3 Books Weekly #5: Featuring Benjamin Southworth on history and creativity

09.00, Friday 1 Apr 2016

The following was first posted on the 3 Books Weekly email newsletter and has since been archived here.

Hi folks

For 3 Books Weekly edition #5, I’m delighted to share recommendations from Benjamin Southworth, well-known in the start-up world as a catalyst here in London, through 3beards and more.

Check out the Unicorn Hunt job board, and find Benjamin on Twitter as @inthecompanyof.

Bookshop news! The vending machine opened for business at Campus London (Bonhill St, London) a few days ago. Thank you Google for hosting :) Here’s a photo. Here’s it in action.

And it’s not only a bookshop in a vending machine – it’s a bookshop that tweets when it makes a sale. I couldn’t help myself, it had to be done. Follow @MachineSupply to check it out.

Come visit. Campus is near these tube stops: Old Street, Moorgate, Liverpool Street.

A new week means an ALL NEW SELECTION. Here’s a sneaky preview of the 12 books that will be stocked from Monday, you’re the first to know. They’ll be stocked for one week only. As always, every book is recommended by a Real Live Human. The recommendation is on a card on the front of each book.

Now, on with the show. Happy Friday!


#1. A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

I’ve always been a reader, and it’s normal for me to have several books on the go at a time. However, as I went through my stack of the books nominated for the Man Booker, this one was a frightening prospect. It’s a beast of a book, physically, and emotionally. The story of 5 friends over 20 years. We become silent witnesses to a breathtakingly powerful story. A book to change philosophies and mental models, a depth charge for the soul.

A Little Life: Amazon / Amazon UK

#2. A Little History of the World, by Ernst Gombrich

Best known by his seminal work “The Story of Art”, here Gombrich dissects history as if educating his 8 year old nephew in this charmingly generous romp through Greece, Iran, Moscow, and the world, as we’re taken on a journey of the most perfect paternal storytelling. A great shortcut to make up for not having read history at college.

A Little History of the World: Amazon / Amazon UK

#3. Act of Creation (Picador Books), by Arthur Koestler

The essential guidebook to your creativity. As someone who has to use creativity as a skill, there is much to be made of having many other creative pastimes, painting, sketching, music, for example. Koestler guides us through the various skills and impacts of why we create. Sadly no longer a set text, but in the age of screen framed myopia this remains more powerful and fascinating than ever.

Act of Creation (Picador Books): Amazon / Amazon UK

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