Ben Cave, author of What We Fear Most: Reflections on a Life in Forensic Psychiatry recommends some interesting books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Ben's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene. It makes you think about evolution and selection, altruism and social behaviour. Mostly though, it reminds me why I loved Kurt Vonnegut satirising the human condition all those years ago, as I was forming my views about religion and science.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Ten Types of Human by Dexter Dias. Sadly I didn’t get on with it. I wanted to, I liked the ideas, but I found myself thrown around like a ship at sea, bashed by waves from all directions and eventually, and rather gratefully, going down with the ship. I’m trying Sapiens next.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
From my own childhood it was The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien - it was the first ‘proper’ book I read, bought with my pocket money from a little book store in Stockport. I think it was called Hewitts.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Always paper. A book has letters not pixels and each one has a feel to it. Audiobooks on long journeys in the car. The best was A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket read by Tim Curry. My children were enraptured by it from the Alps to Calais. Me too. And it was a compelling reason to have ‘What We Fear Most’ read by a wonderful actor (David Rintoul) rather than doing it myself.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Daunt Books in Marylebone. I had my launch party there and they could not have been more wonderful. And my wife likes the bags!
Many thanks to Ben for recommending some fascinating books! Please don't forget to check out Ben's book The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Change Your World.
Image Copyrights: Orion Publishing Co (What We Fear Most), Oxford University Press (The Selfish Gene), Cornerstone (The Ten Types of Human), HarperCollins Publishers (The Hobbit).