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John Wyatt (1963W) and Peter Elliott (1967W) have recently produced new books, Emergency Procedures for High-Risk Incidents and Thomas Muir: 'Lad O' Pairts', respectively. Find out more, here.

Dr John Wyatt, MBE (1963W) is no stranger to ODs, having presented his book Exploding the Myth covering his wide and varied career in counter-terrorism at an OD reception in 2019. This is the area of his consulting practice and towards the end of 2020 he added to his list of publications with a new manual on Emergency Procedures for High-Risk Incidents (left). It covers events involving vehicle bombs, suspect packages (explosive and chemical), shootings, personal attack (acid etc), offensive or bomb threat messages and environmental threats (storm, flood etc) and is now widely used by commercial property developers, owners and tenants. Perfect, he says for SME businesses which cannot afford the exorbitant prices of a major survey. The book, widely visible in many buildings in the UK, is available for sale to ODs. If you'd like a copy (or copies) then please email John at [email protected] 

Peter Elliott (1967W) continues to pursue his passion for historical biographies from his base in South West France. His new book, just published, is a bit closer to ‘home’, being an account of the life and times of his great grandfather, Sir Thomas Muir (1844-1934). The book covers Muir’s humble beginnings in Lanarkshire, his time as a schoolmaster in Glasgow, his passion for mathematics and the turbulent period he spent as the leading educationist of the Cape Colony in the early twentieth century.

Thomas Muir was both a renowned mathematician and a colonial educationist. As Superintendent-General of Education of the Cape Colony (1892-1915), he demonstrated extraordinary powers of industry and had a profound influence on the course of education in the Cape. He was no paragon, but the flaws in his character and his ‘redeeming’ vices make him all the more interesting. Peter draws on Muir’s personal diaries of his travels in the Cape interior, providing insight into the social and political backdrop against which he reformed the Cape education system.

The book is available worldwide in paperback and eBook format on Amazon. However, Peter is arranging a limited print run in South Africa in the coming month. His book will be available at a price of R 250 (for collection in Newlands, Cape Town, or for delivery by PostNet to the nearest branch of the recipient at an additional R99). To launch this print run, Peter is seeking pre-orders/subscriptions for the book, and if you are interested please get in touch with him to obtain an order form.

Peter Elliott: [email protected]

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