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Gerard Lyons publishes new book, The UK Referendum: An Easy Guide to leaving the EU

UK ReferendumDr Gerard Lyons, Senior Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson lays out his case for Britain leaving the EU in his new book, The UK Referendum: An Easy Guide to Leaving the EU.  In this accessible E-book, Gerard analyses the history of the relationship between the UK and the EU and concludes that the benefits that we once reaped from the arrangement are no longer relevant in today’s world.

Lyons describes the landscape of a UK outside of the EU, arguing a point by point case for the advantages which we will see as a result. For Leave voters, this book offers a compelling justification of their position, for Remain voters, it offers a comprehensive review of the other side’s point of view. For those still undecided, it offers a crucial piece of the puzzle to help make a decision on what is being described as the most important democratic decision in a generation.

The book is now available to buy for £1.99 on Kindle.

Roger Bootle to publish “The Trouble With Europe” in May

Roger Bootle - The Trouble With EuropeRoger Bootle, one of the City of London’s best-known economists, is set to publish his new book entitled “The Trouble With Europe” on May 1st 2014, by Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

Roger argues that Europe has changed, the world outside has changed, and what people want has changed. As such, “The Trouble With Europe” looks at whether Europe needs the EU, or if perhaps it is one of Europe’s main problems.

This book is written especially for all fair-minded people across Europe who have previously been presented only with a choice of extremist ravings or wads of impenetrable Euro-speak. To all those who may be called upon to contribute to a decision about Europe’s future, or their country’s part in it, Roger offers a fluent, readable and even-handed analysis of the options of how Europe could better serve its people.

This most recent publication neatly follows on from his previous books, which include, “The Trouble with Markets,” and “Money for Nothing,” which correctly anticipated the financial crisis.

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Tony Leon to publish “Opposite Mandela” in May

Tony Leon - Opposite MandelaTony Leon, speaker and advisor on Sub-Saharan African trends and strategy, and former Leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament, has written a book of unique insight into an unexplored aspect of the presidency and leadership of Nelson Mandela. “Opposite Mandela: Encounters with South Africa’s Icon” relates the untold stories of how South Africa’s first democratic president related to his political opponents.

To be released in May 2014 by Jonathan Ball Publishers, this highly readable and first-hand account considers in a balanced manner both the golden moments and the blind spots of one of the most consequential presidencies and leaders of the modern democratic age.

“[Tony] offers us a unique personal insight into Nelson Mandela and guides us, engagingly and provocatively, through the most turbulent and exciting times in contemporary South African politics” – John Carlin, author of Invictus and Knowing Mandela

For more information, click here.

To find out more about Tony Leon, or to book him as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.


Thriving in the Digital Age with Tom Chatfield

I have been hugely enjoying Tom Chatfield’s recent book, How to Thrive in the Digital Age (2012). Published by Alain de Botton’s School of Life, it is a balanced and thoughtful examination of how, in a world of ever-increasing connectivity and information overload, we can take advantage of the resources of the digital age whilst at the same time retaining our humanity.

A particularly interesting section I’ve just been reading concerns the nature of memory.

In some ways digital memory is superior to human memory: it provides a faithful and objective record of vast quantities  of information, can be searched rapidly, does not degrade over time, and can be transferred or copied easily. Seduced by this reliability and objectivity, we are increasingly outsourcing our own memories to digital devices in our everyday lives.

But the trouble with this, says Tom, is that in doing so we run the risk of losing an essential part of our humanity. For us, every memory is embedded in a particular context of thoughts and emotions, in a particular narrative that shapes our identity. Therefore, when we outsource memory, we are in danger of losing our sense of self and disengaging from the rich tapestry of experience that life has to offer. As Tom says:

“…there is no such thing as a human memory that exists outside of thought, feeling and selfhood. What we experience, do and learn becomes part of us. We internalize events, people and ideas; we reflect, change our minds and misremember, possessing our pasts as a continuing part of our present. We cannot outsource our true memories any more than we can outsource our feelings or beliefs – nor can we separate them from ‘us'”.

If you’re interested in engaging Tom Chatfield as a speaker, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at, or on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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