Dr Hundal’s great summer reads…

We asked all members of staff to tell us what they had been reading during their summer holidays and received some really interesting replies.  Here are Dr Hundal’s choices:

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

Dr Hundal says of this book: “An enjoyable account of a father taking solace in cricket as a means of escaping his personal woes (failing marriage and his tedious job in finance).  The book is set in New York and explores, amongst other things, the main character’s attraction to the world of immigrant cricket and the dreams of one man.  Lots of memorable moments as the central character drifts through life without any clear goals – if only life could be that simple…”



The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

Dr Hundal’s thoughts are: “Well it is me (!) – an accessible book detailing the evidence for evolution.  Worth a read, if this is your first book on the subject.”
Nielsen BookData Online adds:”The Greatest Show on Earth” comes at a critical time: systematic opposition to the fact of evolution is now flourishing as never before, especially in America. In Britain and elsewhere in the world, teachers witness insidious attempts to undermine the status of science in their classrooms. Richard Dawkins provides unequivocal evidence that boldly and comprehensively rebuts such nonsense. At the same time he shares with us his palpable love of the natural world and the essential role that science plays in its interpretation. Written with elegance, wit and passion, it is hard-hitting, absorbing and totally convincing.”  Open your minds!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This book needs so little introduction, so concur with Dr Hundal’s  view or not (please let us know what you think):
“It was great to go back and re-read this – got aught up a bit in the hype of its 50th year of publication.  I was amazed at how much more I got out of it second time round – the tensions surrounding Scout and the expectations to conform to a Southern notion of womanhood, the ‘reverence’ of calling their father Atticus rather than Dad, the polarisation of the community between justice and racism.  For me, this book has stood the test of time.”
What do you think?  Why do you think that this book has appeared so often on the American Library Association’s list of banned books?  The banning of it is still sought in American schools…


Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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