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PhD Book Club

The best reads about PhD life. Meets twice each semester.

The Book "Babel" lying on a bed
Photograph of book shelves in a library filled with lots of different coloured books

PhD Book Club meets 4-5pm on Fridays every six weeks, with Revd Dr Harriet Harris and Dr Kitty Wheater (both PhD veterans!). Open to all PhD students, we’ll read books that cast light on the trials, tribulations, and mundanities of PhD life, offering perspective and inspiration for the time ahead. Past books have included Educated, by Tara Westover, Night Waking, by Sarah Moss, and On Beauty, by Zadie Smith.

Read more about PhD Book Club in this blog post by Harriet and Kitty for Teaching Matters.

We turn to fiction for our next book, with the multiple prize-winning Babel: An Arcane History, by R. F. Kuang.

Babel is 'a historical fantasy epic that grapples with student revolutions, colonial resistance, and the use of language and translation as the dominating tool of the British Empire. Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of b

R.F Kuang Standing in front of a street
R.F. Kuang

etrayal.' [from Goodreads]


Join us on Friday 15th September, 3:30-5pm in the Chaplaincy to discuss. 


Email to register for PhD Book Club. Copies of our books (current and previous) are available for members to borrow from the PhD Book Club Library.





Photograph of an open book sitting on top of a wooden tray. On top of the book is a pair of brown reading glasses. Beside the bo