The Diva’s Top 10 Life Changing Book List

In no particular order, these books have been life changing for me, I have read all of them more than once and whenever people ask me for book recommendations you can bet several of them are from this list.

You Can Heal Your Life By Louise L Hay.

First published in 1984

This was the first personal development book I read when I was in my late twenties and it had a profound effect on me. Louise Hay is now in her eighties and still going strong. She is one of the leading spiritual teachers worldwide and I lover her warmth and feminine energy.

A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson.

Published by Harper Collins Publishers 1992.

Another classic text for women. Marianne, is a well known and well quoted spiritual teacher who has recently embarked on a more political route in the States. She is a master of language and I go back to this book for inspiration over and over again.

Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

First published in 1937

This is known as the first personal development book ever published back in 1937 and has been reprinted over and over again. It is a tough read but the bible and basis for every other personal development book that has been printed since. My copy is dog eared and highlighted, with my scribbles all over it. I even run study groups over 8 weeks just on the content of this book. It is awesome.

The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Published by Hazelden 2010

A relatively new find for me that so resonated with me in the way it talked about vulnerability and authenticity – definitely on my wavelength in a way I had been talking about for years. Brene writes with a clarity and purpose and I love her ability to turn emotions into an academic subject with ease!

How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

Published by Ebury Publishing 2011

Caitlin is my feminist heroine! I get her at a cellular level and want to be her best mate! She is funny, profound and wicked all at the same time. My husband bought me this book to read on holiday, how enlightened is he? Certainly a book for the modern woman.

Your Life, Your Legacy by Roger Hamilton

Published by Achievers International 2006

This book opened my eyes to flow and helped me recognise my true vocation and contribution to business. It allowed me to re structure my businesses and stop beating myself up for saying NO to being a jack-of -all-trades. Flow is our natural energy, it is what we do brilliantly and without effort and this book introduces the personality test Wealth Dynamics which I use extensively in my coaching and training programmes. Awesome stuff.

The E-Myth Revisited. Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to do About it by Michael E Gerber.

Published by Harper Business Books 2001

Another classic business book defining the real difference between working on and in a business and a must for anyone considering growing an organisation.

The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin.

Published by Penguin Group 2012

I love Seth Godin, he is one of the world’s most innovative thinkers and business visionaries so I have read most of his books and I subscribe to his daily blog but this one is my favourite by far. This book gave me permission to be an artist, to own my unique take on the world and to understand that no matter how many times people attempt to copy my brand or my material they will never be able to deliver it like me, nor be me so all I have to do is create more art – genius!

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Published by Penguin in 2009.

I was mesmerised watching Simon’s famous TED talk and bought his book straight away. It is another well thumbed book of mine. I love his take on leadership and subscribe to his hearts and minds philosophy in all I do.

The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

Published by Random House in 2006

This book opened my eyes to the potential of the internet as a business model and the need to niche, niche and niche again and get customers talking to each other. It was a revelation when I first read it and it still helps me get my head around the power of technology as a growth platform.