Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense by Rory Sutherland
Alchemy is a treat for anyone with a passion for behavioural science and the love of a good yarn. Having worked as an ad man for 20 years, Rory knows how to keep the reader engaged with telling vignettes about the power of the unconscious mind, emotion and creative magic. Quite apart from the content, the gold lamé hardback looks pretty good too. A book that wouldn’t look amiss whether you’re jet-setting in St. Tropez, hot-stepping in Ibiza or side-stepping in St. Ives.
Simon Maule, Director
Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan (Heather Lloyd Translation)
For anyone who didn’t read Françoise Sagan’s sumptuous ode to a summer in the south of France in an A-level classroom, I highly recommend picking up this relatively new translation of one of France’s most scandalous and successful novels. The first English version of the novel was heavily diluted for English audiences, in the wake of the Lady Chatterley’s Lover trial and so we were deprived of some of Sagan’s most memorable turns of phrase. Heather Lloyd’s translation, which captures much more closely the spirit of the original French, demands you be swept away from the tube to the French Riviera, and the summer romance that awaits you there.
Jen Evans, Senior Consultant
Landscapes: John Berger on Art
I’m currently flicking through Landscapes, by the late and inimitable John Berger. It’s a delectable medley of art criticism, art history, politics and much else besides. There is no discernible order to Landscapes. The variety of articles, diary entries and miscellaneous writing makes it perfect for dipping into.
As I continue to practise – in both senses of the word – my communication skills, Landscapes provides countless examples of conveying trenchant insight in a conversational tone. I’m sure every communications professional can learn something from Berger’s work.
Jos Kelly, Consultant
There Is No Planet B by Mike Berners Lee
Straight out of the blocks this book will have you questioning the way you (and all of us) live: What we eat. How we travel. How the decisions we make matter. The format is to tackle the big issues affecting the environment in short, entertaining, easy to understand answers to the big questions. No Planet B is full of information and analysis on what’s happening to our planet and why we really need to act at a collective level but also as individuals. Gandhi famously said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” So if you want to know how to play your part in preserving our planet, and learn more along the way, then this is a great place to start.
Keith Brookbank, Director
Warlock by Oakley Hall
Inspired by the statecraft we’ve seen over the past months, I’ll be spending my summer in the Wild West with Warlock by Oakley Hall. Situated on the mid-1800s American frontier, the town of Warlock grapples with rowdy cowboys, a gunslinging martial and cast of cunning connivers in the form of the town’s shadowy Citizen’s Committee, all in the desperate attempt to build a functioning society in the dry desert heat. Perhaps it’s not much of an escape after all.
Sam Price, Junior Consultant