The Reading Room

Each month a member of the team reviews a book of their choosing, irrelevant of genre or publishing date.

Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest – a diplomat looks back

Vijay Gokhale

Published: 2021

A new book by a former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to China, who revisits for the first time his first-hand experience of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square incident, which he witnessed as a young diplomat from India, and explains why, 32 years on, its legacy remains significant for both China and the world.

How to avoid a climate disaster

Bill Gates

Published: 2021, Alfred A. Knopf

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, shares what he has learnt in more than a decade of studying climate change and investing in innovations to address climate problems. In this urgent, authoritative book, Gates sets out a wide-ranging, practical – and accessible – plan for how the world can get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe.

Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less

Greg McKeown

Published: 2014, Crown Business

Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Simultaneously felt overworked and underutilised? Felt busy but not productive? Does your day sometimes get hijacked by someone else’s agenda?