Alice O’Keeffe, Books Editor at The Bookseller, said: “Our shortlists this year took the judges from Georgian London to the Second World War to contemporary New York. There are books from exciting fresh voices at the very start of their career, contrasted with books from with well-established brand authors at the top of their game. These are the books that sum up 2018 but which, we think, will be read for years to come.”
Each chapter ends with a box of lessons to learn: “Don’t let anyone else define who you are”, “always have a plan”, “make friends with your demons” and so forth. It’s effectively packaged and highly readable even if the final summary, that “the ultimate leadership lesson, the holy truth that powers them all”, is predictable: “positivity”.