Our favourite books

In honour of National Book Lovers Day, we've compiled a list of our favourite books.

There are quite a lot of bookworms in this office so this list could keep you busy for a very long time if you wanted to read them all!

Mary-Alice Stack, CEO of Creative United has picked:

  • The Great Jelly of London - Paul Jennings
  • The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
  • A Little Life - Hanya Yanagihara
  • The Hidden Life of Trees - Peter Wholleben
  • ​Do Not Say We Have Nothing - Madeliene Thien

Stephanie Allen, Head of Strategic Development

  • The Passion  - Jeanette Winterson
  • Generation X – Douglas Coupland
  • The Girl with Glass Feet – Ali Shaw
  • The Red House – Mark Haddon
  • Of course all of the Harry Potters and anything by Jilly Cooper

Dee Ishani, Head of Digital, Marketing and Communications

  • The Armourer’s House - Rosemary Sutcliffe
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry - Mildred D Taylor
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - Chuck Barris
  • 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare -James Shapiro 
  • His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Sarah Thirtle, Director of Business Support Programmes

  • Any and all Dickens….but am currently enjoying Dombey and Son (which might have just sneaked into being my favourite)
  • Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold
  • The End of Mr Y – Scarlett Thomas
  • Any and all George Elliot – at a push either Middlemarch or The Mill on the Floss
  • The Eyre Affair (and all the Thursday Next series of books) – Jasper Fforde
  • Wide Open – Nicola Barker (actually all Nicola Barker)
  • Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
  • Wolf Hall  - Hilary Mantel
  • the Harry Potter series

Alex Tucker, Head of Finance and Operations

  • On the Road - Jack Kerouac
  • In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
  • Nicholas Nickleby - Charles Dickens
  • A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
  • Thank You Jeeves - PG Wodehouse

Gen Pace, Senior Project Manager, Business Support

  • The Faraway Tree- Enid Blyton
  • The Saddle Club series- Bonnie Bryant
  • The God of Small Things- Arundhati Roy
  • Cutting for Stone- Abraham Verghese
  • Anything by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Neapolitan Novels- Elena Ferrante
  • the Twilight series

Bethan Hall Williams, Project Manager, Business Support

  • Sewers of Gold - Albert Spaggiari
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
  • Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin – Lionel Shriver
  • The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley
  • And seconding Steph with any of the Harry Potter books

Mhairi Grant, Programme Manager, Own Art and Take it away

  • Bruce Chatwin – The Songlines 
  • Richard Yates – Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
  • Anton Chekov – Three Years 
  • Donna Tarrtt – The Goldfinch 
  • John Edward Williams – Stoner 
  • Italo Calvino – Invisible Cities 

Leighann Morris, Marketing and Comms Manager, Own Art and Take it away

  • James Baldwin – Giovanni’s Room
  • Raymond Carver – What we Talk about when we talk about Love
  • Richard Brautigan – Trout Fishing in America
  • Lucia Berlin – A manual for Cleaning Women
  • Thomas Morris – We Don’t Know What We’re Doing
  • Rachel Cusk – Outline
  • Patti Smith – Just Kids

Judy Daley, Office Manager

As a youngster, I liked any of the classic Ladybird books like Rumplestiltskin, Little Red Hen, The Enormous Turnip and the like. And anything by Dr Seuss.

I remember A Dinner of Herbs by Catherine Cookson, Alan Bennett, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and I’ve read the first Harry Potter book (but can’t say I was that enthralled by it).

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