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The House at Henley

Gerald Parkhouse (1950, Modern Languages) 
Gerald Parkhouse (1950) recounts the participation of Christ Church crews and oarsmen in the Henley Royal Regatta during the first 150 years of its existence. Taking official records together with newspaper accounts, archival material from the Christ Church Boat Club, and reflections from several former Boat Club Presidents, it charts the impressive contribution of Christ Church rowers to Henley.

From the Cam to the Zambezi

Tony Schur (1958, English) 

From the Cam to the Zambezi records the experiences of a group of young people who first met in Cambridge, and then went on to live and work in Africa during a time of constitutional change and historically important events.


The Crown of Thorns

Ian Irvine (1987, Engineering)

A young student at Christ Church, Oxford has an idea for his doctor’s thesis (Ph.D.), which fulfils not only the criteria for ‘originality’, but goes far beyond it. For if Jason Dyke is right, his idea will soon change the world and shift the delicate balance of power from one nation to another. 

Jason’s idea is simple: In the genetics laboratory he will clone Jesus Christ.




The Antibody Molecule

Professor Anthony Rees (Student of Christ Church, Biochemistry 1980-90)

The Antibody Molecule follows the extraordinary journey of the medics and scientists who shaped the course of medical advances in the field of molecular immunology. 

Awakening the Universal Heart: a guide for Spiritual Activists

Serge Beddington-Behrens (1964, English)

Serge Beddington-Behrens Ph.D is a psychotherapist  and consultant turned activist for a new and better society and the older he gets, the busier he becomes.

His recent book Awakening the Universal Heart, suggests that our education focuses too much on our left brain and so we grow up overly rational and repressing the intelligence inside our hearts.


Mister Brownrigg’s Boys: Magdalen College School and The Great War.

David Bebbington (1989, Organic Chemistry)

For all interested in the First World War or those associated with Magdalen College School, Mr Brownrigg’s Boys: Magdalen College School and The Great War will prove a fascinating read. 


Dirty Bertie, An English King Made in France

Stephen Clarke (1978, Modern Languages)

The entertaining biography of Edward VII and his playboy lifestyle, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde.




Alex Morgan (1981, Modern History)

Paula abandons her London life and travels through the night to a Scottish village where she once spent a childhood holiday. Desperate to avoid a painful loss, she tries to hide away. However, the locals are keen to know more about their unhappy visitor and she is soon tangled in the life of 12-year-old Sanders. Can Paula help her new friend? Can we ever run away from the past?



These Are Our Children

Julie Maxwell (1995, English Literature)

One in five confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage.

One in ten babies will spend time in a neonatal unit.

These sensitive subjects form the heart of Julie Maxwell’s brilliant novel.





Griffin's Book

Paul Griffin (1956, PPE)

This covers over fifty years of an international career by Paul Griffin, a country vicar’s son in advertising, foreign banknote trading and luxury goods. 

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