World Book Day Reading List

To celebrate World Book Day, the staff at The Photographers’ Gallery have put together a few suggestions of books relating to the current themes of our exhibition programme: Human Rights Human Wrongs, Charlotte Dumas: Anima and The Widest Prairies and We Could Be Heroes.

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 10.33.03 Untitled, from the series Anima, 2012 ©Charlotte Dumas

Reading Lists (please add your own suggestions in the comments feed!)

Human Rights Human Wrongs

 Half of the Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

Beloved – Toni Morrison

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings –  Maya Angelou

The Motorcycle Diaries – Che Guevara

Empire of the Sun – J G Ballard

To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

Inferno: An anatomy of American Punishment – Robert A Ferguson

The Night Trilogy – Elie Wiesel

The End of Human Rights – Costas Douzinas

The Cruel Radiance – Suzie Linfield

Spectral Evidence: The Photography of Trauma – Ulrich Baer

The Civil Contract of Photography – Ariella Azoulay

Poverty Pornography, Humanitarianism, and the Neo Liberal Globalization: Notes on Some Paradoxes in Contemporary Art (article) – T.J. Demos

Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow – David Levi Strauss

We Could Be Heroes

Absolute Beginners – Colin Maclnnes

England’s Dreaming – Jon Savage

Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945 –  Jon Savage

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

The Basketball Diaries – Jim Carroll

The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi

Astragal – Albertine Sarrazin

Brighton Rock – Graham Greene

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffery Eugenides

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse

Charlotte Dumas: Anima and The Widest Prairies

The Horse Whisperer – Nicholas Evans

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

Black Beauty – Anna Sewell

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

Blood Meridian – Cormac McCarthy

Seabiscuit: An American Legend – Laura Hillenbrand

National Velvet – Enid Bagnold

Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder

White Fang – Jack London

The Blue Horse – Marita Conlon-McKenna


  1. Oh so many to list but lest we not forget on the we could be heroes front:
    Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
    Kes, Ken Loach
    The Outsiders, SE Hinton
    Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte

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