Lots of us are turning to our bookshelves looking to be transported to a far away place at the moment. We asked Director of Studies in English Dr Hero Chalmers and alumna Gabby McHarg (PhD pending!) to give us their top recommendations for all ages.
Dr Hero Chalmers' recommendations will not only take you back in time, but also deep into the ground.
Gabby McHarg (Psychology 2016) researches child development, but more importantly, she is a great believer in reading with children of all ages - including for the child inside you!
1. Hilary Mantel, The Mirror and the Light
2. Preti Taneja, We That Are Young
3. George Eliot, Middlemarch
4. Kathy O'Shaughnessy, In Love With George Eliot
5. Robert Macfarlane, Underworld
1. Sandra Boynton, Hippos Go Beserk!
2. Stef Wade, A Place for Pluto
3. Russell Punter and Dan Taylor, Kitty Kat series
4. Peggy Parish, Amelia Bedelia
5. Helen Moss (Natural Sciences 1987), Adventure Island series
6. Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events series
We know that lots of our alumni are authors, and we are pleased to list here some whose works are currently available:
- The House at the Edge of the Night, Catherine Banner (English 2008)
- The Last Days of Smallpox, Mark Pallen (Medical Sciences 1978)
- A trilogy: A Balance of Evil, A Burden of Secrets, A Bodyguard of lies and The Gathering and Traumata, Douglas Renwick
- Presumption of Death and Who is Mr Mortimer?, Christopher Nicholls (Law 1968)
- The Cut-Out Girl, Bart van Es (English 1991)
- Prodigal, Michael Waterhouse (English 1974)