Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Tim Hall, lecturer in geography and social sciences, University of Gloucestershire, is reading Placing Autobiography in Geography (Syracuse University Press, 2001), edited by Pamela Moss. "Nine autobiographical reflections on their careers by a range of academic geographers, including a pleasing mixture of established names and early career academics. These tales remind us that the apparently smooth evolution of our disciplines is underlaid by hundreds of more messy, chaotic, serendipitous personal stories, something that is all too often unacknowledged in official histories and public faces."

Stephen Halliday, lecturer at the Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge, is reading Philip Ziegler's Edward Heath: The Authorised Biography (HarperCollins, 2011). "An absorbing account of one of Britain's most underrated, unlucky and unforgiving prime ministers, whose principled but ill-timed decisions are contrasted favourably with the manipulative and devious practices of his great foe Harold Wilson. The 'great sulk' is dealt with more sympathetically than perhaps the subject deserves, and it was a surprise to this reader to learn how suspicious Heath was of the US and all its works."

Victoria Herridge, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of palaeontology, Natural History Museum, is reading George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons (Harper Voyager, 2011). "This sprawling fantasy continues the fight for the Westeros throne begun in Game of Thrones. …

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