What we're about

Hello and welcome to our Book Club.

Do you enjoy reading insightful and thought-provoking business books? Would you like to review and discuss them in a friendly, informal atmosphere? If so, join The Manchester Business Book Club - it's free.

Our aims are simple: identifying, reading and discussing the best business books available today.

We are interested in great ideas about business organisations, large and small, how they function and why they succeed or fail.

The Book Club should not be viewed as a place for selling or self-promotion, nor is it focused on individual careers. It's about businesses, how we can understand them better and improve their performance (or at least avoid some of the pitfalls).

We aim to meet once every 6 weeks, just enough time to source and read the next book. Venues will be in central Manchester and meetings scheduled for an early evening start (free refreshments will be available from 6pm, courtesy of our sponsors). Each event lasts approximately 60-80 minutes.


The books are selected by the Meetup Organiser in collaboration with Club members and other stakeholders, including the Central Library. The selection criteria for books will be as follows:

• General interest business topics (e.g. financial planning would be too specialised)

• Professionally published (i.e. excludes self-publishing)

• Contemporary (editions up to 5 years old)

• Receiving broadly good reviews and/or winning accolades

• Diverse author perspectives (i.e. a mix of ages, genders, cultures, nationalities and business sectors)

• Not too expensive

• Not too many pages

• Plenty of copies available (both new and used).

Manchester Central Library have promised to order multiple copies of our chosen books for lending to Club members. You can join the library here (http://bit.ly/Join-City-Library).

If you would like to propose a reading book for the Club (meeting the criteria above) please contact the Organiser. You may also give a 5-minute presentation on any favourite business book. Of course, selling is not permitted, either directly or indirectly.

Please note that self-help books about climbing the career ladder and achieving riches 'beyond your wildest dreams' do not feature on the MBBC book list. If you are interested in these aspects of personal development, there are plenty of other self-help groups and clubs in your local area.


When we discuss each book, consider the following:

• Resonance: How does the content of the book compare with your own work experiences?

• Value: Will the book influence your future actions? If so, how?

• Quality: Overall, how effective was the book's structure and writing style?


The Book Club is intended to be a friendly place for developing workplace skills and hearing alternative perspectives on the many challenges faced by businesses today.

Together we can raise the profile of business thought leadership in Manchester.


Twitter: @MancBizBooks

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"Doughnut Economics" by Kate Raworth

The Activities Room, Central Library (lower ground floor)

Hi All, The next book is "Doughnut Economics" by Kate Raworth. After last times ode to Microsoft by their current CEO, the next book is a little more scathing. The subject is economics and its obsession with GDP growth, and whether this is appropriate. This is a commonly criticised area of economics, but here we have a proposed answer. All of the copies are out so keep an eye out for returns. I'm looking to blast through mine over Xmas, so at least one should be available shortly. I have also pulled together a list of the next round of books, so thanks to everyone who submitted requests - Shoe Dog Phil Knight Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth John Doerr Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too Gary Vaynerchuck Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future Ashlee Vance Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error Kathryn Schulz The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success William N Thorndyke Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business Jay Conrad Levinson Permission to Screw Up: How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong Kristen Hadeed Have a great Xmas and see you in the new year. Nick

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"Hit Refresh: the Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul..." by Satya Nadella

The Activities Room, Central Library (lower ground floor)

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