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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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Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK
Arzu Merali (King's 1989) and Saied Reza Ameli

Environment of Hate: The New Normal for Muslims in the UK provides shocking insight into the UK as an ever developing ‘Stasi state’ rife with hatred for the ‘suspect’ Muslim community. With analysis at every level – from grassroots to institutions – the authors examine the construction of an environment where Muslims are feared and loathed.

Wise and Foolish Love in the Song of Songs
Jennifer Andruska (Hughes Hall 2018)

For some time scholars have debated whether the Song of Songs, a small book of love poetry in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, has connections to the wisdom genre and how this changes our understanding of it.  Wisdom literature in the ancient world was particularly concerned with how to live a successful life, in all areas, and this book shows that this included one love life.  It demonstrates that the Song of Songs has combined elements of the ancient Near Eastern love song and wisdom genres to produce a wisdom literature about romantic love, inspiring readers to pursue a particular type of

The Walrus's Handbook
Hazel Skelsey Guest (Newnham 1946)

How to understand ourselves and our interactions with others, including a new take on an old theory (Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs) and research not previously published in book form (Marshall's Scale of Responses). Written in an easy-to-read style in order to be accessible to the intelligent layperson, but also of value to professionals.

Earth's Still Centre
Malcolm Prue (Peterhouse1968)

Most of the poems in this collection have their origins in the countryside of Norfolk where the author lives. The collection takes the form of a cycle of the twelvemonth.

The Price of Paradise
Iain Overton (Downing 1992)

We live in the age of the suicide bomber. The suicide bomb itself takes more lives than any other type of explosive weapon. Moreover, in the last 5 years more people have been killed by suicide attacks than at any other time in history.

How has this descent deep into the heart of terror escalated in such a way? What drives people to blow themselves up and what are the consequences? More importantly perhaps, what can be done to combat the rising spread of this form of violence?

Gun Baby Gun
Iain Overton (Downing 1992)

There are almost one billion guns across the globe today – more than ever before. There are 12 billion bullets produced every year - almost two bullets for every person on this earth. And as many as 500,000 people are killed by them every year worldwide.

The gun's impact is long-reaching and often hidden. And it doesn't just involve the dead, the wounded, the suicidal and the mourning. It involves us all.

Sensations: The Story of British Art form Hogarth to Banksy
Jonathan Jones

“Sensations presents a radically new story of British art. It connects the artists of today with British culture more than three hundred years ago as it finds an unexpected thread that links William Hogarth and Tracey Emin, Thomas Gainsborough and Lucian Freud. What they share is an eye for the real world. I hope this book will change how you see Britain, and its art.” – Jonathan Jones

The Bengal Delta. Ecology, State and Social Change 1840-1943
Iftekhar Iqbal (Fitzwilliam 2001)

With a focus on colonial Bengal, this book demonstrates how the dynamics of agrarian prosperity or decline, communal conflicts, poverty and famine can only be properly understood from an ecological perspective as well as discussions of state's coercion and popular resistance, market forces and dependency, or contested cultures and consciousness.

Culture Shift: A Practical Guide to Managing Organizational Culture
Kirsty Bashforth (Catharine's 1988)

Nowadays, stakeholder consideration focuses as much on an organization's culture as it does on the bottom line – employees want to work for a company that has clear values and an engaging environment; customers and clients want to know they're supporting a worthwhile brand; and investors look to back socially responsible companies with good organizational health.

Mind Games. Determination, Doubt and Lucky Socks: an Insider's Guide to the Psychology of Elite Athletes
Annie Vernon (Downing 2001)

It's well known that to reach the top in elite sport, you need to have spent years honing and perfecting your physical ability. However this is only part of the template required to win – the other half is about mind games.

Throughout her career as one of the world's top athletes, Annie Vernon struggled with existential questions about the purpose of sport in our comfortable, first-world society: Why do we do it? What is it in our psyche that makes us push ourselves to the limit? What allows us to mentally overcome the physical pain?

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