Amongst the May additions to the Education in Literature Collection are several classic novels, interesting biographies and even a novel that can be described as a blend of satire and horror.
The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) by Alain-Fournier (1913) (Translated by Robin Buss) has been likened to both The Catcher in the Rye and Brideshead Revisited. Crossing to safety by Walter Stegner, (1987) is the story of the long relationship between two couples who first meet during the Great Depression. The husbands work in the English Department of the University of Wisconsin.
Young Pattullo by J.I.M. Stewart (1975) is a classic novel of Oxford student life covering the themes of arts, learning, mystery and intrigue in settings ranging from Oxford via Scotland to Italy.
Before and After: Reminiscences of a working life by Edith Morley ( 2016) describes the life of a pioneering female academic from her Victorian childhood via her student days and involvement in the early feminist movement to a career as Professor of English Language at University College, Reading.
Widely differing school days are described in Hopscotch by Hilary Fannin(2015) and Wild Daisies: At the destination of the Toy Train in the dying days of the Raj — A North Pointer’s recollections of The School on the Hill by Phillip Khan-Panni (2015). The former is a funny, poignant and beautifully written memoir about a young girl’s Catholic Convent schooldays. Whilst the latter recalls life at a boarding school in Darjeeling.
Nelson Humbolt is fired from his post of visiting adjunct English lecturer at the University of the Midwest.Soon afterwards his finger is severed in an accident and is reattached. However Humbolt discovers that he can force his will on others with a touch of his finger. The Lecturer’s Tale by James Hynes (2001) is a clever blend of satire and horror.
Light entertainment may be gained by escaping into the pages of Juno & Juliet by Julian Gough (2010). The twin blonde sisters arrive at university in Galway from their home in Tipperary and have plenty of adventures leading towards an unashamedly happy ending.
Other titles include The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy (1996), Prairie Nocturne by Ivan Doig (2005), and Dangerous Minds by LouAnne Johnson (1993) (the DVD of the film is also available) and The Cactus Valley Boarding School by Sandra Joy (2011).
All books may be borrowed for 4 weeks and DVDs for 1 week. .