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Salam Hawa (Lucy Cavendish 1988)

This book discusses the idea that Arab cultural and political identity has been suppressed by centuries of dominance by imperial outsiders and by religious and nationalist ideologies with the result that present day Arab societies are characterised by a crisis of identity where fundamentalism or chaos seem to be the only available choices.

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Alisa Bryce (Jesus 2012)

Life on land could not exist without soil. Almost everything we need can be traced to the soil: food, fibre, medicines and more. What would we be without it? Certainly not a planet worthy of the name Earth.There are already plenty of books about agriculture, ecology or how to grow tomatoes. This book is about the other stuff. Like…

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Jennifer Moore (Selwyn 1994)

A perfect home… A destructive obsession… A fatal secret… When Fern and Paul move into the large, old house on Crenellation Lane, with beautiful high ceilings and a luscious garden, they think they’ve found their dream home. After the devastating loss of Fern’s twin sister, it will be a fresh start and somewhere to raise their first baby. But as soon as they arrive, Fern starts having terrifying nightmares about the woman who lived there before. When the woman showed Fern around, they bonded over their pregnancies. Now, Fern can’t let her go.

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Henry Disney (Sidney Sussex 1959)

The Covid pandemic has impacted all our lives. The new poems in this volume constitute a challenging set of reflections and provide an interesting contrast with some of the poems the author published before Covid-19. The author is a distinguished entomologist who is author or co-author of hundreds of scentific papers and 10 previous books of poems.

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Caroline K. Mackenzie (Pembroke 1991)

Looking at your Latin GCSE vocab list and wondering where to start? Teaching yourself Latin and wanting a refresher on some of the most common Latin words? Interested in how Latin can help us better understand the meaning of modern English? Then this is the book for you!

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Bhadrajee S. Hewage (St Edmund's 2020)

Our understanding that the Buddha emerged from the Middle Gangetic region of the Indian subcontinent has been largely unchallenged for the past 200 years. However, can we truly trust our existing knowledge regarding the geographical locations associated with early Buddhism? Could the Buddha’s origins, in fact, lie elsewhere?

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Laurence Baillie Brown (King's 1972)

This real historical Game of Thrones is set in the late fifteenth century in the Wars of the Roses. A disgruntled younger son of a fallen Duke, Eddy De-la-Pole, bisexual and deeply ambitious, dominated by his beloved mother Alice Chaucer (the poet's granddaughter), nurtures a bromance with Anthony Wydville, brother of the Yorkist Queen. But the manipulative Queen separates them. How will Eddy choose between his beloved friend and the rising star of the dynastic firmament, Richard Duke of Gloucester?

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Ian Lewis (Fitzwilliam 1972)

London, 1913. 14–year–old Billy Bean is a thief. He’s also a talented street performer, and he’s picked up by Fred Karno’s music–hall company. Then Charlie Chaplin leaves Karno for the movies, and Billy is sent to America to replace him. Billy wants to work in movies, too, and it’s not long before he gets his lucky break. But his luck runs out and the movie career goes badly. Soon he’s on the streets again, hoping that his childhood skills and a cheeky grin will keep him from starvation.

A historical novel for all ages 10+.

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Michael B Morrison (Darwin 1978)

Golf had been played in Scotland for centuries with virtually no interest expressed in it south of the border. By the mid-19th century it was acknowledged as the national sport of Scotland, while the English remained stubbornly unmoved by the game. Even when other sports such as football, cricket, rugby and tennis were taking off in England in the 1870s, golf was only played by a small minority in a scattering of places around the country.

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Kylie Moore-Gilbert (Wolfson 2009)

'The sky above our heads was uncaged and unlike us, free.' The Uncaged Sky is Kylie Moore-Gilbert's remarkable story of courage and resilience, and a powerful meditation on hope, solidarity and what it means to be free. On 12 September 2018 British-Australian academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert was arrested at Tehran Airport by Iran's feared Islamic Revolutionary Guards. Convicted of espionage in a shadowy trial presided over by Iran's most notorious judge, she was given a 10 year sentence and ultimately spent 804 days incarcerated in Tehran's Evin and Qarchak prisons.

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Garry Powell (Selwyn 1974)

Welshman Huw Lloyd-Jones teaches Creative Writing at a charming college in the American South, and is in love with his beautiful wife, Miranda. But his idyllic life is about to change. His despotic Chair, Frida Shamburger, turns against him, and Miranda reveals that he can no longer count on her love. Huw must fight to save his job and marriage. Yet can a middle-aged white man survive in the woke jungle of academia? And with a sinister psychiatrist and a women's guru encouraging Miranda to be independent, can the couple's love prevail?

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Janak Gunatilleke (Clare 2013)

Do you want to learn about how AI can and can’t help improve healthcare? Do you want to learn how to improve the adoption of AI in healthcare? AI is often seen as a silver bullet, but in many instances AI and data based solutions in healthcare don’t fully address the problem and are sometimes not clinically safe. The current adoption of AI in healthcare is at best ad hoc, with a large number of solutions stuck in the proof of concept stage, limited to certain specialities or without robust evidence of their effectiveness.

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Adrian Hon (Trinity 2000)

How games are being harnessed as instruments of exploitation - and what we can do about it. Warehouse workers pack boxes while a virtual dragon races across their screen. If they beat their colleagues, they get an award. If not, they can be fired. Uber presents exhausted drivers with challenges to keep them driving. China scores its citizens so they behave well, and games with in-app purchases use achievements to empty your wallet.

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Jeremy Hudson (Christ's 1973)

Christian converts of the second century CE - writing a century or so after the death of Jesus - engaged in debates with non-Christians educated in classical Graeco-Roman culture, seeking to persuade them of the truth of Christianity. This book shows how they used the ancient Jewish Scriptures (what we call the Old Testament) in their arguments, even though their audiences were unfamiliar with those texts.

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Phillip R Brown (St John's 1972)

Diary of the Last Man is a fictional diary written by an anonymous 'patient' whom is undergoing compulsory experimental trials designed to discover a vaccine to combat a virus, known as the Omega Strain, which is quickly decimating the entire human race. Kept in solitary confinement and under close surveillance, he is permitted to make diary entries in the hope that they may shed light on the cerebral effects of the experimental 'medication' to which he is subjected.

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Philip G Cohen (Peterhouse 1972)

This time-bending novel of Cambridge life breaks all the rules. It's a coming-of-age story in the Cambridge of Aleister Crowley. Like many other books, this book is about a journey. But unlike other books, the destination of the journey is the point where the parallel lines meet. The narrator is locked inside the book. The only way he can get out of it is by persuading one of the other characters in the book to finish off the writing process for him. But before he can do this, he has to make a journey.

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Richard G Derwent (Queens' 1965)

This book identifies four key forms of air pollution: indoor, urban, regional and global. It discusses how these four types of pollution are manifest in today’s society and examines the scientific and policy challenges that stand in the way of progress. Written in a style that balances scientific underpinnings with accessible language, the authors examine the sources and historical context of air pollutants, before dedicating a chapter to each of the key forms.

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Ruth Evans (ed.) (St Catharine's 1981)

In the late 1950’s Bill and Win emerged into adult life from a society ravaged by World War Two. They met at Durham University and fell in love. Together they longed for a faith that would guide them, in their love for one another, from the shadows of the past into a more secure future. They came from very different backgrounds and they had acquired spiritual hopes and queries without certainties. Moved and intrigued by Jesus of Nazareth, neither of them claimed to truly know who He was or to understand Him. Without finding an answer, they got married.

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Gareth Williams (Queens' 1984)

Serving Shaka is a dramatic evocation of Zulu nation building, immersing the reader in vivid battle scenes, poignant relationships and tense political machinations. Having masterminded Napoleon Bonaparte's escape from St Helena with his friend Emile Beraud in Needing Napoleon, history teacher Richard Davey now finds himself stranded on the African coast. Richard and Emile encounter Shaka Zulu, a leader even more ruthless and ambitious than the former French emperor.

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Barbara Brend (Newnham 1959)

An illustrated reference book for students and scholars of Persian art, poetry, and literature. With this book, Barbara Brend provides thorough consideration of two celebrated Persian manuscripts housed in the British Library. These two copies of the Khamsah (Quintet) a set of five narrative poems by twelfth-century poet Nizami, a master of allegorical poetry in Persian literature, were produced in Herat in the fifteenth century, one of the greatest periods of Persian painting. Although well known, the manuscripts have never before been written about in relation to each other.


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