This month it’s quality not quantity. Just four on the bookshelf and in the briefcase.
1) H for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. How she trained a goshawk and her relationship with Mabel (the goshawk) to overcome her grief at her father’s unexpected and sudden death. An utterly absorbing book with many lessons about life and indeed how to change behaviour.
2) Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains by Susan Greenfield. Greenfield poses many thought provoking questions about the effect on our behaviour and society. Not surprisingly, answers are not always given, rather you are left to draw your own conclusions. Still a very worthwhile and informative read.
3) Four Quartets by T.S Eliot. Being a scientist reading classics were missed out of the curriculum. Something Michael Gove might have had something to say about. This was one and hence its arrival now on the reading list. Magical and worth investing the time if you like me missed out in your youth.
4) Virginia Woolf – Art, Life and Vision by Frances Spalding. This is the catalogue of magnificent and enlightening exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. It is a must for any Bloomsbury Group aficionado. It also reminds you yet again of the power of pen and notebook and breath taking command of the English language.