We asked our colleagues about what they’d been reading:
I’ve just finished Bounce: The Myth of Talent and the Power of Practice by Matthew Syed. It investigates whether top sports people or musicians etc are just born naturally gifted or whether we could all excel given the right training and environment. It was a very interesting and well researched read, which has now made me feel guilty for not putting in those 10,000 hours of practice that would have turned me in to a world class chess player! Quite inspirational though as it makes you realise you can do anything if you really want to.
Twelve minutes of love by Kapka Kassabova. An insightful warning….
Just finished Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. A moving story narrated by Maud, an elderly lady with memory loss. As she struggles to communicate, you can sense her distress and frustration with those around her as she continues in her search for her missing friend. Her memories of growing up and her older sister who disappeared, intersect her quest to find Elizabeth. As the fragmented story unfolds, it becomes clear that the past and the present are not only interlinked in Maud’s jumbled memory. A brilliant and haunting read.
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Have read this now on and off since it was released back in the day and still it is the long, perfect and happy marriage of story and art.
Michael Booth – The Almost Nearly Perfect People. Is a great book for anyone interested in the Nordic region or thinking about visiting Scandinavia. There are entertaining stories as the author struggles to understand local custom often resulting in humiliating but amusing encounters. Travelling between countries he tries to find answers to many puzzling questions about the Scandinavian success story including why the Danes are the happiest people in the world? And how the Norway spends its huge oil wealth? Well worth a look!
I’m reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and it’s spooking me out!
Really enjoyed Isabel Greenberg’s The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. A beautiful graphic novel about myth, gods, stories and storytellers. Enchanting.
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