Carla Buzasi's three top reads

The global chief content officer of WGSN loves the novel Birdsong and would make Hadley Freeman's Be Awesome required reading for all girls.

by Carla Buzasi
Last Updated: 13 Jun 2016

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.

Hear more from Carla at MT's Inspiring Women conference in Edinburgh on 17 March and Birmingham on 21 April. 


Women conference in Edinburgh on 17 March. 

Carla Buzasi was one of MT's 35 Women Under 35 2015.

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime