Re-reading it today, I'm amazed how my view of business was completely changed by this one little book.
See my notes for examples, but definitely read the book itself to get the real impact.
Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...In Neither Here nor There Bill Bryson brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia.An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company.The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate.Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine.This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters.You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today.The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past.Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts.