'Big Business Book Reads' for 2020

By The Extraordinary Business Book Club

By The Extraordinary Business Book Club

These are the landmark books Alison Jones, host of the Extraordinary Business Book Club, selected as her 2020 Big Reads - one big chewy title a month (plus a few extra cheeky ones too...)

The Double X Economy: The Epic Potential of Empowering Women - SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 ROYAL SOCIETY INISGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE

Professor Linda Scott

£18.98 £17.65

An extraordinary, devastating critique of how women are systematically excluded and marginalised in so many areas of our culture. You MUST read this.

How To Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

Jenny Odell

£20.00 £18.60

Lyrical, thoughtful and life-affirming antidote to the always-on culture.

Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking

Matthew Syed

£9.99 £9.29

If you've ever wondered why diversity and inclusion matter so much in business (and indeed life): THIS.

Reinventing Organizations

Frederic Laloux


You've heard about the 'teal' organization - here's where the concept was introduced. Chewy but satisfying.

The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth

Amy C. Edmondson

£22.99 £21.38

One of the most foundational works of business psychology. You'll be hard pressed to find a work on leadership that doesn't draw on this: read the original to understand why.

Give and Take : Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

Adam Grant

£8.99 £8.36

Turns out nice guys DON'T always come last - Grant's 'otherish giver' is best placed to reap the benefits of social capital without burning out. Fascinating and actionable.

Loonshots: Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries

Safi Bahcall

£13.99 £13.01

Some of the best business storytelling I've ever read.

Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner?: A Story About Women and Economics

Katrine (Y) Marcal

£8.99 £8.36

A bit ranty (but that's understandable). Worth reading just for the immortal line: 'It turns out the real invisible hand may have been the one that put the dinner on his table every night for his entire life—his mother's.'

Principles: Life and Work

Ray Dalio

£25.00 £23.25

You might not agree with everything, but it's rare to see a leader with this clarity of thinking about the way he lives and leads: if nothing else it will get you thinking about your own, often hidden, principles.

How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success From the World's Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs


£20.00 £18.60

Masterful storytelling from journalist Guy Raz and bucketfuls of inspiration for anyone going through tough times in their early startup years.

Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism

Angus Deaton and Anne Case

£20.00 £18.60

OK, it's not a cheerful read. But it's an important and coruscating analysis of what is going on in America and why white working-class Americans are dying in such disturbing numbers at their own hands - by guns, overdose and/or substance abuse.

No Rules Rules

Erin Meyer and Reed Hastings

£20.00 £18.60

Who says you need a holiday policy? A radical rethink of how to build a high-performing company from a leader who seems to be making rather a good job of it.


Susan Cain

£9.99 £9.29

Another classic - essential reading for extroverts just as much as introverts.

Uncharted: How to Map the Future

Margaret Heffernan

£20.00 £18.60