Edge Hill has unveiled the shortlisted books in the running for next year’s Big Read campaign, with a major focus on books by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) authors. 

With a long history of championing diversity and in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, the University has released the selection of books that celebrate the work of BAME writers. 

Six books are contending for the Big Read 2021 title, which is an award-winning pre-arrival shared reading scheme lead by Kingston University. 

Big Read 2021 shortlist: 

  • Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai  
  • Everything You Ever Wanted by Luiza Sauma  
  • The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan  
  • The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu  
  • Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor
  • Explaining Humans by Dr Camilla Pang 

Alison Clark, Student Success Manager at Edge Hill, said: “We are so pleased to release the highly anticipated shortlist of books in the running for next year’s Big Read campaign. Edge Hill has a long history of celebrating diversity in all its forms and in recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, we are delighted to be releasing a shortlist of books that showcase the talents of BAME authors. 

“The purpose of the Big Read is to create connections, reaching out to new students to help them to feel welcome at university and giving them something in common with their fellow students.” 

All first-year undergraduate students receive a special Edge Hill edition of the Big Read title before starting university. The aim of the scheme is to make new students feel welcome, give them something in common with other first year students and to create links between them and the wider Edge Hill community. 

This year’s featured author of the Big Read is award-winning British broadcaster Emily Maitlis. Emily paid a virtual visit to Edge Hill in January 2021 to deliver a personal account of her remarkable career and her Big Read book Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News, which is a collection of her biggest interviews with some of the world’s most notable politicians, international leaders and public figures. 

If you are interested in reviewing the shortlist, please email student.experience@edgehill.ac.uk.