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You’re welcome to borrow any of the books in our library.

All we ask is that you send them back once you’ve finished. You can re-use the envelope the books came in if you want to. And please do let us know whether you thought they were riveting or rubbish.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Better even than the Muppet version, Dickens’ original novel weighs in at around 100 pages, so is a great entry-point for anyone put ... Read why we like it

Barcelona Plates

Barcelona Plates

If you think of Alexei Sayle as that shouty Scouse comedian who was in the Young Ones, think again. He’s also a talented writer who has Read why we like it

Cops and Robbers

Cops and Robbers

When the bad guys try to steal Christmas, only Officer Pugh can save the day. Funny, clever, rhythmic and rhyming, this book makes ... Read why we like it

Cruising Paradise

Cruising Paradise

I love short stories. There’s no flannel. They’re finely honed, precise works of art: Examples of sheer craftsmanship with no room for ... Read why we like it

Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Financial Inclusion at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Half the world has essentially no access to modern financial services – from bank accounts to business loans. Without this access, ... Read why we like it

How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times

How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times

The philosopher Pascal once apologised to a friend for sending him a sprawling letter. ‘I would have written a shorter letter,’ Pascal ... Read why we like it

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

This is a classic ‘essential’ text that first came out 30 years ago. Perhaps as a result of its age, the writing style is often quaint, Read why we like it

Made to Stick

Made to Stick

Made to Stick premises a simple question, why do we remember some ideas and forget others. What makes the Heath brothers a bit clever ... Read why we like it

Metaphors We Live By

Metaphors We Live By

Very few books have changed the way we think about language. But this one did. In their seminal text, Lakoff and Johnson argue that ... Read why we like it

Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success

Gladwell writes with such ease that he makes the most obscure areas of life fascinating. Here, he looks at the sometimes-surprising ... Read why we like it

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind

It’s a jungle out there. A baying, clamouring communications jungle. So how do you get your message heard above all the racket? Ries ... Read why we like it

Pragmatics

Pragmatics

It’s not what you say, but what the other person hears that counts. And they can only hear things in context. So to understand language Read why we like it

Start with Why

Start with Why

In an expanded version of his TED talk hit, Simon Sinek sets out his theory that loyal customers buy the ‘why’ of a brand rather than ... Read why we like it

Style: Toward Clarity and Grace

Style: Toward Clarity and Grace

This collection of lessons from Joseph M Williams, late Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago, is ... Read why we like it

The 80 Minute MBA

The 80 Minute MBA

These witty and extremely readable authors start by making a convincing case that you don’t need to sit through a two-year MBA course ... Read why we like it

The Complete Henry Root Letters

The Complete Henry Root Letters

We’ve got Mark’s dad to thank for this one (he used to try and read the letters aloud, but could never get to the end for laughing). ... Read why we like it

The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative

The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative

Persuasive and entertaining, Denning’s book turns the ‘just give ‘em the figures’ school of management on its head. Stories, he argues, Read why we like it

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

Ever noticed that Beowulf has a lot in common with Dr No? We hadn’t either until this lesson from Christopher Brooker. He looks at the ... Read why we like it

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature

If Nudge is an intellectual jog around the block, The Stuff of Thought is a beachside Zumba class on a sweltering summer’s day – hard ... Read why we like it

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim

Although, of course, you shouldn’t judge the book by it, we do love this cover. In this novel, Coe tries to find ‘a kind of mystery and Read why we like it

The Zen of Social Media Marketing

The Zen of Social Media Marketing

American web marketing guru Shama Kabani takes you through the basics (and some quite complicated advanced bits too) of social media ... Read why we like it

Thinking Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow

If you consider yourself a predominantly rational being, think again. Nobel-Prize-winning Daniel Kahneman shows that there are two ... Read why we like it

Trust-based Selling: Using Customer Focus and Collaboration to Build Long-Term Relationships

Trust-based Selling: Using Customer Focus and Collaboration to Build Long-Term Relationships

Dobelli argues that sitting next to your customer and helping them make the best decision for them is a more sustainable business model Read why we like it

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

Rhys first found writing coach Roy Peter Clark via his iTunes podcasts (a million downloads and counting). In each podcast, Clark ... Read why we like it

Words that change minds

Words that change minds

Welcome to the world of Language and Behavioural Profiling. This technique looks at speech patterns to see what motivates people, and ... Read why we like it

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