An exciting dissertation experience…

Lucie Stroud, one of our dissertation students, writes: 

A year ago my dissertation was a daunting topic and a journey I was dreading embarking on. Now, just a few terms on, I’ve completed one of the most enjoyable pieces of work I’ve ever done. Basing the ten thousand words on three of my favourite books I also used my time to contact one of the authors, Audrey Niffenegger. More than happy to give me an interview and assist in information for my topic, the author of The Time Traveler’s Wife inspired new paths for my dissertation.

time traveller's wife

Taking the time to write an email and wait for a reply from the author seemed minute compared to the excitement and delight I now felt from writing on my topic, especially with the endorsement from the author herself! A lead I encourage everyone to follow, contacting writers may seem intimidating but there is no one better to advise you on your topic than them. My experience with Audrey was that she was thrilled someone had chosen her book to write on!

About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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