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.

Mary Evans, centennial professor at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics, is reading Claude Lanzmann's The Patagonian Hare: A Memoir (Atlantic, 2012). "Lanzmann's mentor, Jean-Paul Sartre, wrote a memorably short autobiography; Lanzmann says more, but the greater generosity with words is well spent on what is not just about the man but also the 20th century. What emerges is a long and fascinating love letter to the power of literate conversation."

Karen McAulay, music and academic services librarian, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is reading A Rattleskull Genius: the Many Faces of Iolo Morganwg (University of Wales Press, 2005), edited by Geraint H. Jenkins. "Since I've devoted many hours to the study of authenticity and fakery in early 19th-century Scottish songbooks, this collection enables me to make comparisons with a contemporary Welshman. I'm intrigued by this gifted but eccentric bard who single-handedly invented a tradition, even though Daniel Huws found Iolo's Welsh song transcriptions to have been more genuine than much of his output."

R.C. Richardson, emeritus professor of history, University of Winchester, is reading David Cannadine's History in Our Time (Yale University Press, 1998), "a collection of his lively and usually insightful book reviews. But how utterly wrong he has sometimes been! A 1989 piece on the beleaguered Margaret Thatcher concluded that she was unsinkable. And his radical posturings - mellowed perhaps after his acceptance of a knighthood - about the British monarchy's uncertain post-Diana (Princess of Wales) future now look unconvincing in light of the enthusiastic welcome for the Diamond Jubilee. …

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