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Abbott, Jacob

  • Alexander the Great

Adams, Douglas

  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • Last Chance to See
  • Life, the Universe and Everything
  • Mostly Harmless
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • The Salmon of Doubt


  • Aesop’s Fables

Aleksandrov, A.D.

  • Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning vol.1 (with Kolmogorov, A.N., Lavrentev, M.A.)

Alexievich, Svetlana

  • The Unwomanly Face of War (read in Russian)

Atkins, Peter

  • Four Laws that Drive the Universe
  • What is Chemistry?

Aurelius, Marcus

  • Meditations

Austen, Jane

  • Emma
  • Pride and Prejudice


Babel, Isaac

  • Tales of Odessa

Bacon, Francis

  • The New Atlantis

Ballard, J.G.

  • The Drowned World

Beevor, Antony

  • Stalingrad
  • The Fall of Berlin 1945
  • The Second World War

Bermudez, Jose Luis

  • Cognitive Science

Blake, William

  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Bloom, Paul

  • Just Babies

Bolt, Robert

  • A Man for All Seasons

Borges, Jorge L.

  • Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

Bradbury, Ray

  • Fahrenheit 451

Bradlaugh, Charles

  • Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers

Brockman, John

  • What is Your Dangerous Idea?
  • What We Believe but Cannot Prove

Bronowski, Jacob

  • Science and Human Values
  • The Ascent of Man
  • The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination

Bronte, Charlotte

  • Jane Eyre

Bulgakov, Mikhail

  • A Young Doctor’s Notebook (read in Russian)
  • D’iavoliada (read in Russian)
  • Heart of a Dog (read in Russian)
  • Khan’s Fire and Other Stories (read in Russian)
  • Theatrical Novel (read in Russian)
  • The Fatal Eggs (read in Russian)
  • The Master and Margarita (read in Russian)
  • The White Guard (read in Russian)


Camus, Albert

  • The Fall
  • The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays (trans. Justin O’Brien)
  • The Stranger

Carroll, Lewis

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

Charlesworth, Brian

  • Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

Christian, David

  • Origin Story

Cobb, Matthew

  • Life’s Greatest Secret

Cohen, G.A.

  • If You’re an Egalitarian, How Come You’re So Rich

Coyne, Jerry

  • Faith vs. Fact
  • Why Evolution is True

Craig, Edward

  • Philosophy: A very short introduction


Dawkins, Richard

  • A Devil’s Chaplain
  • An Appetite for Wonder
  • Brief Candle in the Dark
  • 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

Dick, Philip K.

  • The Man in the High Castle
  • The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

  • Notes from Underground (read in Russian)
  • White Nights (read in Russian)

Doxiadis, Apostolos

  • Logicomix

Doyle, Arthur Conan

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Dyson, Freeman

  • Maker of Patterns


Eckhertz, Holger

  • D Day Through German Eyes (Book 1)

Edmonds, David

  • Wittgenstein’s Poker

Eliot, George

  • The Essays of George Eliot (ed. Nathan Sheppard)

Engels, Friedrich

  • Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Evans, Richard J.

  • The Third Reich in Power (The History of the Third Reich vol. 2) 
  • The Coming of the Third Reich (The History of the Third Reich vol. 1)


Festinger, Leon

  • When Prophecy Fails

Feynman, Richard

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

Field, Andy

  • Discovering Statistics Using R

Foer, Joshua

  • Moonwalking with Einstein

Forster, Edward M.

  • The Machine Stops

Frank, Robert H.

  • Passions Within Reason

Frankfurt, Harry G.

  • On Bullshit

Franklin, Benjamin

  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Freud, Sigmund

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

Futuyma, Douglas J.

  • Evolution


Gaiman, Neil

  • Norse Mythology

Gamow, George

  • One, Two, Three…Infinity
  • The Moon

Gelfand, Israel

  • Algebra

Ghobash, Omar S.

  • Letters to a Young Muslim

Glover, Jonathan

  • Causing Death and Saving Lives

Gogol, Nikolai

  • Taras Bulba (read in Russian)
  • The Inspector General (read in Russian)
  • Village Evenings Near Dikanka (read in Russian)
  • Viy (read in Russian)

Goldhagen, Daniel

  • Hitler’s Willing Executioners

Gowers, Timothy

  • Mathematics: A very short introduction

Grafen, Alan

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

Greenblatt, Stephen

  • The Swerve

Grossman, Vasily

  • Years of War (read in Russian)


Haidt, Jonathan

  • The Righteous Mind

Harris, Sam

  • Free Will
  • Islam and the Future of Tolerance
  • 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
  • Mortality
  • The Missionary Position
  • The Portable Atheist
  • Thomas Jefferson: Author of America
  • Thomas Paine’s “Rights of Man”


Ingersoll, Robert G.

  • Some Mistakes of Moses

Irvine, William

  • A Guide to the Good Life

Irving, Washington

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Ishiguro, Kazuo

  • Never Let Me Go


James, M.R.

  • Ghost Stories of an Antiquary


Kafka, Franz

  • The Metamorphosis
  • The Trial

Kahneman, Daniel

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

Kershaw, Ian

  • Hitler: 1889 – 1936 Hubris
  • Hitler: 1936 – 1945 Nemesis

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 (read in Russian)


Landau, Lev

  • What is Relativity?

Lang, Serge

  • Basic Mathematics

Larkin, Philip

  • The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin

Larson, Ron

  • Calculus

Lents, Nathan H.

  • Human Errors

Lermontov, Mikhail

  • A Hero of Our Time (read in Russian)

Levitt, Steven D.

  • Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner)

London, Jack

  • The Call of the Wild

Lovecraft, H. P.

  • The Call of Cthulhu 
  • The Dunwich Horror


MacAskill, William

  • Doing Good Better

Magee, Bryan

  • Popper (Fontana Modern Masters)

Mann, Cahrles C

  • 1941

Marx, Karl

  • The Communist Manifesto
  • Wage-Labour and Capital

Mayr, Ernst

  • What Evolution Is

McCarthy, Cormac

  • The Road

McEwan, Ian

  • Nutshell

Medawar, Peter

  • Advice to a Young Scientist
  • Induction and Intuition in Scientific Thought
  • Memoir of a Thinking Radish
  • The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice and Other Classic Essays on Science

Mill, John S.

  • Utilitarianism
  • On Liberty

Miodownik, Mark

  • Stuff Matters

Montgomery, Lucy M.

  • Anne of Green Gables

More, Thomas

  • Utopia


Nagel, Thomas

  • Mortal Questions
  • What Does It All Mean?

Nietzsche, Friedrich

  • Twilight of the Idols

Noakes, Jeremy

  • Nazism 1919-1945, Vol 1 

Norman, Richard

  • On Humanism


Okasha, Samir

  • Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction

Oppenheimer, Robert

  • Science and the Common Understanding

Orwell, George

  • 1984
  • A Collection of Essays
  • Animal Farm
  • Down and Out in Paris and London


Paine, Thomas

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

Parsons, Paul

  • 30-Second Theories


  • Apology
  • Euthyphro

Pinker, Steven

  • The Sense of Style

Poldrack, Russell

  • Statistical Thinking for the 21st Century

Popper, Karl

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

Pushkin, Alexander S.

  • Eugene Onegin (read in Russian)
  • The Captain’s Daughter (read in Russian)
  • The Queen of Spades and Other Stories (read in Russian)



Rachels, James

  • Created from Animals

Ridley, Mark

  • Animal Behavior

Ross, Sheldon M.

  • Introduction to Probability Models

Russell, Bertrand

  • A History of Western Philosophy
  • 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?

Seth, Anil

  • 30-Seconds Brain

Sewell, Anna

  • Black Beauty

Shakespeare, William

  • Julius Caesar

Shelley, Mary

  • Frankenstein
  • Mathilda

Shirazi, Saadi

  • Gulistan (read in Persian)

Shirer, William L.

  • Berlin Diary
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Simmons, George F.

  • Precalculus Mathematics in a Nutshell

Singer, Peter

  • A Darwinian Left
  • Animal Liberation
  • Applied Ethics
  • Ethics in the Real World
  • Practical Ethics
  • The Expanding Circle
  • The Life You Can Save
  • The Most Good You Can Do

Smith, John M.

  • Shaping Life: Genes, Embryos and Evolution

Snyder, Timothy

  • On Tyranny

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr

  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (read in Russian)

Stapledon, Olaf

  • Last and First Men

Stevenson, Robert L.

  • Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Stock, George

  • A Guide to Stoicism

Strogatz, Steven

  • The Joy of X

Susskind, Leonard

  • The Theoretical Minimum

Swift, Jonathan

  • Gulliver’s Travels


Taleb, Nassim Nicholas

  • Antifragile

Thompson, Silvanus

  • Calculus Made Easy

Tolstoy, Leo

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (read in Russian)

Tomasello, Michael

  • A Natural History of Human Morality
  • A Natural History of Human Thinking

Trivers, Robert

  • Wild Life

Turgenev, Ivan

  • Fathers and Sons (read in Russian)

Twain, Mark

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

Tyson, Neil deGrasse

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry


Unger, Peter

  • Living High and Letting Die

Urban, Tim

  • The Elon Musk Blog Series



  • Candide

Vonnegut, Kurt

  • Cat’s Cradle
  • Galapagos
  • Slapstick, or Lonesome No More!
  • Slaughterhouse-Five


Warburton, Nigel

  • Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction

Watson, James D.

  • The Double Helix

Weinberg, Steven

  • The First Three Minutes

Weiner, Jonathan

  • The Beak of the Finch

Wells, Herbert G.

  • The Invisible Man
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • The Time Machine
  • The War of the Worlds 

Wiesel, Elie

  • Night

Wodehouse, P. G. 

  • My Man Jeeves

Wood, Graeme

  • The Way of the Strangers

Wright, Robert

  • The Moral Animal




Zamyatin, Yevgeny

  • We (read in Russian)