February 01, 2018


I do not read to relax, I read to learn. To learn things that can make my life or the lives of those I deal with better. I do not read made up stuff, all of my books are real life and when I finish them I ask myself what I think I have learnt from them.

Here I am sharing with you the books I read and listen to. I hope you find some use in them.

(As a side note, I hated reading at school, I got far more enjoyment out of throwing erasers at my class mates to try and get them in trouble when we were supposed to be reading. One hack here was subscribing to Audible on the US and UK platform I now get 1 book from each a month which if all goes well gets me 24 books a year! My teachers would be so proud!
Update March 2022: In May 2021 I bought a kindle and it changed the game. I now have 2-3 books on the go at once which are all very different and I will dip in and our based on my mood, previously if I was not feeling the book I would just not read, now I will just read a different book, there is also less clutter (books) in the house, winning on all levels!)


  1. The how of happiness: Sonja Lyubomirsky
  2. Flourish: Martin Seligman
  3. Magic Pill: Johann Hari
  4. Dopamine Nation: Anna Lembke
  5. Scattered minds: Gabor Mate
  6. The InnerGame of Tennis: Timothy Gallwey (reread)
  7. Man’s Search for meaning: Viktor Frankl (reread)
  8. The wild edge of sorrow: Francis Weller
  9. Heat: Ranulph Fiennes
  10. Be Useful: Arnold Schwarzenegger


  1. Transcend: Scott Barry Kaufman
  2. No Rules Rules: Red Hastings
  3. Greenlights: Matthew McConaughey (reread)
  4. Showing Up: Nedd Brockmann
  5. Running with the Kenyans: Adharanand Finn (reread)
  6. Run for the love of life: Erica Terblanche
  7. Kiss or Kill: Mark Twight (reread)
  8. Everything all at once: Steph Catudal
  9. Chasing daylight:Eugene O’Kelly
  10. Bad Science: Ben Goldacre
  11. The art of winning: Dan Carter
  12. The golfing Buddah: David Kearney
  13. Discipline is destiny: Ryan Holiday
  14. The Inner Game of Tennis: W. Timothy Gallwey
  15. One way ticket: nine lives on two wheels. Jonathan Vaughters
  16. The Last Lecture: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
  17. Transcend: Scott Barry Kaufman
  18. Never finished: David Goggins
  19. Better: Atul Gawande
  20. Who will cry when you die? Robin Sharma
  21. The choice: Edith Eger
  1. Four thousand weeks: Oliver Burkeman
  2. Start at the end: Dan Bingham
  3. Everybody lies: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
  4. Be water, my friend: Shannon Lee
  5. The Expectation Effect: David Robson
  6. The Beekeeper of Aleppo: Christy Lefteri
  7. Many lives, Many masters: Brian Weiss
  8. Do hard things: Steve Magness
  9. Start your engines: Sam Briggs
  10. Being mortal: Atul Gawande
  11. Endure: Cameron Hanes
  12. Out of thin air: Michael Crawley
  13. Today we die a little: Emil Zatopek
  14. The Road Less Travelled: Scott Peck
  15. Think again: Adam Grant
  16. Cured: Jeff Rediger
  17. Leadership: Eddie Jones
  18. The gift: Edith Eger
  19. Chasing the scream: Johan Hari
  20. Love Stories: Trent Dalton
  21. Greenlights: Matthew McConaughey(re-read)
  22. No such thing as failure: David Hempleman-Adams
  23. Ikigai: The secret to a long and happy life: Héctor García, Francesc Miralles
  24. The Comfort Crisis: Michael Easter
  25. The body keeps the score: Bessel Van Der Kolk
  26. The book of Joy: Dala Lama & Desmond Tutu
  27. Preparing for the Perimenopause and Menopause: Dr Louise Newson
  28. The Rise of Superman: Steven Kotler(re-read)
  29. Ignore Everybody: Hugh McLeod
  30. 10 Rules for Resilience: Joe De Sena
  31. Stolen Focus: Johan Hari
  32. Sovereignty: Ryan Michler
  1. Lost connections: Johan Hari*
  2. Not everything is black and white: Paul Jones
  3. Breathe: A life in Flow: Rickson Gracie*
  4. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant*
  5. Top 5 regrets of the dying: Bronnie Warn*
  6. The molecule of more: Daniel Liberman*
  7. The untethered soul: Michael Singer**
  8. What I talk about when I talk about running – Haruki Murakami* (Reread)
  9. The cancer code: Dr Jason Fung*
  10. Relentless: Alistair Brownlee**
  11. When Breath Becomes Air: Paul Kalanithi*
  12. Never split the difference: Chris Voss*
  13. Relentless: Tim Glover (reread)*
  14. Winning: Tim Glover*
  15. The five love languages: Gary Chapman*
  16. Your Fully Charged Life: Meaghan b. Murphy**
  17. Breath: James Nestor**
  18. Grandma Gatewoods Walk: Ben Montgomery**
  19. Together: Vivek Murthy**
  20. Broken Open: David Clark**
  21. Hit Refresh: Satya Nadella**
  22. Neuro Discipline: Ben Brown**
  23. Out of thin air: Michael Crawley**
  24. Into the furnace: Cory Reese**
  25. Who not how: Dan Sullivan
  1. Beyond Possible: Nimsdai Purja**
  2. Above the clouds: Kilian Journet**
  3. Greenlights: Matthew McConaughey**
  4. The lost art of running: Shane Benzie**
  5. Good leaders ask great questions: John Maxwell**
  6. Collaborating with the Enemy: Adam Kahane**
  7. Tuesdays with Morrie: Mitch Albom (re read)
  8. The Art of Resilience: Ross Edgely
  9. The Art of Living: Thich Nhat Hanh**
  10. The power of vulnerability: Brene Brown**
  11. The Captain Class: Sam Walker**
  12. Four Seasons: The Story of a business philosophy: Isadore Sharpe
  13. The Ultimate Gift: Jim Stovall
  14. The Infinite Game: Simon Sinek**
  15. Atomic Habits: James Clear**
  16. If I could tell you just one thing: Richard Reed**
  17. Excellence Wins: Horst Schulze**
  18. Talking to Strangers: Malcolm Gladwell
  19. Reborn on the run: Allyson Reed**
  1. Tuesdays with Morrie: Mitch Albom
  2. The Minimalist Way: Erica Layne**
  3. Little Black Stretchy Pants: Chip Wilson**
  4. Stillness is the Key: Ryan Holiday**
  5. Mind of a Survivor: Megan Hine**
  6. The Eagle and the Dragon: Chris Duffin**
  7. The Rise of Ultra Runners: Adharanand Finn**
  8. Finding my voice: Mike Reily**
  9. Digital Minimalism: Cal Newport**
  10. Minimalism: Ryan Nocodemus & Joshua Fields**
  11. Game Changers: Dave Asprey**
  12. Everything is f**ked: Mark Manson
  13. Up: My life Journey to the Top of Everest: Ben Fogle**
  14. Life is a marathon: Matt Fitzgerald**Becoming Supernatural: Dr Joe Dispenza**
  15. Man’s Search For Meaning: Viktor Frankl**
  16. Power Moves: Adam Grant**
  17. Nudge: Richard Thaler**
  18. The long Run: Matthew Long**
  19. Eat and Run: Scott Jurek**
  20. The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: John Maxwell**
  1. The way of the Iceman: Wim Hoff**
  2. The Longest Race: Ed Ayres**
  3. Can’t Hurt Me” David Goggins**
  4. Sleep: Nick Littlehales**
  5. The power of Habit: Charles Duhigg**
  6. Wild: Cheryl Strayed**
  7. Why we sleep: Matt Walker
  8. In the Zone: Cylde Brolin
  9. Running Man: Charlie Engle**
  10. First Man in: Ant Middleton**
  11. Unf*ck yourself: Gary John Bishop**
  12. The Fitness mindset: Brain Keane**
  13. 50:50 Den Karnazes**
  14. Letting go: David Hawkins**
  15. The Winning Mindset: Damian Hughes
  16. Kick Ass; Mel Robbins**
  17. The coaching habit: Daniel Mate**
  18. How to make disease disappear: Rangan Chaterjee**
  19. Selfie: Will Store**
  20. Move fast and break things: Jonathan Taplin**
  21. Skin in the game:  Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  22. Talk like ted: Carmine Gallo
  23. There is no map in hell: Steve Birkinshaw*
  24. Crushing it: Gary Vaynerchuck**
  25. Endure: Alex Hutchinson**
  26. Principles: Ray Dalio**
  27. Crushing it: Gary Vee**
  28. Into thin air: Jon Krakauer*
  29. The Awakened Woman: Tererai Trent**
  30. Chasing Excellence- Ben Bergeron
  31. Make your bed – Admiral William McRaven
  32. Swim Bike Run: Alistair & Jonathan Brownlee*
  33. Fire and Fury: Michael Wolff**
  34. Kiss or Kill: Mark Twight – (This is a re read)**
  35. This is going to Hurt – Adam Kay**
  36. Ego is the enemy – Ryan Holiday**
  37. Grit: Angela Duckworth
  1. Recovery: Russell Brand**
  2. Living with a seal.**
  3. The Hungry Brain: Stephen Guyenet**
  4. The coaching Habit: Michael Bungay Stainer**
  5. The ultra mindset: Travis Macy**
  6. The daily Stoic: Ryan Holiday**
  7. Finding my Virginity: Richard Branson**
  8. What doesn’t kill us: Scott Carney**
  9. But seriously: Jon McEnroe**
  10. Unshakeable: Tony Robbins**
  11. The power of Broke: Daymond John**
  12. The Rise of Superman: Steven Kotler**
  13. Primal Endurance: Mark Sisson**
  14. The power of now: Eckhart Tolle**
  15. Finding Ultra: Rich Roll**
  16. Elon Musk**
  17. Extreme Ownership: Jocko Wilkin**
  18. Gut: Giulia Enders**
  19. Start with Why: Simon Sinek**
  20. Fear: Ranulph Fiennes**
  21. Rowing the Atlantic: Roz Savage**
  22. Zero to One: Peter Thiel**
  23. When Breath Becomes Air: Paul Kalanithi**
  24. Shoe dog: Phil Knight**
  25. Legacy: James Kerr**
  26. The subtle Art of not giving a fuck: Mark Manson**
  27. Finiding Flow: Mihaly**
  28. The Art of Possibility: Benjamin Zander**
  29. Sex, Lies and Handlebar Tape: Paul Howard
  30. The Salt fix: Dr James Dinicolantonio*
  31. Three weeks Eight seconds: Nige Tassell*
  32. Relentless: From good to great. Tim Gover*
  33. Fuck it: The ultimate spiritual way. John Parkin*
  34. The climb: Chris Froome*
  35. The champions mindset: Jim Aftermow*
  36. How bad do you want it: Matt Fitzgerald*
  37. Tools of titans: Tom Ferriss*
  38. The pressure Principle: Dave Alred*
Pre 2017
  1. Crush it: Gary Vee
  2. Total Recall: Arnie
  3. The crossing: James Cracknell
  4. Wheelman: Vanessa O’Connell
  5. Hell on two wheels: Amy Snyder
  6. The Secret Race: Tyler Hamilton
  7. Thinking fast and slow
  8. Mindset: Carol Dweck
  9. The racer: David Millar
  10. Clean Gut: Alejandro Junger
  11. The Life: Michael Jordan
  12. The big Fat surprise: Win Teicholz
  13. Grain Brain: Kristin Loberg
  14. Born to run. Chris Mc Dougal
  15. The leader who had no title
  16. A life without limits
  17. Steve jobs
  18. Wheat Belly
  19. I’m here to win. Chris Mc Cormack
  20. My time. Bradley Wiggins
  21. Inspired: Steve Redgrave
  22. Kiss or Kill: Mark Twight
  23. Touching Distance: James Cracknell
  24. Never let go: Dan John
  25. Beyond the Horizon: Richard Parks
  26. Spartan up: Joe De Sena
  27. Virtual Freedom: Chirs Ducker
  28. Greatness: Don Yager
  29. First: Rich Froning
  30. Commando Steve: Steve Willis
  31. Survival of the Fittest: Mike Stroud
  32. Live life Aggressively: Mike Mahler
  33. The big book of team building games
  34. Power Speed Endurance: Brian MacKenzie
  35. Disease Proof: David Katz
  36. The four hour work week
  37. The four hour body
  38. The four hour chef
  39. The paleo diet for athletes: Loren Cordain
  40. Strong Enough: Mark Rippetoe
  41. The portable Dre Everett
  42. Mass Made Simple: Dan John
  43. Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know: Ranulph Fiennes
  44. Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold
  45. Beyond Performance: Scott Keller
  46. Busy: Tony Crabbe
  47. The marathon Des Sables: Mark Hines
  48. Cold: Ranulph Fiennes

For all my other books I invite you to come and have a look at my book shelf. Or maybe I will create a post on them at some stage. Let’s see.