From the bookshelf of Carlo Rovelli:

Republic by Plato

"Damn Plato: how much to disagree with, and yet, always going back to this books..."


From the bookshelf of Ali Smith:

The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

"A young French woman who had a teaching assistant placement at Inverness High School in 1979 gave this book as a gift to 16-year-old Ali Smith."

 The Prelude

From the bookshelf of David Gentleman:

The Prelude by William Wordsworth

"I chose Wordsworth’s Prelude for the breadth of his experience, thought and comment, from his acute observation of natural and human details to his lines on the French Revolution:

'That nothing hath a natural right to last

But equity and reason.'"

Leo Tolstoy

From the bookshelf of Chantal Joffe:

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

"This copy is battered and peeling from being read in the bath over many nights. My strongest memory is not of Anna Karenina’s tragic love affair but of Levin and Kitty’s happy marriage".


From the bookshelf of Abi Daly:

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anna Frank

"I got this copy when I was 8 or 9. It’s now falling to pieces but I treasure it and the message of hope that Anne has to pass on to us."


From the bookshelf of Zachary Hill:

 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

"Brings back so many bittersweet memories of A-level english literature..."

Never Greener

From the bookshelf of Charlotte Harrison:

 Metamorphosis by Ovid

"The myths I'd loved as a kid but the 'grown-up' version - totally blew my mind!"


From the bookshelf of Ian Tompkins:

The Histories by Herodotus

"Bought 40 years ago, happily used for teaching." 

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