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Investing Demystified: How to Invest Without Speculation and Sleepless Nights £17.99

Don’t spend your time worrying whether you can beat the markets: you don’t need to beat them to be a successful investor. By showing you how to build a simple and rational portfolio and tailor it to your specific needs, Investing Demystified will help you generate superior returns. With his straightforward and jargon free advice, Lars Kroijer simplies the often complex world of finance and tells you everything you need to know and everything that you don’t need to worry about, in order to make the most from your investments.

59 Seconds Think a Little, Change a Lot. £6.79

In 59 Seconds psychologist Richard Wiseman is on hand to provide fast acting, myth busting scientific answers to a huge range of everyday problems. From job hunting to relationships and from parenting to self esteem, personal and professional success may be less than a minute away.

Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing £8.96

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing”, which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long term strategies has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949. Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes an updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.

How to Make a Million Slowly £12.59

John Lee is one of the UK’s most successful private investors. Beginning with an investment pot of £125,000 in the early 1980s, by 2003 he had turned this into a thriving portfolio of over £1 million, and it has significantly increased in value since then. Using efficient investment methods, as well as pursuing a winning ‘buy and hold’ strategy, he was the UK’s first ISA millionaire. In How to Make a Million – Slowly, John Lee offers invaluable lessons that will help you make the right decisions about your investments. Explaining why an unhurried portfolio is the best and most sustainable strategy for growth, you will learn how to spot opportunities, research and monitor the market, work with management and above all, make money!

The Chimp Paradox Mind Management Programme £6.00

The Chimp Mind Management Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It will help you to develop yourself and give you the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose your emotions. The book will do this by giving you an understanding of the way in which your mind works and how you can manage it. It will also help you to identify what is holding you back or preventing you from having a happier and more successful life.

Thinking, Fast and Slow £6.29

The New York Times Bestseller, acclaimed by author such as Freakonomics co-author Steven D. Levitt, Black Swan author Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Nudge co-author Richard Thaler, Thinking Fast and Slow offers a whole new look at the way our minds work, and how we make decisions. The answer lies in the two ways we make choices: fast, intuitive thinking, and slow, rational thinking. This book reveals how our minds are tripped up by error and prejudice (even when we think we are being logical) and gives you practical techniques for slower, smarter thinking. It will enable to you make better decisions at work, at home and in everything you do.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People £10.49

In this seminal work, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step by step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity – principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. Translated into thirty four languages and with phenomenal sales, the 7 habits of highly effective people has been the key to the success of legions of business leaders and individuals the world over.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything £6.99

Steven Levitt, the man with ‘the most interesting mind in America’ (Malcolm Gladwell), is the rogue economist whose controversial ideas have caused a sensation on both sidea of the Atlantic. In Freakonomics he joins forces with Stephen Dubner, New York Times and New Yorker journalist and bestselling author of Turbulent Souls and Confessions of a Hero Worshiper, to create a gripping, revolutionary new take on the world. In the book Steven Levitt develops ideas about a number of aspects of economic and social development which challenge received wisdom. He then both challenges traditional analyses and offers solid support for his theories using detailed analysis of a number of unusual but highly reliable data sources.

Rich Dad Poor Dad £8.39

Personal finance author and lecturer Robert Kiyosaki developed his unique economic perspective through exposure to a pair of disparate influences; his own highly educated, but fiscally unstable father and the multimillionaire eighth grade dropout father of his closest friend. The lifelong monetary problems experienced by his “poor dad” (whose weekly paychecks, while respectable, were never quite sufficient to meet family needs) pounded home the counterpoint communicated by his “rich dad” (that “the poor and the middle class work for money,” but “the rich have money work for them”). Taking that message to heart, Kiyosaki was able to retire at 47. Rich Dad Poor Dad, written with consultant and CPA Sharon L. Lechter, lays out his the philosophy behind his relationship with money.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5 and Join the New Rich £8.27

How Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per month and 4 hours per week. How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want. How blue chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs. How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist. How to trade a long haul career for short work bursts and frequent ‘mini retirements’. Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred life plan; there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high end world travel, earning a monthly five figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses £10.49

Every so often a business book comes along that changes how we think about innovation and entrepreneurship. Eric Ries’s The Lean Startup has the chops to join this exalted company. Mandatory reading for entrepreneurs … loaded with fascinating stories and practical principles. If you are an entrepreneur, read this book. If you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, read this book. If you are just curious about entrepreneurship, read this book. The Lean Startup will change the way you think about entrepreneurship. I know of no better guide to improve the odds of a startup’s success.

Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress Free Productivity £9.79

Is your workload overwhelming? Does it just keep mounting up while your stress levels reach fever pitch? In Getting Things Done David Allen teaches you how to keep a clear head, relax and organise your thoughts while implementing the methods that he has introduced at organisations like Microsoft, Lockheed and the US Department of Justice: Learn the ‘do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it’ principle to empty your in tray. Handle email, paperwork and unexpected demands in a system of self management. Plan and progress projects. Reasses goals and stay focused. Apply the two minute rule when deciding what to do now and what to defer. Overcome feelings of anxiety and being overwhelmed. With clear and specific methods and advice, David Allen’s tried and trusted formula for business efficiency will transform the way you operate and your experience of work.

The Elements of Style £5.51

You know the authors’ names. You recognise the title. You’ve probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered. This book’s unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking £6.99

From the author of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell’s international bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a revolution in the understanding of the mind. An art expert sees a ten-million-dollar sculpture and instantly spots it’s a fake. A marriage analyst knows within minutes whether a couple will stay together. A fire-fighter suddenly senses he has to get out of a blazing building. A speed dater clicks with the right person. This book is all about those moments when we ‘know’ something without knowing why. Here Malcolm Gladwell explores the phenomenon of ‘blink’, showing how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision. By trusting your instincts, he reveals, you’ll never think about thinking in the same way again.

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