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Isabel Thomas (Homerton 2018)

Did you know that without insects, humankind could not survive? This illustrated, fact-filled title helps young readers explore the huge variety of insects, with a focus on what makes an insect an insect, the differences between taxonomic groups, and why the million species of insects identified so far are the most important group of animals on Earth.

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Andrew Lownie (Magdalene 1981)

Traitor King, by Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Lownie, looks at the years following the abdication of Edward VIII when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his wife, Wallis Simpson, and denied any real job.

Drawing on extensive research into hitherto unused archives and Freedom of Information requests, it makes the case that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were not the naïve dupes of the Germans but actively intrigued against Britain in both war and peace.

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Johanna Emeney (Pembroke 1993)

The third book of poetry by international-prize-winning poet, Johanna Emeney, this is a collection about friendship, nature and the student-teacher relationship.

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Felicia Huppert (Darwin 1968) and co-authors

How to act wisely to address personal, collective and global challenges and create a fairer, more sustainable world is the theme of newly released book Creating The World We Want To Live In: How Positive Psychology Can Build a Brighter Future.

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Bryan Mark Rigg (Darwin 1996)

Late in the Pacific War, as Americans were fighting their way to the home islands of the Japanese Empire, one of the fiercest battles of World War II was raging. The Japanese had created, perhaps, the best defended area anywhere on an island called Iwo Jima. Days into the bloody battle, casualties were high on both sides. United States Marines were taking an awful pounding out in the open from enemy-fortified positions.

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Guillermo Ramírez Sneberger (Pembroke 2016)

We all run a race that is not taught at schools and rarely within our families, where it is usually a trial-and-error process that may lead few people where they want to go while most struggle daily to figure it out, called life. How are you running yours? After reading this book you will discover that, You do not have to be N° 1 to be successful. Luck is irrelevant when mastering a tailored-made self. Achieving an integral balanced life is just the execution of a strategy. There are three major races we all run in life that impact most of our balance.

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Ian Lewis (Fitzwilliam 1972)

It's 1812. When her father is killed, fourteen year old Jane, known as Suri, is sent from her home in India to relatives in England. But there she doesn't find the quiet life that was planned for her. Kidnapped for her inherited fortune by her grandmother, she escapes, only to become involved with anti-British freedom-fighters from her home country, the Punjab. Where do her loyalties lie now? With England, country of her father? Or the Punjab, the country she knows best, where her friends are, and where she grew up?
For children and adults age 11+.

Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs
Nigel Crisp (St John's 1970)

The NHS has been fighting for our lives for the last few weeks and months. Throwing all its resources at the COVID-19 pandemic. The millions of health and care workers involved have been magnificent and we must resource them better for the future.

Product Realization: Going from one to a million
Anna Thornton (Queens' 1990)

Most of the literature on product realization is scattered in blogs, individual chapters of books, and internal company documents. Until now, there has been no single text that covers the whole launch process from end-to-end. The challenge of product realization is the interactions between the various activities and deliverables. Product Realization is based on first-hand experience with many companies comprising different sizes, technologies, and product development timelines.

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Jon Key (Sidney Sussex 1993)

This book is written for anyone who was affected by the COVID-19 crisis – which is to say, everyone on the planet! Reflection is important to moving forward, and we all have much to reflect on since the virus first struck.

Whether you are leading a business, working as an employee, playing a role on the front line, or are simply an observer of the decisions that businesses, governments, and individuals are making, this book is intended to help you to reflect on the recent past and apply the lessons to the future.

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Aoife Lyall (St John's 2009)

Aoife Lyall’s debut collection 'Mother, Nature' explores the tragic and tender experiences of pregnancy and early motherhood, from ante-natal complications and the devastating pain of miscarriage to the overwhelming joy of healthy delivery and healthy infancy. Born and raised in Dublin, Aoife Lyall now lives in the Scottish Highlands. Shortlisted for the Hennessy New Writing Awards in 2016 and 2018, her work has appeared in many literary magazines.

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Patricia Fara (Emeritus Fellow, Clare)

Isaac Newton is celebrated throughout the world as a great scientific genius who conceived the theory of gravity. But in his early fifties, he abandoned his life as a reclusive university scholar to spend three decades in London, a long period of metropolitan activity that is often overlooked. Enmeshed in Enlightenment politics and social affairs, Newton participated in the linked spheres of early science and imperialist capitalism.

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Anna Malaika Tubbs (King's 2017)

In her groundbreaking and essential debut Three Mothers, Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the three women who raised and shaped some of America's most pivotal heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

Vox Clamatis In Deserto: An Iconoclast Looks At Four Failed Administrations
George Liebmann

This is a collection of 110 short ‘op-ed’ articles written over a 25-year period encompassing the unfortunate Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama and Trump administrations; included are a few longer pieces on welfare, reapportionment, Palestine, and civil rights ‘consent decrees.’ This collection is followed by book reviews of works by Gary Hart, Sarah Binder, Jack Balkin, Hillary Clinton, Gabriel Schoenfeld, Victor Klemperer, Lee Congdon, David Bernstein, Donald Rumsfeld, Susan Hertog, Frederik Logevall, Jonathan Fenby, Frank Costigliola, John Paton Davies, Constance Jordan, H. L.

The Republic Re-engineered
N.U.M. Akramul Kabir Khan

This is a theist world view based social engineering model (of ~600,000 words). It has integrated every aspect of mankind within a unified education/nurturing system based on essential tri-wheeler bipolar human nature: subjective (intuition/faith) and objective (rational and empirical). The sublime vision is: human is neither absolutely free nor absolutely just until s/he becomes absolute (natural) slave of his/her Creator.

15-Minute STEM Book 2
Emily Hunt (Hughes Hall 2009)

15-Minute STEM Book 2 offers a stimulating selection of easy-to-resource STEM activities designed to engage and inspire young learners.

Full of engaging and practical ideas, this innovative resource builds on the success of Emily’s 15-Minute STEM and reassures teachers and parents that they don't need to be experts to deliver high-quality STEM education.

Delw y Byd. A Medieval Welsh Encyclopedia
Natalia Petrovskaia (Peterhouse 2004)

This edition presents extracts from the medieval Welsh encyclopedia Delw y Byd. A medieval Welsh translation of the first book of the Latin encyclopedia known as Imago Mundi, written by Honorius Augustodunensis in the first quarter of the twelfth century, this text is a fine example of the ties between the intellectual world of Europe and Wales in the late-twelfth/early-thirteenth centuries, when the text was translated, ties that brought across the scientific knowledge based on Roman and late antique sources.

Kitty and the Viscount
Philippa Carey

Kitty runs away from home when she is being forced to marry an unsavoury character. She finds refuge as a housemaid in Cherry Hinton where she encounters the viscount who is an alumnus of Trinity Hall. The story ends in the college chapel.

The Missing Major
Philippa Carey

Shortly after WW1, James is mugged and left for dead on the steps of a Methodist Chapel in Ipswich. Taken in by the minister and his daughter he is found to have lost his memory. He falls in love with the minister's daughter, but when his memory comes back, he realises he already has a fiancée living in Newmarket.

The story finishes in the old Heffers bookshop in Petty Cury (now replaced by the Cambridge Lion Yard shopping centre).

Understanding Kidney Diseases
Hugh Rayner (Caius 1975), Mark Thomas, David Milford

This book combines the reference material of a nephrology textbook with the everyday relevance of a clinical handbook. This second edition develops and expands upon the success of the first. All the content has been updated and entirely new chapters on acid-base disorders and stone disease have been added.

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