A Feast of Literature in Store for Prize Winners

July 3, 2018 8:36 am


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A fascinating array of book titles has been selected for our Speech Day prize winners at Wycliffe.


It is a great list of titles designed to inspire the students and engender a deeper love of learning beyond the examined curriculum.

The range of authors chosen includes Voltaire and Russell as well as more recent thinkers like Matthew Syed and Richard Posner. Topics range from German works of poetry to surfboard design and the suffragette movement to Japanese art.

The awards will be presented at the school’s Speech Day on Saturday, July 3, 2018.

The list is shown below. What would you have chosen?


Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success – Matthew Syed Excellence at GCSE (2017)
The beginning of infinity: explanations that transform the world – Deutsch, David Year 13 Achievement
The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes Year 12 Achievement
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari Year 11 Achievement
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions – Randall Munroe Year 10 Achievement
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words – Randall Munroe


Year 9 Achievement
Hadid: Complete Works 1979-today – Philip Jodidio Art
Mitcochrondria the Future of Medicine: The Key to understanding disease and chronic illness, ageing and life itself – Dr Lee Know Biology
How Real Estate Developers Think: Design, Profits and Community – Peter Hendee Brown Business
The Surfboard Book: How Design affects Performance – Anderson et al Design
Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy – Tim Harford Economics
Law and Literature – Richard Posner English Literature
Candid ou L’optimisme – Voltaire French
Ponderables, Mathematics: An illustrated History of Numbers – Tom Jackson Further Maths
The Earth: An Intimate History – Richard Fortey Geography
Goethes schonste Gedichte – Insel Bucherei Nr 1013 German
Sound System: The Political Power of Music – Dave Randall Government and Politics
Rise up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragattes – Dr Diane Atkinson History
Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future – Ashlee Vance ICT
Japanese Art and Design: The collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum – Greg Irvine Japanese
Ponderables, Mathematics: An illustrated History of Numbers – Tom Jackson Mathematics
The Beauty Myth: How images of beauty are used against women – Naomi wolf Media Theory
371 Harmonized Chorales – Sebastian Bach Music
History of Western Philosophy – Bertrand Russell Philosophy and Ethics
The Hubble Cosmos: 25 Years of New Vistas in Space – David Dorkin and Robert Smith Physics
The Greatest  – The Quest for Sporting Perfection –  Matthew Syed Physical Education
The Brain that changes itself: stories of a personal triumph from the frontiers of brain science – Norman Doidge Psychology
Gang Leader for a Day – Sudhir Venkatesh Sociology
Picasso and the Art of Drawing – Christopher Lloyd Spanish
Kneehigh – Anthology Theatre Studies
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