Five new additions to the YCN Library, with highlights from lateral thinker Edward de Bono, columnist Tom Hodgkinson and business guru Richard Koch.

Lateral Thinking Edward de Bono

This detailed guide to stimulating the mind and improve creativity through lateral thinking joins a long list of best sellers by Edward de Bono, such as Six Thinking Hats and I Am Right, You Are Wrong. The multi-talented physician, psychologist, philosopher, author, inventor and consultant is the ‘father of lateral thinking‘ whose pioneering brain training has been championed by the likes of Richard Branson: “De Bono never ceases to amaze.” In this book, de Bono lays out the basics of lateral thinking (‘Difference between lateral and vertical thinking’, ‘the basic nature of…’, ‘The use of…’), explains how it is achieved (‘The generation of alternatives’, ‘Challenging assumptions’, ‘Suspended judgment’) with concrete examples, diagrams and explanations,  summarising with a suitably lateral outline of what it means to think creatively and insightfully.

 

How to be Free Tom Hodgkinson

Celebrated columnist and author of How to be Idle, Tom Hodgkinson brings us his second manifesto for living in the form of How to be Free, “a blueprint for a simpler and freer way of life.” Hodkinson’s principles for good living are centred around embracing “Lady Liberty”: “life becomes easier, cheaper and much more fun.” Having come to the realisation that idleness is “virtually synonymous with freedom”, Hodgkinson has devised a book for those who feel suffocated by the modern Western world in which “greed, competition, lonely striving, greyness, debts, McDonald’s and GlaxoSmithKline have replaced “freedom” and “merriment”. Chapters include “Cast off your watch”, “Stop Worrying about Your Pension and Get a Life” and “Stop Working, Start Living”, and although humour is a constant throughout, Hodgkinson’s many assertions and ideas are backed up by deft references to history, politics, religious and social philosophy and ethics.

 

Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews Edited by Lionel Barber

What started as a regular feature in the Financial Times has become an institution and grown to include over a thousand interviews with powerful figures from around the world. Interviews with the biggest faces in business, the arts, fashion and lifestyle, food, politics, sports and philosophy provide an insight into the people who have shaped the times we live in. FT contributors sit down with the likes of P. Diddy, Jimmy Carter, Jeff Bezos, Angela Merkel, Martin Amis and David Hockney, with good food, “a decent bottle of wine to elicit insights” and the goal of rediscovering “the art of conversation in a convivial setting. FT Editor Lionel Barber’s introduction touches on the magic of these interviews: the surprises, memorable encounters, twists and revelations that arise over an intimate lunch.

 

The 80/20 Principle (20th Anniversary Edition) Richard Koch

Twenty years since its first release, Richard Koch’s all-time business classic has become a global bestseller, its principles adopted by “millions of highly effective people around the world.” The 2017 edition responds to the “incredibly significant changes in business, society [and] our personal lives” that have occurred over the last two decades, and has been updated and expanded with four new chapters on how to most effectively and productively achieve more with your time and effort “simply by concentrating on the all-important 20%.” This 20% refers to the fact that “80% of results flow from 20% of causes.” Chapters promise to shed light on things like “The Seven Habits of Happiness”, “How to Think 80/20”, “You Can Always Get What You Want” and “Money, Money, Money”. In Koch’s introduction, he “dares to hope” that new readers will continue to find the principle as “mind-blowing” and “life-changing” as the many who have contacted him to tell him so in the past: “Go forth and shout the good news about the principle from the rooftops.”

 

Suitcase Magazine The Design Issue, Vol. 22

The latest issue of highbrow travel quarterly SUITCASE was welcomed to the YCN Library following a breakfast event at Dishoom, where we hosted its founder and CEO, Serena Guen. The print is image-led and design conscious, full of rich references to fashion and travel trends, inside knowledge, up-to-date travellers’ insights, top tips for packing, eating, drinking and discovering new activities in locations around the world. We heard how each issue is created around a theme, and this Design Issue is true to form, with highlights including insights from cutting-edge creatives from around the world, a photo shoot in Taipei, a Texas-based spread on “design in the desert”, contemporary architecture from Moscow and cubist structures from a Norwegian artists’ retreat. A “100ml” page assembles the best of cabin-sized beauty products, while a Books & Tracks section lists recommended music and reading for travelling and photographed packing lists advise on what to bring to each destination, combining beautiful editorial design with practical content.