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To Catch The Moon From The Bottom Of The Sea

A Memoir

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Starting out married life look after Large Whites and Wessex Saddlebacks near Loch Ness in Scotland, he tried refining Shetland ponies' urine for use in cosmetics. The latter sideline proved as unfruitful as his attempts to establish whether the ivy-clad lodge occupied by the McEwan family was haunted by a tormented former owner. The unexplained sightings have passed into the annals of the paranormal, captured on film by the BBC. In the late 1950s, McEwan abandoned the Highlands and took academic posts in Norther and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe), followed by New York State and Harvard. His observations of American life and political correctness continue to carry resonance. An original thinker, it is as an academic that McEwan has made his mark, pioneering understandings between the sciences. His work has influenced generations of social scientists. While at Harvard he founded the multi-disciplinary International Journal of Social Science, a professional and commercial success in academic publishing, acknowledged as the pre-eminent journal of its kind in the world. He later helped establish the Centre for Social Research at the fledgling University of Sussex - a task requiring equal measures of tact, diplomacy and patience. McEwan has made waves outside academia too. The McEwan Gallery art dealership, established with his wife Dorothy 47 years ago, specialising in fine 19th and 20th century art, discovered half of a lost Thomas Gainsborough double portrait - only to have their claim dismissed by the art establishment. The couple were later vindicated when the missing part of the painting was identified and the halves reunited. Beyond McEwan's career, however, is his humanity. 'I have always found it easier to recall the good things than remember the bad, to recollect happy events and good people rather than remember the disappointments and the disagreeable,' he says.
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'More intellectual than academic, he sees across fences between disciplines...McEwan has made a huge contribution to the progress of interdisciplinary science. All this without forgetting to allot time to the really important things in life, such as walking his beloved dogs in the Scottish glens near his home.' Bob Sutcliffe, former Oxford don. 'A man of many parts to all of which he brought a high level of professionalism.' Dr Colin Murray Parkes, British psychiatrist, Harvard & London. 'The kindest, gentlest and most thoughtful colleague and friend one could hope to have.' Professor Mark Field, Emeritus Professor of Medical Sociology, Harvard University.

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Peter McEwan is a distinguished academic and author, whose posts have included Professor at New York State University, head of the Family Research Unit at Harvard University, and Director of the Centre for Social Research at Sussex University. He was also a consultant to the World Health Organisation in Geneva. Author of works on Africa, world health and Scottish art, he founded - and edited for over 30 years - the International Journal of Social Science and Medicine, officially recognised as the leader in its field. He lives in Scotland, where he runs the McEwan Gallery in partnership with his wife and son, as well as an antiquarian book business.


Chapter 1: Early Days Chapter 2: Life Begins in Earnest Chapter 3: Ardachie Chapter 4: The Unseen Guest Chapter 5: A Change of Direction Chapter 6: Serious Business Chapter 7: Home Again Chapter 8: An Excursus Chapter 9: End Game Phantasy with a Moral: Selection of Poems Index