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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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Dr David Esterly (St Catharine's 1966)

Awestruck by the sight of a Grinling Gibbons carving in a London church, David Esterly chose to dedicate his life to the art - its physical control, intricate beauty and intellectual demands. Forty years later, he is the foremost practitioner of Gibbons's forgotten technique, which revolutionised ornamental sculpture in the late 1600s. After a fire at Hampton Court Palace in 1986 destroyed much of Gibbons's masterpiece, the job fell to David Esterly to restore his idol's work to its former glory.

Dr Christopher Chippindale (curator at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) and Dr Frederick Baker (Co-Director of the Cambridge University Prehistoric Picture Project,G uest Lecturer, Cambridge University Screen Media and Cult

• P • I • T • O • T • I • presents the fascinating results of the meeting of new digital arts with ancient rock-art images, known as pitoti in the dialect of Valcamonica. The prehistoric pictures, with which the Alpine valley abounds, become like film stills in a vast cinema auditorium. Their peck-marks, pexils, hammered in the rock have been transformed in the pixels of digital imagery.

Jennie Rooney (St John's 1998)

Joan's voice is almost a whisper. 'Nobody talked about what they did during the war. We all knew we weren't allowed to.' Joan Stanley has a secret. She is a loving mother, a doting grandmother, and leads a quiet, unremarkable life in the suburbs. Then one morning there is a knock on the door, and suddenly the past she has been so keen to hide for the last fifty years threatens to overturn her comfortable world. Cambridge University in 1937 is awash with ideas and idealists, yet unworldly Joan feels better suited to a science lecture and a cup of cocoa.

Michael Marshall (King's 1984)

Have you ever wondered what happens to friends from the past when you move on and don’t need them any longer…?

David is an author, on the verge of having his first novel published. His life is finally looking up after years of struggle. But a chance encounter with a man who whispers ‘Remember me?’ is just the start of a chain of sinister events. Catherine has everything she could wish for; a strong marriage, two children, a house in an affluent area of Manhattan, but she believes she’s being stalked....

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Robert Cox (Corpus Christi 1959), Roger Sherwin (St Catharine’s 1958), Tony Thompson (St Catharine’s 1958)

Following plans hitched within the walls of St Catharine’s college, nine dare-devil Cambridge students set off in 1961 on the trip of a lifetime after their graduation. Their mode of transport was the iconic VW Kombi van and their journey took them across three continents at a time of global political, economic and cultural turbulence. With the world in the grip of the Cold War, the students moved through the Soviet Union, the Middle East, South Africa and Asia. They meet treacherous terrain and undergo some nerve-wracking, often bizarre encounters.

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Rev. J Mostyn Roberts (Pembroke 1975)

We may call him a prophet for his prescient analysis of trends in philosophy that explain where we are today; we may call him an apologist; less accurately, though popular articles and publishers’ blurbs delight in it, he may be called a philosopher. Fundamentally though, Francis Schaeffer rejoiced in being a pastor and evangelist. That is how he began, and through many twists and turns, that is what he remained to the end.

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David Schiff (Clare 1967)

Breaking down walls between genres that are usually discussed separately - classical, jazz, and popular - this highly engaging book offers a compelling new integrated view of twentieth-century music.

Placing Duke Ellington (1899-1974) at the center of the story, David Schiff explores music written during the composer's lifetime in terms of broad ideas such as rhythm, melody, and harmony. He shows how composers and performers across genres shared the common pursuit of representing the rapidly changing conditions of modern life.

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Kate Kirk and Charles Cotton

The Cambridge Phenomenon: 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise covers the remarkable history of the Phenomenon since 1960, from the challenges of starting businesses in a hostile environment to the boom years in the late 1980s and 1990s, the dotcom bust in 2000 and the new reality of starting and growing businesses when money is tight.

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Dr R Henry Disney (Sidney Sussex 1959, Senior Research Associate in the Dept of Zoology)

This collection of stirring verses gathers into a single volume previously unpublished poems primarily concerned with musings about the author’s Christian faith–a faith which is neither facile nor sentimental–a faith which is less concerned with abstract doctrine than with living out the Gospel in every day living and in how one relates to the variety of people one encounters. Topics include family life, human nature, politics, an earnest faith and a variety of poignant situations.

Dr Clare E Harris (Robinson 1984)

For millions of people around the world, Tibet is a domain of undisturbed tradition, the Dalai Lama a spiritual guide. By contrast, the Tibet Museum opened in Lhasa by the Chinese in 1999 was designed to reclassify Tibetan objects as cultural relics and the Dalai Lama as obsolete. Suggesting that both these views are suspect, Clare E. Harris argues in The Museum on the Roof of the World that for the past one hundred and fifty years, British and Chinese collectors and curators have tried to convert Tibet itself into a museum, an image some Tibetans have begun to contest.

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