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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.

Standards of English in Higher Education:  Issues, Challenges and Strategies
Neil Murray

The student demographic of universities today has changed quite dramatically from even a decade ago.  As universities seek to internationalise, widen participation and derive attendant reputational and financial benefits, along with greater opportunities for research collaborations and industry links, they also face a growing challenge associated with what Neil Murray terms 'the English language question'.

Stalin's Englishman
Andrew Lownie

Guy Burgess was the most important, complex and fascinating of 'The Cambridge Spies' - Maclean, Philby, Blunt - all brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union.

The Links on the Hills
Michael B Morrison
The book is about the history of the golf course on the Gog Magog hills from when it was first marked out in 1898.  It also covers the geology and human history of the hills themselves and the folklore that surrounds their name.  Golf in Cambridge began with the formation of the University Golf Club in 1869 (mostly for undergraduates) and developed from there until the Gog Magog golf club was formed in 1901 for the graduate members of the University.  Thereafter the Old Course evolved with input from famous golf course architect and of course the members themselves.
The Shark and the Albatross book cover
John Aitchison

For twenty years John Aitchison has been travelling the world to film wildlife for the BBC and other broadcasters, taking him to far-away places on every continent. The Shark and the Albatross is the story of these journeys of discovery, of his encounters with animals and occasional enterprising individuals in remote and sometimes dangerous places. His destinations include the far north and the far south, expeditions to film for Frozen Planet and other natural history series, in Svalbard, Alaska, the remote Atlantic island of South Georgia, and the Antarctic.

Experiencing Exile
Dr David van der Linden
The persecution of the Huguenots in France, followed by the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, unleashed one of the largest migration waves of early modern Europe. Focusing on the fate of French Protestants who fled to the Dutch Republic, Experiencing Exile examines how Huguenot refugees dealt with the complex realities of living as strangers abroad, and how they seized upon religion and stories of their own past to comfort them in exile.
Elephant Complex
John Gimlette
No one sees the world quite like John Gimlette. As the New York Times once noted ‘he writes with enormous wit, indignation and a heightened sense of the absurd’.  Writing for both the adventurer and the armchair traveler, he has an eye for unusually telling detail, a sense of wonder, and compelling curiosity for the inside story. This time, he travels to Sri Lanka, a country only now emerging from 26 years of civil war.  Delving deep into the nation’s story, Gimlette provides us with an astonishing multifaceted portrait of the island today. 


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