• The best books on Longevity - Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don't Have To by David A. Sinclair
  • The best books on Longevity - Eat Like the Animals: What Nature Teaches us About the Science of Healthy Eating by David Raubenheimer & Stephen Simpson
  • The best books on Longevity - The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable by Suzana Herculano-Houzel
  • The best books on Longevity - Long for this World: The Strange Science of Immortality by Jonathan Weiner
  • The best books on Longevity - Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam by Pope Brock

The best books on Longevity, recommended by Steven Austad

The promises of potions or techniques to achieve longevity have been with us since time immemorial, the outlandishness of some claims matched only by our willingness to believe them. And, yet, today’s scientific research does give some clues on how to live longer and healthier lives. Biologist Steven Austad, Distinguished Professor and Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research at the University of Alabama, recommends a range of books that give insight into longevity.

  • Diet Books - Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public by William Banting
  • Diet Books - Pure, White, and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It by John Yudkin
  • Diet Books - The F-Plan Diet: Lose Weight Fast and Live Longer by Audrey Eyton
  • Diet Books - The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted by T. Colin Campbell & Thomas M. Campbell II
  • Diet Books - The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting by Michael Mosley

Diet Books, selected by Tim Spector

Fad diets have been with us for generations, but the truth is that any regime that focuses on excluding whole food groups should be approached with caution, says Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and author of the bestselling books The Diet Myth and Spoon-Fed. For this reason, he says, intermittent fasting (also known as the 5:2 diet) is the only weight-loss diet he’d truly recommend.

  • Meditation Books - Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki
  • Meditation Books - The Life of Milarepa Translated by Lobsang P Lhalungpa
  • Meditation Books - Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Chogyam Trungpa
  • Meditation Books - The Bodhicaryāvatāra by Śāntideva
  • Meditation Books - One Robe, One Bowl: The Zen Poetry of Ryōkan by Ryōkan

Meditation Books, recommended by Andy Puddicombe

Two decades ago Andy Puddicombe was ordained as a Buddhist monk. Now back in lay life, he tries to teach the benefits of meditation to the rest of us—most notably through the Headspace app, but also by writing books. Here he chooses some of the books that inspired him, from Japanese poetry to Tibetan philosophy. Not all are meditation books but they are his “old favorites.”