What Are You Reading?

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What Are You Reading?


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Sara Clethero, head of voice, London College of Music, University of West London, is reading Peter T. Harrison's Singing: Personal and Performance Values in Training (Dunedin, 2013). "A kindly and wise book written to address what Harrison sees as 'declining standards and values in the training and performance of singers'. It covers a huge variety of methods and supplementary disciplines, and is full of good advice and homage to the 'incredible design' of the singing voice. Whether it is focused enough to redeem us from the huge public muddle about singing and its significance at this time is another question."

David Eastwood, vice-chancellor, University of Birmingham, is reading David Lodge's Lives in Writing: Essays (Harvill Secker, 2014). "Many know Lodge as the author of perhaps the finest and funniest campus novels. He has also taken us with humour and humanity into the worlds of military service, Catholic liberalism and deafness. This volume reminds us that he is a scholar of rare sympathy and subtlety. Try him on Terry Eagleton for luminous sanity on structuralism and post-structuralism, and on Frank Kermode for intellectual generosity."

George McKay, AHRC leadership fellow for the Connected Communities programme, University of Salford, is reading Anandi Ramamurthy's Black Star: Britain's Asian Youth Movements (Pluto, 2013). "Ramamurthy's urgent account of a forgotten - no: ignored - history of radicalism looks at how the children of South Asian migrants organised and fought racism on the streets in northern English towns. …

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