Page rustle! The books that NMA readers recommend this summer

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We all love a good book, do we not?

Whether it is a literary great, a non-fiction fad or just a book you found in the library that you did not think you would enjoy but ended up loving, no-one can deny that an unputdownable delight is good for the soul!

Click on to see which books our readers are reading this summer. 


Tim Page, chartered financial planner, Page Russell

Given the name, we just could not resist giving Tim Page a bell. And sure enough, he did not disappoint. 

Page is currently tucking into 'Around the Year with Nick Murray', a series of ten-minute daily readings which the book's website claims can 'over the course of one year, turn you into the supremely confident and successful advisor you aspire to be.'

Page added that 'my holiday ambition is to finally read A Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan, an allegorical piece of Christian literature from way before the retail distribution review: 1678!

'It's been cluttering up my bedside table for more years than I care to admit,' Page told us.


Neil Bailey, director, Fortitude Financial Planning

Fortitude Financial Planning director Neil Bailey is embarking on an extremely personal read this summer.

Bailey's father was an airman with the Royal Air Force and was on the island of Crete when it was invaded by Nazi Germany. 

'I'm reading Anthony Beevor's history of Operation Mercury, the German attack on Crete, and I'm reading that in particular because my father served on Crete at the time of that attack,' Bailey said.

'It brings that whole picture of the complete chaos of war really, it gives a balanced account of what was going on on both sides. I suppose it's a case of thanking one's lucky stars that one has never been called upon to be involved in such a terrible thing.'

Mandy Dale, director, Hanbury Wealth

Some people like to pick a spot of light reading on holiday. Not Mandy Dale. She has chosen Michael Wolff's controversial insider account of the Trump administration 'Fire and Fury' as her summer read. 

The book caused a real stir upon release in early January this year when it was serialised in The Guardian newspaper. It claimed to have accurate accounts of Trump's White House operations, along with scandalous details about the President's behaviour, diet and relationship with staff.

Surprising nobody, Trump declared that Wolff was 'mentally deranged', while a White House spokesperson decreed that the book was 'fiction.'

Dale, meanwhile, said she had chosen the book to prepare for a the prospect of a  long-term Trump presidency.

'I just think he might get a second term,' she said.

'There are things you need to know. You can't take a blind eye to all of it.'


Tamsin Caine, head of financial planning, Smart Financial

We knew it would not be long before somebody mentioned a book by an IFA (or former IFA).

Tamsin Caine, head of financial planning at Smart Financial, said that her book of choice was former NMA cover star Jason Butler's 'Money Moments: Simple Steps to Financial Wellbeing.'

Butler, who quit financial advice in 2015 to become a public speaker, author and activist on consumer money issues, will no doubt be delighted that his book is finding its way onto the desks of his peers. 

'It is a great book for some easy to implement financial strategies,' Caine (pictured) said.

'I read it cover to cover on a flight to Spain!'

Gretchen Betts, managing director, Magenta Financial Planning

Gretchen Betts found a shocking and moving read this summer. 

'The Tattooist of Auschwitz' tells the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakians who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia.

Years later, Lale tells their story to author Heather Morris, who captures all the details in this 2018 book. 

‘I read this on a plane when I was going on holiday and got completely absorbed in it,' Betts said. 

'It really gives you a reality check that life is actually pretty good.’

Tom Morris, chartered financial planner, Ovation Finance

Behavioural economics has been in the news of late, what with Richard Thaler winning the Nobel Prize last year for his work on nudge theory. 

Tom Morris of Bristol-based Ovation Finance has been reading Thaler's 'Misbehaving' which he said he thoroughly enjoyed.

'It’s a chronicle of Richard Thaler’s life, a timeline of the various things he has discovered, so it’s behavioural economics sprinkled in with a little bit of a biography,' he said.

'You learn a lot about yourself when you read these sorts of things – I would definitely recommend it.'

Nathan Fryer, director, Plan Works

Every feel like you are surrounded by too many material things?

In his book, 'Stuffocation: Living More with Less' journalist James Wallman finds that more and more people are rejecting all-you-can-get consumption to live a life of minimalism. 

His conclusion is that we ultimately have to change how we value things in order to live life in a stress-free way.

'I loved it,' Fryer said. 

'I couldn't wait to get home from holiday and sell all the stuff I don't need in my life!'

Steve Buttercase, principal, Verve Investment Planning

He is a financial adviser and investment guru, but in his spare time he is also quite the musician. 

So it is no surprise that he is never far from a music book of some kind.

Buttercase is reading James Marlon's 'A History of Seven Killings', which imagines the unexplained events surrounding the failed attempt to shoot Bob Marley in Jamaica during the 70s.

'Based on that true event it creates an entire narrative featuring gangs, drugs, murder and revenge. Juicy stuff,' Buttercase says. 

Helen Howcroft, managing director, Equanimity IFA

Helen Howcroft is currently working her way through the Harry Potter books with her daughter. But she has also just finished a great book by Adam Kay.

Kay was a junior doctor in the NHS and charted his experiences in the best-seller 'This Is Going To Hurt.'

'I have a client who is a PR agent specialising in books so she usually gives me good tips,' she said.

'If you haven't read [it] you really should. It's absolutely scary what goes on in the NHS. It was quite an eye opening read with some fantastic lines.'

Ricky Chan, co-founder, IFS Wealth & Pensions

We could not finish a gallery on summer reads without a good ol' bit of life planning. 

And who better than George Kinder, the so-called 'godfather of financial planning.'

Ricky Chan has been reading his book 'Life Planning For You,' to find inspiration for his business.

'I'm hoping to get some deeper insights into “life Planning”, and I'm always open to ideas on how to do an even better job for clients,' he said.

Look out for our podcast with George, which will be released soon.