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Maya Jasanoff

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Maya JasanoffMaya Jasanoff is Professor of British and Imperial History at Harvard University. She has recently been a fellow of the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress and the American Council of Learned Societies and has contributed essays to the London Review of Books, the New York Times Magazine and the New York Review of Books.

Her first book, Edge of Empire: Conquest and Collecting in the East 1750-1850, was an alternative history of the British Empire that explored the cross-cultural exchangesof those who lived on its remotest outskirts. It was the winner of the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize, which rewards non-fiction writing.

Liberty's ExilesIn 2011, she published Liberty's Exiles: The Loss of America and the Remaking of the British Empire, in which she examined the realities of the aftermath of the American Revolution of the Revolution through the lives of Loyalist refugees. It was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

In 2012, she is one of the guest authors at A Room for London, the one-room installation on the Southbank Centre, which is open to rent by the public, as well as hosting a series of writers, musicians and artists, who will spend their in this ship-shaped place of refuge and reflection to create new works or performances. A reading of what she creates will be recorded in the Room's octagonal library and, on 1st June, will be broadcast as one of twelve installments of A London Address.

Here she picks her Top Ten books, ranging from classic writers like Joseph Conrad and Anthony Trollope to contemporary commentators such as Michela Wrong and Geoff Dyer.

 

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Still Life
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A. S. Byatt
Byatt brings mid-century Britain to life as startlingly as the Mediterranean tastes and colors that she describes transforming a washed-out, austerity-starved society.
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The Songlines
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Bruce Chatwin
The book that launched a million backpackers - but don’t let it stop you.
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Lord Jim
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Joseph Conrad; Allan Simmons; J. H....
Adventure, suspense, piracy, seduction and scandal in the tropics-with pathbreaking storytelling too: my favorite Conrad doubles as a fine summer read for the discerning beach-goer.
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River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze
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Peter Hessler
It’s hard to find a better account of difference and belonging than Hessler’s description of getting to know China, one character at a time.
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The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial...
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V. S. Naipaul
Somewhere in the rich if rarely explored space betweenfiction, history, and travel-writing sits Naipaul’s consistently surprising account of Trinidad’s past.
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Landscape and Memory
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Simon Schama
Erudite, exuberant, eclectic, excessive, often, and endearing: Schama at his best.
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The Way We Live Now
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Anthony Trollope
From the title onward, this novel seems every bit as fresh and relevant now as it would have when published in 1875.
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In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz: Living...
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Michela Wrong
Of all the works inspired by Heart of Darkness, this one offers the most absorbing and astonishing chronicle of “the horror” of Congo after Conrad, under the grotesque dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko.
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A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do...
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David Foster Wallace
If you’ve ever considered going on a cruise, read this and rethink. If you’ve never considered going on a cruise, read this and feel smug.
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Past Events for this Author

Latest Blog
#FoylesFive: Forlorn Festive Fiction
09/12/2016

Jay from our Birmingham branch gets us in the Christmas mood, or gets us moody for Christmas with his Forlorn Festive Fiction picks.

#FoylesFive: Non-Fiction Picture Books
07/12/2016

Matt from our web team tells us all about his favourite Non-Fiction children's books for this Christmas and beyond.

Damian Barr Revisits a Christmas Classic
06/12/2016

It’s Christmas so this month we had to choose Dickens’s classic festive ghost story, A Christmas Carol.

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