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Imagined Memories - and the Seductive Quest for a Family History [Paperback]

Mike Hulme
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Book Description

25 Jan 2008
From accidental beginnings, Mike Hulme's interest in genealogy grew first into a hobby and then into a catalyst for re-inventing himself as he passed through the dangerous years of mid-life. The pursuit of his family origins engaged his intellect, imagination and emotions in new ways and altered the way he saw himself, others and his country's history. Imagined Memories is a memoir of this encounter with the past, an account of his discovery of the ways open to all of us for connecting with what has been. It will appeal to all those who have some first-hand experience of doing family history and to those who can't understand why anyone would want to spend thousands of hours finding out about dead people.

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd (25 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906210608
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906210601
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,330,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Hulme was born in London in 1960 and has lived in St.Andrews, Durham, Swansea, Khartoum, Salford, Harare and Norwich. He is a lifelong cricket fan and this inspired his twin interests in weather and statistics. These led him into a university academic career which has revolved around the study of climate and climate change. He is currently Professor of Climate and Culture at King's College London having moved from the University of East Anglia in 2013. In October 2000 he founded the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and become its foundation Director until 2007. His book Why We Disagree About Climate Change (2009) was chosen by The Economist magazine in 2009 as one of its science and technology books of the year. He is a frequent public speaker on climate change and appears regularly in the print and broadcast media. He is a member of the Church of England, an amateur historian and a keen genealogist; he has written a book about his experiences in discovering the joys of 'doing' family history.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not a book about "How to do Genealogy" nor simply a story about one person's past family history, this is a book about the joys and frustrations of finding your roots. The ups when you make find a connection that reveals more about an ancestor, the downs when the person simply cannot be traced. (Mike Hulme's elusive individual is Susan West.)

Anyone who has tried to find out about their own past will be able to identify with the emotions Mike describes .... and, almost as asides, there are ways used by Mike when looking into his own family's past that other amateur genealogists may want to pursue.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy Is Not For Anoraks 25 July 2008
Imagined Memories - and the Seductive Quest for a Family History

What an excellent book. Superbly written. Sad, witty, educational, informative and oh so easy to read. Once I picked it up I could not put it down. Proving once and for all Genealogy is not for Anoraks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and funny 17 Feb 2008
I enjoyed Imagined Memories cover to cover. It is brilliant. Mike Hulme's sense of humour recounting his quest for dead people is superb. Effortless to read and well put together. Thanks Mike.
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