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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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Find Me
J S Monroe

Five years ago, Rosa walked to Cromer pier in the dead of night. She looked into the dark swirling water below, and she jumped. She was a brilliant young Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected.

Was that what really happened? The coroner says it was. But Rosa’s boyfriend Jar can’t let go. He hallucinates, seeing Rosa everywhere – a face on the train, a distant figure on the hillside. He is obsessed with proving that she is still alive. And then he gets an email.

Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do…

In and Around Cambridge in the 1960s
Richard Gaunt (Corpus 1966)

In and Around Cambridge in the 1960s is a unique book showing the iconic university city from different angles. Striking, previously unpublished photographs, show famous buildings as well as the river, backstreets and small towns, villages and countryside. Students and distinguished members of staff are here with builders, shoppers in the market and men from gasworks. This was a time of demos, protests and disruption to established academic traditions.

Political Conflict in South Asia
Gerald Peiris (St John's 1962)

Since the termination of European dominance over South Asia in the mid-20th century people living in most parts of the region have been plagued by various types of violent political conflict - some, excruciatingly prolonged and devastating in impact - most of which have roots in the colonial legacy. These range from international military confrontations and protracted civil wars to intermittent localised riots involving rival groups with distinctive primordial or associational identities.

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.