1.The Teacher’s Briefcase – Hiromi Kawakami
This book was a present. I don’t usually read Japanese authors, but it was an unexpected pleasure. This love story between a woman and her teacher taught me a little bit about Japanese taverns and bitterness. I keep it with me because it is one of my favourite reads when it’s cold outside.
2. An Apology for Idlers – Robert Louis Stevenson
I have always loved Stevenson, but it wasn’t until I read An Apology for Idlers that I realized what a truly fantastic writer he is. In this collection of essays he is funny, he is intelligent and I feel that reading this, I know him. The book was, again, a present: my father thought it would be a good preparation for starting university.
3. Genome – Matt Ridley
I first read a bad translation into Spanish of this introduction to the 23 pairs of human chromosomes. When I found a second hand copy in English for cheap I had to buy it. It is one of the books that made me want to study Biochemistry, and that made me better understand how DNA works. 4. Historias de Londres
4. Historias de Londres – Enric González
This collection of (mostly personal) stories about the different London boroughs is written by a foreign correspondent living there. The book made me feel a bit closer to home when I first arrived in London, and it definitely made London feel a bit more like home, when I traced his walks and went
to visit his favourite places around
5. An Urchin in the Storm, Essays on Books and Ideas – Stephen Jay Gould
This is one of those books where the author is more important than the content. Jay Gould is the best scientific writer I have ever read: clear, convincing and openly biased (he makes his biases obvious, though, like all good scientists should). These are essays on other people’s ideas, and they give a fantastic insight into the history of scientific theories.