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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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Out of Range
Nick Drake (Magdalene 1980)

This fourth poetry collection from the London-based screenwriter, playwright, poet and Magdalene graduate Nick Drake takes on some of the most pressing issues for the planet in poems about plastic waste, the Whitechapel Fatberg and climate change.

The poems in Out of Range expand on environmental concerns raised in Nick Drake's last collection The Farewell Glacier, his book-length sequence of poems set in the High Arctic. His new book also includes a series of three poems about the Arctic.

Art and Political Thought in Medieval England, c.1150-1350
Laura Slater (King's 2008)

Images and imagery played a major role in medieval political thought and culture, but their influence has rarely been explored. This book provides a full assessment of the subject. Starting with an examination of the writings of late twelfth-century courtier-clerics, and their new vision of English political life as a heightened religious drama, it argues that visual images were key to the development and expression of medieval English political ideas and arguments.

Shylock's Advocate
Angelo Mucci

The protagonists of the dialogue, Mr. Hughes (lawyer) and Mr. Ohayon (economist), compete in an exciting interpretation of Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, through the tools of economic analysis of law.

 

The Treasure of Mad Doc Magee
Elinor Teele (Corpus 2000)

A rip-roaring puzzle box of an adventure about grit, guts, and gold, from Elinor Teele, the acclaimed author of The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin.

The small, run-down town of Eden is the only place Jenny Burns has ever called home. The roots of the trees are in her bones, the air of the mountains is in her breath, the lakes and rivers are in her blood. And that’s why, when her father loses his job and tells Jenny that they may have to move on from Eden, she knows she can’t let that happen.

Bringing history alive through local people and places
Lynne Dixon (Girton 1968) Alison Hales

This book is aimed at trainee primary teachers and classroom teachers. It is based on the latest research and practice in the field and supported by appropriate theory. It considers how to develop children's concepts and skills through local history and how to link local, national and global aspects of history. It encourages practitioners and trainees to develop their own historical knowledge, understanding and confidence in the teaching of the subject through a range of activities. Ideas and concepts are supported by a range of practical ideas for classroom teaching.

15-Minute STEM
Emily Hunt (née Hayes, Hughes Hall 2009)

Quick and creative science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities for 5-to 11-year-olds offers an exciting collection of 40 tried-and-tested, easy-to-resource STEM activities designed to engage and inspire young learners. The activities make connections to real-world scenarios, helping children to understand how their learning is relevant to their future, and have been linked to conceptually similar STEM-related careers all of which are individually profiled in a glossary at the back of the book.

The Orchid (Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew)
Lauren Gardiner (Christ's 1999) Phillip Cribb (Christ’s 1965)

Produced in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, this collection of 40 orchids tells the many intriguing stories of this beguiling plant. It is enhanced with botanical illustrations by the great orchid artists, 40 of which have also been selected be included as prints and presented in a handsome collector's box.

Symbolism: Reading Storm's Landscapes
David Artiss (Downing 1969)

For the first time analysis of Theodor Storm's wide use of symbolism, together with his astonishing skills as a wildlife expert and folklorist illuminates what a profound effect these have on his landscapes.

Natural Born Learners
Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Learning is the soul of our species. From our first steps to our last words, we are what we learn. Our education predicts how much we'll earn, how content we will be, even how long we'll live. But for all its obvious importance, learning has lost touch with human progress. We live in an information age, work in a knowledge economy, yet our schools are relics of an industrial era.

Feeling Heard, Hearing Others
Robert Foxcroft (Emmanuel 1971)

When you feel heard a silence falls.

In that silence more may come.

Often it is something deeper: you can feel it

Just now forming at the edge of being.

Feeling Heard, Hearing Others is a book about empathy, self-empathy, and the act of listening. It will appeal to anybody who likes to listen to other people. The book makes one central claim and asks one key question: 

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