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.

Hazel Christie, lecturer in university teaching and learning, University of Edinburgh, is reading Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz's The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook (Basic Books, 2006). "How resilient are children? Can kids subjected to trauma physically, emotionally or psychologically bounce back? How can neuroscience cast light on their experiences? Case studies in this compassionate, heartbreaking book provide some answers as Perry reveals the powerful interplay between early brain development, childhood trauma and the possibilities for recovery."

David Eastwood, vice-chancellor, University of Birmingham, is reading Richard English's Modern War: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013). "OUP's 'A Very Short Introduction' is a brilliant concept, although volumes in the series sometimes disappoint. Not this. Profound thought and a compelling text explain why and how states, societies and peoples resort to 'the awfulness of war'. English avoids glib generalisations because he knows too much and thinks too deeply. The text is a model of compression, which even finds time to explain Arsenal's defensive tactics. Anyone who wants to understand wars and their legacies should read it, twice."

Matthew Feldman, reader in contemporary history, Teesside University, is reading Dirk van Hulle and Mark Nixon's Samuel Beckett's Library (Cambridge University Press, 2013). …

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