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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 Drawing on both published and unpublished sources, this book looks into the translation, publication, circulation and use of the Mandarin Bible in late Qing and Republican China, and sets out how the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.

The Politics of Non-Assimilation
David Verbeeten (Pembroke 2007)

Over the course of the twentieth century, Eastern European Jews in the United States developed a left-wing political tradition. Their political preferences went against a fairly broad correlation between upward mobility and increased conservatism or Republican partisanship. Many scholars have sought to explain this phenomenon by invoking antisemitism, an early working-class experience, or a desire to integrate into a universal social order.

Entities and Lists in Hierarchy: a theory of language and inference
Arthur Young (Clare 1945)

This ebook proposes a theory to describe how knowledge of physical conditions is represented in physical systems. The theory suggests that object-oriented methods of software development are unsound in their form at the time of writing and should undergo major revision.

Aphra Behn: A Secret Life
Janet Todd (Newnham 1961)

Author, spy, political propagandist, Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of English literature, a female polymath who rose from humble origins to come close to the heart of power.  In this landmark biography, Janet Todd draws on contemporary documents and on Behn’s own writings to examine the history of the times and to tell the story of an independent woman in a harsh and glittering society, caught up in and exploiting the political, diplomatic and sexual intrigues of her time.

Thinking Globally Acting Locally: A Personal Journey
Peter Mittler (Pembroke 1950)

Thinking Globally Acting Locally is more than just the memoir of a distinguished career. It is a history of the twentieth century reflected in the life and work of one individual.

It begins in 1938 with a year in the life of an eight year old Viennese Jewish boy as he experiences the worst and best of humanity, from Nazi persecution to rescue by strangers through the Kindertransports. It tells of his encounters with an English schooling system at its worst and best and of his formative years.

Women as Public Moralists in Britain: From the Bluestockings to Virginia Woolf
Benjamin Dabby (Caius 2003)

This book explores the ways in which a tradition of women moralists in Britain shaped public debates about the nation's moral health, and men's and women's responsibility to ensure it. It focusses on the role played by eight of the most significant of those women moralists whose writing on history, literature and visual art changed contemporaries' understanding of the lessons to be drawn from each field at the same time as they contested and redefined contemporary understandings of masculinity and femininity.