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?
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.