Blagger's Guide to the ultimate Reading List (for students)
February is grim. The nights are getting longer, but noooooot quite fast enough... Put the kettle on, put your feet up and grab a book.
The Help: Kathryn Stockett
This has recently come to us on the big screen, but was first and foremost a novel and is a cracking read! A New York Bestseller, it narrates Miss Skeeters uncovering of the unfair discrimination against the ‘coloured help’ in 1960’s Jackson, Mississippi homes. Although it focuses on a relatively serious issue, it provides plenty of good humour and fun; it is a brilliant ‘in-between-lecture’ read.
The Great Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald
The newest film incarnation of this novel has been taken on by Baz Lurhmann and, although it is not out until late 2012, it will undoubtedly be an obligatory watch. Therefore being the academics that we are, reading the novel beforehand is also a must! Set in the roaring ’20s on the East Coast, this is a Fitzgerald Classic, featuring literary greats such as Gatsby himself and the infamous Daisy Buchanan.
Starter For Ten: David Nicholls
Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will have heard of the hype surrounding Nicholls’ ‘One Day’. His equally successful and earlier novel, ‘Starter for Ten’ (also a film) is equally top-notch! It neatly sums up university life — the cliques, the halls and the humiliations. Although we’re probably not all gagging to get onto University Challenge, there’s definitely a little bit of Brian Jackson in all of us.
The Other Hand: Chris Cleave
A dual narrative story about a reunion in England between a Nigerian asylum-seeker and a British magazine editor after a chance meeting during the oil conflict in the Niger Delta. This book is incredible. Although it won't exactly lift your mood through its dealing with political violence, British colonization and the treatment of refugees, it is still a moving and enjoyable read.