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

Laurence Coupe, senior lecturer in English, Manchester Metropolitan University, is reading John Williams' Stoner (Vintage, 2012). "This novel made little impact when was published in 1965, but deservedly it is now a best-seller. Never has the malice, hypocrisy and pettiness of the academic world been more painstakingly delineated; but never has the importance of reading, learning and teaching been more powerfully conveyed. Although many of us find it increasingly hard to function in the current university system, Williams' celebration of a decent, dedicated lecturer makes it seem worthwhile."

Emma Herdman, lecturer in French, University of St Andrews, is reading Ingrid de Smet's La Fauconnerie à la Renaissance: Le 'Hieracosophion' (1582-1584) de Jacques Auguste de Thou (Droz, 2013). "Like all de Smet's books, this covers so much more than the title suggests: an edition, translation and commentary of de Thou's magisterial Latin poem on falconry, yes; but also an informative and enjoyable account of the literary and cultural status of hunting that is rich in detail about the European Renaissance. Where else would one learn that puffins could be eaten as 'honorary fish' during Lent?"

R. C. Richardson, professor emeritus of history, University of Winchester, is reading Simon Thurley's Men from the Ministry: How Britain Saved its Heritage (Yale University Press, 2013). …

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