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.

Karen McAulay, music and academic services librarian at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (and new owner of a Kindle), is reading Felicity Hayes-McCoy's The House on an Irish Hillside (Hodder & Stoughton, 2012). "Buying my first Kindle book was perilously easy - I'll have to watch myself! I had come across Hayes-McCoy's evocative writing on Twitter and in the media, so I knew I'd enjoy this. With Ireland's cultural celebration, The Gathering, coming up this year, this book's appearance is indeed timely, introducing readers to the Dingle way of life, sense of community and musical and folkloric culture."

Jules Pretty, professor of environment and society and deputy vice- chancellor at the University of Essex, is reading Gordon Conway's One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? (Cornell University Press, 2012.) "How is it that the world produces 25 per cent more food per person compared with 50 years ago and yet still 1 billion people are hungry? Another billion are seriously overweight. This fine book ranges far over approaches centring on sustainable intensification. We must do better with what we have and ensure that solutions are good for both the planet and all its people. A welcome and ultimately optimistic book."

Peter J. Smith, reader in Renaissance literature, Nottingham Trent University, has just finished Graham Greene's Our Man in Havana (Heinemann, 1958). "An espionage novel with a twist and a damning satire on the incompetence and inertia of the secret service. …

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