With the holiday season well and truly upon us, we ask advisers for their top book recommendations...
Today we get the reading recommendations of...
Duncan Carter, director, Clearwater Financial Planning
The Number by Lee Eisenberg: I've read reviews that are full of praise for this book that essentially sets out the thinking and philosophy as to ‘how much is enough'.
Being a financial planner and intending to submit a case study for the Certified Financial Planner accreditation later in the year, I feel this will be a relevant as well as interesting read.
The E Myth by Michael Gerber: For a re-read as I'm mindful that over the last few months we've been distracted from working on our business owing to all the market turmoil and regulatory changes.
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie: I started this a few years ago but never finished it as I found it hard to get into. I'm feeling more determined now! I'll also take something a bit trashy just in case my determination fades again!
Len Warwick, chairman, Warwick Butchart Associates
Mad dogs and Englishmen - an expedition around my family by Sir Ranulph Fiennes: This is a fascinating read for anyone interested in history and/or genealogy as the Fiennes ancestors have been involved in key roles during important historical events for many centuries back to Charlemagne (a direct ancestor) and such milestones as the Battle of Hastings and, for example, Henry VIII's interesting life and Cromwell's time of power.
As the flyleaf says "many members of this unique clan have lived close to the nerve centre of the ruler of their day." Totally absorbing, well researched and very well written and thankfully this is one Fiennes who has lived to tell his tale.
The State versus Nelson Mandela by Joel Joffe: Joffe is one of the founders of the unit-linked life assurance industry in the UK. Along with with Sir Mark Weinberg and Sir Sid Lipworth he founded Allied Dunbar.
Joel Joffe was a human rights lawyer in South Africa and was the defence attorney for Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia trial in the early 60s. The book exposes the great bigotry in that nation and the journey subsequently concluded many years later with the end of the apartheid regime and Nelson Mandela's rise to the Presidency of South Africa.
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