What to read this August?
Whether you like to take a book to the beach, catch up on the latest management theory or learn something completely new, summer is a great time to read.
But where to start!
Perhaps you're a fan of lists published by newspapers? All too often though I find those lists to be bland or banal. Deviating from the tedium of the top ten favoured by so many of the press outlets, I love the Guardian's 'Not the Booker prize'. They list 70 novels from a wide range of authors, covering many subjects and invite you to vote for 2 books. In order to vote, you select books from different publishers and you post a review of your selection as a comment on their webpage. You can take part until 2 August. It’s a nice idea and I’m looking forward to seeing the shortlist.
However, whilst this type of innovatively curated list is bound to throw up some interesting choices, personally I still trust the recommendations of friends, family, colleagues and (of course) our readers the most.
So, please help me find something to read this August!
If you head to our Facebook page and post your suggestions, we'll add your name to a draw from some (free) books to be sent to you in September!
In the meantime, here are some book suggestions from the team at Coracle:
|This may be a bit of a cheesy suggestion (sorry, weak pun...), but if you're in the mood for a quick read that might just change your life, then this is the book for you.|
|David Gill (Managing Director, St John's Innovation Centre in Cambridge (home of Coracle)) collaborated with Alan Barrell (Cambridge University's Judge Business School) and Martin Rigby (Psonar) to produce 'Show Me The Money'. This book is packed with good ideas and wise tips for would be business starters and business growers looking for finance. As you'd expect in a world where things change fast, some of the specific points went out of date as soon as the ink hit the paper, but don't let that put you off - it is one of the best of the genre available in the UK.|
|Designing for How People Learn is one of the most sensible guides around to creating a learning or development programme, whether online or off. It's full of practical advice about understanding the needs of learners, recognising what's possible (and what can't be done), and presenting learning material in a way that will be genuinely useful. Julie Dirksen has many years of experience as an instructional designer, and this shows in her insights and examples from real life.|
|95% of the goods we import in this country are delivered by ship. And yet, the world of freighters, tankers and "box ships" (container carriers) is out of sight to most of us. Deep Sea and Foreign Going is Rose George's picture of modern life on the ocean wave. She explores the sometimes lonely lives of today's seafarers, explains the economics of shipping and discovers contemporary piracy in the Indian Ocean. This is altogether a fascinating read thanks to Rose George's first hand accounts of a voyage on the Maersk Kendal and her readiness to listen and observe.|
|Has there ever been a better title for a book? I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but rules are made for breaking, aren't they! Pleasingly, the book is an award winner as well, having carried away the 1992 title of Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year. If you do nothing else, then I urge you to read the comments on Amazon about this tome. And avoid colliding with any big ships.|
|With the Ashes in full swing, you probably fall into one of two camps. Camp A includes those people who keep a live score card running on their computer at work, whilst Camp B includes people who are slightly bewildered by the 10 o'clock news and are baffled as to why the selected clips were chosen. And why the game takes 5 days and sometimes ends in a draw. Wherever you are on this scale, this book will brighten your day! With the 2000 Code of the Laws of Cricket included and beautifully drawn pictures that are easy to follow, Tom Smith is of value to umpires, scorers and lovers of the game of cricket.|
|If you hanker for the days of Le Carre, Len Deighton and the Cold War thriller, Kolymsky Heights will be a nice piece of nostalgia. Originally written in 1994 and now reissued, it's an exciting tale of espionage in the Soviet Union and features a resourceful French-Canadian hero tasked with uncovering a secret laboratory in the wastes of Siberia. Amazingly well researched, the tale follows Johnny Porter as he takes a job as a deck hand in the Arctic Ocean, transforms himself on land into a long-distance lorry driver, and finally penetrates the laboratory disguised as a member of the local native tribe. In the meantime, the Russian General of the region is closing in with all the resources of the military at his disposal...|
|A journey across continents and three centuries of history, tracing the origins of the author's collection of Japanese netsuke.|
|Laugh out loud comedy as a psychology professor attempts to find a compatible wife.|
|Have you reached that point in the holidays yet when you want to understand why your teen is still in bed at noon? This is the book to keep you sane!|