Spinnakers favourite books

Spinnakers favourite books

At Spinnaker, when it comes down to it, we’re all about making a human connection through telling stories. Naturally then, when asking around the office about everyone’s favourite books for this post, it wasn’t hard to get people talking.

It just shows the impact a good story has on you. Thinking about your favourite book(s) reawakens the unique feeling reading that great story evoked in you at the time, which may well have been dormant for a while. That is what’s so wonderful about finding a really good book – it’s often an emotional rollercoaster at the time, but it’s one that can be revisited over and over again.

So go ahead and check out a handful of our favourite books that have stuck with us and still make us tick…


Richard Coggin, Creative Director ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline

‘One’ of my most recent reads is titled ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline. This science fiction novel is set in a dystopian future in which a teenager (Wade ) spends his time in a virtual utopia called Oasis. The creator of Oasis dies and sets a series of puzzles within the virtual world for the community to solve based on retro games, films and general themes from the 70’s onwards. If solved, the prize is a massive fortune and global fame. I love this book because it takes me back to when I was a kid even though it is set in the future. Ernest Cline was born in 1972 which makes him a year younger than me. I think it’s because we were born around the same time that I feel a really strong connection to the narrative. He has drawn from his own childhood gaming and film experiences which I experienced at exactly the same time.


Karen Wilks, Financial Controller:Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

I have often struggled with the classics, finding it difficult to read dated prose with any kind of easy flow.  However, fairly bizarrely, it was whilst reading 50 Shades (in noway a sophisticated piece of writing!) that I was inspired to have a go at Tessof the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.  What a treat I was in for! The story rattled along at a great pace, with twists and turns that had meriveted and empathising with characters that were so well drawn by the words. I enjoyed the setting, the way the players were a cross section of society and the insight it gave me into the thoughts and attitudes of the time.  Although I wouldn’t be so bold as to say it’s my favourite book of all time, it was indeed a poignant turning point, encouraging me to engage more with a different genre, that I had previously resisted.  So, thanks EL James!


Ed Syson, Account Executive Any Human Heart – William Boyd 

This is without a doubt my favourite book. The protagonist is a fictional anti-hero called Logan Mountstuart, and story is written from his perspective in a journal type format from the 1906 to 1991. Whilst fictional, it hangs on the periphery of significant real life events as the reader journeys through the character’s extraordinary ups and downs. A seriously emotive & gripping book that genuinely gives the reader a sense of perspective about their own life.


Sorcha Pierce, Social Media Manager: The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger.

Even though it is an total hipster cliché, my favourite book is The Catcher in the Rye. Best read when you are an angsty teen, or at any other subsequent time you feel like you want to run away from adult life, Holden Caulfield will always make you feel better about it. Or at least nostalgic for when this was your main concern in life.


Robert Goldsmith, Managing Partner:  Bird Song, by Sebastian Faulks

Sobering horror from WW1 trenches coupled with a love story. Beautifully told contrasting the futility of war with the hope of love.



Robert Goldsmith, Managing Partner  Goalkeepers are different by Brian Glanville

The story of a young boy who dreams of becoming a professional footballer. He finally makes it as a goalkeeper with Borough United (fictional team). Great story of striving to achieve your ambitions. My favourite book when I was 8 or 9 but, just like my fondness for curly wurlies, it is still right up there.


Muireann O’Keeffe, Account Executive:  ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman Spiegelman.

I ‘read’ it when I was about 18, I say ‘read’ because it’s a graphic novel (I realise I’m opening myself up to a world of dumb blonde jokes) BUT before you judge have a ‘read’ of ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman, my favourite ‘book’!

It depicts the story of Spiegelman interviewing his dad, a Polish Jew and holocaust survivor. It’s the first graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize, AND it’s basically just a load of pictures so you can get through it in about an hour and get back to what we all know and love T.V!

…..Let me know when it’s World T.V Day.


Nina Kang, Senior Account Director : Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier.

This is the kind of book, that’s hard to put down no matter what the weather. A sinister plot where a self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband’s dead first wife.

You’ll certainly feel like you can take anything in your stride, after reading this.


Stephen Murphy, Social Media Lead:  Run With the Wind by Tom McCaughren.

Has to be ‘Run with the Wind’ by Tom McCaughren. Basically the story follows the life of a fugitive as he fights a world full of cruelty, hypocrisy and betrayal. The fight for survival has never been more palpable and even more so when it’s through the eyes of a fox!


Alice Zahra, Account Director: The Time Traveller’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger.

I love a book that makes me cry. Don’t ask me why I just do! So after my sister told me she had to crack open a bottle of wine as Dutch courage to finish The Time Travellers Wife I knew it would be a book for me. it’s beautifully written, poignant and incredibly moving (as I found out on a long train journey, much to the distress of the man sitting opposite me!). It’s heart breaking and gripping and best read alone with a glass or two of wine… not on the train!

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