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Congratulations on securing your place at Brunel

We’re looking forward to meeting you - either in person or online - and introducing you to life at Brunel. To help us get started, we’ve put together a short activity and some further information to help you prepare for your course - including a snapshot of the topics you’ll cover and useful resources. If you have any questions please email cbass-tpo-gask@brunel.ac.uk.

Your pre-arrival activity

We’d like you to complete a short activity before you join us. We can discuss your answers in one of your first personal tutor sessions. Your work will not be officially assessed however it will allow your tutor to get to know you better.

Tell us about your favourite book and what it means to you. Any author, any period, any genre!

Write a short (up to 500 words) review to tell us a bit more about the book and why it’s important to you. We’ll be discussing some of the selections with you when you arrive, and compiling a list of all the chosen books to circulate to other students - hopefully you can introduce each other to some new great reads

The best piece of writing, according to our panel of judges, will be published on the Brunel Writer blog and the author will be awarded a £25 Amazon voucher. Please submit your work as Microsoft Word documents (or equivalent), clearly stating your full names, with the subject ‘Brunel Writer Flash Fiction’ and email to Jessica.cox@brunel.ac.uk by Friday 24 September.

We also advise you to take a look at the information below. Completing wider reading and getting familar with what you'll be learning, will help prepare you for academic life at Brunel.

Sample coursework questions

Here are some questions to get you thinking about what you’ve read.

    1. As you read, consider both what you like and dislike about these novels.
    2. Which characters in the novel can you identify with? Or are there any characters who you like to read about, even while you don’t identify with them?
    3. What is the setting of the novel? Is it familiar or strange? What makes it intriguing or disturbing?
    4. Who is the narrator(s)? Are they reliable or unreliable? Can you identify any signature aspects of their style or diction?
    5. What is the genre(s) of the novel? How do you know? Have you read any other works of this genre previously? How does this compare?
    6. Lastly, given that you are reading these texts during a global pandemic and national lockdown: are there any aspects of these fictions which speak to our current situation? Also, how has your reading experience of these texts been shaped by the lockdown?

Reading list 

  • Beatty, A. 2019. Normal People (2018), by Sally Rooney 
  • Kindred (1979), by Octavia Butler 
  • Ring (1991), Koji Suzuki 
  • Exit West (2017), Mohsin Hamid
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2003), Mark Haddon