Alumni publications Winter roundup

Alumni publications Winter roundup

From historical novels to science textbooks, our Alumni are a prolific bunch of authors. Here is a selection of their most recent publications:

Best-selling author Rachel Hore (1979, Modern History) tells the story of three young people who find sanctuary in The House on Bellvue Gardens (Simon & Schuster, 2016). In this, her eighth book, she explores human vulnerability and generosity through the story of Rosa, Stef, Rick and Leonie and the house that brings them together.

Professor Keith Johnson (1963, English) provides an accessible and comprehensive history of the English language in The History of Early English: An Activity-Based Approach (Routledge, 2016). He shows how the English language developed through the Old, Middle, and Early Modern English periods. The book has a strong interactive element, and is supported by online materials.

A CD of choral music by Bernard Hughes (1992, Music) 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.

Professor Andrew Briggs (1968, Physics) and co-author Roger Wagner explore in The Penultimate Curiosity (OUP, 2016) why throughout history what we now refer to as ‘science’ and ‘religion’ – the attempt to describe the physical world that we can see, and the aspiration to see beyond the rim of the visible world – have been so closely entangled. 

How to Make Partner and Still Have a Life (Kogan Page, 2016) by Heather Townsend (1994, Engineering) and Jo Larbie outlines 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.

Ingenious investigator Richard Palmer, the protagonist in Shakespeare in Trouble, returns in Fire, Burn! (Aesop Modern, 2016) a ‘possible history’ set in 1605 by Chris Crowcroft (1971, Law). With religious extremists plotting an attack against the state, the chief minister of King James I calls on Palmer to infiltrate and subvert the insurgents’ network.

Dr Miriam Bradley (1999, PPE) explores the limitations of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations refugee agency when working in internal armed conflicts in her latest publication, Protecting Civilians in War (OUP, 2016). The book is based on Miriam’s doctoral thesis which won the University’s Winchester Prize, awarded for the most outstanding thesis in area of International Relations, with particular reference to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Dr Peter Cave (1984, English) has published Schooling Selves: Autonomy, Interdependence, and Reform in Japanese Junior High Education (University of Chicago Press, 2016). The implementation of relaxed education reforms attempted to promote individual autonomy and free thinking in Japanese classrooms. This book explores whether these reforms were successful or not.