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The wartime diary of WD Terry a ‘Safrican’ at Cambridge, with selected letters 1938 – 1941
Edited and introduced by Laurence Wright

A lively young South African, W.D. Terry, read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, during the early years of WW2.

His recently discovered diary and letters recount in vivid terms what it was like to be a South African student abroad as war breaks out. Travel, love and learning jostle with international politics, militarism and confusion.

Protestant Bible Translation and Mandarin as the National Language of China
George Kam Wah Mak (Homerton 2007)

This book represents the first monograph-length study of the relationship between Protestant Bible translation and the development of Mandarin from a lingua franca into the national language of China. Drawing on both published and unpublished sources, this book looks into the translation, publication, circulation and use of the Mandarin Bible in late Qing and Republican China, and sets out how the Mandarin Bible contributed to the standardisation and enrichment of Mandarin.

The Politics of Non-Assimilation
David Verbeeten (Pembroke 2007)

Over the course of the twentieth century, Eastern European Jews in the United States developed a left-wing political tradition. Their political preferences went against a fairly broad correlation between upward mobility and increased conservatism or Republican partisanship. Many scholars have sought to explain this phenomenon by invoking antisemitism, an early working-class experience, or a desire to integrate into a universal social order.

Entities and Lists in Hierarchy: a theory of language and inference
Arthur Young (Clare 1945)

This ebook proposes a theory to describe how knowledge of physical conditions is represented in physical systems. The theory suggests that object-oriented methods of software development are unsound in their form at the time of writing and should undergo major revision.

Aphra Behn: A Secret Life
Janet Todd (Newnham 1961)

Author, spy, political propagandist, Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of English literature, a female polymath who rose from humble origins to come close to the heart of power.  In this landmark biography, Janet Todd draws on contemporary documents and on Behn’s own writings to examine the history of the times and to tell the story of an independent woman in a harsh and glittering society, caught up in and exploiting the political, diplomatic and sexual intrigues of her time.

Thinking Globally Acting Locally: A Personal Journey
Peter Mittler (Pembroke 1950)

Thinking Globally Acting Locally is more than just the memoir of a distinguished career. It is a history of the twentieth century reflected in the life and work of one individual.

It begins in 1938 with a year in the life of an eight year old Viennese Jewish boy as he experiences the worst and best of humanity, from Nazi persecution to rescue by strangers through the Kindertransports. It tells of his encounters with an English schooling system at its worst and best and of his formative years.

Women as Public Moralists in Britain: From the Bluestockings to Virginia Woolf
Benjamin Dabby (Caius 2003)

This book explores the ways in which a tradition of women moralists in Britain shaped public debates about the nation's moral health, and men's and women's responsibility to ensure it. It focusses on the role played by eight of the most significant of those women moralists whose writing on history, literature and visual art changed contemporaries' understanding of the lessons to be drawn from each field at the same time as they contested and redefined contemporary understandings of masculinity and femininity.

The First Serious Optimist: A.C. Pigou and the Birth of Welfare Economics
Ian Kumekawa (Clare 2012)

The First Serious Optimist is an intellectual biography of the Cambridge economist A. C. Pigou (1877–1959), a founder of welfare economics and one of the twentieth century's most important and original thinkers. Though long overshadowed by his intellectual rival John Maynard Keynes, Pigou was instrumental in focusing economics on the public welfare. And his reputation is experiencing a renaissance today, in part because his idea of "externalities" or spillover costs is the basis of carbon taxes.

Cambridge Company
Farrukh Dhondy (Pembroke 1964)

A semi fictionalised memoir of the Indian born author's undergraduate years in Cambridge in the Britain of the swinging sixties. A young man's journey through a sometimes bewildering culture and the people he encounters, befriends, antagonises and works and plays with. A rite of passage which ends in the fulfilment of becoming a professional writer.

Set Free; From Banking to Buddhism in Bhutan
Emma Slade (Selwyn 1985)

Set Free is the inspiring true story of a life lived to extremes. Honestly, with humour and poetry Emma tells her tale of leaving the high paced work of finance and following her heart to Bhutan. Along the way she describes the ups and downs of jobs and relationships, becoming a mother and always the question of what is it which brings a meaningful and happy life.