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A Better World is Possible
Georgina Ferry

On 17 March 1967 the 26-year-old David Sainsbury (King's 1959) wrote out a cheque for £5 and established the trust which would become the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Gatsby's purpose was ambitious - to make the world a better place by taking on some of the social, economic and scientific challenges that face humanity.

Stress-Proof
Mithu Storoni (St John's 1996)

An extensively cited book, giving the reader an overview of the latest model of the neurobiology of stress and evidence-based actionable advice, taken from cutting-edge findings in psychology, psychiatry, physiology, neurology, immunology, gastroenterology and metabolic medicine research. The book is aimed at the discerning lay public, but may also be of interest to readers with a specialist background. 

Immune: How Your Body Defends and Protects You
Catherine Carver (Clare College 2003)

The human body is like an exceedingly well-fortified castle, defended by billions of soldiers – some live for less than a day, others remember battles for decades, but all are essential in protecting us from disease. This hidden army is our immune system, and without it we could not survive the eternal war between our microscopic enemies and ourselves.

Marabi nights: Jazz, ‘race’ and society in early apartheid South Africa
Christopher Ballantine (St John's 1966)

This is an updated and substantially expanded second edition of Christopher Ballantine’s classic study of the triumphs and tragedies of South Africa’s marabi-jazz tradition.

Let There Be Justice: The Political Journey of Imran Khan
B. J. Sadiq (Hughes Hall 2005)

Pakistan has been labelled as one of the most controversial countries in the world. A country tainted with military dictatorships, tormented by religious extremists and fleeced by years of corrupt democratic rule. It is a place where an endemic culture of nepotism blooms with impunity. The biggest casualty of this political and social homicide are the ordinary citizens who are left to struggle with appalling economic conditions and a system sorely in need of repair. In a climate as unsettling as that, one noise exploded onto the scene with an unyielding aggression.

Nine Lessons
Nicola Upson (Downing 1988)

In the years before the Great War, M.R. James told ghost stories by candlelight to a handful of friends and scholars after the Christmas Eve carol service at King’s College. Now, twenty-five years later, those men are dying, killed off one by one...

Josephine Tey is in Cambridge, Christmas is approaching, but the town is gripped by fear and suspicion as a serial rapist stalks the streets, and in the shadow of King's College Chapel, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces some of the most horrific and audacious murders of his career.

Empty Justice: One Hundred Years of Law Literature and Philosophy
Melanie Williams (Murray Edwards 1985)

Utilising literature as a serious source of challenges to questions in philosophy and law, this book provides a fresh perspective not only upon the inculcation of the legal subject, but also upon the relationship between modernism, postmodernism and how such concepts might evolve in the construction of community ethics. The creation and role of the legal subject is just one aspect of jurisprudential enquiry now attracting much attention.
      

The Mountain Dwellers
Phillip Richard Brown (St John's 1972)

It is a common and enduring characteristic of what the author calls Mountain Dwellers that they lament the decline of what they define as civilisation, and express their regret by distancing themselves, if not geographically then morally or spiritually or intellectually, from all those whose ignorance of, or indifference to, such matters can only serve to hasten the decline of civilisation so defined.

Soul of the Sea in the Age of the Algorithm
Nishan Degnarain (Sidney Sussex 1998)

In this groundbreaking work, Nishan Degnarain and Gregory Stone set out not just how grave the problems facing our oceans are, but how solvable they can be. Weaving history, ecology, business and geopolitics together and leveraging their experience in oceans and some of the innovation hotspots around the world, they reveal the revolutionary tools and business models that could unleash trillions of dollars of new sustainable economic opportunities.

The Pinocchio Brief
Abi Silver (Girton 1986)

A 15-year-old schoolboy is accused of the murder of one of his teachers. His lawyers, the guarded veteran, Judith, and the energetic young solicitor, Constance, begin a desperate pursuit of the truth, revealing uncomfortable secrets about the teacher and the school. But Judith has her own secrets which she risks exposing when it is announced that a new lie-detecting device, nicknamed Pinocchio, will be used during the trial. And is the accused, a troubled boy who loves challenges, trying to help them or not?
 

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