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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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...
Richard Beadle: Musical Director and Composer

Richard Beadle: Musical Director and Composer

The shelves are generally a mess but I try to keep authors or sets of books together for easy access. You’ll see Christopher Hitchens next to Larsson, Pullman, McEwan and the Hunger Games trilogy. Most of the lower sections are reference books for my music career including books on orchestration, vocal coaching and biographies including...
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 –...
Luke Moore: Founder, Presenter and Producer of The Football Ramble

Luke Moore: Founder, Presenter and Producer of The Football Ramble

‘We bought our first house earlier this year and upon arriving at it for the first time after picking up the keys, we walked into the living room to be met with this glorious, hand-carved, bookcase that the previous owners had left behind. One of the first things we did was fill it (and more)...
Musa Dagdeviren: Creator and head chef of Ciya Restaurant Group in Istanbul

Musa Dagdeviren: Creator and head chef of Ciya Restaurant Group in Istanbul

Here is a photo of me in my library. My favourite book is ‘Karagoz Mutfakta’, it’s a very old and anonymous cook book which very few people have heard of and it focuses on traditional Turkish and Ottoman recipes and food history. It was first published back in 1913. I liked it so much, in 2010,...
Barry Forshaw: Crime Fiction and Film Commentator

Barry Forshaw: Crime Fiction and Film Commentator

I have no complaints. It’s very pleasant being thought of as a crime fiction and film pundit – but there is one nagging caveat. At various author lunches (where my wine glass is always being filled), I occasionally meet people who seem surprised that I read anything but genre fiction – but if the truth...
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,...
Sara Sheridan: Historical and Crime Novelist

Sara Sheridan: Historical and Crime Novelist

These bookshelves are in my study all down one wall. They’ve been the background for many an author pic and interview but the truth is they’re not mine – or at least very few of them are. The shelves are actually the province of my husband and when we first moved in together they caused...
J. Paul Henderson: Author and Captain Beefheart aficionado

J. Paul Henderson: Author and Captain Beefheart aficionado

The photograph shows a partial section of shelving in the study. Eighty per cent of the collection is fiction, mostly American. Particular favourites are the books of Richard Ford, John Irving, Garrison Keillor, Michael Malone, Tom Robbins (another No Exit Press author), Richard Russo, Tim Sandlin and the late Kurt Vonnegut, whom I once had...
Denna Jones: Writer, Builder, General Editor of Architecture: The Whole Story (Thames & Hudson, 2014) and Contributing Editor of COVER magazine

Denna Jones: Writer, Builder, General Editor of Architecture: The Whole Story (Thames & Hudson, 2014) and Contributing Editor of COVER magazine

I’m a writer with dreams of being a builder. I live the life Barbara Ehrenreich wrote about in Nickel and Dimed in my cabin-like office/bedroom in East London. I’ve named my space after Charles Darwin’s nickname for his cabin aboard HMS Beagle. My room is my “raree sideshow” for overlapping interests focused on design and...