Academic Book Week

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Next week (23-28 January) is Academic Book Week, designed to celebrate the diversity, innovation and and influence of academic books.

There will be a series of events around the country and you can keep abreast of developments by following the #AcBookWeek hashtag.

One initiative for Academic Book Week is to ask the public to vote for the most influential academic book on modern Britain from a shortlist of twenty, chosen by academics, most of which are available in Goldsmiths Library. These might be books that are on your reading lists or perhaps a title takes your interest. If there’s a title you feel strongly about, why not vote for it?

You can vote here and more information about Academic Book Week is available on its website.

The top twenty books that shaped modern Britain are:

  • A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)
  • Gender Trouble (Judith Butler)
  • Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution (A.V. Dicey)
  • Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (R.F. Foster)
  • Orientalism (Edward Said)
  • Poverty in the United Kingdom (Peter Townsend)
  • Purity and Danger (Mary Douglas)
  • Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain (Matthew J. Goodwin and Robert Ford)
  • Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (Peter Fryer)
  • The Double Helix (James Watson)
  • The English and their History (Robert Tombs)
  • The Female Eunuch (Germaine Greer)
  • The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (John Maynard Keynes)
  • The Invention of Tradition (Eric Hobsbawm and Terence Ranger)
  • The Making of the English Working Class (E.P. Thompson)
  • The Uses of Literacy (Richard Hoggart)
  • The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins)
  • The Road to Serfdom (Friedrich Hayek)
  • The Scottish Nation (Tom Devine)
  • Ways of Seeing (John Berger)

Using our reading list system, we have compiled an online reading list for this selection. Click on a title to find more information and real-time availability on the shelves.

There is also a display at the front of the library, including copies of each of the titles.

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