The Thesis Whisperer is a not for profit blog which is maintained by Dr Inger Mewburn in her own time, with her own money.
If you like what we do, you can support the Thesis Whisperer in two ways:
My Amazon affiliates store has a curated list of the best books on doing a PhD, writing and managing an academic career. Only books that I use and keep on my own book shelf make it to this list. Each time you purchase a book through the store I get a small donation. I use this money to buy more books to review and inform Thesis Whisperer posts.
2) Buy my books!
I requested that the price be kept as low as possible because I am well aware that many PhD students – and working academics for that matter – are on low incomes. At the moment it’s around $10 AUD on Kindle.
If you’d like a paper copy, you can buy it in Australia from the co-op bookstore on your campus or other good retailers, like Paperchain or Readings. If you’re overseas, you can order the paperback edition from the NewSouth website (they can deliver internationally).
The first Thesis Whisperer book “How to tame your PhD” is available from Amazon on ebook for $5.99 US (around 4 pounds sterling and $7.50 Australia); a price point carefully calibrated to match the cost of a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in Australia. This book is explicitly designed around the ‘pain points’ of writing a PhD thesis. It’s a short book, around 25,000 words, but contains what I think is the most pertinent advice for actually producing your thesis or dissertation in the shortest time possible. There is only one post in this book that is re-published in “How to be an academic”. The two books together are a good representation of the back catalogue of the blog.
I believe in the advice in this book – because I followed it myself. I did do my thesis in 3 years while working two days a week for most of it – and won my faculty award at the end. On those two days I wasn’t doing my thesis I taught PhD students. This experience deeply informed my teaching style. I believe that a thesis can be written in 3 years and that it doesn’t have to kill you.
If print is your thing, there’s a paperback version available from Lulu.com for $14.95 (around 10 pounds sterling and $17USD) – a price I hope will fit into most PhD student budgets.
If you are in the UK, you can find ‘Tame your PhD’ in the UK Amazon store
I have put “How to Tame your PhD” on Amazon without digital rights management (DRM) so that you can convert it into any format that suits you using a program like Calibre. I would prefer people not to pirate it, but I suppose they can if they want to.
But I hope you wont.
Co-authored and edited books
I assisted in the publication and editing of the “Postgraduate Study in the Australia: Surviving and Succeeding” which is presently only available online.
If you’re interested in my more ‘serious’ academic work, check out the upcoming book I have edited with Deborah Lupton and Pat Thomson. The Digital Academic: Critical Perspectives on Digital Technologies in Higher Education. Published through Routledge. For a taste of the book here is a book chapter I wrote about PhD student blogging with Pat Thomson.
I’m currently writing a book with my excellent colleagues Shaun Lehmann and Katherine Firth of the Research Voodoo blog. The book is called “Writing trouble: why it happens and how to fix it. A practical guide for academics and graduate students”. We have a writing trouble mailing list to keep everyone informed on the progress and offer sneak peeks.