Book Recommendations

Health and Happiness Books

  • Atomic Habits, James Clear
  • Ultra-Processed People, Chris Van Tulleken
  • The Expectation Effect, David Robson
  • The Psychology of Money, Morgan Houssi
  • Seven habits of highly effective people, Steven Covey
  • Happiness by Design, Paul Dolan
  • Exercised, Daniel Lieberman
  • Dopamine Nation, Anna Lembke
  • The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt
  • The Sweet Spot, Paul Bloom
  • Curious habits: Why we do what we do and how to change, Luke Mathers
  • Why we eat too much, The new science of appetite, Andrew Jenkinson
  • The talent code: greatness isn’t born, it’s grown, Daniel Coyle
  • The Village Effect: why face-to-face contact matters, Susan Pinker

Policy and Public Affairs

  • Of Boys and Men, Richard Reeves
  • The Insect Crisis, Oliver Milman
  • How to avoid a climate disaster, Bill Gates
  • Anything by Theodore Dalrymple
  • The Case Against Education, Bryan Caplan
  • Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, Bryan Caplan
  • Excluded: How Snob Zoning, NIMBYism, and Class Bias Build the Walls we don’t see, Richard Kahlenberg
  • Anatomy of an Epidemic, Robert Whitaker


  • Don’t Trust Your Gut, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • Everybody Lies, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  • The Intelligence Trap, David Robson
  • Ramge. Davod Epstein
  • Anything by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Freakonomics, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Super Freakonomics, Stephen J. Dubner

Business Books

  • Elon Musk, Walter Isaacson
  • Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
  • Finding My Virginity, Richard Branson
  • That will never work, Mark Randolph
  • Creativity Inc, Ed Catmull
  • The Story of Lululemon, Chip Wilson
  • Catch of the Decade, Gabby Leibovich
  • Invention, James Dyson
  • No Rules Rules, Reed Hastings
  • The man who broke capitalism, David Gelles

Health and Happiness Books

  • Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt
  • The Evolution of Desire, David Buss
  • Blueprint, Robert Plomin
  • Vaxxers. Sarah Gilbert
  • Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowatt
  • Homicide: Foundations of human behaviour, Martin Daly
  • Sociobiology, E.O. Wilson
  • The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the future of the human race, Walter Isaacson

Science Fiction

  • Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank
  • The Chrysalids, John Wyndham
  • The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham
  • Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
  • Earth Abides, George R. Stewart
  • The Mote in God’s Eye, Larry Niven
  • One Second After, William R. Forstchen
  • Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes
  • The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  • Island in the Sea of Time, S.M. Stirling
  • Dies the Fire, S.M. Stirling
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller


  • Shogun, James Clavell
  • The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu
  • Room at the top, John Braine

History and Current Affairs

  • What really happened in Wuham, Sharri Markson
  • Tobruk, Peter Fitzsimons
  • Mutiny on the Bounty, Peter Fitzsimons
  • The Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
  • Bob Hawke: Demons and Destiny, Troy Bramston
  • A Farewell to Alms, Gregory Clark