ordinary Lifestyles explores how popular media texts bring ideasabout taste and fashion to consumers, helping audiences tofashion their lifestyles as well as defining what constitutes anappropriate lifestyle for particular social groups. Contemporaryexamples are used throughout, including Martha Stewart, HouseDoctor, What Not to Wear, You Are What You Eat, CountryLiving and brochures for gay and lesbian holiday promotions.The contributors show that watching make-over television orcooking from a celebrity chef's book are significant culturalpractices, through which we work on our ideas about taste,status and identity. In opening up the complex processes whichshape our taste and forge individual and collective identities,lifestyle media demand our serious attention, as well as ourviewing, reading and listening pleasure.Ordinary Lifestyles is essential reading for students on mediaand cultural studies courses, and for anyone intrigued by theinfluence of the media on our day-to-day lives.Contributors: David Bell, Manchester Metropolitan University; Frances Bonner, University of Queensland, Australia; Steven Brown, Loughborough University; Fan Carter, Kingston University; Stephen Duncombe, Gallatin School of New York University, USA; David Dunn; Johannah Fahey, Monash University, Australia; Elizabeth Bullen, Deakin University, Australia; Jane Kenway, Monash University, Australia; Robert Fish, University of Exeter; Danielle Gallegos, Murdoch University, Australia; Mark Gibson; David B. Goldstein, University of Tulsa, USA; Ruth Holliday, University of Leeds; Joanne Hollows, Nottingham Trent University; Felicity Newman; Tim O'Sullivan, De Montfort University; Elspeth Probyn; Rachel Russell, University of Sydney, Australia; Lisa Taylor; Melissa Tyler; Gregory Woods, Nottingham Trent University.

Paranoia

Paranoia

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2003

Icon's intriguing series of small books on the key ideas of psychoanalysis grows apace with three brand new titles, all by hugely respected authors. David Bell traces the history of understanding paranoia from Freud to the practise of analysis today. Broaching such topics as racism and religion, he explains that paranoia is not simply an individualised neurosis but a social phenomenon that touches us all.

An Introduction to Cybercultures

An Introduction to Cybercultures

Author: David Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2001

An Introduction to Cybercultures provides an accessible guide to the major forms, practices and meanings of this rapidly-growing field. From the evolution of hardware and software to the emergence of cyberpunk film and fiction, David Bell introduces readers to the key aspects of cyberculture, including email, the internet, digital imaging technologies, computer games and digital special effects. Each chapter contains `hot links' to key articles in its companion volume, The Cybercultures Reader, suggestions for further reading, and details of relevant websites. Individual chapters examine: * Cybercultures: an introduction * Storying cyberspace * Cultural Studies in cyberspace * Community and cyberculture * Identities in cyberculture * Bodies in cyberculture * Cybersubcultures * Researching cybercultures

An Introduction to Cybercultures

An Introduction to Cybercultures

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2001

An Introduction to Cybercultures provides an accessible guide to the major forms, practices and meanings of this rapidly-growing field. From the evolution of hardware and software to the emergence of cyberpunk film and fiction, David Bell introduces readers to the key aspects of cyberculture, including email, the internet, digital imaging technologies, computer games and digital special effects. Each chapter contains `hot links' to key articles in its companion volume, The Cybercultures Reader, suggestions for further reading, and details of relevant websites. Individual chapters examine: * Cybercultures: an introduction * Storying cyberspace * Cultural Studies in cyberspace * Community and cyberculture * Identities in cyberculture * Bodies in cyberculture * Cybersubcultures * Researching cybercultures

Chushingura and the Floating World The Representation of Kanadehon Chushingura in Ukiyo-e Prints

Chushingura and the Floating World The Representation of Kanadehon Chushingura in Ukiyo-e Prints

Author: David Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2001

Kanadehon Chushingura has been one of the most popular bunraku and kabuki plays. This fascinating study explores the full spectrum of ukiyo-e (floating world) representations of the Chushingura story. Essential reading for all students of Japanese theatre, the history of Japanese art and the social history of Japan.

Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France

Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2000

The French Fifth Republic Presidency has emerged as one of the most powerful executives in western society. This book is a study of how the power of the Presidency was created and maintained. It investigates the political skills of the office holders and the way in which the coalition supporting the Presidency has been brought together and sustained (and how it has been, on occasion, lost). The book's analysis of leadership in the Fifth Republic draws out the skills and manipulation of the successive presidents as well as the resources of the cultural and political contexts. Amongst the topics considered as part of the presidential system are the Constitutions, the referendum, foreign policy, Europe, May'68, Giscard d'Estaing's centrist septennate, 'cohabitation' and neo-gaullism. These issues are treated as crucial elements in Presidential power and help to illustrate the foundations of Presidential authority. The main contention is that the presidency has been created and sustained by political acts of a high order which have involved the mobilization of certain symbols, culture, and political forces.

Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France

Presidential Power in Fifth Republic France

Author: David Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2000

The French Fifth Republic Presidency has emerged as one of the most powerful executives in western society. This book is a study of how the power of the Presidency was created and maintained. It investigates the political skills of the office holders and the way in which the coalition supporting the Presidency has been brought together and sustained (and how it has been, on occasion, lost). The book's analysis of leadership in the Fifth Republic draws out the skills and manipulation of the successive presidents as well as the resources of the cultural and political contexts. Amongst the topics considered as part of the presidential system are the Constitutions, the referendum, foreign policy, Europe, May'68, Giscard d'Estaing's centrist septennate, 'cohabitation' and neo-gaullism. These issues are treated as crucial elements in Presidential power and help to illustrate the foundations of Presidential authority. The main contention is that the presidency has been created and sustained by political acts of a high order which have involved the mobilization of certain symbols, culture, and political forces.

Reason and Passion A Celebration of the Work of Hanna Segal

Reason and Passion A Celebration of the Work of Hanna Segal

Author: David Bell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/1997

Hanna Segal is one of the best-known living British psychoanalysts. She was one of the first European psychoanalysts to receive the prestigious Sigourney Award for contributions to psychoanalysis. Her first two books on Melanie Klein are classic texts and she is one of the most influential figures within the British Psychoanalytical Society. Her substantial body of work embraces a large number of published papers and five books. She has made seminal contributions to the understanding of psychosis, the theory of symbolism, aesthetics, literature and politics. Reason and Passion is compiled in honour of Hanna Segal, with papers by a group of internationally renowned psychoanalysts reflecting numerous aspects of her clinical and theoretical work. Set in the context of a biographical introduction by the editor, each paper makes a personal contribution to furthering the theoretical and clinical ideas in her thinking. These ideas have been widely influential in the work of the Tavistock Clinic and thereby in the whole field of mental health. This is the first of two volumes in the Tavistock Clinic Series examining her clinical and theoretical work.