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

Mary Evans, centennial professor in the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics, is reading Kathy Davis' Dancing Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World (NYU Press, 2015). "Hopefully this wonderful and creative book will get many more people on to the dance floor. And not just hopping about any old how in lonely (but usually crowded) isolation, but engaging in learning the rules of dancing with a partner. No need to stand on your toes, or anyone else's; it is about extending the possibilities of what your mind and your body can do."

Richard Joyner, emeritus professor of chemistry, Nottingham Trent University, is reading Christopher Bland's Ashes in the Wind (Head of Zeus, 2015). "This gripping first novel follows two families in Ireland from 1908 to the civil war and on to the present day. The Burkes are Anglo-Irish Protestants, initially privileged, finally dispossessed. They become the novel's main focus. The Sullivans, native Irish Catholics, initially poor and rebellious, ultimately prosperous, provide contrast. A fast-moving, informative read about a century of Irish history."

Sandra Leaton Gray, senior lecturer in education, UCL Institute of Education, is reading The Tail: How England's Schools Fail One Child in Five and What Can Be Done (Profile, 2013), edited by Paul Marshall. "This book is based on the premise that one child in five leaves English state schools without basic skills and literacy and numeracy, and this group is described as 'the tail'. …

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