Here at Drew London we are avid fans of reading, so it felt only right that we honour World Book Day.

World Book Day is the celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. This annual day is organised by UNESCO whose overall goal is to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors, encouraging everyone (particularly younger audiences) to discover and enjoy reading. It is celebrated in over 100 countries across the world, with this year marking the 18th World Book Day we thought the best way to show our appreciation of reading was to ask the team at Drew London to each recommend one of their favourite books.

Stephen’s book

What Do People Do All Day?
By Richard Scarry

I've been inspired by many books, recently by those which deal with the human condition and how we work together in business. While these ignite many an idea of how we approach things at Drew, none of that would matter if I hadn't first been inspired by Richard Scarry's "What do people do all day?" book when I was a child. Essential reading for every young (and old) upstart, it is a festival of detail and curiosity which can be poured over for hours at a time, entertaining and educating at the same time. I love this book!

Elle's book

The Secret
By Rhonda Byrne

This is the first self help book that I’ve read. After having a particularly fraught day and literally tripping over it at a jumble sale, I paid my 50p, then devoured The Secret from cover to cover that very evening. In conclusion, it’s method is pretty straightforward and one that we should all adopt: Be thankful. Show gratitude for objects, people and life experience every single day. I’m known as a consistent optimist, therefore this book was right up my street, however, we can all have ‘fraught’ days and if you know of anyone who’s achieved so much, yet can’t see the wood for the trees, please recommend this book.

Aggie's book

Sabriel
By Garth Nix (...and yes, that is his real name)

Since I discovered this book about 10 years ago I've reread it at least 4 times. The vivid imagination of Garth Nix is a force to be reckoned with, and he'll drag you down into the world of The Old Kingdom until you finish the final page. THEN you'll have to read Lireal, the next book in The Old Kingdom Series. Supposably Sabriel is a children's book but it has a dark quality that might be lost on a younger audience, definitely a great read if you want to completely lose yourself for a few hours.

Michelle's book

Harry Potter Series
By JK Rowling

The Harry Potter books were a huge part of my childhood, with the last book coming out when I was 18. Even then, I sat eagerly awaiting the postman who delivered the final tome to my door at 8am and I curled myself up on the sofa, devouring every page in the same day. Perhaps they aren’t the best written books in the world, but it’s a series I grew up with and a world I felt hugely immersed in and inspired by when reading them. I’m still waiting for my letter of acceptance into Hogwarts…

Ben's book

Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography
By Mike Tyson

The Mike Tyson autobiography I found very inspirational, he had a very tough upbringing and fought through the many obstacles that stood in his way to become a champion. Mike Tyson writes the book himself and he doesn’t hold back! He is brutally honest about everything that has happened in his life; good and bad, which makes the book a good read. Some of the things mentioned in the book are rather shocking especially the chapters describing his upbringing but is very inspiring and makes you realise how lucky you are. I’m not the biggest reader but if you are into sport and true stories give this a read you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Son's book

The Bees
By Laline Paull

Accept, obey and serve!

What I loved about The Bees was the sheer imaginative and immersive storytelling of Laline Paull. She has you missing your train stop as you become engrossed in the life of Flora 717; a sanitation worker only deemed fit to clean the hive. Ever wondered what it’s like to serve your queen in a hive full of loyalty, betrayal and gruesome deaths as you battle against your rival wasps? Not to mention “the Myriad”. You’ll never look at a bee in the same way again… (or any other insect for that matter).

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