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

Rivka Isaacson, senior lecturer in chemical biology, King's College London, is reading Margaret Drabble's The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws (Atlantic, 2009). "This book is inadvertently full of imagery relating to my group's research in structural biology, where we try to piece together small parts of the molecular jigsaw puzzle of life within each cell. It's a fascinatingly researched cultural history of jigsaws, with pictures, combined with a childhood memoir that focuses on a beloved and long-lived aunt. I have loved Drabble's writing ever since I read Jerusalem the Golden aged 16, the story of a girl who infiltrates an eccentric posh family, something I've been doing ever since (in a harmless, non-psycho sort of way - eek, the lady doth protest too much!). It was a dream come true for me - she's lovely."

Leo Mellor, Roma Gill fellow at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, is reading Sean McEvoy's Theatrical Unrest: Ten Riots in the History of the Stage, 1601-2004 (Routledge, 2016). "This is a really tremendous book, offering a finely nuanced theatre history, a reflection on the politics of the 'event' and an insight into why readings of performance should never be limited simply to the action on stage. It moves in lucid and drily witty chapters through various theatrically provoked moments of tumult and unrest. These take in Elizabethan London, with Richard II and the Earl of Essex; inter-war Paris (Popular Front reaction to a proto-Fascist Coriolanus); and Birmingham in 2004 (Sikh demonstrations against Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's Behzti). …

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