World Book Day: Our Favourite Reads

This World Book Day, we asked our team and clients about their all-time favourite books, and those that they’ve enjoyed recently.




Dolly Alderton has quickly become one of the best-loved voices of the millennial generation, through her debut book Everything I Know About Love as well as her Sunday Times Style columns and The High Low podcast. Though I’m normally a fiction lover, I adored Dolly’s memoir – she recounts her experiences of love with both men and, more prominently, her female friends, in such a witty and relatable style that I found it difficult to put down.” – Ellen Kelly, Avant PR


“My favourite book is The Year of The Hare by Aarto Paasalinnia, I love it because it is an unusual adventure story and shows how powerful the bond between humans and animals can be, and also that how you live your life is within your control.” – Leah Ludlow, Honey Bunny Lashes


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“My favourite book is The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. All of Eugenides’ novels are masterpieces but, although Middlesex is the most acclaimed, The Virgin Suicides is for me a greater achievement for the way he breathes life into a mythical story, creating a beautiful, intoxicating atmosphere. Coming from a family of girls I love books that capture the complicated love between sisters.” Emmy Brown, Secret Spa


“I’ve chosen a book that’s close to my heart – I love the opening sentence of The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson – ‘A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood.’  The Gruffalo was not only my favourite book as a child, but it’s also one of my little girl’s favourite bedtime stories too.” – Bella Trifonos, Katie Belle


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“A recent favourite book of mine is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I am a sucker for romance books with drama and excitement. I love how you get enticed into the magic of the roaring 20s and get transformed into a completely different world than what our reality is.” – Hana Wilkins, Avant PR


“My favourite book is The Greatest Trade Ever by Gregory Zuckerman. The book is about how a person was able to look into the future ignore all the current trends and bet hard into a market that had the biggest ever return in financial history.  The reason why I love it is because it is a story about courage, consumer trends, broken market dynamics and how eventually the market corrects itself and the winners are the righteous ones not the ones who tried to game the system.” – Chris Forbes, The Cheeky Panda


Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is such a beautiful book originally written in Spanish with the translation making it sound even more poetic. A deeply moving book of unrequited love over 50 years steeped in Colombian history and culture. A truly moving love story.” – Emily Ewart-Perks, Secret Spa




“My favourite book is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Slushy I know! I love the line ‘They didn’t agree on much. In fact, they didn’t agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other ever day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other.” It always makes me smile because me and my husband often joke about how we ended up together when we are so different! I guess it’s true that opposites attract!” – Kate Rowland, Katie Belle


“I’m an avid reader and enjoy stories that span the genres but since reading it a year or two ago, there has been one that has stuck with me and that is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. The book focuses on the lives of four men from their college years right through until their elderly ones and discusses the challenges and tribulations that face each of them, including illness, love and loss. The relationships are exquisitely written, ensuring that the reader develops a close bond to each of the characters, especially the main protagonist, Jude, leaving every reader echoing the characters’ feelings when a series of tragic events befalls them. The book is harrowing, difficult to read and rather long, but it’s also one that I think back to at least once a week, even now, and it’s one that I will be sure to pick up again in the near future. There’s something about it that just stays with you and that, for me, is the sign of a story very well done.” – Jazmin Farrell-Cabrera, Avant PR


– Ellen Kelly, Director and Co-Founder

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