What I’m reading: September 2021

This month: Nigel Seaton, Abertay University

Abertay University principal and vice-chancellor since 2012, Nigel Seaton is a chemical engineer whose career has also taken him to the University of Cambridge, Cornell University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

The Great Sea by David Abulafia

This is a history of the Mediterranean from prehistoric times to the present. The focus on the sea itself, rather than on the lands around it, allows us to see the interconnectedness of the region through trade and cultural exchange, even from earliest times. It really changed my understanding of the region.

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez

The author reveals the hidden biases against women in the way products, processes and rules are designed. Some of this I knew, but a great deal I didn’t, or saw only dimly.
Everyone who is in a job where they can influence how people are treated should read this book.

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

Much has been written about Hilary Mantel’s wonderful Thomas Cromwell trilogy, but I particularly enjoyed the way Tudor life is presented in way that seems relatively ‘normal’ to the modern reader, creating a very different Cromwell from the one I grew up with – defined for me, as for many, by Robert Bolt’s A Man For All Seasons.

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