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All booked up: advisers tell us what they're reading this summer

Nine advisers tell us what they are planning to read this summer. 

 

With the great British summertime upon us, we suspected advisers might be looking to peruse some wordsmithery that extended beyond the realms of pensions, tax planning, investments and the FCA's recent literary onslaught. 

We asked eight advisers, and one former-adviser-turned-technical-consultant, what was on their summer reading list, and unearthed interests ranging from international gun running to baby care. 

 

 

With the great British summertime upon us, we suspected advisers might be looking to peruse some wordsmithery that extended beyond the realms of pensions, tax planning, investments and the FCA's recent literary onslaught. 

We asked eight advisers, and one former-adviser-turned-technical-consultant, what was on their summer reading list, and unearthed interests ranging from international gun running to baby care. 

 

Chris Budd, managing director, Ovation Finance

Ovation managing director Chris Budd splits his time between finance and his own writing, but his current current summer read is The Severed Head by Iris Murdoch.

Budd said: 'I’m new to her work, but she has a turn of phrase that makes me laugh out loud.'

Budd is embarking on a string of works by female authors, with Dodie Smith’s I Capture The Castle being an all time favourite.

He added: 'I’m also going through Patricia Highsmiths novels, with Carol lined up next. I love the depth of her plots, and she proves you don’t have to write fancy prose to construct a compelling story, something I try and learn from when writing my own novels.' 

Budd's novels, and his guide to personal finance, can be found here.

 

Pete Matthew, managing director, Jacksons Wealth

Matthew is currently re-reading The Support Economy by Shoshana Zuboff & James Maxmin, a 2004 book which looks forward to the needs of customers once the computers have taken over.

He explained: 'They talk about Deep Support, which is a very hands-on personal coach type arrangement - something I think advisers are incredibly well placed to offer.

'Other than that, just finished Police by Jo Nesbo, the tenth Harry Hole crime novel, and the best yet!'

Sam Binstead, director, Chilvester Financial

Binstead, one of the New Model Adviser® Rising Stars of 2016, is currently reading Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History.

The story has now been depicted on the big screen in the Hollywood movie War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.

He added: 'On my want list is Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari.'

Colin Low, managing director, Kingsfleet Wealth

Low is currently reading The Art of Captaincy by former England cricket captain Mike Brearley. Following an illustrious test career in which he captained his country 31 times, Brearley has taken up writing and psychoanalysis. 

Once finished with the trials and tribulations of test cricket, however, Low is embarking on Reckless: My Life As A Pretender, by Chrissie Hynde, frontwoman of The Pretenders. 

He said: 'I'm looking forward to that one, as the two stories couldn't be more different in a way.'

Charlene Young, technical consultant, AJ Bell

AJ Bell technical consultant and new mother Charlene Young is also juggling a stark literary contrast.

She is currently trying to get through One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a landmark 1967 magical realist novel telling the multi-generational tale Buendía family, whose patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, founds the town of Macondo.

However, motherhood dictates that she is also consulting Truly Happy Baby: It Worked For Me by celebrity TV presenter Holly Willoughby.

Alex Morris, chief executive, Financial Relationships

Morris is embarking on a masterclass in leadership from one of the greatest football managers of all time - Leading by former Manchester United gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson.

Morris said: 'I am a big Manchester United fan, so it's a good one for me.'

Ferguson won 38 trophies in 27 years as manager at Old Trafford, and had some very big personalities to keep in check, including the likes of Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney. 

Adam Carolan, director, Xentum

The Xentum director and NextGen Planners co-founder is another of our adviser cohort to be delving into the world of parenting literature. 

He is currently working through The Contented Baby by Gina Ford, an hour-by-hour, week-by-week guide on how to get a baby into a sensible routine.

Hayley North, managing director, Rose & North

North has compiled a rounded list of recommended summer reads, starting with Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, the 2017 Man Booker International Prize nominated novel by Danish author Dorthe Nors, which North describes as 'a quirky, modern read for lost souls'. 

Next in line is The Summer Book, by Finnish author Tove Jansson, which she characterises as 'a poetic celebration of summer and human relationships'.

Last in her summer trilogy is Franky Furbo, a 1989 tale by William Wharton about the exploits of a magical fox, and one man's quest to prove his existence against all odds. 

Natalie Wright, chartered financial planner, Mazars

Last but by no means least, Mazars chartered financial planner and New Model Adviser® Rising Star Natalie Wright rounds off a comprehensive list of parenting guides, though with a slightly different tone.

She is currently reading Hurrah For Gin by Katie Kirby, which claims to be 'a book about parenting that contains absolutely no useful advice whatsoever', but rather presents a 'real and humorous account of parenting young children sans the sugar coating'.

 

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