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Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings – Heinrich Heine


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  • Aesop’s Fables


Bacon, Francis

  • The New Atlantis

Blake, William

  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Bloom, Paul

  • Just Babies

Bronowski, Jacob

  • The Ascent of Man

Bronte, Charlotte

  • Jane Eyre

Bulgakov, Mikhail

  • A Young Doctor’s Notebook
  • D’iavoliada
  • Heart of a Dog
  • Khan’s Fire and Other Stories
  • Theatrical Novel
  • The Fatal Eggs
  • The Master and Margarita


Camus, Albert

  • The Fall

Carroll, Lewis

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking-Glass

Coyne, Jerry

  • Why Evolution is True

Craig, Edward

  • Philosophy: A very short introduction


Dawkins, Richard

  • A Devil’s Chaplain
  • An Appetite for Wonder
  • The Extended Phenotype
  • The God Delusion
  • The Greatest Show on Earth
  • The Magic of Reality
  • The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
  • The Selfish Gene
  • Unweaving the Rainbow

Deutsch, David

  • The Beginning of Infinity
  • The Fabric of Reality

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

  • White Nights

Doxiadis, Apostolos

  • Logicomix


Engels, Friedrich

  • Socialism: Utopian and Scientific


Feynman, Richard

  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!
  • The Meaning of It All
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Foer, Joshua

  • Moonwalking with Einstein

Forster, Edward M.

  • The Machine Stops

Frankfurt, Harry G.

  • On Bullshit

Franklin, Benjamin

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Freud, Sigmund

  • Reflections on War and Death
  • The Future of an Illusion


Gamow, George

  • The Moon

Gelfand, Israel

  • Algebra

Glover, Jonathan

  • Causing Death and Saving Lives

Gogol, Nikolai

  • The Inspector General

Grafen, Alan

  • Richard Dawkins: How a scientist changed the way we think


Haidt, Jonathan

  • The Righteous Mind

Harris, Sam

  • Free Will
  • Letter to a Christian Nation
  • Lying
  • The End of Faith
  • Waking Up

Hawking, Stephen

  • A Briefer History of Time
  • A Brief History of Time

Herzl, Theodor

  • The Jewish State

Hibbert, Christopher

  • The House of Medici

Hitchens, Christopher

  • God is not Great 
  • Hitch – 22
  • The Missionary Position
  • Thomas Jefferson: Author of America
  • Thomas Paine’s “Rights of Man”


Ingersoll, Robert G.

  • Some Mistakes of Moses

Irving, Washington

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Ishiguro, Kazuo

  • Never Let Me Go



Kafka, Franz

  • The Metamorphosis

Kahneman, Daniel

  • Thinking Fast and Slow

Khayyam, Omar

  • Quatrains of Omar Khayyam in English Prose by Justin Huntly McCarthy

Kipling, Rudyard

  • Just So Stories

Krauss, Lawrence

  • Atom
  • Quantum Man

Kuprin, Aleksandr

  • Garnet Bracelet


Landau, Lev

  • What is Relativity?

London, Jack

  • The Call of the Wild

Lovecraft, H. P.

  • The Call of Cthulhu 
  • The Dunwich Horror


MacAskill, William

  • Doing Good Better

Marx, Karl

  • The Communist Manifesto
  • Wage-Labour and Capital

Mill, John S.

  • Utilitarianism
  • On Liberty

More, Thomas

  • Utopia


Nagel, Thomas

  • What Does It All Mean?


Oppenheimer, Robert

  • Science and the Common Understanding

Orwell, George

  • Animal Farm


Paine, Thomas

  • Common Sense
  • Rights of Man
  • The Age of Reason


  • Apology
  • Euthyphro

Popper, Karl

  • In Search of a Better World
  • The Open Society and Its Enemies



Rachels, James

  • Created from Animals

Russell, Bertrand

  • Proposed Roads to Freedom
  • Why I am not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects


Sagan, Carl

  • Pale Blue Dot
  • The Demon-Haunted World

Schrodinger, Erwin

  • What is Life?

Sewell, Anna

  • Black Beauty

Singer, Peter

  • Animal Liberation
  • Practical Ethics
  • The Expanding Circle

Smith, John M.

  • Shaping Life: Genes, Embryos and Evolution

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr

  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Stevenson, Robert L.

  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Stock, George

  • A Guide to Stoicism

Strogatz, Steven

  • The Joy of X

Swift, Jonathan

  • Gulliver’s Travels


Tolstoy, Leo

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

Twain, Mark

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Chapters from My Autobiography
  • Eve’s Diary
  • Letters from the Earth
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • What is Man and Other Essays


Unger, Peter

  • Living High and Letting Die



Wells, Herbert G.

  • The Invisible Man
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • The Time Machine

Wright, Robert

  • The Moral Animal