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What I am reading now


I really take note when my friends and colleagues are making recommendations about books and films they have loved or been inspired by and why. The below would be my contribution to that discussion.

  1. Inspirational insights in breaking the glass ceiling

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Sherly Sandberg is now COO of Facebook having joined Google when it was an obscure start up. She talks openly of how she managed her life to be able to reach the top – covering support from her husband to debilitating morning sickness and the excitement of her generation at the opportunities available versus the reality of trying to ‘do it all’. She chats through lots of familiar dilemmas.

2. Essential reading if you’re Tri-curious

Run, Ride, Sink or Swim by Lucy Fry

Lucy Fry is a columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and has written this instructive, funny, inspiring book for the beginner triathlete. I used a number of her ideas in my (very amateur) tri training and race day preparations – and sections had me laughing out loud!

3. In-flight Reading

Black Wings has my Angel by Elliott Chaze

1953 noir crime novel featuring an escaped convict, plans to rob an armoured truck, a love/hate relationship and the perfect crime. Now published by NYRB classics – short and gripping – perfect for a flight.

4. A kitchen classic

Ottolenghi – The Cookbook

I was a little late to the party on Otto but was given this book for my birthday and it’s brilliant. Cooking is a joy for me – and my favourite recipe (so far) in this book is Kosheri (an Egyptian rice and lentil dish a bit like pilau rice but voted ‘even nicer’ by my family) – try it!  Page 100.

5. Bedtime wind down or a beach read

The Hive by Gill Hornby

There’s only space in the playground for one Queen bee!

Witty story based around playground politics and the social hierarchy of primary school volunteering. There’s characters you love, some you really don’t and some you ‘know’ from your playground years. No need to turn your brain on just relax and enjoy!


Please do contact us to share your “Best Book(s)” or current read. 

Where possible, Horsley library will stock books recommended on Horsley Hub. 

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