Pick up your own free copy of My Name is Leon today!
This special edition is published as part of the KU Big Read and includes comments about last year’s Big Read and discussion prompts to help you join in the conversation.
New students starting at Kingston University London this year will receive a copy over the summer, including FHSCE students studying at the joint faculty of Kingston and St George’s, to welcome them to University life. Current students and staff can grab the book for themselves from the library helpdesk at St George’s.
You can read our staff and student reviews of all of the shortlisted Big Read titles, including Senior Lecturer Joanne Powell’s review of My Name is Leon, by clicking on The Big Read tag.
Author visit to St George’s
Kit De Waal’s first novel has become an award winning best seller and was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa First Novel Award. Lenny Henry, after narrating an audiobook version, has optioned the book for TV, so we’re sure there will be big and exciting things still to come for this wonderful book.
Speaking of exciting news soon to come – Kit De Waal will be visiting St George’s in October. It will be a great opportunity to hear her speak about her book and maybe even get your own copy signed!
Further details will be annouced on the KU Big Read website, or watch this space…
Lunchtime book club
There will be a one-off lunchtime book club in August for staff to discuss the themes in My Name is Leon. Please contact St George’s Library if you’re interested in joining.
Join the discussion. Tell us what you thought of My Name is Leon, or what your favourite Big Read shortlisted book is. Come by the library to borrow a copy.
The Big Read is a project developed by Kingston University which has run with great success for the last few years. The project has a vision of using shared reading to build relationships and foster community spirit. In previous years, the selected book has been used for public engagement, as a catalyst for starting conversations between colleagues, students and staff, and to explore themes related to Higher Education and specific subject areas.
What: We need volunteers to read and review one of six shortlisted books in 150-500 words and also write a short sentence recommending why others might enjoy the book. We will post this review on the St George’s Library blog.
When: The books have arrived in the library and are ready to be picked up and read. Depending on your commitments, you will have 4 to 8 weeks to review.
Why: This is an opportunity to start a conversation through shared reading and be a part of an exciting project.
How: The deadline to put your name forward is midday Friday 17th March. If there is lots of interest we will pick names out of a hat and let you know by Monday 20th March. Please send your name, what course you are on or you job title, and, if you have a preference, what book you would like to review. You should be an FHSCE student or staff member based at St George’s, University of London.
To register your interest or if you would like to know more about this project, please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the KU Big Read and the shortlisted books check out the KU Big Read website.
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