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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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The Canadian Law of Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
Mitchell McInnes (Trinity Hall 1989)

The book is the first and only work devoted to the modern Canadian law of unjust enrichment.

Reflections on Cambridge
Alan Macfarlane

The traditions and creativity of Cambridge University have survived 800 years. In celebration, this first-ever combined historical and anthropological account explores the culture, the customs, the colleges and the politics of this famous institution. As professor here for nearly forty years, the author sets forth on a personal but also dispassionate attempt to understand how this ancient university developed and changed, and how it continues to influence all people who pass through it.

The Worst Golf Course Ever: Coldham Common
Michael Morrison (Darwin 1978)

Bernard Darwin famously described Coldham Common in nineteenth century Cambridge as ‘the worst course I have ever seen, and many others would probably award it a like distinction’. Flat, featureless, frequently waterlogged, with foul-smelling ditches, a rifle range and local hooligans stealing golf balls were just some of the attributes that justified Darwin’s assertion. And yet from modest beginnings in 1869, CUGC would thrive and by the early 1890s, become one of the largest golf clubs in England.

Rivals of the Republic
Annelise Freisenbruch (Newnham 1995)

Rome, 70BC. Roman high society hums with gossip about the sudden, suspicious suicide of a prominent Roman senator. Shortly afterwards, the body of a Vestal Virgin is discovered in the river Tiber.

Everyday Evils: A Psychoanalytic View of Evil and Morality
Coline Covington (Darwin 1975)

Everyday Evils blends psychoanalytic concepts with sociology, history, anthropology, philosophy, theology and studies of violence to look at the evils committed by “ordinary” people in different contexts. Ranging from discussion of Nazi atrocities and the horrors of Islamic State to the consequences of Stockholm Syndrome, this book will appeal to scholars from across disciplines as well as anyone who has ever asked the question:"How could anyone do something like that?" Coline Covington is a Jungian analyst in private practice in London.

Pain, Pleasure and Perversity: Discourses of Suffering in Seventeenth-Century England
John Yamamoto-Wilson (Magdalene 1971)

Luther’s 95 Theses begin and end with the concept of suffering, and the question of why a benevolent God allows his creations to suffer remains one of the central issues of religious thought. In order to chart the processes by which religious discourse relating to pain and suffering became marginalised during the period from the Renaissance to the end of the seventeenth century, this book examines a number of works on the subject translated into English from (mainly) Spanish and Italian.

Low Life Lawyer: in the footsteps of Bechet
Michael Simmons (Emmanuel 1952)

A legal thriller charting the rise and fall --and rise and fall again--of a somewhat unorthodox lawyer. 

Quintember
Richard Major

When there are high crimes to be covered up, mysteries to be wrapped in enigmas, or a murderer to be liquidated - literally - there is only one man in England who can be trusted with the task: Felix Culpepper, tutor in Classics at St Wygefortis' College, Cambridge, and assassin-at-large for the British Establishment.

The Phoenician Symbol
Basil Maddox (Christ's 1957)

The year is 1678 AD. Simon Maddox, a graduate student at Christ’s College Cambridge, receives from his tutor a subject for his thesis in History: “A Century through the Eyes of One Unusual Man.” That man, his uncle Thomas, is also a graduate. He has disappeared but may still be alive, and has left Simon with his research material in a cottage in Grantchester. He must make sense of a Phoenician Symbol described by Ptolemy a thousand years earlier and its connection to the Welsh Prince Madoc who sailed to America three hundred years before Columbus in his ship ‘Gwennan Gorn’.

Theatre and Aural Attention: Stretching Ourselves
George Home-Cook (Homerton 2002)

The question of attention in theatre remains relatively unexplored. In redressing this, Theatre and Aural Attention investigates what it is to attend theatre by means of listening. Focussing on four core aural phenomena in theatre  ̶  noise, designed sound, silence, and immersion – Home-Cook concludes that theatrical listening involves paying attention to atmospheres.

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