Taking ‘Dead’ aim at his favourites

Read. Watch. Listen. introduces you to the personal side of our faculty, staff and alumni. Participants are asked to answer three simple questions about their reading, viewing and listening habits – what one book or newspaper/magazine article is grabbing your attention; what one movie or television show has caught your eye; and what album/song, podcast or radio show are you lending an ear to.

Jonathan F. Vance is a Distinguished University Professor and J.B. Smallman Chair in History.

Today, he takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

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I’m addicted to old English murder mysteries. At the moment, it’s Dorothy Sayers’ The Nine Tailors (1934), which combines a gripping story with flawless prose.


Shaun of the Dead (2004). Endlessly entertaining, it proves that you can survive a zombie apocalypse, and even have a few laughs while doing it.


Quadrophenia by The Who (1973). The finest of the rock opera genre, it’s a searing tale of youth disillusionment sent against the backdrop by Britain in the early 1960s.

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