One book clubs together the ‘two cultures’

Scotland“They have taken place in pubs, living rooms and church halls, but now book groups are moving into a Scottish university’s halls of residence. Every new student enrolling at the University of St Andrews this autumn will be sent a novel during the summer and will be encouraged to discuss it with other freshers when they arrive on campus in September. The university is distributing Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a Man Booker-shortlisted work, to all 1,500 new undergraduates in an initiative to give students a common discussion topic and to focus their energies on broad intellectual debate rather than narrow academic study …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 11 June]

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