Review: Tom Wengraf (2001). Qualitative Research Interviewing: Biographic Narrative and Semi-Structured Method

  • Mike Wrigley University of the West of England
Keywords: qualitative research interviewing, textual analysis, biographic research, narrative


This is a book for the discerning qualitative researcher, interested in a thorough grounding in qualitative research interviewing. WENGRAF has written a superlative, well-constructed text, which qualitative researchers have been waiting for. It focuses on the minutiae of preparing for, undertaking, and analysing interviews and interview texts. Despite the minor problems concerning the possible use of CAQDAS software and the potential readability problems with the use of acronyms throughout the book, WENGRAF has produced a piece of work which will serve as a bible for everyone concerned with qualitative research interviewing. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs020446


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Author Biography

Mike Wrigley, University of the West of England
Mike WRIGLEY is Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences at the University of the West of England. He is currently conducting research on the narratives of people who have left the care of mental health services. In a previous issue of FQS, Mike WRIGLEY contributed the review essay, Real Stories or Storied Realism? of Michele L. CROSSLEY's (2000) Introducing Narrative Psychology: Self, Trauma and the Construction of Meaning ( In the current issue he reviewed WENGRAF's Qualitative Research Interviewing (
Methodology and Methods