In my book…

A few alumni books and publications highlights

1Secrets of the Pomegranate

By Barbara Lamplugh (English and Language, Langwith, 1970)

A contemporary novel set in Granada, Spain. Passionate, free-spirited Deborah has finally found peace and a fulfilling relationship in her adopted city of Granada – but when she is seriously injured in the Madrid train bombings of 2004, it is her sister Alice who is forced to face the consequences of a deception they have maintained for ten years.

At Deborah’s home in Granada, Alice waits, ever more fearful. Will her sister live or die? And how long should she stay when each day brings the risk of what she most dreads, a confrontation with Deborah’s Moroccan ex-lover, Hassan? At stake is all she holds dear…

Secrets of the Pomegranate explores, with compassion, sensitivity and – despite the tragic events – humour, the complicated ties between sisters, between mothers and sons and between lovers, set against a background of cultural difference and prejudices rooted in Granada’s long history of Muslim-Christian struggles for power.


By Craig Paterson (Politics, Goodricke, 1990)

As medical technology advances, and severely injured or ill people can be kept alive and functioning long beyond what was previously medically possible, the debate surrounding the ethics of end-of-life care and quality-of-life issues has grown more urgent. In this lucid and vigorous book, alumnus Craig Paterson discusses assisted suicide and euthanasia non-dogmatic secular natural law perspective, rehabilitating and revitalising the natural law approach to moral reasoning. Paterson develops a pluralistic account of why we are required by practical rationality to respect, and not violate, key demands generated by the primary goods of persons, particularly human life. Important issues that shape the moral quality of an action are explained and analysed. He defends the central normative proposition that ”it is always a serious moral wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human person, whether self or another, notwithstanding any further appeal to consequences or motive.”

Grow Your Own Cake3

By Holly Farrell (History, Derwent, 2004)

Your garden is the new ingredients cupboard for baking the freshest, most delicious cakes (and impressing your friends and family). With Grow Your Own Cake, you can turn your fabulous crops into tasty sweet or savoury treats. Every step in the book is easy to follow and generously illustrated, all the way from sowing the seeds to cutting the cake. Among these 50 mouth-watering recipes some are already classics, such as carrot cake and beetroot brownies, while others are more unusual such as fennel cake and pea cheesecake. The book also includes detailed guidance on growing all manner of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers to create a baker’s kitchen garden.

The Linguistics of Sign Languages. An introduction

By Anne Baker (née Mills) (Linguistics, Vanbrugh, 1975) with Beppie Van den Bogaerde, Roland Pfau, Trude Schermer

How different are sign languages across the world? Are individual signs and signed sentences constructed in the same way across these languages? What are the rules for having a conversation in a sign language? How do children and adults learn a sign language? How are sign languages processed in the brain? These questions and many more are addressed in this introductory book on sign linguistics using examples from more than thirty different sign languages. Comparisons are also made with spoken languages.

The Linguistics of Sign Languages can be used as a self-study book or as a textbook for students of sign linguistics. Each chapter concludes with a summary, some test-yourself questions and assignments, as well as a list of recommended texts for further reading. The book is nicely accompanied by a website for instructors containing notes and answers to the assignments, video clips and suggestions for further material to be discussed in class.

Metacognition in the Primary classroom

By Deborah Holt (Language and Linguistics, Alcuin, 1998) and Peter Tarrant

This is a practical guide for teachers who wish to make the learning process more explicit. We focus on what teachers and schools can do to help children understand how they learn so that they have greater ownership of their learning and are able to learn better.