Reading List

A Suggested Reading List for A Level Biologists

Possible Revision


  • 5 Live Science – BBC Radio 5 Live
  • In Our Time: Science – BBC Radio 4
  • BBC Inside Science – BBC Radio 4
  • The Science Hour BBC World Service
  • Science in Action – BBC World Service
  • The Guardian’s Science Weekly – The Guardian
  • Nature Podcast – Nature Publishing Group
  • TEDTalks Science and Medicine – TEDTalks
  • Naked Scientists – Various Podcasts
  • Medicine Unboxed – Various Podcasts and Topics
  • Dentistry Uncensored with Howard Farran
  • Science Vs – Various Topics

Magazines, Newspapers and journals

  • New Scientist
  • Scientific American
  • Nature
  • Science
  • Biological Sciences Review
  • British Medical Journal
  • Focus
  • Any scientific articles in newspapers, e.g. The Guardian on Wednesdays.



Research these on Amazon and select a few to read:

 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: The Rough Guide to the Brain (Rough Guides Reference Titles)

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

Andy Weir: The Martian

“We can do science, and with it, we can improve our lives…” Carl Sagan

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