Alan McManus M.Theol. (hons), M.Phil, PGDE, M.Litt., Ph.D. is a freelance academic, novelist, playwright and dramaturg with a life-coaching practice based in Glasgow, Scotland. 'Only Say The Word: Affirming Gay and Lesbian Love', (Christian Alternative, 2013) is first in a series of books based on his doctoral work, 'Alchemy at the Chalkface: Pirsig, Pedagogy and the Metaphysics of Quality' and is followed by 'Life Choice: the Ethics and Ideologies of Abortion'. He has also published articles on political philosophy and WW1 remembrance in the online journal, 'Citizenship, Social and Economics Education'. His performed and published theatrical work includes a seven-minute radio play set in a rest home, 'Mrs Atkins remembers', which explores dementia as subversive remembrance and is also on You-Tube, as well as a play in homage to Dostoyevsky’s Alyona, 'Redemption', in English and Scots versions. His latest non-fiction work is 'Angels with Hairy Faces: Spiritual reflections on dogs'.
Writing as Alan Ahrens-McManus, he has published five books of the Bruno Benedetti Mysteries, a series of inclusive novels set in Glasgow, starting with 'Tricks of the Mind' which is followed by 'The Lovers', 'Shades of the Sun', 'Qismet' and 'Tìr nam Bàn'.
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Life Choice: The Ethics and Ideologies of Abortion
by Alan McManus
In an ideological conflict of immortal souls versus politicised bodies, "Life Choice" pleads for free expression of the contradictions of the human heart, challenges men to dismantle the machinery of misogyny and encourages women to find common ground in the material and moral support of women who want to continue with a pregnancy but experience great economic or social pressure not to give birth.
The Bruno Benedetti Mysteries
by Alan Ahrens-McManus
The Bruno Mysteries are aimed at intelligent readers of mystery novels who like characters who they can identify with rather than slick Bond-types. Particular aspects of this series are the move away from the ‘gritty Glasgow’ genre, which has become predictable, and the faithful reflection of the strategic use of dialect in different social situations – which many readers (Scots or not) will recognise.
"The Bruno Benedetti Mysteries", rather than just a form of escapism, allows reflection on 'real life' as the main characters are multi-faceted and develop as they learn from experience and each other, a development started in "Tricks of the Mind" and continued in "The Lovers", "Shades of the Sun", "Qismet" and "Tìr nam Bàn".
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