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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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The Wound Register
Esther Morgan (Newnham 1988)

Esther Morgan's fourth poetry collection draws on her own family history in a very personal exploration of the First World War. It was written during the centenary of that conflict.

Cambridge and its economic region, 1450-1560
John Lee (Corpus 1997)

This study presents a wide-ranging analysis of the economy and society of Cambridge in the later middle ages, drawing extensively on the rich and largely unpublished records of the borough, university and colleges. Major themes include the town’s population and wealth, the groups within its society, its markets, trade and fairs, the impact of college consumption, the urban land market and its physical development.

How Much Brain Do We Really Need?
Jennifer Barnett (Darwin 2002) and Alexis Willett (Darwin 2001)

Your brain is shrinking. Does it matter?

How Much Brain Do We Really Need? is a popular science book that challenges us to think differently about the brain. Rather than just concentrating on the many wonderful things it can do, this entertaining insight into the complexities and contradictions of the human brain asks whether in fact we can live satisfactorily without some of it.

A Shadow on Our Hearts
Adam Gilbert (Clare 2008)

The American war in Vietnam was one of the most morally contentious events of the twentieth century, and it produced an extraordinary outpouring of poetry. Yet the complex ethical terrain of the conflict is remarkably underexplored, and the prodigious poetic voice of its American participants remains largely unheard. In A Shadow on Our Hearts, Adam Gilbert rectifies these oversights by utilizing the vast body of soldier-poetry to examine the war’s core moral issues.

Judith Bishop (Pembroke 1994)

Interval is the much anticipated second volume from the award-winning Australian poet and author of  Event (Salt (U.K.), 2007).

Come near, let me

sense you, in this human

way we have – for now

and not forever.


Crab & Whale
Mark Pallis (Hughes Hall 2001) and Christiane Kerr

“A truly heartwarming story celebrating kindness and gently introducing children to the life-changing power of mindfulness.” - Sir Anthony Seldon, former Headmaster & mindfulness in schools pioneer.

Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War
Arthur Tompkins (Caius 1983)

Plundering Beauty (192pp; 53 colour and B&W images) is a broad, international overview of art crime during times of armed conflict. Examples of art crimes are drawn from wars through history, including the Fourth Crusade, the Napoleonic era, the Second World War and modern-day conflicts in Yugoslavia and Iraq.

Cennino Cennini's 'Il libro dell'arte'
Lara Broecke (Corpus 2002)

This is the first new translation into English of Cennino' Cennini's well-known treatise on painting techniques since Daniel Thompson published his version in 1932, and the only version to include the Italian text in the same volume as the translation. Cennino Cennino was an Italian artist, active around 1400 in Florence and then in Padua.

A Manner of Walking
Michael Dawes (Queens' 1966)

It is the Roaring Twenties. Life in England has picked itself up after the war, but things are not as they were. Times are changing on all fronts, especially in the norms of social conduct. The worlds of the Wellington-Smythes, Larkins and Randalls are about to collide. Revelations from the past and the consequences of selfish behaviour of the day throw family against family. Antics of the "Bright Young People" of the time, made famous by the tabloid press and by writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Evelyn Waugh, play against a darkened canvas.

America's Political Inventors: The Lost Art of Legislation
George W. Liebmann (Visiting Fellow 1996)

A discussion of ten American political institutions and the men who designed them, including John Winthrop and the New England town; John Locke and the Southern plantation; Thomas Jefferson and the north-western township; William Leggett and the general business corporation; Joseph Pulitzer and municipal home rule; Justin Morrill and land grant colleges; Hugh Hammond Bennett and Soil Conservation Districts and Byron Hanke and Residential Community Associations, among others.