Open Pharma top holiday reads

Tim Koder

Finding a good book to read on holiday may sometimes be a challenge. Luckily, the Open Pharma team is here to help with its shortlist of the best reads for summer 2019!

  • Starting with a ‘cheery’ title, Rigor mortis: how sloppy science creates worthless cures, crushes hope, and wastes billions by Richard Harris is a compelling
    page-turner, weaving a series of eye-opening cases of poor medical research into a case for better science and the need for us all to think critically. A natural successor to Ben Goldacre’s Bad science.


  • To lighten the mood, This is going to hurt by Adam Kay is a hilarious, witty and revealing account of the encounters of a doctor during his time working for the NHS.



  • How the world changed social media Who doesn’t like free books? This smoothly written essay on modern online life is the most popular title from UCL Press. Nice to read about social media from academics rather than just some randoms on the Internet.



  • The FOSTER Open Science Handbook is really the bread and butter of open science, covering everything from the basic principles of open research to practical guidance on how to implement best practice in your own work.


  • Struggling with those plain language summaries? Look no further than the
    Oxford Guide to Plain English by Martin Cutts, which teaches readers how to write clearly, simply and with a reader-centred structure in mind. Perfect for anyone looking to improve their writing for lay or low-literacy audiences.

Got a favourite summer read? Let us know, and we will be happy to include it in our suggestions. Message us on the blog, tweet us @_OpenPharma or email us at