According to Charles W. Eliot – President of Harvard and cousin of T.S. – everything required for a complete education could fit on a shelf just 5-feet in length. What if people today from all walks of life were asked to recommend books to be included on a five foot shelf? Which books do they think might be required for a complete home education?

No academics. No critics. No nonsense. The Five Foot Shelf is a guide for readers by readers about the books which matter to them. You can listen to the Radio 4 broadcast now just click here. If you’re looking for a similar shelf it would be 1500mm/150cm in length.