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'The Excursion' and Wordsworth’s Iconography
Brandon Yen (Queens' 2012)

This book considers William Wordsworth’s use of iconography in his long poem 'The Excursion'. Through the iconographical approach, the author steers a middle course between The Excursion’s two very different interpretive traditions, one focusing upon the poem’s philosophical abstraction, the other upon its touristic realism. Fresh readings are also offered of Wordsworth’s other major works, including 'The Prelude'.

Wordsworth's Gardens and Flowers: The Spirit of Paradise
Peter Dale (Selwyn 1969) and Brandon Yen (Queens' 2012)

A book that debunks the popular myth that William Wordsworth was, first and foremost, a poet of daffodils, Wordsworth's Gardens and Flowers: The Spirit of Paradise provides a vivid account of Wordsworth as a gardening poet who not only wrote about gardens and flowers but also designed - and physically worked in – his gardens.

What Works at Work: a guide for thoughtful managers
Mark O'Sullivan (Clare 1975)

Mark O'Sullivan's careful and thoughtful analysis exposes the deep flaws in management common sense and the ideas of the management gurus that sadly seem too often to drive managerial behaviour and decision-making.  His unbeatable combination of critical thinking and use of good quality research evidence about what does and doesn't work is applied to a wide range of classic management challenges producing compelling and practical advice.

This book is essential reading for any manager who wants to be a better manager.

Britanniae
Mark O'Sullivan (Clare 1975)

Britanniae is an historical novel set in Britain in the fourth century. When it opens we find a young woman holding her own running the family estate after the death of her parents, and harbouring secret ambitions for literary success. As rumours mount of political plots and of barbarian threats, she sets off through Britain beyond Hadrian's wall, on a journey on which she encounters love, a new future, and a chance of scholarly fame.

The Calais Letterbook of William Lord Hastings (1477) and Late Medieval Crisis Diplomacy 1477-1483
Edward Meek (Clare 1996)

Text and translation of important letters written by William Lord Hastings, king's lieutenant of Calais, during the first months of the international crisis that followed the death of Charles the Bold, duke of Burgundy, at Nancy in January 1477. A Franco-Burgundian war broke out and England wished to maintain diplomatic relations with both sides: Edward IV's sister, Margaret of York, was Charles the Bold's widow, but Edward also wished to keep the peace treaty he had concluded with Louis XI of France in 1475.

Human and Machine Consciousness
David Gamez (Trinity 1992)

Consciousness is widely perceived as one of the most fundamental, interesting and difficult problems of our time. However, we still know next to nothing about the relationship between consciousness and the brain and we can only speculate about the consciousness of animals and machines.

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Hugh Bicheno (Emmanuel 1966)

The first of two volumes dealing with the psychological and social undercurrents as well as the national and international political and military events of the Wars of the Roses

Blood Royal
Hugh Bicheno (Emmanuel 1966)

The second of two volumes dealing with the psychological and social undercurrents as well as the national and international events of the Wars of the Roses.

The Madonna of Bolton
Matt Cain (Queens' 1994)

Charlie Matthews’ love story begins in a pebble-dashed house in suburban Bolton, at a time when most little boys want to grow up to be Michael Jackson, and girls want to be Princess Di. Remembering the Green Cross Code and getting out of football are the most important things in his life, until Auntie Jan gives him a gift that will last a lifetime: a seven-inch single called ‘Lucky Star’...

The Seer's Curse

Orleigh is cursed. Or so the other villagers believe. With each harvest worse than the last, something must be done. And so they consult the Seer. A deal is struck: the village will thrive once more, but in return, Orleigh must be sacrificed to the Earth God, Teymos.

Judge Walden: Back in Session (Walden of Bermondsey series)
Peter Murphy (Downing College 1963)

If you like Rumpole of the Bailey, you'll love Walden of Bermondsey

Judge Walden is back, to preside over five new cases at Bermondsey Crown Court.

Retired resident judge Peter Murphy takes us back to the world of criminal trials in South London for another session with Charlie Walden keeping the peace between his fellow judges Marjorie, Legless and Hubert while fighting off the attacks of the Grey Smoothies, the civil servants who seem intent on reducing the court s dwindling resources to vanishing point in the name of business cases and value for money.

Glorious Battle: The Cultural Politics of Victorian Anglo-Catholicism
John Shelton Reed

Originally published in 1996 and now reissued, Glorious Battle is a thorough, compelling, and often amusing account of how the Anglo-Catholic movement in the Victorian Church of England overcame vehement opposition to establish itself as a legitimate form of Anglicanism. In the first comprehensive treatment of the rise, growth, and eventual consolidation of this controversial movement, John Shelton Reed explores new ground with scholarly acumen, thorough and meticulous research, fresh perspective and insight, and a remarkably engaging literary style.

The Wound Register
Esther Morgan (Newnham 1988)

Esther Morgan's fourth poetry collection draws on her own family history in a very personal exploration of the First World War. It was written during the centenary of that conflict.

Cambridge and its economic region, 1450-1560
John Lee (Corpus 1997)

This study presents a wide-ranging analysis of the economy and society of Cambridge in the later middle ages, drawing extensively on the rich and largely unpublished records of the borough, university and colleges. Major themes include the town’s population and wealth, the groups within its society, its markets, trade and fairs, the impact of college consumption, the urban land market and its physical development.

How Much Brain Do We Really Need?
Jennifer Barnett (Darwin 2002) and Alexis Willett (Darwin 2001)

Your brain is shrinking. Does it matter?

How Much Brain Do We Really Need? is a popular science book that challenges us to think differently about the brain. Rather than just concentrating on the many wonderful things it can do, this entertaining insight into the complexities and contradictions of the human brain asks whether in fact we can live satisfactorily without some of it.

A Shadow on Our Hearts
Adam Gilbert (Clare 2008)

The American war in Vietnam was one of the most morally contentious events of the twentieth century, and it produced an extraordinary outpouring of poetry. Yet the complex ethical terrain of the conflict is remarkably underexplored, and the prodigious poetic voice of its American participants remains largely unheard. In A Shadow on Our Hearts, Adam Gilbert rectifies these oversights by utilizing the vast body of soldier-poetry to examine the war’s core moral issues.

Interval
Judith Bishop (Pembroke 1994)

Interval is the much anticipated second volume from the award-winning Australian poet and author of  Event (Salt (U.K.), 2007).

Come near, let me

sense you, in this human

way we have – for now

and not forever.

(‘Aubade’)

Crab & Whale
Mark Pallis (Hughes Hall 2001) and Christiane Kerr

“A truly heartwarming story celebrating kindness and gently introducing children to the life-changing power of mindfulness.” - Sir Anthony Seldon, former Headmaster & mindfulness in schools pioneer.

Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War
Arthur Tompkins (Caius 1983)

Plundering Beauty (192pp; 53 colour and B&W images) is a broad, international overview of art crime during times of armed conflict. Examples of art crimes are drawn from wars through history, including the Fourth Crusade, the Napoleonic era, the Second World War and modern-day conflicts in Yugoslavia and Iraq.

Cennino Cennini's 'Il libro dell'arte'
Lara Broecke (Corpus 2002)

This is the first new translation into English of Cennino' Cennini's well-known treatise on painting techniques since Daniel Thompson published his version in 1932, and the only version to include the Italian text in the same volume as the translation. Cennino Cennino was an Italian artist, active around 1400 in Florence and then in Padua.

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