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The Big Read is an exciting reading scheme. The scheme aims to make new students feel welcome, give them something in common with other new students and create links between them and the wider university community. Undergraduate students receive a special Edge Hill edition of the book before they start with us, and activities and events related to the book are arranged to encourage community building.

Our book for 2021/22 is The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu. Previous books have been:

  • Airhead by Emily Maitlis
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The scheme gets really good feedback and is something we’re really proud of:

“Great! ‘Life is out there’ and so are many lonely people. This read gives a great insight to loneliness and how important a simple friendship can be so valuable.”

“This book really helped me get to university. I saw someone reading it and asked for help with directions, and it worked. Thank you.”

“I think the Big Read is a fabulous idea as it joins people together through a love of reading which is a fab idea. It is such an interesting book.”

Explore the books

The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu

Airhead by Emily Maitlis

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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