Alumni Book Club

Alumni Book Club

  • Pile of colourful books

Read and connect with your fellow alumni

Join fellow Cambridge alumni in stimulating discussions about our bimonthly book selection. Discussions will be moderated by a dedicated group leader who will share additional content and ask questions to prompt debate.

Join the Club

The Old Ways book cover

March - May 2021

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane (Pembroke 1994)

Robert Macfarlane travels Britain's ancient paths and discovers the secrets of our beautiful, underappreciated landscape.

Following the tracks, holloways, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes crisscrossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world - a landscape of the feet and the mind, of pilgrimage and ritual, of stories and ghosts; above all of the places and journeys which inspire and inhabit our imaginations.

Suggested Reading Schedule

On March 18th, start reading the book and respond to our Pre-Reading Question
By April 1st, finish reading Part I
By April 8th, finish reading Part II, Chapters 5-7
By April 15th, finish reading Part II, Chapters 8-9
By April 29th, finish reading Part III
By May 13th, finish reading the book and join our End-of-Book Discussion

How are books selected?

The first book has been pre-selected in order to get the Club up and running. Thereafter alumni will be able to vote during each reading period to choose the next book. The selection of books on offer will be based on participants’ interests.

How do I get hold of the books?

Alumni are responsible for sourcing their own books.

Participants can either buy, borrow or download a copy of the chosen book.

Will the book club meet in person?

No, the book club will be entirely online. The advantage of this is that alumni living all over the world can participate, meaning we will get diverse perspectives on the texts we read.

How do book discussions work?

Our book club will have a dedicated moderator who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles, and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for alumni to connect with each other. 

How often will books be read and what is the time commitment?

Books will be read every two months.

If you have on average 30 minutes a week to read you should be fine. There is no required level of participation in group discussions; if don’t have time to read one of the books that's okay. The goal of the club is to make connections with other alumni through reading, so if you don’t have time to read one of the books, that’s ok.

Is there a cost to participate?

Participation is free for Cambridge alumni.

Readers are responsible for buying, borrowing or downloading the texts we read.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Feel free to send an email to contact@alumni.cam.ac.uk and we'd be happy to help.