Steve Varley, EY Chairman: My three top reads

Steve Varley, chairman and managing partner (UK and Ireland) of accountants EY, picks out his top three books.

by Steve Varley
Last Updated: 28 Mar 2014

1) Chinese Whispers: Why everything you've heard about China is wrong

Ben Chu W&N, £16.99

I am fascinated by China and have watched its rise with awe. It was where I spent my honeymoon and my work has increasingly taken me there, including on trade missions - EY is the second largest accountancy firm in the country. In this thought-provoking insight into a compelling and complex nation, Ben Chu busts every belief you ever held true about China. Definitely worth a read.

2) Alex Ferguson: My autobiography

Hodder & Stoughton, £25

As a lifelong Liverpool fan, the last thing I wanted to read was this latest book by Sir Alex - but it's a great read. Ferguson reveals his relentless focus on winning and an ambition for his club that has been enduring. Peppered with stories about the likes of Beckham and Keane, Ferguson reveals what it takes to lead a successful, talent-based business and manage difficult personalities.


3) Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think

Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier John Murray, £9.99

Big data is big business. It's also been front of mind for many CEOs and entrepreneurs I've spoken to, many of whom want to better understand how to manage it - so I felt compelled to read this book. Well written and digestible, it's an excellent grounding for anyone whose curiosity has been piqued about a topic that is only going to get bigger.

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