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.

Charlotte Beyer, senior lecturer in English literature, University of Gloucestershire, is reading Kate North's Bistro (Cinnamon Press, 2012). "I am really enjoying this new collection; it is definitely one of this year's poetry highlights for me. These astutely crafted and finely detailed poems exude vitality. Treating themes such as desire, loss, change and physicality, North's poetry explores the dimensions of place. Cosmopolitan in outlook, yet often anchored in specific settings, her knowing, sensitive poems draw assured pictures of evolving identities and relationships."

Megan Crawford, reader in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, is reading Henning Mankell's One Step Behind (Vintage, 2012). "One of my secret vices is an addiction to detective novels. Having covered the murderous city of Oxford with Inspector Morse and enjoyed the dynamism of V.I. Warshawski, I came rather late to middle-aged male angst and detection in Sweden. This novel is classic Wallander because it combines an intriguing case with his own inner reflections on life, mortality and encroaching bodily fragility. You know he is never going to change his lifestyle but you secretly hope he will. For me, that makes a good read."

Paul Greatrix, registrar, University of Nottingham, is reading Alison Moore's The Lighthouse (Salt Publishing, 2012)."This Booker-shortlisted debut from a former staff member at Lakeside Arts at the University of Nottingham is a slim, well-written and powerful novel. …

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