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

Sir David Bell, vice-chancellor, University of Reading, is reading Ian Rankin's Saints of the Shadow Bible (Orion, 2013). "John Rebus, the dissolute but profoundly moral policeman, returns. He encounters a recent Rankin creation, Inspector Malcolm Fox from Police Complaints, as they go head-to-head on a 30-year-old case. In parallel, Rebus investigates the entanglement between the son of a prominent Scottish nationalist and the daughter of a London businessman. You can smell Edinburgh from the pages of this sparse but gripping novel."

E. Stina Lyon, professor emeritus of educational developments in sociology, London South Bank University, is reading Andreas Hess' The Political Theory of Judith N. Shklar: Exile from Exile (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). "Female scholars seldom get the insightful treatment Hess gives the political theorist Judith Shklar in this satisfying biography. Her personal trajectory from refugee to Harvard elite academic is here interwoven with her originality as a liberal democratic thinker, although today she is known more as a teacher of 'great men' than for her own writings. Justice needs good arguments. Hers need revisiting."

June Purvis, professor of women's and gender history, University of Portsmouth, is reading Caroline Bressey's Empire, Race and the Politics of Anti-Caste (Bloomsbury, 2013). "Catherine Impey (1847-1923), a British Quaker, is best known for her high-profile collaboration with Ida B. …

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