Eden McCallum Top Reads for the Summer

As holidays roll around again, we have been talking about the books we’re most looking forward to reading this summer.

Here’s our list of non-fiction summer reads. This year’s titles span business, science and technology, design, psychology, and derring-do. Looking forward to sharing notes!

Happy reading, and happy holidays if you’re heading off.


Higher Ground: How Business Can Do the Right Thing in a Turbulent World by Alison Taylor

How to navigate the new corporate ethics challenges and risks in a volatile landscape? NYU ethics professor Taylor proposes a blueprint for how leaders should rethink and reshape their practices.

Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet by Hannah Ritchie

Data scientist Ritchie makes an inspiring counterargument to the climate doom, zooming out to show that we are making vast, rapid progress and a sustainable future is still within our grasp.

Co-Intelligence: Living and Working with AI by Ethan Mollick

Working with AI as a co-worker, a tutor, and a coach: Wharton professor of management Mollick looks at consumer AI and what it means for our jobs, lives and future.

The Coming Wave: AI, Power, and the Twenty-first Century’s Greatest Dilemma by Mustafa Suleyman

From the co-founder of DeepMind, part of Google, this bestseller from last autumn focuses on ‘the containment problem’ – the task of maintaining control over powerful technologies.

Third Millennium Thinking: Creating Sense in a World of Nonsense by Saul Perlmutter, John Campbell and Robert MacCoun

Tools to make the best decisions and solve the hardest problems in an age of uncertainty and overwhelming information – from a Nobel-prizewinning physicist, a psychologist, and a philosopher.

Irreplaceable: How to Create Extraordinary Places That Bring People Together by Kevin Ervin Kelley

Kelley, attention architect and strategic design pioneer of ‘convening’, looks at why physical places are essential, and what it takes for bricks and mortar spaces to be attractive in a digital world.

Cultures of Growth: How the New Science of Mindset Can Transform Individuals, Teams and Organisations by Mary C. Murphy

Social psychologist Murphy, a protégée of the original ‘Mindset’ author Carol Dweck, demonstrates growth mindset’s potential to transform groups, fuelling learning, collaboration, innovation and inclusion.

When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Glamour and Power at the Dawn of American Fashion by Julie Satow

Journalist Satow’s portrait of three visionary businesswomen in the golden age of department stores: Hortense Odlum (Bonwit Teller), Dorothy Shaver (Lord & Taylor) and Geraldine Stutz (Henri Bendel).

The Race to the Future: 8,000 Miles to Paris – The Adventure that Accelerated the Twentieth Century by Kassia St Clair

St Clair tells the madcap adventure story of the original epic 1907 Peking to Paris endurance car rally – the earliest automobiles, few roads, fuel transported by rail and camel – that helped usher in our modern era.

The Inner Game of Tennis, The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance (50th Anniversary Edition) by W. Timothy Gallwey

The 50th anniversary re-issue of Gallwey’s 1974 bestseller about ‘getting out of your own way’ both on and off the court, with a new foreword by Bill Gates.