Napier Big Read - World Book Day Launch

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Thursday 1 March 2018


Edinburgh Napier University

Staff and students from Edinburgh Napier University are on the case celebrating the launch of this year’s #NapierBigRead.

Hundreds of free copies of Detective McLevy’s Casebook, which was produced by Edinburgh Napier students, are being distributed around the University today. The collection of short stories is based on true crimes investigated by Detective McLevy, who is credited as being the real-life inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Staff and students alike have been picking up their copies this week, ready to get on the trail of the intriguing murder mysteries and find out more about the criminal history of the capital.

Sharing Detective McLevy's Casebook across the whole University is aimed at getting staff and students alike discussing the same book, sharing insight and bringing people together.

Avril Gray, programme leader of MSc Publishing, said: “We have been absolutely delighted by the response – even before the book launch, boxes were being opened and books taken away to read. Of course, this didn't fit in with our grand release plans, but I love the way that students and staff have taken books into their own hands! Ownership of the Napier Big Read is exactly what this year's campaign is about. I hope people enjoy the book and we look forward to hearing their thoughts.

“I’ve been working at Edinburgh Napier University for some time and what continually strikes me is how this University really celebrates the work and achievements of our students. This year the Napier Big Read is actually a book our students produced!

“Other students are getting the chance to read it, to discuss it, and to use it to shout about the great work they are doing. I’ve loved making new connections with other staff and students, and finding out about what students on other programmes are achieving.”

Regarding the decision to choose Detective McLevy’s Casebook, she added: “It is truly student-led. Our students asked other students what they wanted in the book – so even the size was decided by students!

“One of the reasons we chose it is that it is set in Edinburgh. Another reason is that it shines a light on the real Sherlock Holmes! Detective McLevy was a real detective working the streets of Edinburgh and was the acknowledged inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.”