Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh and The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. Very different, sprawling novels about the entanglements of empire, its economics and different types of faith.
Some historical-minded albums from the shelves. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake (histories of war, state-endorsed torture and the limits of institutions of global governance); Richard Dawson, Peasant (sort of set in the Kingdom of Bryneich c. 400-600 CE but also full of family history, myth and jumbled childhood memory); Darren Hayman, Pram Town (a concept album about the 1950s new town Harlow and the past's vision for the future it represents).
Chris Moores is a historian of political and social activism with a particular focus on civil liberties and human rights.
Chris teaches on our History and Joint Honours with History degree courses including modules on 'Feeling Politics in Twentieth Century Britain', 'Research Methods' and 'The Revolting Right - Conservative Activism in Late Twentieth Century Britain.