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Department of Geography


Suggested reading for Geography at Cambridge

Due to the broad nature of Geography we don’t issue a set reading list. Instead we encourage you to maintain a strong interest in those areas of geography that interest you, and to explore new issues and areas. This might come from a range of sources such as blogs (try The Conversation), newspapers and current affairs journals, magazines like New Scientist, The Economist, Geographical Magazine and Geography Review, and even novels. If you list books on your personal statement, make sure you have read them. You should be able to summarise key arguments and reflect on the issues raised.

The following are therefore not ‘set’ texts, and there is no expectation you will have read any of them. But if you do want suggestions, here are some. Remember to read ‘critically’, that is, to not take everything at face value, but think about the thinking behind making any particular argument.​