Reading List

When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro

Beautiful, melancholy and strange in equal measure.

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March 7, 2020

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Fiction

Restless by William Boyd

Delicately constructed novel about spy-craft during WW2. I adored the way two stories unfolded at once...

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March 7, 2020

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Fiction

Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

A personal story about identity politics and working class Britain in the 21st century.

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March 7, 2020

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Entrepreneurship

Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday

Simple lessons for a simple life but powerfully told. There are good reasons that advice like "take a walk to clear your head" endures!

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March 7, 2020

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Entrepreneurship

Designing your Life by Bill Burnett

Taking a design perspective on how to live a great life with prototyping and mind-mapping. Basically all of my favourite things!

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December 20, 2019

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Design

We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider

A weird, searingly honest and messy memoir of the New Yorker cartoonist.

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December 20, 2019

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Biography

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan B Peterson has an astonishing breadth and depth of knowledge and it really shows. I love the way he crosses intellectual domains to make more abstract points, and he's a brilliant, incisive writer to boot!

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December 20, 2019

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Fiction

Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt

Bill Campbell lived in the high-octane, transactional world of Silicon Valley but somehow stood out for his humanity, authenticity and people-first perspective. His life and impact is incredibly inspiring.

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December 20, 2019

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Entrepreneurship

Good Economics for Hard Times by Abhijit V Banerjee

An account of the work which won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics. Applying Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) to economics is incredibly difficult - real life rarely operates under laboratory conditions - and this book accounts for some amazing results.

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December 20, 2019

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Economics

Change by Design by Tim Brown

You've definitely heard the phrase 'design thinking' and maybe even read a blog post about it. Read the book!

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December 20, 2019

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Design

The Impossible State by Victor Cha

I'm really fascinated by North Korea. This is an incredibly detailed view about what's going on in the Hermit Kingdom.

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December 20, 2019

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Biography

Principles by Ray Dalio

An astonishingly detailed look at how to design a remarkable life. Some people give the impression of having arrived at fame and fortune by accident, Ray is not one of them!

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November 1, 2019

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Entrepreneurship

Measure What Matter by John Doerr

Good goals are tough to set. John Doerr writes in depth about how to set and track your goals to completion.

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November 6, 2019

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Entrepreneurship

Sprint by Jake Knapp

The father of the Design Sprint on how it should be run. Essential for early-stage product development.

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November 6, 2019

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Design

Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

A clear-eyed view on the importance of stable institutions and the rule of law to economic success.

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November 6, 2019

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Economics

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

A book I read and re-read every couple of years. Oscar Wilde was a cunning observer of human nature.

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November 6, 2019

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Misbehaving by Richard H. Thaler

Richard Thaler is an engaging and light-hearted writer, who has made an enormous contribution to economics. A big part of Moneycado's design is based on his work.

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November 6, 2019

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Economics

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Why are some countries rich and many others relatively poor? This book attempts to answer the question.

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November 6, 2019

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Economics

So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport

One of my most recommended books. I love the idea of taking a craftsman's approach to work.

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November 6, 2019

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Business

Open by Andre Agassi

Andre Agassi hated tennis and himself for years. Searingly honest.

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November 6, 2019

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Biography

Move Fast and Break Things by Jonathan Taplin

A fresh take on the platform companies' dominance, and the implications for artistic integrity and free speech. Less dry than the usual technocratic analysis!

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November 6, 2019

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Business

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

I was always curious about the tie-up between Ayn Rand and libertarianism. It makes sense now. Heroic individuals struggle against petty bureaucracy.

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November 6, 2019

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Fiction

Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk reminds me of Julius Caesar. Every time a bet finishes - win or lose - he doubles the stakes.

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November 6, 2019

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Biography

The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky

One of the few honest books about entrepreneurship!

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November 6, 2019

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Entrepreneurship

All The Light We Cannot See by John Doerr

Beautiful, melancholy novel about wartime France.

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November 6, 2019

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Fiction

The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Written in 2014 on Amazon's dominance, even more relevant today.

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November 6, 2019

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Business

Digital Bank by Chris Skinner

One of the books that got me fascinated by the opportunity of fintech.

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November 6, 2019

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Fintech

The Mystery of Banking by Murray N. Rothbard

A first-principles explanation of financial services - from the concept of money to the modern banking system!

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November 6, 2019

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Economics

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