Recommended Reads

Inspiring books, motivational stories, self help books, personal development

I am often recommended motivating books, so I thought I would create a page to pass on these recommendations. If you would like to share any books that have motivated you I’d love to hear from you.

The Arrival

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Arrival by Shaun Tan has been recommended by Nicola Richardson. Nicola is a book worm and owns a couple of creative businesses.

The Arrival is a bit of an unusual choice as it is an adult picture book, but the story is universally recognisable and beautifully illustrated.



SUMO by Paul McGee is described by Coach Andy Hilton as a refreshing approach to a self-help book. He told me It’s tongue-in-cheek but with a clear message and he recommends it to his clients and refers to it regularly himself.

The Arrival


Marianne Taviner is a busy business owner and recommends Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. This book is all about prioritising not procrastinating. Marianne is not usually much of a reader but says this book was easy to read and has helped her gain control of her time and life.ted.

Don't Panic:100 Poems to save your life


Jane Cordell takes strength and spirit from the poem Ted Williams Villanelle by Mary Cope. Other poems, including this one can be found in this book.

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

This title is recommended by Kerry Thorpe.  It is about a woman who needs a heart transplant but the only donor available is from a man on death row believed to have killed her sister. Kerry requires a double lung transplant and this book got her thinking what she would do in the same situation.

Defying Disability by Mary Wilkinson

defying disability

Mary Wilkinson is one of my Inspirational Lemonade makers. I got in touch with her initially as I found her book motivating. Defying Disability showcases the lives and legacies of nine disabled leaders. I recommend this book to disabled people and non-disabled people alike. Lots of different approaches to leadership from various successful people. The diversity is reassuring and inspiring.

Making It by Lou Gimson and Allison Mitchell

Making It by Lou Gimson and Allison Mitchell

In this book, female entrepreneurs reveal the secrets of their success.

Ok, shameless recommendation as I am actually featured in this book, but I did genuinely find the other chapters motivating. A great read for anyone starting up a business as there are some great real-life stories coupled with practical advice from Allison and Lou.

Losing My Virginity

Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

This book was cited by Miles Hilton Barber as a book that had a positive impact on him. I read this book when starting my first business. I was so inspired that I wrote to Richard Branson to tell him. I was not expecting a response from the multi-millionaire but he actually wrote back!

This bestseller reveals  Richard Branson’s unique story, his personal philosophy on life and the Virgin brand and business. If you want to know just how Richard did it, this is t

4 hour Work Week

4 hour work week250

Love the title! This was recommended and is on my reading list. Got to be worth a read!



This book was recommended to me by Helen, CEO at Jaluch who I always find inspiring company. I found it a little schmaltzy at times but some really good messages within this short book on how to motivate colleagues and teams that seem impossible to motivate.

Massively successful, this management parable is possibly a little too sugar coated for everyone but judging by sales figures it is clearly for many. Based on the fish market in Seattle it is really easy reading and the messages are a good lesson or reminder.

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