Book tips

Below you will find my book tips, for books about various topics, including business and culture.

Books about equality

The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone
by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Well-being
by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

A book about how your brain works

Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain
by Lisa Feldman Barrett

Two books about mental health matters

Both by Kerry Daynes:

A book that I bought after I saw an online talk by him

The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma.

By Bessel van der Kolk

An accessible book about zen

Bring me the rhinoceros

By John Tarrant



A tough book brimming with valuable insights

Cruelty: Human evil and the human brain

By Oxford neuroscientist Kathleen Taylor.



Books about justice, business  and cultural differences

  1. By Neil Woods: Good Cop, Bad War (About the war on drugs. I think he drew the right conclusion.)
  2. Followed up in 2018 by Drug Wars: The terrifying inside story of Britain’s drug trade.
  3. By Linda Polman: War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times (About the humanitarian aid sector. You may no longer be willing to donate to aid organizations after you’ve read this book.)
  4. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
    by champion Michael Sandel 
  5. Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity
    by Francis Fukuyama
  6. When Cultures Collide, 3rd Edition: Leading Across Cultures 3rd by Richard D. Lewis (2005)

Click here for the: most recent edition of “When cultures collide”.

Books about business, finance and trading

These are business books that contain a few life lessons as well. The story about RJR Nabisco is a fast-paced account – it’s been called a thriller – about business and banking practices (junk bonds and whatnot) and of course a portrayal of Ross Johnson and others. (It’s not for everyone, and not for every moment because it requires enough time.)

The book about Greggs gives you the inside view of how Greggs came about and grew into what it is today. It’s a good read and may change how you think of Greggs, the big chain it is today that started as a mom & pop undertaking not unlike my own parents’.

Hilary Devey’s Bold as Brass is suitable for everyone – unless you happen to be a misogynist. It’s a touching book, showing you how Hilary grew up in Britain, the many personal and professional challenges she had to overcome and how she developed Pall-Ex. Throughout her life, Hilary climbed many steep cliffs and was pushed off a few too.

Niall Ferguson’s book is surprisingly fascinating and very well-written. It also tells you why life insurance is such a big thing in Britain. Liam Vaughn’s reads like fast-paced fiction and introduces you to the world of forex and online trading.

Barbarians At The Gate

Bread: The Story of Greggs

Bold As Brass

Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History

The ascent of money : a financial history of the world


Books about Britain

  1. The Making of the English Working Class (Penguin Modern Classics)
  2. Rich Britain
  3. The Making of Modern Britain
  4. SHOPPED: The Shocking Power of British Supermarkets
  5. A History of Modern Britain