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2015

The Shouting in the Dark

Elleke Boehmer (South Africa-at-Large & St John's 1985)

The Shouting in the Dark by Elleke Boehmer (South Africa-at-Large & St John's 1985) is a novel which focuses on the life of Ella, a girl who is  caught between her mother's mysterious grief and her father's shattering wartime experiences, between the Holland of their past and apartheid South Africa. She fights hard to make it through her childhood in one piece and her one enchantment is her forbidden love for the teenage gardener, Phineas. Years later, as an activist seeking political refuge in the Netherlands, Ella discovers her father never registered her birth. Now she must confront her father's ghosts, and create a new future for herself. (Sandstone Press, July 2015).

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2015

Is the American Century Over?

Professor Joseph Nye (New Jersey & Exeter 1958)

 Is the American Century Over? by Professor Joseph Nye (New Jersey & Exeter 1958), argues  the American century is far from over and states what the US must do to retain its lead in an era of increasingly diffuse power politics. America's superpower status may well be tempered by its own domestic problems and China's economic boom, the author argues, but its military, economic and soft power capabilities could continue to outstrip its rivals. (Polity, March 2015).

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2015

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

Beth Shapiro (Georgia & Balliol 1999)

How to Clone a Mammoth:The Science of De-Extinction by Beth Shapiro (Georgia & Balliol 1999) walks readers through the astonishing and controversial process of de-extinction. From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, Shapiro vividly explores the extraordinary cutting-edge science that is being used-today-to resurrect the past. (Princeton University Press, 2015).

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2015

Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies

Andrew Dean (New Zealand & New College 2012)

Ruth, Roger and Me: Debts and Legacies by Andrew Dean (New Zealand & New College 2012) explores the lives of the generation of young people brought up in the shadow of the economic reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, those whom he calls ‘the children of the Mother of All Budgets’. Drawing together memoir, history and interviews, he explores the experiences of ‘discomfort’ and ‘disconnection’ in modern Aotearoa New Zealand. (BWB Texts, May 2015).

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2015

The Life of Houses

Lisa Gorton (Australia-at-Large & Merton 1994)

The Life of Houses by Lisa Gorton (Australia-at-Large & Merton 1994) is a debut novel which explores the hidden tensions in one of Australia’s establishment families. It is about mothers and daughters, and coming of age. It is also about property, and how people’s feelings for the places that they inhabit can shape their lives. (Giramondo Publishing, April 2015).

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2015

Look Back in Laughter: Oxford's Post-War Golden Age

RW Johnson (Natal & Magdalen 1964)

Look Back in Laughter: Oxford's Post-War Golden Age by RW Johnson (Natal & Magdalen 1964) is a insider's memoir of Oxford with a mixture of acute (and often hilarious) personal observation mixed with history, some major revelations and the whole laced with innumerable anecdotes, both humorous and telling. The result is an unparalleled picture of postwar Oxford. (Threshold Press, London, May 2015).

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2015

The Last Tea

Athar Tahir (Pakistan & Oriel 1974)

The Last Tea by Athar Tahir (Pakistan & Oriel 1974) is the poet's sixth collection of poems in English. It is being launched at the Islamabad Literature Festival, 24-26 April. It is divided into three sections. The first section carries over poems on familial themes from The Gift of Possession and inherits from Tahir’s earlier poems on nature. The second section, Haiku Aviary, is devoted to discrete images of birds. The third and the final section, Japan Journal collects experiential reality from Japan, a place much admired by Tahir for its cleanliness and the aesthetic of simplicity and choreographed beauty. (Tana Bana Publishers & International Centre for Pakistani Writing in English, Kinnaird College, Lahore, April 2015).

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2015

A Man of Good Hope

Jonny Steinberg (South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 1995)

A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg (South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 1995) is a novel about a young man called Asad. When he was eight years old, his mother was shot in front of him. With his father in hiding, he was swept alone into the great wartime migration that has scattered the Somali people throughout the world. Serially betrayed by the people who promised to care for him, Asad lived his childhood at a sceptical remove from the adult world, living in a bewildering number of places, from the cosmopolitan streets of inner-city Nairobi to towns deep in the Ethiopian desert.(Jonathan Cape, January 2015).

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2015

How Long Will South Africa Survive?

RW Johnson (Natal & Magdalen 1964)

How Long Will South Africa Survive? by RW Johnson (Natal & Magdalen 1964) In 1977, RW Johnson’s best-selling How Long Will South Africa Survive? provided a controversial and highly original analysis of the survival prospects of apartheid. Now, after more than twenty years of ANC rule, he believes the situation has become so critical that the question must be posed again. (Jonathan Ball, Cape Town; Hurst, London, 2015).  

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2015

Understanding Vineyard Soils

Robert White (Queensland & St Edmund Hall 1959)

Understanding Vineyard Soils, by Robert White (Queensland & St Edmund Hall 1959), explains how soils form and how they vary, which is of fundamental importance to grape growers and winemakers. (Second edition, Oxford University Press, New York, 2009).

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