Alumni Books

Alumni Books

These pages allow us to showcase the published works of our Alumni (alphabetised by surname). For more information about a particular item please click on the 'More Info' link.

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Women, Land and Justice in Tanzania

Helen Dancer (1994, Politics, Philosophy & Economics)

Women, Land and Justice in Tanzania (James Currey, 2015).

Drawing on her ethnographic research in Tanzania's Arusha region, Helen Dancer's recent book explores how the country's land law reforms have affected women's legal claims to land. Centring on cases involving women litigants, it follows the progression of women's claims to land - from social origins through processes of dispute resolution to judgment.


International Taxation and the Extractive Industries

Philip Daniel (1966, PPE)

International Taxation and the Extractive Industries (Routledge, 2016)

This book, edited by Philip Daniel, Michael Keen, Artur Świstak and Victor Thuronyi,  includes contributions from current and former IMF staff  and outside experts. It deals with topical issues of revenue-raising from oil, gas and minerals where international and cross-border transactions predominate.

The Portugese Massacre of Wiriyamu in Colonial Mozambique, 1964-2013

Mustafah Dhada (1977, International Relations)

The Portugese Massacre of Wiriyamu in Colonial Mozambique, 1964-2013. (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2015).

In an in-depth study of perhaps the most famous of Portuguese colonial massacres, Mustafah Dhada explores why the massacre took place, what Wiriyamu was like prior to the massacre, how events unfolded and the impact for the Portuguese empire.

The Road to Corbyn

Dr Rob Donovan (1967, Modern History)

The Road to Corbyn (Matador, 2016)

Following the style of Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, The Road to Corbyn begins with the conceit of a dream in which Pilgrim, a contemporary seeker after truth, is introduced to the characters Hope, Charity, and the Interpreter. The Interpreter is Pilgrims guide, the voice that presents the big picture of the human species and their development, particularly within the last two hundred and fifty years.

It’s Been An Education

Tony Elder (1953, History)

It’s Been An Education, (Brown Dog Books, 2015)

Tony Elder's book is a personal and often humorous account of his life, with particular emphasis on his career in Education, which included being Head of two Community Colleges. He provides some fascinating insights into aspects of coaching, teaching, learning, and the management of schools, all based on his personal experiences.

The Status of the Cat

Sean Elliott (1984, English)

The Status of the Cat. (Playdead Press, 2014)

Sean Elliott's publication is a collection of poems, based on a range of themes including places, theatre, social behaviour, love, depression and paintings. The title came about from a section of poems involving cats, as the books is about survival and cats proverbially have nine lives and always land on their feet.

Market Leader Extra

David Falvey (1981, PPE)

Market Leader 3rd Edition Extra

Market Leader 3rd Edition Extra is a five-level English course for students who want to learn English and learn about business, and for business people who want to advance their careers.

It has been developed in association with the Financial Times, one of the leading sources of business information in the world. Financial Times material introduces students to topical business issues and builds the professional language and communication skills required for the modern world of business.

London, Londoners and the Great Fire of 1666

Jacob F. Field (2001, History)

London, Londoners and the Great Fire of 1666: Disaster and Recovery (Routledge, 2018)

The Great Fire of 1666 was one of the greatest catastrophes to befall London in its long history. While its impact on London and its built environment has been studied and documented, its impact on Londoners has been overlooked. This book examines the impact of the Fire in terms of how individuals and communities reacted and responded to it, and puts the response to the Fire in the context of existing trends in early modern England, as well as exploring the broader effects of the Fire in the rest of the country and how it continued to be an important polemical tool into the eighteenth century.


Mick Finlay (1984, Human Sciences)

Arrowood (HarperCollins, 2017)

Set in London in 1895, Arrowood is a self-taught psychologist, occasional drunkard and private investigator. Whilst the rich turn to Sherlock Holmes, the rest go to Arrowood to investigate in this dark, crime thriller.

Trace Elements

Nigel Forde (1963, English)

Trace Elements (Valley Press, 2018)

In Nigel Forde's first collection of poetry for eight years, he takes us on a quintessentially English journey through life and memory, exploring love, landscape, music and those difficult moments we all share but few can put into words.

In the Wolf's Mouth

Adam Foulds (1994, English)

In the Wolf's Mouth (Vintage, 2015)

The book follows the lives of four very different men, all navigating the chaos and horror brought about by the Second World War. Fighting for the Allies are Will Walker, an ambitious English Field Security Officer and Ray Marfione, a wide-eyed Italian-American infantryman. Meanwhile in Sicily, Angilù, a young shepherd caught up in corruption and Cirò Albanese, a sinister Mafioso, are fighting their own battles with devastating consequences.

Four Acres: A Natural History of Taston.

Glyn Frewer (1952, English)

Four Acres: A Natural History of Taston. (Ridgeway Press, 2014)

Glyn Frewer presents his material as a diary of wildlife observations from the hamlet of Taston in the Cotswolds. The detail comes from the whole, rather than the individual 'diary' entries and delivers an overview of the wildlife on this patch of four acres. There are some interesting observsations, such as when the author watches a mole at work, pushing up the turf through its subterranean activities.

Protest in Putin’s Russia

Mischa Gabowitsch (1995, PPE)

Protest in Putin’s Russia (Polity Press, 2016)

In this the first full-length study of the 2011 Russian protests, Mischa Gabowitsch challenges the journalistic clichés that surrounded the demonstrations, to deeply analyse them in the context of protest and social movements across Russia as a whole.

Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future

Georgia Gould (2005, History & Politics)

Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future (Little, Brown, 2015)

Georgia Gould attempted to uncover the values, aspirations and challenges of young Brits through her recent book. The account is based on detailed research and interviews with an array of young people throughout the UK, which makes the case for stronger dialogue between the generations.

Discovery and Measurement of the Higgs Boson in the WW Decay Channel

David Hall (2010, Physics)

Discovery and Measurement of the Higgs Boson in the WW Decay Channel (Springer, 2015)

David Hall has won a Springer Thesis prize for his DPhil thesis, which he completed at St Catz, and it has been published as part of the Springer Theses series. Discovery and Measurement of the Higgs Boson in the WW Decay Channel (Springer, 2015) describes the analysis performed by researchers at CERN

The Joshua Files

MG Harris (1984, Biochemistry)

The Joshua Files series (Darkwater)

The Joshua Files is a thriller book series which follows the story of Joshua Garcia as he travels in the Mayan ruins following the work of his archaeologist father Andres Garcia. He is accompanied by his three friends: Tyler Marks, Ixchel, and his cousin Benicio.

There are five books in the series:

Invisible City
Ice Shock
Zero Moment
Dark Parallel
Apocalypse Moon

Boris and the Dumb Skulls

Frank Hinks (1968, Law)

Boris and the Dumb Skulls (Ramion, 2014)

Frank Hinks has recently published his sixteenth children’s book in the Ramion collection.  The book follows Boris the skull and his newly formed punk rock band as they try to find fame and freedom from Griselda the witch, who has been drinking too much evil spirit.

The House on Bellevue Gardens

Rachel Hore (1979, Modern History)

The House on Bellevue Gardens (Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Rachel Hore's latest book tells the story of Eleven Bellevue Gardens, which is the shabbiest house of a smart white-painted Georgian terrace in North London.  It’s owner, Leonie Brett, once found sanctuary here following a brief career as a model and a destructive marriage.  Now, she opens her house to others in need. However, the house is now itself under threat.  Can Leonie rescue it? 

I am the Song (CD)

Bernard Hughes (1992, Music)

A CD of choral music by Bernard Hughes has been released by Signum Records. I am the Song contains choral music performed by the BBC Singers, featuring two large scale pieces and a number of miniatures. They include one that was an expansion of a piece Bernard wrote while at Catz, that was premiered at the college.

A Giotto Triptych and Afterwords

W.D. (Bill) Jackson (1965, English)

A Giotto Triptych and Afterwords (Shoestring Press, 2014)

Bill Jackson's recent books are two further selections of poetry from the third part (provisionally entitled Opus 3) of his ongoing trilogy, Then and Now, on the subject of the individual and his or her place in European history.