Top Ten – scroll down for an extended list.
Peter Hitchens – Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Theresa May (Bloomsbury, 2018)
No conservative (especially social conservative) reading list woul dbe complete without a mention of at least one work by Peter Hitchens. This is his best. In his usual humerous – yet deeply serious – tone, Hitchens describes the crumbling of British society from the 1960s to the present day. Abolition of Britain is a must for anyone who wants to know how we ended up where we are.
Roger Scruton – Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left (Bloomsbury, 2015)
The great expanse of knowledge Sir Roger displays throughout each page of this astonishing book serves as an inspiration; not only are ideas such as conservative thinking introduced and explained, but the ideas of what he calls the ‘New Left’ are described and examined objectively before being critiqued. Fools, Frauds and Firebrands is a must-read for any inquisitive conservative mind.
Douglas Murray – The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity (Bloomsbury, 2019)
The newest book on our Top Ten, but possibly the most controversial. Murray’s analyses in his four chapters what may be the biggest categories of our time – ‘gay’, ‘woman’, ‘race’, and ‘trans’. With classic dry wit and numerous examples, Murray systematically deconstructs the arguments of these groups, and shows just how far into madness we in modernity have descended.
Aldous Huxley – Brave New World (London, 2006)
Aldous Huxley’s dystopic novel sets a world in which security, comfort and pleasure are the absolute objectives of society. Mass consumption and overindulgence coxes all into being obedient slaves- without even realising it. With eerily close parallels to contemporary society, this novel is a fascinating read.
Roger Eatwell & Matthew Goodwin – National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (Pelican, 2018)
C. S. Lewis – Mere Christianity (Collins, 2012)
The ideas of Christianity can seem, at first, to be daunting. Lewis provides a comprehensive, personal, and informative account of how and why he became a Christian. The book functions almost as a guide to the religion, and is perfectly suited for the believer and interested skeptic alike.
Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace (Penguin, 2016)
Quite simply, one of the great works of fiction. A comprehensive display of culture, eminently and succinctly woven into a style of writing that is easy to read, and yet also deeply informative. With moral, romantic, and action undertones, it is a must-read for any literature fan.
The Holy Bible (King James Version)
Whether you are a believer or not, The Bible is crucial in our understanding of how people throughout Europe have thought and seen the world. We recommend the King James Version for its poetry, but the ESV is a good compromise between prose and accuracy.
Ha-Joon Chang – Bad Samaritans: The Guilty Secrets of Rich Nations and the Threat to Global Prosperity (Random House, 2008)
An eye-opening critique of globalisation, in particular the neo-liberal form it has taken in recent decades. While not explicitly conservative in tone, Bad Samaritans is a must-read for those wary of neo-liberalism, and will serve as an excellent foundation for building one’s arguments against globalisation.
Melanie Phillips – All Must Have Prizes (Sphere, 1998)
All Must Have Prizes is essential reading for anybody interested in the education debate. It maps the shift from traditional teaching methods, based around the passing down of knowledge and discipline, to a child-focussed, un-authoritative ethos, discussing the impacts of this also. Whilst some of the specifics on the national curriculum are now outdated, the general trends remain as important for reading today as ever.
Aurelius, Marcus – Mediatations
Dalrymple, Theodore – Our Culture, What’s Left of It
Danahar, Paul – The New Middle East
Dante – The Divine Comedy
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
Farage, Nigel – The Purple Revolution
Goldberg, Jonah – Liberal Fascism
Hitchens, Peter – Abolition of Liberty
Houellebecq, Michel – Atomised
Lawrence, T. E. – Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Machiavelli, Niccolò – The Prince
Marr, Andrew – The Day Britain Died
McCarthy, Cormac – The Road
Murray, Douglas – Strange Death of Europe
Peterson, Jordan – 12 Rules for Life
Petrarch – Assorted Poems
Plato – The Republic
Powell, Enoch – No Easy Answers
Rushdie, Salman – The Satanic Verses
Scruton, Roger – How to Be a Conservative
Scruton, Roger – Why Beauty Matters
Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
Zola, Émile – The Belly of Paris