LOW | Summer Reads 2019

We have gathered here a very special list of books for your Summer 2019.
Click on the book to discover who in the LOW Team recommended it & why.


Becoming, Michelle Obama

“It’s a great read which is an honest assessment of the personal stress high office brings and how she coped and triumphed”

Sally Low, Founder and Managing Director.

Our Israeli Diary: Of That Time, Of That Place, Antonia Fraser

A diary from May 1978 Harold Pinter and Lady Antonia Fraser when they visited Israel at the time of the 30th Anniversary of Independence. Based in Jerusalem, they toured many of the country’s historic sites: from Bethlehem to the fortress of Masada, encountering future Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek, Jackie Kennedy and a long-lost cousin of Harold’s on a kibbutz.”

Brendan Bruce, Marketing and Communications Director

First Man in: Leading from the Front, Ant Middleton

It tells the story of Ant Middleton’s’ life through the high and the lows from military life, prison to passing special forces training. How he has learnt the meaning of true leadership. To push yourself physically and mentally. Dealing with difficult situations. At the end of each chapter he writes valuable lessons that we all can learn from. It is very interesting book with mental ability and strength on how to deal with situations.

Suzie Palmer, Finance & Administrative Support

AI Superpowers: China, the Silicon Valley and the New World Order, Kai-Fu Lee

It’s topical, it’s tech, it’s human, perfect read. This book is about AI, it is about state of development and geopolitics. A comparison between the two leading AI ecosystems in China and the US. A human-centric perspective on how to approach AI based on the author’s own life experiences.”

Victoria Sarmiento, Policy and Communications Assistant

Tombland, CJ Sanson

"It offers and entertaining continuation of Sanso’s series of novels about the Tudor Lawyer, Matthew Shardlake. It offers a perspective on the Kett’s Rebellion, a little known but significant event in late Medieval England, highlighting the tensions between the land-owning and the mergent/merging classes.”

Andrew Lansley, Strategic Counsel

The Things They’ve Carried, Tim O’Brien

A brilliant way to talk about the Vietnam War through the eyes of the soldiers - or directly through the author’s eyes. Tim O’Brien managed to create a very personal and intimate relationship between the characters (who many are semi-autobiographical) and the readers - allowing us to dive deep into their minds and feelings. If you are after new sensations.. I highly recommend this book.”

Mathilde Van Brussel, Communications Assistant

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold, Stephen Fry

I have always been fascinated by Greek mythology, and Stephen Fry’s retelling adds a witty, modern twist to these epic tales of old. (There’s also the companion Heroes volume, which I still have to read).

Ana Oliveira, Communications Manager

The Good, the Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage, Eli Wallach

A sparkling memoir of a movie icon's life beginning with his early days in Brooklyn to working with Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, and Henry Fonda, plus his many movies include The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Brendan Bruce, Marketing and Communications Director

Milkman, Anna Burns

Set in an unnamed city and featuring unnamed characters, you quickly understand that the book is taking place in Northern Ireland, during the Troubles. Milkman is a dense novel but it really depicts the violent and all-consuming political conflict. Through the eyes of a 18-year-old narrator who show us how she does to survive in Northern Ireland in the 70s-80s, the book is also a critique of a patriarchal and militaristic culture, embellished with feminism

Charlotte Denis, Policy and Communications Assistant

The Value of Everything, Mariana Mazzucato

Modern economies reward activities that extract value rather than create it. This must change to insure a capitalism that works for us all.

In this scathing indictment of our current global financial system, The Value of Everything scrutinizes the way in which economic value has been determined and reveals how the difference between value creation and value extraction has become increasingly blurry. Mariana Mazzucato argues that this blurriness allowed certain actors in the economy to portray themselves as value creators, while in reality they were just moving existing value around or, even worse, destroying it. The book uses case studies–from Silicon Valley to the financial sector to big pharma–to show how the foggy notions of value create confusion between rents and profits, a difference that distorts the measurements of growth and GDP.

The lesson here is urgent and sobering: to rescue our economy from the next, inevitable crisis and to foster long term economic growth, we will need to rethink capitalism, rethink the role of public policy and the importance of the public sector, and redefine how we measure value in our society

Karen Clements, Deputy Managing Director

D DAY Through German Eyes - The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944, Holger Eckhertz

One of the most fascinating books on D Day ever to be published. As we remember the fallen from the Allied forces, this reminds us of what happened on the other side on D Day. Not for the faint-hearted, often brutal in its descriptions of the invasion, but it makes for compelling reading, particularly on the subject of Anglo-American psychology and attitudes.”

Brendan Bruce, Marketing and Communications Director

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari

Through an comprehensive and detailed analysis of our society and its dynamics, Harari successfully puts together theories and researches to question our way of live in the 21st century. Though I’m still reading it, I really appreciate how he makes you wonder about Humankind’s accomplishments, how we are using them today and how we will use them tomorrow to improve – or worsen – our civilization.”

Mathilde Van Brussel, Communications Assistant

Now We Shall Be Entirely Free, Andrew Miller

“Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is a novel of delicately shifting moods, a pastoral comedy and passionate romance story alternating with a blackly menacing thriller. It is also a book of ideas: about male violence, the impact of war and the price of freedom. Miller anchors the action in precise, convincing detail: soldiers live by Le Marchant’s Rules and Regulations for the Sword Exercise of the Cavalry; intellectuals debate the geologist James Hutton and the music of Joseph Haydn. But there’s an intimacy to the way he inhabits his characters that makes them feel modern and natural.

Perhaps it’s for the best that the Booker judges overlooked Miller last year. He has said that winning the Costa prize for Pure in 2011 gave him writer’s block. Once, asked what it meant to be a novelist, he replied: ‘Eyes open, heart open, feet on the ground.’”

Karen Clements, Deputy Managing Director

Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain, Fintan O'Toole

I am looking forward to reading Fintan O’Toole’s book. The title really describes it all in my view. Brexit seems to have become the prism through which all issues in Britain are now interpreted. Old political norms no longer apply.

Sally Low, Founder and Managing Director