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.

George McKay, AHRC leadership fellow for the Connected Communities programme, University of Salford, is reading Eurojazzland: Jazz and European Sources, Dynamics, and Contexts (Northeastern University Press, 2012). "An international collection that contributes to the shifting lens of jazz studies. How many musicians in early New Orleans were of Italian or Spanish origin? What rhythm and note choices of Scottish folk music were heard in early jazz? How have Jan Garbarek and Manfred Eicher shaped European jazz aesthetics? Full of anecdote and data about the fractured desires of Europeans for jazz."

Peter Mills, senior lecturer in media and popular culture, Leeds Metropolitan University, is reading Laura Barton's Twenty-One Locks (Quercus, 2010). "This Betty Trask Award winner tells of a young girl's love and life under a Northern sky, exploring a monochromatic world that yields to colour through the author's quietly dazzling musicality of tone. Maybe it's 1963, maybe it's yesterday: the struggles between love, family and the places we live ensure that, as James Joyce wished, this isn't about something, it is something."

Sara Read, part-time lecturer in the department of English and drama, Loughborough University, is reading Marian Keyes' The Mystery of Mercy Close (Michael Joseph, 2012). "Like many of Keyes' works, this book interweaves a cracking read with a presentation of a serious condition: here candidly depicting episodes of depression, just as earlier ones included alcoholism, grief and drug addiction. …

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