The Imperial Alumni Book Club is here

Try something new today: connect with fellow Imperial graduates online to read and discuss books. There is no cost to join, you just have to source a copy of the books.

How does it work?

The Club will connect through a private online forum where members can discuss the current book and network with each other. The group will spend about two months on each book, so you'll have plenty of time to read.

Why should you join?

You don't need a reason to pick up a book, but here are three advantages of choosing to read with us:

  1. Take time for yourself to learn something new or discover a book you might not have chosen.
  2. Connect with Imperial alumni over words and ideas, have a conversation and enjoy a good debate.
  3. Benefit from professional moderators and facilitators to make sure you have a great experience and so the chat stays on track.

Our current book:

Babel by R.F. Kuang (May – July 2024)

Traduttore, traditore: An act of translation is always an act of betrayal.

Set in 19th century England, Robin Swift’s childhood revolves around preparing for his entry into the renowned Babel, Oxford University’s Royal Institute of Translation. He soon comes to learn that this global centre for translation underpins the British Empire’s economic stranglehold and supports their colonial ventures. As war brews between Britain and China over the opium trade, Robin is torn between gaining status as a Babel translator and betraying his homeland or fighting for the dismantlement of the British Empire.        

Award-winning author R.F. Kuang topped the New York Times bestsellers list with Babel in 2022. This ambitious novel explores the use of language as a weapon of control and delves into the theme of imperialism and the role academia plays in upholding these institutions of power.