The Reading Room

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

Ethical dilemmas of a civil servant

Anil Swarup

Published: 2020, Unique Publishers

What are the challenges that hinders an officer’s pursuit of ethical conduct? Does it pay to remain ethical while the unethical, seemingly, rules the roost? These questions plague the thought process of every civil servant. This book is contextualises a framework that will help civil servants make a learned decision. It is an aid to help them find their moral...

The moonstone

Wilkie Collins

Published: 1868, reprinted by Penguin Classiscs (1998)

The Moonstone is one of the first true works of detective fiction, in which Wilkie Collins established the groundwork for the genre itself. The intricate plot and modern technique of multiple narrators made Wilkie Collins’s 1868 work a huge success in the Victorian sensation genre.

The black swan: the impact of the highly improbable

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Published: 2010, Penguin

This book is all about Black Swans: the random events that underlie our lives, from bestsellers to world disasters. Their impact is huge; they’re impossible to predict; yet after they happen we always try to rationalise them.