Welcome to part II of a special series of posts in the run up to the holiday season! I asked some of the lovely authors that have previously appeared on the site about their Christmas book recommendations for this year. They graciously replied with some fantastic book picks! (Read Part I here)
Hopefully these book recommendations might help you with your own Christmas shopping gift ideas too! :-)
Q. Is there a smart thinking book that you are looking forward to reading this Christmas, or one you would like to give or receive as a gift?
Radical Help by Hilary Cottam.
Radical Help should be at the top of people's reading lists who are interested in building a better future for ourselves and the next generations. Cottam is a highly respected and award winning social designer - in Radical Help, she lays out a bold but entirely doable vision for a new version of our welfare state which can meet the challenges of today. She tells the stories of projects she's piloted, drawing engaging pen portraits of the people she's met and supported, and supplementing that with hard data that proves the efficacy and feasibility of what she's suggesting. It is the kind of fearless commonsense we desperately need from our political leadership and a real insight into what a better way forward could look like. I've read it twice!
I’m looking forward to reading A Revolution of Feeling by Rachel Hewitt. It’s a period that I find endlessly fascinating. My work relies on scientific principles, but the interconnections I find in nature’s signs point towards an extraordinary world better reflected in Romanticism. I’m hoping this book will inspire on both fronts.
Ananyo Bhattacharya's The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann - a stupendous biography.
A book I will be buying as a gift this Christmas is Putin's People by Catherine Belton. It's a rollercoaster of a read and an important record of the transformation of Russia under Vladimir Putin. The book has ruffled feathers in the Kremlin and prompted a rash of litigation from parties with links to the Russian government. The aggressive response threatens investigative reporting in the West, so buying the book represents a small stand for press freedom.
I'm looking forward to reading The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow. One of my regrets is that I never met Graeber before he passed away. He was a remarkable, radical thinker.
The book I think would be a beautiful book for Christmas as a present for someone else or for yourself, is The Gift, by Dr Edith Eger.
Compact, easy to read, with key points highlighted at the end of each chapter, this thought provoking book is packed with meaningful nuggets of wisdom which will inspire, encourage and comfort.
Huge thanks & míle buíochas to Emily, Tristan, Tim, Tom, Angela, & Niamh for their great Christmas book picks!
Watch out next week for Part III of the series with more author recommendations :-)
Image Copyrights: Brown Book Group (Radical Help, The Next Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy), Pluto Press (The Truth About Modern Slavery), Granta Books (A Revolution of Feeling), Hodder & Stoughton (The Secret World of Weather), Penguin Books Ltd (The Man From The Future), Little, HarperCollins Publishers (Putin's People, Superior), Cornerstone (Free Lunch Thinking), The Dawn of Everything), Ebury Publishing (The Gift), Gill (Tell Me The Truth About Loss).