I could write a number of posts (and I might well do just that) on books you must read over the Summer for those of you who are passionate about relationships, children and young people and creating a better society for all. But for now, here are my top 5. (Click on the book in the post for more information or to purchase).


The War For Kindness (2019) is another ‘Science meets common sense’ in this easy-to-read book guiding us through the challenges of our time. Jamil Zaki digs deeper into empathy as a skill that can be learnt; how do we do this? How do we develop ‘nudges’ in schools, in communities? How do we remain curious in the face of hatred? An enjoyable read reminding us all, that we have a role to play in shaping the society in which we live.


Kerry Hudson (2019) takes us on an excruciating journey through her childhood. Poverty in Scotland and various parts of the North of England is the soundtrack, survival is the album. This is a superb read as you would expect from a well travelled novelist who ventured well beyond survival…

Holistic Health and Well Being

The Tao of Trauma (2019) brings together ACE’s, Trauma Informed knowledge and acupuncture together in this incredibly important underpinning that holistic therapies are such a crucial key in recovery from trauma. Merging East and West philosophies on the body and how we display distress, a comprehensive exploration is on offer.


This is a fantastic book! Filled with experience and stories and case studies and prose, Ian Gilbert (2019) edits a gem of an expose of the realities of poor social mobility across our education system. Alongside this you’ll find poetry, research and wisdom that will inform and change your practice forever!


Al Aynsley Green (2019) makes a compelling case for childhood in the UK, painfully arguing that we just don’t seem to like children very much at all and how he has reached this assertion. It’s an easy style of read but the content is hard hitting so a tougher one to digest. Having said that, it is a must read because in order to take on this challenge of the rise in poor mental health alongside England being one of the most unhappy places for children to grow up*, we need to better understand what sits underneath that.

*Childhood in the UK and the US is not conducive to well-being according to UNICEF’s Child Poverty Report. In fact, the United Kingdom and the United States find themselves in the bottom third of the rankings for five of the six dimensions reviewed.

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