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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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The Heirs of Owain Glyndŵr
Peter Murphy (Downing 1963)

1 July 1969. The Investiture of the Prince of Wales. 

When Arianwen Hughes is arrested driving with a home-made bomb near Caernarfon Castle, her case seems hopeless. Her brother Caradog, her husband Trevor, and their friend Dafydd are implicated in the plot, the evidence against them damning. Ben Schroeder's reputation as a barrister is riding high after the cases of Billy Cottage (A Matter for the Jury) and Sir James Digby (And is there Honey Still for Tea?). But defending Arianwen will be his greatest challenge yet. Trevor may hold the only key to her defence, but he is nowhere to be found. . .

My Cambridge Look Back in Love
M Harunur Rashid (Fitzwilliam 1964)

The book nostalgically flashes back on my memories of residence at Fitzwilliam College in the mid-sixties. It was a time when the College had just moved into the Huntingdon Street building. I remember my stay at digs owned by a Greek landlady married to a World War II veteran. I remember my friends, my rides to the Sidgwick Avenue, visits to other places like Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, London and Paris but most importantly I remember my teachers in English, who were world icons. 

Highway Law
Stephen Sauvain (Sidney Sussex 1967)

A detailed and practical commentary on the law relating to the creation, upkeep, development and ownership of highways, including the powers and duties of highway authorities, the rights of users of the highway and of those who own land around the highway, and road traffic regulation.

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.