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Want to change the world? Write a book.

Yesterday Lord Melvyn Bragg of ITV’s The South Bank Show announced his picks for the 12 British books that changed the world. Resembling a reading list for first-year undergrads, the list spans 700 years and includes the usual suspects – The King James Bible, Shakespeare’s First Folio, Darwin’s The Origin of Species, and Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication on the Rights of Woman – as well as a pleasant surprise or two. A run-down of the list will be aired as a four-part special to screen next April on ITV, a major commercial competitor to the BBC.

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Click here for a list of the books and commentary by Ian Burrell of The Independent