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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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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?

Shakespeare in Swahililand cover
Dr Edward Wilson-Lee (Sidney Sussex 2006)

Published to commemorate 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in April 2016, a breathtaking exploration into Shakespeare as a global poet.

The Weaver Fish
Robert Edeson (Trinity Hall 1980)

Cambridge linguist Edvard Tøssentern reappears after a balloon crash in which he is presumed to have died. When he staggers in from a remote swamp, gravely ill and swollen beyond recognition, his colleagues at the research station are overjoyed. But Edvard’s discovery about a rare giant bird throws them all into the path of an international crime ring.

The Mechanical Mind of John Coggin
Elinor Teele (Corpus 2001)

Roald Dahl meets The Penderwicks in this quirky, humorous, whimsical, and heartwarming middle grade debut about two siblings who run away from home to escape working in the family coffin business.

Great Interactions: Life with learning disabilities and autism
Author: Polly Braden. Project Editor: Rashmi Becker (Selwyn 1995)

There are around 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability and 700,000 with autism. In partnership with Project Editor Rashmi Becker, Polly Braden spent two years travelling the UK photographing people with disabilities. Her photographs look at the everyday moments, achievements and milestones. The subject is complex but the aim is simple: to highlight everyday interactions and life-changing experiences.

A Man of Genius
Janet Todd (Newnham 1961)

A literary novel of 1819, set in London and Venice, where a successful Gothic writer battles emotional dependency and suffers the complexity of obsession.

Business Coaching and Mentoring For Dummies
Marie Taylor (St Catharine's 2001) and Steve Crabb

Business Coaching & Mentoring For Dummies is an essential resource for business owners, business leaders, coaches, and mentors who want to take their skills to the next level.

Rebel of the Sands
Alwyn Hamilton (King's 2006)

Sold immediately at auction across the world, this phenomenal novel is the first in a trilogy packed with shooting contests, train robberies, festivals under the stars, powerful Djinni magic and an electrifying love story. This promises to be a global super lead.

How to Have a Good Day
Caroline Webb (Christ's 1989)

In How to Have a Good Day, economist and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb shows readers how to use recent findings from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform our approach to everyday working life.


My Spirit Sang All Day: A Life in Music
Elizabeth Werry (Girton 1955)

A memoir of a life in music. Elizabeth Werry, pianist, harpsichordist and organist, was born shortly before the Second World War, and has been immersed in music since childhood. From early beginnings at Dartington, she spent seven years in Canada, returning to England at the age of eleven to complete her education in London and at Cambridge. A pupil of Harold Craxton, Harold Darke, David Willcocks and Thurston Dart, she became a fine chamber music play and worked with many of the most distinguished musicians of her generation. She has taught widely since her schooldays and her pupils are now all over the world.

A Sense of Power - The Roots of America's Global Role
John Thompson

Why has the United States assumed so extensive and costly a role in world affairs over the last hundred years? The two most common answers to this question are "because it could" and "because it had to." Neither answer will do, according to this challenging re-assessment of the way that America came to assume its global role. The country's vast economic resources gave it the capacity to exercise great influence abroad, but Americans were long reluctant to meet the costs of wielding that power. Neither the country's safety from foreign attack nor its economic well-being required the achievement of ambitious foreign policy objectives.

The Penultimate Curiosity
Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs (Queens 1973)

The Penultimate Curiosity, How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions: When young children first begin to ask 'why?' they embark on a journey with no final destination. The need to make sense of the world as a whole is an ultimate curiosity that lies at the root of all human religions. It has, in many cultures, shaped and motivated a more down to earth scientific interest in the physical world, which could therefore be described as penultimate curiosity. These two manifestations of curiosity have a history of connection that goes back deep into the human past. Tracing that history all the way from cave painting to quantum physics, this book (a collaboration between a painter and a physical scientist that uses illustrations throughout the narrative) sets out to explain the nature of the long entanglement between religion and science: the ultimate and the penultimate curiosity.

People with Multiple Sclerosis
Paul Bull (Downing 1974)

People with Multiple Sclerosis: Condition, Challenges and Care: Multiple sclerosis is a serious, disabling, progressive and incurable neurological condition with a reputation for generating unemployment, poverty, social isolation and an early death.  This book explores whether this portrait is more hyperbole than reality.  In so doing it demonstrates that much of the research undertaken to date on the lives of people with multiple sclerosis is limited in both quantity and quality. There is an almost empty research territory here ripe for colonisation.

For the Most Beautiful
Emily Hauser (Gonville & Caius 2009)

Three thousand years ago a war took place that gave birth to legends - to Achilles, the greatest of the Greeks, and Hector, prince of Troy. It was a war that shook the very foundations of the world. But what if there was more to this epic conflict? What if there was another, hidden tale of the Trojan War? Now is the time for the women of Troy to tell their story.

Veronica's Papers
A. Colin Wright (Pembroke 1958)

Gerald Clayton, suffering from amnesia, receives a package of papers from Veronica, a former clinical hypnotist: learning that they accomplished his fantasy of gathering together past loves (on a ship), with themselves present but unrecognized. Gerald himself doesn’t know what caused his loss of memory for two years, and “his” passengers are invited to share the mystery by guessing what, or who, they have in common. This is related to the whole mystery of God’s creation, and who is paying for the trip: the enigmatic Deus ex macchina.

Sod 60! The Guide to Living Well
Claire Parker (Clare 1972) and Muir Gray

SOD 60 is about health, wellbeing and resilience in our 60s and beyond. Getting fitter and staying fitter is the key. But we need to overturn false assumptions about ageing- so it’s a book about activity AND attitude- how to get more physically and mentally active but also how to create a positive, socially engaged ‘can do’ attitude. And it’s about learning to be still and attentive too, when that is necessary.

Inspector Morse
Paul Taylor

"A magisterial, beautifully presented, splendidly researched companion to the life of the late Chief Inspector" Colin Dexter. A very detailed (and illustrated) encyclopaedia which seeks to record every 'fact' contained in the books by Colin Dexter. Alphabetically arranged (from AA to Zeta III) with large entries on Morse, Lewis, Strange, and Oxford but without revealing the solutions to the many crimes investigated.

Whole Life Sustainability
Ian Ellingham and William Fawcett

Whole Life Sustainability shows, with respect to the built environment, using basic decision-making concepts and tools, how to make more rigorous design and investment decisions, to better balance the differing economic, social/cultural, and environmental elements of sustainability to benefit future well-being.

Blood, Dragons & Lions
Kin F. Kam

The book is best described as a blend of memoir, modern history and science, in which the author reveals an immigrant story made complicated by a rare life-threatening illness.