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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing


Others: a crowdfunded book by Professor Charles Fernyhough

(26 September 2017)

I’m sure that many of you will have shared a feeling of powerlessness recently in the face of a a sickening rise in hate crime, which gives the impression that too many people have taken recent political upheavals as a pretext for prejudice and hatred. Although it might seem odd to look to literature for a solution, that’s exactly what we’re doing with this book. 

In Others, a line-up of great writers will be celebrating the power of words to show us the world as others see it. We’ll be hearing from writers of the calibre of Kamila Shamsie, A L Kennedy, Noam Chomsky, Louise Doughty, Matt Haig and many more. People are saying that books matter now more than ever; I want to interrogate that and put together a book that really does make a difference. 

I can’t do it, though, without the support of friends, colleagues and complete strangers. The book is being crowdfunded with Unbound, because their publishing model maximises the funds we can raise for good causes – in this case, the charities Refugee Action and Stop Hate UK. All of the profits from the book will be going to these charities (I of course am not taking any fee or expenses for my work). 

You can find out more about the book (and pledge support to make it happen) at If you don’t already have an Unbound account, it’s easy to register, and easy to control what (if any) communications you receive from them. Your name as a supporter will appear in the back of the book; you can also opt to change the name that appears if you want to make it a gift. You can see who has already supported the book at this link.

I would hugely appreciate any help you can give me in making the book happen. If you can’t support with a pledge, I’d be really grateful if you would help to spread the word. 

 Also, I’m doing an event with a couple of the contributing writers at the Durham Book Festival on the 7th October: If you felt like coming along to support the book, it would be hugely appreciated too.