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Professor Geoffrey Beattie

Professor Geoffrey Beattie

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Geoff Beattie is an academic psychologist, writer and broadcaster. He is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University and a Masters supervisor on the Sustainability Leadership programme at the University of Cambridge. He was Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012. 

Born in Belfast, he obtained a First from the University of Birmingham and a Ph.D. from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was awarded the prestigious Spearman Medal by the British Psychological Society for 'published psychological work of outstanding merit'. In addition, he has written regularly for the Guardian and the Independent and has published several books on aspects of contemporary British life. His book, ON THE ROPES: BOXING AS A WAY OF LIFE, was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. THE CORNER BOYS was short-listed for the Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize as was WE ARE THE PEOPLE: JOURNEYS THROUGH THE HEART OF PROTESTANT ULSTER.

Using his ground breaking research, Professor Beattie is currently writing a new book entitled THE JANUS EFFECT: WHY WE SAY ONE THING AND DO ANOTHER.

http://www.geoffbeattie.com/

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THE CORNER BOYS
1998
Orion
The story of James, growing up in a loyalist working-class neighbourhood in industrial decline, who has a Catholic girlfriend and a best friend who's hooked up with loyalist paramilitaries.
Non-Fiction
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CHASING LOST TIMES
2012
Mainstream
Chasing Lost Times is the emotional story of a father and son trying to repair a relationship through a shared activity that depends on sheer physical effort, the kind of physical effort that may once have been the source of commonality between father and son in all previous generations but which seems to be absent in the modern world.
GET THE EDGE
2011
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A fascinating guide to getting the edge in all areas of life from TV psychologist and renowned academic Geoffrey Beattie

Ever wondered how you can tell if someone’s lying? Or if someone fancies you? Or even how to read someone’s mind? Geoffrey Beattie answers all these questions and many more in this eye-opening guide to getting what you want. With his impressive insight into body language and what makes people tick, Geoffrey explains quick tricks that give away what people are really thinking. Geoffrey’s simple advice gets right to the heart of social interaction and shows how personal relationships can be improved, sometimes in a matter of seconds. From breaking up with someone to simply telling a joke, with this book you can get the edge in all kinds of social situations.
WHY AREN'T WE SAVING THE PLANET?
2010
Routledge
This ground-breaking book reflects new and innovative research being carried out into how to change attitudes to the environment and how to encourage sustainable behaviour. It is eminently readable and interesting and, as such, should be read by anyone who is concerned about the future of our planet. In fact, you should also read it if you’re not concerned about our planet.
PROTESTANT BOY
2005
Granta Books
Geoffrey Beattie grew up in the notorious 'murder triangle' in North Belfast, where during thirty years of the Troubles more than six hundred people were killed. Many of his childhood friends ended up dead or in prison, while Beattie himself moved to England, at first to study and eventually to build a highly successful career as a psychologist. On a visit home to see his ailing mother, Beattie begins to explore his Ulster Protestant ancestry and to reflect on the unfashionable and little understood Protestant community.
THE SHADOWS OF BOXING: PRINCE NASEEM AND THOSE HE LEFT BEHIND
2003
Orion
In this title, author Geoffrey Beattie revisits Prince Naseem's roots, chronicles the contrasting fortunes of the hard men of Brendan Ingle's gym in Wincobank, Sheffield, looks at how the Hamed family have coped with the pressures of fame, and gets to the heart of the dispute between Naseem, Brendan Ingle and Frank Warren, where Beattie is in the unusual position of having access to both camps about to contest a libel issue.
WE ARE THE PEOPLE: JOURNEYS THROUGH THE HEART OF PROTESTANT ULSTER
1993
Mandarin
For generations, men and women of Ulster have proclaimed a will to fight, to remain separate from the rest of the Irish nation, and for many years they retained their position as social and economic superiors to their Roman Catholic compatriots. Every summer they parade their banners and flags, and march the streets of the province to the sound of flute and Lambeg drum, playing Loyal songs to loyal crowds, proclaiming their allegiance to the United Kingdom.
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