Nice hardcover copy of my thesis!

I graduated officially as a PhD at a ceremony at the University of New England last Saturday, and yesterday I picked up from the univesity printery another official mark of my PhD study: a hard-cover copy of my thesis, both novel and exegesis, elegantly bound in a wibalin finish, in an ‘Oxford Leaf Green’ colour, with silver lettering. It cost a bit so it was something of an indulgence, I suppose đŸ™‚ but worth it to me as a permanent reminder of a wonderful three years.

My thesis by the way is not available to access officially as I’m exploring publication options but if you are interested, you can read online articles I wrote which are based on chapters in the exegesis, see below:

Mapping the Undiscovered Country: a brief introduction to contemporary afterlife fiction for young adults, published in The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children’s Literature, Vol 20, no 1, 2017.

Angel Time in the Undiscovered Country: The Cultural and Philosophical Context of Contemporary Afterlife Fiction for Young Adults, published conference paper I presented at the 2018 Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy in Kobe, Japan.

No traveller returns: the liminal world as ordeal and quest in contemporary young adult afterlife fiction, published in Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature, Vol 26.1, 2018.

 

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Great new review for War and Resistance

I’ve just discovered a great new review of my novel War and Resistance on the excellent Read Plus blog. The book was reviewed by Carolyn Hull. Here’s a couple of short extracts:

Highly recommended for readers aged 13+…Sophie Masson has created a wonderful story weaving the circumstances of the young girl, Sasha and her family, with the German boy, Dieter, at a time when the world was about to explode again into war……Bravery, spies, lies and the Resistance movement are all entwined in this interesting and compelling human story in a time of war.

You can read the full review here.