Anne Davison

Biography

Anne Davison left school at 16 with no academic qualifications and worked as a secretary. When her youngest child started school she decided to return to learning. At 42 she followed a distance learning course and after ten months passed English and History GCE Level. This whetted her appetite for more. She then signed up as a mature student and followed a degree course in History and Religious Studies and at 60 she was awarded a PhD.
Since that time she has lectured in History around the world on many cruise ships. She also regularly gives talks to academic institutions and groups in the UK.
Many people who have heard her lecture have asked if she has ever written a book. In response she has wrote her first book, From the Medes to the Mullahs, which is based on a series of lectures. Since her passion for history is undiminished, and she is enjoying this new world of writing, she has since written three more books: Paul of Tarsus, a First Century Radical; Holy Roman Empire, Power Politics Papacy and her latest, Abraham's Children, Jew Christian Muslim: Commonality and Conflict.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Books

Abraham's Children: Jew Christian Muslim Commonality and Conflict
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Series: In Brief, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,510. 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.
Holy Roman Empire Power Politics Papacy
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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
(5.00 from 1 review)
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: 13,480. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » Middle East
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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.

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