SBZ celebrate ‘World Book Day.’

So many books…. so little time. Have you ever listed the books that influenced your career or life choices? Or books that allowed you to grow in your role, educate, help form opinions, and inspire?

To celebrate ‘World Book Day,’ on March 2nd, the SBZ teams nominated their most influential books… and today, donated children’s books to the Salvation Army – schools book programme.

UNESCO first observed World Book Day as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and to encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading. 

SBZ’s Top 25:


The Seven Sisters by Anthony Sampson.
Atomic Habits by James Clear. 
A History of the British Lubricants Industry by Timothy J. Hill.
Alchemy by Rory Sutherland. The magic of original thinking in a world of mind-numbing conformity.
Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed.
A Century in Oil by Stephen Howarth.
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi.
‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins. Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t.
Discreet Power by Christina Garsten and Adrienne Sörbom.
How Brands Grow by Jenni Romaniuk and Byron Sharp.

Inspirational / Insightful

The Power of Decision by Barker, Raymond Charles.
• Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read.
• Africa on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide) by Kevin Anglin.
A great reminder of inspiring travels through Africa.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
If You’d Just Let Me Finish… by Clarkson.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. A brilliant story of determination, passion, and triumph over adversity that inspires the pursuit of dreams and overcoming challenges along the way. 
1984 by George Orwell.
• The Complete Book of Classic Chevrolet Muscle Cars: 1955-1974 by Mike Mueller.
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.
Route 66: The Mother Road by David Knudson.

Educational and Reference

Reconstructing Quaternary Environments by J. John Lowe and Mike Walker. 
Everything needed for a science undergraduate – life saver!
• Before the Big Bang by Laura Mersini-Houghton.
A riveting tour of the cosmos from one of the brightest minds in astrophysics.
The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski.
Exact Thinking in Demented Times by Karl Sigmund and Douglas R Hofstadter.
The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science
Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial ChemistryWiley‐VCH.

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