Author: Thea Wiltshire

Not all books age well.

Even books that transcend their time are dated by it, and there’s certainly plenty in Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan that feels a little worse for wear, from the Kingdom of Darkness to Christian Principalities and Commonwealths.

But what makes Hobbes’ masterpiece so special is how relevant many of its concepts remain today. The book still offers a useful prism through which to understand contemporary events.


It happens every year, thousands of young people across the country descend into completely justified panic: its university application season.

For this reason, we thought we would put together some top tips as you approach what is one of the strangest and most important hurdles in your academic career in the hope of helping you pre-empt the bits that could trip you up.


We’ve all done it, told a little white lie that we have read something, either because we can’t be doing with having to hear a synopsis, or, more commonly, because we think we are going to be judged for not having done so.

Why though? Why should we ever feel that as an English speaking person we are expected to have got through certain books in order to be considered a well-rounded person? Is there ever a ‘most important part’ of the reading list of life, books that have influenced our culture so much that we missing out on some deeper development by neglecting to engage with them?

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