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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 Marian Antiphon of Francis Bernardone
Sr Ruth Evans (St Catharine's 1981)

This study of St. Francis’ Office of the Passion invites the reader to engage with the mind of Jesus as he goes through his Passion in complete abandonment to the will of his Father. It is intended to be used prayerfully. Francis illuminates the interior awareness of Jesus in a unique manner that helps the reader to engage with the Passion from Christ’s human perspective. The presence of Mary as she accompanies her son on his painful journey is explored through the beautiful Marian Antiphon which is recited at the beginning and end of every psalm in Francis’ series.

The Price of Sex
Belinda Brooks-Gordon (Churchill College 1995)

As a society we are buying more sex than ever before. Adult sex shops now take their place amongst retailers in the high street and lap dancing clubs compete for an increased share of the leisure economy; hotel chains offer sexually explicit films as part of their standard service, the party selling of adult toys to women in their homes has become a mainstream activity; and at the traditional end of the sexual service economy, prostitution has experienced new growth.

The Seduction of Curves
Allan McRobie

The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty That Connect Mathematics, Art, and the Nude by Allan McRobie takes the reader on an alluring exploration of the beautiful curves that shape our world. The reader learns how these curves play out in everything, from the human body to the study of distant galaxies, and the work of artists such as David Hockney, Henry Moore and the final paintings of Salvador Dalí.

The Message
Yan Vana

In the tradition of fiction written with a purpose The Message is an environmental wake up call for everyone on this fragile planet.

It follows an official inquiry into the wanton destruction of a protected nature reserve. The first witnesses give evidence of the extent of the damage. Later witnesses identify those responsible.

As the plot unfolds it becomes apparent that the nature reserve is Earth and the Inquiry is being undertaken by Regulators from other planets who have responsibility for the protection of nature reserves throughout the Cosmos.

Claus and Claws
Alexander Bell (Fitzwilliam College 1980)

All was well at the North Pole until Santa Claus had a gardening accident which affected his mental state. Leaving the Pole for the wider world, he falls under the influence of the urbane and Machiavellian Nick Claws who persuades him, for reasons of his own, to re-invent himself as a modern man of business. This will require Santa to wise up and completely rethink his entire present-giving operation. Is it fit for purpose in the 21st century?

A Better World is Possible
Georgina Ferry

On 17 March 1967 the 26-year-old David Sainsbury (King's 1959) wrote out a cheque for £5 and established the trust which would become the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Gatsby's purpose was ambitious - to make the world a better place by taking on some of the social, economic and scientific challenges that face humanity.

Stress-Proof
Mithu Storoni (St John's 1996)

An extensively cited book, giving the reader an overview of the latest model of the neurobiology of stress and evidence-based actionable advice, taken from cutting-edge findings in psychology, psychiatry, physiology, neurology, immunology, gastroenterology and metabolic medicine research. The book is aimed at the discerning lay public, but may also be of interest to readers with a specialist background. 

Immune: How Your Body Defends and Protects You
Catherine Carver (Clare College 2003)

The human body is like an exceedingly well-fortified castle, defended by billions of soldiers – some live for less than a day, others remember battles for decades, but all are essential in protecting us from disease. This hidden army is our immune system, and without it we could not survive the eternal war between our microscopic enemies and ourselves.

Marabi nights: Jazz, ‘race’ and society in early apartheid South Africa
Christopher Ballantine (St John's 1966)

This is an updated and substantially expanded second edition of Christopher Ballantine’s classic study of the triumphs and tragedies of South Africa’s marabi-jazz tradition.

Let There Be Justice: The Political Journey of Imran Khan
B. J. Sadiq (Hughes Hall 2005)

Pakistan has been labelled as one of the most controversial countries in the world. A country tainted with military dictatorships, tormented by religious extremists and fleeced by years of corrupt democratic rule. It is a place where an endemic culture of nepotism blooms with impunity. The biggest casualty of this political and social homicide are the ordinary citizens who are left to struggle with appalling economic conditions and a system sorely in need of repair. In a climate as unsettling as that, one noise exploded onto the scene with an unyielding aggression.

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