Alumni Publications

Please email us at alumni@girton.cam.ac.uk if you have had a book published which is available to buy online (please include a short bio).

Please note that there is a page that features Alumni Artists and Musicians too.

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John Aitchison
John Aitchison (Geography, 1984) is a wildlife cameraman and occasional presenter of radio and TV programmes. John is best known for his work on Frozen Planet, Springwatch and other BBC favourites, and has written about some of these experiences in his new book – The Shark and the Albatross. alt
Catharine Arnold
Catharine Arnold (English, Girton, 1979) was awarded Girton’s Rima Alamuddin Prize for Creative Writing in 1980. Catharine’s first novel, Lost Time, won a Betty Trask Award in 1987. A professional writer and television presenter, Arnold is the author of Necropolis, London and its Dead, Bedlam, London and its Mad City of Sin, London and its Vices, Underworld London, Crime and Punishment. Catharine’s latest book is Globe, Life in Shakespeare’s London (Simon and Schuster 2016). alt
Jane Barry
Jane Barry came up to Girton in 1964 to read English. Jane has published four novels her own name and now writes under the name Jasper Barry. Her latest book, The Second Footman, is the first in a trilogy set in 1880s’ Paris.
Sally Beauman (née Kinsey-Miles)
Sally Beauman was a British journalist and writer and is the author of eight widely translated and best-selling novels. She was educated at Redland High School and came to Girton in 1963 to read English. Sally’s last book,The Visitors, is set in Cambridge and Egypt in the 1920s, and explores the remarkable circumstances surrounding the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. alt
Ann Bennett
Ann Bennett (1981), a former Law undergraduate, had her novel Bamboo Heart published by Monsoon Books in 2013. With similar undertones to the hit novel and film, The Railway Man, Ann drew inspiration for her novel from her father’s experience as a prisoner of war of the Japanese on the Thai-Burma railway during the Second World War. Ann’s second novel, Bamboo Island, was released in the UK in March 2016. In the meantime Bamboo Heart was shortlisted for the Best Fiction prize for Singapore Book Awards in 2016.
Midi Berry
Midi Berry came up to Girton in 1964 to read Geography. After a career in community development and international management and development consulting, she has returned to an early love of story-telling, to publish her first historical and time-slip novel in early 2015.Nights of the Road interweaves the true story of a 17th-century teenage heiress sold into marriage with the manic-depressive brother of the Duke of Buckingham to save the political skin of her famous father, Sir Edward Coke, with a fictional tale set in 21st century California (www.nightsoftheroad.com).

Midi is currently researching a 17th-century sequel to Nights of the Road while also furthering her work on a long term project: a trilogy set in 18th century revolutionary Corsica, America and Australia.

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Sue Blacker (née Brenton)
Sue Blacker came to Girton in 1969 to read History. In 2005, Sue became the managing director of wool companies Blacker Yarns and Blacker Designs, brands of The Natural Fibre Company.Sue has used her expertise to write Pure Wool which looks into 17 different breeds of sheep and explains how the wool they produce varies and continues with over 20 specially-designed patterns that make the most of the unique qualities of each yarn.
Wendy Bond (née Barlow)
From the Cam to the Zambezi features contributions by fifteen of the original course members and three wives, including Wendy Bond (1958), a former English undergraduate at Girton. Collectively, they cover the last years of colonial rule in Northern Rhodesia and the early years of the new nation of Zambia after it gained its independence in 1964. Set against the backdrop of the Cold War and decolonisation, these varied stories offer an insight into a world on the brink of change, offering perspectives on the final years of Northern Rhodesia and the path to independence in Zambia, seen through the eyes of a young group of colonial officials and their wives.
Ruth Brandon
Ruth Brandon came to Girton in 1962 to read Modern and Medieval Languages and is a historian, biographer and novelist. She is the author of seven novels and twelve works of non-fiction. Her last book was Ugly Beauty: Helena Rubinstein, L’Oréal, and the Blemished History of Looking Good, (HarperCollins 2011) which has been published in five languages.She is currently working on a novel about collaborationists in occupied France.
Tim Cadman
Dr Tim Cadman has an academic background in political science, political economy, international relations, comparative politics, public policy and public administration, political theory, and development- and international studies. Through his work as a practitioner, researcher and teacher, he has been closely engaged in sustainability, development, and climate change related research around the Pacific Rim countries and beyond since 1992, and have travelled widely within the region. His main areas of expertise are in governance, natural resource management, climate change, responsible investment and corporate social responsibility. He came up to Girton in 1985 to read ASNaC and History. alt
Colin Chapell
Dr. Colin Chapell (History MPhil, 2005) is an Instructor in the History Department and Graduate Coordinator for the University College at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennesee, USA. In August 2016, the University of Alabama Press published his first book, Ye That Are Men Now Serve Him: Radical Holiness Theology and Gender in the South, which examines the ways in which Protestant theology in the American South influences the construction of gender. alt
Cynthia Colson
Secular prison chaplain and translator Cynthia Colson has spent more than a decade studying death and dying in a number of different traditions in Europe, the Americas and Asia. After having a near-death experience, she wrote ‘What Happens When You Die’, a brief, straightforward and non-religious guide to what happens when we die, answering questions such as whether dying is painful, where your soul goes when it leaves the body and how to help people who are about to die.Stephen Colson, a sculptor living in Hackney, sees the world very differently from his sister Cynthia, a prison chaplain living in Brussels, but when his sister has to flee to London for her life, they put their differences to one side when they discover they are being used as guinea pigs in secret weapons experiments. The weapons developers try to kill them when the siblings decide to go public about their discoveries. In action-packed true-life tale ‘Memoirs of a Lab Rat’, Cynthia and Stephen give an astonishing account of how they manage to stop bickering and keep one step ahead of the attempts on their lives. alt
Adam Crothers
Adam Crothers came up to Girton in 2002 to read English. After completing a MPhil in Dublin Adam returned to Girton to undertake a PhD, completing his dissertation in 2010. Several Deer is his debut poetry collection and it is already receiving critical acclaim. alt
Susan Curtis-Bennett
Susan Curtis-Bennett came to Girton in 1949 to read Moral Sciences. Ms Curtis-Bennett is a journalist descendant of three generations of eminent lawyers, who made the surname famous – perhaps especially Sir Henry Curtis-Bennett, KC. alt
Celia Deane-Drummond
Celia Deane-Drummond (Nat Sci, 1974) is Professor of Theology and founding Director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a doctorate in plant physiology as well as a doctorate in systematic theology. Her research focuses on the engagement of systematic and moral theology and the biological and social sciences. Professor Deane-Drummond is the author or editor of twenty five books, including Creation Through Wisdom (2000); The Ethics of Nature (2004); Genetics and Christian Ethics (2006); Future Perfect (ed. with Peter Scott, 2006);Ecotheology (2008); Christ and Evolution (2009); Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere (2011) (ed. with Heinrich Bedford-Strohm); Animals as Religious Subjects (2013) (ed. with David Clough and Becky Artinian Kaiser (2013; The Wisdom of the Liminal (2014); Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred (2015) (ed with Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski) and more than one hundred and forty book chapters, academic articles and popular articles on topics related to her research interests. She is also currently Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment and is Visiting Professor in theology and science at the University of Durham, UK. alt
Emma Donoghue
Emma Donoghue is an Irish-born playwright, literary historian and novelist now living in Canada. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international best-seller. Emma Donoghue came to Girton in 1990 to complete her PhD.
Emma Drew
Emma Drew came to Girton in 1984 to read English. Her new book The Whole Person Recovery Handbook is based on some work she did as a Fellow of the RSA, pioneering the application of their highly influential recovery research. The whole-person recovery approach turns traditional approaches to ‘treatment’ on their head, using a fairly radical person-centred philosophy that seems to be far more successful in helping people out of addictive behaviour. The idea is that successful recovery depends on an equal partnership between the sufferer and the people supporting them – experts by experience and experts by profession.
The book is for sufferers, their friends and family, and for non-expert professionals who encounter problems arising from substance misuse and mental ill-health in society such as teachers, GPs, social workers, policy-makers and probation officers.
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Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare (who came up to Girton in 1970 to read History) is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer, and children’s books editor for the Guardian, in addition to being an editorial contributor and advisor for the website Lovereading4kids.Julia has served on many book award panels including the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, and chaired the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize panel from 2001-07. In 2000 she co-founded the Branford Boase Award for an outstanding novel for young people by a first-time writer, and she also regularly appears on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book and Front Row programmes. Julia’s own works include Treasure Islands: the Woman’s Hour guide to Children’s reading, A guide to the Harry Potter novels, The Rough Guide to books for teenagers, and 1001 children’s books you must read before you grow up. alt
Elizabeth Einberg
Elizabeth Einberg came up to Girton in 1957 to read Modern and Medieval Languages. She is a senior research fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and former curator at Tate Britain. Her latest book is called William Hogarth, A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings. This book was shortlisted for the William M.B. Berger Prize for British Art History 2016, and included in the ‘Best Art Books of 2016′ review by Prof. David Ekserdjian in the London Evening Standard. alt
Sarah Jane Evans (née Phillips)
Sarah Jane Evans is a journalist, broadcaster and Master of Wine. Having studied Classics and Social and Political Sciences at Girton (1972), Sarah moved into journalism and developed a specialism in food writing, becoming Associate Editor of the BBC’s Good Food magazine, as well as Chair, and then President, of the Guild of Food Writers. A strong interest in Spain sparked her to write “Seville”, a history of the city, as well as the Spanish section of the Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Guide. In addition to her writing Sarah has also judged wine internationally in Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Georgia and Germany and is a founder member of the Academy of Chocolate.Sarah’s latest book is called “Chocolate Unwrapped”. alt
Tom Fordyce
Tom Fordyce has been a BBC Sport Interactive journalist since 2000. He writes text commentaries on cricket and tennis, also writing features on various other sports and blogging from a number of different events. Tom came up to Girton in 1992 to read Geography.He has covered Olympic Games, World Championships, rugby World Cups and Ashes tours home and away, as well as the Ryder Cup and multiple Wimbledons.

Winner of Sports Blogger of the Year, he is an amateur sportsman of minimal note but was recently included in the UK Press Gazette’s list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Mary Fowler
Mary Fowler (Mathematics 1969) is the Master of Darwin College in Cambridge. A distinguished earth scientist she is best known round the world for her book The Solid Earth: an introduction to global geophysics, for which she was awarded the Prestwich Medal by the Geological Society of London.Work is starting on the long process of producing a 3rd edition. alt
Clare Furniss
Clare came up to Girton in 1993 to read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic and later gained an MLitt from Aberdeen University.Clare went on to work in media relations for the homelessness charity Shelter and spent several years as a press officer for then Mayor of London, Ken Livingston before taking the plunge and beginning her career as an author.

She was awarded a place on the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, and wrote her debut novel, The Year of The Rat, as her MA manuscript.

Clare now lives in Bath with her husband and three children.

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Martin Ganeri
The Very Reverand Dr Martin Ganeri came up to Girton in 1984 and read Classics and Oriental Studies before completing an MPhil in 1989 and a DPhil in Oxford. Dr Ganeri is now Prior Provincial of the English Province of the Order of Preachers, and he lectures in World Religions focusing on Catholic approaches to other religions. alt
Carl Gibeily
Carl Gibeily came up to Girton in 1983 to read Engineering. He has worked as a confectionery salesman in Dubai, a journalist and UN editor in Beirut and Bahrain, and a Bloomsbury editor in Doha. Carl is now about as Scottish as anyone in Edinburgh, where he lives with his wife and two children. His first novel, Blueprint for a Prophet, was published by Doubleday to critical acclaim.In his latest novel, published in 2017, two worlds and families collide with the arrival of the wall across the West Bank. When an Israeli youth is killed by a Palestinian youth in suspicious circumstances, it falls on the reluctant Aron Lunzer from the right-wing Israeli media to question the inconsistencies in the official report. His investigation leads him to Jewish and Islamic extremists and to a Lebanese Christian who curses like a pure Sephardic Jew and reminds him of his dead wife. Together, they uncover the events that led to the deaths of the two youths in a race to foil a suicide mission that is set to ignite a third intifada. As Brexit UK and Trump’s America continue to divide societies, this compelling novel provides a stark reminder of what can happen to communities when walls are built between people. alt
Jonathan Gibson
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Gibson, studied for a PhD in Hebrew Studies at Girton College (2009-2013). During this time, he also contributed to and edited a book of Christ’s atonement. Presently, he is associate minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church. alt
Margaret Gilbert
Margaret came up to Girton in 1961 to read Philosophy and is now a philosopher best known for her work in the philosophy of social science, and, more specifically, for her founding contributions to the analytic philosophy of social phenomena. She has also made substantial contributions to other philosophical fields including political philosophy, the philosophy of law, and ethics. alt
Nayana Goradia
Nayana Goradia came to Girton in 1961-62 to do post-graduate research in English. Her biography of the brilliant Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India (1898-1905 ) entitled Lord Curzon: The Last of the British Moghulswas first published by Oxford University Press in 1992 and went into a 4th paperback reprint.Nayana now lives in New Delhi with her husband Prafull Goradia, a former Member of Parliament. She is currently helping to run The Indian School.
Valerie Grove (née Smith)
Valerie Grove (English, 1965) has been a journalist (for The Times, The Sunday Times and the Evening Standard) and author for 50 years. Her books include: (as Valerie Jenkins) Where I Was Young: Memories of London Childhoods 1976, (as Valerie Grove) The Compleat Woman: Marriage, Motherhood, Career 1986, Dear Dodie: a life of Dodie Smith (1996), The Well-Loved Stranger : biography of Laurie Lee (1999) reprinted as The Life and Loves of Laurie Lee (2014), A Voyage Round John Mortimer (2006), So Much To Tell: A life of Kaye Webb (2010). Valerie is currently working on A Penfriendship: about her correspondence 1976-2016 with Margaret Forster. alt
Philomena Guillebaud
While looking at a copy of the 1927 Ordinance Survey map of west Cambridge, Philomena Guillebaud noticed a strange griddle-shaped structure where the University Library now stands. Older maps mark the plot as the King’s and Clare Colleges cricket ground but further investigation revealed that it had been The First Eastern General Hospital during the First World War. The hospital, set up within days of the outbreak of the war, treated over 60,000 returning casualties between 1914 and 1919 yet its existence has been largely forgotten. Philomena Guillebaud, who matriculated in 1944 to read Economics, looks at the history of this startling enterprise and its impact on the local area. From Bats to Beds to Books
Maria Haka Flokos (née Haka)
M.K. Haka was born in Greece and read Architecture at Cambridge (Girton 1980). An avowed Anglophile, shereturned to Greece to practice architecture and currently resides in Athens with her family. The Hesitant Architect is her first novel and is available as a paperback and electronically. alt
Phil Hammond
Phil Hammond is a doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian. Phil came up to Girton in 1981 to read Medical Sciences (Clinical), and he qualified as a GP in 1991.Phil has written three books – Medicine Balls, Trust Me, I’m (Still) a Doctor and Sex, Sleep or Scrabble? – and released two DVDs of his tours (Dr Phil’s Rude Health Show and Confessions of a Doctor). He is currently writing his fourth book, ‘Staying Alive – How to Survive the NHS’ which will be published by Quercus in January 2015.
Sarah Harper
Professor Sarah Harper (Archaeology and Anthropology, 1976) is the new director of the Royal Institution (and only the second woman in the RI’s history to hold this position). Prior to this appointment Sarah established Oxford’s Institute of Population Ageing and became the University of Oxford’s first Professor of Gerontology.How Population Change will Transform Our World (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Population change is a major challenge for the 21st century. But it’s not just a question of rising numbers of humans on the planet. Different regions of the world are at different stages in the ‘demographic transition’, from high birth and death rates to dwindling childbearing and ever-lengthening lives. While Africa struggles to reduce fertility, the Middle East copes with the unemployment of its youth bulge, and Europe and the US are faced with ageing populations. All these challenges are inextricably linked with migration. Given the backdrop of global environmental and economic pressures, what are the implications for the future? What hope for future generations? For women in poorer parts of the world? For young people trying to find work in overly-full labour markets? And for governments balancing the needs of local and immigrant populations? Sarah Harper highlights the opportunities and stark challenges we face in the coming decades.

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Fay Hartley
A Glossop Apothecary traces the development of pharmacy through the work of seven proprietors (inlcuding Fay’s parents) of 7, High Street West, Glossop from 1838, when the premises were built by Bernard Edward Howard, the 12th Duke of Norfolk to the present time.Fay qualified as a pharmacist in 1974 and followed in her parent’s footsteps until 2006 when the shop was sold to the Cohen’s Chemist Group. She came up to Girton 1965 to read Natural Sciences. alt
Sarah Helm
Sarah Helm (who came up to Girton to read English in 1975) began her career as a reporter and feature writer and was a founding member of the staff of The Independent. As the paper’s Home Affairs Correspondent she covered a number of official secrets stories, including the Spycatcher controversy, for which she won the British Press Awards’ ‘Specialist Writer of the Year’. She also was awarded the Laurence Stern Fellowship by the Washington Post.

Sarah now works as a freelance writer for various publications and a number of books including, A Life In Secrets, about the SOE spymistress, Vera Atkins, was published in 2005. Her book about the women’s concentration camp at Ravensbruck, If this is a Woman, was published by Little, Brown in January 2015.

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Sylvia Hewlett
Sylvia Hewlett came to Girton in 1964 to read Archaeology and Anthropology. Hewlett is the author of 11 Harvard Business Review articles and 12 critically acclaimed books, including When the Bough Breaks (winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award); Off-Ramps and On-Ramps; Winning the War for Talent in Emerging Markets; Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor (named one of the ten best business books of 2013 by the Globe and Mail); and Executive Presence (an Amazon “Best Book of the Month,” June 2014). In 2014 she was recognized as the Most Influential International Thinker by HR magazine and won the Google Global Diversity award. Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, she’s a featured blogger on the HBR Blog Network. Her writings have been published in the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal and she’s a featured blogger on HBR Blog Network and the Huffington Post. She has appeared on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Charlie Rose, The Today Show, and BBC World News. In 2011 she received the Isabel Benham Award from the Women’s Bond Club and Woman of the Year Award from the Financial Women’s Association and in 2013 she received a Work Life Legacy Award from the Families and Work Institute.
Penelope Hobhouse (née Chichester-Clark)
Penelope Hobhouse is a garden writer, garden designer, garden historian, lecturer and gardener. For fourteen years until 1993 with her husband, Professor John Malins, she was in charge of the National Trust Gardens at Tintinhull House in Somerset. Today she lives in Dorest and travels in Europe, Australia and the United States lecturing and designing gardens. Penelope came to Girton in 1948 to study Economics.
Wendy Holden
Wendy Holden was a journalist on The Sunday Times, Tatler and The Mail on Sunday before becoming a full-time author. She has written nine novels, all Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. Wendy Holden came up to Girton in 1983 to read English.
Ariana Huffington
Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and came up to Girton in 1969 to read Economics.

Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Andrew Hunt
Andrew Hunt is an experienced and enthusiastic investor with one of the UK’s leading fund managers. He grew up in Scotland and went on to study at Cambridge University where he graduated with a first class degree in Law.
Andrew then spent three years in London working as a creative for the television industry, before moving to Edinburgh in 2006 to train as a professional investor.
The author believes this unusual background of law and creative work provided valuable training for investment. The rigours of a legal education develops an eye for detail and the ability to understand both perspectives to an argument. While on the other hand, a creative mind is surprisingly important for contrarian investing. There is no point just going with the experts or the consensus. Money is made by creating your own narratives. In the author’s own words; “That’s why I love value investing – It combines the virtues of a disciplined process with the unfettered freedom of imagination.”
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Sujata Iyengar
Sujata Iyengar came up to Girton in 1988 to read English. Having earned her M.A. from the Shakespeare Institute and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, she is now Professor of English at the University of Georgia in the south-eastern United States, where she teaches and writes about Shakespeare, Literature and Medicine, and Writing.With her colleague Christy Desmet, she co-founded and co-edits the online, multimedia, scholarly journal – Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. Her published books include Shades of Difference: Mythologies of Skin Color in Early Modern England (Penn Press, 2005), Shakespeare’s Medical Language and the edited collection Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body (Routledge). alt
Annette Kobak
Annette Kobak is a writer and occasional broadcaster whose most recent book Joe’s War: my father decoded featured on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week.Annette’s biography of the traveller Isabelle Eberhardt, Isabelle, was made into a film for the BBC2 series Great Journeys. She has also translated Isabelle’s only novel Vagabond from the French. In addition, Annette created and presented the BBC Radio 4 series The Art of Travel, 36 intimate interviews with now-iconic travel writers. Annette is a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review and the Times Literary Supplement, and a former chair of the Cheltenham Literary Festival.

Annette came up to Girton in 1962 to read Modern and Medieval Languages, and after graduating she completed a degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia.

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Christina Koning
Christina Koning is a novelist and short story writer who has reviewed extensively for the UK national press. Her novels include A Mild Suicide, which was short-listed for the David Higham Prize for Fiction; Undiscovered Country, which won the Encore Prize in 1999 and was long-listed for the Orange Prize in the same year, and Fabulous Time, which was awarded a Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship. More recent novels include The Dark Tower, set in nineteenth century South Africa, Variable Stars, about the eighteenth century astronomer Caroline Herschel, and a series of detective stories set in the 1930s, featuring a blind central character – of which the most recent is Out of Shot (2017). A forthcoming novel in the series – entitled End of Term – is to be set at a Cambridge women’s college. Christina Koning came up to Girton in 1972 to read English. alt
Adam Knobler
Adam Knobler came up to Girton in 1985 to read Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic, before switching to History to do a PhD. Adam is now a Professor of Religion and History at Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, and his book Mythology and Diplomacy in the Age of Discovery (Leiden: Brill, 2016) looks at the relationship of medieval myths to Early Modern Iberian expansion in the 16th century. alt
Valerie Langfields
Valerie Langfield came up to Girton to read music in 1969 and is now a freelance musician. She wrote her highly acclaimed book about the life and music of the English song composer Roger Quilter (‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’, ‘Love’s Philosophy’, ‘O Mistress Mine’, ‘Go Lovely Rose’) while working on her PhD on him. Her research interests extend to British opera of the 19th and early 20th centuries, to the music of Dora Bright and Ethel Smyth, and the life and work of Edward Dent, the Cambridge musicologist.
Kenneth Lim
Kenneth Lim (Geography) came up to Girton in 1986, and is presently a Research Scientist at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Prior to this appointment, he taught geography and social studies in several schools and junior colleges in Singapore, as well as served as a Curriculum Designer in the Ministry of Education. Kenneth received his Masters in Technology-in-Education from Harvard and built on this during his doctoral research on adolescent spatial cognition.Dr Lim’s present research interests lie in maker movements and the affordances for learning of fictive worlds and virtual environments, for which he developed the Six Learnings curriculum framework. As a theory of learning, Disciplinary Intuitions undergirds his work in maker movements and in immersive environments. His other publications include Disciplinary Intuitions and the Design of Learning Environments (2015). alt
Jenny Lloyd
Jenny Lloyd was born in England, and has lived there, in Italy, and in Mexico before moving to the United States in 1980. She is a retired history professor from The College at Brockport, and the author of four scholarly articles and one academic book. She began writing memoir and creative non-fiction in the 1990s, and has published memoir pieces in Biography and The Big Brick Review. She is also the author of Catching Meggie The Runaway Shetland Sheepdog (Createspace, 2013), about the nine-month effort to bring home their sheltie that ran away while she and her partner were in England. Jenny came up to Girton in 1958 to read History. alt
Imogen Lloyd Webber
Imogen Lloyd Webber is a New York based British author, TV commentator, producer & Broadway.com’s News Editor. Since coming up to Girton in 1995 to read history, Imogen has put on a play in London’s West End, and has written books including The Single Girl’s Guide, The Twitter Diaries and The Intelligent Conversationalist. alt
Lesa Longley (née Thompson)
Dr Lesa Thompson was at Girton 1991-94 before completing a degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh. She has extensive practical experience working with “exotic” pets, wildlife and zoo animals. She now lives in Japan where she obtained a doctorate in Environmental Veterinary Sciences from Hokkaido University. Lesa has written two books to assist general veterinary practitioners – Anaesthesia of Exotic Pets and Saunders Solutions in Veterinary Practice: Small Animal Exotic Pet Medicine. alt
Ursula Martin
Professor Ursula Martin came up to Girton in 1972 to read Mathematics, and is now a professor at the University of Oxford whose research interests span mathematics, computer science, and the humanities. Her latest book (co-written with fellow mathematicians Christopher Hollings and Adrian Rice) features the remarkable story of Ada Lovelace, often considered the world’s first computer programmer.
Anna Maxted
Anna Maxted is a bestselling author based in North London, England. Born in 1969, she is married to fellow author and journalist Philip Robinson and they have three young sons. Anna Maxted came up to Girton in 1987 to read English.
Candia McWilliam
Candia McWilliam came up to Girton in 1973 to read English. Candia published her first novel, A Case of Knives, in 1988 and it was the winner of a Betty Trask Prize. Her most recent book, What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness, came out in 2010 and is a raw and candid account of her life. alt
Mary Medlicott (née James)
Mary Medlicott is a professional storyteller and writer. She grew up in far West Wales and is a Welsh speaker. She came up to Girton in 1965 as an Alice Violet Jenkinson exhibitioner to read English. The first ten years of her working life were spent as a freelance researcher and journalist for publications including The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Times Educational Supplement and New Society. Involvement with oral storytelling in the early 1980s developed into her becoming a leading light in what is now recognised as the Storytelling Revival. Her contributions to this movement included devising the influential TV series on storytelling, By Word of Mouth, aired on Channel 4 in 1990, and also chairing the Society for Storytelling and editing its publications. Her storytelling work has been in three main areas – storytelling performance, community storytelling workshops and work in schools. It has taken her all over the UK and to countries abroad including America, South Africa, New Zealand and Tobago. As a writer, Mary has published nine books in all. They include two collections of stories for children, two children’s novels (Open Secret and Elephant Luck), Shemi’s Tall Tales on a 19th century Welsh storyteller, a self-published collection of adult personal tales (A Long Run in Short Shorts) and three books on storytelling with children. The most recent of these, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in March 2018, is Storytelling and Story-Reading in Early Years. Mary also writes a weekly storytelling blog available at www.storyworks.org.uk/Wordpress. alt
Jane Miller (née Collet)
Jane Miller came up to Girton in 1952 to read Modern and Medieval Languages. Jane’s career started off in publishing, before she switched roles to become an English teacher in a London comprehensive. Latterly Jane became a Professor at the London University Institute of Education. Her latest book is a memoir titled In My Own Time: Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Other works include Many Voices: Bilingualiam, Culture and Education, Women Writing About Men, Seductions: Studies in Reading and Culture, Relations, and Crazy Age. alt
Alison Morgan (née Keymer)
Alison Morgan came up to Girton in 1978 to read Modern and Medieval Languages; specialising in Italian, she completed her PhD on Dante in 1986 and over the next ten years taught in several universities. Ordained in 1996, Alison now works for The Mathetes Trust, where she is the editor and Director of the Rooted in Jesus discipleship programme for Africa. Alison has written a number of books, including Dante and the Medieval Other World, What Happens When We Die, The Wild Gospel, The Word on the Wind, Doing What Jesus Did and Following Jesus – The Plural of Disciple is Church. She is also co-author of a Lent course (Season of Renewal) and a healing prayer course (In His Name), and co-editor of Distilling Life, a poetry collection. Alison’s latest book is a second anthology, Something Understood : Poems for Reflection and Meditation. Her website is www.alisonmorgan.co.uk. alt
Carole Morris (née Chapman)
Carole Morris came up to Girton in 1975 to read Archaeology and Anthropology. Her book Wood and Woodworking in Ango-Scandinavian and Medieval York, presents over 1500 domestic and utilitarian artefacts made of wood from six locations in the city of York – including complete objects as well as woodworking waste, unfinished products and woodworking tools. The date range covered by the assemblage is c.850-post Medieval and the bulk of the material is of Anglo-Scandinavian date (c.850-late 11th century). Archaeology of York: Craft, Industry and Everyday Life: Wood and Woodworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York v. 17, Fasc. 13
Anthony Nanson
Anthony Nanson (Girton, 1983) was fascinated by lost worlds as a boy. The idea for Deep Time came when he was studying Earth Sciences at Girton College, Cambridge in the 1980s. He has researched tropical forests first hand in Gabon and New Caledonia to make the book’s settings authentic. He teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University, has authored Exotic Excursions (2008) and Gloucestershire Folk Tales (2012) ), and co-edited Storytelling for a Greener World (2014). He is also an ecological storyteller. alt
Gillian Naylor
R. G. Naylor (Gillian Desoutter, 1958) read English at Girton. In her thirties she became interested in how the structure of our brains must shape our thoughts, which meant learning how brains work, and led on to wondering how they evolved. At almost 80 she finally published The Ancestry of Reason: How Consciousness Works, What it Achieves, How it Evolved. (www.theancestryofreason.com).Designed to be comprehensible to readers with minimal scientific education the book summarises current ideas about consciousness and includes one or two hypotheses of the author’s own. The central argument is that the conscious moment is the result of a process that combines sensory data collected over a significant fraction of a second, thereby improving the quality of the information. This sets up a record which can be correlated with subsequent inputs, creating the stream of consciousness.

These forms of memory can be supposed to have evolved in relation to one form of activity at a time, beginning, in a very simple form, as a means of guiding locomotion. In the human ancestry the potential for discovering correlations spread out over time expanded so lavishly it led to the capacity for abstract reason.

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Eleanor Nesbitt
After Girton (1969 Classical Studies and Theological and Religious Studies) Eleanor’s books include: Hindu Children in Britain (Trentham), Interfaith Pilgrims (Quaker Books), Intercultural Education: Ethnographic and Religious Approaches (Sussex Academic), Pool of Life: The Autobiography of a Punjabi Agony Aunt (Sussex Academic), Making Nothing Happen: Five Poets Explore Faith and Spirituality (Ashgate) and Sikhism A Very Short Introduction (OUP). alt
Joseph O’Neill
Joseph O’Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964 and came to Girton in 1982 to read Law. His previous works include the novels This is the Life and The Breezes and the non-fiction book Blood-Dark Track, a family history centered on the mysterious imprisonment of both his grandfathers during World War II, which was an NYT Notable Book. O’Neill’s novel Netherland was awarded the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. He writes regularly for The Atlantic. He lives with his family in New York City.
Lady Nicholls of Birkenhead (née Jennifer Thomas)
Lady Nicholls came up to Girton in 1954 to read Law. Family Ties is a gentle and fascinating account of a surprisingly eventful life of one generation of her family in North Wales. Family Ties
Rosalie Osmond (née Beck)
Rosalie Osmond is a native of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, but spent a large part of her adult life in England. Educated at Acadia University, Bryn Mawr College, and Cambridge University, she has taught English literature at university level in Canada and the U.K. She has published three works of non-fiction. Waldenstein is her first novel. Rosalie came to Girton in 1964 as a research student.
Lucy Pollard (née Robertson)
Lucy matriculated in 1962 (Classics), and has been a librarian, a book indexer and a teacher. Lucy has also enjoyed travelling to Greece all her life. During retirement she completed a PhD and her book, The quest for classical Greece: early modern travel to the Greek world, is the result. Lucy is currently the book reviews editor for the Bulletin of ASTENE (Association for the Study of Travel in Egypt and the Near East). alt
Marnie Riches
Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in Manchester, aptly within sight of the dreaming spires of Strangeways prison. She swapped those for the spires of Cambridge, reading Modern & Medieval Dutch and German at Girton in 1990. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist, a property developer and professional fundraiser.Having authored the first six books of HarperCollins Children’s Time-Hunters series, her George McKenzie crime thrillers for adults were inspired, in part, by her own youth and time spent in The Netherlands as a student. The first book in the series, The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die, won the coveted Dead Good Reader Award (2015). The second book, The sequel, The Girl Who Broke the Rules, spent months in the Amazon Suspense Top 50 and was heralded by readers as “one of the best sequels ever’. The third book, The Girl Who Walked In the Shadows’ is out now. Marnie also writes contemporary women’s fiction. alt
Janet Rizvi (née Clarke)
Brought up in Aberdeen, Scotland & had my school education there. Girton to read history, matriculated in 1958. Completed my Ph.D in Indian history in 1969, after moving to India, where I have spent the rest of my life. Have settled down in the Delhi area, but earlier spent several years in Kashmir & Ladakh. alt
Elva Robinson
Elva Robinson (Natural Sciences, Girton 1999) is a Lecturer in Ecology at the University of York. She studies the organisation of social animal groups, using ants as a model system to understand cooperation, conflict and collective intelligence. On the more applied side, her work informs conservation and habitat management policy.Wood Ant Ecology and Conservation covers the biology of an ecologically significant group of ants, the wood ants: why they matter, why they are threatened, how we can conserve them, and what we can learn from them. alt
Julia Saunders (née Golding)
Julia Saunders came to Girton in 1987 to read English, and is now a full time novelist writing under three pen names. As Julia Golding, she has written twenty books for children, including the multi-award winning The Diamond of Drury Lane (Cat Royal series). Writing for teenagers, she has published three historical novels under the name Eve Edwards and a couple of contemporary stories as Joss Stirling. Many of her books have been published in the USA and have been translated in to numerous languages. She combines the novels with tutoring on writing workshops and school visits around the world.
Abi Silver (née Fineberg)
Abi studied science A-levels but had always wanted to be a lawyer. She came to Girton in 1986 to read Law, and after graduating she worked for major international law firms. Abi began writing while taking a career break to have children. She was given the idea for her debut crime novel The Pinocchio Brief after reading an article in New Scientist about the controversial technology which claimed to assess a person’s credibility by watching his facial movements. The Pinocchio Brief received critical acclaim from Ted Childs, the creator of Kavanagh QC. Abi’s second novel, The Aladdin Trial, is a legal thriller with an AI twist and will be released on 28 June 2018.
Andrea Skevington (née Ashworth)
Andrea Skevington came to Girton in 1981 to study English. She now lives in Suffolk with her husband and two children. Andrea tells stories to her own children and to others, through voluntary work in schools and as a Sunday School leader. The Little Fir Tree is her first children’s book.
Hazel Strouts
Hazel Strouts came to Girton in 1962 to study History. She co-edited the book, Wings over the Western Front, with Ernest Pollard.
Steph Swainston
Steph Jane Swainston is a British literary fantasy/science fiction author, receiving critical acclaim for her first novel The Year of Our War. Steph came up to Girton in 1992 to read Archaeology and Anthropology.
Aline Templeton
Aline Templeton, creator of DI Marjory Fleming, came to Girton in 1963 to read English. Since graduating Aline has worked in education and broadcasting and has written numerous articles and stories for newspapers and magazines. Her books have been published in translation in several European countries as well as in the United States. alt
Mary Tiffen (née Steele-Perkins)
Dr Tiffen came up to Girton in 1949 to read History. After completing a PhD at the London School of Economics, Dr Tiffen worked on agricultural development in Africa and the Middle East and was a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London. Her final work there, More people, less erosion, environmental recovery in Kenya, 1994, Tiffen, Mortimore & Francis Gichuki has become a classic, still constantly cited.In her retirement she investigated her own family history leading to a book, Friends of Sir Robert Hart, Three Generations of Carrall Women in China 2013, Tiffaniabooks with Queen’s University, Belfast. This was translated and published n Chinese by the Guanxi Normal University Press in 2017. She has now brought out her mother’s book,Testimony to Love, 2017,with some commentary by Mary, which features both the restricted lives of middle class wives before 1940, and her 1930 near-death vision, an experience rare then but now more common as doctors haul people back from death. alt
Sandi Toksvig
Sandra Birgitte Toksvig OBE is a Danish-British writer, presenter, comedian, actress and producer on British radio and television. She currently presents The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 and 1001 Things You Should Know on Channel 4.Sandi has written many books including fiction and non-fiction books for children and adults. She has been a columnist for Good Housekeeping magazine for more than twenty years and for seven years wrote every week in The Sunday Telegraph. In 2009 a collection of her Telegraph articles were published in book form as The Chain of Curiosity. Her book Peas & Queues was published in the autumn of 2013.

She is the current Chancellor of Portsmouth University and is involved with many charities focusing on civil liberty, women’s rights and education. Sandi came up to Girton in 1977 to read Archaeology and Anthropology.

Marjorie Trusted
Marjorie Trusted came up to Girton in 1974 to read English. She is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she has been based since 1979. She specialises in British and Spanish sculpture, and completed a catalogue of the baroque and later ivories in the V&A published in 2013. Her catalogue of British Sculpture in the V&A, which she jointly wrote with Dianne Bilbey, appeared in 2002.Dr Marjorie Trusted FSA is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she has been based since 1979. She specialises in British and Spanish sculpture, and has recently completed a catalogue of the baroque and later ivories in the V&A, due to be published in November 2013. Her catalogue of British sculpture in the V&A, which she wrote jointly with Diane Bilbey, appeared in 2002. She is currently working on the renovation of the Cast Courts at the V&A, and is preparing a book on the history of the collection of plaster casts in the Museum. – See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/fr/marjorie-trusted-cast-courts-victoria-and-albert-museum#sthash.mxfVcd1P.dpuf

Dr Marjorie Trusted FSA is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she has been based since 1979. She specialises in British and Spanish sculpture, and has recently completed a catalogue of the baroque and later ivories in the V&A, due to be published in November 2013. Her catalogue of British sculpture in the V&A, which she wrote jointly with Diane Bilbey, appeared in 2002. She is currently working on the renovation of the Cast Courts at the V&A, and is preparing a book on the history of the collection of plaster casts in the Museum. – See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/fr/marjorie-trusted-cast-courts-victoria-and-albert-museum#sthash.mxfVcd1P.dpuf

Priscilla Turner (née Watson)
Dr. Priscilla Turner (Watson) was educated at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, came up in 1957, and read both Parts of the Classical Tripos, then from 1960 to 1962 Theology Part II, followed by Theology Part III in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies (which course is now an MPhil). Her doctorate is from Oxford in a Septuagint topic. She has published her dissertation here: The Septuagint Version of Chapters 1-39 of the Book of Ezekiel , a spiritual autobiography lightly fictionalised here: O Love How Deep: a Tale of Three Souls, and a recent book on the frontier between Church and biblical/theological studies here: Holy Homosex?: This & That. alt
Vicky Unwin
Vicky Unwin was at Girton between 1976-1979. After a long career in media, she now lives in Singapore where she writes blogs and reviews (www.vickygoestravelling.com; www.healthylivingwithcancer.co & www.vickyatthemovies.net). Love and War in the WRNS is an edited collection of her mother’s letters home during the Second World War. She is working on a second book about her family. She and fellow Girtonian, Sarah Helm, author of If This is a Woman, the acclaimed book about Ravensbruck, are planning an event in Cambridge in January. 2016. alt
Nicola Vollkommer (née Sperry)
Nicola Vollkommer came up to Girton in 1978 to read Modern & Medieval Languages. Nicola married a German and she has become the author of a variety of German-written books, spanning from children’s books to biographies. Her first novel, Wie ich lernte, das Chaos mit Gottes Augen zu sehen: Andachten für Mütter, was published in 2014.Nicola is pleasantly surprised at the success of her books given that German is not her mother tongue, and said it was Girton College that taught her the language!
Dan Vyleta
Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. After growing up in Germany, he left to attend university in the UK, firstly studying History at Girton (1994) before completing a Ph.D. at King’s College, Cambridge. He now calls Canada his home.His debut novel, Pavel & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, The Quiet Twin, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Fiction Prize, one of Canada’s most eminent literary prizes. The Crooked Maid, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the J.I. Segal Award.

Dan’s latest novel, Smoke, was published in 2016 to rave reviews.

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Anne Watkinson
Anne Watkinson came up to Girton to read Natural Sciences in 1958, which she followed by a few years in cancer research. After having a family she came back to Cambridge to Homerton to get her PGCE and followed a career in teaching small children. She was a nursery and infant teacher, a head of two primary schools in Essex and finished her formal career as a Senior Adviser for Essex while there were still LEA advisers! She specialised in working with support staff, a largely forgotten team of people in all schools who were largely untrained, underpaid and working with the more vulnerable children, at informal times or providing essential services to the teachers. The research she did then led to a PhD, a post retirement consultancy career and the books. Her most recent publication is The essential guide for new teaching assistants – Assisting learning and supporting teaching in the classroom. alt
Irene Weber (pen name Aurora Springer)
Irene Weber entered Girton in 1971 to study in the Natural Sciences Tripos. She moved to the University of Oxford for doctoral research and was awarded her D.Phil. in Molecular Biophysics in 1978. She is a Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA. She publishes science fiction and fantasy novels under the pen name of Aurora Springer. alt
Ruth Whippman
Ruth Whippman is a British journalist and author living in the USA. Her essays and comment pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent and the Huffington Post amongst other places. The Pursuit of Happiness and Why It’s Making Us Anxious is a humorous investigation into our obsession with happiness and the industry that surrounds it. In their review of the book, the Sunday Times called Ruth a “whip-sharp British Bill Bryson.” alt
Anne Willan
Beyond her 30-plus cookbooks and her entry this past spring into the James Beard Hall of Fame for “body of work,” Ms. Willan, a colleague and beloved friend of Julia Child’s, is a force of nature. Born in Yorkshire, England, she eschewed the life her parents dreamed for her–horseback riding Yorkshire wife, albeit one with a Cambridge University degree in economics–and by her mid-20s was running the kitchen at the Chateau de Versailles, preparing meals for the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Charles De Gaulle, and quickly moving on to work first at Gourmet Magazine in New York City and then onto becoming food editor of the Washington Star. In 1975 Ms. Willan opened La Varenne, a cooking school in Paris that rivaled the famed Cordon Bleu and has trained some of the world’s best known chefs and food writers. Her latest cookbook was published in September 2014 and is called One Soufflé at a time. Anne came to Girton in 1956 to read Economics.

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