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To mark 'National Read a Book Day' we wanted to share with you some books that our colleagues within Service Care Solutions recommend.

Before the pandemic, we were due to start a lending library for employees that comprised of non-fiction books (including self-development books, books that would help with mental health, books that relate to our industries etc.) and also fiction books / novels that would help people switch off and unwind. This is still something we plan to do so watch this space!

We gave people a carte blanche with this; it didn't have to be a self-development book or something 'work related'. Here is what they had to say:

Lucy Jolley - Deputy Finance Manager

Recommendation:  'Hurrah For Gin' by Katie Kirby

"I was gifted this book a few years ago to remind me that I'm not expected to be superhuman when it comes to parenting and how having a drink with my friends whilst 'chewing the fat' over the weeks' parenting shenanigans was ok and normal!"

Richard Freye - Managing Director

Recommendation: 'The Infinite Game' by Simon Sinek

"I recently read this book and felt that the overall message was very much aligned with our ethos as a business. It has inspired me in many ways and I am already starting to implement some of the ideas and principles that Simon Sinek covered."

Emma Leck - Mental Health Team Leader 

Recommendation: 'The Miracle Morning' by Hal Elrod 

"This book has helped me see the importance of setting a morning routine (and has helped me to create one for myself). The premise is that every successful person has a set routine each morning and the book gives insights into the fact that how you wake up each day dramatically affects your level of success in every area of your life."

Craig Dootson - Head of Division - Healthcare 

Recommendation: 'Can't Hurt Me' by David Goggins

"This guy is an inspiration to millions and I can't recommend his book enough. Even though my colleague Sarah Farrimond has mentioned it in a previous blog, it is definitely a story worth reading."

Martin Cookson - Criminal Justice Team Leader

Recommendation: 'The Shining' by Stephen King

"I read this when I was about 17 years old as part of my English A Level. Let's face it, it's hard getting most 17 year olds to read anything so I guess this was a trial of fire! In comparison to the film, for whoever has seen it, I must say that the book is so much better (as is often the case). The way King creates tension, atmosphere and fear through words alone is something to really be admired and applauded."

Samantha Dix - Mental Health Senior Consultant

Recommendation: 'Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self Love Is The Key to Unlocking Your Greatness' by Vex King

"A great motivational read."

Lucy Winstanley - Mental Health Team Leader

Recommendation: 'Body Positive Power' by Megan Jayne Crabbe 

"I'm not a big reader but this book is the best one I have read!"

Sarah Farrimond - Senior Marketing Executive

Recommendation: 'First Man In' by Ant Middleton 

"This was one of the first 'self development / autobiographical' books I read and it really hit home and lit a fire in me! Ant Middleton (of SAS Who Dares Wins fame) takes us back to where he first started and shows us that grit and determination is what is really needed to succeed."

We are currently looking for people to work with us so please get in touch if you are looking for a job right now. Alternatively, if you can recommend a book that you think should be shared, please leave a comment below!
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