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Steve Peacock (Corpus Christi 1975)

Written by a geologist and fellow walker, this book is for the outdoor enthusiast curious to learn more about, and develop a deeper appreciation for, the story behind the geology around them.

Constructed as a 'companion for the scientifically curious' - rather than as a textbook - Geology for Walkers is written in clear language and is packed with bold, colourful illustrations to convey the geological concepts at work.

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Catriona Silvey (Corpus Christi 2003)

Thora and Santi have met before…

Under the clocktower in central Cologne, with nothing but the stars above and their futures ahead.

They will meet again…

They don’t know it yet, but they’ll meet again: in numerous lives they will become friends, colleagues, lovers, enemies – meeting over and over for the first time, every time; each coming to know every version of the other.

Only they can make sure it’s not for the last time.

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Dr David Gosling (Fitzwilliam 1963)

Dr David L. Gosling, Life Member and the first Spalding Fellow of Clare Hall, is the author of a new book titled Science and Development in Thai and South Asian Buddhism (Routledge, 2020). The book considers the role of Thai Buddhist religious people in development within Thailand. It discusses how Thai Buddhism has evolved philosophically and in its organisation to allow this, examines various examples of Buddhist people's engagement in development projects, and assesses how the situation is likely to unfold going forward.

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David Shannon (Trinity 1975)

People in Blanow think that books are dangerous: they fill your head with drivel, make poor firewood and cannot be eaten (even in an emergency).
This book is about Howul. He sees things differently: fires are dangerous; people are dangerous; books are just books.
Howul secretly writes down what goes on around him in Blanow. How its people treat foreigners, treat his daughter, treat him. None of it is pretty. Worse still, everything here keeps trying to kill him: rats, snakes, diseases, roof slates, the weather, the sea.

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Michael McCarthy (Downing 1966)

A step-by-step introduction to English grammar and brief, non-technical discussions of important grammatical theories and public and political debates in the English-speaking world. Suitable for first-year undergraduates but also for anyone who did not study English grammar at school, particularly the 'lost generation' of the 1960s to the 1990s.

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Paul Sen (Downing 1980)

A compulsively readable account of the extraordinary people, battling internal demons and external adversaries, who discovered the laws of thermodynamics and the science of heat, and brought about a scientific revolution.

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Rick Colbourne (St Catharine's 2004) and Robert Anderson

In this book, we explore the economic wellbeing of Indigenous peoples globally through case studies that provide practical examples of how Indigenous wellbeing is premised on sustainable self-determination that is in turn dependent on a community’s evolving model for economic development, its cultural traditions, its relationship to its traditional territories and its particular spiritual practices.

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Leslie Croxford (Clare 1963)

Frank Ward, a research historian troubled by his own past and a sense of emptiness, returns to a Spanish pueblo to celebrate the publication of his first book. Unexpectedly discovering that Albert Speer’s wartime driver had convalesced there, after years as a Russian POW, Frank plunges into an attempt to penetrate the mystery of Speer – the so-called "Good Nazi" –beyond the extent of his crimes. Consequently, he is drawn into a series of intense encounters in the pueblo, where Speer and his driver – although deceased – continue to influence events.

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P R Brown (St John's 1972)

This novella features the plight of Native Americans in general and of the Lakota Sioux of South Dakota in particular. The book is largely a response to the current Black Lives Matter movement, insofar as it raises important questions concerning ethnic identity, racial inequality and discrimination on grounds of colour. In the current furore, one might easily be forgiven for thinking that the only colours that merit discussion and concern are black and white.

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Jeff Andrew (Churchill 1967)

The European invasion of West Africa began with the Portuguese traders who arrived at the coast in the middle of the 15th century. What followed were five centuries of exploitation and occupation by the major European nations, most shamefully during the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade. This is the compelling story of the European men and women who became active participants. What was it that motivated them to risk travelling to the region infamously known as the ‘White Man’s Grave’?

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James Giles (Tutor, Institute of Continuing Education)

This book argues that in ancient Chinese Daoism, the Dao is best understood as awareness. Daoist concerns are primarily with the nature of human experience, meditation, and our relation to the world. The Way of Awareness in Daoist Philosophy starts by placing Daoist philosophy within the context of ancient Chinese thought. It then proceeds by critically engaging each of the major Daoist thinkers, works, or schools: Laozi, Yang Zhu, Zhuangzi, the Inward Training, Liezi, and Neo-Daoism.

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Isabel Thomas (Homerton 2018)

Did you know that without insects, humankind could not survive? This illustrated, fact-filled title helps young readers explore the huge variety of insects, with a focus on what makes an insect an insect, the differences between taxonomic groups, and why the million species of insects identified so far are the most important group of animals on Earth.

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Andrew Lownie (Magdalene 1981)

Traitor King, by Sunday Times bestselling author Andrew Lownie, looks at the years following the abdication of Edward VIII when the former king was kept in exile, feuding with his family over status for his wife, Wallis Simpson, and denied any real job.

Drawing on extensive research into hitherto unused archives and Freedom of Information requests, it makes the case that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were not the naïve dupes of the Germans but actively intrigued against Britain in both war and peace.

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Johanna Emeney (Pembroke 1993)

The third book of poetry by international-prize-winning poet, Johanna Emeney, this is a collection about friendship, nature and the student-teacher relationship.

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Felicia Huppert (Darwin 1968) and co-authors

How to act wisely to address personal, collective and global challenges and create a fairer, more sustainable world is the theme of newly released book Creating The World We Want To Live In: How Positive Psychology Can Build a Brighter Future.

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Bryan Mark Rigg (Darwin 1996)

Late in the Pacific War, as Americans were fighting their way to the home islands of the Japanese Empire, one of the fiercest battles of World War II was raging. The Japanese had created, perhaps, the best defended area anywhere on an island called Iwo Jima. Days into the bloody battle, casualties were high on both sides. United States Marines were taking an awful pounding out in the open from enemy-fortified positions.

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Guillermo Ramírez Sneberger (Pembroke 2016)

We all run a race that is not taught at schools and rarely within our families, where it is usually a trial-and-error process that may lead few people where they want to go while most struggle daily to figure it out, called life. How are you running yours? After reading this book you will discover that, You do not have to be N° 1 to be successful. Luck is irrelevant when mastering a tailored-made self. Achieving an integral balanced life is just the execution of a strategy. There are three major races we all run in life that impact most of our balance.

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Ian Lewis (Fitzwilliam 1972)

It's 1812. When her father is killed, fourteen year old Jane, known as Suri, is sent from her home in India to relatives in England. But there she doesn't find the quiet life that was planned for her. Kidnapped for her inherited fortune by her grandmother, she escapes, only to become involved with anti-British freedom-fighters from her home country, the Punjab. Where do her loyalties lie now? With England, country of her father? Or the Punjab, the country she knows best, where her friends are, and where she grew up?
For children and adults age 11+.

Health is made at home, hospitals are for repairs
Nigel Crisp (St John's 1970)

The NHS has been fighting for our lives for the last few weeks and months. Throwing all its resources at the COVID-19 pandemic. The millions of health and care workers involved have been magnificent and we must resource them better for the future.

Product Realization: Going from one to a million
Anna Thornton (Queens' 1990)

Most of the literature on product realization is scattered in blogs, individual chapters of books, and internal company documents. Until now, there has been no single text that covers the whole launch process from end-to-end. The challenge of product realization is the interactions between the various activities and deliverables. Product Realization is based on first-hand experience with many companies comprising different sizes, technologies, and product development timelines.