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Amol Rajan (editor)

After darkness, there is always light.

Based on the hit BBC podcast, and with introductions by presenter and journalist Amol Rajan, Rethink gives us the opportunity to consider what a better world might look like and reaffirms that after darkness there is always light.

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Dr Giles Yeo (Fellow, Wolfson)

Calorie information is ubiquitous. On packaged food, restaurant menus and online recipes we see authoritative numbers that tell us the calorie count of what we're about to consume. And we treat these numbers as gospel; counting, cutting, intermittently consuming and, if you believe some 'experts' out there, magically making them disappear. We all know, and governments advise, that losing weight is just a matter of burning more calories than we consume.

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Robert Peal (Sidney Sussex 2007)

‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know’ is how Lord Byron, the poet who drank wine from a monk’s skull and slept with his half-sister, was described by one of his many lovers. But ‘mad, bad and dangerous’ serves as a good description for the entire Georgian period: often neglected, the hundred or so years between the coronation of George I in 1714 and the death of George IV in 1830 were years when the modern world was formed, and changes came thick and fast.

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Marcus Fedder (Emmanuel 1982)

In German Justice, Max Hardenberg, a recently retired German judge, revisits Russia in 1990 to trace back the way he had gone as a young soldier in Hitler's army. In 1944 he had witnessed crimes committed by the SS and now, finding Natasha, one of the victims of these crimes, he realises that, still today, there are many open chapters that noone has dealt with - the people who had committed those crimes are still alive.

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Su Li Chong (St Edmund's 2010)

Weaving outwards from a centripetal force of biographical stances, this book presents the collective perspectives of literacy researchers from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan. It represents the first all-Asian initiative to showcase the region’s post-colonial, multilingual and multicultural narratives of literacy education.

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Brindha Gunasingham (Fitzwilliam 1991), John Graham, Chris Adam,

Corporate Finance, 3rd Asia-Pacific Edition, offers a dynamic, modern and practical approach that illustrates how financial management really works and helps prepare you for a career in finance. It features up-to-date content including a focus on ethics in finance, following the Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

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Felicia Yap (Sidney Sussex 2003)

What if today was your last day...

A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer is still at large... and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of Police Commissioner Christian Verger's worries. His fiancée Viola has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret. To make things worse, his voice assistant Alexa is 99.74% sure he will die tomorrow.

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Iwona Eberle (Newnham 1986)

For people of all ages who love to explore, swim and enjoy the outdoors – this book is a guide to spectacular locations on and in the water in the Swiss canton of Ticino, including many that almost nobody knows about.

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Steve Peacock (Corpus Christi 1975)

Written by a geologist and fellow walker, this book is for the outdoor enthusiast curious to learn more about, and develop a deeper appreciation for, the story behind the geology around them.

Constructed as a 'companion for the scientifically curious' - rather than as a textbook - Geology for Walkers is written in clear language and is packed with bold, colourful illustrations to convey the geological concepts at work.

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Catriona Silvey (Corpus Christi 2003)

Thora and Santi have met before…

Under the clocktower in central Cologne, with nothing but the stars above and their futures ahead.

They will meet again…

They don’t know it yet, but they’ll meet again: in numerous lives they will become friends, colleagues, lovers, enemies – meeting over and over for the first time, every time; each coming to know every version of the other.

Only they can make sure it’s not for the last time.

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Dr David Gosling (Fitzwilliam 1963)

Dr David L. Gosling, Life Member and the first Spalding Fellow of Clare Hall, is the author of a new book titled Science and Development in Thai and South Asian Buddhism (Routledge, 2020). The book considers the role of Thai Buddhist religious people in development within Thailand. It discusses how Thai Buddhism has evolved philosophically and in its organisation to allow this, examines various examples of Buddhist people's engagement in development projects, and assesses how the situation is likely to unfold going forward.

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David Shannon (Trinity 1975)

People in Blanow think that books are dangerous: they fill your head with drivel, make poor firewood and cannot be eaten (even in an emergency).
This book is about Howul. He sees things differently: fires are dangerous; people are dangerous; books are just books.
Howul secretly writes down what goes on around him in Blanow. How its people treat foreigners, treat his daughter, treat him. None of it is pretty. Worse still, everything here keeps trying to kill him: rats, snakes, diseases, roof slates, the weather, the sea.

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Michael McCarthy (Downing 1966)

A step-by-step introduction to English grammar and brief, non-technical discussions of important grammatical theories and public and political debates in the English-speaking world. Suitable for first-year undergraduates but also for anyone who did not study English grammar at school, particularly the 'lost generation' of the 1960s to the 1990s.

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Paul Sen (Downing 1980)

A compulsively readable account of the extraordinary people, battling internal demons and external adversaries, who discovered the laws of thermodynamics and the science of heat, and brought about a scientific revolution.

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Rick Colbourne (St Catharine's 2004) and Robert Anderson

In this book, we explore the economic wellbeing of Indigenous peoples globally through case studies that provide practical examples of how Indigenous wellbeing is premised on sustainable self-determination that is in turn dependent on a community’s evolving model for economic development, its cultural traditions, its relationship to its traditional territories and its particular spiritual practices.

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Leslie Croxford (Clare 1963)

Frank Ward, a research historian troubled by his own past and a sense of emptiness, returns to a Spanish pueblo to celebrate the publication of his first book. Unexpectedly discovering that Albert Speer’s wartime driver had convalesced there, after years as a Russian POW, Frank plunges into an attempt to penetrate the mystery of Speer – the so-called "Good Nazi" –beyond the extent of his crimes. Consequently, he is drawn into a series of intense encounters in the pueblo, where Speer and his driver – although deceased – continue to influence events.

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P R Brown (St John's 1972)

This novella features the plight of Native Americans in general and of the Lakota Sioux of South Dakota in particular. The book is largely a response to the current Black Lives Matter movement, insofar as it raises important questions concerning ethnic identity, racial inequality and discrimination on grounds of colour. In the current furore, one might easily be forgiven for thinking that the only colours that merit discussion and concern are black and white.

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Jeff Andrew (Churchill 1967)

The European invasion of West Africa began with the Portuguese traders who arrived at the coast in the middle of the 15th century. What followed were five centuries of exploitation and occupation by the major European nations, most shamefully during the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade. This is the compelling story of the European men and women who became active participants. What was it that motivated them to risk travelling to the region infamously known as the ‘White Man’s Grave’?

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James Giles (Tutor, Institute of Continuing Education)

This book argues that in ancient Chinese Daoism, the Dao is best understood as awareness. Daoist concerns are primarily with the nature of human experience, meditation, and our relation to the world. The Way of Awareness in Daoist Philosophy starts by placing Daoist philosophy within the context of ancient Chinese thought. It then proceeds by critically engaging each of the major Daoist thinkers, works, or schools: Laozi, Yang Zhu, Zhuangzi, the Inward Training, Liezi, and Neo-Daoism.

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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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