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Here at Waterwise, we are avid readers. In fact, you hardly ever see us without a book in our hands!

In honour of World Book Day, our staff have been sharing their top page turners and favourite bookshelf fillers.

From inspiring stories of growth and determination to sustainability and the human body  (and a few water themed texts as well!), the Waterwise staff are certainly a cultured group!

So Waterwise…what have you been reading?

“I’ve just finished reading After Oxford by Daniel Stone (self-published). It’s a beautiful book about Daniel’s journey from a state school to Oxford University, the things he learnt and taught others on the way, and how he’s giving back, as well as losing his Mum young to cancer. I really identified with a lot of it, and couldn’t put it down. Fitting well with Daniel’s experiences, the other book I always recommend is Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Renni Eddo-Lodge (get your local independent bookshop to order it in for you!) – blew my mind a few years ago and helped me understand my white privilege. The work black people have to do to explain the micro aggressions and more systemic oppressions they face every day must be totally exhausting. This book explains the premise of its title well and was a real eye-opener for me.”

  • Nicci Russell, Managing Director

“A great book I read recently was ‘The Body: A Guide for Occupants’ by Bill Bryson. I’ve always had a strong interest in learning about the human body but I think even if people didn’t they’d find this book really interesting. It makes you realise how incredible our bodies really are for sure!

Another one I am reading and linked to water is called How to Read Water by Tristian Gooley. Quite quirky but an interesting read. I haven’t finished it yet but plan to take it on holiday with me in the summer so I will hopefully finish it then.”

  • Laura White, Projects and Research Manager 

“I’m reading two books at the moment: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. It’s a harrowing account of a Syrian couple’s journey through life from the lens of being refugees who’d fled the Syrian civil war, to England. With what’s going on in Ukraine, I find the book humanises history and spotlights the resilient nature of people in distress.”

The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto. It’s a pseudoscientific case for water as having the ability to reflect individual and collective consciousness. For example, the author shows the difference in water crystals created by Modern Jazz and Heavy metal music. It’s such a light read and I’m not quite sure what to make of it but hey ho!”

  • Dr Fatima Ajia, Campaigns and Social Research Manager 

‘Less is more’ by Jason Hickel is a book on how constant economic growth is a myth and completely environmentally unsustainable. I’m only at the beginning, but he explains the philosophy of degrowth and how it would help the Earth recover and ensure that we will have a future on the planet. Also, super motivating in terms of developing more sustainable habits.”

  • Barbara Hale, Head of Water Efficiency Engagement 

“I have two books on the go at the moment. The first is The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath which talks about how different experiences and what they entailed have had an extraordinary impact on those involved. It really explores that ‘doing things differently’ mentality. And my other book is pure self help indulgence (and totally influenced by listening to a podcast!) – Manifest by Roxie Nafousi. It is all about the very ‘of the moment’ approach of visualising what you want and working towards it.”

  • Emma Marshall, Marketing Manager

My favourite book of the last year was Nick Hayes The Book of Trespass….totally shocking how little of England we have access to including our rivers and waterways. We are excluded from 92% of land and 97% of waterways in England by law of trespass! Once you have read it you see it everywhere….an eye opener.

  • Dr Nathan Richardson, Head of Policy and Strategy 

“I just finished The Water Book by Alok Jha – The extraordinary story of our most ordinary substance. It takes you from the bottom of the sea into deep space. Although covering a lot of scientific topics he has written it in a really engaging way. As the back of the book says “This is a story that will connect you, via one strange molecule, to everyone and everything else and the rest of the universe.””

  • Jo Osborn, Policy and Projects Manager Christy