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 we would like to share with you. If you are in year 10, 11, or 12 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 which year group), 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. You do not need to send the book back to us.

 

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. 

**Please note that unfortunately we have already allocated all of the books for this edition of the bookself except the Modern Languages book, A Very Short Introduction to French Literature. Please get in touch if you would like to review this book - if you are interested in a different subject, please check back in the last week of July when the bookshelf will be updated!**

A Very Short Introduction to French Literature - John D. Lyons (Modern Languages)

Explaining Humans: What Science Can Teach Us About Life, Love and Relationships - Camilla Pang (Biology / Biochemistry / Chemistry)

Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga (History / Politics)

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist - Kate Raworth (Economics)

The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Ancient Greek - Andrea Marcolongo (Classics)

The World According to Physics - Jim Al-Khalili (Phyics / Engineering)

A Life on Our Planet - David Attenborough (Earth Sciences / Geography)