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How Will You Measure Your Life?
Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon
Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity
Karen Mossberger
Positive Linking
Paul Ormerod

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life - Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander One of the best books I have ever read about how to be a good leader. Great in terms of personal growth too.

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It - Paul Collier High recommendation from Ethan Zuckerman

The White Tiger: A Novel

The White Tiger: A Novel - Aravind Adiga My favourite book so far this year. Not as incredible a feat of imagination as something like Wolf Hall but such an amazing tale and so compellingly told. Feels like Aravind Adiga is the start of a new wave of Indian literature that embraces the changes brought on by the Bangalore tech revolution... both good and bad.

Off By Heart (BBC TV Companion)

Off By Heart (BBC TV Companion) - Best collection of poetry I have come across anywhere for reading to my kids. Loaded with classic poems that kids can relate to.

Because a Fire Was in My Head: 101 Poems to Remember

Because a Fire Was in My Head - Michael Morpurgo Second best book I have come across for reading poetry to my kids.

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty - Daron Acemo─člu, James Robinson An epic and convincing argument about why some nations prosper and others fail. A strong editor could have made this an even more remarkable book.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman Should be mandatory reading for entry into adulthood.

Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy

Winter of the World - Ken Follett Historical fiction meets bodice-ripper with predictable results. A pleasant occasionally vaguely embarrassing diversion.

Wolf Hall: A Novel (Man Booker Prize)

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1) - Hilary Mantel An absolutely staggering work of imagination. The casual meticulousness with which Mantel slips in elements of detail gives a visceral sense of "being there" to the whole narrative. I have never read historical fiction that made me feel like I was there like Wolf Hall.

Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism

Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism - Tim Jordon Recommended by John Smith - CPSquare

Spook Country

Spook Country - William Gibson Reading William Gibson is a treat that I save up. Really enjoyed Spook Country although not as good as Pattern Recognition which for me is Gibson at the top of his game.

Participatory Workshops: A Sourcebook of 21 Sets of Ideas and Activities

Participatory Workshops: A Sourcebook of 21 Sets of Ideas and Activities - Robert  Chambers A super-practical book for beginner and experienced facilitator alike. Lots of good ideas and it helps you not to forget the basics as well.