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Hope In The Dark suggested by Gordon Asher

Hope in the Dark Rebecca Solnit

As part of the Ragged Library, Gordon Asher – University of West of Scotland, University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde suggested ‘Hope in the Dark’ by Rebecca Solnit…


Hope in the Dark: The Untold History of People Power – The Never-Surrender Guide to How the World Gets Changed. Rebecca Solnit provides a candle of hope when it seems dark. When struggles for social justice leave us shattered and burnt out, cynical and despairing, discouraged and despondent – hers is a necessary voice of hope.

How to be an Explorer of the World suggested by Rick Hall

How to be an explorer of the world by Keri Smith

As part of the Ragged Library, Rick Hall – Honorary Fellowship at Nottingham University in the School of Education suggested ‘How to be an Explorer of the World’ by Keri Smith (Penguin 2008)…


This is a hand-drawn handbook and collection of creative thinking ideas and activities. Keri Smith has gone on to produce a collection of ‘non-books’ designed to avoid prescriptive thinking – but How to be an Explorer is the first and most open, and in some ways most surprising. A book that we issue as standard to our Ignite! Creative Sparks to provoke alternative ways of connecting ideas.

Seeing Like a State suggested by Professor James Smith

As part of the Ragged Library, Professor James Smith – Chair of African and Development Studies, Assistant Principal, Global Development, University of Edinburgh suggested James Scott’s (1999) Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale University Press…


Scott’s work is extremely important in helping us understand the limits and limitations of development planning as the means to order society. Read more

Multimedia Learning suggested by Susan Brown

As part of the Ragged Library, Susan Brown – School of Education, University of Manchester suggested Mayer, R. (2009) Multimedia Learning: Second Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press…

According to many digital pundits we are moving into a multimedia age. The age dominated by written text (either printed or on screen) is ceding to an age where increasing bandwidth and, connectedly, software innovations are spawning sophisticated graphical and multimedia interfaces. Games, immersive virtual Worlds, three dimensional video graphics are all forging pathways back to multimedia worlds.

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The Great Gatsby suggested by Steve Tilley

As part of the Ragged Library, Steve Tilley – Honorary Fellow; School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh suggested The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald…

The book I have settled on to recommend for the Ragged Library is much in the public eye just now. F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the source of a film just released, and topic for lit pundits on radio and TV. I  read it  in 1968 for a course on American novels – part of a degree in American Civilization*.

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