1. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks, Vintage, 1993
I read this for the first time when I was about 17, and it remains my favourite novel. My copy is covered in underlined quotes - I wrote a dissertation on it and John Fowles' The Collector - with granules of sand between the pages from the numerous times it's been tucked into a beach bag. The emotional intensity of it, and the hyper real characters, suck me in every time I open the first page.
2. Be Awesome: Modern Life for Modern Ladies by Hadley Freeman, Fourth Estate, 2013
If I were running the national curriculum, this would be required reading for all girls. Hilarious, informative and thought-provoking and all the rest of it, Hadley makes this feminist read unputdownable. And whether she's discussing the politics of Brazilian waxing, or anorexia, I always find myself nodding along vigorously.
3. In Pursuit of Elegance by Matthew E May, Broadway Books, 2010
I'm not a big reader of business books - I prefer muddling along and learning as I do, but Tony King, who sits on the WGSN Advisory Board, gave me a copy of this, and I loved it. It's all about stripping everything back to its bare essence. I think in busy careers, it's easy to get bogged down in the day to day, and sometimes focusing on just a few things, and doing them really well will have the biggest impact.
Women conference in Edinburgh on 17 March.
Carla Buzasi was one of MT's 35 Women Under 35 2015.