It’s summer here in Australia. Or, technically it will be here in Sydney in about ten minutes, once the clock strikes midnight to December 1st.
Each year the non-profit Grattan Institute publishes its “Summer reading list for the Prime Minister”. And they have just published this years list. It’s an interesting mixed bag, with six books (as well as seven articles), all non-fiction and mostly with an economic tinge. That’s Grattan’s focus, although I would have liked to see something a bit more creative, as I fear that our Prime Minister (and almost all parliamentarians in Australia) are not reading enough creative works, thus possibly limiting their imagination.
Of the six books, I suspect that Laura Tingle’s Quarterly Essay Great Expectations: Government, Entitlement and An Angry Nation – originally published in June – probably is the most direct (and “on the mark”), but it is all about politics …. There is also Nobel Prize-winner Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, intellectually challenging in a good way.
But all still a bit … uncreative, at least for me.
My own list to come soon.