Tom Butler-Bowdon

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Tom Butler-Bowdon (born 1967, Adelaide) is a non-fiction author based in Oxford, England.


Butler-Bowdon is most notable for the 50 Classics series of books, which provide commentaries on key writings in personal development, psychology and philosophy.

The series is published in English by Nicholas Brealey Publishing,[1] and has been translated into 23 languages.

He has also provided critical introductions to self-development and prosperity classics including Think and Grow Rich, The Science of Getting Rich, Sun Tzu's Art of War, Machiavelli's The Prince, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching and Plato's The Republic through the Capstone Classics series published by John Wiley & Sons (Europe).

He is the author of a motivational work, Think Long: Why It's Never Too Late To Be Great, Virgin, published April 2012.

Butler-Bowdon has been described as "a true scholar of this type of literature".[2] He provided an article on 'Self-help books' for Encarta Encyclopedia,[3] and his 50 Self-Help Classics won the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award (US) for the Psychology/Self-Help category.[4]

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney and the London School of Economics.


50 Classics series

  • Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2003) 50 Self-Help Classics: 50 Inspirational Books to Transform Your Life. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey, pp. 288. ISBN 978-1-85788-323-7.
  • Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2004). 50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Work and Life from 50 Landmark Books. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey, pp. 300. ISBN 978-1-85788-333-6.
  • Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2005). 50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom From 50 Great Books on Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey, pp. 300. ISBN 978-1-85788-349-7.
  • Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2007). 50 Psychology Classics: Who We Are, How We Think, What We Do; Insight and Inspiration From 50 Key Books. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey, pp. 324. ISBN 978-1-85788-386-2.
  • Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2008). 50 Prosperity Classics: Attract It, Create It, Manage It, Share It: Wisdom From the Most Valuable Books on Wealth Creation and Abundance. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey, pp. 312. ISBN 978-1-85788-504-0.
  • Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2013). 50 Philosophy Classics: Thinking, Being, Acting, Seeing - Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey, pp.  ISBN 978-1857885965.
  • Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2016). 50 Politics Classics: Freedom, Equality, Power. London & Boston: Nicholas Brealey, pp.  ISBN 978-1857886290.

Capstone Classics series

Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2009). Introduction to Think and Grow Rich: The Original Classic, Napoleon Hill. London: Capstone (Wiley). ISBN 978-1-906465-59-9.

Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2010). Introduction to The Science of Getting Rich: The Original Classic, Wallace Wattles. London: Capstone (Wiley). ISBN 978-0-85708-008-0.

Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2010). Introduction to The Art of War: The Ancient Classic, Sun Tzu. London: Capstone (Wiley). ISBN 978-0-85708-009-7.

Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2010). Introduction to The Prince: The Original Classic, Niccolò Machiavelli. London: Capstone (Wiley). ISBN 978-0-85708-078-3.

Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2010). Introduction to and abridgment of The Wealth of Nations: The Economics Classic, Adam Smith. London: Capstone (Wiley). ISBN 978-0-85708-077-6.

Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2012). Introduction to The Tao Te Ching: The Ancient Classic, Lao Tzu. London: Capstone (Wiley). ISBN 978-0-85708-311-1.

Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2012). Introduction to The Republic: The Influential Classic, Plato. London: Capstone (Wiley). ISBN 978-0-85708-313-5.


  • Butler-Bowdon, Tom (2012). Think Long: Why It's Never Too Late To Be Great. London: Virgin/Random House. ISBN 978-0753539811.


  1. ^ Nicholas Brealey homepage
  2. ^ Bruce Rosenstein, "Books set up guideposts for those seeking path to success", USAToday 7/25/2004
  3. ^ Encarta article
  4. ^ Benjamin Franklin Awards page

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