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

Megan Crawford, professor of education and director of Plymouth University's Institute of Education, is reading Ian Rankin's Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion, 2014). "Maybe it's because I have just become head of department, but I particularly enjoyed this book with its plotline of old friendships and discovering where your loyalties lie. Not, of course, that I am expecting to emulate DS Rebus as a role model. Rankin has brought back Rebus very effectively, I think, and I enjoyed every minute of the read."

Sir David Eastwood, vice-chancellor, University of Birmingham, is reading David Peace's Red or Dead (Faber, 2013). "Good biographies of football managers are rare; novels about them rarer still. Peace here offers us a hybrid: novel as biography. More affectionate than his earlier book The Damned United, this improvisation on the life of Bill Shankly is an experiment that largely succeeds. He even finds ways of making team sheets sound lyrical, although the repetition can seem redundant. What lingers is the sadness of success, where a man's identification with club and fans robbed him of the inner life and hinterland that ultimately make contentment possible."

Mary Ha, academic administrator, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, is reading Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile (Heron, 1976). "Having watched the films countless times since I was a child, reading the book was not a disappointment. …

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