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

Sir David Eastwood, vice-chancellor, University of Birmingham, is reading Evelyn Waugh's A Little Learning: An Autobiography (Penguin, 2010). "A friend described reading Waugh as 'guilty pleasure'. This autobiographical fragment is indeed pure literary indulgence. The writing has an economy and elegance that is as rare as it is beguiling, and the effect is like a fine wine. The narrative takes us from home to school and through Oxford, to failure as a teacher. We are left on the cusp of Waugh's emergence as a truly great novelist. If only there had been a second volume - but guilty pleasures should leave us vainly hoping for more."

James Kneale, senior lecturer in geography, University College London, is reading Annemarie McAllister's Demon Drink? Temperance and the Working Class (Kindle, 2014). "A welcome corrective to the idea of Victorian and Edwardian temperance as a bourgeois imposition; springing from radical, nonconformist roots, temperance encouraged ordinary men, women and children to see themselves as agents, not victims. The book includes dozens of fascinating and affecting images of teetotal life and material culture. And it's cheaper than a (London) pint! I'd love to see this in print, too."

David Lewin, senior lecturer in philosophy of education, Liverpool Hope University, is reading Bernard Stiegler's Taking Care of Youth and the Generations (Stanford University Press, 2010). …

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