My reading list

With two small children, I don’t get as much time for reading as I once did.  But, here are some books that I’ve found interesting over time.

Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson

An interesting discussion of what’s needed to foster innovation and creativity, and how great inventions normally come about slowly, with a bit of luck and by building on the ideas of others.

Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

How small changes can have noticeable and unintended effects – analysing how people behave in real-life situations using data.

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

How to succeed in business and achieve equality as a woman.

The Language Instinct, Steven Pinker

Language has always interested me, and Steven Pinker is one of the leading authorities on the subject. This book is full of interesting facts about language, how we develop it and use it, and whether grammar standards really are in decline.

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

Bringing together decades of research in social psychology and behavioural economics, this is the best written pop-psychology book I’ve read. 

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

The secret to success is not just talent, but you also need luck, determination, persistence and an awful lot of practice!

The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson

“My favourite food is owl ice-cream…”

Okay, perhaps not one of my favourites, but one that’s well read in our house!

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