Alumni books

We're proud of our alumni for their contributions to the literary world. Here is a selection of titles written by our alumni community.

If you'd like to see your book on this list, please email us at alumni@cardiff.ac.uk.

Mohab Abou-Elkawam

(PhD 2015)

Nomads of a Global Industry: Seafarers and the Marine Environment: The Quest

Exploring how seafarers interact with the growing demand to protect the environment. Find out more on Amazon.

J.J. Bhatt

J.J. Bhatt

(PhD 1972)

Human Endeavor: Essence & Mission A Call for Global Awakening

Draws upon the historic foundation of wisdom that constitutes the global heritage. Find out more on Amazon.

Space Cadets by Laurence Moroney

Laurence Moroney
(BSc 1991)

Space Cadets

Several years after humanity was pulled back from the brink of an all-out nuclear war, the United Nations built a Space Academy. It’s purpose: To ensure that we’d never again face extinction.

Find out more on Amazon.

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Rosaleen Moriarty-Simmonds OBE
(BSc 1985)

Four Fingers and Thirteen Toes

Rosaleen overcame horrendous injuries as a result of her mother being prescribed Thalidomide during pregnancy. Now she runs a successful Disability Equality Training Consultancy. Find out more on Amazon.

Alumni book Napoleon's Other Wife

Deborah Jay
(LLB 1984)

Napoleon's Other Wife: The Story of Marie-Louise, Duchess of Parma, the Lesser Known Wife of Napoleon Bona Parte

Revealing the woman obscured by the myth of Napoleon's love affair with Josephine. Find out more on Amazon.

Richard Parks
(Dental Surgery, 1997 - 2000)

Beyond the Horizon

Richard Parks has what must be one of contemporary sport's most extraordinary and inspirational stories. Beyond the Horizon is an amazing, inspiring, and exciting story for armchair adventurers, extreme sports and mountaineering fans alike. Find out more on Amazon.

Cover image of the book 'Still With the Music'

Sir Karl Jenkins
(BMus 1966)

Still With The Music: My Autobiography

Music is a language that speaks to us all. But the music of Sir Karl Jenkins transcends boundaries of style and genre, of geography, language and nationality to communicate a message of peace that has profoundly moved millions around the world. Find out more on Amazon.

Cover of the book, 'The Machine'

James Smythe (BA 2001; PhD 2008)

The Machine

Vic returned from war tormented by his nightmares. His once happy marriage to Beth all but disintegrated. A machine promised salvation, purging him of all memory. Now the machines are gone, declared too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth’s flat is an ever-whirring black box. Find out more on Amazon.

Cover of the book, 'The TV Detective'

Simon Hall (PGDip 1991)

The TV Detective

Television reporter Dan Groves is newly assigned to the crime beat, and in a state of angst about it. He needs a crash-course in police work; the solution is to shadow Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen on a high-profile murder inquiry, which doesn't go down well with some members of the police force.

Find out more on Amazon.

John Rickards
(BEng 1999)

Winter’s End

They have the body of a slaughtered woman. They have a half-naked man standing over her. They have no idea how to make him talk. And so they call in ex-FBI interrogator Alex Rourke to the traumatized Maine town of Winter's End. But as Rourke probes the mind of the enigmatic 'Nicholas', he is forced to re-examine his own past. Find out more on Amazon.

Cover of the book, 'The Imagine of Survival'

Jeni Oborn (BA 2004)

The Imagine of Survival

Nature-loving teenager Sophia Darcy survives cancer at age fifteen, relatively unscathed and with her whole life ahead of her. But as the years of remission add up, she increasingly struggles to find something to make her life meaningful - 'something impressive' to live up to her own high demands of how a cancer survivor should survive.

Find out more on Amazon.

Cover of the alumni book 'Draupadi in High Heels'

Aditi Kotwal (MA 2009)

Draupadi in High Heels

Born into a well-known business family, Deeya is a high-flying, spoilt, rich girl who owns an elite fashion store. Her parents want her to get married and hold a swayamvar of sorts for her to select a husband. And she has a dilemma — to go with the extremely attractive and intriguing Karan or the dashing and outgoing Arjun.

Find out more on Amazon.

Cover for the book, 'Somebody Else's Shoes'

Tiffany Wright (MA 2004)

Somebody Else's Shoes

Frumpy, insecure, London real life journalist Mia is unfulfilled with her life. Gorgeous Natasha Logue is a celebrity fashion stylist with everything she could possibly want at her feet. But one day Mia and Natasha's worlds collide in a way neither could imagine possible and suddenly the shoes are on the other foot.

Find out more on Amazon.

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Geoff Hanlan
(BScEcon 1977;
BA 1999)

2045 and After: Part One

Christopher Jones is thrown forward to May 8th 2045 in a time travel venture. This is the commencement of an exciting journey in two parts leading up to the year 2060. After his arrival in Cornwall he quickly becomes known as James Marsh. Find out more on Amazon.