Matt Cooper, author of Who Really Owns Ireland: How we became tenants in our own land - and what we can do about it recommends a rake of daycent books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Matt's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Information Anxiety 2 by Richard Saul Wurman.
The concept of a 'smart thinking' book was not one I had thought of previously. But it made me think and there is one that I swear by: Information Anxiety 2 by Richard Saul Wurman. A very good friend of mine gave it to me nearly two decades ago and I return to it every now and again when I need to refocus as to doing my job correctly. It has a very unusual layout but it challenges the reader as to think about how he or she approaches each task in their job and I find it brilliant.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson.
Other Information Anxiety 2 there wouldn’t be as such. However, I’d argue that nearly all good books assist in 'smart thinking'. So for a recent nomination I’d go for Walter Isaacson’s biography of Elon Musk. It got me thinking a lot about what is required in innovation and business practice but also in the treatment of other people, which is where Musk falls down very badly.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Goalkeepers are different by Briann Glanville.
Now you got my thinking and this brings back a very good memory. I was obsessed by football (and most sports) as a child but also read a lot, borrowing every week from Cork City Library on Grand Parade. There was one book I checked in and out religiously and must have read dozens of times: Goalkeepers are Different by Brian Glanville. It was the story of a young goalkeeper on a fictional English league side, playing against the real teams of the era (1960s and 70s), written by one of the great football journalists (who I later had the opportunity to interview on radio about modern day, real, football).
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
I prefer paper and only sometimes use my i-Pad, which is satisfactory to a point. I’m tempted to invest in a good Kindle, if only because I’ve run out of room at home for books. They’re on bookshelves in four different rooms but I’m out of space.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I do like the enormous range of Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street in Dublin but also try to support my local bookstores in Rathmines, Dubray and Hanna’s.
Many thanks to Matt for recommending a rake of daycent books! Please don't forget to check out Who Really Owns Ireland: How we became tenants in our own land - and what we can do about it.
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