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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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Don't Get Your Tutu in a Twist cover
Jenny Moore (Selwyn 1994)

Miss Gorilla is holding a dance show, but the rehearsals are not going well! Can they pull it all together in time for the big night?

'Don't Get Your Tutu in a Twist!' is a fun, rhyming picture book starring tip-tapping toe-tangled animals and a generous pinch of chaos. Illustrated by Barbara Bakos.

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Michael Sheridan (Jesus 1977)

The rise of China and the fall of Hong Kong to authoritarian rule are told with unique insight in this new history by Michael Sheridan, drawing on eyewitness reporting over three decades, interviews with key figures and documents from archives in China and the West

The story sweeps the reader from the earliest days of trade through the Opium Wars of the 19th century to the age of globalisation, the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. It ends with the battle for democracy on the city’s streets and the ultimate victory of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Piano cover
Susan Tomes (King's 1972)

An astonishingly versatile instrument, the piano allows just two hands to play music of great complexity and subtlety. For more than two hundred years, it has brought solo and collaborative music into homes and concert halls and has inspired composers in every musical genre—from classical to jazz and light music.

Emergency Deep
Alfred Scott McLaren (Peterhouse 1981)

Captain Alfred Scott McLaren served as Commander of the USS Queenfish (SSN 651) from September 1969 to May 1973-the very height of the Cold War. As commander, McLaren led at least six major clandestine operations, including the first-ever exploration of the entire Siberian Continental Shelf, a perilous voyage detailed in his previous book Unknown Waters.

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Caitlin Donahue Wylie (Clare Hall 2008)

An investigation of the work and workers in fossil preparation labs reveals the often unacknowledged creativity and problem-solving on which scientists rely.

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Rod Mengham (Reader in Modern English Literature, and Fellow of Jesus College)

Midnight in the Kant Hotel is an absorbing account of contemporary art, composed over twenty years. The essays revisit the same artists as they develop, following them in time, changing perspectives as he, and they, develop.

Head First cover
Alastair Santhouse (Emmanuel 1986)

What does it mean to be well? Is it something in our body? Or, is it rather something subjective - something of the mind? In this profound collection of clinical stories, eminent psychiatrist Dr Alastair Santhouse draws on his experience of treating thousands of hospital patients to show how our emotions are inextricably linked to our physical wellbeing.

The Offset cover
Calder Szewczak (Natasha Calder and Emma Szewczak, both Corpus Christi 2013)

THE OFFSET is a work of science fiction that explores the issues of environmentalism and anti-natalism, positing a world in which, on their eighteenth birthday, every child must choose one of their parents to die as a carbon offset for their own life. The book has been compared to Sophie's Choice and The Handmaid's Tale, and described as "the science fiction novel for our times" by science journalist Angela Saini.

Xu Zhimo in Cambridge − life and poetry
Stuart Lyons (King's 1962)

In the ten years between his admission to King’s College in 1921 and his death in an air crash, Xu Zhimo transformed Chinese poetry.  This book illuminates his life and friendships in Cambridge, and his love of the Backs and surrounding countryside. It contains 24 poems in Xu’s original Chinese with Pinyin transliteration and English verse translations by the winner of the Stephen Spender Prize 2020 for poetry in translation.

The Misadventures of Nicholas Nabb cover
Jenny Moore (Selwyn 1985)

A botched bread roll robbery spells trouble for Victorian sewer scamp, Nicholas Nabb... BIG trouble. But when a mysterious veiled widow, Annie, steps in to save him, it looks like his luck might finally be changing. Only Annie vanishes before they can become properly acquainted, leaving Nick with nothing but questions. Who is the lady behind the black veil? Why does she have a baby photo of him inside her locket? And, most importantly of all, where is she now? Nick will stop at nothing to find out.

Troy cover
Stephen Fry (Queens' 1978)

'Troy. The most marvellous kingdom in all the world. The Jewel of the Aegean. Glittering Ilion, the city that rose and fell not once but twice . . .'

The story of Troy speaks to all of us - the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against that great city, to which they will lay siege for ten whole and very bloody years.

Our Dear-Bought Liberty cover
Michael D. Breidenbach (Wolfson 2008)

How early American Catholics justified secularism and overcame suspicions of disloyalty, transforming ideas of religious liberty in the process.

Rethink cover
Amol Rajan (editor)

After darkness, there is always light.

Based on the hit BBC podcast, and with introductions by presenter and journalist Amol Rajan, Rethink gives us the opportunity to consider what a better world might look like and reaffirms that after darkness there is always light.

Why Calories Don't Count cover
Dr Giles Yeo (Fellow, Wolfson)

Calorie information is ubiquitous. On packaged food, restaurant menus and online recipes we see authoritative numbers that tell us the calorie count of what we're about to consume. And we treat these numbers as gospel; counting, cutting, intermittently consuming and, if you believe some 'experts' out there, magically making them disappear. We all know, and governments advise, that losing weight is just a matter of burning more calories than we consume.

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Robert Peal (Sidney Sussex 2007)

‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know’ is how Lord Byron, the poet who drank wine from a monk’s skull and slept with his half-sister, was described by one of his many lovers. But ‘mad, bad and dangerous’ serves as a good description for the entire Georgian period: often neglected, the hundred or so years between the coronation of George I in 1714 and the death of George IV in 1830 were years when the modern world was formed, and changes came thick and fast.

German Justice cover
Marcus Fedder (Emmanuel 1982)

In German Justice, Max Hardenberg, a recently retired German judge, revisits Russia in 1990 to trace back the way he had gone as a young soldier in Hitler's army. In 1944 he had witnessed crimes committed by the SS and now, finding Natasha, one of the victims of these crimes, he realises that, still today, there are many open chapters that noone has dealt with - the people who had committed those crimes are still alive.

Charting an Asian Trajectory for Literacy Education cover
Su Li Chong (St Edmund's 2010)

Weaving outwards from a centripetal force of biographical stances, this book presents the collective perspectives of literacy researchers from Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan. It represents the first all-Asian initiative to showcase the region’s post-colonial, multilingual and multicultural narratives of literacy education.

Corporate Finance cover
Brindha Gunasingham (Fitzwilliam 1991), John Graham, Chris Adam,

Corporate Finance, 3rd Asia-Pacific Edition, offers a dynamic, modern and practical approach that illustrates how financial management really works and helps prepare you for a career in finance. It features up-to-date content including a focus on ethics in finance, following the Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Future Perfect cover
Felicia Yap (Sidney Sussex 2003)

What if today was your last day...

A bomb has exploded during a fashion show, killing a beautiful model on the catwalk. The murderer is still at large... and he may strike again. Yet this is the least of Police Commissioner Christian Verger's worries. His fiancée Viola has left him. He has to keep his tumultuous past a secret. To make things worse, his voice assistant Alexa is 99.74% sure he will die tomorrow.

Natural escapes – Ticino cover
Iwona Eberle (Newnham 1986)

For people of all ages who love to explore, swim and enjoy the outdoors – this book is a guide to spectacular locations on and in the water in the Swiss canton of Ticino, including many that almost nobody knows about.