“The Viva: Who? What? How?”

Next Tuesday I’m releasing my second book on viva preparation, “The Viva: Who? What? How?” which has the subtitle of Frequently Asked Questions About The PhD Viva. What does it look like? I thought you’d never ask, the cover looks like this:

"The Viva: Who? What? How?"

I had a lot of fun writing Fail Your Viva, and I’m really pleased that people have found it so useful. Last year, as I continued to deliver viva preparation workshops, a thought crossed my mind but I didn’t know what to make of it: people ask me a lot of questions on these workshops, that’s interesting, perhaps I should record them. In the autumn when I started writing this blog regularly I thought that a little series of posts on the common questions about the viva process would be something that people might find useful. The comments and shares that those posts got told me that people wanted more – and then the idea for the book hit me. A book answering the frequently asked questions about the PhD viva.

Et voila!

The Details

  • The Viva: Who? What? How? has twenty-seven chapters and covers the frequently asked questions I get about the PhD viva in the UK. I’ve been delivering workshops on viva preparation for five years and ask what questions people have every time. This book is a collection of the most common questions: answered!
  • The book will be released officially on Tuesday 5th May 2015, although it may appear online the day before. The book will be available in the Amazon Kindle Stores around the world, and can also be bought in .mobi and .epub formats via Payhip. It will be available for £4.99 from both places, and via Payhip there will be a 10% social discount for sharing the book on Twitter.
  • Also via Payhip, I will be producing a bundle with both of my viva preparation books!

I’ve been bitten by the writing bug again, and I’m in the planning stages for two more books. For these two I might be broadening to an audience outside of researchers, but we’ll see how I feel once writing is underway.

How To Help

On Tuesday 5th May, six days from now, when you see me tweeting about the book – click and see whether it’s for you. If it is and you want to buy it, great, thank you! If you think it looks interesting and are happy to share it then please do. I need your help to get this book in the hands of people who it might help.

If you’re interested in interviewing me, or of having a short blog post on your blog – whether personal or a Graduate School blog for researchers – then let me know. I’ve got a few workshop commitments at the moment, but I’d be happy to make the time.

Thanks for reading this post – and if The Viva: Who? What? How? looks interesting then please consider buying it!

Nathan (@DrRyder and @VivaSurvivors)