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Tip of the Week: War and Peace

Every Friday one of our Spring House members will share with us a tip: a favourite movie, a must-read article, an event we cannot miss this weekend or just some general life advice. Here’s this week's tip!

I am Wardy Poelstra, Spring House member and book publisher. I help authors publish their management and business books at Warden Press. I also work on an interim basis for other publishers, mostly academic and educational.

Not surprisingly, my tip is about books… For many of us, the summer holidays are the occasion to finally read those books that have been staring at us from their shelves for the past twelve months (or more). The authors I work with are generally interested in the latest stuff on management, business or the world at large. They can take their inspiration from lists like the one McKinsey’s put together of summer reading tips of top CEOs.

But you can of course also sink your teeth into a classic masterpiece of world literature. Isn’t it about time you started reading Proust, Musil, Joyce? For myself, I have decided to finally engage with Tolstoy’s monumental War and Peace. I am now at page 467 of the 2007 American translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky – only 748 more pages to go… War and Peace offers a wonderful abundance of everything you could ever expect to find in a novel: passion, history, politics, war at home and in the battlefield, an endless procession of memorable characters…

Of course you could stick to watching last year’s BBC series but in the end, this reduces the book to a well-crafted costume drama. Tolstoy’s novel is so much more! Indulge yourself this summer and dive into a world that is very different from ours, yet teaches us so much about ourselves.