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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...
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 books to people and then...
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...
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...
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...
Peter Bradshaw: Writer, Journalist and Film Critic for the Guardian

Peter Bradshaw: Writer, Journalist and Film Critic for the Guardian

My house is stuffed with books, and like everyone else I am reaching “peak book”. I am coming to terms with the idea that buying books for Kindle is starting to become the norm, and that buying actual books could be a “vinyl connoisseur” pursuit for which very few people have the living space. The...
Zoe Chace: Journalist and Reporter for Planet Money

Zoe Chace: Journalist and Reporter for Planet Money

This is just one shelf. This is a shelf at work that I only tweaked slightly for this picture. These books are a mixture of: books that are the best example of reporting I’ve ever read (Nothing to Envy, The Big Short); books that meant a lot during one particular story (The Euro, The Travels...
Katie Parla: Food and Travel Journalist and Blogger

Katie Parla: Food and Travel Journalist and Blogger

I am a freelance food and travel writer, and my bookshelf is loaded with reference books, cookbooks and travel memoirs. The coffee and mug are from a recent trip to Paris, as is the brush, which I purchased for cleaning my Chemex coffeemaker. There are also tons of magazines – Saveur, Bon App, Monocle –...
Benedict Brogan: Political columnist and blogger for the Daily Telegraph

Benedict Brogan: Political columnist and blogger for the Daily Telegraph

My books are spread somewhat randomly around the house. The mix is fairly eclectic, with plenty of old favourites. There’s more CS Forester than Tolstoy and more Dumas than Proust. One of my most cherished is a first edition of Scoop that Bill Deedes signed for me as ‘not quite William Boot’. I inherited a...
Xan Brooks: Film Critic and Associate Editor of guardian.co.uk

Xan Brooks: Film Critic and Associate Editor of guardian.co.uk

I like the notion of the shelf as a selfie, a great, solipsistic exhibition space, but I’m afraid I keep bungling the job of curating it. A good portion of my books are currently divided between the basement of my mum’s flat in Bath, an attic in rural France that I haven’t visited in years,...
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 into the small garden we...