ILANA ATLAS, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande
This is a highly recommended book about ageing with dignity and self-respect at a time when lives are longer and the end can be challenging.
Nora Webster, by Colm Tóibín
I am a huge fan of Tóibín's writing – it is beautiful, simple and compelling - so I always look forward to the next book. This came out in 2014 but I haven't got to it yet.
PAULA DWYER, NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In Praise of Idleness: A Timeless Essay, by Bertrand Russell and Bradley Trevor Greive
I'd never heard of Bradley Trevor Greive until I read a review of this book and he's one of Australia's best-selling authors.
I think the theme of Russell's book is very important – it is a philosophical argument that's quite fascinating. And Bradley Trevor Greive is a really pithy writer.
The Menzies Era, by John Howard
I've been meaning to read this for a while and I'm very interested in political biographies in leadership – it's a strong theme. The reviews – from both sides of politics – have been very good for this book.
JOYCE PHILLIPS, CEO GLOBAL WEALTH
Nudge, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
Great insight into behavioural economics, which shows by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families and their society. This will help us better understand and serve customers.
My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem
Insightful biography and inspiring memoir from one of the world's leading female journalists, organisers, activists and speakers.
SUSIE BABANI, CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
A young boy in Germany with a shock of white blond hair and a passion for radios; a young blind girl in France with a father who creates miniature towns. They barely meet but their intertwined story is sensitively written and reminded me that even in the futility of war there is always the possibility of finding light in the dark.
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
Everyone has been raving about Ferrante's Neapolitan set of novels about the lives of two women who grow up in a small village near Naples – the four books (the last one was just released) cover their full lives.
I'm halfway through and loving it. Wonderful attention to detail on how we feel about friendship (even as young children). I'm definitely going to read the set on my January Indian Pacific railway trip from Perth to Sydney. Four days and three nights – loads of time to indulge in all those books on my Kindle.
WARWICK SMITH, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR
Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945, by Rana Mitter
China's history is highly illuminating and helps our understanding of its present and future. As an ally in our greatest national strategic peril in our short history, we ought understand our common approach at this time.
The Revenge of Geography “What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, by Robert Kaplan
Kaplan writes riveting overviews and travel monologues with incisive insights into history which is my first love. This will be an informative and conjectural discourse I am sure – where next will crazy boundaries finally collapse to write create and pain as religions, regional and economic necessity collide?
PAUL EDWARDS, BLUENOTES PUBLISHER, HEAD OF GROUP COMMUNICATIONS
Business books are definitely not my thing on holidays. During the year I accumulate unread books on my bedside table so I've prioritised two, focussing on very different periods of artistic creativity and bohemia.