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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?

The Long Shadow of the Past: Contemporary Austrian Literature, Film, and Culture
Katya Krylova (Churchill 2002)

The process of coming to terms with its National Socialist past has been a long and difficult one in Austria. It is only over the past thirty years that the country's view of its role during the Third Reich has shifted decisively from that of victimhood to complicity, prompted by the Waldheim affair of 1986-1988. Austria's writers, filmmakers, and artists have been at the center of this process, holding up a mirror to the country's present and drawing attention to a still disturbing past.

Confessions of a Briefless Barrister
Harry Mitchell (Corpus Christi 1950)

This is an autobiography with a difference. Harry has had a very varied career, first spending five years in the Colonial Service in Sierra Leone then in a variety of posts in different industries, including a spell as company secretary to a British-owned company in India. 

Joseph Pearson (Trinity Hall 1996)

As Joseph Pearson poetically puts it in this rich look at one of Europe's most fascinating cities: Berlin is a party in a graveyard. Europe's youth capital, Berlin is also beset by sustained guilt for the atrocities that were ordered by its Nazi officers during the Third Reich. Built and rebuilt on the ruins of multiple regimes, Berlin in the twenty-first-century houses an extraordinary diversity of refugees, immigrants, and expats.

Six English Filmmakers
Paul Sutton (Wolfson 2000)

Paul Sutton in conversation with and about six of the most important English filmmakers of all time, from his correspondence with Lindsay Anderson (Sutton edited Anderson’s Diaries for publication); to a discussion with Kevin Brownlow in which they get to the heart of Chaplin’s genius. There are full-career discussions with Clive Donner, Mike Hodges and Michael Winner. Sutton talks with Vivian Pickles (Harold and Maude) and the Oscar-nominated sound engineer, Brian Simmons, about the films of Ken Russell.

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.