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9 books to spark creativity

From unleashing your imagination to wedding planning, these books will kick-start your creativity and wake up your mind

 

 

Wreck This Journal Everywhere

Keri Smith

This pocket-sized journal will have you doodling, drawing and then destroying the pages you've made wherever you find yourself. The journal prompts you to tear, spill and scribble as a way of proving that destruction is inherently creative. It's also about getting us to use our hands instead of experiencing the world through our screens.
 

Originals

Adam Grant

Adam Grant delves into the debate around creativity, whether it is stifled rather than celebrated and how both individuals and businesses can unlock and embrace creative thinking. He argues we can improve the world by championing novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battling conformity, and bucking outdated traditions.
 

Make It Now!

Anthony Burrill

Not only is this a beautifully designed book in itself, Make It Now! is full of tips and advice around working through projects, problems and daily life creatively. Full of inspiration and ideas to help you communicate and think more effectively, it also includes Burrill's best-loved prints. This book will inspire you.
 

Start Where You Are

Meera Lee Patel

Meera Lee Patel came up with the idea for this creative journal when browsing Pinterest. She noticed that a generation that loves to re-pin inspirational quotes seems to be feeling the opposite: lost, confused and listless. Start Where You Are combines creative tasks with beautiful quotes from wonderers and explorers like Amelia Earheart and Thoreau. The result is a charming, colourful explosion of absolute joy that encourages you to cultivate both creativity and a sense of meaningfulness in your life.
 

The Agile Mind

Estanislao Bachrach

This best-seller takes a look into the human mind's amazing ability to imagine and create, and attempts to demystify how our brains function when it comes to having great ideas. A fantastic read for anyone who wants to really understand the creative process and get some tips on unlocking their own creativity.

Creativity Inc.

Ed Catmull

A business book with a difference, Ed Catmull tells the story of the birth of Pixar and Toy Story, the first computer-animated movie. He shares his experiences, setbacks and successes, as well as the ideals and techniques, honed over years, that have made Pixar so widely admired — and so profitable. For managers who want to lead their employees to new heights and anyone who strives for originality, this is a must-read.

 

Rock My Wedding

Charlotte O'Shea

What started out as a hugely popular blog is now a beautiful and insightful book. Rock My Wedding does not tell you how to get married, but it is full of advice and tips to help you plan the big day, as well as beautiful imagery to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing.

 

Little Wins

Paul Lindley

According to Paul Lindley, we were all, at one time in our lives, creative geniuses - when we were toddlers. Little Wins explores the power and untapped creativity that comes with thinking, and even behaving, a little more like a toddler - from attention-grabbing tactics to telling it like it is. This is a different take on your average business book. 
 

Love Your Plot

Harry Rich and David Rich

If you want to bring a bit of creativity into your garden, Harry and David's Chelsea Flower Show gold medal-winning techniques will help you transform your outside space. Full of practical advice, stunning illustrations and full-colour visuals, this is a beautiful book that will help you create an outdoor space to be proud of.

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