With a little bit more time available to us over the upcoming holidays, it’s a great time to be able to kick back, feet up, with a glass of mulled wine and a great book in hand. So we’ve put together our top picks of books to inspire, escape in and perhaps offer a different perspective to start the New Year off with. They aren’t books that are recent releases, rather books recommended to us by our contributors and ones we just had to share that made us laugh out loud and couldn’t put down.
That said, there is one in this list that we haven’t read -Thinking, Fast and Slow -and has sadly been gathering dust which we aim to change over the holidays. It’s been on our radar for some time and being a curious bunch we are fascinated with how and why we make decisions every day and if you’ve read it we’d love to hear your thoughts. For that matter any other reads you think are a must we would love to hear about them. So don’t be shy, get in touch with us here or comment below.


Robyn Davidson

Tracks - Robyn Davidson

ABOUT: A true story of one woman’s journey across 1,700 miles of the Australian outback over 30 years ago, in 1977 with just a dog and 4 camels. A woman frustrated with her current life, with barely a penny sets off alone, with just a dog and four camels for company. Encountering along the way snakes, dubious men, camels on heat ( they become dangerously aggressive ) within an environment of extreme heat. It is heartfelt and frankly written. The authors two key learnings from this epic adventure really resonated with us. “The two important things that I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavour is taking the first step, making the first decision”. The book has been made into a major motion picture, and whilst most adaptations are a poor representation of your own imagination, this film we think does it justice.

WHY IT’S GREAT: If you are planning a trip to Australia this book gives some great insight into the oldest culture on Earth – the Aborigines. Their knowledge of the land and what it is capable of is incredible and are one of the few cultures that still practice their ancient traditions today. If you have an endeavour you have been putting off this just might inspire you to take that leap and go do it!


Jonas Jonasson

top read - The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared

ABOUT: It all begins with Allan Karlsson’s 100th birthday. Allan in his slippers quietly escapes from the rest home through his window, never to return again. And so begins his journey involving criminals, a suitcase full of cash, several murders and an elephant that saves the day, all whilst we uncover the key role Allan played in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

This book has also been turned into a film of which we’ve yet to watch. See below for the trailer.

WHY IT’S GREAT: It’s an easy read, that offers great escapism, taking you on a journey around the world with a lot of laugh out loud moments! If you enjoy his style of writing and vivid imagination, then his other book I’m sure you’ll enjoy too – The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.


Laurent Gounelle

The Man who risked it all - Top reads

ABOUT: Looking down from the Eiffel Tower, Alan Greenmor stands on the edge, determined to end it all. As he prepares to jump, his thoughts are interrupted by a cough. To his right is a mysterious man in a dark suit, smoking a cigar. This is Yves Dubreuil. The man who will change his life. Dubreuil convinces Alan to reconsider his plans, with one caveat: instead of ending his life, he will give his life over to Dubreuil. In return, Dubreuil promises to show Alan the secrets to happiness and success. And so, Alan embarks on a wild ride of self-discovery. From a humiliating fiasco at a Parisian bakery, to finding the strength to assert himself in his company’s boardroom, Alan learns to overcome his deepest fears and self-doubts, face life’s unexpected twists and turns, take crazy risks, and fully accept himself in the process. From bestselling author Laurent Gounelle, The Man Who Risked It All explores the fragility of life and the possibilities that are presented to us in the unlikeliest circumstances. – The Book Depository.

WHY IT’S GREAT: We are awash with self- help books, but this one we found to be a wee gem. Delivered within an engaging story with an interesting twist. Let’s face it from time to time we can all do with a little pick me up and this book certainly delivers on this.



Daniel Kahneman

Top read - Thinking, Fast and Slow

ABOUT: The “New York Times” Bestseller, acclaimed by author such as Freakonomics co-author Steven D. Levitt, Black Swan author Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Nudge co-author Richard Thaler, “Thinking Fast and Slow” offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. Why is there more chance we’ll believe something if it’s in a bold type face? Why are judges more likely to deny parole before lunch? Why do we assume a good-looking person will be more competent? The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical), and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home, and in everything you do.

WHY IT’S GREAT: As we mentioned above, we are yet to read this but hey, who doesn’t want to be able to make better decisions in life! We are looking forward to reading this and as always would love to get your feedback.


As a little extra, there is a great review by one of our contributors of a book on creativity by Sir John Hegarty. – It’s a quick and easy read with some great advice on how ideas are made and why we should be taking our headphones off more.


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