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Updated: Feb 20


I always have a few books on the go:

  • Imaginative: fiction, travel or biography that takes me away from everyday life

  • Contemporary: current affairs, technology, and dealing with modern life

  • Contemplative: big thoughts from history, philosophy and religion that make me think

I am always on the lookout for good things to read so please share your ideas.


Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley - Antonio Garcia Martinez


“Reckless and rollicking... perceptive and funny and brave.... The resulting view of the Valley’s craziness, self-importance and greed isn’t pretty. But it’s one that most of us have never seen before and aren’t likely to forget.” (Washington Post)


In the space of a few years unicorn has entered our daily lexicon but Theranos, Uber, and now WeWork lead us to question if Venture Capital is the realm of genius or of wanton recklessness. #venturecapital #siliconvalley #techbubble


A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea - Risa Kobayashi


"Not only a shocking portrait of life inside the country but a testament to the dignity—and indomitable nature—of the human spirit"







History of Western Philosophy - Bertrand Russell


"The conceptions of life and the world which we call ‘philosophical’ are a product of two factors: one, inherited religious and ethical conceptions; the other, the sort of investigation which may be called ‘scientific’, using this word in its broadest sense. Individual philosophers have differed widely in regard to the proportions in which these two factors entered into their systems, but it is the presence of both, in some degree, that characterizes philosophy."


From the rise of Greek Civilization to Quantum Theory in bite-size pieces. You cannot help but let go of the thousand tiny things in your head when you turn to considering the biggest questions that have tied up the greatest minds for centuries.


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