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Leaders are Readers – 10 must read Classics!

29 Apr

One of my goals at the start of the year was to read more good old-fashioned books. Specifically, works of classic literature. Having started on this journey, I can tell you that it’s been extremely rewarding and well worth sharing. 
I’ve compiled ten timeless novels which I believe are essential reading for all. These books are of unparalleled prose, packed with wit and wisdom capable of igniting a new understanding of the world. I hope you enjoy it. 

And without further ado, here is my top 10: 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – An all time classic! A moving tale of race and class in the 1930’s Deep South. A struggle for justice against not just hostility and hypocrisy but prejudices of all kinds. This has become one of the top selling books of all time, selling over 30 million copies. 

1984 by George Orwell – A classic dystopian novel which is widely acclaimed for its portrayal of society under a surveillance regime. Written in 1949, this book introduced terms such as ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Orwellian’ in to the public speak. What uncanny foresight. Continue reading

The Art of Reading

29 Apr

Reading is not an activity reserved simply for the literary connoisseurs amongst us. As students and children most of were exposed to the likes of CS Lewis, Kipling or even Shakespeare. I remember reading the ‘Famous Five’ stories by Enid Blyton when I was young and how exciting those adventures were. 

In today’s age of internet, video games and cable television, reading seems to have lost its appeal. Tastes are changing along with the times. We are living in an Attention Age, with its influx of social media and an abundance of information. Maybe that has something to do with it. 

I came across a dismal statistic recently which stated that over 34% of people in the UK claim not to have read a single book in the previous year. Isn’t it time we change this statistic? Continue reading