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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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Re-Thinking Autism
Ed. Katherine Runswick-Cole, Rebecca Mallet and Sami Timinmi (Chapter 11 author Graham Collins (Clare 1974))

This book inaugurates Critical Autism Studies, challenging received wisdom about the diagnosis and critically examining the phenomenon of autism from sociological, philosophical, scientific and psychological perspectives.

The Mayor of Mogadishu
Andrew Harding (Emmanuel 1986)

An epic, uplifting story of one family’s journey through the violent unraveling of Somalia, and a timely exploration of what it means to lose your country and then to reclaim it.

Portland Place: secret diary of a BBC secretary
Sarah Shaw (Librarian at Selwyn College 2002-2014)

Portland Place is Sarah Shaw's diary for 1971, in which year she was working at the BBC as a junior secretary.  While vividly recreating daily life for an office worker in the days of manual typewriters, Gestetner stencils, rail strikes, IRA bombs and decimalisation, it also traces the development of an extraordinary romance with a much older Irishman.

Refuge and Resilience: Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Refugees and Forced Migrants
Laura Simich and Lisa Andermann (eds) (Darwin 1990)

Taking an interdisciplinary approach and focusing on the social and psychological resources that promote resilience among forced migrants, this book presents theory and evidence about what keeps refugees healthy during resettlement. The book draws on contributions from cultural psychiatry, anthropology, ethics, nursing, psychiatric epidemiology, sociology and social work.

First Overland - London-Singapore by Land Rover
Tim Slessor (St Catharine's 1952)

Why not? After all, no-one had ever done it before. It would be one of the longest of all overland journeys-half-way round the world, from the English Channel to Singapore. They knew that several expeditions had already tried it. Some had got as far as the deserts of Persia; a few had even reached the plains of India. But no-one had managed to go on from there: over the jungle-clad mountains of Assam and across northern Burma to Thailand and Malaya. Over the last 3,000 miles it seemed there were “just too many rivers and too few roads”. But no-one really knew…

An Old Engineer Remembers
Meher Kapadia (Fitzwilliam 1965)

This is an amusing true tale about the early days of computer control systems, based on the actual experiences and life story of an ordinary engineer. The book consists of technical descriptions of the systems of that era, intertwined around a memoir describing the engineering and business environment.  It gives some idea of the fun and excitement involved in systems engineering, and will interest new and aspiring engineers. It may even have some reminiscences for older engineers.

Intellectual Property Policy, Law and Administration in Africa: Exploring Continental and Sub-regional Co-operation
Caroline Ncube (Darwin 1999)

This book gives a panoramic view of the harmonisation of Intellectual Property (IP) policy, law and administration in Africa. It outlines what is being done, asks why it is being done and considers how such developments will affect the continent. It argues that the only acceptable justification for harmonisation is the public interest of each of the states concerned.

Nurses Never Run
Eileen Gershon

Nurses Never Run is an account of my time as a student nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. I wrote it for our grandchildren to read one day in the future when I may no longer be around to answer questions, so it includes the story of how I met and fell in love with their Grandpa. I was persuaded to publish and am donating all the proceeds from sales to The Sick Children’s Trust, specifically the houses in Cambridge.

John Henry Wigmore and the Rules of Evidence: The Hidden Origins of Modern Law
Andrew Porwancher (Darwin 2008)

At the dawn of the twentieth century, the United States was reeling from the effects of rapid urbanisation and industrialisation. Time-honored verities proved obsolete, and intellectuals in all fields sought ways to make sense of an increasingly unfamiliar reality. The legal system in particular began to buckle under the weight of its anachronism. In the midst of this crisis, John Henry Wigmore, dean of the Northwestern University School of Law, single-handedly modernised the jury trial with his 1904-5 Treatise on evidence, an encyclopedic work that dominated the conduct of trials.

International Leadership Development
Simon Gillett (Homerton 2005)

This important study tackles an issue of major historical and contemporary concern in international education in the medium of English: the interplay between the progressive costs of English language medium education in international schools, the overall global expansion of the phenomenon of English language instruction, and the historical, current, and potential impact of Christian leadership values throughout the system.