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

Claire Ashmore, doctoral candidate in linguistics, Sheffield Hallam University, is reading Jane Hodson's Dialect in Film and Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). "On a freezing cold day recently I attended a talk given by Hodson. Tea, parkin and mention of The Full Monty put a smile on my face, as does this page-turning book. I want to read the novels and watch the films she analyses (apart from Four Weddings and a Funeral - I now understand why Charles 'erms', but I'll never like it)."

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder professor of geography, University of Oxford, is reading Darrell M. West's Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust (Brookings Institution, 2014). "It's the asides I enjoy most in this book on the extremely rich; the descriptions of the complications of being the child of a billionaire in a world where nine-year-olds can sue their parents if they do not think they are getting enough money. Apparently depression, anxiety, delinquency and substance misuse are more common among children at the very top."

Liz Gloyn, lecturer in Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London, is reading Nicola Griffith's Slow River (Ballantine, 2003). "Three strands of narrative weave together the story of a woman in a futuristic society who has been kidnapped and left for dead, amnesiac, with her ID chip removed. As she slowly recovers her memory and identity, she shapes a new life. …

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