Q. I'm taking a late holiday next week and would like to pack a few business books. Any recommendations? What are your three top reads?
Jeremy says: I've always found that the most useful business books are not explicitly business books of the how to variety.
EF Schumacher published Small is Beautiful in 1973. Its splendid subtitle is: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered. I think it's still in print and it's wonderful - at least as much about people and organisations as it is about economics.
A follower of Schumacher is the equally perceptive Charles Handy. All his books are rewarding, not least The Hungry Spirit - Beyond Capitalism: A Quest for Purpose in the Modern World. It was probably published some 20 years before its time.
A more recent discovery has been Matt Ridley's The Evolution of Everything. You'll never again embark on a programme of top-down planning with quite the same confident insouciance.
Jeremy Bullmore is a former creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London. Email him your problems at email@example.com. Regrettably, no correspondence can be entered into.