Get involved in The Great Read


As part our 2019 Liverpool Welcome, hundreds of new students are set to become our time travellers after receiving a free copy of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

600 English, Psychology and Physics students at the University of Liverpool will this week be receiving a copy of world famous book, The Time Machine. They are being asked to read and consider it, and then come and get involved in some of the related events being organised throughout the 2019/20 academic year.

For those who haven’t received a copy of the book, we would still love you to get involved! All of our students can download The Time Machine as an e-book from the Library.

“We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories. And those that carry us forward, are dreams.” H.G. Wells

About The Great Read

The Great Read scheme at the University is a pilot for Welcome 2019. By reading the same book, the hope is that students and staff will be able to share their thoughts and experiences and have plenty to talk about when they meet.

If you have received a copy of the book you can choose to share it with fellow students, family or friends, keep it as a gift from the University, or swap it in our book swap event later in the year.

More about The Time Machine

H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine, published in 1895, is the first and greatest portrayal of time-travel, addressing political, social and scientific ideas that are still relevant to our world through a compelling story of adventure and danger. The book was chosen by Professor Dinah Birch, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement and Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool.


Further information on events will be available later in the year. Keep your eye on Student News and our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels for details.

If you have read the book, let us know and share your thoughts on social media using #LivGreatRead.

For more information, please visit The Great Read webpages. If you have any queries about the project, please contact The Great Read Team at