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The life canon

‘The greatest university of all is a collection of books’ - Thomas Carlyle

What are the 10 essential books we need to help us flourish in the modern world?

This is a question we’ve asked ourselves at Life Squared and have arrived at an initial list of 10 important books. It includes books about history, the financial crisis and philosophy. It includes books to help us understand various aspects of our modern situation – it's a list for the times we live in, so it may be less relevant in a few years’ time.

The list is unashamedly accessible - it is not meant to be a presentation of the great cultural works of our time, but a set of books that provide perspective, ideas and inspiration in a wide range of areas of life.

These are books that will get you involved and interested – for example, there are thousands of books out there about the universe, but we’ve chosen one that will draw people in and try to make complex ideas both interesting and accessible.

Here is our initial top 10 list – including Bertrand Russell’s ‘History of Western Philosophy’.

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