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  • The Alchemist
    Paulo Coelho The Alchemist is a joy to read. Quite upset to get to the end. It will not to be to everyone’s liking, especially the cynics, but as a parable it has a number of wonderful lessons. Everybody seemed to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none […]
  • A Life On Our Planet
    David Attenborough A Life on Our Planet is an accessible and compelling statement on the risks to the human race from the world’s most elder ecological statesmen. It is, quite simply, a must-read for everyone and should be adopted by school’s worldwide. This book should come with a warning label; liable to trigger anxiety, depression […]
  • The Beach
    Alex Garland On it’s 25th anniversary, Garland’s debut novel, The Beach, remains as frenetic and brilliant as it ever was but now it benefits from nostalgia. A true classic and not just in the travel genre. It has been 25 years since Alex Garland arrived on the literary scene with his applauded debut, an anti-tourism […]
  • The Outsider
    Stephen King The Outsider is a book of two halves; the first excellent but the second part ineffective and boring. It begins as a gripping crime thriller with a nuanced plot and good dialogue and descends into a strange, non-scary monster hunt with vague references to previous novels which are not immediately clear. It seems […]
  • Greenlights
    Matthew McConaughey A rich and surprising autobiography from the heartthrob turned Oscar-winner. Some of the tales are almost too-tall to be believed but that is part of the fun. I genuinely think that via Audible is the best way to enjoy Greenlights. McConaughey himself is the narrator and he infuses the book with his characteristics […]