Book Of The Week – View from the flyover country

the view from flyover countryDispatches from the forgotten AmericaSarah KendziorFlatiron Books This is a collection of essays written by Sarah Kendzior. It was never intended to be published in book format but the conditions for these essays, written over a 5 year period,” systematic corruption, the breakdown of institutions and a post employment economy where … Continue reading Book Of The Week – View from the flyover country

Book of the week – Europe’s Fault Lines

Europe’s Fault LinesRacism and the rise of the rightLiz feketeVerso Books One thing we all know is that we live in dangerous times. Are these times more dangerous than previously deemed ones? It’s hard to tell but those generations didn’t have social media or the exposure that we now have. Feteke tries to remind us … Continue reading Book of the week – Europe’s Fault Lines

Book of the week – Ragged Trousered Philathropist

Ragged trousered philanthropist Robert tressellWordsworth classic Amazing how in a century of development and technology and in a world that was unimaginable over 100 years ago a book came out telling a tale of people who “lived in the verge of want; and that a smaller but still very large number lived lives of semi … Continue reading Book of the week – Ragged Trousered Philathropist

Book of the Week – 5 steps to a winning mindset

5 steps to a winning mindsetWhat sport can teach us about great leadershipDamian HughesMacMillan Press 5 S.T.E.P.S SimplicityThinkingEmotional intelligence PracticalStory telling For anything to change someone needs to start acting differently. Leaders bring out the most in their team. Like the all blacks mottos “pass the jersey on in a better state than you got … Continue reading Book of the Week – 5 steps to a winning mindset

Book of the week – Notes from a nervous planet

Notes from a nervous planet Matt haigPenguin How can we live in a mad world without going mad. Every thing is faster than it used to be. Our concerny about the future slows us down. So many things to worry about in a world full of pain. We are living twice as long and have … Continue reading Book of the week – Notes from a nervous planet

Book of the week – Lights in the distance

Lights in the distanceExile and refuge at the borders of Europe Daniel trillingVerso books I have been going through a bad time for the past 12 months. When my father died last February I was 49. I had a lifetime of memories of him. A life of sporting events we travelled together to. A lifetime … Continue reading Book of the week – Lights in the distance

Book of the Week – Office Girl

Office GirlJoe MenoAkashic Books This is a love story with a difference. Two individually unassuming people with lives heading down blind alleys. Their paths cross one day and keep crossing. As a reader you want to jump in and say what you think their next steps should be. These steps don’t necessarily happen. As a … Continue reading Book of the Week – Office Girl

Book of the Week – Burning Down George Orwells House

Burning down George Orwell’s HouseAndrew ErvinSoho Press Hard to 1984 was 35 years ago. Even harder to comprehend that the book was written 36 years previously. You know all those tales of people throwing caution to the wind and picking a direction with your life? As a settled worker with the same employer for three … Continue reading Book of the Week – Burning Down George Orwells House

Book of the Week – The Brave Athlete

The Brave Athlete Calm the fxxk down Lesley Paterson and Simon Marshall Velopress I’m a sucker for self help books. If they can help my mind be more positive in any aspect of life then they’ve done the trick. Ironically though any good book helps my mind be more positive. Learning is a positive experience … Continue reading Book of the Week – The Brave Athlete