The Bookshelf: January Edition
By Stella Nicholls
January 2019! Happy New Year to our readers and fellow book enthusiasts! Let’s celebrate another year with a good book. Here are a few that have been recommended by people in our community.
Grandiflora Celebrations by Saskia Havekes
Recommended by Sophie Millington – Flowers by Sophie Millington
In Grandiflora Celebrations, you are invited to explore behind the scenes as internationally renowned florist, Saskia Havekes, prepares arrangements in beautiful private homes and public spaces. Photographer Andrew Lehmann captures the unfolding story of each event as Saskia and her team display the creative vision that has won them such acclaim.
Do you want to know a Secret? By Marie Arymar
Recommended by Alice Bryan – Head of Business Development and Events – Grow
‘After all the work I do with young people, I wanted to leave them with something tangible to help remind them of their unlimited wellbeing.’ Marie Arymar
This is a ten minute read, short and powerful, with the aim of calming a person down and helping them to drop away from a frantic mind.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
Recommended by Jo Parsons – Resident Director and actor behind King Julien in Madagascar the Musical
Combining Jon Ronson’s trademark humour, charm and investigative prowess, The Psychopath Test is entertaining and honest. It unearths dangerous truths and asks some serious questions about how normality is defined in our world.
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay
Recommended by Sarah Reis – Graphic Designer – Grow
‘This is a no-holds barred account of a junior doctor, jotted down during his sometimes 97 hour weeks. Thankless work with rubbish pay dealing with all sorts of bodily fluids and people sticking things in places they shouldn’t. I laughed and I cried! This is everything you wanted to know – and sometimes didn’t want to know – about life on working as an NHS house officer. The book earned Kay awards for New Writer Of The Year, Popular Nonfiction Book Of The Year, and the Book Club Book Of The Year. There is even talk of a BBC adaptation next year.’ Sarah Reis
Factfulness – Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund
Recommended by Andrew Neligan Retirement Planner – Neligan Financial
The international bestseller by statisticians Hans, Ola and Anna Rosling: inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is a book that will change the way you see the world and make you realise things are better than you thought.