Free e-books on Conductive Education – a warning

I received an Alert from Google re the availability of a free download of a book on Conductive Education at the following URL:

This states:

Andras Peto: Personal Recollections from Close Associates and Colleagues of Andras Peto and the Development of His Pedagogic Method Now Known as Conductive Education

Author: Gillian Maguire
publisher: Conductive Education Press
number Of Pages: 281
ISBN-10: 0956994849
ISBN-13: 9780956994844


Free signup required to download or reading online Andras Peto: Personal Recollections from Close Associates and Colleagues of Andras Peto and the Development of His Pedagogic Method Now Known as Conductive Education book.

Please note no files are hosted in our server. All document files are the property of their respective owners.

As you can imagine this was a surprise and very worrying. Details of the book are wrong  and it also gives my name as author.  Totally WRONG. Not only is the information wrong, but the book is not free at all in any shape or form. If you follow through the instructions you will give personal details which will leave your computer,  and you, open to all sorts of hacking and intrusion.


Please ignore this  if you get it


I have seen items like this in the past for Conductive Education books, e.g. Conductive Education by Hari and Akos, Adult Conductive Education by Brown and Mikula-Toth,  Adult Hemiplegia by Ester Cotton and a part of the Birmingham Research project of 1993. None of these are available either, in fact I am sure there are NO FREE DOWNLOADS of any book on Conductive Education.


If you  would like a copy of the real  published book,  Andras Peto  compiled and edited by Gillian Maguire and Andrew Sutton, please click on the following link and order a copy.

Buying Conductive Education books from Budapest, in 2015

The Pető András College has inherited the books published for sale from the former Pető Institute.

Over the past few weeks emails have been going back and forth between me and the Library at Pető András Főiskola in Budapest. I wanted to buy two of their publications, and it took time to establish costs, including postage. The items, both by Maria Hari are The History of Conductive Pedagogy  and the  French edition of the Human Principle in Conductive Education, both not available anywhere else.

Yesterday I received an invoice for both of the publications giving me the charges in forints and euros, about £15.00 in sterling, including postage. Payment was required before supplying the books,  which  is not  unreasonable, and I had to do this by transferring money from my bank account to that of the College.

I went to arrange this at my bank and was horrified to discover that there was a charge for doing this of £20, more in itself than the cost of the books with postage. Getting home I immediately contacted the Library and asked if it was possible to pay by credit card or debit card or even send two Conductive Education Press books in exchange for the ones I wanted.

It was very disappointing to get a reply this morning saying that none of those options is possible. In 2015 it seems incredible  that it is not possible to pay by card, and must mean that a lot of international  sales of books are being missed.

What a shame. Perhaps the College will get around to offering different options of paying as part of their general modernisation and join the rest of the world.

I am not inclined to pay the fees and will have to consider what to do next. I have been told that I would be very welcome to visit the Library anytime and buy the books then, but I don’t think a trip to Budapest is very likely though it would be great to visit and meet Noémi Zalavári who has been so helpful.

Setting up Conductive Education Press’ publications to be ordered and  supplied via the Internet seems even more like a good idea now, and does mean that all  seven publications can be ordered and paid for immediately anywhere in the world.

Late bloomer

Even though I am not usually one to blow my own trumpet, as the saying goes, I realised the other day, that I have edited and published a few books, some when I was Librarian at the Foundation for Conductive Education, and even more since I was retired. For years I had been saying that more should have been written and published on Conductive Education and somehow I have become involved in doing exactly that!

These have been:

  • Setting up and editing a twice-a-year journal, Recent Advances in Conductive Education that ran from 2001 to 2009


  • Co-editing and/or publishing six books plus another to be published in 2012.

See below.

Maguire, G. and Sutton, A, ed. (2004)  Mária Hári on conductive pedagogy. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Educatiom.

Maguire, G. and Nanton, R., ed. (2005) Looking back, looking forwards. Birmingham: Foundation for Conductive Education.

Sutton, A. and Maguire, G., ed (2009) Just Do it! Young conductors in their new world. Birmingham: Conductive Education Press.

Sutton, A, and Maguire, G., ed. (2010) Internationalising Conductive Education. Birmingham: Conductive Education Press.

Graham, J., McGuigan, C., Maguire G., ed. (2010) Intelligent love; parents action for Conductive Education.  Birmingham: Conductive Education Press.

Sutton, A. (2011) Last year in Hong Kong. Edited by G. Maguire. Birmingham: Conductive Education Press.

Maguire, G. and Sutton, A. ed. (in press)  András Pető; an introduction. Birmingham: Conductive Education Press.

Not bad going! This was not a planned career move ( nor was that retirement). It seems to have ‘just happened’ and will, I hope, continue..

Books, theses and publishing

There has been some mention of a new book on Conductive Education that is the publication of a PhD thesis by Angela Morgan.  There is a link to this thesis, available in full from British Library, in the virtual catalogue on the Conduction website

For those who don’t want to read the full text there is an article produced from this work, co-authored with Kevin Hogan, which  is also entered in the catalogue, showing availability of the abstract at

There is a link to the full text of the article on the University of Wolverhampton’s website but this does not always work properly and I am trying to find out why and will then include that link too.