Shayne Elliott, Chief Executive Officer:
I am very traditional in my tastes and prefer reading over other options. And given the time invested in a book, I still feel it is a treat and privilege to have time over a holiday to indulge in a good book, fiction or non-fiction.
I start collecting books for the summer in about September and grow a portfolio to finally choose from. Sadly my ambition is greater than my ability and I generally don’t get to all those I hope for …
But in addition to my regular selection of the season’s best Crime Fiction, my starting list for this break is as follows:
- The Quiet Americans by Scott Anderson – Four CIA spies at the dawn of the Cold War. A fascinating history of modern American espionage.
- Regenesis by George Monbiot – feeding the world without devouring the planet. I have started following George on social media and enjoy his perspectives on social and environmental issues and am interested to understand more about the challenge of food.
- The Land where Lemons grow by Helena Attlee – The story of Italy and its citrus fruit. This looks like a lovely mix of Italian history, geography and cooking – a great set for an Italian vacation.
- Crassius: The First Tycoon by Peter Stothland – Recommended by my colleague Gerard Brown. I love well written (and not too long!) biographies, particularly related to Italy. This is not a person I know much about other than his name being associated with extreme wealth.
In terms of fiction, I am going outside my safety zone and trying Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel Horse. This is based on a true story of the greatest racehorses in American history and described as a “sweeping story of spirit, obsession and injustice across American history”.
We will be holidaying in the Northern winter and so plenty of time for family movies and I am hoping to introduce my 17-year old daughter to two great classics – Ghandi and Lawrence of Arabia. Having lived in the Middle East for six years and spent extensive travel time in both The Middle East and India, I love these immense, historic and epic stories – particularly with tremendous soundtracks that really bring to life these great characters and the eras in which they lived.
However, I will try to be podcast and social media free …!
Maile Carnegie, Group Executive Australia Retail:
Here’s my list starting with books:
- The Price of Time, Edward Chancellor – I’m interested in going back to first principles about what an interest rate is for and why we have it, especially given we are going through a reset of rates going up.
- The Song of the Cell, Siddhartha Mukherjee – The next explosion in Venture Capital funding is potentially going to be in healthcare and the impact will be profound. I haven’t looked at this space for about five years so I assume a lot has changed and I want to go back to school on this area.
- Today, Explained – I feel like I’ve developed the habit of getting news headlines so I’m looking for media that gives me snack-sized deeper briefs on topics.
- Down the Middle: A Political Podcast – I’m tired of extreme political views so looking to find media where thoughtful, moderate commentors debate issues.