1) The 4th Revolution: How the infosphere is reshaping human reality (2014) by Luciano Floridi, Oxford University Press
The Oxford philosophy professor asks the question: Who are we in today's technology-suffused world? The answer draws on Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Virginia Woolf's essay on Montaigne as much as on Google. Today's era of the 'infosphere' is as significant as Copernicus, Darwin or Freud. Unlike most academic books, this look at digital identity and privacy is easy to read.
2) Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (2015) by
Herminia Ibarra, Harvard Business Review Press
The central tenet of this terrific book by one of Insead's most famous professors and a leading thinker on leadership is that your actions matter more than your thoughts if you want to make change. She focuses on the area I spend a lot of time thinking about: the value of personal networks in a professional setting. It will surely become a benchmark for other management and practical 'how-to' books.
3) The Goldfinch (2013) by Donna Tartt, Little, Brown
Despite my Twitterhappy short attention span I savoured every one of the 864 pages of this modern masterpiece, which follows the life of 13-year-old Theo Decker from a single heartwrenching moment in New York to Las Vegas and back in prose that soars pretty much as beautifully as the little goldfinch of the title. A novel about art, life, death, family, love, class and American values, Tartt slows you down as much as a Dutch Old Master.