Alison Jones, author of Exploratory Writing: Everyday magic for life and work recommends a stellar selection of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Alison's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
I have SO many favourites but one that I keep coming back to is Gay Hendricks’s The Big Leap. It’s beautifully written, warm and wise, and he has a knack for naming something that you hadn’t seen until he gave you the words for it (inner thermostat, upper limit problem, zone of genius…). I had the good fortune to interview Gay on The Extraordinary Business Book Club podcast some years ago and was delighted to discover that he’s exactly as warm and wise in person as he is on the page.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
This feels a little like picking a favourite child but I’m going to bang the drum for a recent Practical Inspiration title – Ageing Upwards: A mindfulness-based framework for the longevity revolution by Berit Lewis. It’s a thoughtful and inspiring call to think differently about ageing, which is so culturally loaded. As a mid-life woman I found it fascinating, and a very hopeful, helpful read.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
I loved Alan Garner’s The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. I grew up near Alderley Edge (and in fact live not too far away now!), and it was such a thrill to me as a child to overlay the real place I knew so well with layers of fiction and myth: the contemporary story of Colin and Susan, the Arthurian legend of the knights sleeping within the Edge, and the folklore and supernatural elements hiding just below the surface. It’s one of those books that changes how you look at the world!
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Yes! Don’t make me choose.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I love EVERY bookshop, obviously, but my absolute favourite has got to be Toppings in St Andrews. I don’t get to go very often but I think ideally I’d like to live there. Comfy chairs, knowledgeable staff, a HUGE selection of books, just the right mix of order and chaos. And in a beautiful place, too.
Many thanks to Alison for recommending a stellar selection of books! Please don't forget to check out Exploratory Writing: Everyday magic for life and work.
Image Copyrights: Practical Inspiration Publishing (Exploratory Writing), HarperCollins Publishers (The Big Leap, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen), Practical Inspiration Publishing (Ageing Upwards).