From Shakespeare's First Folio to football rules, there are 12 books said to have changed the world.
Melvyn Bragg is to host a new TV series about the books which have shaped our lives.
They include the first rule book of the Football Association, drawn up in 1863, which formed the basis of the modern game.
The King James Bible is in the list, along with the Magna Carta and Shrewsbury-born Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species.
Also included is Married Love by family planning campaigner Marie Stopes.
Published in 1918, it was the UK's first sex manual and was branded obscene by the church and the medical establishment.
The text of Williamill ia m Wilberforce's historic speech to Parliament in 1789, in which he began his campaign for the abolition of slavery, is among the 12 books, along with Mary Wollstonecraft's 18th century feminist treatise A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Bragg has also chosen the 1769 patent specification for Arkwright's Spinning Machine, arguably the greatest invention of the Industrial Revolution, and Michael Faraday's Experimental Research in Electricity.
The four-part series, 12 Books That Changed The World, will be broadcast next April on ITV1.
An ITV spokesman said: "The series aims to show that the lives we lead have been formed as often as not by a single book."