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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier (2019)

Dubbed an ‘urgent, essential read’ by none other than Zadie Smith, digital pioneer Jaron Lanier’s manifesto on the dangers of social media might just be what you need to kick your Twitter habit. In this witty and timely book, Lanier explains why the toxic effects of social media are at the heart of its design, and outlines, in ten simple arguments, why liberating yourself from its hold will literally change your life for the better.

 

Can’t Even by Helen Anne Petersen (2021)

Do you feel besieged by insurmountable To Do lists and endless workdays? Are even your hobbies monetised and your leisure time performed on social media? This is burnout – a feeling which increasingly seems to define our lives. Inspired by the author’s own viral Buzzfeed essay, Can’t Even is an alarmingly resonant exploration of burnout in millennials – spanning the cultural shifts that got us here, the pressures that sustain it and the need for drastic change. 

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans (2016)

What would your life look like if it was designed by Silicon Valley pioneers? This book will help you find out. Designing Your Life puts forward the idea that the same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products and spaces can be used to build towards a better life and career by a design of your own making. Fill your 2021 with clarity and new possibilities by allowing Stanford innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans to show you your new, better-designed life.

100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings by Sarah Cooper (2016)

If you’ve ever wondered how to ‘circle back’ or questioned what exactly ‘onboarding’ is, this is the book for you. From Netflix star Sarah Cooper, this is the idiot’s guide to conquering the corporate meeting. In it, you will learn the essential subtle tricks that pay big dividends by making you look really clever in meetings, from ‘constant nodding’ to asking ‘useless rhetorical questions’. Complete with illustrated tips, examples and scenarios, this book will help you master your meetings in 2021 (or at least provide a few laughs over Zoom). 

Peak by Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool (2016)

What’s that one thing you’d really like to get better at in 2021? Whether you want to stand out at work, improve your athletic ability, or help your child achieve, Peak contains the secrets to success. Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosi, star athletes, and memory mavens. In Peak, he distils three decades of research into a revolutionary learning strategy which will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you.

You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy (2020)

Did you know that the amount of time we spend listening to other people has dropped from 42% to 24% over the past century? This book will change forever how you think about listening. We might feel that to be silent is to fall behind in our megaphone culture, but in reality, becoming an active, engaged listener can transform our relationships and our working lives, improve our self-knowledge, and increase our creativity and happiness. Certainly something we could all do with more of in 2021.

Spoon-Fed by Tim Spector (2020)

When Yotam Ottolenghi describes a book as ‘Illuminating and incredibly timely’, we tend to take notice. Spoon-Fed is a revolutionary book from world-leading scientist of food and nutrition, Tim Spector, that explores the scandalous lack of good science behind many medical and government food recommendations, meaning much of the current advice is dangerously inaccurate and misleading. Diet may be one of the most important tools we all possess, and this book shows how we can really harness what we eat for the sake of our own health as individuals, and for the future of the planet. 

The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer (2018)

Whether you’re a reluctant chef, looking to eat less meat, or are simply time-poor, The Green Roasting Tin is an essential addition to your kitchen. From Rainbow Tabbouleh to Beetroot, Chickpea and Coconut Curry, these recipes are as sumptuous as they are easy to cook – you simply chuck the ingredients into a single tin and roast it all into speedy, colourful deliciousness. Full to the brim with seventy-five super easy one-tin recipes, half vegan, half vegetarian, this book is a must for any busy household. 

Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (2020)

In the struggle for equal rights, last year brought both hope and despair, but also some much needed time for self-reflection. Now 2021 is the time to really absorb the key principles of antiracist behaviour and embed them in our daily lives. This workbook from the globally bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi, provides a series of activities and exercises to help us all do the vital work of becoming part of the solution, not the problem.

Talking to My Daughter by Yanis Varoufakis (2019)

If you’ve ever wondered why there’s so much inequality, or questioned how market economies actually work, this is the book for you. World-renowned economist Yanis Varoufakis writes a series of letters to his daughter to explain economics and why it can be so dangerous. The result is an infinitely enjoyable read, told via a variety of well-known tales – from Oedipus Rex and Doctor Faustus to Frankenstein and The Matrix – without ever shying from the harder truths. Greece’s former finance minister explains everything you need to know to understand why economics is the most important drama of our times.

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