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.

Megan Crawford, reader in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, is reading Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White (Penguin Classics, 2003). "I reread this after a very long gap, and was surprised at how exciting it was. When the woman in white first appears, I actually felt a shiver when she touched Walter on the shoulder. I love Dickens, but I find Collins more readable, with his different narrative voices, page- turning plot and marvellous characters. Marian is a feisty heroine. Our current government seems keen to bring back Victorian values; I would recommend this book as an antidote to that view."

Paul Greatrix is registrar, University of Nottingham. He is reading Jon McGregor's This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You (Bloomsbury, 2012). "My favourite writer at the moment. After three outstanding novels, he has now delivered a wonderful collection of short stories. The writing is lyrical, poetic and haunting, with many of the pieces containing an underlying menace. Set in the bleak, flat fens (with echoes of Graham Swift's Waterland), these are remarkable stories of strange and different lives and events ... and things that shouldn't happen to someone like you. But they do."

Robert Harbison is professor of architectural history and theory, London Metropolitan University. "I'm reading Fred Scott's On Altering Architecture (Routledge, 2007), a book about later intervention in existing buildings. …

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