Some reading suggestions from the Politics team.


Some reading suggestions from the Politics team.

Dear Students

Following discussions with Student Representatives, we have put together a list of some of our favourite books, journal articles, novels, films or podcasts for you to try while studying remotely.

Please note that we are not expecting you to read all or indeed any of this if you do not wish to do so. It’s most important to focus on your wellbeing – mental and physical – and to use your energy to help friends, family or neighbours who need you. Nevertheless, if you do have time to spare then we hope you might find some of the suggestions below interesting and relevant.

Please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments below. we’d love to hear what you are reading!

Demetris Tillyris (Political Philosophy & Public Ethics)

Academic Books:

Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation, by Jonathan Lear

Ordinary Vices, by Judith Shklar

Justice is Conflict and Innocence and Experience, by Stuart Hampshire

Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy, by Bernard Williams

On Bullshit, by Harry Frankfurt

Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown V. Board of Education, by Danielle Allen.

Politics and Morality, by Sue Mendus

Journal Articles and Essays.

The Originality of Machiavelli, and The Pursuit of the Ideal, by Isaiah Berlin

Dirty Hands, by Martin Hollis

Works of Literature

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes

A Tale without a Name, by Penelope Delta

The Misanthrope, by Moliere

Dirty Hands (Les Mains Sales), by Jean Paul Sartre

Antigone, by Sophocles

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

Movies & Series

The Good Place

Malcolm X



Philosophy Bites

David Bates (Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy)

Academic Books

Neoliberalism: A Brief Introduction, by David Harvey

Women, Race and Class, by Angela Davis

Revolting Subjects, by Imogen Tyler

Discipline and Punish: Panopticism, by Michel Foucault

Works of Literature

Road to Wigan Pier, and 1984, by George Orwell

Poverty Safari, by Darren McGarvey

The Accidental Woman, by Jonathan Coe


The Public Philosopher, with Michael Sandel (BBC Radio 4)


The Death of Stalin

Sarah Lieberman (Politics of Space; Politics of the EU; IR & Security)

Academic Books:

States and Markets, by Susan Strange

Journal articles:

Cave! hic Dragones: a critique of regime analysis by Susan Strange

Why Iran should get the bomb, by Kenneth Waltz


Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks

Gone with the wind, Margaret Mitchell

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte

Paul Anderson (Constitutional and Territorial Politics; Federalism Studies & Conflict Resolution)

Politics Books

McMafia, by Misha Glenny

Chavs, by Owen Jones

Poverty Safari, by Darren McGarvey


Animal Farm, by George Orwell

The Shadow of the wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh


The War on Democracy

Soeren Keil (Federalism Studies, Conflict Resolution, and European Integration)

Academic Books:

Michael Burgess on federalism, especially In Search of the Federal Spirit.

See also reading material on federalism available online on the website that Soeren and Paul are running: www.50shadesoffederalism.com


Fatherland by Robert Harris

Farewell – A Mansion in Occupied Istanbul, by Ayse Kulin

Laura Cashman (Romani Studies, Feminism, Critical Race Theory, IR)


The Power by Naomi Alderman

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Feet of Clay, The Truth, Making Money and/or Jingo by Terry Pratchett

Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

We are all made of glue by Marian Lewycka

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers


Don’t touch my hair by Emma Dabiri

Natives: Race, Class and the Ruins of Empire by Akala

Race of a Lifetime: How Obama won the White House by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

Academic articles:

Gurminder K. Bhambra (2016) Undoing the Epistemic Disavowal of the Haitian Revolution: A Contribution to Global Social Thought, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37:1, 1-16, DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2015.1122578

Burke, A., Fishel, S., Mitchell, A., Dalby, S., & Levine, D. J. (2016). Planet Politics: A Manifesto from the End of IR. Millennium, 44(3), 499–523. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305829816636674

de Carvalho, B., Leira, H., & Hobson, J. M. (2011). The Big Bangs of IR: The Myths That Your Teachers Still Tell You about 1648 and 1919. Millennium, 39(3), 735–758. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305829811401459

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