I love reading. There’s few things as satisfying as curling up in the warm summer shade with a book. I am a voracious reader of business books and articles, biographies and autobiographies, detective stories written by women, and contemporary fiction. I become a fan of particular authors and read all they have written. Within moments, I am transported out of my own life and into others lives. I’m lucky to know a number of business authors and love reading their books and discovering what they are thinking, or how they work.
I have just read two books; ‘Tombland‘ is a historical fiction by C J Sanson and the second by chef José Andrés, ‘We fed an island’, a story of the approach by on the ground entrepreneur rs versus international aid agencies in the rebuilding of post hurricane Puerto Rico.
As a writer I love seeing how authors approach their story as much as the story itself. Sanson sets Mathew Shardlake, lawyer, social commentator and detective in the post Henry 8th period, drawn into an early riveting murder. He is then caught into profound social and historical dramas and political conniving, yet holds true to his original quest throughout this 866 page story.
Andrés recounts his intuition and astute reading of what’s in front of him, to help rebuild Puerto Rico by cooking and personally delivering nutritious meals to a devastated population. He slams the international aid agency professionals who focus on planning, contracting and stockpiling rather than delivering immediate solutions through local people. ‘We fed an Island’ is a study of planning over action, procedures over people, planting solutions vs doing what matters to people. The book describes the clash between bureaucracy and innovation and the author takes no prisoners.
Waiting for me is the audio version of Michelle Obama’s book ‘Becoming’ and the funny David Sedaris ‘ Holidays on ice‘. On 5th January, copies of my US colleagues Constance Dierickx and Linda Henman’s book arrives, ‘ The Merger Mindset.’
What is taking your attention as you refresh over summer?
Diana Jones © December 2018