Books that influenced you when you were younger?
I love books. I am a book person through and through and I’m not afraid to admit it, even if it does banish me from the cool kids’ gang. I love buying them, arranging them on their shelves. Sometimes in colour order, sometimes alphabetically, depending on my frame of mind. And it may be wrong, but I always judge a book by its cover.
I am however rather flighty, and after too much internet and not enough concentrating on Serious Things, I have noticed myself losing the ability to focus on a book for any length of time. That old friend Parental Guilt could also be to blame. As a child, I could lose myself in a book for hours, unaware of the passing of time. Now other things seem to intrude, and it is much harder to switch off, to silence that nagging voice in my head saying unhelpful things like ‘the grass is not going to cut itself.’
What books influenced you when you were younger?
My Business book.
My first business book, if you can call it that, was given to me by my first boss, at 21 I was learning the ropes on how to manage 30 RAC Patrolman, and trying to fit in with a much older and wiser management team.
Eric Berne’s games people play, the human psychology of human relationships, we an easy read with pennies dropping left right and centre with regards to people behaviour for me at the time. It was an easy framework to follow in what is an extremely difficult subject to cram into a small paperback, hence the lack of exposition and detail, which on occasions you can make you feel a bit lost.
Published in 1964, it is an all time classic and although replaced by more up-to-date and copy cat books, still worth some time. Since its publication it has sold more than five million copies.The book describes both functional and dysfunctional social interactions and the mind games we all play, and the describes familiar sayings “See What You Made Me Do,” “Why Don’t You — Yes But,” and “Ain’t It Awful” as a way of briefly describing each game. In reality, the “winner” of a mind game is the person that returns to the Adult ego-state first.
Forty years ago, Games People Play revolutionised our understanding of what really goes on during our most basic social interactions.
List of Life Games in Games People Play, here is a simple guide of his work.
My Personal Choice.
It was the trilogy of Tolkien given to me when I was 11 years old presented in a gift set for Christmas. Just the cover and the middle earth map was enough to capture me and that was it a few weeks. At first it felt like I was looking at priceless pieces of art. The world is divided into two, those that have read the books and those who are going to. Said but true, I named the family pet cat after Bilbo Baggins, I am not sure I should have declared that! I do not have much to say about the books, apart from I should have suggested, they made them into a film!
Immerse yourself in Middle-earth with Tolkien’s classic masterpieces behind the films, telling the complete story of Bilbo Baggins and the Hobbits’ epic encounters with Gandalf, Gollum, dragons and monsters, in the quest to destroy the One Ring.
When they were first published, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings became instant classics. Treasured by readers young and old, these works of sweeping fantasy, steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness have sold more than 150 million copies around the world.
What are your two choices?