Books on a shelf

The Bookshelf

The Worcester Bookshelf project is all about sharing books that we love about our subjects with you. We suggest books that we love - you tell us what you think of them. Every term we will release a new list of six books that our tutors and academics would like to share with you. If you are in year 11, 12 or 13 at a UK state school and would like to read one of the books on the bookshelf and be part of this project, simply email admissions@worc.ox.ac.uk telling us which book you would like to read and which school you are at, and providing a postal address that we can send the book to. We will send the book (free of charge) to you, and in return - no later than 3 weeks after receiving the book - you will write a review of the book (of no more than 300 words) that we will publish on our website. 

 

To read reviews of books featured on past editions of the Bookshelf, click here

 

 

How do I write my review?

We will ask you for no more than 300 words on the book. Try to engage and evaluate the ideas within it, rather than simply to tell us what it contains. We will also ask you to answer the following three prompts in no more than a sentence:

Something I agreed with in this book was...

Something I disagreed with in this book was...

Something I learnt from reading this book that I didn't know about this subject before was...

 

Which book should I choose?

We will let you know which subjects we think each book that we recommend might be relevant for - but there's nothing wrong with trying out a subject you haven't considered before! You never know, it might lead you to a better understanding of which course you might like to apply for. 

 

Books currently on The Bookshelf:

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert  (Biology / Earth Sciences)

Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines and Ancient Dreams of Technology - Adrienne Mayor (Classics)

Closing the Gap: The Quest to Understand Prime Numbers - Vicky Neale (Maths)

Notebook of a Return to My Native Land - Aimé Césaire (French)

Structures: or Why Things Don't Fall Down - James Gordon (Engineering)

Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice - Helena Kennedy (Law)