To celebrate the end of term, we asked several of this year’s teaching prize winners what they’d be packing to read over the summer break.
This summer I am really excited about reading Women, Work and Gender Justice in the Global Economy, by Professor Ruth Pearson (a leader in this field). Routledge, the publisher, promises us a wide-ranging exploration of global changes in paid and unpaid work. Meanwhile, on my Kindle, I am currently enjoying Economics: a User’s Guide by Ha Joon Chang. Although I learnt more about economics and economic history by reading his previous texts (the magnificent Bad Samaritans and the incredibly popular 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism), his latest opus is still brilliant. What I most admire about his writing is his public engagement, his persistent endeavour to improve popular understanding of social science – something we should all aim for perhaps. The final book in my trilogy is a Christmas present from my mother: Brilliant Bread by James Morton. I have yet to attempt let alone master all the delicious recipes included. Thank goodness for the summer break. Alice Evans, Department of Geography and Environment/LSE100
My first choice is Economic Fables by Ariel Rubinstein – a provocative view on economics and social science by an academic economist. And of course the most discussed economics book of the year – Capital in the twenty-first century by Thomas Piketty – will also be on my list. Francesco Nava, Department of Economics
I’m under no illusion, my children won’t give me much time to read this summer! But I’ll take with me Lean in: women, work and the will to lead by Sheryl Sandberg, who’s the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook – a book which I am being told addresses the issues that women who want to achieve both their professional and personal goals face. Solene Rowan, Department of Law