Great Read at Birmingham (GRAB)

Great Read At Birmingham (GRAB banner)The Great Read at Birmingham (GRAB) will help you to enjoy a shared experience with other new students and an exciting and varied programme of events is planned to welcome you into the academic community. 

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This year's book

The Incredible Human Journey bookcoverThis year's book choice (2013) is The Incredible Human Journey by Professor Alice Roberts. The book traces the origins of the human race from Africa through our colonisation of the globe. Using scientific methods, from analysis of climate changes to human genetics, whilst also exploring art, culture and society, the book encourages the reader to ask some of the great questions in life: who are we, and how did we get here?

This book has been chosen due to its cross-disciplinary appeal, spanning areas such as geology, anthropology, genetics and archaeology to name but a few.

Author, Alice Roberts, has been Professor of Public Engagement in Science since February 2012 at the University and is also clinical anatomist. She is also a familiar name due to her regular appearances as a science prsenter on television shows such as Coast and The Incredible Human Journey (upon which this book is based).

Last year's book

Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury front coverLast year's book choice (2012) is Chocolate Wars, by Deborah Cadbury, chosen in recognition of Birmingham's distinct chocolate history. From examining the methods of chocolate making to the psychology behind eating chocolate treats, events and seminars explored and dabated the chocolate theme.

All incoming undergraduate students were given Chocolate Wars in their welcome pack and were encouraged to read the book before arriving at Birmingham so they could begin to engage with academic ideas and enjoy a share experience with other new students when they arrived.

Chocolate Wars is the story of the Cadbury company from its early days to its purchase by Kraft. The book has been chosen by a panel of staff and students for its links to Birmingham, the positive image it portrays of our city and because its themes are relevant to a broad cross-section of University disciplines, from Business Management to Chemical Engineering and Theology.

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