Student Bibles

Philippa Budgen trawls through the academic bookshelves and discovers unusual stories behind classic textbooks.

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01Gray's Anatomy20140928 (BBC7)

Philippa Budgen tackles the academic favourite of medical students.

Classic textbooks frequently come with unusual stories. Philippa Budgen tackles the academic favourite of medical students.

01Medicine - Gray's Anatomy19990927

When it was first published 140 years ago, one reviewer said it was neither needed nor wanted.

02The History Of Western Music1999092820141005 (BBC7)

Philippa Budgen tackles the academic favourite of music students.

Philippa Budgen tackles the academic favourite of music students. The author DJ Grout ultimately regretted the book's success and the manner in which students used it.

by D J Grout.

The author ultimately regretted the book's success and the manner in which students used it.

03Argonauts Of The Western Pacific1999092920141012 (BBC7)

Philippa Budgen uncovers the unusual story behind the trailblazing anthropology study.

Philippa Budgen uncovers the unusual story behind the trailblazing anthropology study by Bronislaw Malinowski.

by Bronislaw Malinowski.

04A History Of Architecture20141019 (BBC7)

The Banister-Fletcher textbook, used at some point by every architect to check facts.

Philippa Budgen examines the Banister-Fletcher textbook, used at some point by every architect to check facts or to prop up a drawing board.

04The Banister-fletcher Textbook19990930

used at some point by every architect to check facts or to prop up a drawing board.

Michael Hopkins, architect of the Lord's cricket stand, talks about this historic book.

05 LAST19991001

What is the secret to writing a bestselling academic textbook? And will it make you rich?