Michael Banissy, author of When We Touch: Handshakes, hugs, high fives and the new science behind why touch matters recommends a superb set of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Michael's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
The Practice of Groundedness by Brad Stulberg is my go-to book right now. It’s about approaches to build sustainable, lasting success grounded in values and behaviours like presence, patience, and perspective-taking. Now and again, you come across a book you’ll keep returning to, and Brad’s book is one of those. Filled with actionable advice and evidence - it is wonderfully written.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I’m currently reading Alison Jones’ Exploratory Writing. It’s an excellent book about how writing for ourselves can be one of the most powerful thinking tools we have to support various aspects of life, like creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, and mental health. It’s a lovely mix of evidence and exercises to help people understand and make the most of writing regularly as a smart thinking approach.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
So many books come to mind, I think I’d have to go for Charlotte’s Web. It’s a classic for good reasons.
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper every time. I might be biased as a touch scientist, but something about the feel of a book in your hands helps ground you in the moment of reading. I don’t get the same immersion from other formats.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
Again, there are so many to choose from. Can I pick two? David’s is a great little independent bookshop in Hertfordshire in the UK, where I grew up. Good people, books, and events there. Then on the other side of the Atlantic is The Last Bookstore in LA – the selection of books, vibe, and staff are all great.
Many thanks to Michael for recommending a superb set of books! Please don't forget to check out Divided: Racism, When We Touch: Handshakes, hugs, high fives and the new science behind why touch matters.
Image Copyrights: Orion Publishing Co (When We Touch), Random House USA Inc (The Practice of Groundedness), Practical Inspiration Publishing (Exploratory Writing), Penguin Random House Children's UK (Charlotte's Web).