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 Denise Mina's Blood, Salt, Water (Orion, 2016). "With a PhD in criminology, Denise Mina has turned her formidable intellect not to academia but to writing, among other things, West of Scotland crime novels. And a good thing too, as her stories are brilliantly constructed and fiendishly clever. No more so than Blood, Salt, Water, which features Detective Inspector Alex Morrow discovering the dark, drug-related side of genteel Helensburgh."

Paul Greatrix, registrar, University of Nottingham, is reading Gruff Rhys' American Interior (Penguin, 2015). "Myth and reality collide in this record of an expedition by the musician Gruff Rhys to follow in the footsteps of the remarkable 18th-century farmhand-turned-explorer John Evans. The narrative (and accompanying album) cover the history of both tours into the heart of the American interior in search of a legendary tribe of Welsh-speaking Native Americans. An extraordinary tale."

Tabish Khair, associate professor of literature, Aarhus University, Denmark, is reading Elleke Boehmer's Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2015). "Boehmer is an authority on post-colonial literatures and an accomplished novelist. This combination makes for a lucid study of the complicated - but not necessarily riven - landscape of intercultural contacts between Britons and Indians on British soil at the height of the Empire. …

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