About Us & Contact Details


“Dare to be wise”— Horace, Immanuel Kant

At the ancient library of Alexandria, an inscription above the shelves of papyrus rolls read, “The Place of the Cure of the Soul.” Today, our knowledge goes well beyond anything imaginable in those days — if anything there is too much to read, rather than too little.

Five Books is building a comprehensive library of knowledge, curating recommendations on any topic you might want to read books about. We have covered 1,300 topics so far and aim to add at least two new ones every week.

We ask leaders in a field to make book recommendations in their area of work and explain their choices in an interview. Our interviews range from engaging introductions to specialist subjectssuch as the Dutch Masters, Globalization, “Anti-memoirs”, ExistentialismViolence (or its decline)to in-depth explorations of more personal themes and inspirations, from the likes of John Kerry,  Ian McEwan, Margaret Drabble and Elif Shafak.



“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing”—Socrates

Sophie Roell
Oxford office | editor@fivebooks.com

Stephanie Kelley                                                                                          
Oxford office | stephanie@fivebooks.com

Cal Flyn
Based in Edinburgh | cal@calflyn.com


Eve Gerber | United States Editor
Nigel Warburton | Philosophy Editor
Charles Styles | Theology Editor
Zoe Greaves | Children’s Editor
Caspar Henderson | Science & Environment Editor
Romas Viesulas | Art Editor
Edouard Mathieu | Data Editor
David Shackleton | Literature
Thea Lenarduzzi | Literature
Ben King | History & Economics

“An expert is someone who has made all the mistakes that can be made, in a narrow field.”—Niels Bohr

Our registered office address is @ 2nd Floor, 18 Henrietta St, London, WC2E 8QH. Our company secretary is Julia Terentyeva. 

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