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We like to share what our alumni go on to achieve once they leave Selwyn College, and we are proud to be able to provide a glimpse into the many books that have recently been published. If you would like to submit your own publication, or let us know of your own successes, please contact the Development & Alumni Office on 01223 335843 or email 

Lawrence Alderson - Anarchy or Establishment  

Lawrence Alderson (SE 1959)
Anarchy or Establishment
a Life of Contrasts and Contradictions
by Henry Thwaites

Lawrence Alderson has dedicated much of his life to saving traditional native breeds. He was instrumental in the foundation for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, and since its foundation no British farm animals have become extinct, and many endangered farm breeds around the world have been saved from the brink of extinction. There is little doubt the benefit of his legacy will be felt in many farms and fields across the world.

May 2019

 Alison Davis - Blockchain Competitive Advantage  

Alison Davis (SE 1981)
Blockchain Competitive Advantage

Blockchain is moving into a new competitive phase that requires a clearer future view and more focused strategies for competing. Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, or established company, learn how to win the battle for blockchain competitive advantage. This book provides clear advice from two experts in strategy, technology investing and blockchain. 
Co-authored by Matthew C. Le Merle and Alison Davis (SE 1981).

April 2019
Fifth Era LLC

 Kenneth Wilson - Kitchen Verbs  

Kenneth Wilson (SE 1978)
The Definitions of Kitchen Verbs

Poet and cellist Kenneth Wilson presents poems which range from the profound and shattering to the wistful and comical.

To illuminate the poetry, in a recent series of moving and absorbing solo shows, he performs a variety of airs and ballads, which accompany and illustrate the story.
“You will laugh. You will cry. You will love better, before it ends. And you will definitely want to take up the cello!”

April 2019
Ravenbridge Books

 Miracle in Kigali - Paul Dickson  

Paul Dickson (SE 1976)
Miracle in Kigali – Rwandan Genocide 25th Anniversary Edition

The book tells the amazing story of Illuminée Nganemariya and her baby son Roger Nsengiyumva's survival in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, during the 1994 Genocide and their subsequent life in Norwich. This new edition, which updates Illuminée and Roger's story, including Roger's developing film and TV acting career.

Paul Dickson Books


Ben Jonson - Geoffrey Benson  

Geoffrey Benson (SE 1974)
Ben Jonson and a Case of Fraudulent Conversio

In the title story, Ben Jonson, forensic accountant extraordinaire, auditions for the local amateur operatic society, then finds himself defending its director against an accusation of embezzlement. Ben investigates five cases of financial irregularities, and in the process, demonstrates that accountants are not always dull and boring…

April 2019
Austin Macauley Publishers

 Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon  

Brian Clegg (SE 1973)
Professor Maxwell's Duplicitous Demon

In this new book, Brian Clegg covers the life and science of the remarkable James Clerk Maxwell - arguably the least well-known of the great physicists, who apart from his work on colour, statistical mechanics and electromagnetism was responsible for the establishment of the Cavendish Laboratory. Asked to name a great physicist, most people would mention Newton or Einstein, Feynman or Hawking. But ask a physicist and there’s no doubt that James Clerk Maxwell will be near the top of the list.

February 2019
Icon Books Ltd

Loving your neighbour  

James Walters (SE 1997)
Loving Your Neighbour in an Age of Religious Conflict

The Revd Dr James Walters has written a new book on interfaith relations. Grounded in the author's experience of developing interfaith programmes at one of the world's leading universities, this book carves a fresh perspective on the challenges of religious difference by placing them within the broader currents of belief and scepticism in today's society.

January 2019
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Belarus - Nigel Roberts  

Nigel Roberts (SE 1975)

This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's Belarus remains the only full-blown standalone guide to the most westerly of the constituent republics that formed the Soviet Union prior to the break-up in 1991. Written and updated by expert author and Russian speaker Nigel Roberts, who has been travelling throughout the country for over 17 years, it is the definitive guide to understanding, and making the most of a visit to this much-misunderstood nation.

October 2018
Bradt Travel Guides

How Exams Fail Our Kids  

Geoff Phillips (SE 1971)
How Exams Fail Our Kids: The two ways of learning - Builder and Observer learning

A self-published a book about two ways of learning that have an impact on social mobility. Geoff argues that this difference means that social mobility via education is virtually impossible, the examination-successful Middle class have created a system where they win and the Working class lose. Geoff also looks briefly at autism and asks if autistic people are in fact very good observer learners.

August 2018
Independently published

 Death of a Clone  

Alex Thomson (SE 2000)
Death of a Clone

Death Of A Clone is the debut from Alex Thomson. It blends the patterns of Poirot and Marple with thoughtful questions about humanity and its future.

The location for all of this is an mineral-rich aesteroid called 'Hell'. A mining crew is settled on the asteroid, their lives defined by a rota, which tells them who should be where and when in order to meet their quota. They’re isolated in the tumbling black…and they’re all clones.
Christopher Meadows

July 2018
Abaddon Books

 Wordsworth's Gardens and Flowers  

Peter Dale (SE 1969)
Wordsworth's Gardens and Flowers
A book of two halves. The first section focuses on the gardens that Wordsworth made at Grasmere and Rydal in the English Lake District, and also in Leicestershire. The gardens are explored via his poetry and prose and the journals of Dorothy Wordsworth. In the second half of the book, the reader learns more of Wordsworth's use of flowers in his poetry, exploring the importance of British flowers and other 'unassuming things' to his work, as well as their wider cultural, religious and political meaning.
June 2018
ACC Art Books

 The Spy Who Changed History  

Svetlana Lokhova (SE 2001)
The Spy Who Changed History

Svetlana’s interest in espionage history began whilst studying History at Cambridge University. In this book, Svetlana Lokhova takes the reader on a thrilling journey through Stalin’s most audacious intelligence operation, on the trail of Soviet infiltrator Agent Blériot. 
'A superbly researched and groundbreaking account of Soviet espionage in the Thirties … remarkable’ 5* review, Telegraph.

June 2018
William Collins

Autumn Voices   Robin Lloyd-Jones (SE 1953)
Autumn Voices:
Scottish writers over 70 talk about creativity in later life

The twenty one established writers who speak to us through this book show that productivity and creativity can be extended well into later life and provide role models for future generations. These men and women see age as life's last great adventure and have chosen to embrace it, regard it as a new and interesting phase of life, full of possibilities, while also accepting the losses age brings with honesty, courage and humour.
May 2018

 Up Top  

Hugh Purcell (SE 1961)
Up Top - From Lunatic Asylum to Community Care

Co-authored by Hugh Purcell and his wife Margaret Percy, Up Top tells how the mentally ill were treated in the 20th century, focusing on the Mid Wales Mental Hospital, which began as a lunatic asylum and closed when community care took over 100 years later. It was the only UK hospital for psychotic POWs in World War II, including, briefly, the Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess. This account is based on original archives and oral testimony from staff and patients, and is copiously illustrated.
May 2018
Y Lolfa

 The Dark Side of Podemos  

Dr Patrick Baert
(Selwyn Fellow 1992)
The Dark Side of Podemos?

Patrick Baert and co-author Josh Booth trace the multi-layered connections between the conservative philosophy of the Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt and the progressive populism of Podemos. This enlightening monograph will appeal to undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields such as Politics, Political Theory and Sociology. It will also be relevant to those curious about contemporary Spanish politics, the nature of populism, the future of the European left, or Carl Schmitt and his links with Spain.
May 2018

Journey into Europe


Akbar Ahmed (SE 1964)
Journey into Europe
Islam, Immigration, and Identity

Akbar's profound and careful inquiries have greatly enriched our understanding of Islam in the modern world. His latest study, based on direct research with a group of young scholars, explores the complex interfaith reality of Europe, both in history and today, from an Eastern perspective, reversing the familiar paradigm. 

December 2017
Brookings Institution Press

 Principles of Physics   Steve Adams (SE 1975)

Principles of Physics

Mathematics is the language of physics and a mathematical approach is taken throughout this book. It draws on the essential physical principles and provides support for both secondary education and undergraduate students in the physical sciences and engineering. It is also a useful reference work for teachers. Written in a modern, clear and unfussy style; including topics such as gravitational waves and medical physics.

August 2017
Pantaneto Press

Deep Sahara   Leslie Croxford (SE 1963)

Deep Sahara

A haunting novel that "invites comparison with E.M.Forster and Lawrence Durrell" - The New Yorker.

Deep Sahara is a suspenseful exploration of one man's emotional resurgence, rendered sparingly and with great physical and psychological precision.

Leslie Croxford has written one prvious novel, Solomon's Folly.

November 2017
Momentum Books

Skulls and Keys  

David Alan Richards (SE 1967)

Skulls and Keys: The Hidden Histories Behind Yale's Secret Societies
There is a progressive side to Yale's secret societies that we rarely hear about, one that, in the cultural tumult of the 1960s, resulted in the election of people of colour, women, and gay men, even in proportions beyond their percentages in the class. It's a side that is often overlooked in favour of sensational legends of blood oaths and toe-curling conspiracies.

October 2017

 Music and belonging  

Naomi Waltham-Smith (SE 2000)

Music & Belonging between Revolution & Restoration

Naomi's first book has just been published. She argues that music, at the level of style and form, produces certain modes of listening that in turn reveal the conditions of belonging. Specifically, listening shows the intimacy between two senses of belonging: belonging to a community is predicated on the possession of a particular property or capacity.

17 August 2017

Insights into Uganda  

Kevin O’Connor (SE 1971)
Insights into Uganda
193 articles written for Uganda’s leading independent newspaper, The Sunday Monitor. Draws on 23 years Kevin has lived in Uganda.
“Combining seriousness and humour, the text is available to a wide readership. The book has a unique character which stands apart from existing literature on Uganda. It should be accessible to government, policy-makers, and activists campaigning for social change /transformation.”
Bernard Atuhaire (editor).

June 2017
Fountain Publishers
Available at Amazon

See inside World Religions  

Alex Frith (SE 1997)

See Inside World Religions

Written by Alex Frith, with the help of expert Revd Canon Dr James Walters. An insightful look at the beliefs, history and customs of the major world religions for children aged 7+. A fantastic introduction to world religions, differing ideas about God, worship and prayer and colourful festivals and celebrations. Includes Quicklinks to websites with video clips that bring each religion to life.

June 2017
Usborne Publishing Ltd

A Life with Operations Research  

Anthony Lines (SE 1949)

A Life with Operations Research

Anthony Lines retired after 40 years in industry and his written his autobiography. Operations Research (OR) is a branch of applied mathematics which helps make better decisions. Anthony and his colleagues helped transform the efficiency and effectivenesss of global businesses and public services and showed managemnet how better to manage uncertainty and complexity.

June 2017

The Power of People


Jonathan Ferrar (SE 1986)

The Power of People

Learn How Successful Organizations Use Workforce Analytics To Improve Business Performance

Transforming the immense potentail of workforce analytics into  reality isn't easy. Pioneering practitioners have learned crucial lessons that can help you succeed. This book shares their journeys - and their indispensable insights.
Co-authored by Nigel Guenole, Jonathan Ferrar (SE 1986) and Sheri Feinzig.

May 2017
Pearson Education, Inc.sco Press

Corporate Innovation in the Fifth Era  

Alison Davis (SE 1981)

Corporate Innovation
in the Fifth Era

Lessons from Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft

Silicon Valley insiders Matthew C. Le Merle and Alison Davis share the lessons they have learned from two deecades of interaction with these and other leading companies, and describe this new approach so that every company can be ready as we enter the Fifth Era.
Co-authored by Matthew C. Le Merle
and Alison Davis (SE 1981).

May 2017
Cartwright Press

Bees of Norfolk  

Nick Owens (SE 1966)

The Bees of Norfolk


This book is the first to cover all of Norfolk’s 197 bee species, including bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees. Each species has its own page with images and distribution maps with notes on flight period, habitat, flowers visited, nesting and parasites. It includes up-to-date information on bees which have been lost and new bees coming in to the county.

May 2017
Pisces Publications

Neuropolis Brain Science  

Robert Newman (1983)

Neuropolis: A Brain Science Survival Guide

Based on Rob Newman’s live stand-up show and new BBC Radio 4 series, his thought-provoking new book explores the scientific breakthroughs that have turned received ideas of brain science upside down.

April 2017
William Collins

100 Things to know about Space  

Alex Frith (SE 1997)

100 Things To Know About Space


This beautifully illustrated book tells you the most strange and interesting facts... loads of things a budding scientist might want to know. --Phoenix Magazine

April 2017 
Usborne Publishing Ltd


 A Piece of the World  

Christina Baker-Kline (SE 1986)

A Piece of the World

“Another winner from the author of Orphan Train. In this beautifully observed fictional memoir, Kline uses Andrew Wyeths’ iconic painting Christina’s World as the taking-off point for a moving portrait of the artist’s real-life muse. Book of the week.” — People

March 2017
The Borough Press


 101 Brilliant Things for Kids to do with Science  

Dawn Isaac (SE 1991)

101 Brilliant Things for Kids to do with Science

Each of the three sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, is given a chance to shine in this compendium of activities. Alongside actual experiments, there are also projects to carry out, which will get children excited about science and the possibilities it offers. Armadillo Magazine.

March 2017
Kyle Books

 The Beauty and The Horror  

Richard Harries (SE 1958)

The Beauty and the Horror
Searching for God in a Suffering World

Life is at once wonderful and appalling, beautiful and horrific. Can we really believe that there is a wise and loving creator behind it? Drawing on a wide range of modern literature Richard Harries both faces the toughest questions and offers a robust defence of central Christian beliefs.

October 2016




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