Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Carina Buckley, instructional design manager, Southampton Solent University, is reading Joanne Harris' Jigs and Reels (Black Swan, 2005). "This generous collection of stories is a veritable biscuit tin of goodies, all set, on the whole, in a world that is unmistakably Harris: magical, fantastical and with perspectives just slightly off-kilter. From old ladies running away to London, to the Japanese neighbour silently offering tea, each story holds a tantalising glimpse of a hidden underside to life and society."

Harriet Dunbar-Morris, strategic adviser to the vice-chancellor, University of Bradford, is reading Pemberley Revisited (Maia, 2005), Emma Tennant's two sequels to Pride and Prejudice. "Returning to Pemberley and Elizabeth Bennet's story is like putting on a pair of comfy shoes; very easy to slip back into! Tennant allows us the opportunity to see what the subsequent lives of the Bennets and Austen's other main characters might be. So if you were ever curious about what became of Elizabeth, Darcy, Wickham and Mrs Bennet, etc, then this is the book for you. Or if you just fancy a step back in time."

Sarah Green, associate professor of law, University of Oxford, is reading Iris Bohnet's What Works: Gender Equality by Design (Harvard University Press, 2016). "If you think you have no gender bias, you should read this book. It will surprise you. Bohnet uses hard evidence to show that complacency about gender equality is dangerous because bias in the workplace remains widespread, entrenched and destructive. …

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