Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?: Books

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?: Books

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Matthew Feldman, reader in contemporary history, Teesside University, is reading Dan Stone's The Holocaust, Fascism and Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). "A second, superlative collection of republished essays by a young master of intellectual history. Included are sections on Holocaust historiography, genocide and memory, and intellectual anti- fascism and fascism (as the case of Rolf Gardiner shows, there were a few supporters of the last in Britain). The distinctions on big subjects are impressively lapidary, while the clear writing makes this a joy to read, despite the gut-wrenching subject matter."

Shelley King is head of the department of English, Queen's University, Canada. "I am currently delighting in Sandra Campbell's Both Hands: A Life of Lorne Pierce of Ryerson Press (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013). This biography explores the life of one of the architects of Canadian literature. As an editor at Ryerson from 1920 to 1960, Pierce nurtured the budding discipline in terms of both artists and critics, and in the process assembled a fine collection of literary Canadiana that he and his wife Edith bequeathed to Queen's. That it dishes the dirt on the early days of my own department is, of course, an added bonus."

Gordon Thomas, financial support officer, University of Nottingham, is reading Shehan Karunatilaka's The Legend of Pradeep Mathew: A Novel (Graywolf, 2012). "Originally published as Chinaman, this is one man's quest to find Pradeep Mathew, an obscure Sri Lankan cricketer, flawed genius and perhaps the world's best bowler. …

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