Our Staff Reviews
Books that our staff are reading and reviewing
Alex Sore, our Publishing Manager, is reading...
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Alex says, "Goodness knows how long it'll take me actually to finish this one. Its been on my bookshelf for a while but now I've finally taken the plunge. It's a classic -- and I love this kind of tangled, enchanted, passionate tale -- but you know when there is a family tree at the beginning to help you follow the story it's only going to get more complicated! I've got into it enough to love it, but I just hope I can persevere and actually finish the darn thing."
See the book details for One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Will Smith, our IT Director, is listening to...
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson
Will says, "Audio books are perfect for the daily commute. I listened to the first two of Larsson's trilogy in quick succession. The third book is another exhilarating ride and I'm keen to find out Salander's and Mikael's fate in this roller coaster story."
See the book details for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.
April Kerslake, our Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer, is reading...
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
April says, "I am currently reading the follow on to Twilight. New Moon is slightly darker and more dangerous than the first book. It leaves you wanting to read more. This is another fantastic book by Stephanie Meyer. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of romance with a dark twist."
See the book details for New Moon.
Kieron Smith, our MD, is reading...
The Hell of it All by Charlie Brooker
Kieron says, "If ever there was an antidote to our media & celebrity obsessed times it's Charlie Brooker's caustic take on the world. Funny and cynical in the extreme, yet erudite too, this is the perfect book to get you through Christmas."
See the book details for The Hell of it All.
Kirsty Halford, our Customer Service Advisor, is reading...
Fairy Tales by Jakob Grimm
Kirsty says,"This book is a great introduction to some of the most classic fairy tales ever, it has stories like Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel and the Frog-Prince but also has a lot of new ones I've never read before."
See the book details for Fairy Tales.
Mark Thwaite, our Editor, is reading...
Invisible by Paul Auster
Mark says, "Paul Auster is back with another of his clever, complex but utterly compelling metafictions. This tale of the aspiring poet Adam Walker and the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born is his best book for years -- and Auster sets the bar very high, so that is saying something!"
See the book details for Invisible.
Gemma Sinclair, our Junior Web/CSS Designer, is reading...
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller
Gemma says, "It is a compelling story which is beautifully written.I found myself totally captured by Pippa's life. At first the book seems like the average tale of a middle-aged, middle class American woman, however Rebecca Miller fills her characters with a sufficient combination of quirks and ordinariness for the novel to be engaging and unpredictable. A good read with a sad end and nice twist to the plot"
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Tom Randles, our Customer Service Manager, is reading...
The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson
Tom says, "A surprisingly engaging book, written by one of my favourite historians. Ferguson takes an extremely complex and diverse topic, brings it all together and makes it wonderfully accessible -- even Customer Service Managers can get to grips with it! A fascinating book, made even more relevant by the extraordinary events of the past 15 months."
See the book details for The Ascent of Money.
Jason Merry, our Senior CSS Developer/Web Designer, is reading...
First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde
Jason says, "First Among Sequels promises to offer me the final battle between Thursday Next and The Goliath Corporation. With Thursday already part of the BookWorld Police along with Mrs.Tiggy-winkle from Peter Rabbit, just to name one, only she knows the true intentions of Goliath. Thursday must stop them at all costs. I can't wait to read this, especially as I was lucky enough to get a signed hardback a couple of years ago!"
See the book details for First Among Sequels.
Steven Kwon, our Senior Designer, is reading...
Steven says, "Dos Logos is a great, inspirational resource. The book is packed with enough trendy and modern ideas to get any designer started on their quest to create the perfect logo."
See the book details for Dos Logos.
Tony Dillon, one of our Senior Web Developers, is reading...
Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist
Tony says, "I'm currently reading Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist which is a great introduction to the next generation of the Web -- the Semantic Web. The book has lots of good real world examples and its almost-chatty prose make it an easy read on what can be quite a complicated subject."
See the book details for Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist.
Rob Johnson, one of our Senior Web Developers, is reading...
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Rob says, "Terry Pratchett is back with another ever unique Discworld story. This time he's tackling football (forgive the pun) mixed in with what appears to be (Footballer) Romeo and (WAG) Juliet. Funny as ever and always insightful, The Unseen Academicals promises more of the same and there's nothing wrong with that -- why change a winning formula?"
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David Keech, our Sys Admin/DBA, is reading...
Queuing for Beginners by Joe Moran
David says, "As an Australian, Queuing for Beginners is a fascinating look into why Britain is the way it is. Churchill and Thatcher have a larger impact on our breakfasts and morning teas than we realise. I can't wait to get to lunch."
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Isaac Scott, one of our PHP Developers, is reading...
Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds
Isaac says, "Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds is about a strange world that bares vague similarities to different historial periods in our own history all within a single planet. Riveting and unsettling stuff."
See the book details for Terminal World.
Saulius Vizbaras, one of our PHP Developers, is reading...
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Saulius says, "Science book with only a single equation? Stephen Hawking is a genius."
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Steve Potter, our Sales Manager, is reading...
The Making of Modern Britain and Free Radical: Memoirs
Steve says, "Marr paints a fascinating picture of how we got where we are today -- a century of wars, recession, strikes and extremist politics... sound familiar? Cable's biography follows on from his hugely successful critique of the current global crisis, The Storm.
See the book details for The Making of Modern Britain.
See the book details for Free Radical: Memoirs.
Lindsey Mooney, our Start-up Manager, is reading...
Ghost Stories by Muriel Spark
Lindsey says, "Don't expect crumbling castles or helpless heroines, these are not your typical ghost stories. Spark's collection is unsettling, witty and always original. Perfect to curl up with on a dark night."
See the book details for Ghost Stories.