A few titles to consider for your reading pleasure
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind By: Yuval Noah Harari
I recently finished this extraordinary book and it certainly lived up to the hype. To cover the entire history of our species and make it such an absolute delight to read is an incredible achievement. I can’t think of many books that I’ve found so educational, entertaining and thought-provoking. Sapiens should be part of every school or college syllabus.
The Wonderbox: Curious histories of how to live by Roman Krznaric
I really cannot recommend this book enough, a delight from start to finish. Roman Krznaric educates and entertains as he takes us on a whirlwind tour through history and ancient cultures, uncovering wisdom and ideas that can be applied to enrich our own daily lives. A real gem.
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain De Botton
A terrific introduction to the ideas of some of the leading philosophers, the book aims to bring philosophy down from the lofty heights of academia and show its relevance to the everyday lives of ordinary people. A highly engaging answer to the question ‘what did philosophy ever do for us?’
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Swedish author Jonasson spins a delightful ‘shaggy dog tale’, an hilarious and whimsical story that jumps between the protagonist’s present day misadventures, and his alleged role in some of the major events of world history over the past century. Terrific fun.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
A beautiful, tragic coming of age love story from a master storyteller. An evocative, intelligent and satisfying departure from his more surreal stories.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
A dark and twisted tale, richly evoking the sensual assault of street-life in 18th-century Paris. A haunting story of obsession, told with extraordinary skill.