We work with a number of partners in bringing you The KU Big Read. These include, but are not limited to; publishers, authors, Kingston Borough, and the higher education sector. If you would like to know more, or consider becoming a partner too, please contact us at kubigread@kingston.ac.uk

Higher Education sector

U3A (University of the Third Age)

U3A is a nation-wide movement for those no longer in full time employment. It provides educational, creative and leisure opportunities in a friendly environment with the teachers learning and the learners teaching.
We’re very happy to have Kingston’s own U3A members are joining us this year in reading The Humans and attending the related events that surround it.


Penguin Books; KU Big Read 2017 Partner

Penguin logo

Part of Penguin Random House, one of the big five publishers, this is the second year that Penguin Books has partnered with The KU Big Read to provide a wonderful bespoke edition for us all to enjoy.

Canongate; KU Big Read 2016 Partner

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Edinburgh-based Canongate is one of the most dynamic publishing houses in England, publishing the varied and wonderful works of a whole host of prolific authors whilst changing the way publishing is done. We are proud to have both Canongate and Matt Haig as our partners for 2016.

The Pigeonhole

Pigeonhole App

In 2016 Kingston University teamed up with global book club and digital reading platform, The Pigeonhole, to digitally serialise the year’s Kingston University Big Read choice, Matt Haig’s The Humans.

The partnership with The Pigeonhole allowed a further 10,000 members of staff and existing students to join the scheme and receive a free digital version of the book via app and web-reader which they can use to interact with each other before and after arriving at the University.

Local Community

Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames

Working closely with our local community, The KU Big Read has joined forces with The Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, specifically working closely with local libraries in the area.

Joel Community Services

Working to put the home back into homelessness, Joel Community Services is a local night shelter community based on mutual respect, support and co-operation. In 2016 The KU Big Read gave a number of our special edition copies of The Humans available to guests and volunteers at Joel Community Services. Author, Matt Haig was keen to join them for a meal and discuss everything from the book and his work as an author to the guests themselves and the broader picture of homelessness in the UK in 2016.