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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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Understanding Gary Numan: The Machine Quartet (1978-1981)
Paul Sutton (Wolfson 2000)

The popular analytical study of the pioneering English composer. The historian, Paul Sutton, takes the reader through a vastly entertaining potted history of rock music pioneers, tracing them all back to “a delta of Mississippi mud from where howled the first harmonica, and from where was heard the first blue plucking finger on string”, to show that popular music was strictly The Imitation Game until Gary Numan came along with his Machine Quartet, four albums that completely re-invigorated rock and roll.

Talking about Ken Russell
Paul Sutton (Wolfson 2000)

Over a period of ten years, Paul Sutton interviewed Ken Russell and hundreds of people who worked with him. This landmark book includes, for example, the first-hand testimonies of more than a dozen people who worked on Women in Love, and twenty-three members of the cast and crew of The Devils. Actors, editors, designers, continuity women, producers, assistants, special effects artists, composers, sound recordists, and the camera crews, all recall their working days with Ken Russell.

A Guide to the Classics or How to Pick the Derby Winner
Guy Griffith (Trinity Hall 1920) and Michael Oakeshott (Caius 1920)

First published in 1936 when the authors were fellows at Caius, this light-hearted manual is a quirky mix of philosophy and horse racing.
      
Oakeshott went on to become one of the greatest political philosophers of the 20th Century. Republished this year with a foreword by journalist Peter Oborne (Christ's 1975) and preface by racing journalist Sean Magee (St Johns 1969), this gem is now available for fans of philosophy and racing.

Data Localisation Laws and Policy The EU Data Protection International Transfers Restriction Through a Cloud Computing lens
W Kuan Hon (Trinity 1979)

Countries are increasingly introducing data localisation laws, threatening digital globalisation and inhibiting cloud computing adoption despite its acknowledged benefits. This multi-disciplinary book analyses the EU restriction (including the Privacy Shield and General Data Protection Regulation) through a cloud computing lens, covering historical objectives and practical problems, showing why the focus should move from physical data location to effective jurisdiction over those controlling access to intelligible data, and control of access to data through security.

Love and Loss and Other Important Stuff
Jonathan Pinnock (Clare 1974)

This entertaining and accessible debut poetry collection takes the reader on a journey through the entire panopoly of human experience, using humour and pathos to explore themes of love, loss and other important stuff such as nanotechnology, cloning, and Karl Ove Knausgaard’s beekeeping skills. It also contains one of the few love poems to have been inspired by an episode of Steptoe and Son, as well as a moving tribute to the first dog in space.

Travels of a Tourist
Paddy Rooney (Trinity 1950)

This is a collection of anecdotes and reminiscences of the author’s travels over many years and in many countries—from Uzbekistan to Peru, Yemen to India, Spain to China. It is in no sense intended as a guidebook, though it may give something of the character of the people encountered and the places visited. As the author explains in the foreword it is intended as entertainment rather than education in order to share with others his delight in foreign places.

Latitude North
Charles Moseley (Queens' 1959)

In this captivating work part travelogue, part history, part memoir of a life-long affair with the northern lands, seas traveller and scholar Charles Moseley describes a haunting world, where the voices of the past are never quiet. From his account of the last days of the Viking settlements in Greenland to his own experiences on the melting glaciers of Spitsbergen, he reminds us how deceptive are human ideas of permanence, and how fragile are the systems of these starkly beautiful lands.

Pevsner: The BBC Years
Stephen Games (Magdalene 1974)

A critical history of Nikolaus Pevsner's engagement with the BBC from 1946 until 1977, taking account of the prevailing culture inside the BBC in respect of, in particular, the role of female producers, emigré producers and the birth of the Third Programme.

The wartime diary of WD Terry a ‘Safrican’ at Cambridge, with selected letters 1938 – 1941
Edited and introduced by Laurence Wright

A lively young South African, W.D. Terry, read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, during the early years of WW2.

His recently discovered diary and letters recount in vivid terms what it was like to be a South African student abroad as war breaks out. Travel, love and learning jostle with international politics, militarism and confusion.

Protestant Bible Translation and Mandarin as the National Language of China
George Kam Wah Mak (Homerton 2007)

This book represents the first monograph-length study of the relationship between Protestant Bible translation and the development of Mandarin from a lingua franca into the national language of China. Drawing on both published and unpublished sources, this book looks into the translation, publication, circulation and use of the Mandarin Bible in late Qing and Republican China, and sets out how the Mandarin Bible contributed to the standardisation and enrichment of Mandarin.

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