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The KU Big Read 2022 shortlist, which is drawn from books recommended by students and staff, is comprised of a range of titles from UK publishers and covers a variety of topics – including environmentalism, LGBTQIA+ experiences and the journey of cultural self-discovery.
All the titles on the 2022 shortlist were fantastic choices for the next Big Read, but Kingston students and staff alike felt a connection with Cal as a young person moving to a new place, navigating new friendships and about to go off to university.
Seventeen-year-old, social media journalist Cal is forced to move to Texas when his dad becomes an astronaut for NASA. There he meets the attractive and sensitive Leon. Will he be able to cope with the changes not only to his home and family, but to his dream?
After a chance encounter with a giant art installation piece nicknamed ‘Carl', April May becomes an internet sensation overnight. Addicted to this newfound fame she is pulled into the world of social media, and when ‘Carl's are found all over the world she begins to dig deeper into their origin. Could they be from another planet?
When Anna's mother dies she discovers a hidden journal from 1970s London written by a man she has never met – her father. In the midst of a divorce and dealing with the changing relationship she has with her daughter, Anna decides it's time to learn about herself. But Anna's journey to Bamana to meet her father may prove more shocking than expected.
On a quest to find the perfect de-extinction candidate, Helen analyses several different species ranging from dinosaurs to passenger pigeons. As de-extinction becomes a hotter topic, this book examines the possibility of bringing back mammoths, dodos and even Elvis Presley, with a healthy sprinkling of humour.
The summer holidays get a lot more interesting with the arrival of the Godden brothers. Told by a teenage narrator whose name and gender are never revealed, this story explores British family dynamics and how they can be twisted by a single intruding personality.
Based on a true story, childhood friends Jack and Toni are stranded in the ocean during a routine trip to a nearby island. While struggle to survive, Jack remembers the key decisions he has made in his life leading up until now and the impacts they've had. This novel explores environmentalism, culture, climate change and the human condition.