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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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A Shadow on Our Hearts
Adam Gilbert (Clare 2008)

The American war in Vietnam was one of the most morally contentious events of the twentieth century, and it produced an extraordinary outpouring of poetry. Yet the complex ethical terrain of the conflict is remarkably underexplored, and the prodigious poetic voice of its American participants remains largely unheard. In A Shadow on Our Hearts, Adam Gilbert rectifies these oversights by utilizing the vast body of soldier-poetry to examine the war’s core moral issues.

Judith Bishop (Pembroke 1994)

Interval is the much anticipated second volume from the award-winning Australian poet and author of  Event (Salt (U.K.), 2007).

Come near, let me

sense you, in this human

way we have – for now

and not forever.


Crab & Whale
Mark Pallis (Hughes Hall 2001) and Christiane Kerr

“A truly heartwarming story celebrating kindness and gently introducing children to the life-changing power of mindfulness.” - Sir Anthony Seldon, former Headmaster & mindfulness in schools pioneer.

Plundering Beauty: A History of Art Crime during War
Arthur Tompkins (Caius 1983)

Plundering Beauty (192pp; 53 colour and B&W images) is a broad, international overview of art crime during times of armed conflict. Examples of art crimes are drawn from wars through history, including the Fourth Crusade, the Napoleonic era, the Second World War and modern-day conflicts in Yugoslavia and Iraq.

Cennino Cennini's 'Il libro dell'arte'
Lara Broecke (Corpus 2002)

This is the first new translation into English of Cennino' Cennini's well-known treatise on painting techniques since Daniel Thompson published his version in 1932, and the only version to include the Italian text in the same volume as the translation. Cennino Cennino was an Italian artist, active around 1400 in Florence and then in Padua.

A Manner of Walking
Michael Dawes (Queens' 1966)

It is the Roaring Twenties. Life in England has picked itself up after the war, but things are not as they were. Times are changing on all fronts, especially in the norms of social conduct. The worlds of the Wellington-Smythes, Larkins and Randalls are about to collide. Revelations from the past and the consequences of selfish behaviour of the day throw family against family. Antics of the "Bright Young People" of the time, made famous by the tabloid press and by writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Evelyn Waugh, play against a darkened canvas.

America's Political Inventors: The Lost Art of Legislation
George W. Liebmann (Visiting Fellow 1996)

A discussion of ten American political institutions and the men who designed them, including John Winthrop and the New England town; John Locke and the Southern plantation; Thomas Jefferson and the north-western township; William Leggett and the general business corporation; Joseph Pulitzer and municipal home rule; Justin Morrill and land grant colleges; Hugh Hammond Bennett and Soil Conservation Districts and Byron Hanke and Residential Community Associations, among others.

The Great Darkness
Jim Kelly (Press Fellow Wolfson 1985)

The first in a new series of crime mysteries set in Cambridge in the Second World War. Eden Brooke, once of Michaelhouse College, is a veteran of the Great War, and now a detectve inspector on the 'Borough' - one of the smallest police forces in the country, charged with keeping the peace in the university town's medieval centre. It is the opening weeks of the war and first complete Black Out - dubbed The Great Darkness - provides a platoon of soldiers with the cover they need to dig pits on St John's Wilderness. What lies beneath?

Cybertwists: Hacking and Cyberattacks Explained
Richard Paul Hudson (Trinity 1994)

Cybertwists is an introduction to how hacking and cyberattacks work that is aimed at the general reader. It provides a lively illustration of the manifold techniques with which both criminals and secret services infiltrate other people’s computers, accessing and sometimes manipulating their data.

Beethoven's Symphony no. 9
Alexander Rehding (Queens' 1991)

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has held musical audiences captive for close to two centuries. Few other musical works hold such a prominent place in the collective imagination; each generation rediscovers the work for itself and makes it its own. Honing in on the significance of the symphony in contemporary culture, this book establishes a dialog between Beethoven's world and ours, marked by the earthshattering events of 1789 and of 1989. In particular, this book outlines what is special about the Ninth in millennial culture.