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‘The Book Shelf’ – October Grow Exeter

‘The Book Shelf’  – October Grow Exeter

Compiled by Stella Nicholls – Deputy Editor

I’ve always thought that you can tell a lot about a person from their choice of book. Whether this is true, or just my wild imagination, it’s always interesting to find out what other people like to read and what they find value in.  Does it give us a small insight into what makes them tick?

Each month, we’ll bring you a selection of book recommendations from those we’ve featured and interviewed; titles that have inspired, provoked thought and, in some cases, changed paths.

So jump onto our website, pour yourself a coffee and order your next great read.


Legacy by James Kerr

Recommended by Tracey Duke – Editor- in- Chief at Grow Marketing Magazine

James Kerr goes deep into the heart of the world’s most successful rugby team, The All Blacks of New Zealand, and, in doing so, reveals 15 powerful lessons for leadership and business.  Legacy is a unique and inspiring handbook and asks: What are the secrets of sustained success?

The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett

Recommended by Karime Hassan – Chief Executive and Growth Director at Exeter City Council

Gillian Tett, an award-winning columnist and journalist, writes about our tendency to create functional departments and how these organisational structures, Silos, can result in limited information and restricted thinking in our work.  She shares stories of how some people and organisations can break these Silos down, to unleash innovation, whilst others fail.

Humility by Andrew Murray

Recommended by Pip Andersen – Photographer

Humility is considered to be one of the best books on this topic.  Brief, but powerful, Murray explores the topic by looking through several scriptures and considers Christ to be the ultimate model, as the one who gave up his life for mankind.  Murray calls on all Christians to turn from pride, empty themselves and study the character of Christ, so as to be filled with grace.

Predatory Thinking by Dave Trott

Recommended by Andrew Ellis – Founder of We Are Like Minds

Predatory Thinking contains powerful strategies on how to out-think the competition in ordinary life, as well as in business.  In this book, Dave Trott draws on his experiences as a copywriter, creative director, and founder of some of London’s most high-profile advertising agencies.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S Thompson

Recommended by Will Little – Founder of Roastworks Coffee Co.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is the tale of a long-weekend road trip that has gone down in time amidst American Pop Culture, as one of the strangest journeys undertaken.  First published in the 1970s; the author, Hunter S Thompson, has perilous, drug enhanced confrontations with Casino operators, bartenders and police officers.  Hunter S Thompson was an American journalist and author, credited as the creator of Gonzo journalism – a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree, that they become the central figure in their stories.


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