christmas presentsWith the nights growing dark and cold, it’s time to cosy up and read your way to an expanded mind with our Christmas book list.

In 2017, a stream of highly successful people were revealed to be avid readers, and credited their regular reading habit as essential to continuing their lifelong learning.

If you’re wondering what to read next, or want to know what thoughtful gift would be perfect for the investment writer in your life, here are Copylab’s top ten finance, investment and business-themed suggestions.


Principles by Ray DalioPrinciples: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio. Simon & Schuster edition

Amazon’s business book of the year, this was written by the founder and head of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world. It was available as a pdf on the company’s website, but has now been expanded into a book and published. Dalio offers a straightforward approach to decision making, with ‘radical truth and transparency’.




High Returns

High Returns from Low Risk: A remarkable stock market paradox, by Pim Van Vliet. John Wiley & Sons edition.

Low-risk stocks have enjoyed remarkable gains recently. So, author Van Vliet, who is head of conservative equities at Robeco, argues that it may be time to re-think the ‘no risk, no reward’ mantra.




Option BOption B, by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. WH Allen edition

Following the worldwide success of Lean In, her book encouraging women to commit to their careers, the COO of Facebook returns with a second book focused on the lessons in resilience and recovery she had to learn after the sudden death of her husband.





Thank you for being late book
Thank You For Being Late, by Thomas L Friedman. Allen Lane edition

Author Thomas L Friedman examines the frantic pace of change taking place all over the world at present – in the workplace, with technology, to the environment, and in financial markets. He offers ‘an optimist’s guide to thriving’.






Janesville: An American Story, by Amy Goldstein. Simon & Schuster edition. 

An award-winning book by Washington post reporter Amy Goldstein. This is an unflinching account of what happens in Janesville, Wisconsin, in the long years of attempted recovery after the General Motors plant has been closed down.





doughnut economics bookDoughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st Century Economist, by Kate Raworth. Random House Business edition. 

Arguing that current economic thinking is totally out of date, Raworth puts forward proposals which could allow modern economies to thrive in a much more sustainable way – a way that meets the needs of all the planet’s people without costing the earth.





wisdom of finance book The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return, by Mihir A Desai. Profile Books main edition.

The Harvard Business School lecturer draws on his deep knowledge of literature, film, history and philosophy to explain the world of finance and to restore a sense of humanity to it. He aims to both open this complex and technical world up to outsiders and give a fresh and more human perspective to the insiders.




 Who cooked Adam Smith's dinnerWho Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? Katrine Marcal. Pegasus Books edition

An engaging take on Adam Smith’s theories of ‘self-interest’ and ‘economic man’. Taking the starting point that Adam Smith’s dinner was cooked every night by his mother, who worked unpaid and out of love, the book ponders a contemporary world where women’s unpaid work is still not part of economic models and women’s paid work is still considered to be worth less.




Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts, by Ryan Holiday. Portfolio edition

Of interest to anyone in the business of creating every kind of product. Bestselling author and marketing strategist Holiday takes a long, instructive look at how ‘a classic’ is both created and marketed. This is advice about creating an excellent product and playing the very long game in marketing.




The Long and The Short of It: a guide to finance and investment for normally intelligent people who aren’t in the industry, by John Kay. Profile Books main edition

The economist and successful investor aims to make the closed and complex world of investing accessible to outsiders and lay readers. His argument is that there is only one person to trust with your money – yourself.


Carmen Reid

An author and journalist, Carmen specialises in customer-facing content. A committed wordsmith, she enjoys a good debate with the Copylab grammar geeks.