As a reader, I am always curious about what books my favourite authors read and, indeed, what TV programmes and films they are watching. I think it is important to learn from the best – and also, possibly, form the worst – story-creators, whatever the medium.
Here’s what I’m consuming…
Books & short stories
The Curve by Nicholas Lovell is a breakthrough business idea: Chris Anderson’s The Long Tail meets Seth Godin’s Purple Cow. The future of business is about variation: tailoring products for customers of all stripes, and letting your biggest fans spend as much as they like on things they value. See it on Amazon
Casino Royale was the first of Fleming’s 007 adventures. In the story, a game of cards is James Bond’s only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. I was surprised by how fallible (and, at times, unpleasant) Bond was in Fleming’s books. See it on Amazon
Ian Fleming, the biography of the James Bond creator by Andrew Lycett. I found this to be pretty hard going if I am honest, but it is an incredibly detailed account of this supremely-interesting man. See it on Amazon