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

James Stevens Curl, author of Georgian Architecture in the British Isles 1714-1830, is reading Jeremy Musson's The Country House Ideal: Recent Work by ADAM Architecture (Merrell, 2015). "This magnificent book's stunning illustrations reveal some of the exquisite architecture of this civilised practice in all its well-made beauty. Fine buildings, sensitively sited, based on historical precedent, and realised with well-tried techniques and informed use of materials, properly handled by craftsmen, are refreshing when so much badly designed and incompetently constructed fabric has created a frightening dystopia almost everywhere."

Mary Evans, centennial professor in the Gender Institute, London School of Economics, is reading Michael Jacobs' Everything is Happening: Journey into a Painting (Granta, 2015). "The travel writer Michael Jacobs died last year, but left an uncompleted account of his fascination with Velázquez's Las Meninas. That account, completed by Ed Vulliamy, has now been published. At the centre of this remarkable book is one of the world's great paintings; through his years of study of the work, Jacobs makes an impassioned case for extending the conventional boundaries of aesthetic judgements and how to see. A brilliant and engaging book that does every justice to its subject."

Sir John Holman, emeritus professor of chemistry, University of York, is reading Graham Greene's Dr Fischer of Geneva (Bodley Head, 1980). …

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