BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - 02/06/2018 (PRESS RELEASE JET)
I have written a 400 page ebook on the history of daylight saving time around the world, The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy, published via Australian eBook Publisher. It’s a book and topic your readers might be interested in as daylight saving has a long and controversial history in many countries and states and is topical twice a year. It starts again in the northern hemisphere in March. I have attached the book's cover and would be more than happy to email you a pdf of the book (under 4 MB) for review purposes or for mention in a daylight saving time article.
Daylight saving time has been described as one of the most controversial issues in modern history since it was first introduced nationally in 1916 by European countries on both sides of World War I to save fuel. This encyclopedia of daylight saving time examines the origins of the scheme as well as its history in every country that has ever used it up to the end of 2016-17. It also analyses daylight saving in each state of the US, Australia and Brazil, and each Canadian province.
The book features many intriguing and often prolonged battles between advocates and critics of daylight saving time in countries around the world, as well as lighter moments. It highlights the determination of daylight saving time champions such as the UK’s William Willett, the US’s Robert Garland and Harley Staggers, New Zealand’s Thomas Sidey and Tasmania’s John Steer. It delves into the chaotic daylight saving time situations that emerged, notably in the US and Canada but also elsewhere. Every country and sometimes each state has a different, interesting and usually controversial story to tell.
I don’t have a particular view on daylight saving time and haven’t set out to take sides. There’s plenty of material in the book to interest people on both sides of the debate. A five star review at Amazon says this about the book: “Informative and even entertaining, this is the ‘bible’ for the topic of daylight saving time.” The only two similar books are over a decade old and the current book contains considerably more detail.
Members of the public can obtain a copy from Amazon, Kobo, Apple or Google:
NZ: as per US
Australia: https://books.google.com.au/books?id=kpmbDgAAQBAJ&dq and click on Angus & Robertson.
I worked as a public servant (federal and state) for 25 years and in the business sector for 13 years. I have a background in economics, statistics, accounting, management, marketing, history, research, writing and editing. The Great Daylight Saving Time Controversy is my third book. My others are A Weaver's Web, a historical novel set in early 19th century Manchester, UK, and Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett: Convict and Castaway, an account of an early Australian convict best known for being lost in the Moreton Bay area before the founding of Brisbane. I hold a graduate management certificate in writing, editing and publishing, and coordinated and edited publications and reports in the public service for many years, as well as operating an editing consultancy.
Please let me know if you have any queries or would like more information.
Chris Pearce, BEcon (Hons), MBA
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