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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 Big Book of Wisdom
Larry Culliford (St Catharine's 1968)

The Big Book of Wisdom describes how to grow through adversity towards maturity, and so make an enduring personal contribution towards a safer, more peaceful, cleaner, happier world. Appealing uniquely to both spiritual and secular-minded people, combining scientific findings with logical and intuitive reasoning, this short book takes engaged readers are taken on a fulfilling journey towards wisdom by looking at: What is it? Why we need it... And how to get it. If short, why 'big'? Because there are ideas here for everyone that cover more or less everything.

Matisse: The Books
Louise Rogers Lalaurie (Queens' 1982)

Generously illustrated with archival images and new photography, Matisse: The Books offers an unprecedented insight into the experience of reading – and looking at – Matisse’s books and brings new clarity to a controversial period in the artist’s life.

A Throne Of Swans
Katharine (Sidney Sussex 1989) and Elizabeth Corr

The first part of a new YA fantasy duology, loosely inspired by Swan Lake.

When her father dies just before her eighteenth birthday, Aderyn inherites the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles can transform into birds. Aderyn's ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not been able to transform for years, not since witnessing the brutal death of her mother. Aderyn must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that killed her mother and to fight for the land she has vowed to protect.

The Butchers
Ruth Gilligan (Caius 2006)

A feminist, folkloric murder mystery set in the Irish borderlands during the 1996 BSE crisis.

A photograph is hung on a gallery wall for the very first time since it was taken two decades before. It shows a slaughter house in rural Ireland, a painting of the Virgin Mary on the wall, a meat hook suspended from the ceiling - and, from its sharp point, the lifeless body of a man hanging by his feet.

Somerville's War
Andrew Duncan (Trinity Hall 1971)

The strange brigadier who hardly speaks... Leo, his feisty pilot daughter... Labrador, the vengeful Pole... Henry Dunning-Green, Leo's boring suitor... Adrian Russell, the treacherous master spy... ... All linked by SOE Somerville, the top secret Second World War finishing school for spies on England's south coast, and its local community: A melting pot of intrigue and counter-intrigue. A fast-unfolding, untold tale of deception, betrayal and romance leading to a tense life-or-death climax in occupied France. Many of the events actually took place.

An Elephant in Rome: Bernini, The Pope, And The Making Of The Eternal City
Loyd Grossman (Magdalene 2008)

In 1655, a new Pope, Alexander VII, fired with religious zeal, political guile and a mania for building, determined to restore the prestige of his church by making Rome the must-visit destination for Europe's elite. To help him do so, he enlisted the talents of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, already celebrated as the most important artist of the age.

Poems from Life as it Happens
Jane Ross (St Edmund's 1982)

An anthology steeped in the rural Battle River region of western Canada. Rich with the words of known and unknown poets, the book evokes inescapable reflections on landscape, history and peoples. They point to the unrevealed with its sinewy tensions and silent cries. Life, as it happens in this anthology, considers the other kingdoms: trees and snow and the creatures who live within the stunning embrace of the vast prairie terrain and its under land.

Portraying Pregnancy: from Holbein to Social Media
Karen Hearn (Girton 1972)

This book offers a new lens through which to look at history and art history, by rethinking the context in which portraits of women have been made over 500 years. Although up to the early 20th century many women spent most of their adult years being pregnant, their pregnancies are seldom made apparent in surviving portraits.   'Portraying Pregnancy' considers the different ways in which a sitter’s pregnancy was, or was not, visibly represented to the viewer.    

The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves
Andrew Lownie (Magdalene 1981)

The intimate story of a unique marriage that spans the heights of glamour and power to infidelity, manipulation and disaster through the heart of the 20th century.

Dickie Mountbatten: A major figure behind his nephew Philip's marriage to Queen Elizabeth II and instrumental in the Royal Family taking the Mountbatten name, he was Supreme Allied Commander of South East Asia during World War II and the last Viceroy of India.

Understanding Ugly: Human Response to Buildings in the Environment
Ian Ellingham (St Edmund's 1993)

The book explores research about the visual factors that determine how a building is received - sometimes esteemed by one group and despised by another. It creates a synthesis of decades of insightful research and provides insights into what factors contribute to a building being perceived as delightful. While it is of particular interest to anyone who creates or manages buildings or cities, it is written in a non-technical style so as to be accessible and entertaining to anyone who takes an interest in the buildings and urban spaces that we inhabit.

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