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

Charlie Cooper, lecturer in community and youth work studies, University of Hull, is reading Harry Leslie Smith's Love Among the Ruins: A Memoir of Life and Love in Hamburg, 1945 (Icon, 2015). "Smith is best known for Harry's Last Stand, a moving and passionate defence of the Keynesian welfare state promised us in 1942. This latest book is a love story set in post-war Hamburg, telling the tale of Harry's first weeks with his future German wife, Friede, at a time when relations with the 'enemy' were censured. It is an equally moving and passionate account."

Clare Debenham, tutor in the department of politics, University of Manchester, is reading Chris Mullin's A Very British Coup (Serpent's Tail, 2010). "Mullin was a Labour member of Parliament for 23 years. It is rare for political fact to follow political fiction, but this 1982 novel is an exception. Against all odds, Harry Perkins, a former steelworker, has led the Labour Party to a resounding victory. His manifesto causes dissent. The end is predictable but the journey fascinating."

Maria Delgado, professor and director of research, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, is reading Jean Graham-Jones' Evita, Inevitably. Performing Argentina's Female Icons Before and After Eva Perón (University of Michigan Press, 2015). "A fascinating treatment of myth-making in modern Argentina, focusing on the iconisation of women who have played a decisive role in the construction of the country's national imaginary. …

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