Concrete Loves World Book Day! World Book Day is a registered charity that works to give every child and young person a book of their own. It is an opportunity to celebrate authors, illustrators, books and reading. Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
Reading is in our roots as Olivia’s great-great-grandfather, Charles Edward Mudie established ‘Mudie’s Lending Library and Subscription Library,’ in the 19th Century. As the son of a second-hand bookseller and newsagent, Mudie opened his circulating library to give the public greater access to nonfiction works, lending books to students at the University of London. His library continued into the 1930s but eventually declined as a result of the rising number of government-funded public libraries.
What are we reading at Concrete?
Connor: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight: Shoe Dog is a memoir by the co-founder of Nike. The book illustrates the history of the brand giant from its conception to its evolution into one of the world’s most recognised companies.
Matt: The 4-hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss: Written by educational activist and entrepreneur, Timothy Ferriss, the 4-hour Workweek details a new perspective on the 9-5 lifestyle, mobilizing productivity to ensure the best results occur within a smaller time frame.
Hannah: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: A fiction novel that follows the life of a 25-year-old Jamaican British Woman, Queenie is a relatable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s world.
George: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: This Steinbeck novella is a spectacular insight into America’s Great Depression, following two displaced migrant ranch workers who travel extensively with the hope of finding new job opportunities.
Ben: Look & See by Anthony Burrill: Look & See offers an insight into the inspirations behind the creativity of designer, Anthony Burrill. Each piece in the book is accompanied by an observation by Burrill that reveals his knowledge and understanding about design and its place in the real world.