Poppies, Luminaries and Pram Town

In the latest of our recommendations series for undergraduate History degree applicants, we spoke to Dr Chris Moores, Birmingham Fellow in Modern British History.


Fiction

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.  

Book covers for Sea of Poppies and The Luminaries

Music

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). 

Album covers for Richard Dawson's 'Peasant', PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake' and Darren Hayman's 'Pram Town'