1) Fixing Britain, Digby Jones
With passion, unique insight and clarity, Lord Jones delivers a salient tale of our times that is hard to put down or ignore. Drawing on his time running the CBI and as a trade minister and company leader, he chronicles what holds back UK plc and sets out a way forward. Jones is forthright and punchy, and makes it clear that politics can crimp business innovation and that the status quo doesn't do anyone any favours.
2) River God, Wilbur Smith
I'm a long-time fan of Wilbur Smith's tightly written, action-packed tales. River God is the first of his books focused on Ancient Egypt. Taita, a slave, is the hero, armed with a strong mind rather than the usual strong muscles. Love, deception, war, revenge and, ultimately, redemption all feature. The novel brings the Egypt of thousands of years ago to life - and it reminds us humankind hasn't necessarily learnt much.
3) Good to Great, Jim Collins
I enjoy dipping into this book. As part of a five-year project, Good to Great focuses on those companies that met Collins's criteria for going from average to great. Collins applauds the power of humility, the growth that comes from small acts that help to transform a business, the importance of having the right people and of using technology. It's packed with ideas anchored in common sense.