Buy books

The Thesis Whisperer is a ‘not for loss’ blog which is maintained by me (Dr Inger Mewburn) in my own time, with my own money. There are a couple of ways you can help me keep the blog alive.

You can show Thesis Whisperer some regular love by becoming a $1 a month Patreon subscriber. Every little bit really helps!

If you are shopping for books for your PhD on Amazon, you can help me by buying something via the links on my Big List of Excellent books for your PhD

But wait, there’s more! Here are some other options:

Buy the (cheap!) book of the blog ‘Tame Your PhD’, containing the best of 10 years of blogging!

The second edition of my self published book ‘How to tame your PhD’ is available – this time with no typos and just over 36,000 words! ‘How to Tame your PhD’ helps you navigate the major ‘pain points’ of writing a PhD thesis; from thinking up a research question, to working out your discussion section and learning how to pump out 10,000 words a day. 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 – and won my faculty award at the end. This book contains my best tips and tricks. It also has a lovely new cover, designed by Sussanah Low from Wishpom.

The price of the ebook is carefully geared to the cost of a coffee in my home town of Canberra. If you feel the Thesis Whisperer has helped you, and you want to buy me a coffee, this is the way to do it! The paperback is more expensive as I splashed out on a matte cover and expensive paper – I reckon if you are going to buy an actual book, it should be nice. This option is for people who like paper – or want to be able to lend it out to others.

All proceeds from this book go towards Thesis Whisperer running costs and the rest to charity.

Thank you for enabling me to purchase much needed equipment and software. Any money earned above costs is donated to a range of charities, including UN Women, The Peter Macallum Cancer Foundation and Market Forces campaign ‘UniSuper Divest’ – a campaign to stop academic superannuation being used to buy fossil fuel shares.

Purchase options are:

Buy How to Fix your academic writing trouble – a book designed to help you ‘decode’ your supervisor’s feedback.

My first book on writing techniques was written with my excellent colleagues Shaun Lehmann and Katherine Firth of the Research Insiders Blog. Here’s the back blurb:

This clear and accessible guide to decoding academic feedback will help you interpret what your lecturer or research supervisor is really trying to tell you about your writing – and show you how to fix it. We will help you master a range of techniques and strategies to take your writing to the next level and along the way you’ll learn why academic text looks the way it does, and how to produce that ‘authoritative scholarly voice’ that everyone talks about. This book is an easy to use resource for postgraduate students and researchers in all disciplines, and even professional academics, to diagnose their writing issues and find ways to fix them. This book would also be a valuable text for academic writing courses and writing groups, such as those offered in doctoral and masters by research degree programmes.

Your options are:

  • Buy the book from the US amazon store here
  • Buy it from the UK Amazon store here.
  • The cheapest way for Australian readers to buy this book is straight from the publisher, see link here.
  • In Australia, you should be able to get this book via your local bookstore too. Most university book stores have carried it.

If the book is out of stock in Australia, or you live in a country which doesn’t stock it, you can write directly to me on – I have a stash and can arrange to sell you a copy and ship it.

If you enjoyed this book, the band is back together, writing a new one for undergraduates and masters students called ‘Level up your Essays’, which will be available through New South Press next year. We have a mailing list for book news here.

Buy my other book of blog posts: How to be an academic

How to be an academic: The Thesis Whisperer reveals all’ is a collection of my writing about academia published through NewSouth Press. There’s a rather nice review on the Australian Review of Books and you can also read a review of the book from the Campus review. 

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. Buy it from Amazon in the US for $9.99.

If you’d like a paper copy, you can buy it from a number of places. The  paperback edition can be purchased direction from the NewSouth website (they can deliver internationally), or from Amazon in your country or from Booktopia.

If you live in Australia, you can purchase it from the co-op bookstore on your campus or other good retailers, like Paperchain or Readings.

I’m excited to share that How to be an Academic (a slightly different version) has now been published in the US as ‘Becoming an Academic: how to get through grad school and beyond’ through Johns Hopkins Press! This version is also available in bookstores in the UK. Here is the back blurb (which I love):

Welcome to the university, where the Academic Hunger Games, fueled by precarious employment conditions, is the new reality: a perpetual jostle for short-term contracts and the occasional plum job. But Inger Mewburn is here to tell you that life doesn’t have to be so grim. A veteran of the university gig economy, Mewburn—aka The Thesis Whisperer—is perfectly placed to reflect on her experience and offer a wealth of practical strategies to survive and thrive.

In Becoming an Academic, Mewburn, who has spent over a decade helping PhD students succeed in graduate school, deftly navigates the world of the working academic. Offering tips and tricks for survival, she touches on everything from thesis and article writing and keeping motivation alive to time management, research strategies, mastering new technologies, applying for promotion, dealing with sexism in the workplace, polishing grant applications, and deciding what to wear to give a keynote address. These essays are funny, irreverent, and spot on; Mewburn peppers her writing with wit and wisdom that speaks to graduate students.

Constructive, inclusive, hands-on, and gloves-off, this book is a survival manual for aspiring and practicing academics, as well as for students who are considering whether to stay in academia. A field guide to living in the academic trenches without losing your mind (or your heart), Becoming an Academic confirms that—no matter what your experience is in academia—you are not alone.

The best way to buy this version of the book is via the US Amazon store here

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.

19 thoughts on “Buy books

  1. Cathy Aggett says:

    Congratulations on the book, Inger. I’ve just ordered mine and can’t wait for it to be delivered. I wish you every success in spreading the helpful information you’ve been sharing for so long now.

  2. Alysia Bennett says:

    Hi Inger,
    Congratulations again on the book! I was just wondering if you have a post, or are planning to write a post, about the process of making an ebook and print book. If not could you recommend any blogs or books that you referred to in producing your book? As your audience do a lot of writing and potentially publishing I thought it could be a topic of interest for a lot of us. I for one would be very interested!

  3. Kim says:

    I have only just begun my PhD and as a result i have been reading a few academic blogs. I cannot say how helpful your blog has been so far and i cannot wait to get stuck into your book. Congratulations and thank you so far 🙂

  4. Megan says:

    I was interested enough to read your book that I purchased it online in January (hardcopy) Yet I am still awaiting its arrival….
    Love your blog though!!

  5. Pavlina says:

    I bought the book How to Tame your PhD. Thanks for your good advice! Will come back more often to check out the new posts here.

  6. Ray says:

    Thanks I look forward to reading your book, I’m old school so waiting for the hardcopy. I’m hoping it has an answer in there that always puzzled me. When reading technical theses do the authors understand all the endless theoretical derivations, relationships and guff! I’m sure the answer is yes but I do wonder? I am starting my PhD this week and the fear of the enormity grows and (specifically using too much copy and paste).

  7. fibro8181 says:

    I can’t wait for the book “Postgraduate Study in the Australia: Surviving and Succeeding” to be available in paperback in Australia. The postage from the US is just too much.

  8. Violet Mackenzie says:

    a problem I haven’t seen addressed anywhere is around the topic of “mastery” I suppose. I’m studying the work of C.G. Jung, and I keep confronting my own “imposter syndrome” over the fact that I haven’t yet read every one of Jung’s books (of which there are more than 20).

    There are tons of articles about targeting research, and finding more more more… and when I visit the Jung Institute I feel as though I am DROWNING in all the literature.

    So what do you say to somebody who feels like they can’t write about their topic because they don’t feel they have mastery over all of the material yet?

    I haven’t seen that issue addressed anywhere. :-/

    I wish you would post something about that issue — I’m sure I’m not the only one. Or if you have and I simply didn’t find it, I’d appreciate a link so that I can locate it.

  9. olga.ilchenko says:

    Dear Inger, thank you so much for your wonderful book! It’s one of the best out there – and I’ve read a lot. Lots of new material on the subject, hands-on advice… Worth every penny. MANY, MANY THANKS. Olga

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