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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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Wooffie Says ...
Robin Hesketh (Selwyn 1978)

Ten short cat stories for children of all ages. Each has a different scientific theme and the main aim is to help youngsters to enjoy reading and to get them thinking about science. Electronic links make it easy to follow up the main topics. The hero is a cat called Wooffie whose peaceful life is turned upside down when two orphaned kittens join the family – not least because they’re female! Wooffie finds a new role as a father figure in which he draws on his experiences to teach the ‘girls’ as much as he can whilst they are growing up.

Doctors At War - Life and Death in a Field Hospital
Mark de Rond

In 2011, as part of an ethnographic study, Cambridge University professor, Mark de Rond, spent six weeks at the “world’s bloodiest” field hospital, Camp Bastion, in Afghanistan.  His aim - to portray the lived experience of the surgical team working there.  Rare in its detail and told with a brutal honesty - everything happened, nothing has been exaggerated - this is their story.

Cambridge Engineering The First 150 Years
Haroon Ahmed (King's 1959)

Cambridge Engineering: The First 150 Years takes the reader on a journey that starts with the genesis of engineering as an academic discipline, leads to the creation of the Department in 1875, and looks forward to its plans for the 150th anniversary in 2025. The history is told through the extraordinary lives of engineering leaders, who fought through the initial derision of other disciplines to take the faculty from a workshop in a wooden hut to stand as the largest department in the University.

King’s College Chapel 1515-2015 Art, Music and Religion in Cambridge
Edited by Jean Michel Massing and Nicolette Zeeman

This lavishly illustrated, interdisciplinary volume encompasses many aspects of the Chapel’s history from its foundation to the present day. The essays all represent new research, with a particular emphasis on areas that have not been investigated before: Chapel furnishings and art; the architectural engineering of the building and current state of the glass; the history of the Choir and the life of the Chapel, not least in recent centuries. Essays will engage with politics, drama, music, iconoclasm and aesthetics.

The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France
Constant Mews; translated by Neville Chiavaroli (Clare 1997)

An examination of a collection of Latin love letters preserved in a fifteenth-century manuscript of Clairvaux, which the main author argues may derive from the original correspondence of Abelard and Heloise. The complete Latin text is reproduced with an annotated translation by Neville Chiavaroli and Constant Mews.

Politics of Art: The Creation Society and the Practice of Theoretical Struggle in Revolutionary China
Zhiguang Yin (King's 2007)

In Politics of Art Zhiguang Yin investigates members of the Creation Society and their social network while in Japan. The study contextualises the Chinese left-wing intellectual movements and their political engagements in relation with the early 20th century international political events and trends in both East Asia and Europe.

Volunteer Voices: Key Insights from International Development Experiences
Edited By Duncan McNicholl (Hughes Hall 2014)

Volunteer Voices is a guide for the critically minded volunteer and early career development worker. It is designed to help aspiring young changemakers engage with the complicated environment of international volunteering from a hands-on perspective that can help them to benefit and contribute as much as possible from the experience. By sharing stories, mistakes, and learning this book guides readers to reflect on their own work and how their own practice might improve, which is crucial to the development of an effective volunteer.

Kings & Queens in Their Castles
Tom Atwood (Pembroke 1995)

Kings & Queens in Their Castles has been called the most ambitious photo series ever conducted of the LGBTQ experience in the USA.

Over 15 years, Tom Atwood photographed more than 350 subjects at home nationwide (with over 160 in the book), including nearly 100 celebrities (with about 60 in the book). With individuals from 30 states, Atwood offers a window into the lives and homes of some of America's most intriguing and eccentric personalities.

Drawn from Life: Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne, introduced by Tim Parks
Michel de Montaigne and Tim Parks

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, the 16th-century French philosopher, popularised the genre of the essay form, a versatile style of writing celebrated by independent publisher Notting Hill Editions.

Montaigne’s influence is seen in the works of some of the greatest essayists of all time including Hazlitt, Bacon, Descartes, Asimov and possibly even Shakespeare. Montaigne would come to be recognised as embodying, perhaps better than any other author of his time, the spirit of freely entertaining doubt that began to emerge at that time.

The Star of the Nomadess: in Harmony between the East and the West (Russian edition)
Esuna Dugarova (Churchill 2005)

A Buryat girl from an indigenous people near Lake Baikal in Siberia shares her experience of earning a doctoral degree from Cambridge University. She reflects upon the peculiarities of English society from the perspective of her Buryat cultural heritage. The book describes how her upbringing in the Soviet system affected her integration into the Western society, how her Asian mentality perceived European norms and values, and how Buddhist philosophy helped her understand the Christian society.