Everyone loves a great read don't they? Here on The Bookshelf is where you’ll find our brilliant Ask The Author section where we interview clever creatives writing and publishing some incredible books. We chat about their work as well as their journey to publication and all of the ups and downs along the way. Here you’ll also find we’ve compiled a list of the most recommended books for your own personal development and interest from recommendations given to us by our In The Spotlight Interviewees.

Do you have a favourite not mentioned? Drop us a line in The Community and tell us about it! Let's make this a comprehensive list of the most inspirational reads out there. 

Pull up an armchair, a glass of red, a cup of tea or a green juice and enjoy!


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our story called life - peter abrams

As suggested by Peter Abrams.

We all have a voice, a story, in our head that talks to us, every 20-30 seconds. When we wake up to find Donald Trump is president, corporations are more powerful than countries and everybody is unhappy. The Story Needs To Be Rewritten. Our life is a story and it's time for an internal awakening of your inherent awesomeness, you have all the answers you need and you find them by looking within.  It's time to become the author of your own destiny and the story-teller of your reality. It's time for your; Personal Revolution!

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He’s a beautiful human being with a beautiful message; Peter’s call for a personal revolution will change lives
— Russell Brand

you can heal your life - louise hay

As suggested by Nichola English.

Louise L. Hay, bestselling author, is an internationally known leader in the self-help field. Her key message is: "If we are willing to do the mental work, almost anything can be healed" The author has a great deal of experience and firsthand information to share about healing, including how she cured herself after being diagnosed with cancer. An excerpt from You Can Heal Your Life: Life Is Really Very Simple. What We Give Out, We Get Back What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating our future. Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences.

You can pick up a copy here 

This book turned my life around
— Martine McCutcheon

A remarkable account of an obsessive perfectionist trapped in a desperately imperfect world
— The Guardian

my autobiography - johnny wilkinson 

As suggested by Andrew Ball.

Jonny Wilkinson's career has crossed three decades and four World Cups. He has accumulated phenomenal achievements, world points records, an impressive list of broken body parts, and a drop goal that will be remembered for ever. But the peculiar calmness with which he played the game masked a very different reality. In JONNY, he reveals the extraordinary psychology that he had to tame in order to be able to dominate his sport. For most of his life, he was driven by a quest for perfection and an obsession to be the best player in the world; here he shows how these two facets of his competitive mind took such a hold of him that they sent him to the top of the world, then swept him up and dragged him down into a spiral of despair. Jonny's career has spanned the far reaches: amazing highs and iconic moments, then a fight against injury that culminated in a battle with depression. Here he tells of the physical toll he knew his body was taking from rugby, even from his youth; he tells of how he never wanted to be a kicking fly-half but learned to adapt his natural game to play the style that Clive Woodward believed necessary to win a World Cup, and how he nearly walked out on Martin Johnson's England team 13 years later.

You can pick up a copy here

until today! - iyanla vanzant

As suggested by Susan Smalley.

Bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant has had an amazing and difficult life - one of great challenges that unmasked her wonderful gifts and led to wisdom gained. Now, in the inspiring tradition of ACTS OF FAITH - a publishing phenomenon with almost 1 million copies in print - UNTIL TODAY! provides a year's worth of daily inspirational quotes, explanations from Iyanla, and brief exercises or actions for readers to perform. UNTIL TODAY! provides a meaningful but bite-sized foray into a deeper, more satisfying spiritual and emotional life.

You can pick up a copy here

Vanzant seems to have touched a chord among those looking for inner peace
— USA Today

It’s about time this book was written. It is a long-overdue manifesto for the mobile lifestyle, and Tim Ferriss is the ideal ambassador. This will be huge
— Jack Canfield

the 4-hour work week - timothy ferriss 

As suggested by Natasha Lee.

Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint.

This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches:

* How Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per MONTH and 4 hours per week
* How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want
* How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs
* How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist
* How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent 'mini-retirements'.

You can pick up a copy here

the magic of thinking big - david schwartz phd

As suggested by Natalee Tucker.

More than 6 million readers around the world have improved their lives by reading The Magic of Thinking Big

First published in 1959, David J Schwartz's classic teachings are as powerful today as they were then. Practical, empowering and hugely engaging, this book will not only inspire you, it will give you the tools to change your life for the better - starting from now. His step-by-step approach will show you how to: 

- Defeat disbelief and the negative power it creates
- Make your mind produce positive thoughts
- Plan a concrete success-building programme
- Do more and do it better by turning on your creative power
- Capitalise on the power of NOW

Updated for the 21st century, this is your go-to guide to a better life, starting with the way you think.

You can pick up your copy here



the secret - rhonda byrne

As suggested by Jean Young

Fragments of a Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. For the first time, all the pieces of The Secret come together in an incredible revelation that will be life-transforming for all who experience it.

In this book, you’ll learn how to use The Secret in every aspect of your life – money, health, relationships, happiness, and in every interaction you have in the world. You’ll begin to understand the hidden, untapped power that’s within you, and this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life.The Secret contains wisdom from modern-day teachers – men and women who have used it to achieve health, wealth and happiness. By applying the knowledge of The Secret, they bring to light compelling stories of eradicating obstacles, and achieving what many would regard as impossible.

Discover the book which has been changing millions of lives around the world. No matter who you are, where you are right now, no matter what you want – when you realise The Secret you can have anything. 

You can pick up your copy here

Boost your confidence - nichola english

As suggested by Nichola English.

What is confidence? 

It always starts from within…

'It's the ability or belief to believe in yourself and accomplish any tasks no matter what' 

Boost your confidence is 44 page book divided into 6 parts  designed to get you some of that self -confidence you deserve, its full of strategies to help you become unstoppable and break through your confidence barriers.

What to expect: 

Each of the 6 modules is designed with tools and techniques to help you to discover all need to know about getting more confident, and working through those barriers and limiting beliefs from just how confident are you? to how to lead a confident life.

You can pick up your copy here


Radical Self Love should be on every woman’s bookshelf. Gala Darling is the fresh voice of a new generation, encouraging us to love ourselves and rediscover the most magical facets of who we are. This book will crack you open to the presence of your authentic power
— Gabriella Bernstein

radical self love - gala darling

As suggested by Alessandra Maderni.

Have you ever dreamed of a life full of laughter, love and sequins... But felt totally clueless about how to make it happen? You're not alone. I spent years in soul-sucking jobs, battling depression, an eating disorder, and a preference for chaos and disaster, simply because I didn't know how to create the life I dreamed about. In Radical Self Love, you'll begin to discover exactly what makes you so magnificent, and you'll uncover a litany of tools and techniques to help you manifest a life that bursts with magic, bliss and adventure.

When you love yourself, life is limitless. You can do anything you want. It's time to throw off the shackles of expectation, and start living from your heart. It's time to astound yourself with how beautiful your life can be. It's time to treat every single day like a celebration... Cake, candles and confetti very much included!

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As suggested by Tricia Scott.

Hey gorgeous! Are you suffering from a lack of get up and go? If you feel like your sparkle is dimming or has completely disappeared lately then I'm here to tell you that you can do something about it, and you can start today.

This 10-part eBook has been designed to suit you and can be used as part of a daily or weekly practice. However, in order for it to work, you have to work. You need to get up, show up and bring yourself to the party (who doesn’t want to show up to the party, right?!) If you do, I promise we’ll have you sparkling and ready to go again in no time. 

You'll be on fire, and it's going to show in everything you do and to everyone you meet. 

Are you with me? 

Let’s do this. 

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As suggested by Michelle Weymiss

Popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and are directly contributing to our current epidemic of stress, anxiety and depresssion. And unfortunately, popular psychological approaches are making it even worse. In this controversial, but empowering self-help book, Dr Russ Harries, reveals how millions of people are unwittingly caught in the 'The Happiness Trap', where the more they strive for happiness the more they suffer in the long term. He then provides an effective means to escape through a groundbreaking new approach based on mindfulness skills. Mindfulness is a mental state of awareness, openess, and focus. Mindfulness skills are easy to learn and will rapidly and effectively help you to reduce stress, enhance performance, manage emotions, improve health, increase vitality, and generally change your life for the better. The book provides scientifically proven techniques to: Reduce stress and worry. Rise above fear, doubt and insecurity. Break self-defeating habits. Improve performance and find fulfilment in your work. Build more satisfying relationships. Create a rich, full and meaningful life.

You can pick up your copy here


As suggested by Lenka Lutonska.

One of the most significant self-help books in the last 100 years, "The Science of Getting Rich" is a unified approach anyone can apply to make wealth and success. Wallace Wattles has used his experience extensively in creating wealth and came up with a comprehensive outline that can be construed as what it takes for an individual to become rich. The running theme and factor in this book is your mindset as an individual. Rhonda Byrnes accredits The Science of Getting Rich as an inspiration for her phenomenally popular book and film "The Secret". The book itself is made up of 17 direct-and-to-the-point chapters that teach the reader how to push past the mental barriers that, so easily, hold us up on achieving our goals.Many successful people openly confess that Wallace D Wattles formula contributed to their happiness and success both in their business and their personal lives. "The Science of Getting Rich" simple and clear principles to riches are holistic, solid and what every person needs to read again and again.

You can pick up a copy here.


Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success - Napoleon Hill

As suggested by Lenka Lutonska.

Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Napoleon Hill digs deep to reveal how fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy prevent us from realising our personal goals. This long-suppressed parable, once considered too controversial to publish, was written by Hill in 1938 following the publication of his classic bestseller, Think and Grow Rich. This book- now available in a smaller paperback format- is profound, powerful, resonant, and rich with insight.

You can pick up a copy here.

Energetic Selling & Marketing - LENKA LUTONSKA

As suggested by Lenka Lutonska.

How many times have you asked yourself, "Why does my business seem so hard? Why am I struggling, when other women make it look so easy? . I understand, because once upon a time, I was you. But that s not where I am any more. What changed? I did. When I started to pay more attention to the spiritual nature of my business and trust my intuition, remarkable things unfolded. By focusing energetically on five critical areas of my business, I began to experience rapid growth. And so my principles of ENERGETIC SELLING AND MARKETING were born. - Lenka Lutonska Her results have often been nothing short of miraculous - women increasing their fees by five times and selling with greater ease than ever before; women booking themselves solid with their ideal high-end clients; women turning their annual income into their monthly income; and women doubling, tripling or even quadrupling their sales revenues within several months. With a foreword by CEO Penny Power, OBE, this book is an essential read for any entrepreneur who wants to open their minds to the possibility of extraordinary growth and create lasting and aligned business success.

You can pick up your copy here.




As suggested by Janine Wirth

The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. Here one of the world's experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.

Van der Kolk draws on thirty years of experience to argue powerfully that trauma is one of the West’s most urgent public health issues ... Packed with science and human stories
— New Scientist

You can pick up a copy here.


As suggested by Dr Sabrina Jackson

Why do so many world-changing insights come from people with little or no related experience? Charles Darwin was a geologist when he proposed the theory of evolution. And it was an astronomer who finally explained what happened to the dinosaurs.

Frans Johansson's The Medici Effect shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into a new, unfamiliar territory and offers examples of how we can turn the ideas we discover into path-breaking innovations.

Clayton M. Christensen, bestselling author of The Innovator's Dilemma, has described The Medici Effect as "one of the most insightful books about managing innovation I have ever read. It’s assertion that breakthrough principles of creativity occur at novel intersections is an enduring principle of creativity that should guide innovators in every field."

Now with a new preface and a discussion guide, and a foreword by Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile, The Medici Effect is a timeless classic that will help you reach your innovative peak.

You can pick up a copy here.