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

Dave Anderson, outgoing UCU Scotland president and senior IT system administrator (authentication and authorisation), University of Glasgow, is reading Aki Ollikainen's White Hunger (Peirene Press, 2015), translated by Emily and Fleur Jeremiah. "Set in Finland in 1867, this novel recounts the plight of Marja and her two children as famine forces them to abandon their farm and walk south through the snow. The desolation, sorrow, fear and hunger of the refugees' journey are described with a compelling poetry, and timelessly speak of the struggle and determination to survive. A timely and thought-provoking story."

Thom Brooks, professor of law and government, Durham University, is reading Cass R. Sunstein's Simpler: The Future of Government (Simon & Schuster, 2013). "As another government takes power aiming to add to the nation's stockpile of regulations, this follow-up to Nudge shows how to put behavioural economics to good use in making regulations fewer and smarter, using examples from Sunstein's time in Barack Obama's administration. Required reading for new MPs."

Carina Buckley, learning skills tutor, Southampton Solent University, is reading Jeanette Winterson's Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (Vintage, 2012). "In characteristically poetic prose, Winterson tries to understand both the question posed by her mother that provides this book's title, and her own answer, as she traces the roots of childhood loss and longing through to her adult self and her salvation through writing. …

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