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A Suggested Reading List for A Level Biologists


Magazines, Newspapers and journals

New Scientist

Scientific American



Biological Sciences Review

British Medical Journal

Any scientific articles in newspapers (eg the Guardian on Wednesday)





Richard Dawkins:

The Selfish Gene

The Blind Watchmaker

Unweaving the Rainbow

Climbing Mount Improbable

The Ancestor’s Tale


Steve Jones:

Y: The Descent of Men

In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny

Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated 

The Language of the genes


Matt Ridley

Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature

The Language of Genes

Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code

Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human 


James Watson:

DNA: The Secret of Life

The Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA


Lewis Thomas:

The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.
The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher Barry Gibb


Charles Darwin: The origin of species


Armand Marie Leroi: Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of the Human Body


David S. Goodsell: The Machinery of Life


Ernst Mayr: This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World

George C. Williams: Plan and Purpose in Nature


Steve Pinker: The Language Instinct


Edward O Wilson: The Diversity of Life


Primo Levi: The Periodic Table


Richard Leaky: The Origin of Humankind


Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything