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Tom Butler-Bowdon (8 November 1967 in Adelaide, Australia) is a non-fiction author based in Oxford, England, most notable for the 50 Classics series of books, which provide commentaries on key writings in the personal development field.

The series is published in English by Nicholas Brealey Publishing[1], and has been translated into 21 languages.

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.


  • 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.


  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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