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Favourite Books

This not meant to be my definitive list, but is a reasonable starter for ten of some of my best reads - enjoy.

The Bible

The greatest story ever told.  But my preference is New Testament only - and if you really want to understand it in detail, I highly recommend the series of books in “The Daily Study Bible” by the late William Barclay.

The Road Less Travelled

By M Scott Peck.  A wonderful book which provides a deep introduction to life and love.  Note: the last of three sections in the book is a bit theological, and Scott Peck is not a theologian!

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

An excellent book, providing the basic tool set for getting your life sorted.

Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions

Most of us have heard about the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, now applied more broadly to help those with addictive tendencies.  However, even for those without such problems, this book makes very worthwhile reading.  The one I have is ISBN0-916856-29-1.

The Skeptical Environmentalist

A wonderful read on the reality of environmental change, what the issues are and what options we might consider as a society.  Not the usual scare mongering, indeed, as he reports, on most measures, the world is getting better not worse - but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot more we could do.

The Richer Way

No, not a make money book, but a book written by Julian Richer, the founder of  the “Richer Sounds” Hi-fi shops.  I would really have liked to have experienced working in this environment - a lot of organisations would benefit from his approach.

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

By the late Douglas Adams - a wonderful “trilogy” of 5 books - one of the few authors where I can’t avoid laughing out loud when I read his works.


By the late Isaac Asimov - in my view the very best science fiction writer.  The initially three book trilogy (which was further extended!) is just a wonderfully inventive read.