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It's World Book Day!

World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest event of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. 1️⃣

Parents... you may already know far too much about this from assembling costumes for your children to wear to school!

In some of our previous blog articles and newsletters we have recommended books that have inspired the topic of conversation, such as:

World Book Day is fundamentally geared towards children and young people. As we understand it, there aren't many children coming to Chesterton House about our financial, accountancy or legal services (although plenty of their parents and grandparents do!), therefore, over the course of the day we decided to unearth some of our staff's favourite books and recommendations that you may consider adding to your reading list.

We can already see a few books that could definitely be enjoyed by the younger generations!

Jenny recommends:
  • Daring Greatly Written by Brene Brown Brene is a shame researcher and has spent many years interviewing people to understand why some people live wholeheartedly and others don't. Daring Greatly discusses vulnerability and how to embrace it to improve our own lives.

  • The Beach Written by Alex Garland Made into a film but the book is heaps better. About a guy who goes travelling to Thailand and inadvertently is told about a secret beach that's like heaven on earth, unspoiled. He sets out to find the beach and the community of backpackers that have set themselves up there and the story is about how it unravels.

  • Rivers of London Written by Ben Aaronovitch Policemen for the magic underground scene in London!

  • The Hangman's Daughter Written by Oliver Potzsch Set in medieval times about a hangman who solves crimes and his feisty daughter sidekick!

  • The Colour of Magic Written by Terry Pratchett Magic again - very crazy and whimsical story - keeps your brain whirring!

Annabel recommends:
  • Private Peaceful Written by Michael Morpurgo Following the lives of two brothers from England as they fight in WW1 and remember the pressures from their childhood.

  • The Secret Life of Bees Written by Sue Monk Kidd A young girl escapes her abusive father and finds refuge with beekeepers in 1964, South Carolina. A coming of age book that deals with classic themes of love, racism, feminism and abuse.

  • Sharp Objects Written by Gillian Flynn A troubled reporter returns to her hometown to investigate the deaths of two preteen girls.

  • The Lovely Bones Written by Alice Sebold After being viciously killed, 14-year-old Susie cannot ‘pass on’ and instead watches over her family, trying to aid them in catching her killer.

  • The Hidden Life of Trees Written by Peter Wohlleben A book that explores how trees interact with one another, exploring the concept that trees are social beings.

Andy recommends:
  • The Power of Now Written by: Eckhart Tolle This has been on my bedside table for over 15 years, and it's not because I'm a slow reader! Tolle's exploration of how the mind works and how to live in the moment is truly life-changing.

  • Mastery Written by George Leonard Originally written as an article about martial arts practice, this book explains how the highs and lows of repetitive practice are essential elements of mastery in any field.

  • Narrow Dog To Carcassonne Written by Terry Darlington Terry and Monica Darlington took their canal narrowboat across the Channel to France, and this quirky and irreverent tale of their journey is scary and laugh out loud funny in equal measure.

Richard recommends:
  • Touching the Void Written by Joe Simpson A heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.

  • The Road Less Travelled Written by Morgan Scott Peck Leading psychiatrist Dr M. Scott Peck suggests ways in which facing our difficulties - and suffering through the changes - can enable us to reach a higher level of self-understanding.

John recommends:
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Written by: Yuval Noah Harari 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions Written by: Stephen Hawking The world-famous cosmologist leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions in this brilliant posthumous work.

Anna recommends:
  • Advice that Sticks Written by: Dr Moira Somers Advice that Sticks takes aim at the problem of financial non-adherence. Written by a neuropsychologist and financial change expert, this book examines the five main factors that determine whether a client will follow through with financial advice.

Sam recommends:
  • Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story Written by: Jamie Vardy An ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Yet a few years ago, things couldn’t have been any more different.

Ross recommends:
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad Written by: Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads—his real father and the father of his best friend, his rich dad—and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The book explodes the myth that you need to earn a high income to be rich and explains the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.

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