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Love books? Try Perlego and Audible!

By Konrad 06 May 2020


Dubbed the ‘Spotify for textbooks’, Perlego is a digital library with a wide range of academic and professional titles. Currently boasting a collection of over 340,000 books and textbooks, Perlego covers over 500 topics. A monthly subscription of £12 provides access to unlimited titles on the platform. 

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Here are some of our favourite recommendations:

Laughter in Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

With a light-hearted approach to Roman history, this book takes the reader on an unusual journey through Ancient Roman society, shedding light on the Empire's approach to laughter.

All Life is Problem Solving by Karl Popper 

Life is a problem solving system, one which we can and should control consciously. This is an easy read, with lots of food for thought in a series of different topics, from politics to history, and generally a progressivist view.

Media and Revolt by Kathrin Fahlenbrach

This book is an attempt to redress the traditional divide between the mass media and protesters. It examines the history of interactions between revolution and media institutions, from the mid-20th-century heyday of social protests to those of the digital age. A recommended read for anyone interested in how socio-political movements have been irreversibly transformed by the rise of conventional and social media.

The Murder Business by Mark Fuhrman

Written by a former detective of the LAPD, this book looks at the media's influence on the criminal justice system. Fuhrman provides in-depth examples of high- and low-profile cases, arguing that the media's interference in the course of justice blurs the boundaries between reality and entertainment, between private and public, and between factual news reports and sensationalism.


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Although pleasure can be found in turning pages of a good new book, sometimes we just want to be lazy while still being somehow productive. In those moments an audiobook just hits the spot. 

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If you’re struggling to choose which audiobook to listen to first, here are some recommendations for different tastes: 

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel by Isabel Allende

An epic tale of love triumphing over adversity. This story follows two young refugees fleeing the Spanish Civil War. Whether you're a long-time fan of Allende's heartstring-tugging novels or coming to her for the first time, this one is a beautiful escape into someone else's story. 

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Lots of audiobooks have won awards, but this one has also broken records: It won a spot in the Guinness World Record for the "most character voices in an audiobook." If you're counting, that's 224 characters to be exact.  

Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

If you love the true-crime comedy podcast ‘My Favorite Murder’, hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, you will also love their joint memoir. They offer some new takes on their personal stories mixed with some true-crime tales. 

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis 

This is a collection of short stories, essays, and parodies that delivers incredibly funny musings on what it means to be a woman and take up space all while eschewing traditional roles. 

The article was written by:

Natalia Lenkovska

RA at Eleanor Rosa House