15 Most Wanted Books

How can I help? Donate a book. We are frequently asked the question “How can I help support the British Institute Library?” One practical way you can help is to buy a book for the British Institute. Here we have selected from our complete list of 'Desiderata' the top 15 books which we would love to add to the collection.

If you would like to buy one or more of these books for the Library please get in touch with the Library staff and tell us which book you would like to buy. All donors’ names will be included in our collection catalogue. Prices listed here are indicative and may change.

15 Most Wanted Books

Art History

At home in Renaissance Italy
. Marta Ajmar-Wollheim, (V & A Publications, 2006) € 98,97

Florence. The city and its architecture. Richard J. Goy (Phaidon, 2002) € 90

Luca della Robbia. John Pope-Hennessy, (Phaidon, 1980) € 85,46

The Museo degli Innocenti (English version). S. Filipponi, E. Mazzocchi, L. Sebregondi, (Mandragora, 2016) €14,70



Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor. Charles Allen (Hachette, 2012) € 12,63

Knights in arms: prose romance, masculinity, and Eastern Mediterranean trade in early modern England, 1565-1655. Goran Stanivukovic, (University of Toronto Press, 2015) € 44,82


Literature, Novels and Poetry

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Tom Wolfe(Vintage Classics, 2018) € 11,66

Gracious and beautiful monster. The literary universe. Sefy Hendler (Maschietto, 2017) € 26

Radical chic. Tom Wolfe (Picador, 2009) € 9,81

Networking the Nation: British and American Women’s Poetry and Italy, 1840-1870. (Oxford University Press, 2015) € 30

Shakespeare’s Italy and Italy’s Shakespeare: Place, "Race," Politics. Shaul Bassi (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) € 80,15


Children’s Books

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos. Monica Brown (North South Books, 2017) € 14,58

Owl babies. Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson (Walker Books Ltd; New Ed edition, 1994) € 5,02

There’s a tiger in the garden. Lizzy Stewart (Quarto Publishing Group, 2017) € 6,79

The tiger who came to tea. Judith Kerr (HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, 2018) € 6,79


For the complete list please click here.