Roller Book Club

Over the last fifteen years we have been evolving our practice. Our work stands on the shoulders of many who have come before us.

We have drawn from a wide range of fields ranging from anthropology, biography, history, journalism, philosophy, social science and a whole load of books that defy easy categorisation.

The Roller Book Club invites you to explore with us key texts that have rewired our minds and hearts.

We invite you to read along with us and join us for a discussion every six weeks. You can sign up to each book club event below, and follow along on Twitter #rollerbookclub.


Book #1: Seeing Like A State: Why Certain Schemes To Improve The Human Condition Fail

Author: James C Scott

Date: 16th March 2018

Location: (TBC) Oxford, UK

Seeing Like A State provides an in depth look into why typical responses to complex challenges fail. This is fundamental to the work that Roller does, providing a useful context into some of the reasons that the planning paradigm has been, and continues to be, unsuccessful when attempting to address challenges of a complex nature.


Book #2: Second-Hand Time: The Last Of The Soviets

Author: Svetlana Alexaivich

Date: 1st May 2018

Location: (TBC) Oxford, UK

Second-Hand Time by Svetlana Alexaivich uses the power of individuals' stories to provide a deeper understanding of the end of the Soviet Union. Alexaivich takes a phenomenological approach to viewing complex social dynamics and constructs.  Roller's work applies a similar approach to understand a system. The practice invites a natural unveiling of a persons narrative that then reveal both past and present themes at play in the system. The Last Of The Soviets shows the Soviet system from a different perspective, one told through life story and that captures events that are often overlooked from the outside.


Book #3: TBC

Author: TBC

Date: 5th June 2018

Location: (TBC) Oxford, UK



Book #4: TBC

Author: TBC

Date: 20th July 2018

Location: (TBC) Oxford, UK




Future Readings

Theme - Capitalism

Theme - India

Theme - Islam in the 21st Century

Theme - Cold War/The State

Theme - Colonialism