Here is a suggested reading list of books that have inspired (and continue to inspire) my thoughts and ideas. There’s no particular order or preference. They cover a wide range – teaching, leadership, communication, music, football, philosophy, cycling, fiction, history, and so on. I cannot emphasise the importance of cultural capital to aid a successful career. There is no easier (or cheaper) way of doing this than reading.

I plan to do more book reviews in the future – watch this space!

Teach Like a Champion 2.0 – Doug Lemov

Leverage Leadership – Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport

Practice Perfect – Lemov, Woolway, et al

Elements of Style – William Strunk Jr.

Talent is Overrated – Geoff Colvin

Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain

The 33 Strategies of War – Robert Greene

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

Made to Stick – Chip and Dan Heath

Mastermind: How Dave Brailsford Re-Invented the Wheel – Richard Moore

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple – Frank Strack

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman – James Gleick

Why Don’t Students Like School? – Daniel Willingham

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

Bounce – Matthew Syed

Start With Why – Simon Sinek

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami

Drive – Daniel Pink

A Song of Ice and Fire Series – George RR Martin

Hierarchy of Needs – Abraham Maslow

The Information Diet – Clay Johnson

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game – Michael Lewis

Thinking Mathematically – John Mason, et al

The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome – E. M. Berens

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie (I am not ashamed of reading this book – it is an excellent read)

Soccernomics – Simon Kuper, et al

The Behaviour Guru – Tom Bennett

The Escape Artist – Matt Seaton

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics – Jonathan Wilson

Lateral Thinking – Edward de Bono

Mathematical Models – Cundy & Rollett

Rip It Up And Start Again – Simon Reynolds

Reframing Organisations – Bolman, et al

The Art of War – Sun Tzu

Euclid’s Window – Leonid Mlodinow

Fermat’s Last Theorem – Simon Singh

Introducing Mathematics – Sardar, Ravetz, et al

The Music of the Primes – Marcus Du Sautoy

The Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations – Various

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

Head On/Repossessed – Julian Cope

To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Surviving and Succeeding in Difficult Classrooms – Paul Blum

Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

How to Solve It – George Polya

You Are A Mathematician – David Wells

The Psychology of Learning Mathematics – Richard Skemp

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

Lipstick Traces – Greil Marcus

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