Wider reading in Geography

Now that summer is here school work is being rightly substituted for downtime. Inspired by the many teacher posts on social media sharing current reads I’ve started compiling a list of books that any discerning geographer should consider. I’ve grouped the recommendations by GCSE student, A-Level student and teacher suggestions below.

GCSE Reading List

A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bryson)

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Avoiding Hunger and Finding Water (The Environment Challenge)

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Brazil

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Can We Protect People From Natural Disasters? (Earth Debates)

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Canoeing the Congo: The First Source-to-Sea Descent of the Congo River

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Horrible Geography 10 Book Boxset

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Hurricanes vs. Tornadoes vs Typhoons: Wind Systems of the World

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Sahara

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Step By Step: The Life in My Journeys

The Volcano, Montserrat and Me: Twenty years with an active volcano

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This is Planet Earth: Your ultimate guide to the world we call home (New Scientist Instant Expert)

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When the Rivers Run Dry, Fully Revised and Updated Edition: Water-The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century

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A Level Reading List

Beyond the Map (from the author of Off the Map): Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias

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Canoeing the Congo: The First Source-to-Sea Descent of the Congo River

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

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Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time. From the Head of Oceans at Greenpeace and spokesperson for their anti-plastic campaign

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No Logo

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Population 10 Billion

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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Step By Step: The Life in My Journeys

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

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The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters

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The Making Of The British Landscape: From the Ice Age to the Present

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The New Wild: Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation

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The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World

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The Volcano, Montserrat and Me: Twenty years with an active volcano

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The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers who Sought to see the Future

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When a Billion Chinese Jump: Voices from the Frontline of Climate Change

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When the Rivers Run Dry, Fully Revised and Updated Edition: Water-The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century

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Teacher Reading List

Beyond the Map (from the author of Off the Map): Unruly enclaves, ghostly places, emerging lands and our search for new utopias

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Canoeing the Congo: The First Source-to-Sea Descent of the Congo River

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Divided: Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls

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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

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Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

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How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time. From the Head of Oceans at Greenpeace and spokesperson for their anti-plastic campaign

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Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

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The Cure for Catastrophe: How We Can Stop Manufacturing Natural Disasters

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The New Wild: Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation

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The Making Of The British Landscape: From the Ice Age to the Present

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The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World

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The Volcano, Montserrat and Me: Twenty years with an active volcano

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The Weather Experiment: The Pioneers who Sought to see the Future

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When the Rivers Run Dry, Fully Revised and Updated Edition: Water-The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century

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This list is a work in progress and will be regularly updated. If you have any suggestions for good reads please share them to the comments below.

Anthony

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  1. Lally Brown
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    Lally Brown says:

    If you need an exciting, factual and gripping eyewitness account of life with an erupting volcano, then may I recommend 5* read ‘The Volcano, Montserrat and Me’ available on Amazon and Kindle! Read first few chapters for free on Amazon, try before you buy!

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