Here’s a look back at what I read in 2019 that I took much from. Each book has in some way allowed me to more deeply understand myself or the world around me. In no particular order:

1) The world until yesterday by Jared Diamond: Brilliant insights into traditional, small scale societies (both hunter gatherer and agricultural) and what we in modernity can learn from them.

2) Alchemy by Rory Sutherland: A tale of how modern corporate thinking stifles creativity and authenticity, along with ideas for how we may overcome these problems.

3) The gift of therapy by Irvin Yalom: Drawing on decades of practice, this book is packed with practical ideas and vignettes – a must read for anyone in the coaching, counselling and therapy fields.

4) In my own way by Alan Watts (1915 – 73): Finally got around to the autobiography of a man whose wisdom has influenced my own spirituality greatly. A beautiful book.

5) The enigma of reason by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber: A fascinating look at the evolutionary role of human reason and how we may not be as “irrational” as the field of psychology makes out humankind to be. A bit dense, but definitely worth the read.

6) Anti-fragile by Nassim Taleb: My year is never complete without re-reading some, or all of, this phenomenal work. Applicable to both business and life equally!


Harsha is an executive and life coach based in London. He empowers people to find more clarity, confidence and focus in their lives. Find out more about Harsha’s work.