Recommended summer reading
Now is the perfect time to think about which non-fiction books to read this summer break, whether you are staying at home or spending time away.
To help you choose from some of the most compelling and challenging contemporary reads, we've compiled our own list of recommendations, touching on everything from climate change to explorations of diversity, gender and unconscious bias.
We hope you enjoy our selection and some well-deserved time off.
Society & the environment
The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where We Go From Here – Hope Jahren
In this fascinating book, an award-winning scientist examines the link between human habits and our endangered planet – and provides solutions for how we as individuals can begin to make a difference.
Remarkable Cities and the Fight Against Climate Change – Jonathan D Rosenbloom
This book explores the many challenges that cities face in the wake of climate change, giving concrete recommendations on how they could adapt to build more resilient communities for the future.
Good Economics for Hard Times – Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
Award-winning economists demonstrate how economics can help us solve some of the world's most pressing problems, from social inequality to climate change.
World of work
Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit – Alex Edmans
A book which examines the significance of the growing importance of corporate purpose and sets out how companies can work to deliver both financial and social value.
Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader's Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You – Frances Frei and Anne Morriss
Using examples from ancient Rome to the present day, this book provides radical advice for today's leaders, arguing that an unrelenting focus on building others up is critical to successful leadership.
A World Without Work: Technology, Automation and How We Should Respond – Daniel Susskind
The much-discussed threat of technological unemployment is examined in more detail in this book, which outlines how a world with sophisticated technology could lead to unprecedented prosperity and much less day-to-day work.
Inclusion & diversity
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed For Men – Caroline Criado Perez
A bestseller which sheds light on the myriad of unexpected ways that show a world which has been designed with only half of the population in mind.
Sway: The Science of Unconscious Bias – Pragya Agarwal
A behavioural scientist unravels the way in which our unconscious thoughts can affect the way we communicate and perceive the world.
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo
This ground-breaking book examines the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged.
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