In 2014, English comedian, author and activist Russell Brand was selected to deliver The Reading Agency’s annual lecture. Ruminating on the transformative power of reading, Brand spoke of the importance of libraries for community and literacy for societal change. He brought a stack of his favorite books with him on stage, reading passages from some and extolling on how they enlightened his life. From fairytales and philosophy to anarchism and sustainability, find a list of books that inspire Russell Brand below.


The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth by Buckminster Fuller

The Sermon on the Mount by Emmet Fox

Biocentrism by MD Lanza

The Awakener by Sandy Stevenson (out of print)

Inner Gold by Robert A. Johnson

Kiss My Asbo by Alistair Fruish 

The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Jeremy Narby

Austerity by Mark Blyth

History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer (also rec’d by Oprah Winfrey)

Anarchism: A Collection of Revolutionary Writings by Peter Kropotkin 

The Male Agenda by Barry Durdant-Hollamby

The Breaking of the Shell by Barry Durdant-Hollamby

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (also rec’d by Janelle Monáe & Tom Hanks)

Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities by Diane Leafe Christian

(via The Reading Agency; photo by Ken McKay)

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