Alumni Books Publications

The words 'A Tenpenny Dip in Paradise and other flights of fancy' on a background of clouds and a blue sky

A Tenpenny Dip in Paradise and other flights of fancy

Don Chapman (1952, English)

As Don Chapman recalls in his latest book, ‘the University was a far more chauvinist institution’ when he was an…

Front cover image of the book, with the title 'Seven Ways to Fix policing NOW'.

Seven Ways to Fix Policing NOW

Robert Peirce (1973, Modern History)

This practical guide to policing reform presents a call to action to address a threefold crisis in policing – a…

Precious Things

Bernard Hughes (1992, Music)

Devoted to Bernard Hughes’s choral music and programmed in close collaboration between the composer and The Epiphoni Consort, this portrait…

The Frictionless Organization

David Jaffe (1982, PPE)

The businesses that many of us admire most are companies like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, Tesla and Xero. They are businesses…

Shadows of Fury

Keith Jacobsen (1967, Modern Languages)

A dying woman is suffocated in her hospital bed. Her last visitor, Madeleine Reed, is accused of the crime. There…

A Certain Logic of Expectations

Arturo Soto (2016, Fine Art)

A Certain Logic of Expectations proposes a counter-narrative of the British city of Oxford that resists the visual imperatives of…

The Robert Brown Handbook

David Mabberley (1967, Botany)

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Robert Brown (1773–1858) was considered a scientific titan and dubbed ‘Jupiter Botanicus’, the…

A Cultural History of Plants

David Mabberley, ed. (1967, Botany)

A Cultural History of Plants presents a global exploration of how plants have shaped human culture. Covering the last 12,000…

The Plant Hunter

Thomas Mogford (1996, Modern Languages)

London, 1867, and the King’s Road, Chelsea, is lined with exotic plant nurseries, catering to the Victorian obsession with rare…

Dying to Know

Rob Donovan (1967, Modern History)

I am a runner with a special local circuit. One and three-quarter miles up to the top of the hill…

Research Collaboration

Annette Bramley (1990, Metallurgy)

A step-by-step guide to success Collaboration is a defining feature of 21st-century research, with more and more people routinely traversing…

Rise and Shine

Kate Oliver (1988, Experimental Psychology)

The way you start your morning matters – it sets the tone for the rest of your day, shaping your…

A Complete Origami Nativity

Peter Buchan-Symons (2013, Mathematics)

With this book, you can fold over 30 original models to create your own origami Nativity scene! Along the way,…

The Upper World

Femi Fadugba (2006, Materials Science)

Esso is running out of time and into trouble. When he discovers he has the ability to see glimpses of…

The History of Late Modern Englishes

Keith Johnson (1963, English)

This book covers the development of Englishes around the world, not only in the British Isles, but also in the…

What does mankind really know?

Peter Coffin (1966, Chemistry)

When the thoughts of wise individuals across the ages, cultures and disciplines are put together, what a mess! Many are…

A Spectrum of Heroes

Annie Percik (1997, English)

Biochemist Anushka Mahto flees the lab where she works, stealing the mysterious substance she has been experimenting on. She accidentally…

Doris Lessing – A Life Behind the Scenes

Peter Raina (1960, Modern History)

The Files of the British Intelligence Service MI5 In March 1949 the security service MI5 received notice of a suspect…

Heinrich von Kleist Poems

Peter Raina (1960, Modern History)

This collection of poems by Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) translated into modern English rhyming verse by Peter Raina will bring…

George ‘Dadie’ Rylands

Peter Raina (1960, Modern History)

Shakespearean Scholar and Cambridge Legend Just once in a while, actors and performers change the whole way in which they…

Human Flourishing

Andrew Briggs (1968, Physics)

Scientific insight and spiritual wisdom in uncertain times For thousands of years, humans have asked ‘Why we are here?’ and…

Concepts of Materials Science

Adrian Sutton (1973, Metallurgy)

This short book sets out fundamental concepts that underpin the science of materials and emphasizes their relevance to mainstream chemistry,…

Physics of Elasticity and Crystal Defects

Adrian Sutton (1973, Metallurgy)

This textbook is a modern take on an old subject at the heart of materials physics. Properties of crystalline materials…

Rethinking the PhD

Adrian Sutton (1973, Metallurgy)

The traditional PhD is no longer fit for purpose. It fails students and employers. This book provides a blueprint for…

Carlotta the Musical

James Spellman (1981, International Relations)

Released with collaborator and composer, Filippo Cosentino, Carlotta the Musical is a story about a truffle-hunting dog, the family who…

Speak Up!

Laura Coryton (2017, Women's Studies)

Written by Laura Coryton, who led the international campaign against tampon tax, Speak Up! is a vital and timely book…

Lives Between the Lines

Michael Vatikiotis (1980, Anthropology and Geography)

Lives Between the Lines tells the story of the author’s Greek, British and Italian family who arrived in Egypt and…

The Second Cello

Peter Neville (1965, Metallurgy)

A string chamber music novella, recounting the making of a quartet of instruments and their dispersal. The action moves forward…

Christ’s Hospital

David Taplin (1961, Engineeering)

This book celebrates nearly five centuries of a unique independent school founded in 1552 to educate and support disadvantaged children….

Bowler’s Name?

Tom Hicks (1998, Modern Languages)

Tom Hicks (Catz 1998-2002) won four Blues for cricket and was captain of OUCC in 2000 in the last first-class…