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What's on your reading list?

By Anastasia Stefanidou, Associate Manager - Branded Content and Channels, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

Holiday reading has become a competitive sport, according to the Guardian. I always like to pick out a bunch of books to bring with me whenever I get ready to go on vacation. More often than not, I end up taking more books than I could possibly read on a single trip. If you’re like me, you’re probably starting to think about what’s on your summer reading list this year. Here are some books Association staff members have set aside to savor this summer, including both fiction and nonfiction titles. What's on your list?

Peter Spence, Associate Technical Director, Research and Development team is planning to read:

  • East West Street: On the origins of "genocide" and "crimes against humanity” by Philippe Sands, as well as 
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene.

Here’s what’s left on Dr Martin Farrar’s, Associate Technical Director Research and Development team reading pile:

  • Surrogate Warfare: The transformation of war in the twenty-first century by Andreas Krieg and Jean-Marc Rickli
  • Chasing Daylight: How my forthcoming death transformed my life by Eugene O’Kelly
  • The Science of Story Telling by Will Storr, and
  • All In: The future of business leadership by David Grayson, Chris Coulter and Mark Lee.

In addition he’s recommending his recently published CIMA 100 Leading the Transformation: 100 years and beyond book.

Gillian Lees, former Senior Director of the Research and Development team is planning to focus on the future of finance this summer and read:

  • Sensemaking: What makes human intelligence essential in the age of the algorithm by Christian Madsbjerg 
  • Dying for a paycheck: How modern management harms employee health and company performance — and what we can do about it by Jeffrey Pfeffer
  • The Reputation Game: the art of changing how people see you by David Waller and Rupert Younger 
  • Prosperity: Better business makes the greater good by Colin Mayer
  • The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, robotics and the future of the work by Richard Baldwin, and
  • The Polymath: Unlocking the power of human versatility by Waqas Ahmed.

Mary Omodugba, Research and Development Coordinator Research and Development team has these on her reading list: 

  • The Last Lie by Alex Lake, as well as
  • The Housemate by C.L. Pattison.

Peter Steel, Vice-President of Professional Standards and Conduct, is planning to read:

  • Vietnam: An epic tragedy by Max Hastings
  • Tombland by Christopher John Sansom, and
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.

Chrissy Jones, Lead Manager of the Branded Content and Channels team, would like to read:

  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • The Moment of Lift: How empowering women changes the world by Melinda Gates, and
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama (After reading more about that title, I think I will add it to my list too!)

Sarah Freytag-Traut, Lead Manager of the PR and International Communications team, is planning to read the Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante.

Patrice Seaforth, Senior Specialist of the PR and International Communications team, is planning to read Slay in your lane: The black girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke.

Don’t have time to read books? Try listening to our suggested podcasts on your phone!

Want more?

If you’d like to find out more about how great novels can teach us a thing or two — from managing risk to reflecting on the human condition and developing empathy — have a look at this article from FM Magazine by Gillian Lees.