Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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

Roger Brown, professor of higher education policy, Liverpool Hope University, is reading A Manifesto for the Public University (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011), edited by John Holmwood. "This collection of essays makes a poignant contrast to the narrow and impoverished view of higher education in the Browne Review and the higher education White Paper. It should be read by everyone who cares about the public role of universities as encouragers of debate and common resources of knowledge."

Caron Eastgate Dann, media studies lecturer, Monash University, is reading Douglas Kennedy's A Special Relationship (Arrow, 2010). "For years I refused to read male authors because I didn't believe they could write realistic female characters. The protagonist in this novel - a journalist who marries a colleague - makes a mockery of my old ideas about gendered authorship. The novel has the unlikely theme of postnatal depression and I read it because a friend insisted it was great. Now I'm a Kennedy fan."

Gary Day, principal lecturer in English, De Montfort University, is reading Raymond Khoury's The Templar Salvation (Orion Fiction, 2010). "I lost count of the number of times the phrase 'for a beat' appears in this novel. The repetition is typical of its cliched prose style. The story is about the search for documents, hidden by the last of a band of Templar Knights, that will revolutionise understanding of early Christianity. …

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