Ian Leslie, author of Conflicted : Why Arguments Are Tearing Us Apart and How They Can Bring Us Together recommends some fascinating books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Ian's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
There are so many to mention but if forced to pick one I'd say The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. It combines a truly gripping narrative - of a cholera outbreak in London in the nineteenth century and how it was solved - with big ideas on science, medicine, and the future of cities. It's more relevant now than ever.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
My favourite recent example is Range by David Epstein: an evidence-based hymn to the power of generalists in a world of increasing specialisation, packed with fascinating research and brilliantly told stories.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Like generations of British schoolchildren, I loved everything by Roald Dahl, who told anarchic, gleeful, very naughty stories. My favourite was probably The Twits.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I much prefer paper books, for their tactility, sense of permanence, visibility on display, and the fact that I can make notes in the margins.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Daunt's of Marylebone, a fittingly beautiful temple to reading. I always leave with five times as many books as I wanted when I went in.
Many thanks to Ian for recommending some fascinating books! Please don't forget to check out Ian's book Conflicted : Why Arguments Are Tearing Us Apart and How They Can Bring Us Together.
Image Copyrights: Faber & Faber (Conflicted), Penguin Books Ltd (The Ghost Map), Pan Macmillan (Range), Penguin Random House Children's UK (The Twits).