Books: Three of a kind - A new year, A new you

Do these self-help books meet expectations?

Last Updated: 09 Jul 2013

1. If Not Now When How to Take Charge of Your Career

Jane Barrett and Camilla Arnold

A & C Black £8.99

Barrett is a former recruiter whose career coach inspired her to become a career coach,   while Arnold is - you guessed it - a career coach. So this guide is pretty comprehensive, including exercises, case studies and even suggestions to just go travelling to help you determine your next move - whether that's getting a promotion or starting your career afresh - Best of its kind ***

2. The Digital Diet

Daniel Sieberg

Souvenir Press £10

Want to ditch that CrackBerry habit and focus on life's simple pleasures? This is the four-step plan 'to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life'. It includes natty ideas like a weight-watchers-style points system - for every text you send, add two points, etc. One section also lists tools to help you manage the time you spend online. Unfortunately, they are all online. Hmm. Pass us our axe - we're off to join the Luddites - Could be useful. **

3. No Regrets on Sunday 

Peter Hawkins

Vermilion £10.99

The title encapsulates that Sunday evening sinking feeling only a bad job can rouse, so we had high hopes. Alas: the book offers a seven-day programme to help you reassess your life, complete with case studies (all of which seem to involve the book or its authors) and exercises. Though highly suited to those who enjoy picking fluff from their navels, for the less self-involved, we don't recommend it - Of minor interest. *

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