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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Sisters of Fury

Keith Jacobsen (1967, Modern Languages).

Sisters of Fury. (2015, Book Guild Ltd).

Keith Jacobsen's recent book is his fourth novel and it is dedicated to his St Catz contemporaries. The opening episodes are set in the college in the late 1960s.  His main characters, Jack and Hasan, meet in college as undergraduates and they start a strange, lop-sided relationship which ends fatally for one of them.   

Your Customer Rules

David Jaffe (1982, Politics, Philosophy & Economics)

Your Customer Rules (Jossey-Bass, 2015)

Co-authored with Bill Price, who set up Amazon's customer service, David Jaffe's second book recommends how to address core customer needs. The book defines a hierarchy of seven needs that companies can meet and apply, giving examples of companies that meet these needs. He shows how a new business model is emerging, where the customer directs the relationship.

You Never Know Your Luck: Reflections of a Cockney Campaigner for Education

Fred Jarvis (1949, PPE) 

You Never Know Your Luck: Reflections of a Cockney Campaigner for Education (Grosvenor House Publishing, 2014)

Fred Jarvis is the former President of the NUS and General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers. This collection of memoirs covers Fred’s distinguished career campaigning for education, his encounters with various colourful characters, and his interest in politics.
 

Sensational Subjects and Sympathetic Sentiments

John Jervis (1965, PPE)

Sensational Subjects and Sympathetic Sentiments (Bloomsbury, 2015)

In John Jervis' latest books, Sensational Subjects explores the themes that underlie the sensationalising of events, while Sympathetic Sentiments uncovers the patterns that both reproduce our capacity for sympathetic sentiments while revealing the inherent underlying tensions.
 

An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

Keith Johnson (1963, English)

An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (Routledge, 2017)

The 3rd Edition of  An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching has just been published (Routledge, 2017). The book covers both theory and practice, and is suitable both for teachers in training and for those already experienced in the field. There is an accompanying companion website.
 

With A Little Help From My Friends: A Schoolmaster's Memoirs

Dev Lahiri (1975, Modern History)

With A Little Help From My Friends: A Schoolmaster's Memoirs (2015, Rupa).

Dev Lahiri's lastest book is essentially the story of his life, which, for variety of reasons, has followed a very unusual trajectory. He also gives an insight into the fate of people who "buck the system" and challenge accepted beliefs and, indeed, the status quo.
 

Running the World's Markets: The Governance of Financial Infrastructure

Ruben Lee (1977, PPE)

Running the World's Markets: The Governance of Financial Infrastructure (Princeton University Press, 2011)

Ruben Lee's second book analyzes efficient forms of governance, how regulatory powers should be allocated, and whether regulatory intervention in governance is desirable. Guidelines are presented for identifying the optimal governance model for any market infrastructure institution within the context of its specific environment. Running the World's Markets provides a definitive and peerless reference for how to govern and regulate financial markets.

Painting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer

Professor David Mabberley (1967, Botany)

Painting by Numbers: The life and art of Ferdinand Bauer (NewSouth Publishing, 2017)

Ferdinand Bauer is seen by many as the greatest natural history painter of all time. This fascinating new study of Bauer’s work includes reproductions of never-before-published works from collections in Europe and Australia. Written by one of the world’s foremost botanical scholars, Painting by Numbers reveals Bauer’s innovative colour-coding technique for the first time.

Clinical Chemistry

William Marshall (1963, Biochemistry)

Clinical Chemistry (Elsevier, 2016), now in its eighth edition, considers what happens to the body's chemistry when affected by disease. Each chapter covers the relevant basic science and effectively applies this to clinical practice. It includes discussion on diagnostic techniques and patient management and makes regular use of case histories to emphasise clinical relevance, summarise chapter key points and to provide a useful starting point for examination revision.

The Pyrgic Puzzler: Classic Conundrums

Chris Maslanka (1973, Physics)

The Pyrgic Puzzler: Classic Conundrums (Dover Recreational Math)

Chris Maslanka presents eighty mind-bending problems that are loaded with chuckles and challenges and promise to test the powers of logic and ingenuity of even the most avid fans of brain teasers. The puzzles feature hints as well as complete solutions and illustrations provide valuable clues.

America and the Postwar World: Remaking International Society, 1945-1956

Professor David Mayers (1974, International Relations)

America and the Postwar World: Remaking International Society, 1945-1956 (Routledge, 2018)

The main tide of international relations scholarship on the first years after World War II sweeps toward Cold War accounts. These have emphasized the United States and USSR in a context of geopolitical rivalry, with concomitant attention upon the bristling security state. By contrast, this book examines a past that ran concurrent with the Cold War and interacted with it, but which usefully can also be read as separable: Washington in the first years after World War II, and in response to that conflagration, sought to redesign international society.

Big Data Revolution: What Farmers, Doctors and Insurance Agents Teach Us About Discovering Big Data Patterns

Patrick McSharry (1995, Mathematics)

Big Data Revolution: What Farmers, Doctors and Insurance Agents Teach Us About Discovering Big Data Patterns (Wiley, 2015).

Patrick McSharry's recent book acts as a guide to improving performance, making better decisions, and transforming business through the effective use of Big Data.
 

Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World

Mark Miodownik (1988, Metallurgy) 

Stuff Matters: The Strange Stories of the Marvellous Materials that Shape Our Man-made World (Penguin, 2014)

Mark Miodownik's book explores the inner workings of the man-made world, and explains the science and the history of materials behind many everyday objects as well as some of our more ingenious inventions.

A Glimpse of Heaven

Chris Moorey (1967, English Language & Literature)

A Glimpse of Heaven (Chris Moorey, 2013)

Why do Greek priests have long hair? Why are Greek churches full of icons but short of seats? Why is Easter at a different date in Greece? Chris Moorey answers these questions and more in A Glimpse of Heaven. With many illustrations and a generous sprinkling of humour, this is an indespensible guide to anyone wanting to see Greece beyond the beaches and bars.

Finding Harmony: A Family’s Journey across Europe and Beyond

George Newman (1943, Modern History)

Finding Harmony: A Family’s Journey across Europe and Beyond (George Newman, 2013)

George Newman's book is an autobiographical account which is available as an eBook. George’s memoir covers his experience of the Austrian Anschluss, his subsequent escape from the Nazi occupation, and his time at Oxford.
 

Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems

Thomas Povey (1996, Physics) 

Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems (Oneworld, 2015)

Thomas Povey's recent book is a collection of over one hundred of his favourite problems in physics and maths, which is dedicated to Mike Leask, Fellow in Physics 1965-2000. The author shows us that behind every single one of these questions lies a new way of thinking about subjects we thought we had understood.
 

John Sparrow: Warden of All Souls College, Oxford

Peter Raina (1960, Modern History)

John Sparrow: Warden of All Souls College, Oxford (Peter Lang, 2017)

John Sparrow, Warden of All Souls, was a notable character in post-war Oxford. He was educated in the old-time classical humanist tradition, and this remained his field even as the world about him changed. Presenting hitherto unpublished letters and papers which vividly evoke the contemporary Oxford scene, this book gives context to his circles of influence and to his uncompromising intelligence and distinct charm.

 

When Morning Comes

Arushi Raina (2013, Visiting Student)

When Morning Comes (Tradewind, 2016)

It s 1976 in South Africa, and four young people are living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto: Zanele, a black female student organizer; Meena, a South Asian girl working at her father's shop; Jack, an Oxford-bound white student; and Thabo, a teen-gang member, or tsotsi. From each of their points of view, this book explores the roots of the Soweto Uprising and the edifice of apartheid in a South Africa about to explode.

 

The Simple Physics of Energy Use

Peter Rez (1973, Metallurgy)

The Simple Physics of Energy Use (OUP, 2017)

As a society we use energy for climate control and lighting in buildings, moving people and goods from one place to another and making things. This book uses simple classical physics (mechanics, thermodynamics and electromagnetism) to quantitatively review sources of energy and how we use them.

Headlines from the Holy Land: Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

James Rodgers (1984, Modern Languages)

Headlines from the Holy Land: Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)

James Rodgers draws on his experience as the only BBC journalist to be permanently based in Gaza from 2002-2004, together with new archive research and original interviews with leading correspondents and diplomats to explain why this region exerts such a pull over reporters, who are often the ones on the front lines telling the story of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
 

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