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 Ruth Winstone's Events, Dear Boy, Events: A Political Diary of Britain from Woolf to Campbell (Profile, 2012). "In a simple but very clever idea, Winstone tells the story of the past nine decades through diary entries. The most famous diarists are there, including Vera Brittain, 'Chips' Channon and Alastair Campbell. But there are also insightful pieces from people as diverse as a Yorkshire miner and a Wren stationed in Plymouth in the Second World War. With so much material available, she has done a remarkable job."

Vicky Duckworth, senior lecturer in educational research, Edge Hill University, is reading Danny Dorling's Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists (Policy Press, 2015). "Intelligent and astute, this well-woven book - reissued this year in a fully revised edition - offers a powerful critique of the ideologies of greed that stitch up society. Without a hint of surrender to the status quo, Dorling radiates humanity, passion and concern across every page. His words are weapons, inspiring me to take action and reminding us of the power of the collective to defeat inequality and exploitation."

Martin Paul Eve, senior lecturer in literature, technology and publishing, Birkbeck, University of London, is reading Open Education: A Study in Disruption (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), by Pauline van Mourik Broekman et al. …

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