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What is the Big Read?

The SGUL Big Read logo.

The Big Read aims to create a sense of belonging among students and staff alike through shared reading - one book that gathers together St George's community to share ideas about thought-provoking topics or experiences of getting lost in spellbinding narratives.

In particular, the Big Read aims to help incoming students feel welcome and settle into the university environment.  

All new students to St George's will receive the same book - the Big Read book chosen for each academic year, when they enrol. A limited number of copies will also be made available for returning students and staff on a first come, first served basis.

A programme of events around the themes of the book will help you to meet new people, get to know your teachers and peers beyond the classroom and make the most of your university experience.

About the Big Read 2023 

Book cover for Hello World by Hannah Fry

This year's Big Read book is Hello World - How to be Human in the Age of the Machine by author Professor Hannah Fry.

Familiar from her many media appearances, academic and science communicator Hannah Fry offers us a collection of short stories based on real life-issues that involve data.

She takes us on a tour of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of the many algorithms that surround us – and of which most of us are unaware.

Get your copy, join the events, share ideas on thought-provoking topics!

As a new student at St George’s, you will receive your free copy of Hello World when you enrol. 

Staff and returning students can also receive a free copy to join in the reading and participate in events, so all can discover St George’s community anew. If you are a member of St George’s staff or a returning student, you can get your copy from the Library helpdesk – there is a limited number, so be quick in getting yours!

Come together as a community through shared reading and associated events throughout the year to:

  • meet fellow students and staff
  • engage with the author and ask your questions
  • attend events about themes that matter to you.

All are invited to join the Big Read Microsoft Teams site to connect with fellow students and staff, learn about events, and share your experiences!

To be the first to find out about upcoming Big Read events, sign up for the Big Read mailing list


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Big Read Launch Event: Author Event with Professor Hannah Fry

Date: Monday 9 October 2023

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Location: The Curve Lecture Theatre and Online (via MSTeams)

Register for this event.


  • Professor Hannah Fry (Author - Hello World)
  • Professor Jenny Higham (Vice Chancellor)
  • Baba Sheba (Director of Digital Educationl)
  • Sue David (Associate Director of Information Services (Library))
  • Others TBC

Join us for our Launch Event with the Author of this year's Big Read novel, Hello World - How to be Human in the Age of the Machine - Professor Hannah Fry.

We will be hosting a small panel and Q&A session to talk about the themes of the book, including data in areas such as Medicine, Law and the Arts and the ever evolving role and discussions of AI. 

Previous Big Reads 


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