Roma Agrawal's top three reads

The structural engineer worked on the Shard and was in MT's 35 Women Under 35 last year, but she still likes playing with - and reading about - Lego.

by Roma Agrawal
Last Updated: 24 Feb 2015

1) Brick by Brick, by David Robertson with Bill Breen 

Random House Business Books, £8.99

I have always loved playing with Lego (yes, even now) and am sure it played a strong part in my becoming an engineer. So I thoroughly enjoyed understanding how the Danish toy came to be. Starting as a family business, enjoying huge success, then near bankruptcy and a spectacular turnaround, Lego has had a fascinating journey. There are also amazing statistics such as how many Lego bricks are hiding worldwide in our sofas.

2) Resonate by Nancy Duarte 

Wiley, £19.99

This book changed my entire outlook on public speaking and completely changed the way I write my presentations. It made me look very closely at what messages I was trying to put across, how to write and speak in an emotional way that would resonate with audiences, and consider why anyone should listen. It shows how to put people in the middle of your speeches and create maximum effect. It's invaluable.

3) Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik 

Viking Adult, £18.99

An excellent popular science book that brings our world to life. I love the style of the writing; it is extremely educational and you really feel the author's passion throughout. We may take our man-made world for granted, but this book forces you to look around and wonder about the origins of the materials that you see. It gives you a new appreciation for the amazing work that engineers and scientists are doing to make our way of life possible.

Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer with WSP and featured in Marks & Spencer's Leading Ladies ad campaign earlier this year. She is also active in encouraging students to become engineers.

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