World Book Day 2023
In celebration of World Book Day 2023 we are delighted to bring together here both details of publications over the last year from our extended Univ family – both Alumni and Academics – and a gallery of book reviews written by our Student Ambassadors as part of Univ’s for our Reading Bank.
We hope you enjoy exploring these books and reviews…
Dr Graeme Baber (1987, Medicine) published a new monograph titled, The British Judges of the International Court of Justice: An Explication? The Later Jurists, in June 2022.
Dr David Bell, Emeritus Fellow, published two collections of short stories: Salt Scars and Hagg Wood.
Dr Grahame Booker’s (1977, Philosophy) new book, Coercion, Authority and Democracy: Towards an Apolitical Order, was published last October.
Christopher Bowden (1971, Modern History) published his seventh novel, Mr Magenta.
Dr Ross Bowden (1969, Philosophy) published Art and Creativity in a New Guinea Society: The Kwoma in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Lexington Books, 2022).
Alex Braslavsky (2018, Modern Languages – Slavonic Studies) published her first book of translations of Polish poetry: On Centaurs & Other Poems (World Poetry Books, 2023), the first selected volume in English of Zuzanna Ginczanka, a visionary Polish-Ukrainian-Jewish poet.
Amanda Brookfield’s (1979, English) new novel, The Split, (Boldwood Books, 2022) was published on 8 August, 2022.
Dr Anne Carter (2009, Law), Senior Lecturer at Deakin Law School, Australia, published her first book, Proportionality and Facts in Constitutional Adjudication, in January.
Tim Cawkwell published a book of his father George’s non-classical writings, which he found among his papers after his death in February 2019. The book is called A New Zealander in Oxford – George Cawkwell in his own words (Sforzinda Books). George Cawkwell was Fellow and Praelector in Ancient History 1949-87 and thereafter an Emeritus Fellow.
Dr Rajendra Chitnis, Ivana and Pavel Tykač Fellow in Czech, co-edited Translating the Literatures of Small European Nations (LUP, 2022).
Adam Curphey (2003, Law) published, The Legal Team of the Future : Law+Skills, in September (LPP, 2022).
Dr Robin Darwall-Smith (1982, Classics) co-edited, and wrote three chapters for, a special edition of History of Universities: Volume XXXV/1: The Unloved Century: Georgian Oxford Reassessed (OUP, 2022).
Dr Lexie Elliott’s (1994, Physics) third novel, How To Kill Your Best Friend (Corvus), was selected as a Richard & Judy Book Club summer pick in July. Her fourth psychological thriller, Bright and Deadly Things, was published in February 2023.
Professor Elaine Fox, Supernumerary Fellow in Experimental Psychology, new book, Switchcraft: Harnessing the Power of Mental Agility to Transform Your Life (Hodder & Stoughton, 2022) was published in May of 2022.
Elizabeth Garner (1994, English) published Lost & Found, a collection of rewritten folktales. Dr Andrew Bell (1993, History), Senior Tutor, helped with some of the medieval Latin text.
Marcella Giobbe (2018, DPhil Classical Archaeology) is co-editor (with Emanuele Prezioso, Keble) of a new publication, Innovative Approaches to Archaeology (BAR Publishing, 2022).
Professor Stephen Golding, Emeritus Fellow and Chair of The Chalet Trust, published Oxford University on Mont Blanc: the life of the Chalet des Anglais (Profile Editions).
Professor Mitsuaki Yumiko Hada’s (1989, Engineering) published Cross-Cultural Studies: Newest Developments in Japan and the UK, in May 2022. The foreword is written by Sir Ivor Crewe, former Master of University College.
Dr Seán Haldane (1961, English) published An Evil Tale I Heard – sequel to the award winning The Devil’s Making.
Dr Stephen Hoare (1974, Biochemistry) is lead author of a series of textbooks for the new T Levels: T Level in Science, T Level in Health and T Level in Healthcare Science.
Professor Polly Jones, Schrecker-Barbour Tutorial Fellow in Slavonic and East European Studies and Professor of Russian, wrote the introduction to the new Everyman Penguin edition of the Jewish-Ukrainian author Vasily Grossman’s magnum opus, Life and Fate.
Rebecca Kuang (2019, MSc Contemporary Chinese Studies) published Babel, Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution.
Dr Nicolas Kyriakides (2011, Law), head of both the Banking & Finance and Insurance & Personal Injury Departments at Cyprus firm Harris Kyriakides, published Cyprus Banking Law, a complete guide to the functioning of the Cypriot public and private banking system.
Henry Marsh, CBE, FRCS (1969, PPE) published, And Finally: Matters of Life and Death (Vintage, 2022) in September 2022.
Professor Tamsin Mather, Supernumerary Fellow in Earth Sciences, was a consultant on two books for children: COPE Disaster Champions’ Volcanoes (available in English, Spanish, Bahasa and Bali), empowering children in disaster risk reduction, and Tara Binns: Visionary Volcanologist (Collins Big Cat book).
Dr Antone Martinho-Truswell (2015, Zoology), former Junior Dean, has written a book based on his DPhil research, The Parrot in the Mirror, which was published in March.
Andrew Meier (1986, Modern Languages), a former Moscow correspondent for Time, published Morgenthau: Power, Privilege & The Rise of An American Dynasty.
Professor Joe Moshenska, Beaverbrook and Bouverie Tutorial Fellow in English, wrote Making Darkness Light: The Lives and Times of John Milton.
Sandy Nairne, CBE (1971, History), Honorary Fellow, published (with Peter Williams), Titan of the Thames, the first biography of Lord Desborough.
Fire Island, by Dr Jack Parlett, former Junior Research Fellow in English, was published on 26 May by Granta Books (UK) and on 14 June by Hanover Square Press (USA).
Professor Christopher Pelling, Honorary and Emeritus Fellow, published commentaries on Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VI, and Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War Book VII in the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series (CUP, 2022) and Classical Scholarship and its History: From the Renaissance to the Present. Essays in honour of Christopher Stray, edited by Stephen Harrison and Christopher Pelling (de Gruyter, 2021).
Professor Jacob Rowbottom, Tutorial Fellow in Law, co-edited The Constitution of Social Democracy: Essays in Honour of Keith Ewing (Bloomsbury, 2022).
Dr Maren Schentuleit, Lady Wallis Budge Fellow, is co-editing the new book series Egypt from the Ptolemies to the Early Middle Ages (EPEMA).
Frank Thurmond (1990, English), Lecturer in English at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, published his debut poetry collection Remembrance and Other Poems.
Dr Laura Varnam, Lecturer in Old and Middle English Literature, published the co-edited volume Encountering The Book of Margery Kempe (with Laura Kalas). She also contributed to the community translation project Beowulf by All.
Dr Nina Yancy (2015, Politics), a consultant at McKinsey & Company, published How the Color Line Bends: The Geography of White Prejudice in Modern America.
Reading Bank Reviews
Univ’s Reading Bank is an important part of our online Staircase12 information hub for students thinking about applying to top universities. Here is a small selection of those published on our website over the last 12 months.
The bookshelves of our Reading Bank are packed with book reviews by Univ students (and a few tutors thrown in for good measure.) They’ve chosen books which they either read before they came to Oxford, or they wish they had. We hope you enjoy exploring our Reading Bank.