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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 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.

Chaucer the Alchemist: Physics, Mutability, and the Medieval Imagination
Alexander Gabrovsky (Trinity 2009)

The secrets of Nature's alchemy and the mysteries of "change" captivated both the scientific and literary imagination of the Middle Ages. Beneath the sphere of the moon in the medieval realm of mutability, the endless process of chemical transmutation of one element into another was seen as the basis of all physical change on Earth; human beings, animals, and all material things were thought to be part of a continual cycle of generation and corruption. This book investigates Chaucer's fascination with earthly mutability.

Walk With Us: How "The West Wing" Changed Our Lives
Claire Handscombe (King's 1997)

The West Wing premiered in 1999. That's a long time ago. Back then, we were worrying about the Millennium Bug, paying $700 for DVD players, and using pagers. 1999: a century ago.

Chains of Sand
Jemma Wayne (Newnham,1999)

He has always been good at tracking down things that are hidden, like cockroaches in his mother's kitchen cupboard, or tunnels in Gaza. At 26, Udi is a veteran of the Israeli army and has killed five men. He wants a new life in a new place. He has a cousin in England.

Daniel is 29, a Londoner, an investment banker and a Jew. He wants for nothing, yet he too is unable to escape an intangible yearning for something more. And for less. He looks to Israel for the answer.

Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life in the Welsh Borders
Oliver Balch (Christ's 1999)

Hay-on-Wye is world famous as the Town of Books. But when travel writer Oliver Balch moved there, it was not just the books he was keen to read, but the people too.

After living in London and Buenos Aires, what will he make of this tiny, quirky town on the Welsh-English border? To help guide him, he turns to Francis Kilvert, a Victorian diarist who captured the bucolic rural life of his day. Does anything of Kilvert's world still exists? And could a newcomer ever feel they truly belong?

Magical Musical Kingdom
Frances Turnbull (Homerton 2013)

Magical Musical Kingdom is a vibrant theme that uses well-known and lesser-known childhood songs to teach musical concepts with a royal flavour! Dance like a Dragon to semi-breves, walk like a King to crotchets and queen to quavers, as we use physical movement to express the grounding rhythms of music!

Tributes to Jean Michel Massing: Towards a Global Art History
Mark Stocker (King's 1975) and Phillip Lindley (Downing 1976)

This book is a Festschrift to honour Jean Michel Massing, Professor of the History of Art at the University of Cambridge, on his retirement and contains essays from 21 of his colleagues and former students.

Today We Die A Little
Richard Askwith (Trinity 1977)

"Today We Die A Little: The Rise and Fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend" is an attempt to tell the full, extraordinary story of Emil Zátopek, the Czechoslovak soldier who in the decade following the Second World War revolutionised distance-running – and became an international symbol of decency and courage. He won four Olympic golds (three in the space of eight days – including his first ever attempt at a marathon); set 18 world records; and went undefeated over 10,000 metres for six years. In doing so, he redefined the boundaries of human endurance.

The Voices Within
Charles Fernyhough (Queens' 1986)

We all hear voices. Ordinary thinking is often a kind of conversation, filling our heads with speech: the voices of reason, of memory, of self-encouragement and rebuke, the inner dialogue that helps us with tough decisions or complicated problems. For others - voice-hearers, trauma-sufferers and prophets - the voices seem to come from outside: friendly voices, malicious ones, the voice of God or the Devil, the muses of art and literature.

Bamboo Island
Ann Bennett (Girton 1981)

Malaysia 1962: Juliet Crosby, a plantation owner’s wife, has lived a reclusive life on her Malaysian rubber plantation since the Second World War robbed her of everyone she loved.

The sudden appearance of a young woman from Indonesia disrupts her lonely existence and stirs up unsettling memories. Together they embark on a journey to Singapore and Indonesia to uncover secrets buried for more than twenty years.

Bamboo Heart
Ann Bennett (Girton 1981)

Thailand, 1943: Thomas Ellis, captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore, is a prisoner-of-war on the Death Railway. In stifling heat he endures endless days of clearing jungle, breaking stone and lugging wood. He must stay alive, although he is struck down by disease and tortured by Japanese guards, and he must stay strong, although he is starving and exhausted. For Tom has made himself a promise: to return home. Not to the grey streets of London, where he once lived, but to Penang, where he found paradise and love.

Ambition: why it's good to want more and how to get it
Rachel Bridge (Emmanuel 1986)

Ever have that nagging feeling that you are better than the sum of your current achievements? Do you have a secret desire to be achieving much more, to change the world or to reach the top of your game?