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.
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.