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

Vincent Barnett, formerly research fellow in the economic history of film, University of Bedfordshire, is reading Roger Backhouse's The Puzzle of Modern Economics: Science or Ideology? (Cambridge University Press, 2010). "Since the 2007-08 financial crash, economics has been subjected to heightened criticism. Backhouse takes on the two extreme views: economics as 'autistic irrelevance' and 'ideological apologetics', versus the 'universal relevance' of a 'perfect market equilibrium model'. He astutely demonstrates that the truth is (or should be) in between. Radically moderate essential reading for academics."

Caroline Flurey, postdoctoral research fellow in the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences, University of the West of England, is reading Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries (Little, Brown, 2013). "I've challenged myself to read all winners of the Man Booker prize, and what a book to start with. Set in the New Zealand gold rush and written in the style of a 19th-century classic, this epic book follows 13 men trying to solve a series of seemingly unconnected mysteries. Beautifully written and elegantly structured, it's no surprise that this was last year's winner."

Nigel Rodenhurst, part-time lecturer in English, Aberystwyth University, is reading Martin Jacques' When China Rules the World: The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World (Penguin, 2009). "This book should be compulsory reading for any academic teaching for a term in China and considering her or his long-term options. …

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