Higher Ed

Higher Ed go inside Kindle Posted in full When I travel to London I take the long coach there and spend most of my visits in a tube station waiting for th

Higher Ed go inside Kindle 3.5Posted in full http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/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 getting on with their own, different lives, but also all linked in some small way, all heading in different directions yet at the same time, all heading for the very same thing. Higher Ed was a fascinating novel, really character-driven, and over the course of the book we easily get to know a fair bit about Francine, Robin, Olivia, Ed and Katrin, who are written with strong depth. We also catch on to little glimpses of ties between the five characters. Despite the beginning, where I didn’t catch on to any links at all as they were all very individual characters with their own different battles, there were links in there too. I enjoyed getting to know them. Higher Ed is the first book I have read by Tessa McWatt. I really enjoyed it. The first thing that struck me was the format of the chapters, which are short and snappy, sharply written and quick to read. Why read one chapter when you could read two, or three, or… I flew through this book and loved the short chapters. I really don’t like long chapters and I read this book much quicker thanks to the style it was written in. Before the story even begins, the book lists the ‘cast’ and ‘supporting players’. I liked the idea of this, it gave the book a film-like feel, but then I felt pretty overwhelmed reading the list of characters wondering how I’d keep up. But that doesn’t ever become an issue when reading the book itself. I kept up easily. Each of the characters were well voiced, realistically drawn and interesting to read about although some more than others. Francine and Katrin were the two I most cared about and I liked their parts the most. Olivia’s story struck a chord too. Even though I didn’t find all the characters entirely likeable, they were still easy enough to read about but I was more eager to get on to the chapters of those I did like. Surprisingly, I felt like the large number of main characters actually worked well. I’m never good with keeping up with lots of characters but I did think they suited the style of Higher Ed well. All the stories felt honest and believable. Some were sad, others were laced with humour but all made me think about how you don’t truly know what is happening in someone’s life as you judge from the outside. As with people watching in London, you make assumptions and guess what’s happening, what they’re up to, what’s bothering them, but you don’t really know. This novel really breaks down the characters and they come to life better that way. The main aspects of this book worked well for me. My problem was with the actual plot itself which I struggled to get to grips with. I’m not really sure why. All five main characters were reaching out for love and acceptance. Something most readers (including me) could relate to. My issue wasn’t anything to do with the characters. I liked the brave themes the author explored like bulimia, death, pregnancy, redundancy and immigration, to name a few. I think I struggled with the tone of this novel which was a bit too strict and serious. There were funny moments for sure but at times I got dragged down in all the harsh themes. It’s not really a criticism of Tessa’s writing – how can you criticise an author for writing a multi-layered, interesting novel? – but more that this book wasn’t entirely for me. So I do have mixed feelings over Higher Ed but I couldn’t actually fail to notice how compelling I found it and how quickly I finished it. The beauty of this book is seeing the strands that link these characters come to life. I began, not sure strong ties would be possible, but I ended up completely convinced. Higher Ed was, overall, intelligently written, gripping and very thought-provoking. (review copy). 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.. Popular Books Higher Ed 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 created a handful of people who all live in London, but are all very different.Higher Ed is set in a London university and each character is a true individual, although their lives are linked. Some of the links are fleeting, but others are stronger and more attached. The author is really skilled in creating characters, each one of them is solid and credible, with their own original voice and foibles.Whilst I enjoyed reading about all of these characters, and their lives, my favourite was Katrin. She's highly educated yet can make a better life for herself working in a London coffee shop than she ever could back home in Poland.The characters in Higher Ed are all looking for the same thing. They each deal with their issues in their own way, but their aim in life is what connects them. That, and London of course.Higher Ed is almost like sitting on a bus or train, or indeed, in Katrin's coffee shop and people-watching. It's a quick read, but a really fulfilling one. Tessa McWatt's writing is colourful, funny and vivid. Her setting is perfect and her characters are wonderful.

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  1. 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 getting o [...]


  2. 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 creat [...]


  3. 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 But [...]



  4. Set in East London, this is a novel told from multiple points of view, with all of the characters linked some 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 profile for in [...]


  5. 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, the [...]


  6. 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 the s [...]


  7. 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 by ensur [...]


  8. Following s purchase of GoodReads, I no longer post my reviews here If you would like to read my thoughts on this book, you can view them in the following places BuriedInPrintLeafMarksBookLikesLibraryThingPosting these links does not constitute permission to duplicate these thoughts anywhere, including corporate owned sites.If you read liked clicked through to see this review here on GR, many thanks.


  9. 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 in i [...]


  10. 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 wouldn t [...]


  11. 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 the [...]


  12. 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.


  13. 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.


  14. 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.


  15. 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 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 simply.


  16. 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 to do with the fact that I read a little each day.


  17. 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 readable and connected to a theme.



  18. 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.


  19. 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


  20. 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 from this author.



  21. 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.



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