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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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Front cover depicting a painting of a road leading to the horizon in orange, red and yellow colours
Rebecca Lowe (Emmanuel 2000)

One woman, one bike and one richly entertaining, perception-altering journey of discovery. In 2015, as the Syrian War raged and the refugee crisis reached its peak, Rebecca Lowe set off on her bicycle across the Middle East. Driven by a desire to learn more about this troubled region and its relationship with the West, Lowe's 11,000-kilometre journey took her through Europe to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, the Gulf and finally to Iran.

Front cover showing the White House in a circle, made to look like a coronavirus.
Danielle Allen (King's 1993)

From Danielle Allen—Harvard professor, leading political thinker, and candidate for the Governor of Massachusetts—an invaluable playbook for meeting our current moment and a stirring reflection on the future of democracy itself. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated some of the strengths of our society, including the rapid development of vaccines.

Front cover showing the front of a dark grey sailboat with red and white striped sails
John Nugée (Magdalene 1974)

A gripping tale of law and justice, liberty and freedom, and trade and adventure in medieval Iceland. Sailing Free follows the life of Kári Ragnarsson, a venturous shipowner and merchant, and his brother Guðmundr, who dutifully takes over the family farm, as they traverse adulthood against the backdrop of 11th century Iceland. All around greedy neighbours seek to amass power and subvert Iceland’s ancient liberties; feuds are common and justice is being eroded and abused by those in charge.

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Annie Grant (Newnham 1965)

This book examines the aspirations, challenges and experiences of contemporary university students though the eyes and ears of those who provide professional advisory services. The author highlights the breadth and depth of the role that these services now play. The volume addresses student academic and career success and their wellbeing, stressing the importance of of understanding and respecting the diversity of the student body.

Front cover showing the title on a green background, above a radio displaying stations on offer
Martin Cooper (Jesus 1977)

Examining work by novelists, filmmakers, TV producers and songwriters, this book uncovers the manner in which the radio – and the act of listening – has been written about for the past 100 years. Ever since the first public wireless broadcasts, people have been writing about the radio: often negatively, sometimes full of praise, but always with an eye and an ear to explain and offer an opinion about what they think they have heard.

Front cover showing scientific model of the solar system with Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars & Jupiter labelled on consecutive ring
Trevor G. Underwood (Clare 1962)

In 1916, Einstein proposed three tests of general relativity, subsequently called the "classical tests" of general relativity:
• the perihelion precession of Mercury's orbit
• the deflection of light by the Sun
• the gravitational redshift of light

Front cover showing a brown and gold landscape scene, with a sun and a river
Thomas Plant (Selwyn 2008)

The West has lost its way. But which way was it? Disoriented by postmodern relativism and critical theory, many seek refuge in older certainties of religious or political traditions. But many of these paths, author Thomas Plant maintains, are only recent forks off a wider, older road—a way that belongs as much to the East as to the West, and can unite Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and more in pursuit of the truly common Good.

Front cover showing one tree full of leaves, and one with bare branches
Eugene Stelzig (King's 1966)

This, my third published volume of poetry (126 pages), subtitled An Impromptu Poetry Journal, is an experiment in which I took up the challenge of writing poems every few days about my walks in the countryside of Western New York over the course of an entire year, to comprehend and complete the full circle or cycle of the seasons. What this collection seeks to trace is the geography of a reflective mind in touch with the natural world and itself.

Front cover showing a painting of a battle scene, one man brandishing a gun and another holding a French flag
Alan Baker (Emmanuel 1988)

What was the personality of 19th-century Paris? To answer that question, Alan - who has lived in Queen Edith's for 43 years and was one of its city councillors from 2002 to 2010 - starts with the legacies that late 18th-century Paris inherited from its foundation in pre-Roman and Roman times and from its medieval infancy and early-modern adolescence. His book unpacks the social and material complexity of the 19th-century city. It considers the role of immigration in the making of Parisians and in the city's growth from half a million people in 1801 to almost three million in 1911.

Front cover depicting a silhouette of Napoleon on a quarter of a watch face, in sepia
Gareth Williams (Queens' 1984)

Needing Napoleon is a remarkably original feat of imagination: an irresistible adventure that spirits the reader from present-day Paris to the battle of Waterloo and beyond. Can you change what has already happened? As a history teacher, Richard Davey knows the answer. At least, he thinks he does. On holiday in Paris, he stumbles across a curious antiques shop. The eccentric owner reveals a secret Richard dares not believe. Richard's conviction that Napoleon Bonaparte should have won the Battle of Waterloo could be put to the test.

Front cover showing four wooden blocks on a blue background. On the blocks are written class, race, sex and age.
David Swift (Girton 2006)

Karl Marx outlined the idea of a material ‘base’ and politico-cultural ‘superstructure’. According to this formula, a material reality – wealth, income, occupation – determined your politics, leisure habits, tastes, and how you made sense of the world. Today, the importance of material deprivation, in terms of threats to life, health and prosperity, are as acute as ever. But the identities apparently generated by these realities are increasingly detached from material circumstances.

A man and a woman dressed in workout clothes embrace and flex their biceps, in front of a sofa where two grey people languish
Hugh Bethell (St John's 1960)

Like most of us, you probably know you need to keep fit – but just why is it so vital? And what sort of exercise should you be doing – how often, how hard and for how long? Perhaps you feel you are fit already – but how much exercise are you really taking? What are the consequences of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles?

Front cover depicting Greek mosaic of a man's eyes and half of face
Roderick Beaton (Peterhouse 1970)

The Greeks is the story of a culture that has contributed more than any other to the way we live now in the West. It is a story that travels the entire globe and four millennia, taking us from the archaeological treasures of the Bronze Age Aegean, myths of gods and heroes, to the politics of the European Union today. Here are the glories of the classical city-states of Athens and Sparta, the far-reaching conquests of Alexander the Great, the foundations of early Christianity, the thousand-year empire of the Byzantines, and the rediscoveries of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.

Front cover showing earth partially visible from the moon
McIntyre Michael Edgeworth (St John's 1963)

Professor Michael Edgeworth McIntyre is an eminent scientist who has also had a part-time career as a musician. From a lifetime's thinking, he offers this extraordinary synthesis exposing the deepest connections between science, music, and mathematics, while avoiding equations and technical jargon.

Front cover showing the silhouette of a woman with black hair, red lipstick and a red coat
Freya Berry (Trinity 2010)

My debut novel follows a captivating dictator's wife standing trial for her dead husband's crimes in post-communist eastern Europe, and the web of lies she weaves around the young female lawyer defending her.

Published as a lead launch by Headline Review as 'the most darkly gripping debut of the year'.

Book cover that shows African workers on a ladder, near a palm tree
Michelle Liebst (Trinity Hall 2013)

Important and broadening study of the way Africans engaged with missions, not as beneficiaries of humanitarian philanthropy, but as workers. The important role missions played as places of work has been underexplored, yet missionaries were some of the earliest Europeans who tried to control African labour. African mission workers' roles were not just religious and educational, as they were actively involved, not always voluntarily, in building and domestic work.

Front cover showing hands touching a medical tube in black and white
Daniel Menchik (Hughes Hall 2001)

Exploring how the authority of medicine is controlled, negotiated, and organized, Managing Medical Authority asks: How is knowledge shared throughout the profession? Who makes decisions when your heart malfunctions—physicians, hospital administrators, or private companies who sell pacemakers? How do physicians gain and keep their influence?

Front cover depicting a painting, showing a table set with food and drinks next to a window looking out onto a veranda
Lucy Whelan (Corpus Christi 2007)

An unparalleled reassessment of Pierre Bonnard, exploring his paintings, drawings, photography, and prints.

As one of the founders of the post-Impressionist group the Nabis, French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) is frequently seen as a transitional figure between the Impressionists and modernists. This beautifully illustrated book offers a fresh interpretation, revealing the artist’s central concern with expanding representation beyond the limits of natural vision. The result is a new understanding not only of Bonnard but of modernism itself.

Book cover depicting a manuscript, with a man wearing a hat, holding a spear and wearing boots drawn on the paper
Jonathan Y. H. Hui (Fitzwilliam 2013)

The Saga of Vilmundur the Outsider is an entertaining romance composed in the late Middle Ages in Iceland, where it remained popular for another five centuries. It tells of the adventures of Vilmundur, the rustic son of a farmer, whose rise through society is characterised by a combination of unrefined social etiquette and raw athletic prowess.

Front cover showing two people in a boat on a lake with a background of mountains
Ruth Bamforth (Newnham 1994)

What is a Christian? What is prayer? How should I pray? What does the Lord's Prayer actually mean? These are just some of the questions people often ask as they explore their Christian faith. Don't fuss, Love God, Don't fuss seeks to answer these and other questions in a straightforward, down to earth, and unapologetic way.

Through this insightful compilation of reflections Don't fuss, Love God, Don't fuss helps those at the beginning of their journey into their Christian faith, as well as those seeking to deepen their understanding of Christianity.