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Non Fiction:

Far From the Tree
by Andrew Solomon

One of the most astonishing books we’ve read, Far From the Tree is all about parents with children who are very different to them. With chapters on deaf people, dwarfs, highly intelligent kids, children of rape and many others, this book is deeply insightful and nuanced.

Packed with interviews with the parents and children who make up his subject matter, and full of research, Solomon never reduces his arguments to over-simplifications, but shows the struggles, complexity and humanity in real life.

Ostensibly about difference, it ultimately reminds us that what we have in common is deeper than what separates us, and the key is love.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
by Alexandra Robbins

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth is about outsiders at high school.  Perhaps the hardest time in our lives for many outsiders, Alexandra Robbins describes what she calls ‘Quirk Theory’: how the things that make us different in high school are the same things that help us to succeed in later life.  Filled with stories of real people facing stereotyping, bullying and exclusion in real schools, Robbins empathises, inspires and explains using in depth research and human insight.

Teenagers (or ex-teenagers) who find being ‘unpopular’ tough will find affirmation here.

Fiction

Americanah
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bestselling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie turns her attention to the immigrant experience. Her characters experience different stereotypes as they travel between Nigeria, the US and the UK in this evocative portrayal of prejudice, aspiration and love. Adichie captures the varying faces of racism and prejudice in the UK, US and Nigeria in this astonishing novel about love, society and fitting in.

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
by Mark Haddon

Christopher tries to solve the mystery of who killed the dog, in this huourous, empathetic and insightful novel. Read our review here.

 

 

Humour

Goodness Gracious Me

A group of four British Indians turned stereotypes to satire in this groundbreaking TV series. See our review of Goodness Gracious Me here

Buy from Amazon.co.uk: The Ultimate Goodness Gracious Me (The Complete Series 1, 2 and 3 / Back Where They Came From)[DVD]

Creativity

Artist Phil Hansen shares tips on creativity. You can also watch his TED talk here.

 

 

 

 

Career and Personal Branding

Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It

Dorie Clark shows us how to make sure the person that other people see is the person we more authentically are, using our strengths to build a career that is fulfilling and reflects our talents and interests.

Listen to our podcast with Dorie by clicking here and hear Dorie herself share some of the key ideas and stories from her books.