Cambridge has a world-famous university, but the town's long history predates the coming of the scholars, beginning with the Romans, who first identified this as a good spot for a settlement.
It was a good choice and it continued to thrive into the medieval period.
Seeking sanctuary here in the thirteenth century, the fledgling university was something of a cuckoo, growing to dominate its civic neighbour as their stories intertwined.
Largely bypassed by manufacturing, in recent years the town has forged a reputation as a centre for the high-tech industries. Secret Cambridge explores the lesser-known aspects of this familiar place, integrating town and gown to offer a fresh perspective on some forgotten fragments of the city's story.
Writer and historian Andrew Sargent ventures down secluded streets and alleyways in order to shed light on neglected corners, allowing readers to experience the diverse flavour of the city's rich history.