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What is the Big Read?

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 2022 

This year's Big Read book is The Gravity of Us by author Phil Stamper, a coming-of-age novel about Cal, a 17-year-old social media journalist. Cal finds himself uprooted from his home when his dad becomes an astronaut for NASA and the family has to move to Texas where he meets Leon. Before Cal knows it, falling apart becomes falling head over heels... How will Cal navigate these new and powerful experiences? How will hemake his dream to be a journalist come true?

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 The Gravity of Us when you enrol. 

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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:

  • Meet fellow students and staff
  • Engage with the author and ask your questions
  • Attend events about themes that matter to you such as:  wellbeing, life transitions, careers, ambitions for the future, and the challenging journeys of healthcare professionals

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.

Meet the author

Phil Stamper's message to the Big Read community



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Big Read Launch Event: Building Resilience

Date: Thursday 15 December 2022

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Location: Online (MS Teams) and LTC


  • Giles Davies (Director of Surgery at the Cromwell Hospital)
  • Sameenah Din (London Ambulance Service)
  • Elgin Edison (Vice President Education and Welfare)
  • George Hadjiyiannakis (Undergraduate Student)
  • Christina Baboonian (Reader in Cardiovascular Immunology)
  • Loraine Brown (St George's Counselling)

Join us for an insightful discussion on this year's Big Read novel, 'The Gravity of Us.' Among the many themes of the book, resilience is one that speaks to the St George's community. Tune in to hear our panel of speakers draw on their experience of how they built resilience during their time at St George's.

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