Jan Capper has been chief executive of CUBO (College and University Business Officers), the professional association for senior managers of university commercial and campus services, since 2017.
59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman
I first read this book a few years ago, but regularly dip in and out. It’s an engaging, witty self-help guide based on proper research from universities around the world. It explains the psychology behind familiar work and life challenges and gives lots of simple tips. It busts myths too – you might end up revising how you take decisions…
The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis
I think this is an extraordinary novel, given when it was written. It’s a coming-of-age story of a girl chess prodigy from an orphanage. Even not playing chess, I still read all the detail of the competitions. It’s a very poignant study of a vulnerable but brilliant child’s journey into adulthood and the ending – different in tone from the TV series – is brilliant.
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
A poet takes a journalistic assignment in a regional Turkish city to cover a spate of schoolgirl suicides and hopefully rekindle an old relationship. As the city is cut off by snow, he finds himself in the middle of an intensifying and dangerous political situation. It’s beautiful, sometimes funny, often shocking and you come away with a deeper understanding of the religious and political tensions of a country at the border of East and West.
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