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Professor William Harvey reveals his Desert Island Books

By February 20, 2019January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates, STEMM, Why Exeter blog

Professor William Harvey, Chair of the Board of trustees for Libraries Unlimited and Associate Dean of Research & Impact at the University of Exeter Business School, will reveal the top titles that he would take to a desert island, at an exclusive event at Exeter Library.

Will will be in conversation with Exeter Library Centre Manager, Emily Macaulay, at the Desert Island Books event on Tuesday 26th March from 7pm, to discuss his choice of Desert Island Books.

Desert Island Books is take on the famous radio show Desert Island Discs and has been running at libraries throughout the county for many years, though this is the first event of its kind to be held at Exeter Library. Former guests include famous faces such as Sir Peter Bazalgette and Ann Widecombe at Totnes Library.

Emily Macaulay, Centre Manager at Exeter Library said: “I’m extremely excited to have Will join me on stage to discuss his desert island book choice. As a very successful and committed academic I’m intrigued to find out what books have had a long-lasting impact on his life and career, and why. This is the first event of its kind at Exeter Library and I’m looking forward to developing the programme over the coming year.”

Will was appointed as Chair of the Board of trustees at Libraries Unlimited in November 2018, joining a diverse range of independent, staff and community trustees that lead the charity and oversee the running of 54 libraries in Devon and Torbay alongside the charity’s Chief Executive.

During his career Will has studied, taught and worked with multiple organisations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Through his current role at the University of Exeter Business School he conducts research, teaches and consults in the areas of reputation, leadership, talent management and migration and has worked with pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, local and national government, aviation and food organisations.

The eight questions Will will be tasked to answer are:

  1. The first book you remember reading / enjoying as a child
  2. A favourite book
  3. A book you'd recommend
  4. A book or two that somehow links to your professional self – or to a place you have travelled in your career
  5. A book that you love reading with your children
  6. A book that has inspired you – professionally or personally
  7. A book you've written yourself or contributed to
  8. A book you haven't read yet but is on your ‘To Be Read’ list

Those looking to attend this insightful event can do so by following this link or by purchasing in person at the library. Tickets are just £3 (plus booking fee online) and include refreshments.

Exeter Library is one of 54 libraries run by Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited. Devon and Torbay’s libraries offer a range of services and facilities for people of all ages, including a variety of events, live screenings, performances, author talks and much more. To find out more information visit or