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The Big Read is back at EHU!

If you haven’t taken part before, or if you’re new to Edge Hill, The Big Read is our shared reading scheme helping you to enjoy reading and make new connections within the wider university community.

Book The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney

This year’s book…

From a fantastic shortlist of six books, our chosen novel is The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney by Okechukwu Nzelu… a powerful story of youth, race, sexuality and belonging; an uplifting page-turner which you won’t want to put down.

Get involved…

We want you all to read it and then pass it on to a friend or drop it back at one of the collection points for someone else to pick up and enjoy.

To take part, just read the book and join in the discussions. You’ll also have the chance to meet the author and have your book signed in person (details below).

Free copies of the book are available from the Catalyst Helpdesk and:

  • Business School foyer
  • Creative Edge foyer
  • English, History and Creative Arts foyer
  • Faculty of Education foyer
  • Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine foyer
  • Hale Hall
  • Manchester St James’ reception

Events and discussions…

Author Okechukwu Nzelu

In conversation with Okechukwu Nzelu
Thursday 10 February, 2.00pm, The Arts Centre
Bring your copy of the novel to get it signed!
Book your free place:

In the meantime, Okechukwu wants to share a special message with you:

“We’re all connected; this is what I had in mind when I wrote The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney. None of our journeys make sense on their own. There are people who guide us, encourage us and challenge us, and those people help shape our lives and ourselves. I’m excited for you to be embarking on your own journeys at university, and for you all to meet the people who will accompany you on your way. I’m deeply honoured that Nnenna will be one of those people.”


Join our Student Book Club
Monday 14 February, 12.00noon, online
Book your free place:


Take part in our Book Swap
Tuesday 22 February, 11.00am, The Hub
Come along to our book swap stand for the opportunity to discover something new!
Bring a book to swap with someone else and continue your reading journey.


Share your thoughts on the book and The Big Read with us on social media using the #EHUBigRead or email [email protected]

Every student who takes part in one of our Big Read events will automatically be entered into a competition* to win this year’s six shortlisted Big Read books.

Find out more at 


*Competition Terms and Conditions

All EHU students who take part in a Big Read event will automatically be entered into the competition to win a prize of six shortlisted books.
One winner will be chosen at random on 1 March 2022 in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
The winner will receive a set of this year’s shortlisted books.
The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for cash or other prizes.
The winner will be notified by email on or before 4 March 2022.
If the Student Experience Team is not able to make contact with the winner within 14 days of the draw being made, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the Student Experience Team shall be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above (and that winner will have to respond to notification of their win within 14 days or else they will also forfeit their prize).
The prize will be sent to the winner within 14 days of being notified of their win.
The Student Experience Team retains the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available.
The winners may be asked for permission for their details to be publicised across EHU social media channels.
Entrants into the prize draw shall be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.