Going on a post-summer holiday? Here are 3 books to take with you

The most useful business books are not explicitly business books of the how to variety, says Jeremy Bullmore.

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 09 Sep 2016

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 editorial@managementtoday.com. Regrettably, no correspondence can be entered into.

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