Sid Lowe: Spanish Football Expert, Columnist, Journalist and Author

Sid Lowe: Spanish Football Expert, Columnist, Journalist and Author

The thing about shelves is they always fill quickly. You think you’ve got loads of space and then, suddenly, they’re packed. Everything’s a mess in the office at the moment: the books on the shelves are ‘double parked’ and I’m struggling to find things. (It doesn’t help that I lend...
Ahmed Rashid: Journalist and Best-Selling Foreign Policy Author

Ahmed Rashid: Journalist and Best-Selling Foreign Policy Author

Three walls of my study are covered in books. The fourth wall is made up of photographs and prints I have enjoyed over the years or are part of my development as a journalist and writer. Part of one wall is also a long low slung window that looks out...
Ann Morgan: Creator of A Year of Reading the World and Freelance Writer

Ann Morgan: Creator of A Year of Reading the World and Freelance Writer

This mini film stitches together pictures of my bookshelf during ‘A Year of Reading the World’, my project to read a book from every country in 2012. The project included all UN-recognised nations, plus Taiwan and one extra territory, Kurdistan, voted for by blog visitors – 197 stories in all....
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Jamillah Knowles: Journalist, Writer, Radio Presenter & World Record Breaking Hula Hoop Dancer

Jamillah Knowles: Journalist, Writer, Radio Presenter & World Record Breaking Hula Hoop Dancer

These shelves are in my living room – there’s a stack more in my office but probably too hideous for public consumption and arranged in ways that make sense to me but tend to look like a crazy mess to the impartial observer. As you might see in the picture – the shelves are filled...
Paul Danahar: BBC’s North America Bureau Chief, Middle East Journalist & Author

Paul Danahar: BBC’s North America Bureau Chief, Middle East Journalist & Author

It was a book that led to me to my chosen profession. John Pilger’s ‘Heroes’ opened my eyes to the world of a foreign correspondent but more importantly to the value of viewing huge geopolitical events through the prism of the lives touched, or more often destroyed, by them. I’ve moved country six times with my...
K Dynamite: Financial Market Specialist and Blogger

K Dynamite: Financial Market Specialist and Blogger

Above you will find 3 pictures of the three main shelves of my bookshelf. Some explanation is required: my wife, in an effort to avoid stacks of books piling up, frequently asks me to purge my shelf of unwanted items. Strangely, this has resulted in my bookshelf being mostly a time-machine snapshot from about 15...
Cenk Uygur: Co-founder and Main Host of The Young Turks, Journalist, Political Commentator and Activist

Cenk Uygur: Co-founder and Main Host of The Young Turks, Journalist, Political Commentator and Activist

As you can see I have a lot of political books mixed with some Game of Thrones and Hunger Games. Yes, I want to decide to play great poker and I also want to know the real untold history of the United States. We have a couple of “intellectual” books on Pervs and Sluts. We...
Yannick Murphy: Author

Yannick Murphy: Author

On this bookshelf you’ll see books that belong to the entire family. Most of my books are at the far end. Our children’s books are on the lower shelf towards the middle, and my husband’s books are the ones that are closest to the camera lens. It was my husband’s idea to separate our books...
Sally Wilton: Founder of the Lexi cinema and the Nomad roaming cinema

Sally Wilton: Founder of the Lexi cinema and the Nomad roaming cinema

I love books, from my Mum’s classic green crime penguins to my Northern Nigerian ex library battered copies of Tintin’s adventures. Wine boxes make my bookshelves, a good excuse to keep on drinking as my collection grows and grows! Seamus Heaney for a reminder of my Irish countryside youth to Jim Harrison’s wonderfully evocative Brown...
Nathan Thrall: Essayist, Critic and Journalist

Nathan Thrall: Essayist, Critic and Journalist

My research bookcases are organized thematically, and you can tell what I’m working on at the moment by which shelf has the most books stacked horizontally in the foreground. These books in the foreground rotate from month to month. In the photo above, several are books I’m using for a piece I’ve just finished. Others...
Frances Teehan - Marketing & Publicity Bod at Oldcastle Books; Blogger of books, baking & culture; Book2Book writer or book-loving, face-stuffing culture vulture

Frances Teehan – Marketing & Publicity Bod at Oldcastle Books; Blogger of books, baking & culture; Book2Book writer or book-loving, face-stuffing culture vulture

One day, I long to have all my books together to form a masterful library with those sliding ladders and secret doorways. Until then, my vast collection is spread mainly across three locations: the bookshelves at my home in Guernsey; the boxes packaged upon leaving university which now dominate my bedroom in Guernsey; and my...
Faisal Kapadia: Writer, Blogger and Entrepreneur

Faisal Kapadia: Writer, Blogger and Entrepreneur

On my shelves you will find books about the subcontinent, where I live here in Pakistan, as well as books on fiction and my personal favourite Lord of the Rings. I also have a selection of books on sufism culture and poetry. Im a dreamer, I like to dream big and I try to use...
Jeannine Luby: Author, Creator of Laugh to Live and Yoga Instructor

Jeannine Luby: Author, Creator of Laugh to Live and Yoga Instructor

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Paris You won’t find books from the NY Times Best Sellers list on my shelf. You won’t see names like Grisham, Quindlen, King, or J. K. Rowling. I enjoyed reading when I was a kid but I admit, not proudly, that I’ve been a light reader ever...
Katie Oliver: Romantic Comedy Writer and Blogger

Katie Oliver: Romantic Comedy Writer and Blogger

My book shelf is nothing if not eclectic. My reading runs the gamut from young adult to detective novels, from comedy to classics like Austen and Dickens. Of course, what you see are the pristine, camera-ready versions of my bookshelves. My regular shelves are a jumble of children’s books, CDs, baskets of stuff (don’t ask),...
Robert Bryndza: Author

Robert Bryndza: Author

My shelf is in the living room, it’s enormous and in danger of collapse. We are saving to buy a house, but already have enough books to fill three. This shelf is the tip of the iceberg, a place for things I want to read, and paperwork I must read. Next to my current Macbook...