Reading Matter

A curated collection of links to sites to inform, inspire, entertain and delight.


  • The Conversation – Curated by professional editors, The Conversation offers informed commentary and debate on the issues affecting our world. Plus a Plain English guide to the latest developments and discoveries from the university and research sector. In-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics and researchers.
  • Wired UK – An award-winning printed monthly and online publication. WIRED is an agenda-setting magazine offering brain food on a wide range of topics, from science, technology and business to pop-culture and politics.
  • The Week UK – The best of British & international news, opinion, sport, people & business. The Week brings you all you need to know about everything that matters. More than a news digest – it’s an original take on world news as it happens.
  • – an impartial political website with no political affiliation, which prides itself on standing out as an independent voice in a landscape where the norm is to nail your colours to the mast.


Art and Design


  • RSA – Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (added 17/08/19)

Here are some lists of books

Top 10 Books About Council Housing.  List compiled by John Boughton and published in The Guardian (25/04/18)

8 Best Books on Innovation published in 2017/18, by Nesta – an innovation charity based in the UK. (28/02/18)

25 Must-read Classics for Women, from the Modern Mrs Darcy blog.  (01/02/18)

46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018, by R. O. Kwon, published on the Electric Literature website. (26/12/17)

6 Books Every Boss Babe Should Read, from Zanita Studio. (20/11/16)

These are the 20 best selling books of 2016 so far, published in The Independent.  (09/07/16)

20 books that changed James Altucher’s life (the list is in the comments). (31/01/16)

The 25 Greatest British Novels BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics from outside the UK, to pick Britain’s best novels ever – this is what some had to say about the top choices. (09/12/15)

100 Good Books to Read by James Clear, includes a full reading list of more than 100 great books to read, organized by category.  (31/03/15)

30 Inspiring Books You Have to Read.  A Lifehack post by Jacob Cashman.

50 ‘must read’ social psychology books, a list by Gregory Ciotti  from Sparring Mind.

70+ book recommendations from TED speakers: Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill and Melinda Gates and many more share their book recommendations.

77 Books That Changed My Life and 3 Recommendations to Help You Read More.  A Lifehack article by Allyson Lewis.

8 books that might change your life from The Becomer.  These are all about money.

15 books that changed women’s lives.  A serious list from Elle Magazine.

A list from Lifehack of 35 short books anyone can find time to read.