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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 Leopard in the Golden Cage
Julia Edwards (Queens' 1995)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time?

Joe Hopkins isn't expecting to go anywhere. It's the first day of the summer holidays and he's fed up. His dad has moved out, and he doesn't know what to do with himself for the next six weeks.

Slaves for the Isabella
Julia Edwards (Queens' 1995)

What if freedom wasn't something you could take for granted? What if you had to fight for it?

If there's one thing Joe Hopkins knows better than anyone, it's that the past can be very uncomfortable. But life in wealthy Georgian Bristol seems surprisingly civilized. Lucy's house is light and airy, and there are sandwiches and tea with sugar.

He soon discovers, however, that this civility is only skin deep: Lucy's family is shockingly involved in slavery.

El resorte de la conflictividad en Bolivia: Dinámicas, riesgos y transformaciones, 2000-2008
Cinthya Nicole Jordan Prudencio (Trinity Hall 2016)

Between 2000 and 2008 in Bolivia, numerous and violent social conflicts, with deep historical roots took over the national stage. People belonging to different sectors and socioeconomic backgrounds united their protests and redirected them to complain about the government’s performance and policies. They demanded more inclusion in decision-making processes regarding the management of natural resources and the distribution of revenues.

The Stormy Present
Adam Smith (Sidney Sussex 1995)

In this engaging and nuanced political history of Northern communities in the Civil War era, Adam I. P. Smith offers a new interpretation of the familiar story of the path to war and ultimate victory. Smith looks beyond the political divisions between abolitionist Republicans and Copperhead Democrats to consider the everyday conservatism that characterized the majority of Northern voters. A sense of ongoing crisis in these Northern states created anxiety and instability, which manifested in a range of social and political tensions in individual communities.

Start to Exit: How to maximize the value in your start-up
Adrian Burden (Churchill College 1989)

For anyone looking to build a business ready for sale or merger, Dr Adrian Burden gives a clear and comprehensive guide of what actions to take based on the experience of his own company’s multimillion pound exit after 2½ years and on his work with hundreds of other ventures.

Step by step, he discusses how you can put in place the policies, strategies, systems, processes and tools to satisfy investors when they are sizing you up and deciding what funds to commit.

The Christmas Adventure
Laura Robson Brown (Murray Edwards 1990)

The Christmas Adventure is the latest addition to the Fitz and Will series (published October 2015). It’s Christmas Eve in Cambridge and the cats are off on a festive adventure, which brings them to King’s College. Mayhem is caused at the famous carol service, before Fitz and Will find themselves on a magical sleigh ride home.

The Graduation Adventure
Laura Robson Brown (Murray Edwards 1990)

The Graduation Adventure is the second book in the series, published in April 2015, was launched to a sell out audience at The Cambridge Literary Festival. The Cambridge Cats return for their second adventure which takes them through market square to St Johns College, where Graduation day is in full swing. Fitz disappears and Will can't find her. Where can she be?

The May Ball Adventure 
Laura Robson Brown (Murray Edwards1990)

The May Ball Adventure is the first in the Fitz and Will series published in May 2014. Fitz and Will leave their home, The Fitzwilliam Museum, and trot off into town. Enjoy the mischeif the cats get caught up in as they revel in the sights of Trinity May Ball in full swing.

11 Explorations into Life on Earth
Helen Scales (St John's 1996)

The Royal Institution's Christmas lectures have seen a succession of eminent speakers fill the Ri's iconic Faraday Lecture Theatre and unlock for their spellbound young audiences - and, today, viewers worldwide - the secrets of science. This beautiful hardback volume examines eleven of the past century's most exciting lectures on the natural world, including Cambridge alumnus David Attenborough's animal-packed 1977 Lectures and Richard Dawkins's explosive series on evolution.

Generation HK: Seeking Identity in China’s Shadow
Ben Bland (Magdalene College 2001)

Teenage activists turned politicians, multi-millionaire super tutors, and artists fighting censorship—these are the stories of Generation HK. From radically different backgrounds yet with a common legacy, having grown up in post-handover Hong Kong, these young people have little attachment to the era of British colonial rule or today’s China. Instead, they see themselves as Hong Kongers, an identity both reinforced and threatened by the rapid expansion of Beijing’s influence. Amid great political and social uncertainty, Generation HK is trying to build a brighter future.