Paul Morland, author of Tomorrow's People: The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers recommends some fantastic books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Paul's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
Julian Simon's The Ultimate Resource. I am not a fully paid-up member of the optimist brigade, but I find their thinking compelling, and I think Simon's book is the font of so much later fascinating work by people like Matt Ridley and Steven Pinker.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
I just re-read the 1798 version of Malthus's Essay on the Principle of Population. It is a masterly example of an early smart thinking book, much more parsimonious and less empirical than the later versions and largely wrong, but a brilliant theory getting the ball of demography rolling.
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
Paper. I do have a Kindle and use it a fair amount for sheer convenience. But I remember books better if I have read a physical copy. I am a devoted member of the London Library, which gives me access to more than a million books.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
I have nostalgic memories for Dillons in Bloomsbury. It was a real rabbit warren when I was a child and there was always a new corner in which to lose yourself. Today it is an excellent and very large branch of Waterstones.
Many thanks to Paul for recommending some fantastic books! Please don't forget to check out Paul's book Tomorrow's People: The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers.
Image Copyrights: Pan Macmillan (Tomorrow's People), Princeton University Press (The Ultimate Resource 2), Oxford University Press (An Essay on the Principle of Population), Penguin Random House Children's UK (Carbonel).