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 David Eastwood's Government and Community in the English Provinces, 1700-1870 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1997). "Sir David Eastwood, vice-chancellor of the University of Birmingham, is also a distinguished British historian, and this book is a useful antidote to those who focus exclusively on the development of the national polity. Drawing extensively on local archives, the book describes vibrant activity at the parish, district and county levels. It reminds us too that tension between central and local government is not a new phenomenon."

Vicky Duckworth, senior lecturer in educational research, Edge Hill University, is reading Emily Dugan's Finding Home: Real Stories of Migrant Britain (Icon, 2015). "Home: it's a short, simple word, but into it Dugan sows sincere and powerful seeds via the stories of a group of migrants struggling to settle in the UK. Their hopes, dreams and fears fill each page in defiance of the media flood of shocking, negative stereotypes. We learn how people like teaching assistant Klaudia and LGBT activist Aderonke, among others, deeply enrich their adoptive country with their energy, enthusiasm and faith in humanity."

Caroline Magennis, lecturer in 20th and 21st century literature, University of Salford, is reading Sara Baume's Spill Simmer Falter Wither (Tramp Press, 2015). …

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