Jonny Gelle is CEO of Original Talent. He is also Chairman of Curtis Brown and Chair of the books division.
26 books on the list
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Love Marriage by Monica Ali is a witty and insightful novel about a young woman navigating love, family, and culture as the daughter of Indian immigrants in London. Yasmin is engaged to a charming, upper-class man whose feminist mother approves of their match, but their cultural differences prove challenging. When secrets are revealed and relationships are tested, Yasmin must face transformation and find her true self. This multi-layered story delves into the complexities of human relationships and the power of upheaval to bring about growth.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you are in for such a treat! Out in pb in February #monicaAli #lovemarriage – source
Also recommended byJojo Moyes
Discover an intimate and candid memoir written by artist and activist Bono, the lead singer of Irish rock band U2. Surrender is a reflection on Bono's remarkable life, from his early days growing up in Dublin to the founding of ONE and (RED), his more than twenty years of activism, and the challenges he has faced along the way. With humor, candor, and self-reflection, Bono shares his story of family, friends, and faith that have sustained him. Each of the forty chapters is named after a U2 song, and Bono's original drawings appear throughout the book.
In NY for the big week of #Bono’s book publication. Surrender will surprise many people who may think they know him. Beautifully written, very funny and self deprecating but also profound about love, faith and activism (and some great portraits of Sinatra, Dylan, McCartney etc). – source
Discover the story of how two married scientists founded BioNTech and developed the world's first approved COVID-19 vaccine. They faced skepticism from the scientific community, political interference, and the pressure to provide billions of doses to countries around the world in record time. Written by a Financial Times correspondent and with contributions from the scientists themselves, The Vaccine explores the scientific, economic, and personal background of this medical breakthrough. It explains the science behind messenger RNA and the importance of vaccine safety and efficacy in ending the pandemic.
The remarkable scientists who discovered the first Covid vaccine believe they are on the way to curing cancer using the same techniques. Their book with @JoeMillerJr is a fascinating read. – source
Examine the meaning and importance of having a home in today's world, from offering privacy and sanctuary to breaking cycles of poverty. Hashi Mohamed draws on his personal history and career as a planning barrister to explore the various aspects of housing insecurity, from Right-to-Buy to Grenfell, slums and evictions to the Bank of Mum and Dad. A Home of One's Own is a deeply personal study of the affordable housing crisis facing major cities around the world, with a focus on removing barriers, improving equality, and creating more places to call home.
Published today, this is an important and gripping book exploring what having a home means, by the author of People Like US, @hm_hashi . Philippe Sands said of it:”'A vital work of courage and hope, by a truly remarkable individual.' – source
Experience a breathtaking journey of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty in this novel. Set in the early 1900s, follow Sunja, a young girl who falls for a wealthy stranger and becomes pregnant. Deciding to marry a gentle sickly minister instead, Sunja's decision sets off a dramatic saga that spans generations. With complex and passionate characters, this novel takes you on a journey through bustling markets, the halls of prestigious universities, and the criminal underworld. Richly told and profoundly moving, this is a tale of strong women, devoted siblings, and fathers struggling with moral crisis against the backdrop of history.
You are never late to a book, but this is one that has been recommended to me for years and I was so glad I got to it. Great storytelling, huge sweep of characters, moving, a neglected history. Do read Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (thanks @gabylee__ for urging me to read). – source
Also recommended byBarack ObamaEddie S. Glaude Jr.Jia TolentinoDiedrich BaderSusan J. FowlerAnne-Laure Le CunffSarah ParcakBrooke Hammerling
Discover seven major global problems we must address in order to build a better world in the aftermath of Covid-19, according to this superb new book by former UK prime minister Gordon Brown. From global health to climate change, nuclear proliferation, and global tax havens, each problem requires an urgent global solution. But despite the challenges we face, Brown offers an optimistic pathway to regeneration and a new era of global order. A compelling and timely read for policy makers and concerned citizens alike.
Seven Ways to Change the World is a book fizzing with ideas, energy, integrity. Whatever your politics, Gordon Brown’s tireless efforts to change how we think is inspirational. – source
Discover the gripping story of Rudolf Vrba, the first Jew to escape Auschwitz and share the death camp's horrors with the world. In part thrilling adventure, part exploration of the Holocaust's darkest secrets, author Jonathan Freedland uncovers the tale of a brilliant and courageous man who risked everything to save lives. Alongside fellow escapee Fred Wetzler, Vrba's journey was a fight for truth and justice, and their report helped spur Allied action. This book explores the life of a man whose legacy deserves to be as widely known as that of Anne Frank and Oskar Schindler.
I recommend this book to you today on its publication date. It is a brilliant book on an extraordinary man who deserves global recognition for his heroism during the darkest period in history. Bravo to @Freedland and @johnmurrays @CBGBooks – source
Explore multiple versions of America across three centuries in this emotional masterpiece from the author of A Little Life. From the Free States of 1893 to a 2093 world riven by plagues and totalitarian rule, three lovers face the reckoning of what makes us human: fear, love, shame, need, and loneliness. This ingenious symphony of recurring notes and themes will transport you to an earthly paradise that can't exist, yet still, a hope that remains.
Every time I read a brilliant book on holiday, I remember why I love reading brilliant books at work. – source
Also recommended byNate Berkus
A literary thriller set on a remote Greek island, The Magus follows Nicholas Urfe, a young Englishman who befriends a local millionaire. But what starts out as a friendship soon turns into a dangerous game, with reality and fantasy intentionally blurred. Full of suspense and eroticism, this novel is an international bestseller and has cemented John Fowles's reputation as a top-tier writer.
I read this as a 21 year old and decided to see how it (and me) has changed, 30 years later. The sheer page turning storytelling still shines through, but all the “big ideas” don’t quite feel as big anymore. What favourite book of yours felt different after a longer gap? – source
"Varying Degrees of Success" is a captivating autobiography that spans six decades of the life of a prolific British writer. In this final memoir of a trilogy, the author, David Lodge, delves into the challenges and triumphs of being a professional creative writer in various genres, including prose fiction, literary criticism, and screenplays. Lodge's honesty and humor shine through as he shares his highs and lows, successes, and disappointments. This book offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the often-elusive world of a major novelist.
A very happy publication day to one of my favourite writers - David Lodge - for the third instalment of his memoirs, published today. They are wonderful books and anyone interested in the life of a writer should read them. – source
The Devil You Know by Gwen Adshead
The Lonely Century by Noreena Hertz
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Jews Don’t Count by David Baddiel
One of the Family by Nicky Campbell
The Lonely Century by Noreena Hertz
No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings
People Like Us by Hashi Mohamed
Inferno by Catherine Cho
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez