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Explore a selection of publications by alumni and academics, and books with a link to the University or Cambridge

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Twenty Thousand Miles Through South America
Kirk Wilson (Hughes Hall 2007)

In 2019 Kirk Wilson rode a 160cc Indian made motorcycle from Colombia to Venezuela, the long way round through ten countries, carrying only a backpack. He crossed frozen mountain roads on the equator in Ecuador, and the driest desert in the world in Chile. He broke down in torrential rain six hours into the Amazon Jungle in Peru, and ended up in a ditch underneath the bike on a dark night in Bolivia. To complete the journey he had to get himself and the motorcycle across the closed Venezuela-Colombia frontier, as the world tried to start a civil war.

The Myths We Live By: Adventures in Democracy, Free Speech and Other Liberal Inventions
Peter Cave (King's 1972)

 In this witty and mischievous book, philosopher Peter Cave dissects the most controversial disputes of today, using philosophical argument, thought experiments and taking the reasoning to where it leads.  He thus reveals the hidden complexities and muddles in the many cherished beliefs of our liberal democracies.

Untimely affects
Nadine Boljkovac (Newnham 2005)

Untimely affects: Gilles Deleuze and an Ethics of Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) examines screen affect, ethics and politics via works of screen and multimedia artist Chris Marker and filmmaker Alain Resnais, philosopher Gilles Deleuze and others, and was reissued in paperback in April 2015.

Out of the Third World
Ashok Sharma (Trinity Hall 1969)

Out of the Third World is a chronicle of the travails, tenacity, and grit against overwhelming odds and adversity faced by Ashok, a shy 18-year-old Indian student from East Africa, in gaining admission to a British Medical school during a tumultuous period in the British history triggered by an apocalyptic-sounding rhetorical speech, dubbed "The Rivers of Blood," delivered by Enoch Powell, a prominent British politician, on April 20, 1968, harshly denouncing the immigration of non-white people into Great Britain and demanding their repatriation.

Ways of Heaven. An Introduction to Chinese Thought
Roel Sterckx (Clare Hall 1992)

In Ways of Heaven, leading China scholar Roel Sterckx offers an engrossing introduction to classical China’s world of ideas. Drawing on evocative examples from philosophical texts, literature, and everyday life over centuries of Chinese history, Sterckx introduces major thinkers and traditions, illuminates key concepts like the dao, qi, yin, and yang, and examines questions of leadership, social order, death, nature, and more.

Chinese Thought. From Confucius to Cook Ding
Roel Sterckx (Clare Hall 1992)

We are often told that the twenty-first century is bound to become China's century. Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday Western life. But how much do we really know about its origins and key beliefs? How did the ancient Chinese think about the world?      

The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney
Okechukwu Nzelu (Girton College 2007)

How do you begin to find yourself when you only know half of who you are?

As Nnenna Maloney approaches womanhood she longs to connect with her Igbo-Nigerian culture. Her once close and tender relationship with her mother, Joanie, becomes strained as Nnenna begins to ask probing questions about her father, who Joanie refuses to discuss.

Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book)
HRH The Prince of Wales, Tony Juniper and Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE (Trinity College 1994)

Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Climate Change is a clear, simple and enlightening introduction to one of the most important issues facing our world today.

From HRH The Prince of Wales, environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh, it explains the history, dangers and challenges of global warming and explores possible solutions with which to reduce its impact.

Invisible Jumpers
Joseph Ford (St Catharine's 1997)

Photographs of jumpers blending into their background from an inventive 1000-hour knitting project Photographer Joseph Ford and knitting pro Nina Dodd have dedicated more hours than is reasonable to creating bespoke jumpers (for humans, animals and even bananas) that blend seamlessly into their surroundings – from bus seats to bushes, carpets to coastlines. The images are executed with such painstaking precision that should the camera, or jumper for that matter, move by an inch the illusion would unravel.

Meditation for Life
Justyn Comer (Trinity 1988)

Career, relationships, health, happiness, sport, creativity – you name it – they can all be enhanced by the practice of meditation. It has the power to improve every aspect of our lives. Although there has recently been a lot of coverage of meditation, most people still see it narrowly as being a relaxation technique, or a spiritual exercise. It can be both these things, but it is also so much more. This book is an attempt to explain the 'more'.

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