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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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.

Teaching Secondary Science

Keith Ross (1963, Metallurgy) 

Teaching Secondary Science (Routledge, 2015)

The book draws on Keith’s experiences in secondary schools, teaching science, and in science teacher education, in the UK, India, Nigeria and Pakistan to provide a clear and supportive supply of ideas and approaches to teaching science in the secondary school.

The Wolf Wilder

Kate Rundell (2005, English Language and Literature)

The Wolf Wilder (Bloomsbury, 2005)


Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and to be wary of humans.

When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

Beats Working For a Living: My Life as a Geologist

Rob Ryan (1951, Geology)

Beats Working For a Living: My Life as a Geologist (Jabiru, 2014)

This book covers his early life in Kenya, his educational years in England, and his work as a mineral geologist in many parts of the world. The book is firstly a chronicle of his life, but is also written with an eye towards informing others who may be interested in a similar career.

Selected Poems of William Dunbar: An Interlinear Translation

Lawrence Siegler (1953, Anthropology)

Selected Poems of William Dunbar: An Interlinear Translation (Createspace, 2010)

In Lawrence Siegler's recent book, Dunbar writes with a vivid voice, metric versatility, and artistic skill.  His work has never previously been translated into Modern English in an interlinear format, which makes his brilliant verses easily enjoyed by all.    

The Moral Marketplace: How mission-driven millennials and social entrepreneurs are changing our world

Asheem Singh (2000, Law)

The Moral Marketplace: How mission-driven millennials and social entrepreneurs are changing our world (Policy Press, 2018)

Author and activist Asheem Singh explores how a movement of tiny ventures evolved into a global humanitarian and financial juggernaut, revealing new ways to fight privilege and inequality, rewire philanthropy, government and even capitalism itself.

The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748

Christopher Storrs (1972, Modern History)

The Spanish Resurgence, 1713-1748 (Yale University press, 2016)

A major reassessment of Philip V's leadership and what it meant for the modern Spanish state. Challenging long-held understandings of early eighteenth-century Europe and the Atlantic world, Christopher Storrs draws on a rich array of primary documents to trace the political, military, and financial innovations that laid the framework for the modern Spanish state and the coalescence of a national identity. Storrs illuminates the remarkable revival of Spanish power after 1713 and sheds new light on the often underrated king who made Spain’s resurgence possible.

How to Get On with Anyone

Catherine Stothart (1976, English)

How to Get On with Anyone: Gain the confidence and charisma to communicate with any personality type (Pearson, 2018)

Most people lack the tools to deal with awkward situations and difficult people. But what if you could find out the secrets of dealing with ANY personality type? How to Get On with Anyone will give you the knowledge, principles and skills you need to improve your interactions with everyone, build your confidence and change your life.

The Death of an Owl

Piers Torday (1993, English)

The Death of an Owl (W&N, 2016)

Piers Torday has published The Death of an Owl, which was the final, but uncompleted novel written by his late father, Paul Torday. Piers is the bestselling author of three children's books, The Last Wild, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, The Dark Wild, which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2014, and The Wild Beyond.

How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life

Heather Townsend (1994, Engineering)

Heather Townsend and Jo Larbie outline the challenges and opportunities that lie before any professional who wants to get to the top of their game, and stay there. Now in its second edition, this book offers advice on how to stand out, be in the right place at the right time and build skills to overcome all hurdles on the path to partnership.

In Exile

Alexandra Turney (2009, English)

In Exile (Unbound)

Currently in its funding stage and due to be published in 2018, In Exile is a teenage Greek tragedy set in 20th century Rome. The novel explores the themes of identity, sexuality, friendship and belief, and is an original study of a powerless, melancholy god living in exile in the Eternal City.

Cultural Heritage in International Investment Law and Arbitration

Valentina Vadi (2003, Law)

Cultural Heritage in International Investment Law and Arbitration (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Valentina Vadi's recent book explores how international law governs the interplay between the protection of cultural heritage and the promotion of economic activities.

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Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

Dr Michael Vatikiotis (1980, Anthropology & Geography)

Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017)

‘The gun is never far removed from the political arena in Southeast Asia,’ writes Michael Vatikiotis in his part memoir and part political study of the dynamics of modern Southeast Asia, a frontline of two of the most important global conflicts: the struggle between a declining West and a rising China, and that between religious tolerance and extremism.

This is a first-hand account of what it's like to sit at the table with deadly Thai Muslim insurgents, mediate between warring clans in the Southern Philippines and console the victims of political violence in Indonesia - all in an effort to negotiate peace, and understand the reasons behind endemic violence.


Spain, 1833-2002: People and State

Mary Vincent (1979, Modern History)

Spain, 1833-2002: People and State (Oxford University Press, 2007)

In her latest book, Mary Vincent provides a cultural history of Spanish politics in the turbulent period from the civil war of 1833 to the Spanish adoption of the Euro in 2002. Focusing on the question of how ordinary people came to identify themselves both as citizens and as Spaniards during this time, Vincent argues that that a weak state rather than a weak sense of nation was the key to Spain’s problematic development.

The Clifford Household during the Wars of the Roses 1450 to 1487

Adrian Waite (1978, Geography)

The Clifford Household during the Wars of the Roses 1450 to 1487 (AW History, 2018)

This book chronicles the history of the turbulent Clifford family during the Wars of the Roses. The Cliffords were Lords of Craven and Westmorland in Northern England during that time and three successive generations fought for the House of Lancaster, Henry VI and Henry VII.

From Pitt to Peel 1783-1846

Michael Wells (1968, Modern History)

From Pitt to Peel 1783-1846 (Hodder Educ, 2015)

Michael Wells has published a number of textbooks on British History to support the OCR A Level specification. From Pitt to Peel explores the development of British Government from the premiership of Pitt the Younger to that of Peel. It encourages the critical use of evidence in investigating and assessing historical questions.

Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball

Jonathan Wilson (1974, English)

Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball, (Bloomsbury, 2013)

Jonathan Wilson's book is an account of his life, growing up Jewish in London, and how his love for playing soccer ball became such an important part of his life. Football became Wilson's international passport, helping him find friends and community and solace all over the globe.

The Perfectionists

Simon Winchester (1963, Geology)

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World (Harper, 2018)

The rise of manufacturing could not have happened without an attention to precision. Simon Winchester takes us back to origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduced the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production. As he introduces the minds and methods that have changed the modern world, Winchester explores fundamental questions, such as: Why is precision important? What are the tools we use to measure it? Who has invented and perfected it?