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What we read influences us in huge ways. Whilst it is comfortable to stick with what we know and love, being introduced to new authors that challenge our biased thinking can inspire us to leap into action and become the change we want to see.


Has a book inspired you to change the way you write or act? Why not share it with your peers as part of #AMAbookclub?

To nominate a book to add to the #AMAbookclub reading list, please email your suggestion to

Reading list

Synopsis: This book takes you inside the experience of poverty to show how the pressures really feel and how hard their legacy is to overcome.

Poverty Safari — understanding the anger of Britain’s underclass by Darren McGarvey.

Nominated by AMA Head of Programme, Lucy Jamieson.

Synopsis: This provocative book celebrates the strides black women have already made, and provides advice for those who want to do the same and forge a better, visible future.

Slay in Your Lane — the black girl bible by Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegok.

Nominated by AMA CEO, Cath Hume.

Synopsis: This book explores the challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control us. Synopsis: This

Synopsis: This Sunday Times bestseller reveals the uncomfortable truth about race and identity in Britain today. Synopsis: This Sunday Times bestseller reveals the 

Brit (ish) — on race, identity and belonging by Afua Hirsch.

Nominated by AMA Programme Producer, Bea Udeh.

Synopsis: This engaging book offers viewpoints and ideas that have already inspired many disabled people to stop simply coping with their disability and start managing it.

Why are you Pretending to be Normal? by Dr. Philip Friend OBE and Dave Rees.

Nominated by Inclusivity and Audiences Day Chair, Jane Cordell.

Synopsis: This book is a story about faith and the ideas worth fighting for. It’s about knowing where you’re from, and where you’re going and is the record of a journey unlike any other.

Rise Up — the #Merky story so far by Stormzy. Edited and co-written by Jude Yawson

Nominated by Inclusivity and Audiences Day speaker Richard Loftus.

Synopsis: This book shows the limitations that binary thinking has regarding our relationships, wellbeing, sense of identity and more.

Life isn’t Binary — on being both, beyond and in-between by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi.

Nominated by AMA Head of Programme, Lucy Jamieson.

Synopsis: This book explores everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, and is considered to be the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Nominated by AMA Head of Programme, Lucy Jamieson, AMA Head of Project and Events, Danielle Patrick and Inclusivity and Audiences Day Chair, Jane Cordell.

Synopsis: Packed with advice, tips and decades of business experience from Mary Portas, this is a book about calling time on alpha culture and helping every one of us to be happier, more productive and collaborative.

Work Like a Woman — a manifesto for change by Mary Portas.

Nominated by AMA Senior Marketing and Membership Officer, Matt Ecclestone.

Synopsis: In July 2012, aged thirty, Juliet Jacques underwent sex reassignment surgery. Trans tells of her life to the present moment: a story of growing up, of defining yourself, and of the rapidly changing world of gender politics.

Trans — a memoir by Juliet Jacques.

Nominated by AMA Senior Marketing and Membership Officer, Matt Ecclestone.

Synopsis: Author Matthew Syed offers a radical new approach to success and a route map to how we can tackle our most complex challenges by harnessing a critical new ingredient — cognitive diversity.

Rebel Ideas — the power of diverse thinking by Matthew Syed.

Nominated by AMA Head of Marketing, Amy Firth

Synopsis: A collection of papers written by some of most respected marketing practitioners, offering a diverse range of perspectives on how to do more effective marketing, and with an intellectual generosity of spirit from which we can all profit.

Eat Your Greens — fact-based thinking to improve your brand’s health curated by Wiemer Snijders.

Nominated by Twitter user, @KristyWandmaker.

Synopsis: New Yorker business columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea: Large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant—better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki.

Nominated by AMA member Jan Ford, Orchestras Live.

Synopsis: A collection of essays by seventeen Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country.

It’s Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan.

Nominated by Jack Firth of Foyles Birmingham New Street.

Synopsis: Looking at sleep, news, social media, addiction, work and play, Matt Haig invites us to feel calmer, happier and to question the habits of the digital age. This book might even change the way you spend your precious time on earth.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig.

Nominated by AMA Member Kim Watson, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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