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Professor Geoffrey Beattie is an internationally acclaimed psychologist, author and broadcaster. He is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University and in recent years a Masters supervisor on the Sustainability Leadership Programme at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester from 1994-2012.

He is a prize-winning academic with a First Class Honours degree in psychology from the University of Birmingham and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Cambridge.  He was awarded the Spearman Medal by the British Psychological Society for 'published psychological research of outstanding merit' and the internationally acclaimed Mouton d'Or for his work in semiotics.  He is both a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist. He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and an ex-President of the Psychology Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (B.A.).

He is the author of twenty two books published by Granta, Victor Gollancz, Chatto & Windus, Penguin/Mainstream, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion, Headline, Routledge etc.  His books have been translated into Chinese, Taiwanese, German, Italian, Portuguese and Finnish.  He has published over a hundred academic articles in a range of journals which include Nature, Nature Climate Change and Semiotica.

 We Are the People: Journeys Through the Heart of Protestant Ulster (Heinemann) and The Corner Boys (Victor Gollancz) were both short-listed for the Ewart-Biggs Literary Prize.  On the Ropes: Boxing as a Way of Life (Victor Gollancz) was short-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.  The Psychology of Language and Communication with Andy Ellis was republished in 2017 in the Routledge Classic Editions series for books 'widely recognised as timeless classics.'

He was the resident on-screen psychologist for eleven series of Big Brother on Channel 4, and has presented a number of TV series, including Life's Too Short (BBC1), Family SOS (BBC1) and The Farm of Fussy Eaters (UKTV), and been interviewed on numerous documentaries.



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The story of James, growing up in a loyalist working-class neighbourhood in industrial decline, who has a Catholic girlfriend and a best friend who's hooked up with loyalist paramilitaries.


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Psychology Press

This ground-breaking book takes body language analysis to a whole new level. Engagingly written by one of the leading experts in the field, it shows how we can detect deception in gesture–speech mismatches and how these unconscious movements can give us real insight into people's underlying implicit attitudes.



Chasing Lost Times is the emotional story of a father and son trying to repair a relationship through a shared activity that depends on sheer physical effort, the kind of physical effort that may once have been the source of commonality between father and son in all previous generations but which seems to be absent in the modern world.



Few people today would admit to being a racist, or to making assumptions about individuals based on their skin colour, or on their gender or social class. In this book, leading psychologist Geoffrey Beattie asks if prejudice, more subtle than before, is still a major part of our everyday lives.

Beattie suggests that implicit biases based around race are not just found in small sections of our society, but that they also exist in the psyches of even the most liberal, educated and fair-minded of us. More importantly, the book outlines how these ‘hidden’ attitudes and prejudices can be revealed and measured, and how they in turn predict behaviours in a number of important social situations.

Our Racist Heart? takes a fresh look at our racial attitudes, using new technology and experimental approaches to show how unconscious biases influence our everyday actions and thinking. These groundbreaking results are brought to life using the author’s own experiences of class and religious prejudice in Northern Ireland, and are also discussed in relation to the history of race, racism and social psychological theory.



A fascinating guide to getting the edge in all areas of life from TV psychologist and renowned academic Geoffrey Beattie

Ever wondered how you can tell if someone’s lying? Or if someone fancies you? Or even how to read someone’s mind? Geoffrey Beattie answers all these questions and many more in this eye-opening guide to getting what you want. With his impressive insight into body language and what makes people tick, Geoffrey explains quick tricks that give away what people are really thinking. Geoffrey’s simple advice gets right to the heart of social interaction and shows how personal relationships can be improved, sometimes in a matter of seconds. From breaking up with someone to simply telling a joke, with this book you can get the edge in all kinds of social situations.



This ground-breaking book reflects new and innovative research being carried out into how to change attitudes to the environment and how to encourage sustainable behaviour. It is eminently readable and interesting and, as such, should be read by anyone who is concerned about the future of our planet. In fact, you should also read it if you’re not concerned about our planet.


Granta Books

Geoffrey Beattie grew up in the notorious 'murder triangle' in North Belfast, where during thirty years of the Troubles more than six hundred people were killed. Many of his childhood friends ended up dead or in prison, while Beattie himself moved to England, at first to study and eventually to build a highly successful career as a psychologist. On a visit home to see his ailing mother, Beattie begins to explore his Ulster Protestant ancestry and to reflect on the unfashionable and little understood Protestant community.



In this title, author Geoffrey Beattie revisits Prince Naseem's roots, chronicles the contrasting fortunes of the hard men of Brendan Ingle's gym in Wincobank, Sheffield, looks at how the Hamed family have coped with the pressures of fame, and gets to the heart of the dispute between Naseem, Brendan Ingle and Frank Warren, where Beattie is in the unusual position of having access to both camps about to contest a libel issue.



For generations, men and women of Ulster have proclaimed a will to fight, to remain separate from the rest of the Irish nation, and for many years they retained their position as social and economic superiors to their Roman Catholic compatriots. Every summer they parade their banners and flags, and march the streets of the province to the sound of flute and Lambeg drum, playing Loyal songs to loyal crowds, proclaiming their allegiance to the United Kingdom.