A wryly passionate, slyly political and engrossing concatenation of London lives, that only a Londoner by choice could have written China Mi ville Wonderful narration Wonderful map of the archipelago Embark and discover it John BergerLondon Now And here come the new Londoners.Francine would prefer to be thinner, but is happy enough to suffer her boss manhandling A wryly passionate, slyly political and engrossing concatenation of London lives, that only a Londoner by choice could have written China Mi ville Wonderful narration Wonderful map of the archipelago Embark and discover it John BergerLondon Now And here come the new Londoners.Francine would prefer to be thinner, but is happy enough to suffer her boss manhandling of her ample hips if it helps her survive the next cull in Quality Assurance She just wishes she could get the dead biker s crushed face out of her mind s eye.Robin is having a baby with the wrong woman, wishes he were with the perfect Polish waitress instead, leans hard on Deleuze for understanding, and wonders if his work in film will continue to be valued by the university management.Olivia is angry angry with her layabout mother, with her too casual BFF, and with her own timidity and anxiety Perhaps the wisest of her lecturers will help Knowledge is power, right And she s beautiful when she s angry.Ed wishes he d never gone back to Guyana to help his rass brother as it lost him his mini Marilyn wife and the possibility of watching his only child grow up until someone surprising crops up at the crematorium.Katrin is starting not to miss Gdansk or Mamunia so much, and starting to understand London living But if she works and hopes harder, maybe she ll secure a full British future for herself and her mother with the Good Englishman.The five of them cross paths and cross swords to bring London living unforgettably to life Real London lives.
Higher Ed A wryly passionate slyly political and engrossing concatenation of London lives that only a Londoner by choice could have written China Mi ville Wonderful narration Wonderful map of the archipelago
3.5Posted in full reviewedthebook/2015 When I travel to London, I take the long coach there and spend most of my visits in a tube station, waiting for the next stop. Being in London feels much different to being at home and I spend a lot of my time people watching as busy Londoners head off in all different directions. You don’t get a moment’s peace. Reading Higher Ed was a bit like one of my trips to London. I felt like a real people watcher as I watched the five main characters, all busy g [...]
I love London. I love the fact that it is, along with New York, the city that everyone in the world is familiar with, the city that people flock to visit. London is a city that never fails to amaze me, no matter how many times I visit, there is always something new to see and to do. Along with the historical sights, the amazing shops, the street art, the theatre and the fashion, there are the people. Millions of people, all living together in what is really quite a small space. Tessa McWatt has [...]
Higher Ed, by Tessa McWatt, is a beautiful novel that follows five people who from the outside lead very different lives and are from very different backgrounds, but on the inside are searching for the same things. I enjoyed reading this book very much. The chapters jump around between characters so that the story is told in the five voices. At first this bothered me, especially since chapters are short. I found myself flipping to the character list at the front to remind myself of who they were [...]
Reminiscent of the TV series Mind Your Language
Set in East London, this is a novel told from multiple points of view, with all of the characters linked (some more closely than others) to a lower tier university that is grappling with austerity measures. Lonely Francine, a middle-aged clerk who works in Quality Assurance, is an American who followed an older boyfriend overseas and was dumped by him some time before the story opens. She muddles through her job, engages in repeated bulimic purges, and regularly checks her internet dating profil [...]
This is an interesting novel about the vagaries of modern life, brought together by the unique perspective of five very different people, all with complex stories to tell.Their individual stories are told in short and snappy chapters. We get to know them as people and learn about what makes them act in the way they do. Some of them are not always very likeable, but their collective stories really make you think about the vagaries of modern lives. Inevitably, they are all connected in some way, t [...]
I wasn't sure about this for quite a while and stuck with it because I was reading it for Book Club but by the end I found I had got involved with the characters and cared about them.On the other handHigher EdTessa McWattReviewed by Penistone Library Readers’ GroupGenerally not liked. 11 members present and only 2 finished the book, most gave up after about 40 pages.Most did not like the bad language at the beginning but agreed it died away quite quickly, questioning whether it was there for t [...]
Francine is grappling bulimia and the menopause along with wondering whether she’ll survive the coming cuts in Quality Assurance. Robin genuinely cares about his students as he philosophises over film and the dread of having a baby with the wrong woman. Olivia wants to put the world to rights but isn’t sure if her law degree will let her, or whether she should start with her own dysfunctional family and the father who’s been hidden from her since she was four. Ed soothes his own loneliness [...]
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Higher Ed is a novel that chronicles the lives of five radically different, similarly passionate Londoners who are trying to get to grips with the city that they reside in and the people that live in it. It is a novel full of curiosity, of questions and of the one undying question that each person is forced to confront at some point in their lives. Who will bury us? It is a novel that is as philosophical as it is anthropomorphic. It didn't try too hard to be something it wasn't. It was beautiful [...]
This book was a little bit weird. I almost gave up after a few pages, but sticked to it and even developed certain empathy for Tessa McWatt's characters eventually. At the beginning it was a little difficult to catch up and I had to keep going back to the list of characters. And there were probably too many philosophical and witty parts that I didn't fully understand. I'm not sure whether it was my level of English or the writer's complicated thoughts (or both). Overall I liked the book, but I w [...]
Uncorrected Proof WinThis is about five characters as they come together weaving their tale.We are thrust into 21st century east London as we watch three different love stories bloom in the world of job cuts and economy downfall. We watch reality hits us in different ways and the ugliness we call life unfolds.We are face with characters that are not perfect and flawed whose daily life unfolds before us. Each unique but they seem like anyone else. How they handle events in their life and do what [...]
In "Higher Ed', we glimpse into the lives of 5 characters who live in London. As you read, one gets the feeling of following their lives through a daily video. Sometimes the pace is pensive. Overall, Tessa McWatt shows us the everyday life of average Londoners. If you are expecting the excitement of a Hollywood film, this novel would not fulfill that need.Thank you GoodReads for the book.
Five people living their lives in London, each chapter told from a different characters point of view. My reason for the two stars is that I couldn't find a connection with the characters. As the story progressed it didn't make me care about any of them, and I really like to read books that make me wonder about the characters long after I'd finished reading. Higher Ed just wasn't for me.
This book is about 5 people. Francine, Robin, Olivia, Ed and Katrin and each chapter is about one of them. The setting is in London. I found this not an easy style of writing to read. After the first two chapters I almost quit but it got a bit better. I had a hard time trying to understand the lingo and what it actually meant.I received this book for free through First Reads.
I received this book from a giveaway. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the stories of each of the characters, but some, like Francine, were much more interesting to me than others, like Olivia. I found the author's writing style to be poetic. Sometimes things were so beautifully stated. Other times, I would have appreciated if things were stated more simply.
I won this book in a good reads first read contest. I personally found it hard to keep track of all the characters in this book. I just think it wasn't my type of book but I can see how others would enjoy it. It's probably more to do with the fact that I read a little each day.
I had a hard time keeping track of the stories and characters in this book. I've read other books with different stories and characters woven throughout that were more readable and connected to a theme.
Well written, not crazy about the ending. I like tidy endings, this had too many loose ends for me.
Uncorrected Proof Copy**The plot was well thought out and enjoyable but the several point of views annoyed me to the point I didn't want to finish the novel.
I won this through the good reads giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its twist and turns and quirky bits. A must read for this summer
GoodReads Win.Although I liked the book, I wasn't keen on the 5 character thing each telling their own side,Other than that I enjoyed the book and would read more from this author.
I won this book in a giveaway. Review will be added later.
Meh, a lot of talk-talk, but never really builds on the traumatic event that's supposed to be at the heart of the story. Occasional flashes, but overall, sorry, meh.
Easy to read, but characters aren't very interesting and not much happens