Interview with Anne Davison

Why did you decide to write a book?
I have been giving lectures on history for many years on cruise ships. Frequently, following a lecture, passengers will ask me if I have written on the topic. I have always had to say no because I haven't had time. Now that it is possible to self-publish an ebook I have been able to write my first publication.
Why did you decide to start with a history of Iran?
I had already given several lectures about the history of Iran and then recently conducted a full study day on the topic. Since I therefore had plenty of material, it seemed sensible to put it onto book form.
Do you expect to make money, or become a well-known author?
No, neither really applies to me. I am coming at this very late (now 71 years).
What then is your main motivation?
First, I don't want to lose all the material that I have. Currently it is hidden away on files and could easily be lost. I feel that would be a shame after all the work over the years.
Second, I really would like to share my passion with others.
Do you have plans for a second book?
Yes, I have just completed a book entitled 'Paul of Tarsus'. This is also based on a series of lectures which I have given whilst in Turkey. It is not a Biblical study or a work of Christian apologetics but sets Paul in his Graeco-Roman context of the first century and presents him as something of a radical.
Would you ever consider getting your books into print form?
I am currently looking at the possibility of print on demand
Published 2013-10-04.
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Abraham's Children: Jew Christian Muslim Commonality and Conflict
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Series: In Brief, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,590. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » Middle East
This book compares the commonalities and conflicts between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Separate paragraphs are devoted Abraham, Prophecy, Islamic Expansion, the Sunni-Shi'a Schism and Holy War with an Epilogue discussing current issues. Written in an accessible style with useful maps and charts it should appeal to the general reader with no previous knowledge of the subject.
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Series: In Brief, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,300. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » Europe / Austria & Hungary
A brief history of the Holy Roman Empire from the coronation of Charlemagne in AD800 to its dissolution in AD1806, including the Habsburg Dynasty, the European Reformation and the Ottoman invasions. With useful maps and family trees this book will appeal to the general reader looking for an accessible account of a complex yet fascinating European power.
Paul of Tarsus: A First Century Radical
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Series: In Brief, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,900. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » Middle East
This book looks at the radical Jew of the First Century who challenged the status quo. Including useful maps it should appeal to the general reader who wants to learn about the man from Tarsus from a historical perspective rather than the more usual avenue, through Scripture.
From The Medes to the Mullahs A History Of Iran
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Series: In Brief, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,500. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » Middle East
This book offers an accessible, but comprehensive, introduction to the long and rich history of Iran. Starting around 600 bce it traces the main historical events finishing with the modern Islamic Republic of Iran. It would be of particular interest to the non-academic person who wants to understand a country that is frequently misunderstood.