New books: January 2019

Christmas feels like a distant memory, the weather outside is dreary… On these cold, dark January days, what better way could there be to warm your heart than to read about the fabulous new books we have here in the College Library?


If you take a peek at the titles added to the collections in recent months (see link below), you’ll find treats that range from studies of behaviour economics, the domestic space in Renaissance Italy, and pamphleteering in early modern England, to companions on pharmaceutics, NHS law, and Chaucer’s dream poetry.

And with even more new books on their way, there is sure to be something for everyone – whether you are looking for new inspiration, something to help you understand a topic more clearly, or a way of challenging yourself to think a little differently!

In addition to subject-specific texts, we have invested in a number of general study guides to help you brush up on your research and communication skills. These include titles on personal development, interview techniques, critical thinking, and research methodology, such as Tracy Bowell’s Critical Thinking: a concise guide, Stella Cottrell’s Skills for success: personal development and employability, and Rebecca Corfield’s Successful interview skills: how to prepare, answer tough questions and get your ideal job.

Study skills

New study skills books

And don’t forget that, if ever the stress of Lent term is overwhelming, or you just feel that you are in need of some extra support, you can find our Welfare section in the Middle Room of Left Cloister, which includes a range of titles on topics such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, mindfulness, sexuality and wellbeing. Books recently added to the section include Farrah Storr’s The Discomfort Zone and Christina Patterson’s The art of not falling apart.

In other Library-related news, work on the new Library continues apace and many of our users are benefitting from the additional work spaces in Ramsay Hall. A reminder that we have blankets, laptop stands and new book-rests to help you get the most out of your study time.

Later this term, we will be launching the College Library’s user survey, which will give you an opportunity to tell us what you like about the Library and how you think we can improve, but in the meantime, please feel free to post your comments and suggestions on our Feedback Walls (located in the main entrance vestibule and Ramsay Hall), or else send us an email at

To view the complete list of all our new books, please see: New books 29th Nov 2018 – 24th Jan 2019