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#BrunelBooks for your winter holidays (week 1)

Posted: December 01 2021

Brunel University London

Looking for a good book for your winter holidays? Follow our countdown as we recommend 24 books from Brunel students, alumni and staff. #IamBrunel

24. Growing Up Under the Mango Tree by Lily Forbes

Our anthropology alumna's book is about one girl’s dream to escape poverty and fulfil her ambitions. Set against the rich social and political backdrop of war-torn Malaya’s independence, the child’s viewpoint tells a personal story of family life and individual survival in the multi-cultural, multi-religious melting pot of Malaya, as it was then known.

Published by Silverwood Books. 

23. Scotland's Islands: A Special Kind of Freedom by Richard Clubley

Applied biology alumnus Richard Clubley shares the sense of freedom he finds in the Scottish islands as he discovers their individual character, beauty and diversity. He meets locals and learns a few realities of island life. He almost perished on Ailsa Craig, before finding fresh water dripping from the roof of a cave, but spends two idyllic nights alone on Mingulay, with a fabulous coal fire in a bothy.

Published by Luath Press Ltd. 

22. Faeries, Fiends & Flying Saucers by our English and Creative Writing undergraduate students

This is an interdisciplinary anthology of short fiction and non-fiction writing by English and Creative Writing undergraduate students at Brunel. Fearsome fiends, flights of fancy, and fantastical future worlds collide in a celebration of Brunel’s very best speculative, imaginative and critical writing. This is part of a multiple book series.

Published by Brunel University London.  

21. One Life, Two Worlds by Philip Nourse

Join our psychology alumnus as he recounts the fairy-tale excitement of living in  Windsor Castle during the golden era of the 1960s. He describes life in London before heading East to find a new life in Hong Kong, where he finds excitement and a lifestyle that is beyond his wildest dreams. In  Hong  Kong,  he marries his second wife,  Diane,  with whom he travels extensively throughout Asia-Pacific. He also witnesses significant events in Hong Kong that will shape the city forever.

Published by Silverwood Books. 

20. Ipods in Accra by Sophia Acheampong

This is a follow up to Brunel alumna Sophia's popular and well-received book growing Yams in London, written as part of her Brunel MA dissertation, and provides an insight into the lives of London girls born to Ghanaian parents.

Published by Piccadilly Press Ltd.