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Simon Freebairn-Smith (1955, Classics)
Simon has written 4 books which are now available to buy in Kindle format via Amazon: click here to purchase.
Updated: Wednesday 17th April 2013 14:47
Peter Waldau (1993, Theology)
In this compelling volume published in 2011 by OUP in the What Everyone Needs to Know series, Paul Waldau expertly navigates themany heated debates surrounding the complex and controversial animal rights movement.
Updated: Wednesday 17th April 2013 14:47
Robert MacCurrach (1972, Biology - Agriculture and Forestry)
One man’s view, part memoir part travelogue, of the province of Vojvodina in northern Serbia. It is told with affection as someone who lived amongst the many peoples cast onto those wide fertile plains from both Hapsburg Empire and Ottoman Europe. This is a story told from the bottom up. A big canvas is stretched out, from Plato’s shepherds to the most recent wave of refugees, but always the compass turns to the villages, the land and its wilderness.
Updated: Wednesday 2nd February 2011 12:02
G.N. Uzoigwe (1964, Modern History)
Visions of Nationhood is a refreshingly bold and informed study of why Nigeria’s three dominant sub-national groups—the Hausa-Fulani of the Northern Region, the Igbo of the Eastern Region, and the Yoruba of the Western Region—were collectively unable to reconcile their conflicting visions of Nigerian nationhood, and thus created situations that forced the Nigerian military to topple the government of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa within six years of Nigerian independence.
Updated: Wednesday 2nd February 2011 11:53
Sir Ivan Lawrence QC (1957, Jurisprudence)
From humble beginnings in Brighton in the 1930s, Ivan Lawrence has had an amazingly varied and interesting life – as a criminal defence lawyer, later Queen’s Counsel, taking part in many of the twentieth century’s most infamous trials; as Conservative MP for Burton-on-Trent for 23 years, during which time he initiated the National Lottery with a private member’s Bill; and as a proud and happy husband and father.
Updated: Thursday 19th August 2010 16:16
Peter James Bowman (1990, Modern Languages)
The two decades after Waterloo marked the great age of foreign fortune hunters in England. Each year brought a new influx of impecunious Continental noblemen to the world’s richest country, and the more brides they carried off, the more alarmed society became.
The most colourful of these men was Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau (1785-1871), remembered today as Germany’s finest landscape gardener. In the mid-1820s, however, his efforts to turn his estate into a magnificent park came close to bankrupting him. To save his legacy his wife Lucie devised an unusual plan: they would divorce so that Pückler could marry an heiress who would finance further landscaping and, after a decent interval, be cajoled into accepting Lucie’s continued residence. In September 1826, his marriage dissolved, Pückler set off for London.
Updated: Monday 9th August 2010 14:56
Carlo Gola (1984, Economics)
The banking industry has witnessed a fundamental technological breakthrough, with the new paradigm based on the 'originate-to-distribute' model. These developments posed new challenges for both regulators and market players. Describing the evolution of the UK banking industry, including the effects of the sub-prime mortgage market crisis and the collapse of the Northern Rock, the book offers a convenient background for non-specialist readers to recent developments, such as the over-the-counter (OTC) derivative market and the credit risk transfer (CRT).
Updated: Monday 9th August 2010 14:38
Christ Church, Oxford is commemorated in the name of Christchurch, New Zealand. The Province of Canterbury with its principal centre at Christchurch was founded in 1850 and so-named by John Robert Godley, an Irishman from Killegar in County Antrim. J. R. Godley (Harrow and Christ Church) matriculated in 1832 and in 1848 established a colonising society (The Canterbury Association) in Whitehall, London, which arranged the passage to New Zealand of the first 3,500 'Canterbury Pilgrims'. Godley himself went to New Zealand two years later to found Canterbury and Christchurch, taking with him his wife Charlotte and his 2-year old son, Arthur (later first Baron Kilbracken of Killegar).
Updated: Friday 19th November 2010 17:04
Humphrey Palmer (1949, Classics)
This book tries to explain just how Jesus made use of 'parables'. A parable is, of course, a sort of comparison: Look, B is just like A! Our question is, how did Jesus put this relationship to work. In the book this 'way of working' is explained, and then applied to the 70-odd parables which have come down to us. The book claims that it fits them all, i.e. makes good sense of them. This occupies chapters 2 - 9. Other approaches to the parables, of which there are many, are not considered in these chapters; but some are briefly presented in chapter ten.
The book is aimed at a 'general reader'; someone who has come across some of the parables, maybe took a shine to them; or, indeed, has got let in for leading a study group on this subject. The reader of this book would, no doubt, be glad to discover what Jesus meant by the parables, what he used them for. This book seeks to answer just that question. Other meanings - symbolic, prophetic, eschatological ... have been also looked for, in the parables. But did Jesus mean them in those ways? Price is £15 post free; from Palmer, 82 Plymouth Rd, Penarth, Wales, CF64 5DL. Further details, and ways to buy, on website: www.palmerparables.co.uk
Updated: Thursday 21st January 2010 16:37
Barnaby Powell (1962, Jurisprudence)
China is now the global counting house, trading Western debt and cashing Western obligations – financially, socially and diplomatically. By 'buying' its own democratic electorate with easy credit, the West has ceded power to the Chinese. China's primary goal, however, is internal stability and external security, aiming neither for international dominance nor military confrontation. Its governing Party has a national mandate – of, by and for the people – a main street mandate for a resurgent China.
Mackinnon and Powell show how China is determining its destiny. This book interprets China's policy of gradual global expansion and the alternatives it offers to open capitalism and liberal democracy. It sifts constants from variables to reveal a China positioning itself for recognition as an equal.
This book is available to purchase on the publisher's website here.
Updated: Thursday 21st January 2010 16:35