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)

Few writers are able to comment on the recent votes for Brexit and Trump without pointing solely to racism and low levels of education. Eatwell and Goodwin rise above this and examine properly the causes of such votes against the establishment. As such, this is one of the best accounts of disaffection and the rise of populism. It is certainly worth a read.

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.

More recommendations

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