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Your life canon

We've had a wonderful response to our Life Canon project, which aimed to draw up a list of the 10 essential books we need to help us flourish in the modern world.

Suggestions came flooding in via TwitterFacebook and through our online survey.  The aim of this document is to provide a list of many of the titles recommended by people.  To see Life Squared's original top 10 list, click here.

We've split the list below into some basic categories, but the books within them are in no particular order.  We hope you will enjoy exploring other people's recommendations, and we're sure you'll find something in the list to inspire and inform you.

The most popular recommendation from people was A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.  We're delighted about this, as it shows how everyone understood exactly where the Life Canon project was coming from - finding books that are accessible and interesting and that give you an overview of a topic to help you put things into perspective - and this is just what Bill Bryson's book does so well.

Other popular titles were The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett and Prosperity Without Growth by Tim Jackson.

Our list of your suggestions is below.

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