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.

Sandra Leaton Gray, lecturer in education, University of East Anglia, is reading Stepford Wives, by Ira Levin (Constable & Robinson, 2011) with an introduction by Chuck Palahniuk. "I bandy this term about so much, usually in a cutting tone of voice while justifying an extra chocolate biscuit and a refusal to do the washing-up, that I finally decided to buy the book in the campus bookshop and read it through properly for the first time. I could hardly put it down, and kept sneaking back to it, as I was so keen to find out the ending. Parallels with the housekeeping philosophy of Martha Stewart et al. are very apt. I'd like to see every student in the country reading this."

Jeremy Holmes, chief operating officer, Universities UK, is reading Douglas Rogers' The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe (Short Books, 2011). "A telling, moving insight into the implosion of a country where thriving agriculture, education and public services are destroyed by corruption, incompetence and thuggery. Written by a journalist, it has pace, and at different moments is astonishing, hilarious, poignant, despairing and Kafkaesque. Ever wondered what economic and social chaos looks like, but want to be entertained at the same time? This is for you."

Karen McAulay, music and academic services librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is reading Stuart Kelly's The Book of Lost Books: An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You Will Never Read (Penguin, 2006). …

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