I’ve been writing for Cam, the magazine of the University of Cambridge, for several years now, and this is the second time I’ve had the priviledge of writing the summer reading feature.

It’s  fascinating to work on – the book recommendations of leading Cambridge academics are so well thought-out. This year I’ve picked up Josephine Hart’s Damage (recently republished by Virago) after the impassioned recommendation by the Downing Professor of the Laws of England…what a read. And I’m now loving the gripping The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Muckherjee, which was on the reading pile of the Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in Clinical Biochemistry.

The books recommended by famous alumni are always intriguing, too. This year I interviewed novelists Amanda Craig and Joanne Harris, Archbishop Rowan Williams, Apprentice star Margaret Mountford and the editor of The Independent, Chris Blackhurst.

The summer 2012 edition of Cam is sent to all Cambridge alumni and members and can be found online at the link above.