Peter Murphy - Author

About the Author

Peter Murphy graduated from Cambridge University and spent a career in the law, as an advocate, teacher, and judge. He has worked both in England and the United States, and served for several years as counsel at the Yugoslavian War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. Peter heralds from a predominantly Welsh family and spent a lot of time growing up in Wales. He has been a supporter of Welsh rugby ever since the glory days of the late 60s and early 70s. He has written six novels: two political thrillers about the US presidency, Removal and Test of Resolve; four legal thrillers featuring Ben Schroeder set in Sixties London, A Higher Duty, A Matter for the Jury, And is there Honey Still for Tea? and his latest, The Heirs of Owain Glyndwr.

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Featured books by Peter Murphy

And is There Still Honey for Tea?

And is There Still Honey for Tea?

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

When Francis Hollander, an American academic, accuses Sir James Digby QC, a baronet and leader of the Bar, of being a Soviet spy, Digby retains Ben Schroeder and his head of Chambers to represent him.

A Matter for the Jury

A Matter for the Jury

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/07/2014

Ben is already defending a vicar, accused of indecent assault on a choir boy, when he is plunged into a capital murder case. The accused is Billy Cottage, charged with murder after a frenzied attack on a young courting couple aboard a houseboat. The young man, Frank Gilliam, dies in the attack, while his girlfriend, Jennifer Doyce, is raped and seriously injured. The attacker steals a gold cross and chain from Jennifer, which makes the crime a capital offence.When the police recover the cross and chain from Billy’s sister, and find his fingerprint inside the houseboat, things start to look ominous.  But then comes the crucial piece of evidence of his propensity to sing a particular song.  To make matters worse, Ben is being led by Martin Hardcastle, an arrogant QC with a serious drinking problem.In his fight to save Billy Cottage’s life, Ben finds that he has both the law and the facts against him; and the tide of public opinion has not yet turned against capital punishment.

A Higher Duty

A Higher Duty

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2013

Kenneth Gaskell, a rising star of Wesley's Chambers has become involved in an affair with a high-profile client and the relationship, if known, could ruin his career, and the careers of all those around him. But Bernard Wesley has some information - he knows about a student prank that went terribly wrong - can he use this knowledge in a desperate gamble to save his Chambers and turn the tables on his old rival, Miles Overton QC?

Other books by Peter Murphy

Last Weekend of the Summer

Last Weekend of the Summer

Author: Peter Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2018

They have been coming to their grandmother Gloria's lake cottage since they were babies. Now Johnnie and Buddy have families of their own and C.C. has a life full of adult drama and adventure. And this trip - the only stated purpose of which is to bring the family together for the last weekend of the summer - seems full of portent. Gloria has been hinting that there's more on the agenda than grilling and swimming, and when the three siblings learn that their estranged father will also be in attendance, it becomes clear that this weekend will have implications that last far beyond the final days of the season. A touching, incisive view into the dynamics of a family on the verge of change and filled with characters both distinctive and utterly relatable, THE LAST WEEKEND OF THE SUMMER is a rich, lyrical reading experience that will resonate in your heart. PRAISE FOR PETER MURPHY:"e;The best books are not forgotten because you can never stop thinking beyond the story. This is true of Lagan Love. Murphy is a natural storyteller. I look forward to reading more."e;- Examiner.com on Lagan Love"e;Peter Murphy spins an exciting story of romance and the problems with it, making Lagan Love a unique novel with plenty of twists and turns underneath it all."e;- Midwest Book Review on Lagan Love"e;Murphy has created a lasting story with great potential in future installments."e; - Savvy Verse and Wit on Born & Bred"e;Engrossing and significant.... A moral book and a worthy read!"e;- Brendan Landers on Wandering in Exile

Public Service Accountability Rekindling a Debate

Public Service Accountability Rekindling a Debate

Author: Peter Murphy, Laurence Ferry, Russ Glennon, Kirsten Greenhalgh Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/08/2018

How we manage public services and hold them to account is critically important. Yet austerity, recent changes to accountability frameworks, and the loss of the Audit Commission have created a huge deficit in our understanding of how well services are delivered. The time is thus right to re-examine the state of our vital public services, as well as how we can make them more accountable. This book reopens the debate on what accountability means and provides unique insights into an increasingly complex organizational landscape. It presents a new and innovative way of evaluating public services that should be of use to academics and public servants alike. Synthesising empirical work across local government, health and social care, the police, and fire services, this book also explores the relationship between financial and performance accountability and makes the case for the need for a distinctive sense of public service accountability.

Judge Walden Back in Session

Judge Walden Back in Session

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2018

Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

Author: Peter Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 16/11/2017

Meet Judge Charlie Walden in the first case of six from the novel, Walden of Bermondsey.To read the full novel, search: WALDEN OF BERMONDSEYWhen Charlie Walden took on the job of Resident Judge of the Bermondsey Crown Court, he was hoping for a quiet life. But he soon finds himself struggling to keep the peace between three feisty fellow judges who have very different views about how to do their job, and about how Charlie should do his.And as if that's not enough, there's the endless battle against the 'Grey Smoothies', the humourless grey-suited civil servants who seem determined to drown Charlie in paperwork and strip the court of its last vestiges of civilisation.No hope of a quiet life then for Charlie, and there are times when his real job - trying the challenging criminal cases that come before him - actually seems like light relief.If you like Rumpole of the Bailey, you'll love Walden of BermondseyPraise for Walden of Bermondsey'No one writes with more wit, warmth and insight about the law and its practitioners than Peter Murphy. He has no equal since the great John 'Rumpole' Mortimer' - David Ambrose'Though his exasperation is sometimes palpable, what triumphs over everything is his sense of humour. And it is the humour that makes Walden of Bermondsey such a delightful read. Think of him as what Rumpole would be like if he ever became a judge, and you get some idea of his self-deprecating wit and indomitable stoicism. Add a dash of Henry Cecil for his situation and AP Herbert for the fun he has with the law, and you get a sense of Peter's literary precedents' - Paul Magrath

Fire and Rescue Services Leadership and Management Perspectives

Fire and Rescue Services Leadership and Management Perspectives

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/09/2017

This unique text fills a major gap in the emergency services literature by surveying the research on fire and rescue service management in the UK. An extensive evidence base focuses on organizational culture, leadership skills, standards, and accountability, emphasizing the services' dual roles as first responders and guardians of public safety and prevention. The implications for international public health and safety programs are made clear as the services' recent history illustrates the complex challenges typical of functioning within local and national political contexts. Chapters take on a broad range of management, leadership, service delivery, and staffing concerns, including: * Evolution and adaptation of fire and rescue services during periods of expansion and austerity. * Civil protection as a local and national priority. * Structural issues: assessments and improvements, collaborations with other services. * Emerging social concerns: diversity, gender equality, the aging worker population. * The concepts and consequences of heroes and heroism. * Future directions for governance, transparency, and accountability. Fire and Rescue Services complements the earlier volumes in the Leadership & Management of Emergency Services series with equal parts realism and vision. It should interest a wide audience of public policymakers, public managers, and emergency service personnel, as well as academics and researchers.

Calling Down The Storm The Fifth Ben Schroeder Legal Thriller

Calling Down The Storm The Fifth Ben Schroeder Legal Thriller

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Modern British Ambulances

Modern British Ambulances

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2017

The ambulance service uses a lot of specialised vehicles in its day-to-day role of providing emergency care, routine transport and emergency response. These range from the specially constructed ambulance bodies on commercial chassis to small car conversions. In this collection of images, Peter Murphy reveals the true range of different types of ambulances used in Britain in the twenty-first century. In addition to the front-line ambulances used by the NHS, those of voluntary aid societies, private ambulances, works ambulances and air ambulances are also featured. Alongside all the services, the different vehicle marques and coach builders are shown. Each photograph shows a particular type of ambulance and, wherever possible, the company provided the conversion to an ambulance is noted. These images show the fascinating changes that have taken place over the past few years, both in the boundary of ambulance services' work and in also the design of Britain's ambulances themselves, as they undertake their vital, lifesaving work.

Modern British Ambulances

Modern British Ambulances

Author: Peter Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2017

The ambulance service uses a lot of specialised vehicles in its day-to-day role of providing emergency care, routine transport and emergency response. These range from the specially constructed ambulance bodies on commercial chassis to small car conversions. In this collection of images, Peter Murphy reveals the true range of different types of ambulances used in Britain in the twenty-first century. In addition to the front-line ambulances used by the NHS, those of voluntary aid societies, private ambulances, works ambulances and air ambulances are also featured. Alongside all the services, the different vehicle marques and coach builders are shown. Each photograph shows a particular type of ambulance and, wherever possible, the company provided the conversion to an ambulance is noted. These images show the fascinating changes that have taken place over the past few years, both in the boundary of ambulance services' work and in also the design of Britain's ambulances themselves, as they undertake their vital, lifesaving work.

The Collective Imagination The Creative Spirit of Free Societies

The Collective Imagination The Creative Spirit of Free Societies

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/05/2017

The Collective Imagination explores the social foundations of the human imagination. In a lucid and wide-ranging discussion, Peter Murphy looks at the collective expression of the imagination in our economies, universities, cities, and political systems, providing a tour-de-force account of the power of the imagination to unite opposites and find similarities among things that we ordinarily think of as different. It is not only individuals who possess the power to imagine; societies do as well. A compelling journey through various peak moments of creation, this book examines the cities and nations, institutions and individuals who ply the paraphernalia of paradoxes and dialogues, wry dramaturgy and witty expression that set the act of creation in motion. Whilst exploring the manner in which, through the media of pattern, figure, and shape, and the miracles of metaphor, things come into being, Murphy recognises that creative periods never last: creative forms invariably tire; inventive centres inevitably fade. The Collective Imagination explores the contemporary dilemmas and historic pathos caused by this-as cities and societies, periods and generations slip behind in the race for economic and social discovery. Left bewildered and bothered, and struggling to catch up, they substitute empty bombast, faded glory, chronic dullness or stolid glumness for initiative, irony, and inventiveness. A comprehensive audit of the creativity claims of the post-modern age - that finds them badly wanting and looks to the future - The Collective Imagination will appeal to sociologists and philosophers concerned with cultural theory, cultural and media studies and aesthetics.

Auto-Industrialism DIY Capitalism and the Rise of the Auto-Industrial Society

Auto-Industrialism DIY Capitalism and the Rise of the Auto-Industrial Society

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/11/2016

DIY check-outs, drones, self-driving cars, and e-government all are signs of the coming auto-industrial age. Will this end in mass unemployment or will new kinds of work emerge? Will 3D print production, desktop workshops and mass customization make up for lost blue-collar jobs? What will happen to health and education in the auto-industrial age? Will machines replace teachers and doctors? What might the economic and social future dominated by self-employment and a large DIY industry look like? Peter Murphy's lively, provocative book addresses these questions head-on.

The Business of Resort Management

The Business of Resort Management

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/11/2015

How can owners and managers ensure that their considerable capital investments will return a competitive return on their investments? How can users and owners be sure they enjoy the promises of tantalizing marketing and real estate claims? Managing Sustainable Resorts Profitably combines business management principles with environmental and social concerns to offer development solutions to these questions. By taking an holistic and contemporary approach to the problem of developing sustainable tourism operations, this book provides a comprehensive assessment of the strategies that need to be considered by various governments, developers and, in particular, the customer-investor. The major features of resort development covered by this book include: * Environmental scanning of principal external and internal influential factors * The curse and blessings of seasonality * Competition for people's recreation and retirement dollars * Guest activity programming * Environmental issues * Cruise ships as mobile resorts * Staffing issues in isolated areas * Financial challenges for owners and operators alike * Risk Management * Mutually beneficial options for various stakeholders Based on an analysis of global resort opportunities and trends, the book focuses on those generic features that differentiate regional resort management from urban-centric management needs and priorities. Using comparative case studies the author emphases best case/benchmark examples of a range of resorts - large and small, urban and rural - to illustrate what can be achieved.

All Roads

All Roads

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2015

Danny Boyle isn't all here. Years of destructive behavior have left him in an alcoholic coma. Meanwhile, his marriage is over, one of his children wants nothing to do with him, and the other suffers by his bedside. And while the complexities of life swirl around him, Danny, in his halfway state, comes face to face with his demons and struggles to understand them. He must confront the ghosts of his past -- ghosts who have unfinished business with him. No one can be certain of where Danny's road is leading. But where it actually leads is far more surprising than any could have anticipated. The resounding conclusion to the Life & Times Trilogy, All Roads is a stirring ode to life's resilience and possibilities.

All Roads

All Roads

Author: Peter Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

Danny Boyle isn't all here. Years of destructive behavior have left him in an alcoholic coma. Meanwhile, his marriage is over, one of his children wants nothing to do with him, and the other suffers by his bedside. And while the complexities of life swirl around him, Danny, in his halfway state, comes face to face with his demons and struggles to understand them. He must confront the ghosts of his past - ghosts who have unfinished business with him. No one can be certain of where Danny's road is leading. But where it actually leads is far more surprising than any could have anticipated. The resounding conclusion to the LIFE AND TIMES trilogy, ALL ROADS is a stirring ode to life's resilience and possibilities

Lagan Love

Lagan Love

Author: Peter Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

"e;The best books are not forgotten because you can never stop thinking beyond the story. This is true of LAGAN LOVE. Murphy is a natural storyteller. I look forward to reading more."e; - Examiner.com "e;LAGAN LOVE is more than your ordinary novel and Mr. Murphy is a skilled writer with the ability to tell a story that teaches a life lesson everyone can benefit from."e; - Simply Stacie "e;Old Ireland myths, a beautifully woven background, a cast of unique and adept characters set the tone for this phenomenal story of love, loss, and hunger With twists and turns, erotic scenes and magic, LAGAN LOVE is a fascinating read."e; - Minding Spot "e;Peter Murphy spins an exciting story of romance and the problems with it, making LAGAN LOVE a unique novel with plenty of twists and turns underneath it all."e; - Midwest Book Review If you know something about passion, and desire, and giving everything to live your dreams then leave your world behind for a while. Come with Janice to Dublin, in the mid nineteen-eighties when a better future beckoned and the past was restless, whispering in the shadows for the Old Ways. Janice has grown tired of her sheltered existence in Toronto and when Aidan leads her through the veils of the Celtic Twilight, she doesn't hesitate. In their love, Aidan, Dublin's rising poet, sees a chance for redemption and Janice sees a chance for recognition. Sinead tells her that it is all nonsense as she keeps her head down and her eyes fixed on her own prize - a place in Ireland's prospering future. She used to go out with Aidan, before he met Janice, so there is little she can say. And besides, she has enough to do as her parents are torn apart by the rumours of church scandals. But after a few nights in Grogan's, where Dublin's bohemians gather, or a day in Clonmacnoise among the ruins of Celtic Crosses, it won't matter as the ghosts of Aidan's mythologies take form and prey on the friends until everything is at risk. Lagan Love is a sensuous story of Love, Lust and Loss that will bring into question the cost we pay for our dreams.

Born & Bred

Born & Bred

Author: Peter Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

"e;Do you like Irish novels, with love of family, romance, humor and a feel for Dublin and Ireland as a whole?? Then this book is a must read!!"e; - Celtic Lady Reviews "e;The author did a splendid job in portraying many diverse relationships, city life, church life, family life, corruption and crime, which makes it an engaging read."e; - Hotchpotch "e;As the first book in a series, Murphy has created a lasting story with great potential in future installments."e; - Savvy Verse and Wit "e;BORN & BRED is part historical fiction, part political thriller and part social commentary. With a bit of magical realism thrown into the mix it makes for a commanding read and a compulsive page-turner."e; - Brendan Landers Danny Boyle was a born angel. At least that's what his granny used to say, and she should know - she raised him after his parents proved incapable. When she becomes ill, Danny is reunited with his parents but they do not get to live happily ever after, as the ghosts of the past haunt their days. And when the old woman dies, all of her secrets come to light and shatter everything Danny believes in. In the turmoil of 1970's Ireland, an alienated Danny gets into drugs and is involved in a gangland killing. Duped by the killers into leaving his prints on the gun, Danny needs all the help his friends and family can muster. Calling in favors from bishops and priests, police and paramilitaries, God and the devil, the living and the dead, they do all that they can. But even that might not be enough. BORN & BRED is the first novel in the Life & Times Trilogy, a cycle of three novels that will chart the course of one star-crossed life. It is a work of vibrant imagination from a poetic novelist of the first order.

Wandering in Exile

Wandering in Exile

Author: Peter Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2015

Danny Boyle was hoping for a fresh start in Canada. With the help of his uncle Martin, he'd soon found a job and a regular gig with a bar band. And when his sweetheart, Deirdre, joined him, Danny seemed set for life. But Fate wasn't done with Danny, and when his uncle was stricken with AIDS, Deirdre did the only thing she could think of to save him from the darkness - she got pregnant. Rising to the occasion, Danny became a father with enthusiasm. With the arrival of their second child, though, mortgages, day-care, and the press of the day took their toll on the young couple. Battling the voice in his head that told him he wasn't suited for this role, Danny found an ally in the bottle. Soon, drinking became the only thing that made sense to him. Deirdre, however, refused to give up without a fight. If she could only get Danny to join her, they might even win. The sequel to BORN & BRED, WANDERING IN EXILE is the second novel in the Life & Times Trilogy, a cycle of novels that charts the course of one star-crossed life. Filled with poetic prose and brimming with poignant observation, it is a work of uncommon depth and resonance.

And is There Still Honey for Tea?

And is There Still Honey for Tea?

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/04/2015

When Francis Hollander, an American academic, accuses Sir James Digby QC, a baronet and leader of the Bar, of being a Soviet spy, Digby retains Ben Schroeder and his head of Chambers to represent him.

A Matter for the Jury

A Matter for the Jury

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/07/2014

Ben is already defending a vicar, accused of indecent assault on a choir boy, when he is plunged into a capital murder case. The accused is Billy Cottage, charged with murder after a frenzied attack on a young courting couple aboard a houseboat. The young man, Frank Gilliam, dies in the attack, while his girlfriend, Jennifer Doyce, is raped and seriously injured. The attacker steals a gold cross and chain from Jennifer, which makes the crime a capital offence.When the police recover the cross and chain from Billy’s sister, and find his fingerprint inside the houseboat, things start to look ominous.  But then comes the crucial piece of evidence of his propensity to sing a particular song.  To make matters worse, Ben is being led by Martin Hardcastle, an arrogant QC with a serious drinking problem.In his fight to save Billy Cottage’s life, Ben finds that he has both the law and the facts against him; and the tide of public opinion has not yet turned against capital punishment.

Shall We Gather at the River

Shall We Gather at the River

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/04/2014

Shall We Gather At The River tells the story of Enoch O'Reilly, the great flood that afflicts his small town, and the rash of mysterious suicides that accompany it. Charlatan, Presleyite and local radiovangelist, O'Reilly is a man haunted by the childhood ghosts of his father's sinister radio set...a false prophet destined for a terrible consummation with that old, evil river. A suicide mystery and a rich patchwork narrative of legend, myth, occult inheritance, eco-conspiracy, viral obsession, airwaves, water and death, Shall We Gather At The River is a spellbinding piece of work, marked by prose that is by turns haunting, poetic and blackly humourous. With shades of Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, of Twin Peaks and Wisconsin Death Trip, Shall We Gather At The River is a novel that will further cement Murphy's reputation as one of the most original and exciting novelists to emerge in recent years.

Born & Bred

Born & Bred

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/03/2014

Danny Boyle was a born angel.At least that's what his granny used to say, and she should know - she raised him after his parents proved incapable. When she becomes ill, Danny is reunited with his parents but they do not get to live happily ever after, as the ghosts of the past haunt their days. And when the old woman dies, all of her secrets come to light and shatter everything Danny believes in.In the turmoil of 1970's Ireland, an alienated Danny gets into drugs and is involved in a gangland killing. Duped by the killers into leaving his prints on the gun, Danny needs all the help his friends and family can muster. Calling in favors from bishops and priests, police and paramilitaries, God and the devil, the living and the dead, they do all that they can. But even that might not be enough.BORN & BRED is the first novel in the Life & Times Trilogy, a cycle of three novels that will chart the course of one star-crossed life. It is a work of vibrant imagination from a poetic novelist of the first order.

Test Of Resolve

Test Of Resolve

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

A Higher Duty

A Higher Duty

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2013

Kenneth Gaskell, a rising star of Wesley's Chambers has become involved in an affair with a high-profile client and the relationship, if known, could ruin his career, and the careers of all those around him. But Bernard Wesley has some information - he knows about a student prank that went terribly wrong - can he use this knowledge in a desperate gamble to save his Chambers and turn the tables on his old rival, Miles Overton QC?

The Collective Imagination The Creative Spirit of Free Societies

The Collective Imagination The Creative Spirit of Free Societies

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/05/2012

The Collective Imagination explores the social foundations of the human imagination. In a lucid and wide-ranging discussion, Peter Murphy looks at the collective expression of the imagination in our economies, universities, cities, and political systems, providing a tour-de-force account of the power of the imagination to unite opposites and find similarities among things that we ordinarily think of as different. It is not only individuals who possess the power to imagine; societies do as well. A compelling journey through various peak moments of creation, this book examines the cities and nations, institutions and individuals who ply the paraphernalia of paradoxes and dialogues, wry dramaturgy and witty expression that set the act of creation in motion. Whilst exploring the manner in which, through the media of pattern, figure, and shape, and the miracles of metaphor, things come into being, Murphy recognises that creative periods never last: creative forms invariably tire; inventive centres inevitably fade. The Collective Imagination explores the contemporary dilemmas and historic pathos caused by this-as cities and societies, periods and generations slip behind in the race for economic and social discovery. Left bewildered and bothered, and struggling to catch up, they substitute empty bombast, faded glory, chronic dullness or stolid glumness for initiative, irony, and inventiveness. A comprehensive audit of the creativity claims of the post-modern age - that finds them badly wanting and looks to the future - The Collective Imagination will appeal to sociologists and philosophers concerned with cultural theory, cultural and media studies and aesthetics.

The Math of Astrology

The Math of Astrology

Author: Peter Murphy, Beth Rosato Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/06/2011

Imagination Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge Economy

Imagination Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge Economy

Author: Peter Murphy, Michael A. Peters, Simon Marginson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2010

Advancement in the arts and sciences is a primary driver of economic production and social policy in post-industrial societies. Imagination steps back and asks `what advances the arts and sciences?' This book explores the collective, social and global dimension of human imagining-and the ambivalent relationship of social institutions, including universities, schools, economies, media and culture industries, to the collective imagination. Basic discovery requires high levels of creative thinking: Imagination looks at the social conditions that make path-breaking thought possible on a large scale. It examines the role of aesthetic, pictorial, digital, paradoxical and other imaginative styles of thinking, and the times and places in which such styles become socially prominent and a significant force in economic and cultural production. It looks at successful societies as they are approaching their peak, when new ideas are driving them forward.

Imagination Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge Economy

Imagination Three Models of Imagination in the Age of the Knowledge Economy

Author: Peter Murphy, Michael A. Peters, Simon Marginson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/05/2010

Advancement in the arts and sciences is a primary driver of economic production and social policy in post-industrial societies. Imagination steps back and asks `what advances the arts and sciences?' This book explores the collective, social and global dimension of human imagining-and the ambivalent relationship of social institutions, including universities, schools, economies, media and culture industries, to the collective imagination. Basic discovery requires high levels of creative thinking: Imagination looks at the social conditions that make path-breaking thought possible on a large scale. It examines the role of aesthetic, pictorial, digital, paradoxical and other imaginative styles of thinking, and the times and places in which such styles become socially prominent and a significant force in economic and cultural production. It looks at successful societies as they are approaching their peak, when new ideas are driving them forward.

John the Revelator

John the Revelator

Author: Peter Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/09/2009

John Devine is stuck in a small town in the eerie landscape of southeast Ireland, worried over by his single, chain-smoking, Bible-quoting mother, Lily, and spied on by the "e;neighborly"e; Mrs.Nagle. When Jamey Corboy, a self-styled Rimbaudian boy wonder, arrives in town, John's lonely life suddenly seems full of possibility. He is taken up by mischief and discovery, hiding in the world beyond as Lily's mysterious illness worsens. But Jamey and John's nose for trouble may be their undoing, and soon John will be faced with a terrible moral dilemma. Suffused with family secrets, uncanny imagery, black humor, and hypnotic prose, John the Revelator joins the ranks of the great novels of friendship and betrayal as it grapples with the tension between the pull of the world and the hold of those we love.

Pure Attraction A Guide to Human Sexuality

Pure Attraction A Guide to Human Sexuality

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2009

The Business of Resort Management

The Business of Resort Management

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2007

How can owners and managers ensure that their considerable capital investments will return a competitive return on their investments? How can users and owners be sure they enjoy the promises of tantalizing marketing and real estate claims? Managing Sustainable Resorts Profitably combines business management principles with environmental and social concerns to offer development solutions to these questions. By taking an holistic and contemporary approach to the problem of developing sustainable tourism operations, this book provides a comprehensive assessment of the strategies that need to be considered by various governments, developers and, in particular, the customer-investor. The major features of resort development covered by this book include: * Environmental scanning of principal external and internal influential factors * The curse and blessings of seasonality * Competition for people's recreation and retirement dollars * Guest activity programming * Environmental issues * Cruise ships as mobile resorts * Staffing issues in isolated areas * Financial challenges for owners and operators alike * Risk Management * Mutually beneficial options for various stakeholders Based on an analysis of global resort opportunities and trends, the book focuses on those generic features that differentiate regional resort management from urban-centric management needs and priorities. Using comparative case studies the author emphases best case/benchmark examples of a range of resorts - large and small, urban and rural - to illustrate what can be achieved.

Dialectic of Romanticism

Dialectic of Romanticism

Author: Peter Murphy, David Roberts Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2005

Dialectic of Romanticism presents a radical new assessment of the aesthetic and philosophical history and future of modernity. An exploration of the internal critique of modernism treats romanticism (later historicism and post-modernism) as central to the development of European modernism alongside enlightenment, and, like the enlightenment, subject to its own dead-ends and fatalities. An external critique of modernism recovers concepts of civilization and civic aesthetics which are trans-historical -simultaneously modern and classically inspired - and provides a counter both to romantic historicism and enlightened models of progress. Finally, a retrospective critique of modernism analyses what happens to modernism's romantic-archaic and technological-futurist visions when they are translated from Europe to America. Dialectic of Romanticism argues that out of the European dialectic of romanticism and enlightenment a new dialectic of modernity is emerging in the New World-one which points beyond modernism and postmodernism.

The Environmental Archaeology of Industry

The Environmental Archaeology of Industry

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/07/2003

The environmental impact of industry is often profound and far-reaching, and has long been present in the cultural landscape. This volume presents 18 papers deriving from a conference of the Association for Environmental Archaeology; they aim to bridge the gap between environmental and industrial archaeology. The papers address several major issues including: the effects of mining and smelting on sedimentation and vegetation in river catchments; the environmental impact of industries which are based on high-temperature processes and require reliable sources of fuel, such as metallurgy, pottery, glass and lime-making; the environmental impact of industrial processes based on biological raw materials, such as horn, bone, hides and shell; and the effects of industry on human health.

Evidence, Proof, and Facts A Book of Sources

Evidence, Proof, and Facts A Book of Sources

Author: Peter Murphy Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2003

Evidence, Proof, and Facts is a source book designed to bring together some of the most important primary and secondary materials which underlie the 'New Evidence Scholarship'. While the law of evidence has traditionally dominated jurisprudential treatment of the subject, evidence is in truth a multi-disciplinary subject, comprising fundamental issues in the fields of logic, probability theory, epistemology, and psychology. Among the issues dealt with are: the rationalist epistemology of the use of evidence as a tool for the reconstruction of disputed past events; alternative epistemologies of evidence; the meaning of evidence, relevance, probative value, and weight. The editor also explores the issues of: logic and rhetoric in the context of judicial proof; the place of different kinds of probability theory in legal proof; whether legal proof is inherently mathematical or non-mathematical; the meaning of the legal standards of proof; and the role of causation in legal proof. The editor has assembled a collection of jurisprudential material including Thayer and Wigmore, and philosophical material ranging from Aristotle and Plato to Locke, Hume, Bentham, and Mill. The mathematics includes Bayes' Rule, reproduced in its entirety. Among the contemporary writers represented from the New Evidence Scholarship school are Keynes, Schum, Twining, Eggleston, and Cohen. The materials are prefaced with an introductory essay by Professor Murphy which offers an overview of some of the key issues.

Evidence and Advocacy

Evidence and Advocacy

Author: Peter Murphy, David Barnard Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1998

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